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Istanbul’s best buffet restaurants

Discover the city’s open buffet restaurants

Are you full or are you overwhelmed at the sight of all this food? Rows of food and generous portions await! 

Çiya Sofrası

Çiya is one of the most successful restaurants when it comes local cuisine. Located in the fish market in the Kadıköy Bazaar, the venue has two branches on the same street. Although the cuisine is mainly East Mediterranean and Southeast cuisine, you are able to find a dish from every region. 

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Go Mongo

Frequented by those in search of unique flavors, Go Mongo features a Mongolian barbecue concept with a huge amount of uncooked, unlike many places, products. Select your meat, vegetables, spices and sauces from the buffet and leave the rest to the skillful chefs, as they cook it for you. 

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Great Dongfang Chinese Restaurant

The idea of enjoying an all you can eat Chinese food buffet sounds both good and satisfying.  Located on the top floor of the Cevahir Mall, Great Dong Fang’s buffet has almost everything. Dessert and salad included, the menu consists of 30 different varieties. Among the dishes that are always available, no matter when you come, are the sweet and sour chicken, noodles, vegetable rice, dumplings, sweet and sour soup, turkey with green pepper and onions, and the sesame chicken. 

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Hacı Abdullah

Continuing its reign since 1888, Hacı Abdullah Restaurant is a city classic. Removed from the hustle and bustle of Istiklal Avenue this restaurant offers locals a delicious getaway on the side streets. The first thing that catches your eye once you enter is the assorted pickles that date back as far as 1972. As you walk in a little further you’ll reach the mouthwatering buffet. 

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Those in search of traditional, healthy, and light home cooked dishes in Nişantaşı, head to Hünkâr. The restaurant is particularly popular among people craving a home cooked meal for lunch.  

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This is one of the most popular venues in Asmalımescit. Don’t expect a big space, there isn’t even a sign. But the food speaks for itself. You choose your dishes from the open kitchen area and then sit down, that is if you can find a spot. The food is served in small portions in glass bowls.  

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Inhabiting one of the narrow streets in Kuzguncuk this restaurant is very befitting to the neighborhood. A large part of the menu is made up of seafood. 

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Kiva Han

Regional Anatolian cuisine hasn’t received the attention it deserves. Head to Kiva Han to enjoy these flavors, an esnaf restaurant befitting Galata’s spirit.  

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Pizza East Istanbul

What is the biggest round invention since the wheel? If you’re answer isn’t lahmacun (Turkish pizza) then you must try Pizza East in Akaretler. They also have a delicious open buffet brunch every Sunday. 

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