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“Excellent - best meal in Turkey”

Topdeck Cave Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 100 Restaurants in Goreme
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$3 - US$20
Cuisines: Turkish, Middle Eastern
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Cash Only, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Description: 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 Saturday from 6 to 11 PM. Please note : Sundays Closed !
London, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Excellent - best meal in Turkey”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014

Make a reservation to come to Topdeck Cave Restaurant - it booked out all of the nights I spent in Göreme. I found food in Turkey on the whole to be a disappointment, but Topdeck Cave Restaurant was the biggest exception. The chicken borek starter was the best borek I have ever tried, and I had a great vegetarian stew and homemade baklava. The local white wine was also excellent. This is a family-run restaurant and I was impressed by the waitressing teenage daughter of the family who spoke excellent English and explained all the dishes eloquently.

  • Visited July 2014
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New York City, New York
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Marvellous food! Yum!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014

Just like the other reviews have said, this place rocks. It rocked the moment my husband and I met the scent of the food at the foot of the door. The service was personable and it was a pleasure to see the family cooking up everyone's meal in the open kitchen. The host/server was great at giving us recommendations of dishes and the amount of food to order. The food was FANTASTIC and so was the wine.

Definitely recommend this restaurant!

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank V F
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Ottawa, Canada
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A must try when in Goreme!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014

We visited Topdeck based on all the glowing reviews on TripAdvisor and it still managed to exceed our expectations. It is a relatively small place with a nice open kitchen and an incredible staff. The food and hospitality were incredible and the prices were very reasonable. Call ahead for a reservation. Our dining experience here was one of our fond memories of our time in Goreme.

Visited July 2014
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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“Great family run business! ”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2014 via mobile

Really good food here! The Boss or I'm assuming the head of the family took our orders and was extremely insistent but in a good way. He corrected our orders as he thought we ordered too much, but boy was he right.

We had 5 mezzes and 4 mains to share amongst 5 people. Do try the lamb shank, it possibly is the best one we had during our trip!

Service was great and they kept checking to see of everything was alright. The restaurant was slightly dark and small, so it may not be suitable for large parties but definitely ideal for a romantic dinner!

1 Thank Joel L
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131 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
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“Traditional food, wonderful atmosphere and hosting!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2014 via mobile

Whilst in the Cappadocia area, my partner and I wanted to try out some traditional local food. This lovely restaurant feels so homely and the family hosting very warm and attentive. We decided when booking our reservation to sit on the cushioned floor area and I personally really enjoyed this relaxed vibe. I also liked that when placing our order the host advised not to order two starters and two mains to share between the two of us, as it would have been too much food and it's nice to have that honest advice rather than regretting it and feeling bloated. The food was really yummy and the meat dish lightly spiced and super more-ish! Wish we had longer in the area to sample some more on the menu - delicious!

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