Kalkan Restaurant Guide

No trip to Kalkan is complete without sampling it's legendary restaurant scene. Rooftop restaurants abound but don't expect to be hassled by street reps trying to cajole you in like other tourist centres in Southern Europe. Kalkan retains a classy low key approach. With allegedly more restaurants per square mile than anywhere else in Turkey you won't be short of choice. The latest count tops 200.

The Fish Terrace

Family run fish restaurant in the old town a short walk from Kalkan harbour. Enjoy stunning harbour views from the rooftop terrace. Book early to secure the best tables on the balcony edge. Service offers the perfect blend of formal and friendly. Food is naturally seafood based. Prices are reasonable. Other non seafood dishes are also offered and just as delicious. Some nights you'll find live jazz. Renowned for its ambience and atmosphere. At it's best during sunset.

rooftop tables at sunset with lamps

Mussakka

Mussakka restaurant is situated along the harbour front. Enjoy a broad menu and excellent selection of cocktails (the latter can be enjoyed without food). Renowned for excellent food, atmosphere and service. Note the perfect location on the waterfront means getting a table can be a challenge so worth booking ahead. Prices higher than restaurants further back from the front but still very reasonable. An excellent children's menu is also worth a mention.

front of Mussakka restaurant with tables and guests

Trio

Bar and restaurant overlooking the marina at the harbour. Wide varied menu mixing local seasonal ingredients and flavours with mederterraean and Asian themes. Good well presented food at reasonable prices given it's prime location. Lovely harbour views and bar area provides ideal spot for a nightcap. Grab an outside table overlooking the marina and watch the sun set. Trio Website

outdoor dining in the sun at Kalkan harbour

Korsan Meze

Harbour front restaurant with open air setting. Sister place to Fish Terrace. Varied menu at reasonable prices given prime location. Booking in advance if recommended as the restaurant can be very popular during peak holiday season. Even more so than other restaurants based on several years or success. They also deliver direct to villas, try breakfast or lunch by your own pool. Beautiful setting, great food, fair prices and spot on service sum it up.

neon lights of Korsan Meze sign overlooking set tables outdoor

Aubergine

Traditional Turkish cuisine in prime harbour location. Enjoy open air dining on the terrace. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Great views across the harbour. Also available just for cocktails and drinks. Slightly pricier than some of Kalkans other harbour side restaurants. A more modern and contemporary decor. Busy so booking ahead is recommended. Aubergine Website

neon Aubergine sign above large open dining area with marina in background

Likya Pavilion

Fine dining restaurant within luxury hotel complex. One of the most impressive restaurant settings in Kalkan located on the edge of sea with stunning views across Kalkan bay. The perfect place to watch the sun set. 5 minutes walk along the coast from the Harbour but no more expensive. The perfect choice for a romantic meal. The complex is also home to a small collection of luxury private villas. Likya Pavilion Website

white tables on veranda overlooking Kalkan bay sea views

Gironda

Located in the middle of Kalkan old town. Renowned for its elevated rooftop terrace with views across Kalkan. Owner Jimmy and his team of waiters have become a Kalkan staple noted for their friendly good humoured service. Jimmy usually welcomes diners personally and from drinks in the courtyard through to being led to your table and a much celebrated dining experience Gironda attempts to set itself apart from the competition. Tastefully decorated, Gironda is housed in one of the oldest buildings in Kalkan. Generally considered a must visit.

bustling rooftop restaurant dining with views of Kalkan

Sade

Compact rustic restaurant situated in the heart of Kalkan old town with two set evening sittings. As always in Kalkan alfresco dining available on the small terrace. In as tough a market as Kalkan, with other restaurants aiming to set themselves apart by way of their unique service or prime sea view location, in Sade itís all about the food. While service, setting and ambience are still top class Sade gets top marks for its dishes. It goes without saying, you need to book ahead but like Gironda above, Sade is another must visit.

waiter serves table on rooftop mountains and sea in background

Agora

Located in Kalkan old town but offering some of the best sea views in Kalkan from its large open rooftop dining terrace. Excellent food, service and atmosphere. With a varied menu that caters for all tastes you canít go wrong with Agora. Well worth a visit.

tables on rooftop sea in background

Kalamaki

Authentic Turkish fine dining cuisine in Kalkan old town. Very busy which tells you everything about its reputation. Considered a must visit during any Kalkan trip. Renowned for the quality and presentation of its dishes. Rooftop terrace offers fantastic views over Kalkan. The decor (especially the toilets) hint at aspirations to be Kalkans most sophisticated restaurant. The perfect choice for a romantic meal for two. Kalamaki Website

two tables set for fine dining on rooftop sea in background