Where To Eat In Cappadocia: 20 Best Restaurants In Cappadocia 

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Written by our local expert Nicky

Nicky, originally from the UK, is now a local in Turkey. She moved to Marmaris, Türkiye for love 12 years ago and is now your Turkey travel planner.

Cappadocia is undoubtedly one of the most popular places in Türkiye. It’s hardly surprising once you learn a bit about it. Not only are the landscapes of Cappadocia like something truly out of a fairytale, but you can also have the truly magical experience of hot air ballooning over them.

After your fun-filled days, you’ll want the perfect place to dine. To help, I’ve compiled a list of the 19 best spots to eat in Cappadocia, broken down area by area. Now, you can focus on planning your trip and enjoying the iconic landscapes without having to research restaurants!

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Where To Eat In Cappadocia By Area

Cappadocia is much bigger than many people give it credit for; in fact, even I was surprised at its size when I first visited Cappadocia. That means there are plenty of restaurants where you can try traditional cuisine without any fuss at all. And if you’re traveling with a fussy eater or children, you’ll also find plenty of international options.

From humble family-run eateries to trendy cafes nestled amidst the fairy chimneys, Cappadocia boasts a range of dining spots that effortlessly combine delicious cuisine with the region’s unique atmosphere – here are the best restaurants in Cappadocia. 

Map Of Where To Go To Eat

Where To Dine In Cappadocia – Göreme Restaurants

Goreme village in Cappadocia at night in Turkey
Göreme Village

Goreme is renowned for its spectacular landscapes, rich history, and vibrant culture. This is what I would consider the ‘center’ of Cappadocia. There is a whole lot to see and do in this area, but you’ll also need to eat, so here are four highly recommended restaurants in Göreme.

1. Anatolian Seten Restaurant (Best Turkish Food)

Aydınlı Mah, Çakmaklı Sk. No:35, 50180 Göreme/Nevşehir Merkez/Nevşehir

If you’re looking for an authentic taste of Turkish cuisine, Seten Anatolian Restaurant is one of the best restaurants. Located in the town of Göreme, this charming restaurant takes pride in serving traditional dishes made with locally sourced ingredients. From kebabs to mezes (appetizers), their menu is diverse and packed with flavor.

You can sit indoors or outdoors, but regardless of your choice, the warm and cozy atmosphere adds to the overall experience, making it an ideal spot for a memorable meal. If you’re looking for somewhere for a romantic dinner or a special occasion, I’d highly recommend this restaurant.

2. Dibek Restaurant (Traditional Dishes)

Belediye Cad. Hakkı Paşa Meydanı, Cami Sk. No:1, 50180 Göreme/Nevşehir Merkez/Nevşehir

Slow-cooked delicacies and rustic charm are certainly on the menu at Dibek Traditional Restaurant. Situated in an old house boasting stone walls and a cozy fireplace, this venue will transport you back in time. The menu revolves around traditional dishes cooked in a “dibek,” a large flat-bottomed mortar.

Don’t miss their signature dish, testi kebab, which is meat and vegetables slowly cooked in a clay pot. The flavors and ambiance make this restaurant an instant favorite among visitors.

However, this is quite a small restaurant, so be sure to make a reservation for a table beforehand.

3. Topdeck Cave Restaurant (In The Fairy Chimneys)

Hafız Abdullah Efendi Sk. No 15, 50180 Göreme/Nevşehir Merkez/Nevşehir

Not only are there cave hotels, but there are also cave restaurants in Cappadocia, too!

For a one in a lifetime dining experience, head to Topdeck Cave Restaurant. Nestled within a beautifully restored cave, this restaurant offers jaw-dropping views of the surrounding fairy chimneys.

The menu showcases Turkish and international cuisine, with an emphasis on using fresh local ingredients. It’s pretty large, so it’s a good place for groups or anyone with a picky eater in their party.

4. Goreme Pumpkin Restaurant (Contemporary Cuisine) 

Isali Mah, İçeridere Sk. No:21/A, 50180 Göreme/Nevşehir Merkez/Nevşehir

If you’re looking for a contemporary twist on Turkish cuisine, Pumpkin Göreme Restaurant is the place to go. This trendy eatery prides itself on blending traditional flavors with modern techniques, and it’s always a popular choice.

Their menu features a wide range of options, including vegetarian and vegan options. I recommend Pumpkin Göreme to foodies looking for something a little different.

5. Kaira Rooftop Bar & Restaurant (Sunset Views)

Gaferli Mahallesi, Aydın Kırağı Sk. No:22, 50180 Göreme/Nevşehir Merkez/Nevşehir

With outdoor rooftop seating and exceptional cocktails, this is the perfect place to unwind and take in a sunset view after a day of exploration. 

The restaurant is located in the Artemis Cave & Suites hotel and serves traditional Turkish and international cuisine along with a variety of wines and cocktails. It’s known for it’s comfy seating, chill music and excellent views of Cappadocia.

Where To Eat In Uçhisar

Night view of The Uchisar Castle Cappadocia Turkey

6. House of Memories (Has A Rooftop Terrace)

Tekelli, Hacı Alibey Cd. No:2, 50240 Uçhisar/Nevşehir Merkez/Nevşehir

Located within a beautifully restored cave house, House of Memories offers an unforgettable dining experience. As you step inside, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time.

The restaurant serves a large selection of traditional Turkish dishes, with an emphasis on locally sourced ingredients.

Don’t miss their mouth-watering kebabs or the creamy hummus paired with freshly baked bread. The rooftop terrace boasts stunning sunset views of the surrounding Cappadocian landscape, making it an unforgettable spot to enjoy your meal.

7. Elai Restaurant

Tekelli, Göreme Cd. No:61, 50420 Uçhisar/Nevşehir Merkez/Nevşehir

I’ll let you into a secret: Elai Restaurant is a hidden gem known for its fusion of Turkish and international flavors. It’s a place you must visit during your time in Cappadocia.

The menu features a creative blend of dishes catering to a range of tastes and dietary preferences. From huge lamb shanks to Mediterranean-inspired seafood pasta, every dish is out of this world. You don’t usually need to reserve a table at this restaurant, but if you are a large group or it’s a special occasion and you want to be sure, call ahead.

8. Cafe Safak

Müze Cd. No:28, 50180 Göreme/Nevşehir Merkez/Nevşehir

Although the address will tell you that Cafe Safak is in Göreme, it’s actually on the cusp of Uçhisar, and it’s an excellent place for a chilled-out lunch or evening meal.

This family-run restaurant offers a relaxed atmosphere and specializes in authentic Turkish cuisine. The extensive menu comprises traditional favorites such as pide (Turkish pizza), stuffed grape leaves, and slow-cooked stews. Vegan and vegetarian options are also available.

Remember to indulge in one of their delectable desserts, like baklava or kunefe, a heavenly cheese-based pastry soaked in sweet syrup.

9. Dream Spot Cappadocia Restaurant

Tekelli, Mezitoğlu sk No:20, 50240 Uçhisar/Nevşehir Merkez/Nevşehir

Dream Spot Cappadocia Restaurant is located in a historic building that combines traditional Anatolia architecture with modern touches. The décor is beautiful, so it’s an excellent spot for a birthday or anniversary meal.

The dining area offers stunning panoramic views of the mesmerizing landscapes that surround Uçhisar, so certainly remember your camera for this one. Indulge in a wide array of tempting dishes, carefully crafted using only the freshest and locally sourced ingredients. From sizzling kebabs to flavourful mezes, there’s something for even the pickiest of eaters.

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Best Restaurants In Cappadocia – Çavuşin

Beautiful sunset view of valley near Cavusin village in Cappadocia - a truer natural wonder of Türkiye

10. Sedef Restaurant

Tekelli, Bilal Eroğlu Cd. no.3, 50180 Göreme/Nevşehir Merkez/Nevşehir

Again, the address might mislead you here, but Sedef Restaurant is a perfect choice for those staying around the Çavuşin area. This is somewhat of a hidden gem, and it serves as a delightful blend of traditional Turkish and international cuisine.

With its cozy and welcoming atmosphere, this restaurant is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. For a perfect ending to your meal, make sure to try their succulent lamb kebabs, freshly baked flatbread, and heavenly baklava.

11. Çavuşin Han Restaurant

Küme Evleri no.5/1, 50502 Çavuşin/Avanos/Nevşehir

Çavuşin Han Restaurant has a warm, rustic decor, and it’s one of those places that feels like home.

The restaurant is housed in a restored historic caravanserai, giving it a historical ambiance that perfectly complements the fantastic food on offer.

The menu at Çavuşin Han Restaurant is an intricately curated selection of local Turkish dishes with a modern twist. Here, you will find mouth-watering appetizers, hearty meat and vegetarian main courses, and delightful desserts that will leave you craving for more.

12. Çavuşin Depe Restaurant

Küme Mevkii No 141, 50502 Çavuşin/Avanos/Nevşehir

Çavuşin Depe Restaurant is an extremely popular cave restaurant showcasing the fascinating rock formations that Cappadocia is renowned for.

The food here is truly delicious, and they have many customers returning. From succulent kebabs to flavourful vegetarian options, only the freshest ingredients are used. I’d highly recommend you try their signature dish, the Cappadocia-style baked clay pot kebab, which is a true delight for the senses and pretty photogenic, too!

Best Places To Eat In Ürgüp

Historic stone buildings housing restaurants in Cappadocia Turkey. Urgup view of the city from the courtyard of the mosque

13. Ziggy Cafe & Restaurant, Urgup

Musa Efendi Mahallesi, Ahmet Refik Cd., 50400 Ürgüp/Nevşehir

If you’re staying in the Ürgüp area, make sure you head to Ziggy’s. This restaurant is known for its sumptuous food and fantastic cocktails.

This is another family-run restaurant that specializes in traditional Turkish cuisine with a modern twist, and they also have a large international choice too. Their menu features a wide range of options, including flavourful kebabs, fresh seafood, and plenty of vegetarian dishes.

14. Logarto

Dereler, Dereler Sk. No:49, 50400 Ürgüp/Nevşehir

Logarto is a charming and quite trendy spot that gets quite busy with locals on the weekends. The decor of the restaurant is a perfect blend of modern elegance and classic Turkish elements, so it’s another spot that you’ll want to take some pictures of.

Whether you’re a fan of traditional Turkish kebabs or prefer to explore the flavors of Cappadocian specialties like testi kebabı or mantı, you will find something to tantalize your taste buds. The staff here are exceptionally attentive and knowledgeable, and they’re always ready to recommend the perfect wine pairing to complement your meal.

15. Prokopi Restaurant (Family-Friendly)

Yunak, Tevfik Fikret Cd. No:40, 50180 Ürgüp/Nevşehir

Propkopi Restaurant is a great place to try traditional Turkish cuisine for the first time. Dishes have that special Cappadocia modern twist, and there is a large children’s menu on offer, too.

As with many Cappadocia restaurants, Prokopi prides itself on sourcing fresh, local ingredients, which shows in the quality and taste of its dishes. The presentation here is also very special; the beautifully presented plates are almost too stunning to eat. However, once you take that first delightful bite, you’ll understand why Propkopi has become a favorite dining spot in Ürgüp.

Top Restaurants In Cappadocia – Ortahisar

A panoramic view of the town of Ortahisar in Cappadocia, Turkey, renowned for its rock castle, featuring traditional stone houses, caves, and restaurants.

16. Antique Cave Restaurant

Eski Mah, Bahçe Sok No:12, 50650 Ortahisar/Ürgüp/Nevşehir

For a genuinely atmospheric dining experience, look no further than the Antique Cave Restaurant. Carved into the rocky caves of Ortahisar, this enchanting restaurant offers a relaxing and romantic ambiance. The interior is beautifully decorated with antique artifacts and candlelit tables, creating a magical setting for an intimate dinner.

The menu offers a range of authentic Turkish dishes, including local specialties like testi kebab and mantı. The attentive staff and live music performances add an extra touch of charm to your meal.

17. Hisarönü Restaurant

Eski Mahalle, Peribacaları Caddesi no:2\1, 50650 Ortahisar/Ürgüp/Nevşehir

Families will really enjoy a meal at this restaurant, with its comfortable setting, renowned views, and chilled-out vibe. The staff is incredibly attentive, and nothing is too much trouble; if you’re not sure about any of the local dishes on the menu, ask!

The menu at Hisarönü Restaurant combines local and international options, and they also have a terrific children’s menu. The reasonable prices and the calm and cozy atmosphere are ideal for a meal at the end of a long day of sightseeing.

18. Fresko Restaurant

Eski mah. Tepebasi Mey. No 16 50650, 50650 Ortahisar/Ürgüp/Nevşehir

Fresko Restaurant effortlessly combines traditional Turkish cuisine with international influences. This is also an excellent restaurant for vegetarians and vegans as there is a large choice for all requirements.

From savory kebabs and meze platters to fresh salads and mouth-watering desserts, every dish is prepared with impeccable attention to detail and the finest ingredients. The presentation is also very special; it’s no wonder there are so many pictures on Instagram related to this spot!

Top Places To Eat In Avanos

Pottery Workshops In Avanos Town

19. Avanoss Restaurant

Cumhuriyet, Kapadokya Cd. No:70, 50500 Avanos/Nevşehir

Right in the heart of Avanos, you’ll find this comfortable and vibrant restaurant. As with many Cappadocia restaurants, this establishment seamlessly blends Turkish traditions with contemporary elegance. The menu embraces the best of Turkish cuisine, offering a wide range of delectable dishes prepared with the utmost care and attention to detail.

The friendly and knowledgeable staff at Avanos Restaurant are passionate about showcasing the country’s culinary heritage, and they are always happy to recommend dishes and provide insights into Turkish gastronomy. This is an excellent place for anyone who really wants to throw themselves into new types of food.

20. Bizim Ev (Also A Cappadocia Hotel)

Orta, 201. Sk. No:1, 50500 Avanos/Nevşehir

Bizim Ev is a delightful boutique hotel with a top restaurant. It also has a cozy fire, so it’s ideal if you’ve been sightseeing all day and you want to warm up and enjoy a delicious meal.

You can also sit outside on the serene garden terrace, where you can unwind with a refreshing drink and a delicious meal. The menu at Bizim Ev is extremely traditional, and it’s an excellent opportunity to try meat dishes and vegetarian choices that you may never have seen before.

Foods To Try In Cappadocia

Sultan palace cafe restaurant_ Testi Kebab_Pottery Kebab meal Mate 5

Turkish food, in general, is delicious, but each area of the country has specific dishes that are particularly famous. In Cappadocia, these are the foods you must try.

Testi Kebab (Pottery Kebab)

A traditional Cappadocian dish, it involves slow-cooking meat, vegetables, and spices in a clay pot placed in a hot oven. The pot is then cracked open at your table, releasing the delicious aromas.

Etli Ekmek

A popular Turkish dish that resembles pizza, but with a thinner crust. It is topped with minced meat, peppers, onions, and tomatoes, making for a mouth-watering treat.

Sogan Kebabi – A Must-Try

Marinated and grilled meat skewers served with caramelized onions. The tender and flavourful combination is a must-try.

Sütlaç A traditional Turkish rice pudding infused with the delicate flavors of milk, sugar, and sometimes a hint of rose or orange blossom water. It’s a comforting and creamy dessert.

Mantı

These tiny, delightful dumplings are typically filled with ground meat, served with a flavourful tomato sauce, and drizzled with garlic yogurt.

Gözleme

Gozleme_Turkish Breakfast

Thin, savory, and flaky flatbread filled with a variety of ingredients, such as cheese, spinach, potatoes, or minced meat, is perfect for quick and tasty street food.

Dolma Grape

or vegetables like peppers and eggplants stuffed with a mixture of rice, herbs, and spices. They are then gently simmered and served as a delicious appetizer.

Mantar Çorbası

A hearty mushroom soup seasoned with herbs and spices, topped with a drizzle of olive oil. It’s a comforting and flavourful starter to warm you up.

Kabak Tatlısı

A scrumptious dessert made from pumpkin slices cooked in sweet syrup and garnished with crushed walnuts or pistachios. It is a delightful combination of sweet and nutty flavors.

These are just some of the many delectable dishes you can try while exploring the culinary delights of Cappadocia. With all that exploring, you’re sure to build up an appetite to try them all.

Best Cappadocia Restaurants FAQs

BEST CAPPADOCIA RESTAURANTS FAQS

What types of cuisine can I find in Cappadocia?

Cappadocia offers a diverse culinary scene, catering to a variety of tastes. You can find traditional Turkish dishes featuring kebabs, mezes (appetizers), and baklava, as well as Mediterranean, Italian, and even international cuisines. Vegetarian and vegan options are also available in many establishments.

Are there any must-try dishes in Cappadocia?

Some of the must-try dishes while you’re in Cappadocia include testi kebab, a local specialty cooked in a sealed clay pot, gözleme (thin Turkish pancakes) filled with various fillings, and mantı (Turkish dumplings) served with garlic yogurt sauce. Don’t forget to indulge in the region’s famous wines as well.

Which restaurants offer a great view of Cappadocia’s unique landscape?

Many restaurants in Cappadocia boast stunning views of the region’s unique landscapes, including fairy chimneys and hot air balloons filling the sky. Some popular options include rooftop restaurants and terraces perched on hilltops.

Are there any budget-friendly restaurants in Cappadocia?

Of course! Cappadocia caters to various budgets, and you can find delicious yet affordable options throughout the region. From small local eateries to charming cafés and family-run restaurants, there are many places where you can enjoy tasty meals without breaking the bank.

Can I make restaurant reservations in advance?

While some restaurants in Cappadocia accept reservations, others operate on a first-come, first-served basis. It is recommended to make reservations, especially for popular or fine-dining establishments, during peak tourist seasons. If there is a large group of you, it’s also recommended you book ahead.

Do restaurants in Cappadocia accommodate dietary restrictions and preferences?

Yes, many restaurants in Cappadocia are accommodating to dietary restrictions and preferences. Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, and other dietary options are becoming more widely available.

Are there any food festivals or events in Cappadocia?

Cappadocia hosts various food festivals throughout the year, celebrating local cuisines, wines, and culinary traditions. Some of the notable events include the International Cappadocia Cuisine Festival and the Avanos International Pottery and Cuisine Festival.

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