I would like to recommend some restaurants in my neighborhood, Kalamis, on the Asian side. There is a Marina there and some nice restaurants. One is Develi, which is a kebap restaurant. It's nice to go there for a special evening. Take care not to go there before a Fenerbahce futbol game, as they will be packed at that time.
Another is Divan, which has continental food. If you go to Divan, I recommend ordering the "yaprak sarmasi"- stuffed grape leaves with lamb. You can also go to Divan for dessert/tea. Divan also has a nice Sunday brunch.
The nice thing is that these restaurants are near the water and have a nice view. It's a great place to go during the spring or summer. You can walk around and look at the sailboats nearby.
The Marina is on the Asian side. If you take the boats to Kadikoy, you can hop on a taxi and ask for "Kalamis Marina" or take the "dolmus" (shared cabs) and ask that they drop you off at the Kalamis Marina.
Let me know what you all think!
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