Where to eat around Fethiye


Cinbal's, Kayakoy
Fethiye and its surrounding area have long been visited by travellers and tourists. There are plenty of cuisines available in this region but here I have concentrated primarily on the restaurants I have found reliable, over several years, in providing good authentic Turkish food. Oh ok, and one (Turkish) Italian restaurant.




Cinbal’s, Kayakoy 
Cinbal’s (pronounced Gin-balz) in Kayakoy is one of the most popular barbecue restaurants in the area. The very direct tag line on their sign "Kendin pisir, kendin ye" gets me every time. It means "Cook it yourself, eat it yourself!" Seating is outdoors in summer, in a hidden garden. There are even trees to tie your dog to. Mine used to love being tossed the bones! You can choose a normal dining table set-up or a Turkish divan with a low table and lounging cushions (perfect for that holiday indulgence!) You order your meat by weight and then any starters, salads or drinks you require. Staff then bring you a small barbecue and your food, which you cook yourself.

Fethiye Fish market
The Fish Market in Fethiye is a very atmospheric place to eat. It is best in the evening when the local fishermen have all returned from a day at sea laden with fresh fish. The set-up is simple. The fishermen sell their fish from a stall in the centre of the courtyard. You can take it home to cook yourself or you can choose one of the four restaurants in the courtyard, in which case just pay the fisherman and indicate which restaurant you are going to. He will prepare the fish and then send it to the restaurant, usually via a small boy. The restaurant will then cook it and serve it to you with whatever starters, salads, drinks you require. Several of Fethiye's street vendors pass through each evening and watch out for the cats hiding up trees, hoping to get their paws on the scraps, or your dinner, they're not fussy. 

Eating at Fethiye's fish market, the fish counter behind on the left.

Megri Lokantasi, Fethiye
Megri (pronounced ‘merry’) restaurant, in Fethiye’s Paspatur district, is a fantastic restaurant which has been trading a reliably long time. You can choose traditional food from the menu or if you’re not sure what everything is, you can point out what you fancy at the counter. Seating is outdoors in the summer, perfect for people-watching. They have a relatively new overhead sprinkler system too, which is fun.

Sedir, Fethiye
Sedir is another restaurant that has existed in Fethiye for a long time. Hidden down a side street, seating is either indoors (with very loud televisions) or outdoors. Traditional food is served and Turkish pide and lahmacun is made fresh to order. You can watch them prepare it.

Buzz Bar, Oludeniz
The Buzz bar in Oludeniz serves traditional Turkish food with a modern twist. They have a varied cocktail menu and the upstairs open-air bar is also a fantastic location to watch the favourite local passtime, paragliding.
 
Cocktails in Buzz bar, Oludeniz

Help Bar, Oludeniz
The Help bar in Oludeniz is a really laidback and friendly place serving breakfast as well as lunch and dinner. Food includes traditional Turkish food as well as international fare. In fact there is so much on offer it will take you a few minutes to read the menu. They have a huge cocktail menu as well as smoothies, non-alcoholic indulgences and sweet treats. If the view of the beach isn’t enough for you, take in some of the colourful d├ęcor around the bar.

Bella Mamma’s, Calis
Bella Mamma’s, if the name didn’t give it away, is an Italian restaurant, rather than a Turkish restaurant. It has an enormous menu of Italian food and serves especially fantastic steaks.