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Antalya

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About Antalya

Situated just steps from the British Museum and Russel Square Station, Antalya serves Turkish cuisine in the heart of London. With his other Antalya location in Nottingham, owner Mehmet Kolcak has been offering up tasty Turkish and Mediterranean classics for over 25 years. Using centuries-old traditional Turkish recipes, guests experience the flavors of Istanbul in the middle of England’s capital city. Offering up Lamb, Steak, Chicken and vegetarian specialties, it is Kolcak’s keen attention to detail that sets Antalya apart from the rest.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 11:00 - 22:30
  • Tuesday 11:00 - 22:30
  • Wednesday 11:00 - 22:30
  • Thursday 11:00 - 22:30
  • Friday 11:00 - 22:30
  • Saturday 11:00 - 22:30
  • Sunday 11:00 - 22:30
Antalya, 103-105 Southampton Row, WC1B 4HH London

Further Information

Antalya on Southampton Road serves up luxurious cuisine without a stuffy atmosphere. Complete with colorful murals and painted ceilings, Antalya transports guests to another time and place in total contrast to the bustling London environment just outside the restaurant’s walls. Choose from a variety of mezze, small plates comparable to tapas, or go all out and order a full entrée. Whatever the decision, Antalya promises not to disappoint.

The restaurant’s beautiful interior sets high expectations for the food, as it should. With dishes ranging from Asparagus Kulesi to Tavuk Topkapi (Ottoman Style Chicken), patrons of Antalya come in time and again without ever tiring of the menu. The Turkish restaurant’s central location on Southampton Road makes for a perfect destination after a day about own. Diners can finish up their experience with a wide array of desserts or a strong Turkish coffee.

CHEF'S CHOICE

157 Reviews

5.1 /6 Excellent 157 Reviews
Quality/Price: great value
Food: heavenly
Service: extraordinary
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Atmosphere: entertaining
Noise: quiet
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1 review so far 6
22.07.2017 09:19

We really enjoyed having authentic Turkish meals in a lovely ambience. I must say that the walls and ceiling are with observing covered with colourful beautiful hand made Ottoman Turkish motives and Turkish lanterns. Staff are very friendly and helpful too.

1 review so far 6
20.06.2017 20:13

Great food and attentive service. Very Reasonably priced - theee courses + drinks and tip £32 per head for lunch. We would definitely go again

2 reviews so far 6
19.06.2017 16:57

Good menu. The food was excellent, the service was prompt and friendly and we loved the décor. Will definitely eat at Antalya again when we next visit London and will recommend to our family and friends.

1 review so far 6
26.03.2017 09:38

Highly recommend. We experienced good and friendly service, delicious food, beautiful setting and superb location. Must try Elfes, No 1 Turkish beer. Very impressed indeed.

1 review so far 6
15.03.2016 08:40

Every time I go to London, I try to go to Antalya because you are always felt welcome there. Our flight from Geneva was delayed and when we called the restaurant to inform them that we would be late, they were very understanding. The food was delicious and the portions were quite generous. The staff were very efficient and nice: the boss even came to our table to say a few words. He even offered us the dessert and the tea. We had a really wonderful time at Antalya and we will be back. Arlette

1 review so far 6
25.12.2016 07:35

Antalya was lovely a family run restaurant we didn't need to book but ther could be time in the year you might need to. The menu chooses were varied and not expensive my sister and i choose some hummus to go with the bread they give you when we sat down which was lovely and full of flavour my sister had mousaka with a salad and I had half a stuffed chicken with loads of mushrooms in a white sauce. The chicken was fantastic very moist and the stuffing sweet and tasty. We would recommend you give it a try and we will be going back again.

1 review so far 5
01.06.2017 10:29

We went to Antalya for lunch on a bad day for them, as they were short staffed due to a road traffic accident to one of them. The impression gained, though not confirmed, was that it is a family run restaurant. However, the remaining waiter did his very best and coped really well, so that there were no obvious problems. The décor is impressive and elaborate, based on the Ottoman Turkish period. The Menu is extensive and contains a Vegetarian section. The starters were tasty and the mains a little bland. The cost was quite low - £65 for two courses for four. But being lunch time on a very hot day, we did not have any alcohol. Recommended.

1 review so far 5
15.10.2016 06:38

Following closure of Effes restuarant Gt Titchfield Street had to find a new location for a group of friends to eat. Antalya was easy to find and had typical Turkish decor. Very friendly waiting staff and attentive but not intrusive service. Our group of five old friends all selected the standard three course meal comprising mezzes, Turkish mixed grill and fresh fruit and and baklava. Lots of wine and beers and coffees. Everyone found food excellent and well cooked. Total bill less than £160 with no obligatory service charge. Highly recommended.

1 review so far 6
29.04.2015 17:35

Three of us went to the Antalya Restaurant after a wonderful day in London and finished off with a fantastic meal. The staff were lovely. My husband had the lamb shank which melted in your mouth, my son had chicken kebab meat from the skewer and I had the lamb casserole which was full of flavour. It only a short walk from Russell Square underground station, so willl definitely be returning again soon.

1 review so far 6
10.04.2016 20:49

We really enjoyed our visit to Antalya for dinner last week - the food is delicious, the service very friendly and efficient and the menu is very good value for money - with complimentary pitta bread and olives etc to start with and fruit, Turkish delight and liqueurs to finish. We would certainly recommend this restaurant and hope to go again ourselves before too long.

1 review so far 6
14.04.2016 12:15

Antalya is an outstanding restaurant, with a great welcome, excellent service, and authentic Turkish cuisine. Waiting staff are attentive, respectful and good humoured. The manager came to see us towards the end of our evening and was pleasant and warm. I recommend Antalya.

3 reviews so far 5
22.02.2016 20:07

Booked this restaurant for me and my 2 best friends annual birthday dinner. On arrival we warmly greeted and seated as requested away from the door. We were promptly presented with warm bread and olives, not best I've tasted but very welcome. We ordered 1 mixed meze which was enough for the 3 of us. For mains we all had the mixed grill which was very nice and good portion with one side order of mixed veg more than enough for 3. The waiter served the chilli sauce which was delicious. We were given complimentary dessert and liquors. The waiters were attentive and friendly. They helped us with our coats, shook hands thanked us for or custom and escorted to the door on leaving. The only downside was crockery is dated and a platebsnd cup was cracked. They were changed immediately and the waiter was very apologetic

1 review so far 6
11.01.2015 11:15

this was my first visit to antalya restaurant with my wife and son,we were greeted at the door by very friendly staff who took our coats and showed us to our seats,the decor is very opulent and quite breathtaking, we decided on a bottle of turkish rose which i may say was realy nice,the menu is varied turkish/mediterranean cusine, we all had a very tasty dinner cooked to perfection and if anyone has been to turkey they know how to cook. the owner memmet goes that extra mile to make your visit enjoyable,my recomendation is for anyone looking for that bit of pampering and great hospitality go to the antalya you will have a great dinning experiance. john jenkin.

1 review so far 5
01.01.2016 15:50

For New Year's Eve we had a lovely Antalyan dinner with excellent friendly service and live TK music to provide a festive atmosphere. The meze were delicious, the lamb chops succulent (though the lamb fillet was, sadly, overcooked...even a little charred) and the wine very good, all for an incredibly low price. Would definitely recommend the place to anybody who likes authentic Turkish food.

1 review so far 5
25.02.2015 10:34

We were warmly welcomed to this restaurant beautifully decorated in a Turkish style. Food was very tasty, with plenty of vegetarian options, which was what our party was looking for. Service was quick and efficient. There was a slight mix up regarding the use of our Gourmet Society discount card - we had mentioned that we wanted to use it when we booked, and checked with the waitress that this was OK when we arrived but the waiter who made up the handwritten bill apparently wasn't aware of this and wasn't very happy about having to do it again with the discount. Otherwise we were delighted with the place and would certainly recommend it.

1 review so far 6
16.02.2017 08:50

As soon as we had a table, the friendly staff served us pita bread and a small starter plate which was a good warm-up for our stomach. We ordered mix cold meze plate as a further starter and mix kebab as a main course, both were so delicious. We also had creme caramel after meal, since we were so full we preferred a light dessert rather than baklava and it was tasty too. The service was really good as well, they served us melon and Turkish delight after meal free of charge.

2 reviews so far 6
21.12.2016 07:17

This is my 2nd visit to antalya. And once again not disappointed the food is really tasty and plentiful. Staff are very friendly and welcoming, ambience of the venue is so relaxing and very handy for rail and tube links. Well done Antalya and Merry Christmas.

1 review so far 6
11.02.2016 10:02

Went to Antalya for a meal with colleagues. Everyone loved the food and the service was excellent. We were all given a free plate of fruit after the main course, although couldn't managed much of it as we were all so full!

1 review so far 6
22.01.2015 11:05

Coming from Germany we were there after a visit of the British Museum. The restaurant Antalya offers an excellent cuisine and service worthy of note. - It is highly recommended, Gerhard Wünscher, Halle (where the great british composer Handel was born).

1 review so far 5
19.09.2016 09:58

Booked a table for 7 at 5.30pm prior to a theatre. Only 5 of us arrived but there was no problem we were still welcomed warmly and given a choice of tables. Helpful advice was given to those of us who hadn't eaten Turkish food. Service was efficient and the food arrived as described on the menu. The mezze was good, mains were tasty but don't expect fine dining. The wine one white one red reasonably priced Overall a pleasant experience we'd be happy to repeat.

1 review so far 6
29.01.2016 16:34

Have just written a full review on TripAdvisor, but - briefly here - can recommend Antalya. We were a large lunch party and found the food excellent value. Intriguing décor too and great location.

1 review so far 6
17.07.2015 12:23

We were attending a conference at the University of London. Antalya was close by and convenient. We were pleasantly surprised by super-delicious food, lovely ambiance, attentive service, excellent value. I would definitely return.

1 review so far 6
10.02.2015 20:20

This was a gem of a find. So close to our hotel (Presidents). Pleasing and interesting decor. Very friendly and helpful staff. My wife and I dont know our way around Turkish cuisine so we needed some explanations and recommendations. It was all deliciously prepared and washed down by a pleasing Turkish wine. Go try it. You will not regret the choice I am sure.

1 review so far 5
28.11.2016 09:51

We went to Antalya on Friday evening and had a lovely time. Very friendly atmosphere, lovely food at very reasonable prices. Waiter was very busy but still gave us good friendly service. Would definitely recommend.

1 review so far 6
15.02.2016 22:25

Fantastic food, great service, fair prices! We love North African / Middle Eastern food and this was right up our street. We went for the set menu which was mixed hot and cold starters followed by a choice of mains. My wife went for the mixed kebab and I went for prawns in a delicious sauce. Absolutely fantastic!

1 review so far 6
28.10.2016 10:30

We really enjoyed our lunch at Antalya restaurant, which was a very good value for money. Food was excellent, and so was the customer service. We highly recommend it.

1 review so far 5
21.10.2016 07:32

We loved our meal at Antalya! The food was extremely flavorful and service was warm and welcoming. We hope to return some day, and can highly recommend this restaurant to other visitors to London.

1 review so far 6
05.06.2015 10:50

Went on a Monday evening. There were a few tables full and it had a nice, relaxed atmosphere. Some people were dining alone so it is a comfortable establishment. Really enjoyed the food and the customer service was excellent. A gentleman even ran down the street after us when my friend forgot something. Highly recommended!

1 review so far 6
17.12.2014 15:22

Excellent food, fast and friendly service, and even a few freebies - who could ask for anything more? I will definitely return to Antalya in the future.

1 review so far 6
19.10.2015 08:23

This was a lovely meal in most all ways; the food, the service, the price, the hospitality. A rather perfect evening meeting up with the elderly in-laws to share a meal out while they were visiting from the West Country and staying in a hotel only a very short walk away in Russell Square.

1 review so far 6
08.10.2016 14:12

Had a great lunch for six on Friday. We just had a medley of hot and cold mezze, which felt like a mini banquet. Staff are attentive without being intrusive, leaving us to enjoy catching up with each other; the food was as delicious as always. Highly recommended for lovers of Turkish food.

1 review so far 6
21.12.2015 09:33

Excellent food, a wide ranging menu, very courteous staff, beautiful decor and they brought us liqueur and baklava after we paid the bill. This is the best Turkish restaurant I have found outside Istanbul. It's a mystery to me that it was half empty. Nice to see a good choice for vegetarians too.

1 review so far 6
24.12.2015 09:18

We had an excellent meal at Antalya. Food was great and service excellent. A very relaxed friendly atmosphere. Would definitely recommend and will return again soon.

1 review so far 6
11.12.2014 08:51

we had a Christmas dinner at Antalya rest. it was great, lovely&friendly people. the food was awesome, even only starters were enough to be full..

1 review so far 5
03.08.2017 09:25

Admirable! The food was really good for the money we paid. On ambience, although there was a traditional hint, would have been better to have proper ventilation as we felt a bit hot sitting inside. The staff is absolutely awesome with great hospitality skills so thought of forgoing the ambience bit. Will surely visit them once more :)

1 review so far 4
12.06.2016 12:04

Excellent location, being within walking distance of three tube stations in London. Waiters were polite and friendly, however we felt the service was somewhat rushed as soon as we sat at the table. Food was well cooked. There were four people in our party, the person having the vegetable dish spoke highly of it. The dish I had (chicken shish on a bed of rice) and the lamb casserole were ok.

1 review so far 3
24.12.2015 16:41

The food was ok however the menu choice was limited. Bulgar rice was the only choice to have with almost every dish, which isn't good for people with food intolerances. A plain rice option would be a helpful addition. The restaurant was quite chilly where we were sitting, but nice and quiet so we could hear each other speaking. We were given several free small drinks and items of food which was a nice gesture. The evening was ok however not sure I would sure recommend this restaurant for traditional Turkish food.

1 review so far 5
21.04.2016 10:36

Great service and delicious food at a reasonable price for central London. The ceiling is very beautiful, it only misses a top score as I guess the rest could do with a bit of modernization, but this is me being extremely picky. I would definitely recommend this for all fans of Turkish and Greek food.

1 review so far 4
10.09.2016 10:51

This is a well-located, reasonably priced place, with authentic, well -prepared and tasty food. On the visit I made the service was a bit haphazard, with some drinks orders just forgotten, even though it wasn't massively busy. One of the waiters was great and friendly, others were a bit reluctant. I would say you'll enjoy it if you're not in a hurry to get somewhere else.

1 review so far 4
18.05.2015 10:09

Antalya - very warm, friendly place. An interesting interior. Appetizers (Karisik Sicak Meze) very good. My main course: Islim Kebab (Aubergine Parcels) rather unexciting, plain. Overall decent, certainly not memorable, experience.

1 review so far 5
21.06.2016 23:38

Great service. Waiter made 3 children feel comfortable and relaxed. Explained portion size to us to make sure we could share and not overspend. Overall the food was exactly what we search for in Levantine style good. The kids also loved it and asked to go back again.

1 review so far 6
17.07.2016 11:09

We had a large party for a 30 year anniversary but we had a great long table and food and service was excellent and despite complicated requests to settle up from our side good humour all round and complementary liquor

1 review so far 5
05.04.2016 07:49

Lovely food, did feel a little rushed even though the restaurant was empty (we went very early). But other than that, majority good service and extra potion of rice given as we asked for no salad (fussy eater) No restaurant does this for us! So very impressed

1 review so far 5
19.02.2016 08:54

Wonderful decoration, warm ambience, excellent attentive service and delicious food. For 2, we opted for a range of hot and cold starters for our meal followed by dessert (baclava and fresh fruit) and Turkish coffee.Our first visit and we will most certainly return and recommend to others.

1 review so far 6
24.04.2016 13:37

Fantastic food that was cooked to perfection, coupled with excellent service with staff that really appeared to love working there makes this a must visit dining experience. Will definitely be re-visiting to try more of the house specialities!

1 review so far 6
13.11.2016 07:37

Excellent service and excellent food. Despite the fact that our booking had not been logged into their diary the two who looked after us were attentive and friendly and the standard of the food was very high.

1 review so far 6
20.02.2017 07:15

Friendly service, plentiful portions of delicious food, and comfortable ambience at reasonable cost! Noise levels allowed for conversation and take away boxes were provided for taking the leftovers of those big portion home for next day lunch!

1 review so far 5
21.03.2016 14:59

Very warm welcome and excellent service , friendly polite waiters . Food was nice with no problem but not fantastic , frozen chips probably the let down and veg slightly undercooked . But would recommend anyone to try as we all have different tastes.!!!

1 review so far 4
17.07.2015 13:41

Nice place, Nice setting, the owner is very kind. We took the festive menu but we have been disappointed by the quality of the meat of the main course, we have been in Istanbul and the kebab is much better.... All was average for our taste, maybe it is because it was in July....

1 review so far 6
11.05.2016 14:00

Friendly and very good lunch. Had the mezze and my guest had the veggie moussaka. Both excellent. I look forward to returning one evening for dinner. I am sure their lamb and fish dishes are exceptional.