In a region that thrives on tourism, like Cappadocia, it sometimes can be hard to find authentic local cuisine. We were only in the area for a short amount of time but I was determined to eat the best Turkish food I could find. This meant a lot research and even more asking around.
This list of the top 5 (my opinion as a visitor).
This is a great Cappadocia restaurant located inside Argos Hotel where you can find quality food and great service. Here, you’ll also be able to enjoy the view and the ambience. The hotel also has a wine cellar where you can enjoy sampling various presses. If you want to go wine tasting without first having food, then you can call ahead and confirm your availability. They also don’t do tastings late at night, so make sure you go early. To play it safe, we say call ahead no matter what.
Address: Tekelli Mahallesi, Argos In Cappadocia Hotel, 50240 Merkez
4. Dibek Restaurant
An entrance enclosed in blooming ivy welcomes guests into Dibek, in the centre of Göreme. The traditional atmosphere of the 475-year-old building place is preserved by the low wooden tables around which guests can enjoy typical Turkish food and homemade wine. Dumplings, known locally as manti, are among the highlights of Dibek’s menu, together with testi kebabı, a slow cooked kebab meal prepared (upon reservation) in a sealed terracotta pot which is then broken at the table
Adress:Konak Sok 50650 Göreme, Turkey
3. Top Deck Cave Restaurant
This Cappadocia restaurant is a small place that only has ten tables, making it cozy and authentic, with great attention to detail in every dish. It’s closed on Tuesdays, but open 5 pm – 11:30 pm on Saturdays and Sundays and 6 pm – midnight on the other days of the week.
Address: Hafiz Abdullah Efendi Sokak No 15
Phone: 0384 271 2474
2. Seten Anatolian Cuisine
Seten Anatolian Cuisine is centered around an arched courtyard, which twice a year provides a beautiful space for a classical music concert. A variety of Anatolian and Turkish dishes are prepared from locally sourced ingredients using traditional cooking techniques. Guests can savor plates like yaprak sarma (rice wrapped in vine leaves and cooked in a tandir oven), and çiçek dolması (Göreme-style stuffed squash blossoms). The restaurant prides itself on its own wine cave cellar, and is ideally located next to the Cappadocia Cultural Centre, a small antiques gallery showcasing local artefacts such as pottery, jewellery and Anatolian textiles.
And Unlike a lot of the other Cappadocia restaurants on this list, Seten Anatolian Cuisine is good option for a fancy night out. Both the presentation and flavors of their dishes are quite nice.
Adress: Aydınlı Mah.Aydınlı Sok. No: 42 Goreme
Phone :+90384 271 3025
1. Old Greek House
Walking around Mustafapaşa is like taking a stroll in the past. Still known to many by its previous name of Sinasos, this ancient town was home to a large Greek community under the Ottoman Empire. The remainders of it are still visible in the architecture of its rock-cut churches and indeed in that of the Old Greek House restaurant,This restaurant is housed in an old residence that has been restored and offers a beautiful atmosphere. Nearly all the dishes are homemade – you should dry their olive oil dishes (zeytinyaglilar) and their appetizers (mezes).
Adress:Mustafapasa Village, Sahin Cd.No: 16, 50420 Urgup
Phone:+900533 552 1345
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