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“Exceptional food, amazing atmosphere”

Hilmi Meat & Fish Restaurant
Ranked #67 of 424 Restaurants in Fethiye
Price range: $26 - $258
Cuisines: Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Exceptional food, amazing atmosphere”
Reviewed October 2, 2012

Spent three evenings out of our 14 night holiday at this restaurant which is located within Fethiye Fish Market. Everything is perfect including location, ambience, service, price, wine and above all the SEA BASS and PRAWNS ! Totally amazing experience, if not the BEST in Fethiye. A true Turkish Delight!

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank DaleCardiff
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Russian first
  • Turkish first
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English first
Level 6 Contributor
259 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
“Truly stunning. What a fantastic experience”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

Our friends said very little about this place. They've been before. We thought we were going to a fish market and didn't understand the concept.

Upon arrival we bought prawns, more prawns (mate loves them, he even loves to peel them huh??), squid, and sea bass.... from the stalls that took most interest in us. I.e. genuine, what are your tastes, how can we help you... Both couples bought from different stalls. Soooo many lovely ones to choose from.

The market guys prepared and delivered the fish to Hilmi restaurant. We sat and chilled out and drank water/wine.

We chose Hilmi as it looked, visually, one of the best, (if not the best), and the guy made a genuine attempt to help us when we arrived, (without expecting anything back or shouting our attention). The starter was stunning. The main course better. Beautiful wine recommended by the owner. Great service.

Would I go back? Year after year. Without fail. Not that I go to the same resort twice though this would be a reason why I'd start doing that.

A truly unforgettable day. Thank you, thank you, thank you :-)

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank LuxurySeekerNorwich
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London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Near perfect experience”
Reviewed September 20, 2012

I went to Hilmi just a few days ago with my parents, the friendly staff, amazing food and decent prices made this a great dining experience for all of us.
My dad is a coeliac and found the staff extremely understanding and accommodating, we didn't ick our seafood but decided to start with in incredible mezze, followed by squid and prawns, everything was beautifully seasoned and cooked to perfection, can't recommend it enough ::)

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Thank Ttclub68
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Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Terrible service, great food!”
Reviewed September 20, 2012

Service sucked, but the food (once we got it!) was great.
Unless you are a large group or Turkish, as a couple you will likely get lost in the shuffle at this restaurant.
You have to be VERY proactive if it is busy. My husband had to hunt down a server so that we could finally order our main after being left on our own for quite a while. Service improved somewhat after that.
At first we were pissed off, but the anger wore off as we had fun watching the musicians, dogs, cats, kids and people milling about in the outdoor square that makes up the market.

- meze specials of the day were great
- perfectly cooked beef main
- delicious fish main
- the market itself is a great spectacle to watch

- lack of service! The Turkish men beside us however were very well served...regulars perhaps?
- long wait time
- up-selling of various menu items. Although, everything they suggested that we had was great and given the long wait time we were not as stuffed by all the mezes.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank milkshakemonkey
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Level 6 Contributor
161 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Setting the bar that little bit higher”
Reviewed August 20, 2012

Delicious mezze and hot starters, loved the samphire and hot seafood rolls.
This restaurant has the edge and it's laid back classy clientele are as much local as they are tourists.
We had sea bass for our main, grilled to perfection and a delicious layered salad.
For dessert the oven baked helva is a must and some fresh seasonal fruit.
To finish we enjoyed the sad notes from the gypsy violinist.
All in all a perfect evening.
I would prebook as its very busy even on weeknights

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1 Thank thebaroness
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