Restaurants

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 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…
Top Choice Seafood in Gialos

Meraklis

This old-school taverna, with Santorini-blue walls decked in vintage diving photos and antique mirrors, is as pretty as it is friendly. And while its souvlakia, meatballs and roast lamb are tasty, most diners come h…
Taverna in Gialos

Taverna Giorgo & Maria

Bouzouki music piping across its breezy pebble-mosaic courtyard and veranda, soaring views of the gas-blue bay below, and a memorable selection of Symi shrimp, braised rabbit, pork casserole, swordfish, lobster and …
Taverna in Gialos

To Spitiko

Owners Eruala and Fortes make their food with great care and zest, and while the place on the tip of Harani Bay harbour might not look spectacular, the cuisine most definitely is. Lemon potatoes, country sausage, Sy…
Cafe in Symi

Olive Tree

English-run cafe that’s a favourite morning rendezvous for the island’s expats. Sit yourself down on its vine-shaded terrace at the top of Kali Strata and tuck into a wide array of smoothies, juices, cakes, locally …
Greek in Gialos

Paradise Beach Bar

Paradise has Aegean-blue tables and chairs and owns the sun loungers on the nearby beach of Nos (free to diners). Plenty of fishy options from octopus, lobster and shrimp as well as mezedhes (appetisers).
Seafood in Gialos

Manos Fish Restaurant

Festooned in nets and nautical lanterns, its walls astir with lobsters in tanks, Manos is a typical fish restaurant offering dishes like octopus cooked in wine, shark fillet, crab claws and sea snails.