Unless you've got an eye for freshly caught fish, Central Marmaris isn't hiding a grand culinary tradition, and apart from the few exceptions, the best you can hope for is a baked potato at a stand along the public beach. The several restaurants and cafes in the marina (not the ones on the wharf with menus in three languages; keep going until you cross the footbridge) offer the most appealing options.
But fresh fish is what you want in these parts. Just to the north along the Marmaris Mugla road to the little village of Çetibeli, about 13km (8 miles) away, is the little Mediterranean garden oasis Çaglayan Restaurant (Çetibeli Köyü; tel. 0252/426-0079). The garden has a stream running through it, with some tables accessible via a tiny footbridge. Village bread is baked daily, and available at breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Further out in the peaceful fishing villages of the Bozburun and Datça Peninsulas are some of the more authentic, fresh out of the local kitchen, eating experiences you'll get. Of course, there is no guarantee that the gills will still be twitching, so buyer beware. Best to stick to the hotels and pensions listed here or venture into whatever unmarked roadside eatery looks the busiest.
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