Restaurant reviews

Dramalı, Ortakent

Every season in Bodrum comes with one eagerly-awaited new opening that’s talked about more than others. In 2018 that is Dramalı in Bitez, a place that— thanks to flattering word of mouth—has already become a must-visit. The brainchild of Mustafa Ataman, the place is a family-operated business aspiring to become…

Adalı Kafe, Yalıkavak

Breakfast-serving neighbors in Yalıkavak must have gotten really jealous when it turned out that Adalı Kafe—a recently opened spot on top of the hill, just off the road to Gümüşlük—has a better view than most of them. Since many breakfast-serving places around Yalıkavak, including Gökçebel and Tilkicik, are already known…

Midye7, Yalıkavak

Tired of making everyday choices, we tend to love places which tell us what they’re good at, keeping the agonising over what to order to a minimum. If you agree, you’ll love Midye7 in Yalıkavak—it’s quite simple, you’re there to eat mussels. That’s not to say that you won’t have…

Pizzeria Luca, Bodrum

An Italian chef Luca Chessa and his Turkish partner Şule Aslantürk have opened up a place in the heart of Umurça neighborhood that might be exactly what Bodrum was waiting for. Serving the world’s favorite comfort food (pizza!) in a nostalgic old stone house seems like the perfect combination to…

Arka Restaurant & Pizzeria, Bodrum

Situated in a narrow alley among the souvenir shops of the pedestrian-only part of Cumhuriyet Caddesi in the center of Bodrum, Arka Restaurant & Pizzeria is one of the hidden gems of the area. Easy to overlook when passing by, yet well-known by locals, the place combines local hospitality and…

Bodrum Makarnacı by Koko, Bitez

Since 2012, Bodrum Makarnacı (pasta maker) has been dedicated to perfecting the one staple food that everyone associates with Italian cuisine. This is how a niche was found that transformed a little, boutique cafe into an all-day restaurant and full-grown pasta-making business that also sells its flagship products for you…

Barboom, Yalıkavak

Who doesn’t want a delicious al fresco dinner accompanied by a breathtaking view? Date night or not, especially while on vacation we feel entitled to something extra that comes with the meal. Several restaurateurs in Bodrum understand that very well; the owners personally attend to the tables, welcome the guests,…

Off Gümüşlük, Gümüşlük

What happens when an established brand from Istanbul relocates to the bohemian Bodrum neighborhood of Gümüşlük, while trying to stay true to its quality food-and-entertainment-filled roots? Taking advantage of its multi-functional location, Off Gümüşlük serves as so many things that none of its local competitors can keep up. The main…

Zeytinlina, Yalıkavak

A place with a mission Just a few months since its opening, Zeytinlina has become the go-to place for both Bodrum locals and visitors for a certain reason. Tucked in between boutique hotels on Yalıkavak’s waterfront, what from a distance might seem like just another restaurant is in fact a…

Kebap.guru, Bodrum

Unlike many Turkish celebrity pitmasters, Halil Fikir usta doesn’t slice the air with a sharp fileto knife, nor does he throw salt in an exaggerated fashion all over his kitchen, yet he’s probably the best known specialist in his field in Bodrum. After six seasons in the area, and more…