Best restaurants in Kythira

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    O Platanos

    The family behind this charming restaurant say that if you're searching for modern food then you're in the wrong place, but if you prefer to savour hand-me-down recipes full of family secrets, pull up a chair here. And what recipes these are – the special is slow-cooked pork in honey that's laced with herbs and pretty much tastes of the island.

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    Skandeia

    A delightful family-run taverna just back from the eastern end of Paleopoli Beach, Skandeia places major emphasis on wholesome, freshly sourced local produce in preparing its definitive Greek cuisine, which ranges from lightly grilled red mullet to roasted aubergine with an aroma of wood smoke. Relax beneath the spreading elms and enjoy the Greek idyll.

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    Filio

    An acclaimed local taverna far off the beaten track, 1km beyond Kalamos en route to Fyri Ammos (look for signs), Filio offers island classics such as slow-cooked lamb in lemon sauce, aubergine stuffed with meat, and Kythiran sausages, served in a well-shaded terrace garden. The owners also rent out attractive apartments nearby.

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    Pierros

    For almost a century this family-run favourite has been serving no-nonsense staples such as mousakas (layers of eggplant or zucchini, minced meat and potatoes topped with cheese sauce), pastitsio (layers of macaroni and minced lamb), and baked chicken or veal. The main road through Livadi is hardly a beautiful setting, but locals drive from across the island to eat here.

  • Restaurants in Hora (Kythira)

    Zorba’s

    Nothing seems to have changed at this Hora institution for at least 60 years and it's now so retro that it could make the hipster generation giddy with excitement. Fortunately, though, the family who runs it isn't interested in such things and cares only about serving quality grilled meats, including the house special: Kythira sausages swaddled in local herbs.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Agia Pelagia

    Kaleris

    Renowned for its creative cuisine, romantic little Kaleris has a waterfront pavilion and tables on the beach itself, shaded by tamarisk trees. Trust the charismatic owner, Yiannis, to advise on handwritten daily specials such as yoghurt salad with smoked aubergine, filo parcels with feta drizzled with thyme-infused honey, braised lamb shank or grilled prawns.

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    Sotiris

    Avlemonas’ largest restaurant has a beautiful setting facing the seafront across a broad, open plaza in the heart of town. Naturally, it devotes itself largely to fishy business – lobster, grilled bream, seafood spaghetti and fish soup – which, though well prepared and presented, is outclassed by the view from your table.

  • Restaurants in Kapsali

    Goldfish

    The coolest cafe along Kapsali Beach, with nicely padded seats, baby-blue tables and a boho-chic vibe. Settle down over juices or shakes, coffee or beer, or order from an eclectic fusion menu that includes Japanese-, Indian- or Argentinian-style chicken; burgers; omelettes; and waffles soaked in ice cream.

  • Restaurants in Kythira

    O Manolis

    Locals head to this seafood specialist, its tables propped in the sand just north of the causeway in Diakofti, to savour excellent grilled fish or Italian-influenced risotto and pasta. You can watch the ferries pull into the port across the bay under the moonlight.

  • Restaurants in Kapsali

    Trattamento

    A newbie on the Kapsali dining scene, modern taverna Trattamento appeals as much to salt-crusted fishers as it does to holidaying city folk. The kitchen takes classic island dishes and serves them with contemporary zest. Try the cuttlefish in onion sauce.

  • Restaurants in Kythira

    Varkoula

    At this seasonal taverna at the far-northern end of the bay in Kythira’s northernmost settlement you can dine on freshly grilled fish or lobster accompanied by tunes from the bouzouki-strumming owner. Call ahead; hours can be very erratic.

  • Restaurants in Kapsali

    Magos

    Long-standing and very dependable seafood specialist that surveys the Kapsali scene from the far-eastern end of the waterfront. Choose a fish (priced by the kilo; check first) from the day’s fresh catch, displayed in the kitchen, or opt for standards such as grilled squid or shrimp.

  • Restaurants in Potamos

    Panaretos

    One of five tavernas that amiably share the main village square for al fresco dining at cream-coloured tables and chairs, Panaretos excels with dishes based on home-grown produce, such as wild goat with olive oil and oregano sauce, pork fillet with thyme, and assorted mezedhes.

  • Restaurants in Agia Pelagia

    Akrogiali

    Fresh seafood, served on the beach; look for the painted sign showing a mermaid riding a dolphin. Although it doesn't actually serve either mermaid or dolphin, it does do some very good mullet, mackerel, bream and shrimp, as well as some land-based options.