Looking for the best local restaurants in Kas? Then give these tasty local eateries a try. A mouthwatering blend of east meets west, Turkish cuisine is both exotic and delicious. And no one does national gastronomy with as much gusto as a traditional local restaurant run by passionate home-grown chefs.

    Sure, Kas is rapidly becoming more international as word of its beautiful beaches and bohemian vibe spread around the globe. And with its newfound fame, comes a slew of new international restaurants that cater to the tourist crowd. But the best food here is still the local fare, so we’ve compiled a guide to Kas’ best local restaurants below.

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    Zaika Ocakbasi

    The best grilled meats in Kas

    Zaika Ocakbasi is where the locals go for a decadent carnivorous feast in Kas. Despite being off-the-beaten-track amid the town’s most labyrinthine streets, the place packs out big time, so rock up early or book well in advance.

    The speciality at this traditional ocakbasi (barbeque restaurant) is, of course, the mouthwatering flame-grilled meat. And although the juicy T-bone steaks, tender chicken skewers, and succulent smoked kebabs are among the finest in Kas, it’s the tangy lamb şaşlık that steals the show. You’ll need to order this heavenly creation at least 48 hours in advance because that’s how long it sits marinating in its juices.

    Location: Andifli, İlkokul Sk. No. 13, 07580 Kas, Antalya, Turkey

    Open: Wednesday–Monday from 7 pm to midnight (closed on Tuesdays)

    Phone: +90 (0)242 836 23 73

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    Nereid Meyhanesi

    Extraordinary seafood with a spectacular sea view

    Come to Nereid Meyhanesi for the seabass and stay for the meze (Turkish appetizer) in Kas. Either way, you’ll be glad you did as this upmarket spot by the sea serves some of the most exquisite local dishes in town. A posse of immaculately groomed staff dutifully explains the menu to each guest in detail. And just as well, because little-known dishes like lavinya and levrek simit meze are worth a try.

    The signature dish, however, is the fish, or seabass to be precise. And as is the custom in these parts, each portion must be accompanied by a potent glass of local raki. Grab a table upstairs in the evening to watch the sunset over the bay.

    Location: Andifli, Süleyman Sandıkçı Sk., 07580 Kas, Antalya, Turkey

    Open: Daily from 7 pm to 2 am

    Phone: +90 (0)542 836 34 74

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    Hünkâr Ocakbaşı

    Exquisite donor kebabs and other Turkish goodies

    Hünkâr Ocakbaşı is home to among the best donor kebabs this side of Istanbul. Unconvinced? Just ask the long line of locals that regularly winds its way through the restaurant come lunchtime. Quality ingredients like toasted spicy beef, fresh leafy salads, and a drizzling of artisanal yoghurt have seen these beautiful kebabs become a local institution.

    If you’ve had enough doners during your visit to Kas and fancy a dish instead, rest assured Hünkâr Ocakbaşı has plenty of scrumptious options to choose from – try the tavuk şiş (Turkish chicken kebab) served with salad and rice. It’s an unassuming place that’s incredibly well-priced in Kas considering the quality of the cuisine.

    Location: Andifli, 07580 Kas, Antalya, Turkey

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +90 (0)242 836 36 60

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    Bi Lokma

    Delightful homestyle Turkish cuisine

    Bi Lokma is a charmingly traditional restaurant in Kas that’s tucked away in a stone brick home about half a kilometre from the coast. The local restaurant serves all your favourite Turkish classics just as your Turkish mother would make them – the name does mean ‘mama’s kitchen,’ after all. An elevated position at the top of the hill lends sweeping sea views, and the friendly staff at this family-run joint will make you feel at home from the get-go.

    Of course, the focus here is the homestyle Anatolian cuisine, which many regulars say is to die for. From the eclectic meze served with freshly baked Turkish bread to the delectable patlican (aubergine meze), every dish here packs a punch with its flavours.

    Location: Andifli, Uğur Mumcu Caddesi No. 21, 07580 Kas, Antalya, Turkey

    Open: Daily from 8 am to midnight

    Phone: +90 (0)242 836 39 42

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    Oburus Momus

    Vegetarian adaptations of local traditional dishes

    Vegans should head to Oburus Momus for wholesome ‘cruelty-free’ dining to Kas. Tasty vegan versions of all your traditional Turkish favourites are on the menu. You might have to phone ahead and reserve if you plan to dine during supper time here.

    Can’t decide what to pick? Regulars claim their falafel to be out of this world. You’ll also find a wide array of international-inspired fusion dishes on the menu, along with a selection of tasty wholegrain desserts. Hip décor and exuberant young staff give the space a trendy vibe that complements Kas to a tee.

    Location: Andifli, Necipbey Cd. No. 22, 07580 Kas, Antalya, Turkey

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 2 pm to 10 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +90 (0)507 704 20 32

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    Harry Stewart | Contributing Writer

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