Restaurants

Top Choice Taverna in Kos Town

Pote Tin Kyriaki

Named for Melina Mercouri's Oscar-winning 1960 song, 'Never on Sunday' is not the sort of place you expect to find in modern Kos – and it takes a lot of finding. This traditional ouzerie (place that serves ouzo and …
Top Choice Mediterranean in Rhodes Town

Marco Polo Cafe

Magical, irresistibly romantic restaurant in a delightful garden courtyard. The passion and flair of the cuisine is astounding, while the service epitomises filoxenia (hospitality). Menus change nightly, with specia…
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 Seafood in Rhodes Town

Nireas

Nireas’ status as Rhodes’ favourite seafood restaurant owes much to the sheer enthusiasm and verve of genial owner Theo, from Symi – that and the beautifully prepared food, served beneath a vine-shaded canopy outsid…
Top Choice Taverna in Lindos

Kalypso

Dine in the high-ceilinged main room of this 17th-century sea captain's house, or simply admire the facade from the roof terrace. The menu ranges through seafood, meat and vegetarian delights, plus tasty Lyndian dis…
Top Choice Taverna in Pigadia

To Hellenikon

This deeply traditional taverna, a block from the sea, offers seating on an open-sided footpath terrace as well as indoors, alongside a kitchen filled with bubbling pots and appetising aromas. The menu is enticing e…
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 are certainly the best views on Kos…and quite possibly in the world. It’s open all day for snacks and…
Top Choice Greek in Rhodes Town

Koykos

This inviting complex, off a pedestrian shopping street, consists of several antique-filled rooms – a couple hold vintage jukeboxes – along with two bougainvillea-draped courtyards and a floral roof terrace. Best kn…
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…
Top Choice Taverna in Livadia

Armenon

Open-fronted taverna on the beach walkway, serving top-quality seafood – the steamed mussels are out of this world – and local favourites such as lentil and anchovy salad. The charming couple who run it are so commi…