When holidaying in Kalkan, it is an absolute must to sample a selection of the wide variety of cuisine the town has to offer. Famous for the largest density of restaurants across the entirety of Turkey, with over two hundred to choose from, Kalkan provides something for everyone, no matter your taste or budget! From traditional Turkish cuisine, mezes and fish restaurants on the marina to rooftop terrace fine-dining, you are simply spoilt for choice.
Renowned for its rooftop dining culture, Kalkan radiates sophistication, timeless elegance and a style to rival that of France and Italy. Offering an abundance of dining experiences like no other, Kalkan emanates a unique charm and postcard-worthy scenery that many return to experience year after year.
The running theme throughout all Kalkan dining is that everything is made fresh. With an abundance of fresh fruit, vegetables, fish and meat, the food is cooked to perfection without the need for additives or preservatives. Even the takeaways are free from processed foods!
At Kalkan Holiday Property, we are passionate about Kalkan cuisine, so we’ve put together a list of our favourite, tried and tested Kalkan restaurants to help make your trip extra special.
Described by many as one of the best restaurants in Kalkan, Chameleon is famous for its Beef Wellington, cooked to perfection. A little bit more on the expensive side, but worth every penny, Chameleon boasts exquisite high-quality food and a service to match. This restaurant has a smaller menu than most in Kalkan but puts a great emphasis on the delivery of quality food, cooked to a professional standard. If you’re looking for a spot of lunch, a spectacular evening dining experience, or cocktails in the evening, in a chameleon-esque style, this restaurant changes to suit the needs of its customers.
Offering both a cocktail bar and dining experience, Trio mixes the best of both effortlessly. With stunning views of the harbour and subtle notes of jazz, this restaurant is the ultimate place to chill out in style. Trio’s menu is very extensive and caters for all eating habits. The food is well-presented food and the service is first-class, without the extortionate price tag attached. If a mixture of Mediterranean and Asian food sounds like something you’d enjoy, then this is the place for you.
Salt And Pepper
Right in the heart of Kalkan’s Old Town, with spectacular, unobstructed views of the bay and surrounding mountainous scenery, Salt And Pepper offers diners an eating experience at any time of the day. The imaginative menu blends both traditional and fusion flavours with fresh, organic and homegrown ingredients, sourced straight from the family farm. Why not sample a selection of the expertly-crafted signature cocktails, exclusive to the restaurant?
If wine is your poison of choice, then you are in luck! Salt And Pepper specialises in wine, with an extensive range on offer from the Kayra winery, one of the oldest and largest wineries in Turkey. Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner or even an evening nightcap, Salt And Pepper has it all.
If you’re looking for a fine dining experience at a beautiful boutique hotel without the pretentious outset, then you’ve come to the right place! The Likya Hotel offers diners an elegant, beautiful and relaxing atmosphere with spectacular views of the gardens below and the bay. The head chef, Yilmaz, is always mixing things up, creating inspiring and flavourful dishes that leave you wanting more. Large portions, exceptional cooking and spectacular presentation, what more could you want?
Boasting one of Kalkan’s highest roof-top terrace restaurants and with two terraces to choose from, Gourmet oozes a romantic atmosphere that simply cannot be beaten. The presentation and quality of food is outstanding and the service is second to none with the staff being extremely attentive. If you’re a steak lover, Gourmet’s steaks are cooked to perfection, on a slate stove, right at the table! Looking for a fine dining experience? Gourmet is the answer.
Widely regarded as one of the finest Kalkan restaurants, Aubergine offers a number of meat, fish, vegetarian and vegan options, providing an inclusive menu to suit all lifestyles.
Fresh fish is caught and cooked on a daily basis and only the finest quality, locally produced, organic fruit and vegetables are used in their cooking. The head chef combines his extensive knowledge of both French and Italian dining with traditional Turkish cooking to create a mixed Mediterranean and Anatolian-inspired menu. Why not try the house dish that inspired the restaurant’s name, Imam Bayıldı?
If you’re wanting to visit the dilapidated town of Kayakoy, this is approximately a 1hr 20 minute hour drive from Kalkan.
At Sade, it’s all about the food. Whilst other restaurants rely on first-class service and spectacular views, the dishes at Sade speak for themselves. Well known for its steakhouse quality steaks, this rustic restaurant offers a wide selection of quality dishes far beyond their main offering. Why not get hands-on with the surf and turf? The passion that goes into this restaurant’s cooking is unparalleled.
Diners can enjoy excellent sea views, fantastic value for money, beautiful food and staff who go above and beyond to ensure their customers are well taken care of, what’s not to love? We think it’s pretty hard to beat!
We’ll give you one guess what the house special is! A little more on the pricey side, but still reasonable in terms of the quality received, this pink themed restaurant offers a brilliant service and a wide variety of dishes, not to mention an instagram-worthy, chic atmosphere! Complete with an elegant cocktail bar that could have been plucked straight from the heart of London, it’s easy to see why this restaurant is the place to be! Due to its popularity, we would recommend booking Mussakka in advance.
It’s also great to mention that if you’re holidaying with children, the children’s menu is brilliant for choice!
Best known for hosting the King of Hell’s Kitchen that is Gordon Ramsey, Kalamaki is a must-visit restaurant, especially if you’re looking to sample some traditional Turkish food. This pub/restaurant not only specialises in authentic Turkish food but also dabbles in a fusion of Turkish dishes with a European twist.
A sophisticated restaurant renowned for its quality, presentation, finishing touches and reputation, Kalamaki is the perfect choice for a romantic evening.
One of Kalkan’s first restaurants, Korsan Meze holds a warm place in the heart of the local residents. With stunning Harbour-front views, the restaurant is well known for its excellent fish dishes, its popular atmosphere and offers tourists great value for money where quality is concerned. This restaurant is also regarded for its delicious fresh vegetarian meze (akin to tapas) to be enjoyed either on the street-side terrace or open-air rooftop.
Going the extra mile for its customers, Korsan provides a delivery service direct to your door, meaning you can enjoy restaurant-quality food at any time of the day from the comfort of your holiday villa. Why not enjoy a cold crisp glass of their homemade lemonade, or if you’re feeling more adventurous, a bottle of fabulously flavourful Turkish wine from their vault?
What Can Kalkan Holiday Property Do For You?
We understand how important it is to support local business and the team at Kalkan Holiday Property are very passionate about what Kalkan has to offer our clients. When holidaying in one of our properties, our concierge services allow you to enjoy your holiday to the fullest. If you are looking to book a specific cuisine or fancy sampling a number of the best restaurants in Kalkan mentioned above, a member of our friendly team will be more than happy to organise your reservations.
To include a tour of the cuisine that Kalkan has to offer in your initial booking, please get in touch. Don’t forget to tag us at @kalkan.holidayproperty next time you visit and snap a foodie picture at one of these splendid eateries!