Ankara Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Ankara

October 11, 2017 Weston Hennigan

Rising dramatically on a steep incline from the banks of the Enguri Su, Ankara, Turkey's capital and second most populous city, is a modern European metropolis speckled with reminders of its varied history. Old castles and ruins from Hittite, Phrygian, Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman civilizations dot the landscape. The modern city includes government and state houses, major universities, military bases, consulates, bustling nightlife and the oldest park in the city, Genclik Park.
Things to do in Ankara

1. Trilye Restaurant

Kazim Ozalp Mah. Kuleli Sokak No:32 | Gaziosmanpasa, Ankara 06680, Turkey Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, Mediterranean, Turkish, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$196 - HK$298 +90 312 447 12 00
Excellent
66%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 780 reviews

Trilye Restaurant

Reviewed By cancan e - Ankara, Turkey

Everything avout this reataurant is special, service, decoration, food they serve and most importantly owners who are extremely devoted....
First impression, couldn't decide that this was a place serving daily fresh fish or sea food in a unique expression, since the menu does not tell anything and the waitress is just for more confussion Prices are not very well reflected.....So to be cautious, rather than ordering main dishes we went with mezes, appetizers and different options like calamar, and shrimps which was a better idea after seeing that a small piece of sea bass (levrek) is 90tl which we ordered for kids...
Everything was delicious, but to be honest i was expecting to have more unique food.. My favorite was shrimp in butter and fish meatball... Service is very quality and the ambience is quiet satisfactory..The only thing i did not like was, the main saloon, it should be more spacious...
Prices are high as expected, but not very exaggerated compared to the service and food they serve. .
A very good place for a work dinner, or a dinner with friends, however families with kids should bear in mind that the playground is very small and it is located outside of the main saloon...

2. Duveroglu

Maltepe Mahallesi, Genclik Caddesi No: 28 | Cankaya, Ankara, Turkey Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi Barbecue, Turkish, Halal Lunch, Dinner HK$78 - HK$118 +90 312 229 79 38
Excellent
47%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 708 reviews

Duveroglu

Reviewed By DrSincereTraveller - Ankara, Turkey

That is a nice restaurant, not fancy, but with fresh delicious food, and non disturbing waitors. They also have very delicious Turkish traditional Deserts such as kadayıf and baklava, pistachio containing all kinds of Deserts. Standart lahmacun is better than Antep lahmacun in my opinion. Pide and doner kebap is always good. The prices are in acceptable range, and won't probably hurt since you 99 % of the time will be having good food.

3. Haci Arif bey

Guniz Sokak, No:48, Kavaklidere, Ankara, Turkey Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi Turkish, Middle Eastern, Halal Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$196 - HK$785 +90 312 467 57 67
Excellent
44%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 365 reviews

Haci Arif bey

Reviewed By Tamer H - Bolu, Turkey

Although this restaurant is a classical place in Ankara, the taste of the food did not much appeal to me during my last visit. Everything is fresh made with good ingredients but the spicyness has apparently been rounded for average palates of the capital city. Do not expect much a southern flair.
No alcohol is served, so only good for a lunch if you are nearby. Prices are reasonable.

4. Kebap 49

Bulten sokak 5 | Tunalı Hilmi Cd | Kavaklıdere, Ankara 06680, Turkey Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi Turkish, Halal Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +90 312 467 48 49
Excellent
36%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 636 reviews

Kebap 49

Reviewed By Ahmet S - Istanbul, Turkey

This is one of the most popular Turkish restaurant in Ankara. The service is fast the food is always great, and the portions are good to feed two people. Mincemeat pide is the exeptional item on the menu, with other succesful variations. Always crowded, however you can always find a table in this huge restaurant, with an huge outdoor eating area also available.

5. Gunaydin Kebap Restaurant

Gaziosmanpasa,Attar Sk. No:6 | Cankaya, Ankara 06700, Turkey Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Steakhouse, Barbecue, Turkish, Halal Dinner, Lunch, Late Night HK$196 - HK$589 +90 312 466 76 66
Excellent
45%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
5%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 429 reviews

Gunaydin Kebap Restaurant

Reviewed By tunc o - Ankara Province, Turkey

If you want to go to a meat restaurant this is one of thr best in Ankara. Starters and meat from the main dish menu are all good.

6. Goksu Lokantasi

Bayindir Sok. No: 22/A | Kizilay, Ankara, Turkey Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Turkish, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +90 312 431 22 19
Excellent
54%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 512 reviews

Goksu Lokantasi

Reviewed By anitanit3000

This restaurant has been around for some time and i's no wonder as it on of the few places that guarantees to satisfy both your appetite for wining and dining.Order the "mezes" a la carte...try everything! Grilled levrek (sea bass) with the coban salatasi (sheperd's salad) is a perfect summer meal. The white linen service and 60's styled classic modern puts a smile on.

7. Timboo Cafe

Mustafa Kemal Mah. Eskisehir Yolu 7. Km. Kent Park Alisveris Merkezi No:164 K:-1 | Balgat, Cankaya, Ankara, Turkey Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi Cafe, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch 2199779
Excellent
48%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 457 reviews

Timboo Cafe

Reviewed By Tuba L

In comparison to other chain cafe/restaurants Timboo’s food is distinctively fresh and delicious. However this does not change the fact that it’s a chain restaurant. Bear in mind that it is usually overcrowded during lunch time. You should be at the restaurant around 11:30-11:45 to find a good Seating. And it can be very noisy too...

8. Masabasi Kebapcisi

Ziyabey Cad. No:35/5-6 | Cankaya, Ankara, Turkey Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi Barbecue, Turkish, Halal Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +90 312 285 47 42
Excellent
46%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 359 reviews

Masabasi Kebapcisi

Reviewed By Adventurist-Explorer - Singapore, Singapore

I enjoyed one of the best kebab dishes I've ever had in this restaurant. I ordered Masabaşı Spesiyal to have tried a bit of everything, and both the quality and taste were amazing. Very nice and tasty sides are provided free as well. Although I couldn't speak Turkish, the professional and helpful staff took care of everything. The dishes here have an excellent value-for-money and are priced reasonably considering the volume, variety, quality, and the service provided. Highly recommended.

9. No4 Restaurant Bar Lounge

Yasam Caddesi 4. Sokak No:4 Sogutozu, Ankara 06530, Turkey Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible International, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night +90 312 219 03 04
Excellent
66%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 122 reviews

No4 Restaurant Bar Lounge

Reviewed By GDGandTBiggs - Clarksville, Tennessee

Had a nice little dinner here during the week. The restaurant was unusually empty for being number one on TA, but that just allowed us choice Seating. The ambiance is very nice, and seemed like a great spot for a date. The food was very good, i got the meatballs (more like flavored hamburger patties) and they were delicious. My friend got some fish and said he enjoyed it very much. The appetizers were quickly served and tasted satisfactory. The only reason this is not a 5 star is due to the service. After Reading multiple reviews about how good the service is, it did not live up. We had to have soups and drinks sent back due to the wrong ones coming out. The server did not seem pleased to see us (Americans) which i can understand, but at least pretend. He also only made rounds one time after the dishes were served even though we sat there 40+ minutes.
I would recommend this place to any locals who want a nice date area with good food. I would tell foreigners maybe to skip it, if good service is something they enjoy.

10. Pizza Il Forno

Yildizevler Mah. 720. Sok. No: 2/B | Cankaya, Migros Ustu, Ankara, Turkey Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Halal Lunch, Dinner +90 312 440 17 67
Excellent
56%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 215 reviews

Pizza Il Forno

Reviewed By Cholandesaa

I expected way more or at least different for a place ranked this high...The pizza was ok, the folks and interioir were ok, the price was ok but all together it was absolutely nothing outstanding or memorable. I reckon it is just a convenient place to go to if you stay at the Swiss and are looking for a place to eat for normal prices within a couple of minutes walking (and even in that case, i really prefer Oscar - next to the supermarket - over this pizzeria). Btw, they do have an English menu (handwritten copy without prices) and they nowadays (april 2017) serve beer as well.

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