Lefkada is an Ionian Island of icing-sugar beaches, terracotta-roofed townhouses and windswept waves perfect for kitesurfing – plus it boasts a diverse food scene, from tavernas to swish upmarket eateries.
Accessible by car from the Greek mainland via a causeway, the island of Lefkada was originally a peninsula. In the 8th century BCE, Corinthian conquerors dug a canal through the narrow isthmus and turned Lefkada into one of the Ionian islands. Today, it’s a laid-back destination that’s popular with kitesurfers, windsurfers and beach lovers. And its dining scene is surprisingly diverse, ranging from tavernas run by the same families for decades, to contemporary Mediterranean dining. Here are the best restaurants in Lefkada, Greece.
The best contemporary Mediterranean food on the island is served on this large, sunny terrace hidden in the heart of Lefkada Town. Start with the homemade bread and olive oil tasting, and move on to the likes of octopus carpaccio with fish roe, smoked eel with fava beans, homemade pasta with slow-cooked lamb and smoked Metsovo cheese and sea bass with Jerusalem artichoke. The wine list spans the globe, with a hand-picked selection reflecting the best of Greece. Book ahead.
Perch on the large outdoor patio overlooking Nidri’s boat dock at this waterfront ouzerie-taverna, popular with locals, and ask for recommendations from chef Eleni and her two sons, Kostas and Thodoris. Fresh fish, delivered daily, is the speciality here – cooked simply on the grill and priced very reasonably by the kilo. The mezedhes are good, too, including a superlative moussaka and handmade pasta.
You don’t come to Ey Zhn for the views, but for some of the most creative cooking on the island. Hidden down a tiny pedestrianised side street in Lefkada Town, this little restaurant is decked out like an artist’s loft, and the menu, ranging from tandoori chicken and Cajun-spiced tuna to ceviche and calamari with oyster sauce, draws on the chef-owner’s far-flung travel experiences. The background music is similarly eclectic, with global aural touches enhancing your meal.
At this bright, contemporary taverna off Nissi’s main square, the chef draws on the rich culinary repertoire of the Mediterranean to put together a smart menu of well-executed dishes, such as herb-crusted lamb chops, chargrilled squid and an array of seafood-heavy pastas and risottos. Ample outdoor seating makes for good people-watching, and homemade profiteroles sometimes come on the house. Dress nicely and bring a date.
If you’re interested in Lefkada, you should book a stay at a local hotel through Culture Trip before checking out the island’s best attractions. For something different, you could head over to Kefalonia and see some of the most beautiful beaches, followed by a bite to eat at the local restaurant and a stay at a Kefalonia hotel.