Antalya is a sprawling
resort destination with hundreds
of all types.
During the four decades that I've
been visiting, it has also been a city
in which the restaurant scene
changes rapidly, and not always for the better.
Perhaps this is to be expected. In
a seaside resort, visitors
arrive in droves along with
the summer sun and fill the beaches,
hotels and restaurants.
They later leave in droves when
the clouds and
showers of autumn presage the damp,
Antalya Restaurant Notes
Breakfast is included in the price
of most hotel rooms in Turkey, except
for those in large,
modern luxury hotels.
Lunch is often a
picnic at the beach, or at one of the
many ancient archeological sites that
can easily be visited using Antalya as a base.
That leaves dinner, and
when you're on vacation you want it
to be good, an entirely pleasant and
delicious experience, preferably in
a shady garden setting or with a view
of the sea.
If you are staying in a boutique
hotel or inn in Kaleiçi,
your hotel probably has a dining
room serving table d'hôte or a
la carte meals, and this is a
good bet for good quality at reasonable
In fact, dinner may be included in your room price (half-board).
If it's not, try shopping around among
boutique hotels for one with
a restaurant that looks to be to your
taste. Many welcome patrons from outside
Some restaurants that happily
served hundreds of guests each evening
in summer may have to close in winter,
losing experienced staff. My favorites, below, are the exceptions, with good food and service all year round:
Seraser Fine Dining Restaurant is the gourmet
restaurant associated with the Tuvana
Hotel in Kaleiçi. Because
it is managed by the owners of a longstanding
hotel and patronized both by hotel
guests and the general public, it maintains
its high standard of quality. More...
Pio Gastro Bistro&Bar
Pio gastro Bistro&Bar, the newest Tuvana restaurant is less formal than Seraser, but just as fine for food and service, with Latin and Mediterranean cuisine.
Next door to Seraser is Il Vicino Pizzeria, a less formal trattoria-style restaurant serving pizzas and Italian cuisine that's well above a normal pizzeria in quality and service. More...
For a lavish traditional Turkish feast,
the longtime favorite is the large 7
Mehmet Restaurant (that's
Yedi Mehmet) in a hilltop
location overlooking Konyaalti
Beach and the Bay
of Antalya from near the Hillside
For a less elaborate, inexpensive
Turkish kebap feed, try
one of my longtime Antalya favorites,
the grill called Parlak Restaurant,
which specializes in grilled chicken
and traditional Turkish grilled meats
in an informal atmosphere. From Kalekapisi,
walk north (behind the Attalus statue)
along Kâzim Özalp/Şarampol Caddesi
for a few steps and look for Parlak on
—by Tom Brosnahan