Dating back to 1927, Balikci Sabahattin is an Istanbul dining institution which offers one of the most picturesque alfresco dining settings in town. Set within a beautiful garden amidst crumbling ancient ruins, this popular family-run fish restaurant serves a refined yet simple menu of seafood-inspired dishes based upon the daily catch each morning from the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. Classic Turkish recipes and preparations are adhered to here, such as their selection of cold mezes such as octopus salad or sauteed mussels with rice; chilli-spiced rice pilav with mussels, dried currants and pine kernels; along with their extensive grilled fish selection of fresh sea bass, bonito, grouper or turbot. In the colder months, you can dine indoors in their vibrant rustic wooden dining space. Bookings advised.