Best restaurants in The Mani

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Kardamyli

    Elies

    Right by Ritsa Beach, 1km north of town, and nestled in an olive grove, this pretty and popular eating venue has the atmosphere of a provincial Mediterranean private garden. Thanks to owner-chef Fani, it presents a fine selection of top-notch Greek and Mani fare, including numerous scrumptious veggie dishes.

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    Teloneio

    This colourful seafront restaurant and bar serves imaginative fare – traditional Greek with a modern twist – such as roasted kritharaki (rice-shaped pasta) with scampi, and grilled talagani cheese with prickly-pear marmalade.

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    I Palaiopolis

    'Old Town' is in a beautifully restored building that once housed an incense maker followed by a cigarette workshop. These days the aromas and flavours are equally diverse, thanks to the eclectic selection of modern Greek dishes: salted pork salad, Mani spaghetti (local noodles), and more traditional vegetable concoctions. There's an atmospheric stone-vaulted dining area and lovely rear courtyard.

  • Restaurants in Kardamyli

    Dioskouri

    This long-standing spot on the hill, overlooking the bay and with a terrace filled with umbrella pines, is glorious on a moonlit evening. It's been infused with a bit of youthful flair as the next generation is involved in the business, though still serves the old-school Greek cuisine: simple and good quality, from calamari to excellent grilled seafood dishes.

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    I Oka

    An offshoot of Teloneio opposite, this gets away from the seafood vibe of Limeni but still has top views over the water from its terrace. The menu is focused on high-class mayirefta (preprepared daily dishes) and grilled meats. There's a small produce shop downstairs.

  • Restaurants in Kardamyli

    Kritamos

    You don't come here for the view (it's of the road), but for a casual bar-restaurant experience and some tasty Greek pub grub. On the menu are creative mezedhes, salads, risotti, burgers and wings. There's usually live music at weekends and it's a good spot for a coffee or drink any time of day.

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    Takis

    Takis lures in diners with simple yet beautifully prepared fresh fish – of course, the stunning setting, right over the turquoise water, helps. Take your pick of the day's catch at the counter. It's on the pricey side, but you're paying for the location.

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    O Poulos

    Original shared plates are on offer at this eat-street choice. Tasty salads and cheese dishes take their place alongside fish and meat; ask for the pie of the day too. Tables out front are nice, but the back garden is also a lovely spot.

  • Restaurants in Kardamyli

    Lola Frozen Yogurt

    Sweaty hikers make a beeline for this frozen yoghurt (and sweets) joint that provides a cool, sweet balm. Gorgeous flower-filled garden out the back in which to rest, lick and munch. There are vegan options available too.

  • Restaurants in Kardamyli

    Gialos

    Pass the front of the church and keep going past the riverbed to reach this sweet beach-side restaurant. There's appealing outdoor seating and a reliable menu of tasty home cooking.

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    Restaurant Akrotainaritis

    Of the several tavernas along the waterfront (none of which will knock your culinary socks off, but all have lovely settings overlooking the bay), we like this one for its reliability. It's been run since 1923 by one family. Today, with Vasiliki at its helm, it continues to serve up Greek standards, including local goat dishes, with an honest, home-cooked touch.

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    Akrogiali

    This sturdy stone taverna is just about the best in town and it certainly has a prime position with its terrace offering an uninterrupted view down the beach and over the bay. They prepare pasta and other dishes, but fresh fish is the way to go here. It's one of the few restaurants that stays open off-season.

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    Barba Petros

    This long-standing taverna has been in the same family since 1917. The current grandchild and his son run the show. This is the place to pig out in every sense – the owner breeds his own pigs, and other meats are sourced locally. Local specialities include vegetable stew and piglet with plum sauce.

  • Restaurants in Kardamyli

    Taverna Kiki

    The kindly owners at this appealing taverna, tucked away off the main street, tell you the day's dishes on arrival. Although the choice is limited, the dishes tend to be more imaginative than usual; expect the likes of veal stew with shallots and cloves.