A multifaceted dining scene in Antalya allows visitors to experiment with Turkey’s cuisine before trying that of other countries like Italy, Greece, and France. Here's our pick of the best dining spots on Antalya’s foodie map – serving everything from haute cuisine to traditional Turkish kebabs.
Enjoy a head-turning fusion of ultra-contemporary cooking in an historic Ottoman-era setting at the stylish Vanilla Lounge. Just a brief five-minute stroll from Hadrian’s Gate, this chic restaurant – under the keen eye of British head chef and owner Wayne Hoggard – prides itself on cool designer vibes and intimate lighting. The menu leans Italian, with a sparky Asian twist – think salmon gravadlax with ginger foam, wasabi and soy dressing, alongside a rich and savoury wild mushroom tagliatelle, or a range of crowd-pleasing pizzas. Anything but a vanilla experience.
With knockout views out across the pretty harbour, Antalya old town and Bey Dağları mountains far in the distance, it’s no wonder Club Arma is such a popular year-round draw for in-the-know diners from the region. With a menu that puts the lush bounty of the Mediterranean front and centre – grilled octopus, roasted sea bass, lobster thermidor – served in the photogenic setting of a rustic former flour mill, Arma is just the spot for a dining experience that takes you far away from the daily grind.
The Ship Inn
For a good old-fashioned no-nonsense Turkish feast – such as giant mezes, sautéed veal, grilled aromatic meatballs, generous spears of veggie or lamb shish – this big-hearted eatery with its agreeably chatty outdoor terrace in Ataturk Park is impossible to beat. Surrounded by three natural lakes and cooled by great cascades of local vegetation, The Ship Inn is an oasis of calm from the busy streets of Antalya.
Seraser Fine Dining
Rightly deserving it's reputation as a local gastronomic go-to, Seraser Fine Dining offers uncompromisingly good cooking in a romantic and historic setting. Tuck into artistically presented dishes – cuttlefish alla sicula or goats cheese shuffle for starters, with tender Santorini-style octopus for mains – surrounded by elegant wood-carved furniture finished in velvet upholstery and artfully arranged foliage, and all slap-bang in the heart of town.
Patio Bistro and Restaurant
For a culinary voyage around the Med pull up a chair at the bright and airy Patio, situated in the Puding Marina Hotel. For local flavours go for the tender roast lamb with tiny shallots, green peppers and popping cherry tomatoes, or sally forth out to sea for perfect Greek halloumi, Piedmontese veal in tuna sauce, or spicy shrimp gazpacho from Spain. Something to keep everybody happy, and handily located in the Old Town.
You simply can’t get a more authentically marine ambience than at this cheerful waterside suntrap. It's quite literally overhanging a cliff, with steps leading directly to its own private beach, so the soundtrack at Mermerli is the serene shush of the waves and the perfume is the salt tang of the ocean. Gorge yourself on – what else – grilled shrimp or tender hunks of steaming sea bream in an open colonnaded dining room with unbeatable views out over the warm, twinkling Mediterranean.