Food in Bodrum

I found food in Bodrum to be generally overpriced and of low quality. It’s a touristy area so that’s to be expected. There are several restaurants along the waterfront and beaches, some tucked away in alleys in the bazaar, with cheaper places geared towards locals a few blocks inland.

Restaurants across from the beach on Cumhuriyet Caddesi in Bodrum, Turkey

Restaurants across from the beach on Cumhuriyet Caddesi

I can only recommend two places. The first is Sünger Pizza where you should try a local favorite, Çökertme. Go with an empty stomach and a huge appetite. It’s strips of spiced beef served over crispy fried potatoes and a side of yogurt. It’s heavy but incredible. This was one of the more memorable meals I’ve had in Turkey.

Çökertme at Sünger Pizza in Bodrum, Turkey

Çökertme at Sünger Pizza

The next recommendation is only for those looking to splurge and don’t mind spending a huge amount on dinner. I was on a budget but I had heard so much about Orfoz that I had to make a special trip. The concept is simple – the emphasis is on seafood with a few fish and vegetable dishes. There’s no menu and no price list. The waiter brings a small plate, asks if you would like to try it, and sets it down in front of you. It seems like each dish that comes out is better than the last.

Sea snails, salmon, and cheese at Orfoz in Bodrum, Turkey

Sea snails, salmon, and cheese at Orfoz

Grouper soup at Orfoz in Bodrum, Turkey

Grouper soup at Orfoz

Oysters with cheese at Orfoz in Bodrum, Turkey

Oysters with cheese at Orfoz

I found it very difficult to stop and I wanted to try everything available that night, including dessert. When it was all over, I had eaten eight dishes plus dessert racking up a bill of nearly 200TL. It felt like I had eaten two Thanksgiving dinners. Expensive? Absolutely. Worth it? I have zero regrets and would do it again in a heartbeat. If Sünger Pizza was one of the more memorable meals I had in Turkey, Orfoz was easily the MOST memorable.

Salad, clam, and oyster at Orfoz in Bodrum, Turkey

Salad, clam, and oyster at Orfoz

Stuffed eggplant at Orfoz in Bodrum, Turkey

Stuffed eggplant at Orfoz

Creme caramel and a cookie at Orfoz in Bodrum, Turkey

Creme caramel and a cookie at Orfoz

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