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Restaurants in Ankara

Ankara has a wide range of restaurants that reflect, and serve, its cosmopolitan population. Kızılay is the main cafe district, while Kavaklıdere is home to more upmarket dining choices.

The restaurants below have been grouped into three pricing categories:
Expensive (over 70 TL)
Moderate (35-70 TL)
Cheap (under 35 TL)
These prices are for a three-course meal for one with half a bottle of wine or equivalent. Service charges are usually only added to the bill at more expensive restaurants.



Cuisine: Seafood

Ankara diners really like their seafood and this is one of the best fish restaurants in town. As well as a wide range of typical grilled fish dishes, you can sample seafood Turkish-style with options such as vine leaves stuffed with sardines and süttebalık (fish casserole, slow-cooked in milk).

Address: Gaziosmanpaşa, Filistin Caddesi, Ankara,
Telephone: +90 312 468 4511

La Gioia

Cuisine: Mediterranean

La Gioia attracts a see-and-be-seen crowd of young professionals with its contemporary European cafe-style setting. The menu is modern Mediterranean with a particular focus on Italian influences. It's also a good place to stop off for a coffee when you're out and about in Kavaklıdere.

Address: Kavaklıdere, Tahran Caddesi 2, Ankara,
Telephone: +90 312 426 44 88

Zenger Paşa Konağı

Cuisine: Turkish

Big on traditional ambience, Zenger Paşa Konağı is housed in a big old restored Turkish house that dates to 1721. Rooms are chock-a-block full of textiles, old photos and Ottoman antiques, there are panoramic views across Ulus from the terrace, and the menu is typically Turkish.

Address: Ankara Kalesi, Ulus, Doyran Sokak 13, Ankara,
Telephone: +90 312 311 7070



Cuisine: Steak

Ankara's most popular steakhouse retains its crown. This is the place to head to if you're hankering for a rib eye or fillet, and portions are very generous so bring your appetite. They also do a big range of good burgers (some with a Turkish twist) if you're after a lighter meal.

Address: Çankaya, Arjantin Caddesi 118, Ankara,
Telephone: +90 312 468 5353

Hacı Arifbey

Cuisine: Turkish

Traditional Turkish kebab dishes are the name of the game here, served by friendly, suited wait staff. It's popular with both locals and tourists for its perfectly cooked meat, fresh salads and generous portions of typical Turkish dishes. This is a good place to try fıstıklıkebap (pistachio kebab).

Address: Kavaklıdere, Guniz Sokak 48, Ankara,
Telephone: +09 312 467 5767

Hatipoğlu Konağı

Cuisine: Turkish

Atop the Citadel walls, this imposing Turkish mansion offers warm service and is famous for its highly popular inexpensive fixed-price menu, but also offers plenty of à la carte. Grab a table in one of several dining rooms or enjoy views of the Cankaya hills from the pleasant open-air terrace.

Address: Ankara Kalesi, Ulus, Sevinç Sokak 3, Ankara,
Telephone: +09 312 311 3696


Kebap 49

Cuisine: Turkish

Always bustling with local families who pack out the street side terrace, Kebap 49 dishes up a huge menu of Turkish favourites from pide (Turkish pizza) to an array of sizzling and tasty kebaps (kebabs). A good option if you're looking for well-priced Turkish staples, with fast and friendly service.

Address: Kavaklıdere, Bulten Sokak 5, Ankara,
Telephone: +9 312 467 4849

Kınacızade Konağı

Cuisine: Turkish

Exploring the citadel area and feeling peckish? This traditional Ottoman mansion with its creaky stairs and walls covered in old photos is an atmospheric choice. The menu is traditional Turkish with plenty of meze (starter plates, made for sharing) options. For a light lunch try their gözleme (stuffed flatbreads).

Address: Ankara Kalesi, Ulus, Kale Kapısı Sokak 28, Ankara,
Telephone: +9 312 310 7981

Spice Curry House

Cuisine: Indian

Own by an Australian expat, Spice Curry House opened in 2006 and serves the best Indian/Pakistani/Sri Lankan and North African food in the city. A menu "follows the seasons" to ensure only the freshest ingredients, keeping prices down and re-invigorating dishes each and every month. Take away available.

Address: Gaziosmanpaşa, Çayhane Sokak 30/A, Ankara,
Telephone: +09 312 446 6885
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One of Ankara's most atmospheric hotels, this luxury property is set inside the restored Çukurhan caravanserai building which dates back to the 16th century. Rooms boldly fuse Turkish and Asian decoration with contemporary, colourful design, while the central courtyard holds onto its historic features but has a glass roof.

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This prominent landmark hotel soars high above the central city and offers unrivalled views of Ankara's bustling Kavaklıdere district. Rooms are classically styled in earthy tones and come with full modern amenities, while the hotel has bars and restaurants, a pool and fitness centre.

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Neat and tidy (though small) rooms, friendly staff who speak some English and a central location are the major bonuses at this downtown Ulus hotel, just off the main road. The included breakfast is very good and unlike a lot of hotels in the Ulus district, rooms aren't too noisy.

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This is a solid budget choice in downtown Ulus which punches above its weight, offering decent-sized rooms freshly decorated in light colours, comfortable beds and modern amenities. Staff don't speak much English but are very friendly and helpful.

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For a mid-range, comfortable option, this place takes some beating. Highly popular with both business and leisure travellers, Abro's minimalist-style, spacious rooms are fitted out with modern amenities and are in a prime Kızılay location, close to Ankara's vibrant cafe and restaurant scene.