Where to Eat in Cappadocia: The Best Restaurants and Bars

November 28, 2017 Vergie Nakamoto

Lying in south central Turkey, the moonscaped region of Cappadocia, southeast of Ankara, is most famous for unique geological features called fairy chimneys. The large, cone-like formations were created over time by erosion of the relatively soft volcanic ash around them. Past cultures have dug into them to create dwellings, castles (like Uchisar) and even entire underground cities like Kaymakli and Derinkuyu, used as hiding places by early Christians. Nearby Kayseri is the gateway to the area.
Things to do in Cappadocia

1. Aravan Evi Restaurant

Ayvali Koyu | Ayvali koyu, Urgup 50400, Turkey Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards Turkish, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner HK$157 - HK$196 +90 384 354 58 38
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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5 based on 147 reviews

Aravan Evi Restaurant

We offer two diffirent menus for our guests in our restaurant. These include the famous Turkish village cuisine like, casserole which is cooked in our tandir (oven on th ground), local round Turkish bread, soup cooked in tandir with bulgur(boiled and pounded wheat), Stuffed vine in olive oil, haricot beans cooked in tandir inside a traditional clay pot.You can find below our two diffirent menus below. Please make reservation before 5 hours. We are cooking in tanduri oven our all menü.home cooking Cappadocia.

Reviewed By satere007 - Honolulu, Hawaii

Others have spoken of the freshness of the food, the farm to table aspect, great setting, reasonable price and how helpful Okan is whose mother cooks while he attends to the guests. In addition we spent time with the mother in the kitchen watching her make the food which she does with care and love. Firstly a very nice family and they deserve the support of discerning travelers . This place is not for groups or bus tours. The food is what they eat so you can't get more authentic than that.
A wonderful experience in a work of bad Kebabs..go..you won't regret it but make sure make a reservation..everything is cooked to order.

2. Cafe Safak

Muze Cadessi no 28 | On the way to the Goreme open air museum, Goreme 50180, Turkey Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi Cafe, Turkish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$24 - HK$71 +90 384 271 25 97
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Cafe Safak

Hi,Here are some outstanding features of our cafe:We have THE BEST espresso coffee in Cappadocia (just look at the reviews). To keep things interesting we provide daily homemade specials made by Fatma Cingitas (local of Goreme). Love our food, you'll LOVE our cooking classes, learn from the best, Fatma Cingitas, in her own cave kitchen. Enquire within the cafe. We also have daily English Newspapers available to buy/read. Free book swaps are available to take (as long as you replace with another).

Reviewed By nitvaid - Indore, India

Good indian food to find in Cappadocia ,just limited variety in indian but taste is good can do more better, Thanks for the Chef i.e aunty for Aloo paratha.... Loved it

3. Sofra Restaurant

Kayseri Caddesi No: 25 | Urgup/Nevsehir - Cappadocia, Urgup 50400, Turkey Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Turkish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$314 +90 384 341 43 33
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 335 reviews

Sofra Restaurant

Sofra Restaurant presents the most delicious Turkish specials in a cosy environment.

Reviewed By Keith Michael V - Manila, Manila, Philippines

Their Testi Kebab is awesome. I found the meat to be soft and tender with a bit of bite to it. The sauce that accompanied it is not too overpowering and just right. The restaurant has their customers break the pot open. I wish I took a video of it. The lentil soup is also very delicious. This is the perfect dinner for me as I end my trip at Cappadocia.

4. Sira Restaurant

Tekelli Mah. Goreme Cad. No: 87, Uchisar 50240, Turkey Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Turkish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Brunch HK$228 - HK$494 +90 384 219 30 37
Excellent
82%
Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 486 reviews

Sira Restaurant

Our restaurant offers great choice of traditional cappadocian, turkish and international meals paired with specially selected wines from Cappadocia and other wine regons of Turkey. It is also distinguished with its breathtaking Panorama of Cappadocia and professional service.

Reviewed By Yasemin Y

Good service, good food but of course $$$ :) Slow cooked lamb was good, dry meatball good, traditional taglietelle was also good- btw they changed it without a question because the first one served dish was salty for the little one...I may go again...Atmosphere is a bit of avarage, dont expect a cozzy one but trasitional food worths for it.Not for strollers, ladders at the entrance...

5. Topdeck Cave Restaurant

Hafiz Abdullah Efendi Sokak No: 15, Goreme 50180, Turkey Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Dinner HK$24 - HK$157 +90 384 271 24 74
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Topdeck Cave Restaurant

Topdeck Cave is a family-run restaurant, situated in the family house on the ground floor in a cave which used to be a stable. The owner Mustafa prepares and serves the food himself, making you feel as part of his family. Simple menu changes daily, offering a wide variety of local appetizers (meze), a choice of one/two soups and four main courses. All ingredients are fresh, coming from local farmers. The open kitchen offers an opportunity to watch how food is being prepared.Open daily Monday to Sunday from 6.00PM to 12.00PM

Reviewed By Ashurbanipal - United States

A friend recommended Topdeck to us and we were not disappointed! Our waiter, Solim, was fantastic and extremely helpful in tailoring the menu choices to accommodate a celiac (gluten free) diet. We ate a wonderful plate of appetizers, including hummus, salads, grape leaves, and other traditional Anatolian mezzes. Our main dishes -- the stuffed chicken breast and beef saute -- were delicious and authentically flavorful. In addition, the experience of dining while reclining on cushions, as well as the cozy and warm atmosphere of the cave, will make any meal here unforgettable.
Solim, her şey için çok teşekkürler ve ellerinize sağlık! I'm sorry I didn't post our group photo -- I just don't feel comfortable posting photos of myself/friends publicly on this site, but please send me a message if you would like a copy!
I highly recommend the Topdeck!

6. Cappadocian Cuisine

Uzundere Cad. No: 5/B, Goreme 50180, Turkey Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Turkish, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$47 - HK$196 +90 384 271 27 01
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Cappadocian Cuisine

Its All Local Food Great Servise Warm People Pottery Kebab Grills Home Made Foods Best In Göreme Town

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

Extremely friendly service and DELICIOUS food at this family run restaurant. The lovely staff provided us with complimentary rice, salad, tea, and bread (fresh from the oven!). Food is phenomenal. You cannot pass on getting one of the traditional 'pottery' dishes. A great gastronomic start to our Goreme experience. We will definitely be back. Best food in town.

7. Seyyah Han

Maltepe Street No 144 | Maltepe Street No 144, Cavusin, Turkey Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Turkish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$31 - HK$157 +90 532 622 62 90
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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5 based on 622 reviews

Seyyah Han

Seyyah han restaurant in the heart of Cappadocia at cavusin village,we are very happy to labor to our guest.

Reviewed By falangsabai - Phitsanulok, Thailand

Set in a very charming restored vintage building in Cauvusin, we enjoyed this restaurant very much. The main dining area has a open balcony with a vista view of the landscape. The owner was very welcoming and served us personaly. We ordered the meze set which included our choice of 4 dishes and lots of bread. All were extremely tasty. With a large water and a large beer our check came to only 38tl. The meze alone was plenty for two hearty eaters.
The service was very prompt and personable. They also have a glassed in dinning room on the roof. After visiting the amazing cave dwellings, this experience capped a delightful day.
It's a bit difficult to find, but its only 5 minutes from the cave houses, just ask someone, they all know of it. A must if you're in Cauvusin.

8. Keyif Cafe & Restaurant

Orta Mahalle Karsibucak Caddesi No:16/A, Goreme 50180, Turkey Parking Available, Full Bar, Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, Mediterranean, Turkish, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$16 - HK$78 +90 384 271 23 53
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 541 reviews

Keyif Cafe & Restaurant

Keyif is a family run cafe&restaurant aiming to offer the best food in the town for reasonable prices. Our product quality is the best among the town, prices are reasonable and the taste is delicious. You do not go wrong in Keyif Cafe&Restaurant.

Reviewed By Lama G

From outside, U might think its a small cafe for drinks and chilling but u will be suprised that they offer amazing traditional food!
The waiter was so welcoming and we tried the pottery kebap dish, the best in town! The mixed mezze platter is not to miss!

9. Omurca Art Cave Cafe

NEVSEHIR Goreme KasabasI , Orta Mahalle , KazIm Eren Sokak , No : 27, Goreme 50180, Turkey Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi Cafe, Turkish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Drinks HK$16 - HK$63 +90 542 605 00 62
Excellent
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4.5 based on 167 reviews

Omurca Art Cave Cafe

Hello and welcome to Omurca. Omurca means vine shoots in Turkish.So,here first of all we can serve you a good local red wine and you will surely appreciate our unpretentious cuisine,healthy,cooked with fresh products and lots of love.Here we love our guests to feel at ease like at home.Inside by the cosy fire place our outside in the sunny terrasse.To restore you we offer you Soup,pastrami speciality,a chicken or a beef casserole.And depending on the season we'll have hot wine,raki and some cakes and special desserts too. It's also an art gallery and you can enjoy Harun's sculptures on wine shoots.Very special! Welcome again ;-))

Reviewed By falangsabai - Phitsanulok, Thailand

This was our favorite in Goreme. This quirky, eccentric, roof top garden restaurant is a perfect reflection of its owner chef-Arun. A delightful place with lots of little interesting nooks for dinning. The food was delicious. I had his speciality Pastrimi dish which was probably one of the best dishes I've ever eaten. My wife had a mixed vegetable dish which she said was the best she had in Turkey. He serves complimentary bread and cheese with his home made wine, which incidentaly is 1/2 the price in other restaurants. All his dishes are cooked from scratch so alow the time, relax and enjoy.
With 1 glass of wine and a big Efes the check came in at only 63 tl which is very good value for Goreme and such incredible food. We are foodies, and only had 5 nights to sample restaurants in Goreme but this was so good we went back again and had the exact same dishes. To find it, go up the main street up the hill, turn right just before the Stone House hotel, walk about 60 m up the lane, on your left, Highly recommendable.

Isali Mah. iceri Dere Sok. 7/A Goreme, Goreme 50180, Turkey Street Parking, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Turkish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night HK$173 +90 542 808 50 50
Excellent
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Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Pumpkin Goreme Restaurant and Art Gallery

Pumpkin İt will be your unique experience eating in our old stony restaurant in which you can see lots of crafts of pumpkin lamps and make a decision for having one of them .There are the most delicious Turkish plate ,salad and dessert as well.Our location is far from noise and you can be convenient in it.We are waiting for you .

Reviewed By Stephen W - Johannesburg, South Africa

My wife and I visited Pumpkin on a recent visit to Goreme. We went the day before and made a booking which is a good idea as this is a relatively small restaurant and very popular. The menu is a 4 course dinner for TL80 per person and worth every cent. Wine is only TL15 per glass, they give you water and soft drinks included in your dinner price.
Starter was a yoghurt soup with loads of excellent and fresh bread follow by a very tasty meze second course. My wife had the chicken main course while I had the chefs special lamb dinner, all followed with a desert of various fruits, baklava and ice cream. The menu changes everyday so prepared to be surprised. Rose served us as well as the rest of the restaurant and she is a real asset to this restaurant and makes your stay a pleasure. I will visit again if I am in the area. There was a couple next to us who complained that their steak was over cooked this was promptly swamped out and the main course discounted which is excellent service. The chef and owner also visited us and had a quick chat and this was a nice touch.
A must visit

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