Offering superb views of the Kaleiçi, Antalya’s old town, of the marina, and of the Bey Dağları mountain range, Club Arma has established itself as one of the most prominent eateries in the Southern Turkish city. A blend of different influences, the architecture of the building housing Club Arma reflects its previous function of industrial factory, and the subsequent use as flour mill and storage space, and brings together local stone with the structure of the Italian arches. Great care is given to the presentation of dishes, which present diners with the freshest locally sourced fish.
Club Arma, Kaleici Yat Limani | iskele Caddesi 75, Antalya, Turkey, +90 242 244 9710
Il Vicino Pizzeria
Perfect for those who wish to hop across the Mediterranean and taste some Italian cuisine, Il Vicino Pizzeria enjoys a central location on the old streets of central Antalya. A modern and eclectic decor welcomes diners in a fizzy and colourful atmosphere. Voracious eaters can feast on an appetizer before sinking their teeth into one of the traditional Italian pizzas or trying one of Il Vicino’s signature creations. Sweet options are also available in combinations of flavours like gorgonzola and strawberries, or pumpkin and mascarpone.
Il Vicino Pizzeria, Pasa Camii12, Kaleici, Antalya, Turkey, +90 242 244 4053
Since its opening in 2002, Lara Balikevi has built a reputation for serving some of the best seafood in Antalya. After five years of activity, a second branch was opened; enjoying similar locations along the shore and offering equally pleasing views of the sea, both restaurants are decorated in a modern style and have ample outdoor terraces and gardens. A big counter displays the day’s catch, which is used to create the restaurant’s fresh daily dishes. While halal options are also available, fish is certainly the restaurant’s strength and comes served in masterfully arranged presentations.
Lara Balık Evi, Altınkum Mh., Antalya, Turkey, +90 242 229 8015
Lara Balik Evi, Tevfik Işık Cd, Muratpaşa, Antalya, Turkey, +90 242 313 1399
The building housing Mermerli is a stone structure overhanging a cliff with direct access through wooden steps to the beach a few metres below. Overlooking the sea, a colonnade is sustained by long series of stone arches, where the tables of the restaurants are set. The relaxing swish of the waves and the dim lighting create a romantic ambience, where guests are invited to unwind and lounge in a charming environment. The menu offers a rich selection of fish and meat dishes and presents a particularly tempting grill section, with options like grilled cutlets and meat skewers.
Mermerli, İskele Cd, Selçuk Mh., Muratpaşa, Antalya, Turkey, +90 242 248 54 84
Otantik Boutique Hotel is a small hotel located in the historical centre of Antalya. Featuring its own restaurant and wine bar, Otantik is among the most appreciated eateries in town. The colours of dark wood and lime green decorate the interior hall, which extends into an open courtyard illuminating the rustic space framed by stone walls. With tables lined along the outside wall on the pavement, Otantik has a charming atmosphere. The cuisine blends flavours from across Turkey with international influences to delight guest with beautiful dishes.
Otantik Boutique Hotel, Hesapçı Sk, Kaleici, Antalya, Turkey, +90 242 244 8530
Patio Bistro & Restaurant
Sited in the context of the Puding Marina Hotel, in the heart of Antalya’s old town district, Patio greets diners with a homely and rustic yet refined ambience. The menu is a journey through many of the countries washed by the waters of the Mediterranean sea with some influences coming from further away. Fois gras from France, gazpacho soup with shrimps from Spain, Turkish manti and kuzu kavurma (Turkish roasted lamb with shallots, green peppers and cherry tomatoes), grilled halloumi cheese salad from Greece, vitello tonnato from Italy and tempura from Japan all find a place on Patio’s à la carte menu.
Patio Bistro & Restaurant, Mermerli S.15, Kaleiçi, Antalya, Turkey, +90 242 244 0730
Seraser Fine Dining
One of the most renowned spots on Antalya’s dining scene, Seraser Fine Dining is situated in the historical centre of the city. A visit to this restaurant is bound to be a feast for all the senses: smell will be delighted by the scent of the Mediterranean garden recreated in the open courtyard, while the sight will be pleased by the elegant decor, the warm light illuminating the stone walls and velvet chairs, the decor details like amphorae and statues that give the ambience a unique flair. Finally, taste will be tickled by the rich choice available on the menu and satisfied by the flavours of Seraser’s traditional Turkish cuisine.
Seraser Fine Dining, Karanlic 18, Antalya, Turkey, +90 242 247 6015
Located in Ataturk Park, Ship Inn recreates a peaceful and relaxing oasis away from the tourist buzz of Antalya. With three lakes surrounding the restaurant, the natural environment provides a beautiful setting for a tasty meal. The ample outdoor terrace is floored with long wooden planks and guests will dine circled by lush vegetation. Bearing some international influences, the menu is predominantly Turkish, offering mouth watering classics like yörük, sautéed strips of veal and cızbız, typical grilled meatballs.
Ship Inn, Meltem Mh., Dumlupınar Blv 2, Antalya, Turkey, +90 242 238 5235
Among the most attractive features of Stella’s Manzara is certainly the restaurant’s location. A vast outdoor terrace overlooking the Mediterranean sea is surrounded by luxuriant plants and shady parasols. Stella’s Manzara offers a varied menu with a good balance of fish, poultry, and meat dishes, introduced by a range of cold and warm appetizers blending together Turkish and international specialties. Alongside the day’s catch on display on an ice trolley, a highlight is Stella’s pepper steak fillet with cognac, cream, and peppercorn sauce.
Stella’s Manzara, Şirinyalı Mh., Muratpaşa, Antalya, Turkey, +90 242 316 3596
Vanilla Lounge blends contemporary chic design with ancient architecture in a rare but successful mix. Located in the vicinity of the Roman monument Hadrian’s Gate, this lounge restaurant is a modern gem embedded within a ancient frame. Sophisticated right down to the smallest detail, the interior decor lures diners into a charming atmosphere. The menu offers a varied choice of dishes inspired by international cuisine with a strong Italian influence, so appetizers like salmon gravadlax, prepared with cucumber, ginger foam, wasabi and soy dressing sit alongside wild mushroom tagliatelle and a selection of pizzas.
Vanilla Lounge, Hesapci 33, Kaleici, Antalya, Turkey, +90 242 247 6013