Restaurants

Top Choice Turkish in Sultanahmet & Around

Deraliye

Starting with a complimentary glass of palate-titillating pomegranate-flower juice, Deraliye offers a taste of the sumptuous dishes once served in the great Ottoman palaces. The menu gives a potted history of each d…
Top Choice Turkish in Kaplan

Kaplan Dağ Restoran

One of our favourite restaurants in provincial Turkey, Tiger Mountain, offers superbly prepared local dishes with lashings of olive oil and wild herbs. Seasonal mezes like fish in soya oil and stuffed zucchini flowe…
Top Choice Turkish in Sultanahmet & Around

Cooking Alaturka

One of the Sultanahmet area's best dining experiences, this hybrid cooking school–restaurant serves a set four- or five-course menu of Turkish home cooking, regional Anatolian specialities and Ottoman classics. Samp…
Top Choice Turkish in Western Districts

Asitane

This elegant restaurant next to the Kariye Museum (Chora Church) serves Ottoman dishes devised for the palace kitchens at Topkapı, Edirne and Dolmabahçe. Its chefs have been tracking down historic recipes for years,…
Top Choice Turkish in Kaş

Hünkâr Ocakbaşı

For a quick but quality lunch, local foodies recommend this clean and friendly eatery serving everything from light lunches (the bijou ₺2 lahmacun might be the smallest pizza you ever see) to kebaps, mixed grills an…
Top Choice Turkish in Çıralı

Yöruk Restaurant

Just after the bridge into Çıralı, the village's best restaurant feels like a Yöruk nomad camp with its central fire and tented section. Behind a counter heaving with mezes and seafood, the open kitchen turns out el…
Top Choice Turkish in Kalkan

Mussakka

With its pink theme and wood burner, this casually elegant eatery offers sea views, good service and dishes from champagne and scampi risotto to the recommended house moussaka, cooked saç kavurma (stir-fried) style …
Top Choice Turkish in Fethiye

Meğri Lokantasi

Looking for us at lunchtime in Fethiye? We're usually here. Packed with locals who spill onto the streets, this lokanta (eatery serving ready-made food) offers excellent and hearty homestyle cooking at very palatabl…
Top Choice Turkish in Fethiye

Paşa Kebab

Nearly always bustling, and with a menu that's something of a novella, Paşa does a fine line in Turkish staples. If you're hungry, try the Paşa Special, a gigantic and delicious kebap concoction of beef, tomato, bul…
Top Choice Turkish in Bay of Edremit

Zeytin Bağı

Owner/chef Erhan Şeker is rightly proud of his hybrid restaurant, hotel and cookery school overlooking the Bay of Edremit, and he loves to introduce guests from around the globe to the joys of local Aegean produce. …