EPHESUS, a family-owned business

Welcome to Ephesus the family-owned restaurant, which offers the finest in Greek and Turkish cuisine. Ephesus is the premier Mediterranean restaurant in the area, offering lunch and dinner specials made with 100% fresh and natural food. So come, sit back, and relax while our family prepares you an authentic Mediterranean meal.

Our dad, Mehmet Vural has been in the restaurant business for more than 25 years and specializes in the Mediterranean kitchen. He has the perfect recipes for numerous meals and many say that similar dishes elsewhere don’t even begin to compare.

Our mum, Serife Vural, has been in the restaurant business about 10 years and specializes in making house specials and baking. Enjoy her freshly baked homemade bread served with every meal.

My brother, Fatih (right) and I, Galip (left) will try our best to serve you and help you understand everything we have to offer.

Ephesus has an elegant yet casual dining atmosphere perfect for anniversaries, birthdays, and all other celebrations as well as for a family meal out on the town. Take a peek at our menu and see what pleasures await you, here at Ephesus.

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Ephesus (Greek: Ἔφεσος Ephesos; Turkish: Efes; ultimately from Hittite Apasa) was an ancient Greek city on the coast of Ionia, three kilometers southwest of present-day Selçuk in İzmir Province, Turkey. It was built in the 10th century BC on the site of the former Arzawan capital by Attic and Ionian Greek colonists. During the Classical Greek era it was one of the twelve cities of the Ionian League. The city flourished after it came under the control of the Roman Republic in 129 BC. According to estimates Ephesus had a population of 33,600 to 56,000 people in the Roman period, making it the third largest city of Roman Asia Minor after Sardis and Alexandria Troas.

The city was famed for the Temple of Artemis (completed around 550 BC), one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. In 268 AD, the Temple was destroyed or damaged in a raid by the Goths. It may have been rebuilt or repaired but this is uncertain, as its later history is not clear. Emperor Constantine I rebuilt much of the city and erected new public baths. Following the Edict of Thessalonica from emperor Theodosius I, what remained of the temple was destroyed in 401 AD by a mob led by St. John Chrysostom. The town was partially destroyed by an earthquake in 614 AD. The city's importance as a commercial center declined as the harbor was slowly silted up by the Cayster River (Küçük Menderes).

Ephesus was one of the seven churches of Asia that are cited in the Book of Revelation. The Gospel of John may have been written here. The city was the site of several 5th century Christian Councils. It is also the site of a large gladiators' graveyard. The ruins of Ephesus are a favorite international and local tourist attraction, partly owing to their easy access from Adnan Menderes Airport.