Leb-i Derya

Price guide: Mid-range

Kumbaracı Yokuşu No. 57/6, Beyoğlu, Istanbul

Price guide: Mid-range

Leb-i Derya

By Jennifer Hattam, your Istanbul expert

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#19 of 40
expert-rated restaurants in Istanbul
Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.2
4.2
Ambience:
4.3
4.3
Service:
4.2
4.2
Location:
4.3
4.3
Value for money:
4.2
4.2
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, Singles, Great views / scenery, Nightlife, Romance, Trendiness

Best for Trendiness - Expert review of Leb-i Derya

Hip rooftop spot with a great view and good international fare.

A cool crowd comes to this hidden-away venue to enjoy sweeping views and solid food in a casually stylish atmosphere.

Food and drink: 

Italian and Asian influences predominate on the mixed menu of international dishes. There is also a full bar. 

Recommended dishes: 

The forty-spice beef fillet with a saffron-flavoured sauce and potatoes au gratin is a firm favourite, while the parmesan-and-pancetta-crusted sea bass with sweet green pea puree and grilled asparagus tempts fish lovers like me. The weekend brunch is also popular.

Ambience: 

There’s a definite lounge-y vibe to the sleek contemporary interior; the mostly local crowd is chic but relaxed.

Service: 

Service is generally good but can either be friendly or a bit cooler-than-thou.

Location: 

On a steep street running down from İstiklal Avenue and housed at the top of an unremarkable apartment building. You may think you’re in the wrong place, but keep going – up, up, up.

Price advice: 

Main courses range from 17 lira to 28 lira.

Tables to book: 

If the weather’s nice, get a seat on the big outdoor terrace to best enjoy the view.

Other useful branches: 

The offshoot in the nearby Richmond Hotel on İstiklal Avenue is more romantic and formal.

More information on Leb-i Derya:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Bar, Restaurant
Food:
International, Modern
Address:
Kumbaracı Yokuşu No. 57/6, Beyoğlu, Istanbul
Telephone:
0212 293 49 89
Website:
http://www.lebiderya.com
Serves:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon-Thu 4pm-2am, Fri 4pm-3am, Sat 10am-3am, Sun 10am-2am.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Essential at peak times

Have you been to Leb-i Derya? Would you recommended it?