Bodrum's dining scene takes influences from its Mediterranean as well as Asian neighbours. Using fresh local ingredients and fish Bodrum's restaurants are able to pick the best from both cuisines. Here's our top pick of Mediterranean restaurants in Bodrum...
Istanbul’s popular after-work bar and restaurant Agency conquered a beautiful location at Palmarina Bodrum. On a little island surrounded by palm trees and the masts of the megayachts in the marina, Agency promises good food, music and an overall happy mood. Starting with a cocktail in the afternoon, order some tapas from among the 80-plus items on the menu and chill to the jazzy tunes played by the orchestra. The DJ steps up the tempo after dinner, preparing you for your next stop into the night.
Agency: Çökertme Mahallesi Yalıkavak Palmarina Bodrum Tel. +90 252 385 20 28, www.palmarina.com.tr
The Agency Bodrum
If you’re looking for something truly local, Erenler Sofrası is a favourite spot for gourmands with its Aegean and Mediterranean fusion dishes, spiced up with heirloom recipes. The owner Aslıhan Mutlu has found a unique way to cater to sophisticated palates with the fresh ingredients she finds in local farmer’s markets. Located in the olive garden of an attractive Yahşi stone house, the restaurant makes you feel at home, as if you were family visiting your distant Turkish relative’s summer home.
Erenler Sofrası: Turgutreis Yolu Armutalan Sokak No. 9A Ortakent Bodrum Tel. +90 532 248 24 79, www.erenler-sofrasi.com
La Pasion Restaurante Espanol
Spanish passion meets Bodrum. Open since 2008, La Passion is thriving on one of the oldest streets of Bodrum, in the courtyard of a beautiful stone building. This could be the best place in town for a romantic date. Start the night with a cold pitcher of sangria and enjoy seafood cooked Spanish style. Embrace yourself for a night of passion with little secrets and delicious wines.
La Passion Restaurante Espanol: Cumhuriyet Caddesi Uslu Sokak No. 8 Bodrum Tel. +90 252 313 45 94, www.lapasion-bodrum.com
A corner of tranquillity looking at the green mountains of Bodrum comes alive as guests begin to gather while the night starts to fall. They warm up with a great cocktail or a glass of wine and then relax while enjoying the amazing seafood delivered in perfect Italian style, accompanied by the jazz music echoing in the open air. Don’t forget to make a reservation for dinner, and we recommend arriving a little early to have a chat with Mine Hanım, the owner of the restaurant and hotel. Who knows, maybe she will whisper you the name of a surprise guest who will appear in the restaurant late at night to bring joy to your ears.
Pitahaya: Bülent Ecevit Caddesi No. 138 Eski Gölköy, Bodrum Tel. +90 252 387 74 44
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Welcome to the restaurant with the most imaginative menu on the Bodrum peninsula. Executive chef/co-owner Bengi Kayhan of Istanbul’s famous Zelda Zonk is serving an innovative menu of ‘progressive Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine’ at Casa dell’Arte’s new restaurant. Expect a delectable fusion of old and new techniques and surprising combinations of ingredients, which are obtained from local farmers and fishermen to attain the highest quality and freshness. Also a great wine list, unique cocktails.
Casa dell’Arte Hotel: Torba Mahallesi, İnönü Caddesi No. 66 Torba, Bodrum Tel. +90 252 367 18 48
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After conquering the world with branches in luxurious hotspots around the globe, Cipriani opened its doors in Bodrum’s Palmarina in 2012. With the third generation of the managing family at its helm, the restaurant in Bodrum conveys Cipriani’s usual elegant and classy style. In addition to classics such as Carpaccio and Bellini, the menu offers a selection of favourite Italian dishes and that makes a difference in Bodrum, as the beach town doesn’t have a lot of options when it comes to Italian food.
Cipriani: Palmarina Bodrum: Yalıkavak, Bodrum Tel. +90 252 385 51 58