This restaurant on Bitez beach has the most friendlyest staff you could ever want to meet, my kids fell in love with them, and so did i when they knocked some money off the bill hahahaha. We used to get fed up with the traditional Turkish breakfast so we used to go here to the Katre and have a lovely greasy fry up hehehehe, im only joking, the breakfast was fantastic and so was the evening meals.
Favorite Dish: You won't get a better fry up anywhere
This restaurant was our favourite in Bitez and they always had something special on the menu every night. Most of the nightlife in Bitez is very low key but this place always had some kind of entertainment going on, as you will see in my nightlife tip.
Favorite Dish: The pizzas are great and the peppered steak is huge and is served with chips, carrots, and rice. Look on the specials board coz they always have that extra something special.
The red dragon was my favourite restaurant the last time we visited Bitez 17 years ago, and i wasn't really suprised to find it still exists. The food is still just as good as it was 17 years ago, the menu has changed a little though hehehehehe. You could not wish to find such a more freindly restaurant as this one, we dined here 5 times on our 2 week holiday, and by the time we had to go home we had made some great new freinds. The red dragon has a huge menu including, Chinese, Italian, Indian, Mexican, and traditional Turkish as well as a good choice of wine and beer. They also have a good kids menu and you havn't even got to worry about getting back to your hotel because they will organise a taxi for you FREE OF CHARGE so if you want, you can get pi-sed as a scunk hahahahahahaha. The manager of the restaurant is a screem, he will always say , you are my best custermers, but he will say this to everybody who eats there hehehehehehe. But at the end of our holiday, we truly was his best custermers, to which we had to sign his autopraph book. So if anyone from the Red Dragon ever reads this, i would like to thank the manager and all the staff, especially the bloke on the door who dragged us in on our first night there, and i look forward to your christmas card, many, many, thanks for making our holiday special. Oh and send over a few bottles of Doluca with the christmas card heheheherhehe
Favorite Dish: Well what can i say about the menu, exept its bloody huge. My favorite dish from the red dragon has to be the Sizzle, you can have, chicken, beef, lamb, or mixed and its served on a cast iron dish. When it comes from the kitchen, they run outside the restaurant with it because it is virtually on fire, the smoke, and the sizzling noise is amazing, after a couple of mins it comes to your table and is served with rice, this is a unique experiance so don't miss it THE SIZZLE
Number 48 is a rarity in Bitez in being the only restaurant we passed that didn't post lookouts to hassle you to come in and eat.
The menu is wide ranging, with good value lunchtime offers (which is important as prices generaly in Bitez are steep).
Quality of food was excellent. We would recommend the steaks.
The atmosphere is laid back, with gentle music that isn't blasted from big speakers like most others in the resort. The whole place had a quiet and relaxed feel about it. We were always made very welcome whenever we dropped in, even for just a quick drink.
The service was second to none. Always a glass refilled at the right time without being intrusive.
Favorite Dish: The steaks are delicious and the beer is served very cold.
On our second evening we spent some time sussing out a restaurant away from the seafront and with a more local vibe. The Black Cat is one street back from the beach about a block beyond the Mosque. I was immediately attracted to its sign featuring two cats and its small and spotless exterior. Being allowed to read the menu with no interference from the waiter standing on the terrace, clinched it for us. As the first customers of the evening, in fact the first of the season, we were invited in to examine the food on offer and really enjoyed the descriptions of the various dishes. Eating here was very relaxing with extremely pleasant and courteous service and I would recommend it wholeheartedly.
Favorite Dish: The cheese and spinach tart we started with and the succulent lamb kebabs for main course were very good indeed.
This restaurant is further back from the beach than the Black Cat and was fairly full every night we passed. The very smoothtalking Maitre D made the claim about 'the best Turkish food in Bitez' and who am I to disagree? We shared a meal here with two fellow Corkonians, Clare and Catherine and while we all enjoyed the food, we felt that the claim of 'most expensive Turkish food in Bitez' could just as easily be applied. We all had kebabs, in this case off the skewer and in Claire and Catherine's case, on a bed of rice and yogurt. Denis and I chose the chef's special, Testi Kebab for two people, the definition of which could easily be nominated for the Booker Prize, so glittering was the prose used to describe it. In the event it was a tasty but not spectacular mixed meat and vegetable stirfry, served in a terracotta pot . For desert we all had baklava and icecream, which again somewhat fell short of the flowery phrases used to sell it to us.The wine here was twice as expensive as any other wine we'd had during the week and ditto with the water.
This restaurant is good but not as spectacular as it would have you believe. The portions are small and the drinks are expensive. They do make the effort to introduce some authentic Turkish touches to the food and presentation though and they don't have a big screen TV.
Favorite Dish: My favourite dish was the poetically described Testi Kebeab which tasted like a very delicious stirfry but was served most spectacularly in a clay pot on a bed of flames and a whole onion on top. Keeping the onion was an optional extra.
This restaurant we found was tucked out of the way from the main area of Bitez so it was not what you would call a busy restaurant, but i can't understand why, i thought the food was exelent and the service was spot on
Favorite Dish: The Sirga restaurant has quite a large menu, including
And a great childrens menu as well.
Try the Octopus salad followed by the chef's special kebab
Everybody pushes this restaurant in Bitez and it's pretty hard to avoid it. On our first evening, not yet armed with the necessary skills to shake off touts, we succumbed to pressure and sat down to our first Turkish dinner. The food was quite good, the service efficient and a guitarist with the weirdest Engish accent ever, crooned in the background. In truth, there's absolutely nothing wrong with this restaurant apart from its location on the strip of beach where passers-by are subjected to a non-stop stream of verbal inducements/harrassment to occupy one of the endless rows of tables, under the big screen TVs. This is not my idea of dining ambience so for the rest of the trip we avoided this like the plague.
The Golden Spoon's serves Turkish food but you can get most foods here from burgers to Beijing Duck to Full English Breakfast.
Favorite Dish: The starter Turkish Meze Plate, served with freshly baked flatbread was a very tasty introduction to Turkish cuisine.
You will find it hard to beat this spread anywhere in the Bodrum peninsula, fantastic selection of mezes, salads and main dishes. Its always beautifully presented and very popular with people who don't even stay at the hotel. You even get entertainment through the evening, now what could be better than that
A small place set back from the beach about 50m, with just 6 tables.
We used it 3 times in 7 days - definitely a favourite.
Staff are friendly and efficient.
No written menu in the evening - you choose from what's there. Good fish and meze.
Favorite Dish: One of the meze - fried aubergine with tomato. Or was it the heydari? Mmm...
Oh my god the food is to die for. No matter what you eat in this restaurant you always get served such good quality of food. The portions are just perfect, and served always with a smile. The waiters, Brain, Tommy (Manager) and Morat are such nice people. Where would you get a place that people who work there just make you any kind of cocktail you like - or indeed invent one for when you are finished your dinner.
It was my birthday and in 20 minutes they whipped up a treat for me - fireworks and everything.
Every night at 10 the lads get up to do a little dance to some songs - it helps them if we all get up with them1
I chose the Meatballs on the first night - just perfect texture - not too dry and served with a nice quantity of chips and large salad.
I chose Flame fried Chicken on another occassion - like a Turkish version of Chicken Supreme but without much of the sauce. Very very very tasty - you would ask for a second helping if you were greedy!!!!
My boyfirend tried Burittos (Mexican) quite nice but not as nice as their local dishes it had to be said.
Favorite Dish: I have to say my favourite dish was the Chef's Special which was Flame Fried Sea Bass. All I can say is WOW - it was beautiful. You need to like fish though as Sea Bass is quite strong tasting fish. it was served in breadcrumbs (light) with fried mushrooms and onions in a nice light cream/wine sauce. On the side you get a baked potato, rice and some veg.
Absolutely a must try.
Number 48 is center of Bitez. Its very easy to find. From outside it is not very much attractive but when you smell the Fajitas you feel like you want to give a try !!
Very nice decorated, lovely music and huge portions ! They have 101 kinds of different options. You can not decide easily. So we had Meat Fajitas and my husband had a fish plate. Mm it was just perfect ! The presantation and atmosphere was amazing.
We had an unforgettable evening.
Thank you to Ahmed and Mustapha.
Favorite Dish: Sea Bream Fishand Meat Fajitas.
Antonio's is a lovely little restaurant just off the beach and just around the corner from the mosque, they cook traditional dishes as well as pizzas, steaks and seafood. The staff are very helpfull and they hold evening entertainment every night. But i thought the bloke on the door was a bit pushy to get you inside the restaurant
Favorite Dish: The menu was quite large and i picked the peppered steak, which wasn't bad, but very small
The owner is very "hands on". He explains what's on the menu and takes your orders (no written menu - you get taken into the kitchen to be shown what is on offer).
We ate there 3-4 times in 7 days, and everything we ate was super. My friend ordered wild sea bream one night (usually its farmed) and loved it. Next night she had a huge red mullet - same story!
One secret - on our last visit we saw the owner's brother (one of the waiters) emerge from the water 20m away, clad in snorkel, face mask and flippers and clutching a basket trap of fresh fish! He handed the contents to his brother, and went back in to replace the trap.
How fresh can you get!
Favorite Dish: Tough question! It was always good. Probably the köfte - sounds banal, but it was exceptional.
Tried this place twice.
First time we were very happy with our lunch.
When we went back for dinner the service was not so good, and the owner (or was it the owner's wife/girlfriend) sat at the next table to smoke and have a coffee. We had to ask her to b....r off.
Not a good start to a meal...
Favorite Dish: Chicken shish