Dining


There is a proliferation of dining places on the island, especially in Chora, where you can enjoy your meal in picturesque settings hidden in the maze of narrow streets. From simple Greek dishes to gourmet plates of the international cuisine, and from the naïve decor of small taverns to the avant-garde ambient of club restaurants, the choices are numerous and diverse, for every taste and every budget.

 

At the higher end of the market there are several restaurants offering dishes both from the Greek tradition and the international sophistication. La Maison de Catherine is one of the oldest and chicest sitting along a small lane (Lidou str.) off Matoyanni str., which, despite its narrowness, is the perfect passage for those wishing to see and to be seen.  On the central Matoyanni str. you'll find Phillippis with the trendiest garden of the island, where fresh fish and seafood, as well as classic Greek dishes are served under the trees.  Also on Matoyanni str., the atmospheric minimal design of Interni is matched by the fusion gastronomy that has earned this trendy restaurant a Golden Cap distinction in the recent past. Mamaca's is situated on the beautiful courtyard of an old mansion, lined with huge palm trees, and offers a variety of tasty Greek plates. 
Strategically placed under the Windmills, with a stunning view to the sea, the sunset and Little Venice, Sea Satin Market Caprice is trendy and always boasts a variety of seafood dishes, as its name suggests.
For more affordable dining you can choose one of the numerous taverns featuring lots of local colour, like Kounelas, a unique fish tavern on a tiny spot hidden within the labyrinth of streets, famous for its fresh fish accompanied by Greek salads and appetizers (you'll have to ask for directions at the block between Skandinavian Bar and the port).  The Klimataria is traditional and unpretentious, serving Greek homemade food.  Alefkandra, opposite the Catholic church, is a picturesque island tavern, also specializing in fresh seafood, while Ta Kioupia at Kastro offers authentic Greek specialties, as does Matthios at Tourlos on its pleasant veranda overlooking the new port.

                     

At many beaches you'll also find a variety of dining places.  At trendy Psarou beach you can relax and enjoy exquisite tastes at Nammos, an all-day bar-restaurant with an elegant ambience in white and sand colours.  At Agios Ioannis beach Manoula's is a beautiful restaurant with a view to the sea and a "tampered" Greek cuisine.  Fokos tavern at Fokos beach is quiet. At Panormos, the super-trendy Panormos beach-bar/tavern is responsible for putting the beach on the map, plus rivals the island’s other cosmopolitan beach restaurants. The veranda of Capelayo with a panoramic view to Elia beach is perfect for enjoying one of its numerous dishes, with the emphasis on the grill, away from the hot Aegean sun. Kalua at Paraga beach, white and beautiful, offers large tasty plates in a fun-charged atmosphere, while at Agia Anna beach, behind Paraga, under the shady trees of Achinaioi (Sea Urchins) is where you'll want to be if you're after top quality seafood.