Bellapais Gardens Restaurant

Bellapais Gardens Restaurant

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Hours
Sun
10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Mon
10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Tue
10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Wed
10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Thu
10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Fri
10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
Sat
10:00 AM - 11:30 PM
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles

RATINGS
Food
4.7 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.7 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.7 of 5 bubbles
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CUISINES
International, Mediterranean, European, Turkish
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner
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About
Bellapais Gardens is a well known name for us who live in North Cyprus. The hotel namely has a restaurant often referred to as the very best when it comes to “fine dining” on the island. One of the brothers, Selim, is head chef, and his food attracts visitors from near and far who come to enjoy the culinary delights cooked with inspiration from the traditional cuisine. Many of the guests come to taste the award-winning fish dish Sultanahmet Fish, which among other things is mentioned on the Lonely Planet. A sommelier is on hand to guide guests to the perfect wine for the meal. Bellapais Gardens also has its own wine of the variety cabernet sauvignon that is manufactured from its own vineyard. In the kitchen garden the gardener reaps daily organic fruit and vegetables, including asparagus, dates and oranges, which then is used in cooking. The restaurant is a member of The Slow Food Association.
CUISINES
International, Mediterranean, European, Turkish
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles610 reviews
Excellent
468
Very good
97
Average
25
Poor
9
Terrible
11
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

LENPHOTOGRAPHIC
Tring6414 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 none
We love this restaurant. The service is superb and very professional. The owner chef will visit each table for a chat to see that the meal is ok. This is very good PR for this place. The food is always of an excellent quality, beautifully presented and lovely flavours to the dishes. Live singers by the pool adds to the atmosphere.
Written May 11, 2020
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tobleroneLiverpool
163 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 none
Often described as not to be missed, the BGR is undoubtedly a lovely restaurant with good views and very very attentive staff. Because of possible rain we ate indoors so I can't comment on the outside dining area. The food however was slightly disappointing considering the extremely positive reviews. I had the Sultans Fish, most expensive item on the menu and found it slightly undercooked and a bit bland. The vegetables were also a bit undercooked for my taste. All in all a very pleasant evening, perhaps I'll try something more traditional next time.
Written June 14, 2022
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Colette H
Bahrain97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 friends
BELLAPAIS garden restaurant was a treasure to find. We were so fortunate to get a reservation. My daughter and I dined here recently. The food was amazing and the presentation and taste of all courses were divine. The family are third generation in this area. Selim, the Executive Chef and one of owners puts so much effort and detail into everything and is passionate in his description of describing the different choices on the menu. The service was excellent and the staff were so attentive, we got a beautiful smelling flower from the garden called Jasmine, such a lovely touch, some tables has a sprinkle of petals on them. The food was so good, some home grown in their own garden. Everything was top quality and we really enjoyed everything we ordered, scallops, prawn, filet steak and deserts to die for, washed down by an excellent local Cypriot wine. It was excellent value and great variety and choice. We would highly recommend this restaurant.
Written September 25, 2021
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Charlotte C
4 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 couples
We visited here whilst on holiday after being recommended by a few friends. The food was delicious (although nothing particularly special) and the setting is beautiful (and I imagine even better in the day). However, we felt watched a lot of the time and not overly comfortable. We got the impression the waiting staff had to look busy all the time and therefore got asked if our food was ok 3 times, in the space of 2 minutes, by 3 different people. Being attentive is important but we did find this a little over kill. The Chef was also mingling with the guests which was a little over the top and quite obviously was looking after other tables better than others. Overall it was a nice experience, but I don’t think we’ll be paying another visit unfortunately.
Written October 31, 2021
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MY_26
Hertfordshire27 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 family
Our second visit this holiday. Enjoyed our first visit so decided we’d re book. Family of 5 squeezed onto a table for 4 so off to a bad start; much rather be told we cannot accommodate a family of 5. Waiting staff were inconsistent, very poorly organised and when I complained borderline impolite. At times overbearing staff remaining at your table, confused when to tidy up, when to pour and when to just go away and leave customers some space. If you are setting out to be be a classy Restuarant with a very wide menu then please make sure the staff are appropriately trained. Basics like forgetting to bring the warm bread rolls out, mixing up the orders, opening our white wine and leaving it on the central serving table, not placing it in an ice bucket, not topping of the wine glasses to the point where I had to get up and pour our own wine ( I have no issue doing so but let’s drop the pretence of having wine waiters that clearly don’t know their craft), over topping off the water glasses to a ridiculous level, ordering coffee and it not arriving; getting the coffee (Turkish coffee) served without a glass of water? Desserts brought out incomplete and then bringing the accompanying ice cream as an after thought, mixing our bill with the wrong table. Ladies are given a small jasmine arrangement during the meal but the ladies in our party (x2 didn’t receive one) even after complaining. Food is ok I don’t particularly class this as an expensive restaurant; but for North Cyprus they have positioned themselves at the higher end of pricing and indeed the dining experience. Don’t get me wrong I’m equally happy in a roadside kebab garden out here as I am in a Harvester in the UK as long as the device is good I’m happy as I would alter my expectations on food and aesthetics accordingly. For me the area Bellapais Gardens needs to improve dramatically is consistent service and well trained waiting staff. Sadly I do not think I will be returning for a while. I very very rarely (never) don’t tip and am usually very happy to leave a generous tip for the hardworking waiting staff but on this occasion did not leave a single TL. Hopefully this feedback is read and acted upon. Oh and separately maybe a smoking and non smoking section like the olden days; or perhaps politely ask guests if they wish to smoke maybe to do so by the pool area or bar. Appreciate rules on outside dining and smoking etc in North Cyprus don’t exist but being engulfed in cigar and cigarette smoke didn’t help the overall dining experience; perhaps even adding additional fans would help to disperse the smoke. 2 out of 10 is the best I can do for this one. I wouldn’t rush to make a booking again
Written August 26, 2022
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GeorgeTinkerbell
London16 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 friends
We are a group of 7 friends from all over the UK. We have been visiting Northern Cyprus for a number of years. As a celebration, we usually visit Bellapais Gardens Restaurant for a final meal together. We were welcomed as normal by the chef/owner and shown to our table. Drinks and starters came promptly and we were asked by the waitress if we were ready for our main meal. Over an hour later, we were still waiting. When the main courses finally arrived, basically they ranged from tepid to cold as if they had been plated but not served! Despite all of these issues, the chef/owner avoided coming near, although 3 minions were sent to try to temper the situation. We felt so disappointed with the service. The chef/owner’s arrogance annoyed us all and it will be a very long time before we return, if at all!
Written September 8, 2022
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jadeP-D
South Wales40 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 family
Be prepared to walk. We parked in the Abbey parking and didn’t realise how steep the walk down was. We hadn’t booked as we didn’t see anything to say you had to book, I would suggest 100% booking. They were able to seat us but we were told it would be within an hour. We ordered a round of drinks by the pool and waited around 1hr 30 before being seated. The area was lovely, however when we were seated we were seated by 2 tables smoking cigars which is not the normal in the UK which was a little off putting purely as we are not used to it. The staff were friendly very attentive. I personally do think the amount of food you have for the price was equal you are definitely paining a lot for from our experience on kyrenia smaller portions. The food it’s self was lovely, it was presented nicely and was hot. My husbands Salmon pasta was outstanding. I highly recommend having a fish dish if you visit. The desert menu and something for everyone even though some things where not available. A great drinks menu with lots of local and imported options. Personally the restaurant won’t be my first pick however we will definitely return again.
Written July 12, 2023
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Brit S
305 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 couples
Very romantic setting and tasty food. There are a few vegan and vegetarian options which we were happy to see. We especially enjoyed the veggie burek as a starter and the artichoke dish as a main. They also offer vegetarian moussaka which was delightful. Would gladly return and would love to see even more veggie options on the menu :)
Written February 13, 2020
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teejaybeeBristolUK
Kingswood373 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 none
Second visit of our holiday and a bit disappointing this time. You definitely feel rushed in this restaurant, within the space of two minutes we had four different waiting staff ask us if we wanted to order desserts, each time we said please give us ten minutes and then along comes another! The couple on the next table thought it was funny at first but it quickly becomes a nuisance. The food can be very good (our first visit) but tonight the Kleftico was virtually a hunk of bone with little meat and one of the potatoes were almost raw. We should’ve complaimed at the time but didn’t although we did mention it when they cleared the plates away and we were given a free coffee… Next time we visit Kyrenia we will probably have another meal but tonight the food was good (mine) and not so good (MrsB) and the service over the top.
Written September 11, 2022
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Travelaround59
London2032 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 none
This is such a great place and always so constant in delivering quality and service and atmosphere. They have fully embraced the Covid safety and the waiters are wearing a face mask, the menu is on a plaster board so you do not touch anything and that is for Covid. The service as usual is impeccable and the food is great (however I wouldn’t mind some news addition as the menu can feel sometime ripetitive) and there is a nice wine list to choose from. Really a great place.
Written September 2, 2020
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john
Orpington19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 friends
Have to put my hands up to being a little biased as I have been coming to this hotel and restaurant for over 25 years and in all that time I have never had a bad meal. The odd dish maybe, but in general it has always been first class, both the food and the waiting staff, who usually cannot do enough to help you. We ate here a couple of nights ago and once again the food lived up to expectations. Both the fish and the steaks were great and cooked the way we requested. It is not a cheap restaurant and they have high standards and you can see by how many people give this establishment 10 out of 10 that it wants to be one of the best on the island and they are without doubt the best around. But if your looking for a traditional Turkish restaurant then this is probably not for you. If your looking for great service and great food, you have found it.
Written October 7, 2021
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Graham Gledhill
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 couples
What can I say about the restaurant but outstanding. Everything about Bellapais garden is great, the food, the service, the vista with Bellapais Abbey in the background is beautiful. Definitely a must visit if you are in the Girne area. I would advise booking as it's very popular. Access to the restaurant can be a little difficult if you are disabled but my goodness is it worth the effort. A big thank you to all the staff for making it a wonderful evening.
Written September 9, 2023
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Jeremy C
Hinckley1056 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 couples
Pleasantly upmarket and popular restaurant that allows you to dress up a bit if you so wish and makes you feel somewhat pampered. The views are indeed splendid, the food is excellent and the waiters seem to have learned that happy knack of when to let you be or when to refill your wine glass. All very easy and indulgent. We ate there during our first week and re-visited for our last night. I would suggest that you pre-book.
Written October 30, 2023
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doubledecker2
43 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 none
This restaurant is rated as a must visit restaurant. I have to say it is a beautiful restaurant but the food was not up to our expectation, it was good but definitely not anything out of the ordinary. But the main point was the staff. It is good to be attentive but it was overpowering and made us feel that you could not sit back, relax and enjoy your meal. Not worth all the hype.
Written May 22, 2022
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Tennantstravel
Kayalar391 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 couples
Lovely setting looking up at Bellapais abbey from the gardens of the hotel, attentive staff and good choice on menu. Food well presented and delecious. In winter the restaurant is up the hill with stunning views over towards Girne.
Written July 16, 2023
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