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 place with a mission to serve the best of local produce and promote good practices as far as local food production is concerned.

Founded by the former mayor of Yalıkavak, Mustafa Saruhan, and his wife Hülya, the place was designed to serve guests every minute of every day, which makes perfect sense since its irresistible charm makes one never want to leave. The shaded breakfast garden in the morning, a breezy beach during the day, and a cosy evening space for dinner are the options the visitor can choose from.

Reflecting the owners’ appreciation for local produce and local cuisine, the place not only serves award-winning Tuay olive oil from Yatağan and Milas, and also local wine by Vinbodrum, and it has teamed up with social responsibility initiatives such as Bodrum Tohum Derneği (Bodrum Seeds Association) and the olive association Zeytindostu Derneği.

Zeytinlina’s breakfast is already a minor legend among Yalıkavak locals with its fresh veggies from its own garden, delicious homemade jams, and savory pastries to die for. In the summer, always make sure to book a morning spot ahead of time.

Daytime and evening menus include a quality selection of meat cuts, light salads, seasonal fish, as well as comfort foods such as pasta or burgers. There are plenty of refreshing drinks to choose from as the place includes a full bar. Keep in mind the added bonus: all this can be enjoyed at Zeytinlina’s beach!

Open daily 8am-midnight.

Plaj Caddesi No.64/1, Yalıkavak; T: (0252) 385 57 58

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