Having established itself as one of the world’s luxury hotspots, Bodrum in Turkey is a popular destination for affluent global travellers. It is an enchanting place that elegantly combines the old and the new, with ancient fortified castles overlooking sumptuous mega-yacht marinas and five-star hotels.
It comes as no surprise, then, that Bodrum boasts some of the best restaurants in Turkey. Some of the biggest names on the restaurant scene have flocked to Bodrum in recent years, keen for a slice of the city’s success. Meanwhile, local establishments offering traditional Turkish cuisine—from Köfte meatballs to the vegetable-based sasuka—continue to entice food enthusiasts from across the globe.
For the ultimate dining experience in Bodrum, Turkey, these are the best restaurants to visit.
Bodrum Marina Yacht Club
Best for: Vibrant atmosphere
The Marina Yacht Club actually comprises three unique restaurants where you can take your pick of local and global cuisines. The club is situated in the heart of Bodrum with spectacular views of the marina, making it one of the most sought-after spots in the city. Outdoor entertainment is held here throughout the year, and the club’s adjoining bars are a great spot for an after-dinner drink (or two).
La Pasion Restaurant
Best for: Small plates
If you’re in the mood for small plates, La Pasion is the home of Tapas in Bodrum. Its masterful dishes never disappoint and are beautifully presented. Delight in the carpaccio, the slow-cooked beef, the marinated pear—and perhaps a seafood paella for the table?
Best for: Fine dining
With its renowned seafood dishes and atmospheric setting, Miam Restoran is worth venturing slightly outside of Bodrum and is particularly popular with the affluent visitor. You’ll find this restaurant in the coastal town of Göltürkbükü, a secret spot on the opposite side of the peninsula. Here, you can take a seat on the seafront and enjoy high-end Turkish cuisine in a tranquil setting.
Best for: Organic wines
MOYA prides itself on its variety of great wines which it sources from local wine houses. Stand-out varieties are those from Anatolian female wine producers, which add flavour to the taste.
In terms of cuisine, you might like to pair your glass of wine with a rich seafood linguine or indulge in the lobster. Whatever dish takes your fancy, you can be sure that it is made up of fresh delicacies and organic ingredients obtained from local markets.
Best for: Sea views
This highly-rated restaurant offers dishes of Greek and Mediterranean cuisines, alongside wide-reaching views of Bodrum Castle and the surrounding bay. Originally, the building is thought to have been home to a famous Turkish world sailor who moored his sailboat in Bodrum.
If you’re looking for authentic dining and expansive coastal views, Bodrum Müdavim is the place to go.
Best for: Alfresco dining
We’re all impatiently waiting for the reopening of Limon Gümüşlük. Though temporarily closed, this is a restaurant worth having on your radar.
Located on a lemon farm in the hills of Bodrum, this serene spot is ideal for alfresco dining. Comfy coloured armchairs and traditional Turkish dishes give Limon Gümüşlük a real homey atmosphere. Enjoy all the tastes of Turkey with a generous meze platter, washed down with a refreshing glass of lemonade sourced from the farm.
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