Restaurants

Top Choice Bakery in Platanos & Agia Marina

To Paradosiakon

This Italianate patisserie and ice-cream bar provides a sweet-toothed experience like no other. Owner Harris is an alchemist confectioner using his grandmother's old recipes to create cheese cake, chocolate gateau, …
Top Choice Greek in Leros

Dimitris O Karaflas

The sign says 'O Karaflas', but everyone knows this hilltop eyrie (enjoying one of the best views in the Dodecanese) as 'Bald Dimitri's', after its owner. Bouzouki music washes over the terrace, where diners feast o…
Top Choice Mediterranean in Rhodes Town

Marco Polo Cafe

Don't be surprised if you are asked to taste a new wine or culinary creation, a possible new addition to the menu of regulars, such as skewered lamb with rosemary and pistachio, pork loin with figs, Greek risotto wi…
Top Choice Greek in Kos

Oria Taverna

Idyllic taverna, only accessible by hiking up the hillside facing the 1000-year-old Pyli Castle and enjoying what is certainly the best rural view on Kos. It’s open all day for snacks and cooling drinks, but you can…
Top Choice Greek in Rhodes Town

Taverna Kostas

Run by grandfather Kostas, this is not only the friendliest and best-value restaurant in the Old Town but also one of the best. Forget the bare lime-washed walls and simple decor; eating here is like taking a place …
Top Choice Greek in Kos Town

Elia

With its traditional wood-beamed ceiling and partly exposed stone walls covered in murals of the gods of the pantheon, Elia is earthy and friendly, while its small and focused menu is fit for a hard-to-please deity.…
Top Choice Taverna in Symi

Marathounda Taverna

Quintessential beach taverna, where the owner's goats – responsible for the delicious homemade cheese and, whisper it, the goat stew, too – nuzzle up to the tables. Be sure to sample the Symi shrimp and grilled fish…
Top Choice Taverna in Lipsi Village

Manolis Tastes

In a handsome 19th-century neoclassical building (and former Italian Police station), Manolis Tastes has a roof terrace and upstairs lounge, and fine dining in a cream-and-wood interior. The real draw is Chef Manoli…
Top Choice Fusion in Gialos

Muses

Admittedly it's a little overpriced, but this wine-red bijou restaurant run by two Argentinian brothers is Symi’s most exciting restaurant. A modern Mediterranean menu changes daily, combining signature dishes like …
Top Choice Taverna in Gialos

Tholos

There’s no more romantic restaurant in the Dodecanese than this lovely taverna, poised at the tip of Harani Bay, along the quay from central Gialos. The sunset views from its waterfront tables are stupendous, and so…