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 salatas?, 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. Lebessos Restaurant and Wine House

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    What was once the house of a prosperous Greek merchant is now a fine restaurant specializing in steak and ultra-tender lamb kleftiko (lamb shank marinated...Read More

  • 2. Seraser Fine Dining Restaurant

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    With fine food and excellent service, stylish Seraser aspires to be the best restaurant in all of Turkey, and its inventive international menu certainly lifts...Read More

  • 3. Smiley's

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    Located next to a 19th-century Ottoman house at the edge of the harbor, Smiley's has been an open secret among Turquoise Coast yachters since 1987....Read More

  • 4. Vanilla

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    If you are kebabed out, this old town restaurant has some of the best contemporary cuisine on the coast and serves it in an appropriately...Read More

  • 5. Altın Sofra

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    This restaurant in the Finike marina is famed for lamb and lambs' liver, but it serves a full menu, including fish and meze. There is...Read More

  • 6. Arma Restaurant

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    One of Antalya's flashiest restaurants serves seafood carpaccio, lobster, duck, chocolate soufflé, and warm chestnut cake, along with a full range of foreign spirits and...Read More

  • 7. Ata Kebab

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    A down-to-earth, traditional Turkish restaurant in often tourist-oriented Kalkan, Ata is (as the name suggests) known for its tender, flavorful kebabs, which come in medium-...Read More

  • 8. Aubergine

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    The adventurous menu at this harbor-front eatery includes excellent pasta, salmon en croûte, stuffed sea bass with bacon, extra-large steaks, and occasionally wild boar shot...Read More

  • 9. Avlu Restaurant

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    This Antakya-style meyhane draws a lively crowd of diners with its atmospheric setting and delicious local cuisine. Tables are arrayed in the courtyard (avlu) and...Read More

  • 10. Bahçe & Demeti by Bahçe Balık

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    A casual but stylish courtyard restaurant serving delightful Turkish dishes in a quiet garden setting, Bahçe is just opposite the 4th-century-BC Lycian sarcophagus known as...Read More

  • 11. Balıkçım the Fisherman

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    This relaxed restaurant on a side street in the town center serves fish, seafood, and meze and is popular with locals, who prefer fresh, unfussy...Read More

  • 12. Blue Marlin

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    This relaxed restaurant by the harbor has a “back to basics” approach focusing on fresh fish, seafood, and a well-stocked counter of mostly vegetarian meze...Read More

  • 13. Buse Gözleme Evi

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    A hospitable spot for a quick bite on your way to or from the beach and ruins, this simple, open-air eatery offers a wide range...Read More

  • 14. Can

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    This busy harborside fish restaurant is popular with Göcek natives and visitors alike and is considered a town institution. In summer, the seating extends out...Read More

  • 15. Çarıklı Et Restaurant

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    Owned by a local butcher, this sophisticated waterfront spot serves up the high-quality, perfectly cooked steaks and chops that you’d expect, along with burgers, kebabs,...Read More

  • 16. Chill House Lounge

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    "Chill" is the perfect word to describe this relaxed spot. Popular with locals, its tables are mostly set out in the prime open area, toward...Read More

  • 17. Ciğerci Memet Usta

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    Nestled in the backstreets of the old city's bazaar near the clock tower, Ciğerci Memet Usta serves up some of the best kebabs in Adana,...Read More

  • 18. Culinarium

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    This tiny upscale restaurant run by German-Turkish owners blends European style, atmosphere, and creativity with local ingredients and flavors. The result is a refined, low-key...Read More

  • 19. Datça Sofrası

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    This is an ideal lunch spot, with a terrace shaded by bougainvillea and grapevines and traditional Turkish meats prepared using a brass-hooded charcoal brazier. The...Read More

  • 20. Dikkat Et

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    Serving up tasty home-cooking in a contemporary setting, this friendly, good-value option near Hadrian's Gate has a small menu focused on meatballs and other grills,...Read More

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