The picturesque Greek island of Patmos famously attracts an upmarket crowd. Whether it is visitors interested in its numerous cultural attractions or private yachts making an overnight stop to enjoy the crystal clear waters, the demand for high quality hospitality is high. This tiny island offers excellent cuisine, but just like everywhere else in Greece, you have to know where to find it. These are the top 10 restaurants you will love while in Patmos.
To Tsipouradiko Mas has everything you might need for a memorable culinary summer experience: tables set on the sand in the most picturesque little bay, delicious Greek cuisine and, of course, tsipouro. This is a Greek taverna with style that offers a variety of traditional and modern fresh dishes of Mediterranean inspiration. The pasta with shrimp and the fava with caramelized octopus are the stars of the menu and definitely not to be missed. The portions are also very generous, so make sure you go there hungry. The philosophy of the Greek taverna is to share dishes and try different things. Avoid making individual orders, you will miss out on great food!
Ask any local where to eat in Patmos, and the answer will be Trehantiri. This simple unpretentious taverna may not have a seafront location or stylish decoration but offers the most delicious Greek cuisine on the island at the best price. It serves a standard Greek taverna menu (no creative cuisine here) with a variety of fresh fish and traditional cuisine dishes, all of which are delicious. The portions are very generous, so order wisely!
If you are looking for something other than taverna food, why not go for elegant gourmet cuisine to complement the best cocktails on the island? Ginger is a stylish and slightly artistic gastro bar-restaurant in the port of Skala that is famous for its innovative cuisine and excellent drinks. Its spacious leafy garden creates a serene ambiance to enjoy imaginative cuisine. Late at night it transforms into a popular bar and regularly hosts live events. Ginger offers a quality dining experience and it is a favorite destination for foodies. During high season make a reservation.
With stunning views on the port of Skala to be enjoyed from its high balcony, Tzivaeri combines a superb location with stylish meze. The menu is inspired by Cretan cuisine; you are therefore advised to order the dacos salad instead of the regular Greek salad. Open in the evenings, it is available for late dinners, and also a popular place to enjoy live Cretan music. Don’t be surprised if during your late dinner people spontaneously get up and dance. Make sure you make a reservation; this is a popular place among visitors and locals alike. Remember: to enjoy the live music, make a late dinner reservation.
In the picturesque bay of Groikos, Ktima Petra offers fresh organic Greek food. All the vegetables the restaurant uses grow on their premises, and all the foods are cooked with pure olive oil and in a wood burning oven.This unique Greek taverna is located within a farmhouse in front of the beach. Its pure ingredients and delicious local flavors have won it the reputation of one of the island’s best restaurants with fans flocking time and time again.
Another restaurant on the beach, La Strada di Petradi has spectacular views of the port of Skala. Inspired by Italian cuisine, it offers a tasty alternative to traditional Greek food. The fresh lobster spaghetti and the wood oven pizzas clearly stand out on the menu, as well as a variety of imaginative crispy salads. Enjoy a glass of chilled white wine and dare to put your bare feet in the water.
Oklaca boasts an authentic Italian menu (no wonder; the owners are from Italy) and a superb location with a cosmopolitan vibe. This romantic seafront ristorante Italiano is the best place on the island to watch the dramatic sunset while enjoying a glass of wine alongside a plate of delicious spaghetti. The wine list includes a variety of both Greek and Italian names, and the cocktails are among the island’s best. It is also a bar.
Pantelis makes simple taverna food served on a busy alley in the port of Skala: the perfect spot for people watching while you enjoy some Ouzo and meze. This is the epitome of the Greek taverna which has remained unchanged throughout the years, yet still is your best chance to get fresh fish of the day and homemade casseroles. Always busy with customers in the summer, Pantelis is a must-try for those looking for an authentic Greek culinary experience.
If you visit the gorgeous beach of Agriolivadi, one of the best in the island, don’t hesitate to try the local tavernaAgriolivadi. Unlike popular perceptions about beach tavernas, this restaurant serves a variety of well-prepared salads, fish and meat dishes at very good prices. The location at the beach is stunning, so make sure you sit at the front to enjoy best the sea views. They make good coffees, too.
Address & telephone number: Agriolivadi Beach, (0030) 2247032087
Arion is one of Patmos’ oldest all-day bars offering a wide range of breakfasts, light meals, sandwiches, coffees and late-night drinks. This truly spectacular high-ceiling neoclassical building has been one of the island’s trademark places for the last 25 years. This is where you have the first coffee of the day, where you enjoy a wholesome breakfast, or escape the scorching heat in July to enjoy an ice cold beer and a salad before your ship arrives to take you back home. A must-see place while in Patmos, and for many, the last memory of this unique island.