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My wife and I were almost badly cheated at a harbour restaurant in Side. We love fresh fish and were enticed into the restaurant by the reasonably priced sea bass on the menu. We also asked for a local white wine, which was opened and then taken away by the waiter as it "was cloudy". A replacement bottle was brought, which we assumed was a similar price, but later turned out to cost 175 Turkish Lira! We each chose one langoustine and shared a sea bass with a mediterranean salad.
We had an identical meal with wine in Antalya a few days earlier, which came to 165 Turkish Lira and included a dessert.
We were staggered, when the total bill came to 575 Lira! Fortunately, I had not brought my credit card with me, so was only able to give the 200 Lira cash I had on me.
My advice is always confirm the exact price of each item, particularly fresh fish and wine, before ordering, despite a price being displayed outside.
This did put a damper on our holiday, particularly as the staff all 5 of the restaurants we ate at in Antalya were fair and honest
Written Sep 10, 2012
Address: Harbour Front in Side
We spent many a evening in this lovely bar. The owners and staff were very very friendly. The food there was great had fish and chips one night which was really good,best fish and chips in Side. Great place to watch the footy as it has plenty of TV's plus a large screen. They also have a childrens area downstairs. i would defiantly recommend this bar so it is worth a visit
Favorite Dish: All the food we had there was delicious but the fish and chips was the best. It was like eating food from home.
Written Jun 30, 2010
Address: Kemer Side Turkey
You can be sure of good food here ,the starters are brilliant usually lavash bread 3 dips ,garlic mushrooms ,fried cheese, The main courses are very good try the appollo chicken , sweets seasonal fruits Drinks reasonable , Staff very good Ali and Semi both speak good english .They will take you home at the end of the night
very good value example we were 5 adults had steaks wine and beers (the starters and sweets were free)the bill came to 100 lira thats value !
Favorite Dish: Appollo chicken
Sunday roast is ok but they can`t make yorkshire pudding
Written Jun 26, 2009
We almost got caught out here but our bill only came to 112, still double what we paid anywhere else but not as bad as it could have been. We thought the place looked great and even thought the guy in the next restaurant tried to warn us we thought he was just trying to get us in his restaurant. We wanted the large langoustine and they said it was 15 Lire a 100grammes. We picked it up and we thought it weighed no more than 250/300 grammes but when the weighed it they said it was 450grammes and would cost around 65 lire. We said we did not want it and eventually they said 45 lire so for that we tried it. It was disappointing.
Just something we learnt about Testi kebabs from the next restaurant going towards the Temple. I gather that in a reputable restaurant you have to order this two hours in advance as that's how long it takes to cook propertly in the pot in the oven. If you can order it and it comes immediately it's not the real thing. I assume they just cook the stew in a pan and when someone orders it they bung it in the pot, seal it with pastry and give it a few minutes in the oven. This is gather is what the Temple restaurant do and then charge you a fortune for this slow cooked dish. We left this restaurant with a bad taste in our mouth and did not come back to the harbour again as we just felt we were going to get ripped off every time. For great food, service, fun and value, try Dalgic right on the other side of the harbour on the beach. We spent our daytimes and some evenings there and were never disappointed or ripped off.
Written Jun 2, 2008
Address: Just before the Temple in the old harbour
Not the grandest restaurant in Side but certainly one of the best for food, service and prices. Lovely home made bread and butter, excellent sea bass baked in the oven and one of the few places you can get an alternative potato dish to chips. They usually do roast potatos with their dishes. Also very nice mezes. The great things about this restaurant are good food, they don't hassle you, the prices are fair and they are wonderful with your kids. On average we paid 60/70 turkish lira for a two course meal with main fish course for two with wine and drinks, At the harbour we paid 112 turkish lira for the same.
The owners and staff were really lovely people and now they have the garden open it's nice to sit out there in the evening. There is a live Turkish music bar across the road so you often get the benefit of live music whilst you eat. Owner is Sali and he speaks very good english. It is located on the road down to the other beach. (not the harbour) The only way I can direct is say you are standing with your back to the Tourist information building on the main road above the harbour on the way to Old Side. turn left as if going to old Side but take the next turning on the right going down to the beach. The Hamsikoy and Norden restaurants are on the corner of this road. Zumrut is about 60 yds down on the right.
Favorite Dish: Baked Sea Bass with salad and roast potatos was fab but home made butter was a real treat also. Turkish Pide (Pizza) also very good.
Written May 27, 2008
Phone: 0242 7534643
This must be the swishest eating place in Side very good decor resident pianoist very good decor pleasant atmosphere .
Entertainment pleasant unobtrusive
let down by attitude of one waiter who was really out of order not serving one guest untill multiple complaints from diferent guests
manager interviend free drink and 10% off bill a good night spoilt by one incident
Favorite Dish: A good choice of dishes excellent steaks prices on average around 40 TRY per person
a good place to take someone to impress
Updated Nov 23, 2007
Address: IN THE KEMER DISTRICT
Lovely situation right by the ruins but don't be fooled by the atmospheric look of the place. They will rip you off at the first opportunity. The food was average and they charged 130 lira for the Testi, a local speciality. You can get this anywhere else in town for about 40 lira. The whole of the menu is overpriced. For starters and the testi for two, with no alcohol, we were charged 210 lira. The most we had paid anywhere else was 60 lira and the most you should be paying is about 70 - 80 lira somewhere else including local alcohol. They didn't even have the local oven bread, tasty flat bread, only normal bread.
We were not the only ones who paid this outragous price, two other couples staying in the same hotel were also caught out by the good looks of the restaurant. Be warned and do not agree to anything until you know the price!!
Written Jul 10, 2006
Address: By the Temple Ruins, Side, Turkey
The döner they prepare is simply delicious, if you like to eat Döner, you'd like Döner with garlic and with sauces much more! Otherwise, the restaurants have no special ambience or something, anyway you have the ambience in your hand :)
Written Apr 24, 2006
Since we had excellent breakfast and dinner included in our package we did not often feel the need to eat more than just a few snacks at lunchtime but we found this restaurant - close to our bungalow - a reasonably priced place with good food.
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Updated Apr 21, 2006
I found the Turkish cruising delightful. Anywhere we ate it was fresh, spicy and always a combination of lots of meat and vegetables. Garlic is part of the cuisine as much as peppers and other spices.
Written Mar 4, 2005
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