Birthplace of Hippocrates, the father of modern medicine, Kos is part of the Dodecanese islands. The island, thanks to its closeness to Turkey, international clientele and Greek roots, is also a great place to sample delicious food. Here are some of the best restaurants on the island.
Agios Theologos Restaurant
Restaurant, Mediterranean, Seafood, Greek, $$$
Courtesy of Agios Theologos Restaurant
Situated in the southwest part of the island, five kilometres away from Kefalos’ village, Agios Theologos Restaurant overlooks the dreamy beach of the same name, a windsurfing hotspot known for its golden sand dunes. On the menu, you will find delicious meat, fish and seafood dishes, as well as fresh salads and locally-grown vegetables. Service is efficient and warm and we’re sure you’ll stay for hours on end, watching the day turn into night in this idyllic setting. We definitely would!
Located in one of the oldest houses in Kardamena, Avli is a charming family-run taverna very close to the resort’s main square. With an idyllic courtyard, Avli serves fresh and delicious Greek fare and mezes, paired with a broad choice of wines ailing from Greece and abroad. Whether you’re a couple, a family or a group of friends, you are bound to have a great time.
Named after Melina Mercouri’s 1960 movie, Never on Sunday, Pote Tin Kyriaki is a cozy taverna in the Old Town of Kos, which serves delicious mezes, made with love. We are particularly fond of their steamed mussels and stuffed zucchini flowers, but seriously, any dish is just delicious here. Don’t hesitate to try the Tsipouro, although be aware that it is quite strong. The atmosphere is relaxed and casual and you may be lucky enough to catch a live music performance. It doesn’t get any more traditional than this.
If you want to spoil yourself with a gourmet experience, your best bet is to book a table at Cuvée Restaurant, part of the five-star Aqua Blu Boutique Hotel and Spa, on Lambi Beach. An excellent address for fine dining in Kos, Cuvée is open to guests and non-guests and has an impressive and sleek decor. Created by Michelin-starred chef, George Kostis, the menu is varied and caters to vegetarians as well. If you can’t decide, don’t be afraid to push the envelope and opt for the four- or five-course degustation menu. Pair it with a local label and simply enjoy the moment.
In the vicinity of Tigaki, in the north of the island, Ampeli has everything you need in a delicious meal. Located within a vine-covered garden where the very same vegetables you will eat grow next door, Ampeli serves Greek fare, cooked with love, by owner Maria. The menu includes starters and mains, as well as grilled meats and some seafood dishes. Make sure to try the house wine – you’re in for a pleasant time.
In the picturesque hamlet of Zia, hidden between lush forests and peaceful nature, you will find Oromedon. The awarded taverna offers spectacular views over northern Kos and neighbouring island, Kalymnos. But even without the view, Oromedon is most likely one of the best addresses on the island. Serving delicious dishes made with quality ingredients, the menu features local favourites, including oven-roasted lamb, delicious dolmades and even baklava for dessert. We predict you will be coming back for seconds.
Conveniently located on the hill facing the Pili Castle, Oria is a taverna and café where you can have a refreshing Alpha beer after a hike or take advantage of beautiful views over a romantic dinner. The menu is simple but effective, focusing solely on locally-sourced food, depending on the season. Whether you stop by for a morning break, lunch or dinner, you will always be welcomed by owner, Giorgos.
Located in Kos’ second largest port, Mastichari, Kali Kardia is a fish taverna and ouzeria (an establishment that sells ouzo and related liquors as well as small portions of food). Nothing fancy here, Kali Kardia is simply an excellent place to eat, thanks to its friendly staff, good food and great prices. And sometimes, that’s all you need. Besides, ideal for people watching, Kali Kardia is the best spot to wait for your ferry to Kalymnos.