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. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Duble Meze Evi

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    A homey little spot offering home-style fare, this is a good place to have a satisfying and inexpensive meal before or after embarking on excursions...Read More

  • 8. Hatay Sultan Sofrası

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

  • 9. Humusçu İbrahim Usta

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    Little-consumed most other places in Turkey, hummus is a mainstay of the Antakya diet, and the old town is full of tiny, no-frills shops serving...Read More

  • 10. Kervan Humus

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    In business since 1950, Kervan draws hummus lovers from as far away as Mersin city center to eat its house specialty, served warm with a...Read More

  • 11. Kirtil Cafe

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    This homey lokanta is a good-value place to grab a quick bite after visiting the nearby castle. Choose from the daily array of traditional Turkish...Read More

  • 12. Kumsal Pide

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    An Ölüdeniz institution, this casual restaurant set just back from the seafront at the eastern edge of town serves up hearty fare at reasonable prices....Read More

  • 13. Mermerli Restaurant

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    At the eastern end of the harbor, the Mermerli has decent prices and a broad menu that includes fish, steak, pastas, burgers, Turkish grills, and...Read More

  • 14. Nur Pastaneleri

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    After paying your respects to St. Nick, retire to this bakery-café, the local branch of a popular Turkish chain, to enjoy arctic air-conditioning and a...Read More

  • 15. Paul's Place

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    A homey, peaceful retreat on the southern edge of the old city serves great coffee, fruit smoothies, homemade American cakes, and home-cooked lunches that include...Read More

  • 16. Tarihi Balık Pazarı Unlu Mamülleri (The Fırın)

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

  • 17. Yakapark Restaurant

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    Continue up the hill beyond Tlos to the nearby village of Yaka Köyü (it's signposted) and you'll reach the vast but peaceful Yakapark Restaurant, which...Read More

  • 18. Zekeriya Sofrası

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    This casual lokanta in the center of town is a reliable place to get satisfying home-cooked food at reasonable prices. Choose from the array of...Read More

  • 19. Soundwaves Restaurant

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    This open-air restaurant on a pedestrian walk overlooking the sea has a long and reliable reputation; it's run by the same management as the nearby...Read More

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