Just spent two weeks in Turkey on an organized guided tour. Saw plenty of ancient ruins and learned a lot of amazing history. What a place, I highly recommend it. As it was an organized tour, didn’t get to pick many restaurants, and most of where we ended up was traditional Turkish cuisine. Here are some of the restaurants the tour led us to. They seemed to do a pretty good job with the traditional food stuffs. Not saying these are gourmet extravaganzas, only that for traditional Turkish cuisine, they were good. If you are in the area and need to eat, you could do a lot worse.
Near Giant Apollo Temple, Didyma
Didim Sehir Lokantasi
Near Ephysus, a fantastic ancient city
Ataturk Mah. Sehabettin Dede Cd. No: 10, Selcuk/Izmir
Two nights in Bodrum:
Neyzen Tevfik Caddesi No: 218, Bodrum
Cumhuriyet Caddesi No: 32, Bodrum
In Istanbul, near Taksim Square:
Lamartin Cd. No: 26/1 80090 Taksim, Istanbul
We did take a boat trip to a Greek Island one day (Just off the coast of Turkey). Here we could order rabbit and kid. The kid was the better choice; the rabbit was ribs, if you can believe that. Not legs or chops, but ribs – needless to say, not a lot of meat.
Eski Kahve Bozcaada
In Antalya (this one I did choose, with the advice of our guide, our last night was a free night).
Club Arma Restaurant
(Not traditional Turkish – more European upscale, on the water front, nice location though the laser light advertising after dark was kind of hokey
)Selcuk Mh. Iskele Cd. No: 75, Antalya