A diverse, verdant island that’s worth hiring a car to explore, the dining scene in Corfu blends Roman and Venetian influences with familiar Greek cuisine. Think meltingly tender beef stews served over pasta, fresh fish drizzled with onion and red pepper broth, as well as liqueurs and sweets made from the island’s signature fruit, kumquat. Tuck in at one of these atmosphere-packed dining spots.
Trimmed by rows of glossy, apple-green vines, this farm and wine estate is a destination in its own right. Drive into the hills west of Corfu Town to join its cooking classes, shop for locally-crafted cupboard staples or book a spectacular farm-to-table dinner. As well as championing Corfiot produce – island goat cheese, rock samphire from the coast – the chefs here reinvent Greek food as you know it, introducing you to spiced baked aubergines and roast pork with quince and kumquat that you’ll want to recreate at home.
You’ll likely spend at least one evening in the Venetian-influenced Corfu Town while on the island, where this slick fine dining restaurant is the foodies’ favourite. Tuck into beef fillet with smoked cream and truffle, or lobster ravioli in cuttlefish-ink pasta, choosing from the gentleman’s-club-style dining room or the bougainvillea-draped patio outside. It’s perfect for a special-occasion dinner after an afternoon’s sightseeing.
This charming patio restaurant, attached to a chic boutique hotel in Agios Gordios, is dappled with sunlight streaming through a canopy of vines. There’s a feel of a village fiesta as you choose from a menu of Greek classics; the meat and fish dishes are particularly flavourful, prepared on a Josper grill. Go with an appetite: you’ll want to share the beautifully-prepared mezze before moving on to the mains.
Thinking of proposing in Corfu? There aren’t many dinners more romantic than this twinkling patio restaurant, overhung by bougainvillea and facing a 16th-century church in picture-perfect Kremastis Square. The wine list is epic, the service fit for royals and the fine-dining menu imaginative: think grouper fish with jalapenos, lemongrass and coconut, or ginger halva pudding with kumquat confit. Make sure you get a table outside, to see the crumbling well itself, lit by fairy lights twisted around the vines.
Agni Bay is in the northeast of the island, where hotel areas give way to lush countryside peppered with palatial holiday villas. Many island regulars taxi here especially for Toula’s – a sleepy taverna on the pebbles where yachties pull up in smaller dinghies and your view is filled with luminous turquoise sea. Super-fresh platters of grilled snapper and shelled prawns leave your fingers sticky and your stomach satisfied; ceramic jugs of rose and complimentary limoncello shots imply low key, but your bill reflects the moneyed crowd that made this place famous.
This is an updated version of an article originally by Vincent JS Wood.
Excited to start planning your trip? We’ve got your accommodation sorted, from the best hotels in Corfu to top-rated luxury hotels, and you can even book right here on Culture Trip. You can then spend your days lounging on the most beautiful beaches in Corfu or discovering the top things to do & see on the island. By night, enjoy a handcrafted cocktail at one of the best bars in Corfu.
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