Leblon

Address: General Yazgan Sokak, Tünel Geçidi İş Hanı 3/A, Asmalımescit, Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey
Telephone: 0212 252 86 36

- Mid-range

4.6

Casually stylish eatery with a broad, well-executed menu.

Made famous in Turkish director Cağan Irmak’s popular 2008 romance “Issız Adam,” Leblon doesn’t really need the star power as a draw – its food, atmosphere, and service all stand up well on their own.

Food and drink
4.3
90%
Service
4.4
90%
Food and drink
4.3
90%
Value for money
4.2
90%
Ambience
4.5
90%
Location
4.5
90%

Food and drink

All too often, when I see a menu in Istanbul that draws from many cuisines, the food is likely to disappoint, but Leblon’s chefs seem to successfully merge Turkish, Italian, Asian, and other influences with ease. The bar has a good wine list.

Recommended dishes

The mixed shish kebab is the most popular starter, but I like the trio of samosas, with fillings ranging from traditional ground beef to one made from caramelised onions, Roquefort cheese, walnuts, and spinach. Grilled meats and fish are always well-prepared, and the warm chocolate soufflé is a don’t miss for dessert.

Ambience

The exposed-brick interior, with low arches creating a sense of separation between different parts of the restaurant, is attractive and intimate, good for a date or a lingering conversation. Late on Friday and Saturday nights, there’s more of a nightclub vibe.

Service

Service is pleasingly attentive without being overbearing.

Location

Leblon is set amidst one of Istanbul’s most bustling nightclub and restaurant districts.

Price advice

Main courses range from 15 lira for the cheapest pasta to 35 lira for the most expensive beef dish.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Foodies
  • Singles
  • Nightlife
  • People watching
  • Trendiness

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