• Sal Schmidt

Halil's Place - Akyaka

Halil's Place - Two visits


Sitting alongside a crystal clear stream fed from the surrounding mountains takes your breath away. Halil's Place is a hidden gem of a restaurant. It will provide you with an immediate sense of calmness.

Halil's Place is located in Akyaka, the pearl of the Aegean in Mugla province and a short 30 minutes from Marmaris (the hectic tourism town). Akyaka is a true treasure in Turkey on the southern coast.

Being the shoulder season, our expectations were low; however, the team at this restaurant again proved us wrong. There are plenty of warm smiles, and when Can the chef comes out for a chat and photo-op, you know you've found the right place.

Excellent pricing, especially considering the pristine and peaceful location and delicious food.

Take your time and peruse the wines on display; the pricing varies; however, you can find a reasonably priced couple.


The chef takes his time to ensure your freshly caught fish is cooked to perfection, while there are plenty of meat dishes to keep Wayne happy. They host an excellent range of fresh fish each day. I was very impressed with my grouper; it was delicious, deboned, thicker in texture, and not strong in taste.

There are so many dining choices perched along the river; however, we found this was the only one that allows you to sit directly next to a freshwater stream, with no barriers. You can easily spend an afternoon watching the local friendly eels, ducks and all the birdlife, enjoying the crystal clear water bubble across the rocks and small waterfalls. It was pure joy.