The Mani restaurants

Top Choice Taverna in Kardamyli


Right by Ritsa Beach, 1km north of town, and nestled in an olive grove, Kardamyli's most popular and pretty eating venue has the atmosphere of a provincial Mediterranean private garden. Thanks to owner-chef Fani, it…
Greek in Areopoli

I Palaiopolis

I Palaiopolis (Old Town) is housed in a beautifully restored historic building that once housed an incense followed by a cigarette workshop. These days the aromas and flavours are equally diverse, thanks to the ecle…
Greek in Kardamyli


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 invo…
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Restaurant Akrotainaritis

One of 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 se…
Taverna in Kardamyli

O Perivolis

In the heart of the village, this excellent taverna with a large garden usually has a selection of vegetarian dishes of the day (spinach and ricotta cannelloni, baked aubergine) alongside Greek classics such as lamb…
Taverna in Areopoli

Barba Petros

This long-standing taverna has been in the same family since 1917. The current grandchild/owner 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 …
Seafood in The Mani


Takis lures in diners with simply yet beautifully prepared fresh fish. The results are consistently good, according to modest Takis, 'because I love what I do'. In truth, the stunning setting, right over the turquoi…
Greek in The Mani


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 …
Mezedhes in Kardamyli


At the northern end of the village, you don't come here for the view (it's of the road), but for a casual bar-restaurant experience and some fabulous mezedhes (appetisers) with a modern Greek twist.
Taverna 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…