Paphos in Cyprus is filled with fantastic restaurants. There are high-quality restaurants serving traditional Cypriot cuisine, as well as international cuisines including French, Italian and English. Here are the best places to go in Paphos.
In appearance, atmosphere and food, Porto Bello evokes an authentic Italian experience from one sun kissed shore to another. The restaurant houses many traditional features, from wooden chairs, to checked table cloths, to the floral vines frothing over the sign onto the pavement – a sight as welcoming as two open arms. The quality and presentation of well-loved Italian dishes combines wholesome home cooking with gourmet cuisine. Regular diners especially favor the pasta dishes and there is an extensive wine list to complement your meal. What makes the wine at Porto Bello special is that it is homemade.
A dining experience with a twist, this family-owned meze bar dispenses with the convention of ordering your food. Diners can instead expect to be treated to waiters simply serving you whichever fresh dishes are in season. Catering to dietary requirements, the meze dishes include well-seasoned meats, fresh bread, cooked vegetables, dips and sweet items too, their flavors keeping you hungry for more. Every diner in 7 St. Georges Tavern is fed until they’re fit to burst with exquisite flavors, from food prepared to perfection.
Gabor Restaurant is located directly on the seafront with the steady rhythm of the tide setting the backdrop for this sophisticated French dining experience. Diners can marvel at flambé dishes being cooked at their table while enjoying their meal inside or out on the terrace. Menu items include pâté, fresh seafood and crème brûlée to name but a few. Every detail, from the decor down to the table setting reveals attention to detail. The technical complexity, creativity and presentation of each dish will leave you in awe.
The Sienna Restaurant is located between Paphos and Coral Bay. It has a world class chef who was trained at Harrods, the famous department store in London, which is a sure guarantee of exquisite quality food. The fresh cuts of meat served in Sienna are seasoned with herbs grown in the restaurant’s own herb garden. To ensure that all members of the family can enjoy your dining out experience, there is a children’s play area located in their private garden. Sienna is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner and even serves cream tea.
The Last Castle makes an ideal lunch location where visitors can sit back and enjoy a sprawling medley of dusty gold and ripe green scenery extending to the cerulean ocean. The restaurant is situated up a winding mountain path (suitable for diners with a car) and invites guests to sit under a canopy of grapevines, enjoying fresh local delicacies cooked and barbecued to order. The simple but beautiful stone tables, the succulent vegetables and the effortless magnificence of the view all reveal a jewel in the heart of the Cypriot hills. Diners may need to book ahead for tables.
The Windmill Restaurant | Courtesy of The Windmill Restaurant
The Windmill Restaurant is a great choice for any meal of the day and on any occasion. The restaurant is renowned for their excellent service and paired with their excellent food, can boast many loyal regular customers. The restaurant will happily decorate your table for any occasion which will ensure that any event held within will be all the more enjoyable. The Windmill is especially popular for wedding and anniversary meals. The expertly prepared local produce will be a winner whenever you stop by.
Tucked discreetly into a side street of the old town, Laona Restaurant is the definition of a hidden gem. The proprietor is a man who clearly takes pride in his restaurant. He enjoys welcoming you and taking you through the seasonal dishes and dishes of the day on offer; expect to be spoiled for choice. Cypriot food is a constant exploration of seasonal flavors and while it is possible to try old favorites, it is a cuisine best enjoyed by the adventurous.
This restaurant has a distinguished chef whose past experience includes cooking for the British High Commissioner. So, all guests can be sure that a skilled individual is responsible for their food. The red walls of the interior create a warm blush that invites an ambiance of intimacy and comfort. The restaurant offers sharing platters, perfect for family meals or groups of friends. There are delectable cocktails on offer for older diners that can be enjoyed as you watch the sunset in all its glory from the window: a perfect end to the day.
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Offering more than just excellent food and drink, this taverna is highly rated for the in-house entertainment. Freshly prepared traditional tavern dishes paired with lively, after dinner entertainment can make a great day perfect and be the ideal location for a social gathering to remember. Due it its popularity, we recommend booking ahead to avoid disappointment. The service in The Moonlight Taverna is friendly and quirky with all staff committed to providing an entertaining and delicious dining experience. Diners can expect to enjoy an array of traditional Cypriot cuisine.
Mother's Restaurant | Courtesy of Mother's Restaurant
When going to Mother’s Restaurant, the name lives up to expectation as diners get the feeling of being at a gathering of old friends. This is thanks to the loyal regulars and the incredibly welcoming staff. Mother’s restaurant has been a family-owned business for 30 years with Costas, the owner, never compromising the traditional cooking methods or the quality of food that he serves, growing most of it himself. Occasionally, diners can expect to see him dressed in traditional Cypriot attire. For a true cultural experience, Mother’s Restaurant is an essential stop.