Traveling around the isle of Kefalonia offers a true Greek
experience for every visitor. Kefalonia features beautiful and awe-inspiring views, amazing historical artifacts, quaint villages and a land rich in its own mythological past. Any visit to Greece would be incomplete without checking out the delicious food on offer. Kefalonia is abundant with numerous family-run and Greek-style restaurants. Here’s a quick list of the best spots to wine and dine on the island.
The first restaurant to open in Fiskardo village, this family run establishment uses the finest fresh and local ingredients to create a large variety of Greek cuisine. Chef and owner Tassia Dendrinou is nationally and internationally acclaimed for cooking fabulous meals, and has compiled two recipe books of her own. Settle in for a delicious meal among the rising masts of sail boats on the open patio near the docks, and check out the view of Ithaca in the distance. Tassia is family friendly and a great experience to cap off a fun day on the island.
Address: Tassia, Fiskardo, Kefalonia, Greece, +30 2674 041205
Discover the secret of the Kefalonia kitchen at Captain Nikolas. Remote and off-the-beaten-path, everything at this restaurant is made by hand and comes from the farm out back. Visitors can take a look at the farm or sample some of the amazing home-made jams. Every day, the restaurant offers a different specialty originating in Kefalonia. Remember to indulge in a glass of the house wine as well, while relaxing among the varieties of vibrant flowers that frame the garden out back, making for a spectacular outdoor dining experience.
Address: Captain Nikolas,Vasta, Lixouri, Kefalonia, Greece, +30 26710 92722
Restaurant, Greek, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, $$$
With an excellent view, Il Borgo is a lovely restaurant to visit for a sunset dinner. Located right beneath the Castle of St. George, travelers to this hidden gem of Kefalonia will encounter traditional food with a twist. Savor the flavors of oven roasted lamb with a delicate glass of one of many local wines that are available. Looking out across the island to take in stunning views, guests will encounter plenty of accommodating service here as well as a taste of Greece’s indelible romanticism.
Address: Il Borgo, Castle of St. George, Travliata, Kefalonia, Greece, +30 2671069800
Restaurant, Greek, Mediterranean, $$$
A place boasting efficiency, good food, and of course friendliness, Andromeda offers high-quality food made from fresh ingredients at an affordable price. Guests here can take in a heart-stopping view from the terraced hill on which the restaurant is situated. Kostas, the chef, is always ready to ensure everything is going well and will often come around the restaurant for a chat with the customers. It’s not just a great restaurant, though. Andromeda is a prime spot for wedding receptions, a result of the unbeatable service and food!
Address: Andromeda, Vlachata, Lourdas, Kefalonia, Greece, +30 2671 031413
Lorraine’s Magic Hill
A visit to this magical restaurant will leave guests marveling at the savory flavors that result from using only free-ranged livestock, home-grown vegetables and in-house, hand-crafted feta cheeses and olive oils – all staples of Greek cuisine. While enjoying a glass of the rich home-made wine and a piece of freshly baked bread, take in the fantastic view of the Lourdas Bay area. In short, if a good family-owned restaurant with excellent service is desired, then Lorraine’s Magic Hill is the perfect destination.
Address: Lorraines Magic Hill, Lourdas, Kefalonia, Greece, +30 267 103 1605
Restaurant, Greek, Mediterranean, Seafood, $$$
Take a modern route and explore the selection of popular contemporary dishes with a Greek touch at Ampelaki. The menu here features familiar favorites, such as burgers and schnitzel, all with a slight twist. However, this is not the only fare available; the menu also contains all the traditional Kefalonian favorites and a vast seafood selection. In the chic interior, visitors to this restaurant will experience all the elements that create a truly pleasant and authentic dining scene.
Address: Ampelaki, 26, I. Metaxa Street, Argostoli, Kefalonia, Greece, +30 26 71 08 43 16
Bar, Restaurant, Greek, Mediterranean, $$$
In the iconic village of Fiskardo, travelers can indulge in the expansive views of the sea at Mirella’s restaurant and bar, while relaxing with tasty drinks and well-made food. The cozy and clean atmosphere of this restaurant encourages guests to satiate their thirst with its innovative cocktails and smooth milkshakes. The food will leave no room for dissatisfaction either, and customers can explore fun options such as chocolate fondue. Everything about Mirella’s exudes refreshment, from the modern furniture and table cloths to the vast scenic panoramas out front.
Address: Mirella’s, Fiskardo, Kefalonia, Greece, +30 2674 041298
Restaurant, Greek, Mediterranean, Seafood
Situated on the harbor-front in Agia Efimia, this restaurant offers a casual dining setting where guests can engage the senses in all the flavors and dishes of classic Greek cooking. Everything is presented in an appealing and delightful manner. Visitors can take in all the activity of the harbor while enjoying a good meal, while, at night, the restaurant is alive with chatter and people having a good time. In short, Spiros is a friendly place that is welcoming to all.
Address: Spiros, Agia Efimia, Kefalonia, Greece, +30 2674 061739
Bar, Cafe, Restaurant, Greek, Mediterranean, Seafood, Fusion, $$$
Oskars features a menu that caters to everyone’s tastes without leaving out traditional Greek food and fresh ingredients. The beautiful open dining room in this restaurant looks right out over the sea, which adds yet another attraction to this romantic setting. Many nights a week, guests will be able to experience traditional and authentic Greek dancing and music, coupled with feasts of delicious food.
Address: Oskars Restaurant, Lassi Fanari, Argostoli, Kefalonia, Greece, +30 26 71 02 34 38
Restaurant, Greek, Mediterranean, $$$
Open since 1997, Phaedra Restaurant is a Greek classic, featuring delicious food from not just Kefalonia, but from all over Greece. Every entree is made from fresh and delicious ingredients that promote the best flavors of the food. Among beautiful plants and flowers that surround the outdoor eating area, visitors can savor the complex and rich tastes of local Kefalonian wines. What’s more, Phaedra is located in Lassi, which is Argostoli’s most tourist-friendly area due to its entrancing views of the sea.
Address: Phaedra Restaurant, Main Road, Lassi, Kefalonia, Greece, +30 2671 026631