Top Choice Black Sea in Black Sea Coast

Kayadibi Saklıbahçe

This 'Hidden Garden' restaurant with great views in Maçka wins hands down for offering the best Black Sea dishes in the region, including polenta-like cheesy kuymak, etli karalahana sarması (mince-stuffed collard le…
Top Choice Turkish in Side


With excellent service and a huge menu of tasty Turkish grills, mezes, seafood, stews and vegetarian dishes, Ocakbaşı has been a popular dinner spot since 1986. The restaurant atmospherically overlooks a spotlit 2nd…
Top Choice Sweets in Istanbul

Salloura Oğlu

Transplanted from Aleppo to İstanbul in 2014, this 150-year-old institution is known for speciality sweet cheese desserts such as peynirli künefe and kaymaklı peynir tatlisi. It's hugely popular with the many Syrian…
Kebap in Istanbul


Develi's original and most popular İstanbul outlet (opened 1966) is in Samatya, in the shadow of Theodosius’ Great Wall. Succulent kebaps come in many guises, often reflecting the season – the keme kebabi (truffle k…
Seafood in Side

Moonlight Restaurant

In business since 1983, this long-stayer of the Side scene offers solid Turkish cooking, an extensive local wine list and professional yet unstuffy service. Seafood is the mainstay of the menu and is superfresh. For…
International in Side

Soundwaves Restaurant

This long-running Side eatery has a friendly and relaxed vibe. A small, focused menu is delivered by an experienced chef and there are regular seafood specials. Ask if the swordfish kebaps are available, and kick of…
Kebap in Edirne

Niyazi Usta

This bright, modern and very friendly joint is perhaps the best place in town to try a porsyon (portion) of tava ciğer (thinly sliced calf's liver deep fried and eaten with crispy fried red chillies). Wash it down w…
Turkish in Side


Going since 1989, the Emir almost leans on the ruins of the Roman baths where Cleopatra is said to have dallied. The open kitchen produces a large menu of meze, grills, steaks and pizza.
Turkish in Gallipoli Peninsula

Doyuranlar Aile Çay ve Gözleme

The village women in charge of this roadside eatery and çay bahçesi (tea garden) midway between Eceabat and Kabatepe serve up huge breakfast platters, köfte (meatballs) and menemen (eggs scrambled with white cheese,…
Restaurant in Around Mardin

Uğur Alabalık Tesisleri Perili Bahçe

For a leisurely alfresco meal, head to this shady garden by the gushing river. Relish fresh trout, salads from local organic veggies, and içli köfte, and sluice it all down with a glass of local wine) or rakı.