The Turquoise Coast Restaurants

This coast has been serving tourists for a long time, and you will find a rich choice of restaurants to prove this. There’s no shortage of older, established eateries, which dish out the standard national fare (think mezes, kebabs, assorted grilled meats, and fresh seafood). Simple—but often superb—spots are as popular with vacationing Turks as they are with foreigners. In recent years, the number of fine dining options has also increased, especially in larger cities and tourist centers. The top ones prepare creative dishes, combining high-quality local ingredients with international flair.

Regional specialties along the Turquoise Coast include mussels stuffed with rice, pine nuts, and currants; ahtopot salatası, a cold octopus salad, tossed in olive oil, vinegar, and parsley; and grilled fish. Most of Turkey's tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplants, zucchinis, and peppers are grown along the coast, so salads are fresh and delicious. In Lycia, a local home-cooking specialty is stewed eggplant with basil—wonderful if you're offered it. Semiz otu (cow parsley) is a refreshing appetizer in a garlic yogurt sauce.

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  • 1. Altın Sofra

    $ | Turkish

    This restaurant in the marina is famed for lamb and lambs' liver, but it serves a full menu. There is a pleasant garden shaded by plane trees...Read More

  • 2. Antik Han

    $ | Turkish

    Welcome to the Hummus Zone. The mezes are particularly good at this restaurant, which has both a rooftop terrace and a pleasant courtyard where...Read More

  • 3. Hatay Sultan Sofrası

    $ | Turkish

    Tour groups often fill this restaurant at dinner for good reason: the food is both delicious and inexpensive. That combination makes it popular...Read More

  • 4. Ipek Restaurant

    $ | Turkish

    One of the best of the group of traditional Turkish lokantas around the church of St. Nicholas, Ipek doesn't look like much and the waiters...Read More

  • 5. Nur Pastaneleri

    $ | Turkish

    It may look plain, but after paying your respects to St. Nick, retire here to enjoy arctic air-conditioning and a cold drink or tea accompanied...Read More

  • 6. Öz Şimşek Köfte ve Piyaz Salonu

    $ | Turkish

    This is one of a few no-frills eateries in town, where fresh local ingredients create delicious incarnations of traditional Turkish dishes,...Read More

  • 7. Özsüt Alanya

    $ | Café

    A modern, air-conditioned cake shop, Özsüt is the best place in town for restoring lagging caffeine or blood sugar levels—perhaps before an...Read More

  • 8. Paul's Place

    $ | American

    A homey, peaceful retreat on the southern edge of the old city, St. Paul's Place is run by ex-pats and serves great coffee, fruit smoothies...Read More

  • 9. Tarihi Balık Pazarı Fırını

    $ | Turkish

    Every Turkish village has a fırın : a tasty, unpretentious bakery that churns out a daily bounty of cool puddings, flaky pastries, fresh bread...Read More

  • 10. Tophane

    $ | Café

    Sitting in this tea garden, looking out to the harbor, sea, and mountains beyond, is one of Antalya's great pleasures. The drinks and snacks...Read More

  • 11. Yeşim Bar Restaurant

    $ | Turkish

    One of only three buildings on the pleasant beach at Kargı Koyu, Yeşim has sun beds, umbrellas, and showers available all day for customers...Read More

  • 12. Ekici Restaurant

    $ | Turkish

    This is the most reputable of the harbor-front restaurants, with a spotless kitchen, good service, and excellent food. Typical specialities...Read More

  • 13. Lafiore

    $ | Italian

    This Italian restaurant in the bazaar was set up by the Meğri "minichain" beside their main restaurant and provides a rare and welcome change...Read More

  • 14. Oba Kebab Evi

    $ | Turkish

    In a pleasant, spacious garden a few hundred yards from the main slope of Kaya, this is a traditional Turkish meat restaurant where you order...Read More

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