A guide to the best restaurants in Kalkan

With more than 200 eating establishments catering for approximately 4,000 residents, Kalkan has more restaurants per capita than anywhere else on the Turkish coast. Famous for its fine dining and unique charm, this diminutive seaside resort has become a top Turkey holiday destination.

Big taste at the Small House

This quaint little family-run restaurant serves up deliciously authentic Turkish cuisine in a relaxed and intimate setting. The extensive menu allows for repeat visits without becoming dull, while the sought-after balcony table allows for excellent people-watching opportunities in the street below. Book in advance.

Generous portions and excellent food at KOSK Restaurant

The size of this spacious restaurant is only surpassed by the gargantuan portions on offer, while the quality of the food speaks for itself – making it a superb eatery for anyone visiting the area on cheap holidays to Turkey. Despite the large interior, its popularity with tourists and locals alike means it’s always a bustling affair. Expect slightly slower service than elsewhere – but with culinary results that are well worth the wait.

Midweek BBQ at Cafe Vit

Whether you’re popping in for a light lunch or a decadently long dinner, you’ll be ready to burst by the time you leave. The excellent cuisine comes in generous portions and the live entertainment, friendly staff and upbeat atmosphere only add to the experience. The Wednesday night barbecue is particularly recommended.

Sea views and sublime cuisine at Baharat Restaurant

From the enticing scent of freshly baked bread to the perfectly-prepared chateaubriand steak, there’s not a single thing more you could ask for from this gem of a restaurant. The stunning sea views are an added attraction, allowing you to watch the sun dip beneath the waves while you polish off a delicious meal.

Keeping it in the family at Sade Restaurant

Owned by three brothers who clearly share a passion for good food, this local favourite exudes charm and class from the moment you walk in the door. With excellent value for money, delicious dishes and staff who go out of their way to make sure you enjoy yourself, it’s hard to beat this top-quality dining experience.

Seclusion and spectacular views at Sunset Restaurant

Perched at the end of a string of restaurants on the waterfront, Sunset is often overlooked by those too ravenous to make it to the end of the row. Fight those hunger pains for a few more paces, and you’ll be treated to a culinary masterclass with beautiful views over the Mediterranean.

Substance over style at Hunkar Ocakbasi

Don’t expect white tablecloths, multiple cutlery items or fine airs and graces – here, it’s all about meat grilled to perfection. And those not keen on kebabs can indulge in freshly-made pizza or simply fill up on the criminally moreish bread and selection of dips that accompany it.

You won't get fresher than Celik Terrace Restaurant

Freshness is the name of the game at Celik, with almost everything on the menu being plucked straight from the owner’s back garden. Since it’s all made to order, the choices aren’t too extensive but there should be enough variety to keep everyone happy. No matter what you order, you’ll leave a very satisfied customer.

A seafood extravaganza at Blue Marlin Fish & Meze

With delicious fish and freshly prepared meze, you can’t go wrong at the Blue Marlin. Set back from the main harbour front, the unique vista offered by this out-of-the-way restaurant is an additional attraction when it comes to your evening meal.

Roll out of the right side of bed with Vanilya Bistro

For a superb Turkish breakfast guaranteed to get your day off to a great start, Vanilya Bistro can’t be beaten. The spread put on by the chef is outstanding and the coffee is even better, while the restaurant is also open for lunch and dinner. Enjoy your meal in a haven of tranquillity among the hubbub.