If you like to enjoy a real Döner food like the local people, try this one.
Normally you will sit outside at the main shopping street, with a mix of local shoppers or employees of nearby offices, and have your lunch / snack / little diner at the streetside. They also have a small but very clean restaurant some 30 m around the corner, but the atmosphere (and the Döner taste) is best at the streetside.
Quality is good and tasty, the staff very friendly, and prices are *very* modest (2 portions of 150 g Döner ( what is measured is the weight of the real meat, not that of salad, pide etc.) + soft drinks approx. 15 TLY, depending on what you orderd).
A little caveat: This Döner has no license for alcohol, not even beer. But try the traditional "Ayran" (salty Turkish yoghurt drink) instead; it's healty, refreshing and very tasty and good with Döner food.
We liked this place very much for it's tasty food and authentic atmosphere and really can recommend it.
Favorite Dish: Chicken (= Tavuk) Döner wrapped in Pide bread; you eat it from the hand. If you like, ask for additional garlic sauce (no extra price).
They also have lamb and beef Döner, but chicken was our most favorite (you can see it grilled on the photo).
This restaurant was recommended by the tourist information representative. It is a restaurant that locals go to, the food is not as expensive as those places where they try to get you to go in, "Yes, Please" and the quality is better. Also, the prices are listed and there is no surprise. This is important in Turkey because most restaurants, big and small, chain and all have different prices for tourists. Don't ever pay more than 2 Lira for a tea, big bottle of water nor a Turkish coffee. Here you should try the chicken brochettes. They are chicken breast and very tasty. The dessert was delicious, I had the Kunefe. It's with syrup and fresh cheese. You get two free entrees with the meal, yoghurt as well as a chili dish. I went there in July 2009. For chicken expect to pay about 8 to 10 Lira, with all condiments and salad. The service is also amazing.
Favorite Dish: Chicken brochettes and dessert kunefee.
We ate good things there. But I advice to see all that area. There are many nice restaurants, beaches, pubs, sport facilities, parking places in the same area.We also saw sand scalptures at september.
Favorite Dish: Mezes
A peaceful place to sit by the sea, not so special with the food, but the best thing to do is to sit by the fireplace in winter, listenig to nice music.
Also in here you can find a small model of the ancient city of Side.
Highly recommended by my guidebook and the only restaurant that staff at Kaleici Lodge could think of recommending, Parlak was my first dinner stop in Antalya. Located just off a busy shopping street near the old town, Parlak was totally packed when I arrived (though I was the only person who entered the entire time I was there). I wasn't greeted at the door for several minutes; in fact, I wasn't even sure if they were still open. It turns out they were still serving food, and after a while I was seated and left with a menu. The service was neither friendly nor helpful. As well, there was a heavy smell of smoked meat in the air, which itself was thick with blowing smoke from the kitchen. I requested a vegetarian meze plate, which they didn't seem to know how to put together or charge for, but which was eventually served. It was average. Paying required further waiting and more service that I noted in my journal as "grumpy". I'm not sure what the big draw is at Parlak, but I definitely wouldn't recommend it.
I was kind of hesitant about eating at Mermerli Restaurant, as I could tell from it's scenic location and beautiful decor that it was targeted to tourists. However, I was hungry and sick of walking around, and the restaurants suggested in my guidebook were all oddly empty, so I went inside and was promptly seated. Lo and behold I glanced at the plate of a woman sitting near me and saw what looked like a fabulous vegetarian mixed meze plate- just what I'd lacked the evening before at Parlak. Score! As you can see from the attached photo, I was served a rich and creamy mixed meze plate, with two different yogurt dips, a vegetable fritter, bean salad and more. It was actually a little different than what the woman beside me had been eating, but I guess they had lots of different meze to choose from when building the plate! The food was fourteen lira, and I also had a glass of fresh-squeezed orange juice for four lira. Service was attentive and friendly, and the views were great too. There was a very pleasant breeze in the restaurant; perfect for a hot afternoon. To top it all off I actually think the restaurant has its own private beach... but I have no idea what you'd need to do to visit it (or if the water in Antalya's port is even beach-worthy). Regardless, Mermerli Restaurant is a solid choice in central Antalya.
I walked past Ayyas Mehane several times, and later I decided to stop by for dinner. A mehane is a traditional Turkish restaurant where music and food go hand-in-hand. At Ayyas they have a nightly buffet (if you walk past in the afternoon you'll see the portly owner preparing each dish by hand), which is then charged by the plate. There were some interesting dishes at the buffet that I hadn't seen elsewhere, and also there was a good selection of vegetarian choices (in the dim lighting I thought the hot dogs in the photo were actually carrot slices!). Later, two performers came to the outside patio and performed contemporary and traditional songs with their guitars. Ayyas Mehane would be a great spot to have a light meal and drinks with a group of friends, or even just to experience Turkish music and cuisine at an affordable price.
Tourism,migration,new comers or neocolonialism have been delivered or captured of the city,most of the restaurant or cafes forgot of their traditional or province cuisines..They've all funny-flavorless touristy menus,sad thing that they're still presenting and serving as its as a Turkish cuisine!!! you think so:o)
There are very few local restaurants which are still perform and continue of our traditional province kitchen(Antalya) or Turkish cuisine.They're not well furnished,fancy or posh places,they're all "LOCAL ICONS".You never n ever disappintment..always keep their amazing tastes,reasonable price,friendly service,a naive atmosphere,simple tables,pictures or decorations,which gives you an identity and gusto..
Tandirci Hasan(tandouri),Pacaci Saban(lamb trotter soup),Donerci Hakki Baba(doner kebap),Piyazci Mustafa(bean salad with tahini),Zamora Borek(cheese or mince pie),Yasar Usta(ice cream or fluted deep fried fritters in thick syrup),Ozdoyum(sish kebap+pumkin dessert with tahini),Sisci Ramazan Usta(sish kebap) or Borekci Tevfik Usta,Kaleici simit firini(simit)..they're all my " Local Hero or Icons"..
I have more than these but will keep its to myself and my special guests:o)
I don't want to give you of their addresses,pls ask to locals-real locals-they'll show you of their secret places,I know that sometimes they guide you wrong directions but never give up,because most of them on the narrow streets of the city,and enjoy your breakfast,lunch or dinner..I'm just humble,simple foodie..jajaja
opps..no need reservation,or fancy apparel,but warn u that they're not good for posh or emo girls/ boys:o)
WARNING:If u don't care my tips!! well go to hell,opps sorry I mean it..go to mc,***en donalds,kentucky ***en chicken or starbucks or eat cheap chicken or meat doner kebaps ,and just fill your digestive system,and super size yourself.. have fun :))))
Seven of us decided to have lunch in a kebab house. The waiter spoke excellent English and was really good with the child in our group. He also had a good sense of humour.
I tried the chicken wrap. The chicken was slightly spiced which was just to my taste. There were chillies and hot sauce on the tables if you wanted more spice.
I got a 'normal' sized wrap. It was huge!! I really struggled when I got halfway through!
I enjoyed the wrap while I was eating it, but it did repeat on me for the rest of the day.
Sorry but we do not have the name of this restaurant, but a person pointed it out to us as a "workers" place, where only workers went to eat. Just our kind of place. It was not fancy as you can see, but after we managed to communicate (by hands and sounds only as we know no Turkish and they did not know English) by going into the kitchen and we had half the workers there trying to help, we managed to get our meal.
Favorite Dish: The lamb dishes had to be the best, no matter what they were. We had kabob, shishlick, fresh salads, fresh bread, and to top it all off the portions were generous. Also there was always service on the spot, as you can see in the pic they were always there at your elbow if you wanted something, but were not pushy or intrusive.....
There are 3 restaurants at 3 different places. At Metin Kasapoglu st, at White world and at Ismetpasa cad, 419.sok. I guess I saw central restaurant. All foods were great. After the meal you may drink tea around "falez" parc and look to wonderfull sea view.
Favorite Dish: Güvec
*DEVELI restaurant, a classic restaurant of meat kebaps next to the beach, good service, good value. Major cards accepted.
*7Mehmet (YediMehmet) restaurant, a legendary fish restaurant, great food in a modest ambience. Cards accepted.
*Kral Sofrasi, located in the harbour very convenient, good food, most expensive restaurant of all these, good service in spite of a funny, weird owner!Cards accepted.
*Alara Self Grill restauarant('KENDIN PISIR KENDIN YE'=self grill)6 miles from downtown, an open air restaurant where you can enjoy to bbq your own lamb and beef kebaps! Inexpensive,delicious food. No cards
A little reminder; most of the shops and restaurants don't accept AMEX and Diners for shopping and dining so make sure you have your VISA or MC card!
Main courses in these restaurants are between 3 to 10 US $, fish is the most expensive item in these Turkish restaurants (may go up to 20 US $)
Very good located in a quiet courtyard
They saw we were too hot and brought a fan
We had some clayplates mixed (? 2,50), salads (aubergine, greec...? 1,00) and brochettes (? 2)
Beer (birra) was ? 1
We all had free tea afterwards
Bill: 29,5 TL (? 17), a bit too much
I arrived in Antalya after a five-hour bus trip from Kas, and needed to get some fresh air while also resting my feet. I left my hotel and went for a stroll, and shortly I came upon Bizim City Cafe. It was a large restaurant with a patio on a major street, and it seemed like it would be a great place for some people-watching. I settled into a comfy booth, ordered a beer (kind of as a joke- beer is something I'll never acquire a taste for) and finally caught my breath. Bizim City Cafe looked like the kind of place that would really pick up in the evening, and it seems they sometimes have live music and other special events as well.
I highly recommend Restaurant Kirk Merdiven, a Turkish restaurant. They serve very good Turkish specialties for very little money.
The atmosphere is very picturesque. You are eating on a courtyard with lemon trees growing over your head. The (adorable) straycats are sitting next to you on a brick wall while you're eating. The owner is a very kind and friendly man who tries to give you a good time.
Favorite Dish: My favourite menu overthere was the Shepard's Kebab, a menu for two persons which is served on a stove.