The Central and Southern Aegean Coast Restaurants

Dining out along the Aegean coast is a pleasure, especially if you enjoy seafood and fresh produce. There are countless seafood restaurants at all price ranges. A typical meal includes an assortment of hot and cold meze (appetizers), a mixed salad, and the catch of the day, capped off with a Turkish dessert. To make it authentic, accompany your meal with rakı (a spirit similar in taste to oúzo). Some of the more common fish you'll find along the Aegean coast are levrek (sea bass), çipura (sea bream), barbunya (red mullet), and lahos (grouper), as well as tasty smaller fish like sardalya (sardines). Note that most fish restaurants charge per kilogram for whole fish, and the prices often aren't listed; ask before ordering to avoid receiving an unexpectedly large bill at the end of an otherwise pleasant meal. Of course, there are plenty of meat and kebab restaurants around, too, if that’s what you’re craving.

For dessert, try local dondurma (Turkish ice cream, often thickened with orchid root or mastic resin), as well as milk puddings and baklava. It’s often better to avoid hotel restaurants at lunch and dinner—you can frequently find better and less expensive food a short walk away—but luxury and boutique hotels might be an exception as they are often firm favorites on the local restaurant scene. And don’t forget street snacks! In season, you can grab fat local Smyrna figs; a cup of icy, dark berry şerbet (think of it as Ottoman Gatorade); or a sesame-studded feta-and-tomato sandwich, each for less than a dollar in central İzmir. Simit, the classic Turkish bagel-like street snack, is called gevrek in the İzmir region, and often purchased along with a piece of tulum peyniri (goat's milk cheese) and a hard-boiled egg, following an old Sephardic culinary custom.

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  • 1. Kalamare

    $$$ | Seafood

    Down a quiet, pretty alley just a two-minute stroll from the waterfront, this restaurant is an authentic new star on the Bodrum seafood scene...Read More

  • 2. Kocadon

    $$$ | Mediterranean

    The owners have transformed the palm- and mulberry tree–filled courtyard of their 200-year-old family home into a romantic haven, where candlelit...Read More

  • 3. Denizhan Et Lokantası

    $$$ | Turkish

    Famed for its kebabs and other meat dishes, Denizhan also serves up very good appetizers, including lahmacun (Turkish-style whisper-thin flatbread...Read More

  • 4. Dükkan

    $$ | Turkish

    This tiny, colorful eatery serving up Greek and Turkish fare is an increasingly rare find in ever more chichi Bodrum—a homey place that’s both...Read More

  • 5. Gemibaşı

    $$$$ | Turkish

    For almost half a century, this popular presence near the marina has been serving the freshest seafood in town, in no-frills indoor and outdoor...Read More

  • 6. Köfteci Bilal'ın Yeri

    $ | Turkish

    Turkish grilled meatballs and "home-style" cuisine, served at just a few tables in a no-frills setting, have been a hit for more than half a...Read More

  • 7. Körfez

    $$$ | Turkish

    This long-standing, family-run fish house overlooks the harbor and is especially noted for a wide selection of Cretan dishes and seafood appetizers...Read More

  • 8. Liman Köftecisi

    $$ | Turkish

    Köfte (Turkish-style meatballs), in all their sizzling variety, are the specialty at this casual and charming blue-and-white eatery in the...Read More

  • 9. Musto

    $$$ | International

    This always-hopping waterfront bistro draws a local and tourist crowd with its broad Turkish-international menu of pastas, salads, bar snacks...Read More

  • 10. Sünger Pizza

    $$ | Italian

    There's no view, but the large and cheery summer terrace is 30 yards from the waterfront, and Italian-inspired pizzas, pastas, salads, and calzones...Read More

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