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“Don't Believe the Hype!!..” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Oztoklu Restaurant

Oztoklu Restaurant
Fish And Vegetables Market No.111 | Cumhuriyet Mahallesi 97. Sokak, Fethiye 48300, Turkey
+90 535 289 7947
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Ranked #10 of 291 Restaurants in Fethiye
Cuisines: Seafood, Turkish, Vegetarian, Grill
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: There is fruit and vegetable market next to fish market ..Oztoklu restaurant is in wegetable market next to spices shop.
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“Don't Believe the Hype!!..”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

We visited this restaurant for lunch and after reading the reviews on Trip Advisor we were really looking forward to it. It turned out to be a BIG mistake so don't be taken in as we were - all that glitters is not gold and we were left astounded that this restaurant is rated so highly by so many.

It wasn't all bad so lets cover the more positive aspects first;

- The staff were very friendly & welcoming but the service wasn't fantastic. The owners son and the waitress were OK but spent roughly the same amount of time trying to pull in in the next customer as they did looking after us.
- The food wasn't bad but it wasn't great either. My Bream was delicious & cooked to perfection but the Calamari was just OK, the sauce served with the Prawns was a bit overpowering, and the side salad was ordinary. On balance, I’d rate the food as average and certainly not as good as any of the other places we ate during our visit to Fethiye.

Now on to the more negative aspects and I urge you to read on;

- The picture on the website is very flattering and makes the restaurant seems quite large. The place is small & situated on the corner of the vegetable market. In the flesh, it doesn’t look very appealing.

- The prices were expensive and we felt a little ripped off. The owner’s son took us to a specific fish-monger to choose our fish rather than offer us the opportunity to look round. We were charged 90TL (over £30) for a Bream, 12 Tiger Prawns, and a small packet of squid. The total bill (including drinks) came to over £45 and was our most expensive meal during the holiday by far. Some reviewers have commented on how reasonable they felt the prices were so I suspect Oztoklu might have a very flexible pricing policy – how else could anyone explain what we were charged and what other reviewers have been charged??

- The restaurant is situated in an area which isn’t very clean or hygienic. On the corner (not more than 10 yards from where we sat) a small dog was chained to a sign. There was dog faeces on the floor and some of it had clearly been there for quite a long time because it had become very dry, powdery, and bits of it were blowing across the floor on the breeze! Bear in mind this is in the middle of a market where they're selling produce and serving food!! Unfortunately, we didn't notice this until we'd almost finished our meal - as soon as we did, we left what remained of our food / drinks and paid the bill.

This review is the absolute truth and hasn’t been embroidered or exaggerated in any way. If you have any reason to doubt me, check out my other reviews – you’ll see that the vast majority of them are positive.

We will return to Fethiye one day but certainly NEVER to this restaurant. Trip Adviser is all about opinions & If you want my opinion, do yourself a favour by giving Oztoklu a very wide berth. There are plenty of other places we visited where we enjoyed better food, better service, and better value for money where it's clean and hygienic.

If you want the 'authentic' experience of eating in the market, there are plenty of alternatives in the Fish Market itself. They all offered to take us round the market to choose our own fish. I wish we’d done this rather than opting for Oztoklu.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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yalcin42, Owner at Oztoklu Restaurant, responded to this review, July 19, 2013
Hey sir ı want to make something crystal clear. First of al we always take our customers to one place as thats the most hygenic store and %90 of his sea products are from sea not farm. We have had all those comments what you didnt believe not because we are posh but family business. On that picture that you are talking about you see the tables that but you also see the size of the kitchen and stuff well ı dont even know why the size of a restaurant would be an issue. But thats your opinion and ı respect it but its just surprising among all those reviews yours is the most weird one. Im sure you have good and right points too but in general its bit unfair... i just wish before writing sthg like this you had told us about what Made you feel uncomfortable hope we can tolerate it next time. Best Regards
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“It doesn't get more Turkish than this!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

The Oztoklu family run restaurant may only have a handful of tables, but don't let its simplicity put you off. Purchase your dinner from the adjacent fish market, and the chef will cook it to perfection, with spices and vegetables. The prawns are amazing, as is the calamari. Friendly staff, very traditional environment, right in the heart of pure Turkey. Perfect!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Oztoklu Restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2013

This is my MUST place to eat when I come over to Fethiye. I have eaten here many many times, and I just love the superb service, the friendliness, and of course the fantastic food and the way it is cooked. Its the best family run restaurant you will ever find, with Dad in the kitchen creating the most wonderful dishes, daughter looking as wonderful as ever and running everything, mum keeping the place spick and span, and brother, well he just does as he is told, and he is a wonderful guy. Don't miss out on this little oasis in the middle of Fethiye, it is fantastic, you will be treated wonderfully by the most welcoming family, sit back and let your taste buds be treated to a flavour overload, and believe me I guarantee once you have eaten here once, you will be gagging to come back again.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Best fish restaurant in fish market area”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile

We have visited this restaurant a few times, and the food is fabulous, it is run by a lovely family, and they make everyone feel special. Dad and mum do most of he cooking and they certainly now how to cook, they do the most wonderful sauces for the prawns and calamari. We always have a great meal there and visit it every time we are in Fethiye. You must try it :)

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Family of Fun and Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

This restaurant offers a fantastic evening of friendly atmosphere, fantastic food (Dad's sauces are something to die for) and lots of fun.
The restaurant is family run, with daughter running the show, dad cooking, mum clearing and brother doing what he is told, if it suits him.
Customers are helped with the selection of food from the fish market, which is then brought back for cooking, unless you choose Dad's chicken curry.
The restaurant is on the edge of the vegetable market, on the left just through the arch from the fish market. The most unlikely looking place for a really good evening, unless you arrive about 8pm and see the frontage grow as the family dash about getting more tables ready as more and more customers arrive.
If you are a couple you may well find yourself alongside people you don't know, but the friendly atmosphere is infectious and you will have a great experience.
Most customers, like us, return each year for a couple of nights, we had a party of six this year and everyone agreed. --Don't Miss It.
Olive and Roger Clay

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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