Besides the famous “Kalkan Style” historic architecture, the many excellent restaurants contribute to the special atmosphere within Kalkan. Good dining has always been the way of life in Kalkan and continues today. In fact, Kalkan is said to have the highest number of restaurants and bars per inhabitant or square meter on the Turkish coast (believed to be over 200 !).
Kalkan is especially renowned for its numerous roof terrace restaurants and bars which offer a wonderful view of the town, sea and stars. It’s also nice to sit at one of the many fine harbour-side restaurants and watch pleasure boats and fishermen leave early in the morning as you eat your breakfast, or see them return with the day’s catch in the evening.There is lots to do during the day and nightlife is fun, but laid-back. You won’t find noisy, wild nightlife here, like in some other coastal resorts
Examples of these restaurants include :
Aubergine – one of Kalkan’s smartest restaurants is situated right on the harbour front, has a seasonally changing menu and is more adventurous than most, with curries and even wild boar taking their place alongside the staple seafood, kebabs and pastas. With plenty of stylish but comfy chairs and sofas to lounge in both before and after a meal, cocktail or glass of wine in hand, this is a great place to spend an entire evening.
The restaurant attracts everyone for its location and its great cusine. Head chef and proud owner of this superb restaurant since 1996, Mehmet BILGIC has worked in some of the finest restaurants in Europe where he gained an extensive knowledge of French and Italian cooking which he has combined with traditional Turkish cooking methods to create a more healthy and varied menu of new and traditional dishes.Aubergine offers a unique menu of Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine, at what is now widely regarded as one of the finest restaurants in the Antalya region.
With tables right on the marina, as well as cosy seats inside, this restaurant that also goes by the name Patlıcan (`eggplant' in Turkish) is a magnet for its location alone. But add to that specialities like its slow-roasted wild boar and swordfish fillet served in a creamy vegetable sauce and you have a winner www.kalkanaubergine.com
Trio - another fantastic restaurant spanning both sides of the harbourside road. Great selection and quality of fusion food menu - excellent service by friendly staff.
Korsan Fish Restaurant - on the roof of the Patara Stone House and above the Korsan Meze Restaurant it has a stunning position overlooking the bay and the town beach. It continues to be one of the most popular restaurants in Kalkan.
Described by travel writer Jill Crawshaw in the Sunday Times Travel Section as "one of the most fashionable watering holes on the coast", the Fish Terrace offers wonderful local fish dishes full of Mediterranean flavours. The food is always creative and the fish always fresh and served off the bone. Don't worry if you are not a fish lover as there is plenty to choose from off the "not so fishy" menu. The wine list offers a wide choice of Turkish wines and includes the well-loved favourites as well as a more exclusive selection.
The Fish Terrace offers an unrivalled dining experience in a relaxed and intimate atmosphere. The views of Kalkan bay and the beach are breathtakingly beautiful and uninterrupted, offering a unique panoramic view as there is no other terrace between it and the sea. Sink into soft white sofas and enjoy a pre-dinner cocktail or relax back and sip an after dinner coffee and liqueur.
Three evenings a week you can sit back and enjoy live music, vocals and guitar, on the Fish Terrace.
For reservations ; 0090 242 844 3070
Kuru - 7 to 10 minutes out of Kalkan, situated amongst olive trees they operate a cooking school by day and restaurant at night. It is possible to get picked up and dropped off if you book
A delightful porch-style restaurant under the cool protection of ripening grapes and swirling vines. Seated at cheerful tables on comfy pillowed chairs or cross- legged on tapestry- draped divan tables, any meal is enhanced. The refreshing breezes blow away any heated stress of the day as one peruses the generous menu. As the sun begins to set and the mosaic lamps begin to glow below the burgeoning clusters of grapes, discuss the locally sourced offerings on Kuru's wine list. Turkish mezes are fresh and delicious as are the variety of village breads and salads
This is a different and enchanting dining experience. From the moment that Huseyin collects you from the villa by mini bus to the time he returns you there, it is an excellent evening out with delightful traditional Turkish food cooked by the family with ingredients from their own garden.
Huseyin is an attentive and entertaining host. Is is best to order whatever is on the menu of the day as suggested by Huseyin. This is excellent value for money, the food is beautiful and you do feel that you are in a truly Turkish atmosphere
Small House - aptly named, from the moment you walk up the wooden steps and enter through the kitchen into the quaint 16 seat restaurant, the entire experience is wonderful.
Particularly if you are lucky enough to get seated out on the balcony, the whole experience is good, food is well cooked, homely stuff and quite authentic so enjoy nibbling at your meze.
But the tables inside also offer an unforgettable experience as Can will do everything to make you welcome, while his wife cooks your meal to order. A traditional menu, something for everyone - the liver is particularly renowned, as is the fish - but
vegetarians are well catered for too. Do consider a long lunch
the balcony is booked up for dinner - watching the world go by
with a meze and a few beers isn't a bad way to break up a day on the beach. A must on a visit to Kalkan, but we recommend you book, as it seems the secret is out!
Doy Doy - the restaurant occupies a fantastic location, and the view across the harbour, and beyond to Mouse and Snake islands, is something you will never forget.
The layout of the restaurant very pretty, professional staff and Head waiter Sinasi and owner Dogan are always around to see everything is to your liking.
Established over 30 years ago, has built up a reputation amongst visitors and locals alike for its' quality of food, relaxed atmosphere and friendly service.
The menu choice offers an eclectic mix of homemade mediteranean and traditional Turkish dishes
Relax and read a newspaper or chat with friends over a traditional Turkish breakfast, escape the heat of the day over a light lunch and watch the world go by or pop in for a sundowner at the chill out bar or treat yourself to a delicious freshly cooked evening meal.
For reservation Doy Doy restaurant; 0090 242 844 2441
Sade - on one of the busiest street in the old town (opposite Tailor Yusef), Sade has fabulous sea views from the roof top terrace and a great host ‘Erhan’. He and his brother Gürhan the chef, provide great service and serve modern Turkish dishes and tender steaks.
This restaurant has a good reputation and deserves it. Very good quality food, service extremely good and child friendly. Reasonably priced. Not a large restaurant so either book in advance or arrive early to get best top floor terrace tables.
For reservations; 0090 545 536 9536
(and for those of you without a Facebook account, you are too old to be thinking about going there !)
Coast – a contemporary restaurant with a contemporary menu and a great fusion of flavours. Trendy, attractive ‘beach house’ style restaurant and bar located between Yakamoz (Jimmy's) restaurant and Aubergine restaurant, next to the harbour.And GREAT cocktails !!Club Chocolate - a slightly more ‘lively’ nightclub where the cocktail menu is varied - this venue might make for a happy and fun ending to your night out.Sit at comfortable tables and sofas with a great view of the terrace and dance floor and watch the dance floor full of people of different ages having fun. Throughout the night the type and tempo of music changes, the DJ will take requests and the team often joins in and dance around the dance floor and is great to watch...so much so you might even want to join in.With clean toilets, air conditioned dance floor, candle lit tables, takeaway grill outside for food at the end of the night and taxis that will collect from the entrance steps make up everything you need to enjoy your night
Moonlight – enjoy a romantic meal at Moonlight restaurant and Pension (not to be confused with Moonlight bar in the old town), and watch the sunset behind the mountains from its roof terrace dining area. When you've finished your delicious meal, you can retreat to the cocktail bar and watch the world go by.Location: near Ada rent-a-car on the Kalamar Road
Kalamaki - a very smart and trendy restaurant and coffee shop in the heart of the town. Very 'chic' and with uninterrupted panoramic view of the harbour and sea from the terrace
and for something completely different, how about treating yourselves to a lunch or dinner cooked for you at the villa - ‘Chefs at Home’ is Kalkan’s foremost private chef service. Imagine your own chef, preparing and serving fabulous traditional Turkish home-cooked food in the comfort of Villa Sea Breeze, leaving you free enjoy the build up with a glass or two of wine while sitting and relaxing with friends or family.
‘Chefs at Home’ (Kazim) caters for lunch and supper parties, barbeques, family meals and formal dinners, including weddings and anniversaries. The service is available all year round, but during the busier summer months, we recommend booking as far ahead as possible
Kazim will visit you in advance of your special occasion to tailor a menu to your exact requirements and budget.
The cost of your meal will vary according to the number of people being catered for, plus the ingredients required, but will always be reasonable – and still cheaper than eating out in a restaurant!
Kazim has 14 years of experience as a professional chef. Originally from Gaziantep, one of Turkey’s foremost culinary centres, he has worked in Kalkan since 2006, and set up ‘Chefs at Home’ three years ago. Since then, demand for his services has continued to grow, as word has got around about the quality of Kazim’s cooking, and as more people appreciate having an alternative to eating out, or need a professional catering service for a special occasion. Kazim is fluent in English, and we can guarantee will add his own special 'personality' to your occasion !
BUT REMEMBER, THIS IS A VERY VERY SMALL SELECTION OF KALKAN'S RESTAURANTS - go explore and discover your own culinary 'gems' - Kalkan is full of them !