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Top Restaurants in the Greek Islands

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Maybe the Greeks break plates because they can’t think of a more exuberant way to honor their native cuisine—a vivid amalgam of the freshest foods and the most brilliant wines. Whether dining at a simple taverna or elegant boîte, you won’t soon forget these tastes.
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Chania, Greece
Slow food is taken to new heights at this family-run taverna in the White Mountains of western Crete. Stelios Trilyrakis is a one-man band—farmer, shepherd, butcher, beekeeper, vintner, chef, and waiter. Guests are welcomed into the kitchen...
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Marmara beach, Sfakia, Greece
Perched on the rocks above the limpid Libyan Sea, this seasonal seaside taverna isn’t easy to get to, but the journey is half the fun. It’s a four-hour hike along the E4 coastal path from Sfakia, or a 15- or 30-minute boat ride...
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This old mill has operated as a taverna for as long as the locals can remember. The location is a dream: overlooking a fishing harbor and the sandy sweep of Molos Beach, the distant hilltop Chora of Skyros framed by misty mountains. The look is...
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Katapola, Greece
Amorgos is one of the few Cycladic islands where kafenio culture continues to thrive. Every village has at least one kafenio, the traditional café-cum-grocery-cum–community center, where old-timers play cards or argue about politics...
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Tiny Marathi isn’t on any ferry route. You’ll have to come on your own sailboat or take the daily hour-long boat ride from Skala on Patmos. This off-the-grid oasis has no paved roads and no full-time inhabitants, but three rival...
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The entire historic center of Patmos is a UNESCO-protected settlement, so very few restaurants and bars are granted a license. In a beautiful stone house built in 1673, Astivi is the oldest bar in town, and Patmos aficionados wouldn’t...
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Greece, Mikonos 846 00, Greece
This boho beach bar on Ftelia Beach is the quintessence of the Mykonos scene: buff windsurfers, trippy beats, wafting caftans, and eensy-weensy bikinis. The hippie-chic design—dried pumpkin-shell lampshades, giant cacti in whitewashed urns,...
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Epar.Od. Mandrakiou-Molou, Idra 180 40, Greece
Most people come here for the soft-focus sunsets, but you could easily spend the whole day at this café-bar carved into the craggy coastline just beyond Hydra’s harbor. Stepped terraces squeezed between stone walls are lined with...
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Astipalea 859 00, Greece
Spectacular hilltop villages are a dime a dozen on the Greek islands, but Astypalea, a distant speck in the Dodecanese, has the quintessential sugar-cube capital cascading over a rocky outcrop to a sheltered harbor. The oldest houses are huddled...
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Santorini, Pyrgos, Pirgos Kallistis 847 00, Greece
Chef-patron Giorgos Hatziyannakis has been a pioneer of Santorini’s sophisticated food scene since 1986. Located in a handsome townhouse in the serene village of Pyrgos, Hatziyannakis’s restaurant celebrates seasonal, local ingredients...
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Baxes, Oia, Santorini 847 02, Greece
While most visitors to Santorini squeeze along the cliffs of Oia to watch the sunset, those in the know kick back on the vine-shaded terrace of the Sigalas winery with a bottle of crisp assyrtiko and a platter of Cycladic cheeses and cherry tomato...
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Ano Symi 856 00, Greece
This family-run taverna is poised on the very edge of Symi’s postcard-pretty harbor. With a view this enchanting, the food could be an afterthought. But everything here is simply delicious, from the "monk’s salad" of lentils, bulgur...
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Ormos Isternion 842 01, Greece
It’s hard to imagine a more quintessentially Greek setting for a taverna: colorful tables scattered on a jetty flanked by fishing boats and a sandy bay. But the food at Antonia Zarpa and Aris Tatsis’s unpretentious restaurant on...
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Platis Gialos 840 03, Greece
Sifnos has enjoyed a reputation as an island of gourmands ever since local chef Nicholas Tselementes wrote the first Greek cookbook in 1910. This tiny "fish bar" on the island’s liveliest beach, Platis Gialos, doesn’t look like much at...
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Kato Koufonisi, Koufonisia 843 00, Greece
Wooden boats ply the 650-foot strait between the drowsy harbor of Pano Koufonisi and the deserted jetty on Kato Koufonisi. This rocky islet, whose only inhabitants are sheep and goats, has some of the bluest, clearest water in Greece. During...
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840 07, Greece
The only building on sheltered Apantima Bay, this funky beach bar with rooms is one of the reasons the tiny island of Antiparos has suddenly become fashionable. Hanging with the skimpily clad in crowd doesn’t come cheap: If you’re not...
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Mikonos 846 00, Greece
This local institution has (miraculously) survived Mykonos’s transformation from 1970s boho-gay hideaway to glitzy playground of oligarchs and supermodels. There’s no website, no phone, not even a sign outside the tiny shack above...
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Epar.Od. Frikon - Stavrou, Platrithias 283 00, Greece
You have to know about this deliciously offbeat restaurant to find it. On a quiet junction high in the green hills of Ithaca, it’s beautifully designed and run by two Londoners: Mark, a former set designer, and Andy, a...
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Artemonas 840 03, Greece
With its baby blue cabinets lined with icons and embroidery, the Theodorou family’s confectionery looks more like an old-fashioned parlor. Regulars gossip as their nougat wafers and Turkish delight are weighed on antique scales. Founded in...
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Spetses 180 50, Greece
Several restaurants are squeezed between the colorful fishing boats and flashy yachts in the ever-so-cute Palio Limani (Old Harbor) of Spetses. At Tarsanas, wooden tables are lined up along the pier. The yachties know that the Kaloskami brothers...