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. Gironda

    $$$ | Mediterranean

    This gourmet restaurant evokes an elegant villa, complete with sumptuous sofas and plaster-of-Paris statuary. The food—which alone merits a...Read More

  • 2. Knidos Restaurant

    $$ | Turkish

    This favorite among the yachters who drop anchor in Knidos' Mediterranean harbor is located right within the archaeological site. Once you've...Read More

  • 3. Levissi Garden Wine House and Restaurant

    $$$$ | Eclectic

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

  • 4. Seraser Fine Dining Restaurant

    $$$ | International

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

  • 5. Smiley's

    $$ | Turkish

    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...Read More

  • 6. Vanilla

    $$$ | Modern European

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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Anadolu Restaurant

    $$ | Turkish

    Although service can be a little slow and the modern roof over the garden is unattractive, locals still flock to this 100-year-old house–turned...Read More

  • 9. 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

  • 10. Aubergine

    $$$ | Turkish

    The adventurous menu at this harbor-front eatery includes excellent pasta, salmon en croute, stuffed sea bass with bacon, extra large steaks...Read More

  • 11. Bahçe & Bahçe Balik

    $$ | Turkish

    A casual but stylish courtyard restaurant serving delightful Turkish dishes in a quiet garden setting, Bahçe is located just opposite Kaş's...Read More

  • 12. Bolulu Osman

    $$ | Turkish

    This simple little restaurant just off the main intersection is keenly kept by a chef from the town of Bolu, legendarily the hometown of Turkey...Read More

  • 13. Can

    $$$ | Seafood

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

  • 14. Chill House Lounge

    $$ | Mediterranean

    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

  • 15. Club Arma

    $$$ | International

    You can't miss this restaurant—it has a spectacular location halfway up the main road from the old harbor with a panoramic view of the old city...Read More

  • 16. Culinarium

    $$$ | Turkish

    On a terrace overlooking the harbor, this upscale, though expensive, option blends European style, atmosphere, and creativity with indigenous...Read More

  • 17. Dalyan La Vie

    $$ | Turkish

    This pleasant open-air restaurant, which occupies a prime spot on the river opposite the Lycian tombs, is one of the more upscale joints in...Read More

  • 18. Datça Sofrası

    $$ | Turkish

    This is an ideal lunch spot, with a terrace shaded by lush bougainvillea and grapevines, and traditional Turkish braised meats cooking under...Read More

  • 19. Elaki Restaurant

    $$$ | Mediterranean

    Even if you don't stay at the Mehmet Ali Ağa Konağı Mansion, consider soaking up the ambience for an evening at its restaurant. The seating...Read More

  • 20. Emek Restaurant

    $$ | Seafood

    Everything is made on the premises of this excellent eatery overlooking Datça Yacht Harbor, where the menu includes seafood, Turkish grills...Read More

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