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. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Culinarium

    $$$ | Turkish

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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Güverte Restaurant

    $$$ | Turkish

    This long-standing favorite promises a delightful view of the harbor and excellent traditional Turkish fare that's focused on fresh seafood...Read More

  • 10. Izela

    $$$ | International

    Part of the Gunay's Garden villa complex, this tranquil spot in the far corner of Kayaköy village blends the best of Turkish and European cuisine...Read More

  • 11. MOD Yacht Lounge

    $$ | International

    This glass-fronted, pleasingly modern café-restaurant on the harbor-front walkway has a chill nautical vibe and an unimpeded water view. In...Read More

  • 12. Oyster Mediterranean Restaurant

    $$$ | International

    This restaurant in the Oyster Residences, at the western edge of the strip of bars and eateries along the beach, probably has the best food...Read More

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