Oh, how I remember the days when you
could only get good meals
during the summer.
In summer, chefs and
staff would come from larger cities
to the towns of Cappadocia and
good, if simple, meals.
But the rest of the year, Cappadocian
from tourism to farming,
and only the very simplest restaurants
Those times are long gone. With Turkey
now numbered No. 6 among the world's top
ten tourist destinations, Cappadocia now boasts some excellent year-round
restaurants serving locals and visitors
Here are my favorites:
The perfect place for a light lunch
or dinner, an after-dinner drink, and
conversation (romantic, or with friends)
on an open-air terrace or next to a
cozy fire, with cool jazz in the background
and views over Ürgüp. More...
This atmospheric, fine-dining restaurant
in the Kelebek
Hotel complex in Göreme has
charming dining rooms, friendly and
efficient service, moderate prices,
an interesting menu of Turkish specialties,
and some of the most delicious food
in Cappadocia. More...
Among Cappadocia's finest, serving classic and "updated"
Turkish dishes, the recipes and preparations are always original, the cuisine delicious, the service careful and smooth. In 2016 Muti moved from Ürgüp to The House Hotel Cappadocia in the center of Ortahisar. More...
Its name tells you about the building—an
authentic, unrestored Ottoman Greek
mansion in Mustafapaşa—but
not about the cuisine: home
served (if you like) Turkish-style,
at a circular table set low on the
The Orient Restaurant in Göreme has been serving travelers and locals since 1986. The atmospheric dining room or terrace is the perfect spot to enjoy traditional Turkish cuisine or, if you're a steak-lover, their large beef bonfile steak is served on a hot marble slab: order your steak az pişmiş (rare) and, if you'd like it cooked a little more, cut a slice and let it cook on the tile for a few more seconds. Their wine list is quite satisfying. More...
Sur Balık Restaurant
Avanos has the region's best seafood restaurant, the local outlet of an Istanbul chain offering polished service in a classy atmosphere in a location overlooking the Kızılırmak River. Fish in landlocked Cappadocia? Here, its good, and the prices are moderate.
Whaddaya mean I'm not in Istanbul?
The sophistication of this white-tablecloth
place in Uçhisar makes
you wonder, but the panoramic view
from the terrace could only be Cappadocia. More...
old Ürgüp house
perched on a rock promontory just downhill
from the Esbelli neighborhood has good
food, careful service, and spectacular
views of the town and countryside. More...
Set right in Ortahisar's main square,
this is a felicitous combination of ethnographic museum and fine
restaurant with both indoor
dining rooms and open-air terrace. More...
—by Tom Brosnahan