Abracadabra

Price guide: Mid-range

Arnavutköy Caddesi No. 50/1, Arnavutköy, Istanbul

Price guide: Mid-range

Abracadabra

By Jennifer Hattam, your Istanbul expert

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#3 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Istanbul
Expert overall rating:4.8 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.8
4.8
Ambience:
4.8
4.8
Service:
4
4.0
Location:
4.2
4.2
Value for money:
4.3
4.3
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Foodies, Singles, Design and architecture, Great views / scenery, People watching, Romance, Trendiness

Expert review of Abracadabra

Innovative food in a beautiful old wooden house along the Bosphorus.

Every floor of this four-storey mansion is different, with beautiful old tiles, unusually shaped chandeliers, and brightly patterned couches, and the fusion food is just as distinctive. It’s one of my favourite spots in the city.

Food and drink: 

With the chef’s focus on local, seasonal, and organic ingredients, the menu is always changing, but includes a mix of international fare such as duck confit and Thai noodles, as well as more Turkish-inspired flavours such as a hamsi (anchovy) tagine. Try not to fill up on the delicious homemade breads. Alcohol is served in the fully equipped bar.

Recommended dishes: 

I love a little bit of everything, so always enjoy ordering from the extensive menu of small plates such as salmon tartar “meatballs,” smoked Bosnian beef, and perfectly grilled octopus.

Ambience: 

Relaxed during the day, lively at night.

Service: 

The hip waiting staff can be a bit too laid-back.

Location: 

A way up the Bosphorus from the central city, but worth the trek.

Price advice: 

Main dishes range from 18 to 35 lira.

Tables to book: 

If the weather is nice, a wrought-iron table for two on one of the small upstairs balconies overlooking the Bosphorus is quite romantic.

More information on Abracadabra:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Bar, Café, Restaurant
Food:
Fusion, International, Modern, Turkish
Address:
Arnavutköy Caddesi No. 50/1, Arnavutköy, Istanbul
Telephone:
0212 358 60 87
Website:
http://www.abracadabra-ist.com
Serves:
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Tue-Thu 10am-midnight, Fri-Sat 10am-late.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times

Have you been to Abracadabra? Would you recommended it?