Looking for the best local restaurants in Kemer? Then give the following local recommendations a try. From unpretentious rural taverns to exquisite kebab shops with freshly baked pita bread, Kemer is home to a substantial selection of small hot spots offering mouthwatering Turkish cuisine.

    Most of the action revolves around the coastline and promenade, where scores of sleek venues compete feverishly for the tourist trade. Dig a little deeper, however, and you’ll find an array of authentic local eating experiences in town plus a couple of charming options in the surrounding hills above Kemer. So, give Kemer’s cookie-cutter tourist traps a miss and dine like a local in Kemer instead. Here’s where to find Kemer’s best local food.


    Pasa Kebap Salonu

    Kemer’s tastiest kebabs at affordable prices

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    Head to Pasa Kebap Salonu to chow down on the finest kebabs in town – a big call in a city where these divine roasted meat dishes are king. Aside from your usual array of lamb, beef, and chicken options, the restaurant is a hit for its juicy steaks and satisfying soups. Even vegetarians are well looked after, with tasty cheese-infused pide and garden-fresh shepherd’s salad on the menu.

    The atmosphere here is elegant yet casual, and the service is top-notch, thanks to the tireless efforts of its local owner. And all this comes at a very reasonable price considering the quality of the venue and the cuisine. 

    Location: Merkez, Atatürk Cad. No. 36, 07990 Kemer, Antalya, Turkey

    Phone: +90 (0)242 814 29 13


    Lavash Kebab House

    Enormous kebabs and other local dishes

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    Lavish Kebab House in Kemer is in a pleasant locale just off the main promenade and serves delicious kebab dishes. It has portions so big they’d keep a professional eater content – try the doner and the Adana kebabs, prepared in enormous quantities and most importantly, at a reasonable price. Pide (Turkish pizza), salads and seafood dishes tempt diners who don’t have a craving for meat.

    The atmosphere here is notably laidback, making it a hit with locals in search of a casual bite. But that relaxed vibe doesn’t hinder the service, as the friendly floor staff does their best to serve your hearty Turkish treat in a flash, with a smile.

    Location: Merkez, Kemer Cd. No. 2, 07990 Kemer, Antalya, Turkey

    Phone: +90 (0)242 814 55 20


    Panorama Restaurant

    Organic produce and breathtaking views

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    Panorama Restaurant resides in a sleepy little hilltop hamlet some 40 minutes’ drive from Kemer, yet the quality of the cuisine and its quaint country atmosphere make the journey worthwhile.

    With breathtaking views of both the Tahtali Mountain and the Mediterranean Sea, Panorama – as the name implies – is a picturesque place to eat. But it’s the farm-to-table organic fare and homely treatment from the lovely owner, Sulfi, that happy customers fondly remember. Come for breakfast to try the homemade yoghurt and jams, served with oven-fresh pita bread. Can’t get enough of the place? You can camp there for free as it’s a popular stopover for trekkers exploring the hills.

    Location: Beycik, 07980 Kemer, Antalya, Turkey

    Phone: +90 (0)242 816 12 20


    Ulupınar Havuzbaşı Restaurant

    Fresh fish from a working trout farm

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    Ulupınar Havuzbaşı offers a unique local dining experience in Kemer. Looks can be deceiving, and Ulupınar Havuzbaşı is no exception. Although the décor at this tranquil riverside restaurant is anything but glamorous, the natural setting is splendid and the traditional Turkish fare divine.

    Ulupınar Havuzbaşı sits hidden in the hills about 30 minutes outside of Kemer. It's right by a working trout farm, so the catch of the day is about as fresh as it gets. You can even reel in your fish and have the chef grill, bake, or fry it on the spot with tasty traditional seasonings. Also, the oven-baked pide, the enormous mezes, and the delectable halva dessert make this family-friendly haunt a winner.

    Location: Ulupınar, 07980 Kemer, Antalya, Turkey

    Phone: +90 (0)242 825 0024


    Monte Kemer

    Family-friendly feasting in a laidback atmosphere

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    Monte Kemer sits tucked away on a quiet little laneway 5 minutes’ walk from Kemer’s main promenade, yet this family-friendly eatery feels worlds away from the overpriced tourist traps of the centre. A laidback ambience, an affordable menu, and fantastic fresh local food make Monte Kemer a popular spot for both locals and travellers in the know.

    Grab a seat outside on the covered patio to indulge in a filling al fresco feast. From the chateaubriand to the pepper steak and complimentary fruits and raki, the entire menu at Monte Kemer is abundant, delicious – and inexpensive.

    Location: Merkez Mahallesi No. 58, 125. Sk., 07980 Antalya, Turkey

    Open: Daily from 10am to 2am

    Phone: +90 (0)242 814 45 77

    Harry Stewart | Contributing Writer

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