Lonely Planet review
Bodrum's fish market (sometimes called 'manavlar' for the fruit stands at the entrance to this small network of back alleys) offers a unique sort of direct dining: you choose between myriad fresh fish and seafood on ice at fishmongers' tables and, having paid there, have them cooked (about TL6 extra) at any adjoining restaurant. If in doubt, waiters can help you decide – options run from top-end catches to cheaper farm fish.
Aside from the admirably high degree of choice, this direct-purchase system also prevents people from complaining that they were cheated (the number-one complaint about seafood restaurants, anywhere in the world).
The plain restaurants spill across the small streets, which get incredibly crowded and have zero atmosphere, save maybe for the people-watching. If indecisive, pick the busiest-looking place – locals are fiercely loyal to their favourites. Meyhane Deniz Feneri is the area's oldest restaurant, and many long-time residents still consider it the best. Dinner for two with a few mezes, drinks and fish will run at least TL100 here. In any fish-market restaurant, book ahead for evening dining.