Housed in a restored village house, Dibek is where you go for authentic village cooking. It is the only restaurant in Goreme that requires advance orders for very famous testi kebap (meat and vegetables in a sealed terracota claypot that is broken during serving) that requires three hours of slow cooking in an oven.
Unfortunately, I haven't had the chance to try this local speciality. But what I had - kurufasulye (white beans with sundried lamb and tomato sauce) - was good. Their locally-produced house wine was surprisingly not bad, and the dessert, apricots cooked in syrup was a perfect ending to a wonderful meal.
Ambiance is homey, made comfortable by thick cushions around brass tables. Highly recommended.
A'laturca basks in glowing praises from the New York Times (from where I learned about this restaurant even before making plans to visit Goreme) and guidebooks, the former gloriously framed and displayed up front at the maitre d's podium Such was the popularity of the restaurant that reservations are necesary during major holidays and the peak summer season. I had to be politely refused the first time I went there - not their fault; the restaurant was packed.
So I made it to A'laturca two nights later. Was it worth the hype?
The food is superb in presentation and taste. For starters, I ordered grilled calamari and the presentation came as a pleasant surprise, expecting skewers neatly arranged on a dull white plate (see picture of calamari). Notwithstanding Goreme is located hundreds of miles inland, the calamari was fresh - and grilled to perfection, careful not to overcook the tender meat. For mains, I had grilled thin beef slices - which were tender and done as perfectly as the calamari, although the waiter was perhaps too eager to please that he served the beef only a few minutes after the calamari. By the time I had space for it, the beef was already cold, so I had to request them to reheat.
And the wine? I had local wine, which was not bad, although I'm not particularly fond of Turkish wine. The dessert, rice pudding, was scrumptious.
If you have one opportunity to splurge in Goreme, this is the place to do it.
the silk road restaurant is a faily good local restaurant located near the meeting point.
i have eaten there twice and both times the food was fine.
it's a very cosy restaurant with comfy chairs and they have a good varied menu.
the only minus is the waiters who at time behave a bit too much like i would expect a bartender to do after midnight.
they could learn a little there from the meeting point cafe.
apart from that i ahve no complaints at all though.
the meeting point cafe is one of my favorite places to eat in goreme even if the place does not serve any alcohol.
the food there is always tasty and the service is very polite.
these days i think that some waitiers are just a bit too much smart ass and it's nice to see a restaurant where formal politeness is still practised in it's best way.
the place has a little terrace where you can enjoy the food while looking at the street scene.
Favorite Dish: try their fresh fruit juices.
they are a real treat.
Very 'local' restaurant that you basicly sit on the floor and eat in very nomadic way.There are lovely cats all around and rest. provides local food only , like manti (boiled pastry in mince and topped garlic yoghurt)
Favorite Dish: mantiiiii
First of all view is fantastic : a terrace with huge formation view-which is known as Ortahisar castle-and also provides kind of mummy museum that illustrates local living &scenes from late century.You can try shephard kebab but their olive oil based veggies are worth to try either.
Favorite Dish: fried cheese rolls , beans in olive oil and stuffed vine leaf.
I don't have this habit of remembering the names of retaurants where I enjoyed the food - not a good habit!
We wandered to the small town of Goreme and we found this local resto that serves kebab and other stuff. They have delicious food and the resto has a diplay of nice rugs and carpets, they're for sale if you happen to inquire.
There's also a fine dining resto called Alaturca, just in the middle of the town centre. Not hard to find, near the Blue Moon Hotel.
We did not eat out much as the weather was so cold at night and we prefer to take the food at the hotel (Travellers' Cave), simple but tastes really good.
Bear in mind: There are two cafes in the valleys around Goreme. One of them is in Kizilcukur (Red Valley), the other one nearby in Guldere (Rose Valley). Both are adjacent to a cave church. The Uzumlu Church (Church with Grapes) next to the cafe in Kizilcukur is highly recommended. I am including two photos of this cafe.
It has a terrace overlooking the main square of Goreme. The prices were reasonable but wine by the bottle wasn't cheap. So I bought a glass of it. The service was good. You can try here various meat dishes and Turkish mezes.
Favorite Dish: I tried the lamb sticks and some mezes.
The best meal I had over there was a vegetarian dish. They cooked it in a closed pot. They served it to me with a hammer. I had the opportunity to open the pot with the hammer.
Good advise: hit it softly the pot cracks pretty fast.
Good Restaurant in Urgup
The service is excellent.
Turkish food...home made by the owner and his wife
Try the tandir restaurant as well..i think they advertise as a pizza place or something like that..its near the centre
Favorite Dish: The fig dessert is to die for
well well well....its me okey ! i can sleep in a cave , i can easily survive in the mountains over weeks without having shower or any other comfort. but i always say that food is important and my stomach is most important organ of mine.
if you dont mind exceeding your holiday budget , and if your in goreme you must try this restaurant. actually , this place is not expensive but over avarage comparing to the other restaurants&cafes in goreme
Favorite Dish: you can try chicken in pastry with spinach souce on the top , or if your a meat person go for HUGE pepper steak..i also recommend lamb chops(as whole) in the cassorole.they serve all dishes with different veggies,or baked patato, and grilled paprikas. an additional info : as i was one of the "paprica" victims when i first came to goreme please tell to the waiter that they make sure that they will not serve you "hot" paprika !
And ,and they have varieties of wines from all around turkey and some foreign brands with reasonable prices !! for your kind info
My Lonely Planet guide sort of dissed this place but I found it sort of pleasant. Regardless of what the guidebook said, there were lots of people here and that is why I thought I would give it a try. The food was good and cheap. Even better so the beer. Therefore I sat here for awhile and watched the owners dog chase stray cats away from the tables. There is also a great view of Roma Kalesi directly in front of the restaurant.
After walking in Ihlara Valley it is nice to sit down at one of the restaurants by the river. I had a chicken-dish served on a hot iron plate (had the same at Shoestring one evening). The rice lies like a cupole in the middle with a chicken and tomatoe mix around in a circle. It is very delisious.
After the lunch we had watermelon, which at this season often is served after meals.
I don't know the price as the lunch was included in the price for the Ihlara tour. But the coke was 2 000 000 TL.
This was a lovely restaurant on the banks of a little river running through the Ihlara Valley. Its speciality is the baked fish cooked in a clay pot which was outstanding.