Welcome to Anatoli,the home of modern Turkish Cuisine

Our menu is thoughtfully tailored to meet our guests' perceptive tastes and expectations.

The results are sophisticated, stylish and modern without being pretentious or faddish. A warm and ambient space, our restaurant provides an inviting respite and creates the quintessential canvas for our food.

Tayfun combines classic Turkish fare in a modern, ingredient-focused menu with upscale comfort food and impeccable hospitality. His rich experience shows through gorgeous, flavourful and unpretentious food with a focus on freshly sourced local and Turkish ingredients.

We have a passion for pure flavour, quality ingredients, and for creating an atmosphere that is inviting, approachable, and a haven for Capetonians who simply love to share food.

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"There is no better reflection of a culture than through its food. There's an innate, relaxed, & open way that people in Cape Town communicate, travel, and eat."

About the owner

Anatoli owner, Tayfun Aras, is the Turkish-born visionary behind the restaurant. Though he studied to be an archaeologist, his passion was in food. In 1989, he befriended the original owners of Anatoli, Bevan and Mustafa. Then, 9 years later he and his family moved to Cape Town permanently and his reign at Anatoli’s followed soon after.

To this day the simplistic genius of the Anatoli experience radiates from Tayfun as is best expressed in his own words: "I am very patriotic and Turkish food is my life."

"After moving here permanently in 1998, the restaurant came up for sale and I grabbed the opportunity in 2003", says Tayfun.

1904

Built 120 years ago in 1904, the picturesque Victorian coach house that Anatoli calls home soon became part of the De Waterkant neighbourhood’s rich and diverse cultural history.

1984

The coach house was converted into a beautiful restaurant and Anatoli opened its doors as the first and only eatery in Cape Town to serve authentic Turkish cuisine.

1998

In a chance encounter that carries more than a whiff of destiny, Tayfun met his South African wife while she was traveling in Marmaris. In 1998, they returned to South Africa where Tayfun fell in love all over again – this time with the beautiful city of Cape Town.

2003

Having decided to spend his days here, Tayfun realised there was one last thing missing: sharing the tastes of his homeland with the beautiful people of Cape Town. After seeing Anatoli for the first time, his heart leapt and he knew: fate was calling once again. 

Present

Now, for almost fourteen years, Tayfun’s passionate attention to detail has ensured that Anatoli is the best and only way to authentically experience the pleasures of Turkish cuisine -without leaving the Mother City.