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Top Choice Seafood in Vathy

O Batis

Vathy's top pick for ultra-fresh seafood sits amid a row of similar-looking places along the harbour. Tourists flock to the waterfront tables, while local fishers, who’ve had quite enough sea views for one day, pref…
Top Choice Taverna in Ithaki


This eclectic, very popular little restaurant, 2km north of Stavros, is renowned island-wide for its fresh produce and rotating Italian-influenced menu, which ranges from eggs Benedict for Sunday brunch to stir-frie…
Cafe in Ithaki

En Plo

Chic, laid-back waterfront cafe, where the upstairs terrace is a lovely spot for watching sunsets and the lights as they come on in the windmills across the bay. Open all day, for bites ranging from yoghurt or omele…
Greek in Ithaki

Ithaki Restaurant

Smart restaurant on the corner of the village square, serving succulent meaty specialities such as local sausages, charcoal-grilled veal or pork, and lamb souvlaki. The terrace of the attached Sunset Café has sumptu…
Taverna in Ithaki


This unpretentious traditional taverna sitting by the waves in Kioni dishes up tasty and substantial helpings of local favourites, such as pastitsio (layers of buttery macaroni and seasoned minced lamb), veal stifad…
Museum in Ithaki

Stavros Archaeological Museum

The most interesting exhibits in this one-room museum outside Stavros come from a large sea cave in the bay to the south, now rendered inaccessible by earthquakes. The exhibits include fragments of the 13 bronze tri…
Taverna in Vathy


Traditional taverna with blue tables set up off the square in the heart of town. Every day the kitchen cooks up something different, from goat stew to stuffed tomatoes, saganaki to kleftiko. Look out for savoro, mar…
Greek in Vathy


A smart little restaurant, a block back from the waterfront, with a cool front terrace and a swanky bar in its elegant wood-panelled dining room. Distinctive local dishes include strapatsada (clay pot lamb) and slow…
Cafe in Ithaki

To Kentro

Housed in a faded yellow villa at the corner of the square, this kafeneio is popular with local pensioners. Join them over an afternoon glass of retsina in the front courtyard garden; slow down, and watch the world …
Taverna in Ithaki


Right on the harbour in Frikes, this is a great place to sample traditional cuisine such as stifadho, fresh bream and dried apricots, as well as local speciality savoro (fish with vinegar, currants and garlic).