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Where to Go for Great Local Cuisine on Zakynthos, Greece

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Updated: 3 May 2018
One of the best ways to experience a place is through its food. If you’re are planning to visit the island of Zakynthos, also known as Zante, be sure to check out Culture Trip’s list of the top places where you can savor mouthwatering local cuisine.

Taverna Varkarola

Restaurant, Greek, $$$
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Varkarola Tavern in Zakynthos town
Varkarola Tavern in Zakynthos town | © Varkarola Tavern
Nestled near Solomos Square, Taverna Varkarola lies in Zakynthos town where you can savor delicious Greek food, listen to live traditional music, experience warm hospitality and pay reasonable prices. Whether you are in the mood for meat or fish, Varkarola’s offerings will satisfy any craving, even if all you want is a refreshing Greek salad. It’s definitely worth a visit if you are in the main town.
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Mon - Sun:
9:00 am - 1:00 am

Meal service:

All Day, Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Casual, Family Friendly, Outdoors

Scloubou’s Taverna

Restaurant, Greek, $$$
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Scloubou's Taverna in Zakynthos
Scloubou's Taverna in Zakynthos | © Scloubou's Taverna
Located in the tranquil seaside resort of Agios Sostis, Scloubou’s is another great address you need to remember. Here, you will have a wide choice of tasty fare, ranging from egg saganaki to rabbit in a red sauce, which is a traditional dish. The restaurant is set in a lush garden, adding a magical touch to your dining experience, while the knowledgeable staff will help you choose meals that are to your liking. It’s an enchanting place for a dinner al fresco after a day of exploring the island.
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Mon - Sun:
7:00 pm - 3:00 am

Meal service:

Dinner, Late Night

Atmosphere:

Casual, Stylish

Votsalo

Restaurant, Greek, $$$
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Votsalo, Zakynthos
One of the many delicious dishes at Votsalo, Zakynthos | © Votsalo
If you are looking for a place to eat with a view, Votsalo is what you need. Located in Marathias, near Keri Lake, this restaurant offers splendid views over the bay and Marathonisi island, a paradise for the Caretta Caretta sea turtle. And although Votsalo is not the easiest place to find, it is well worth the effort. The menu is small yet delicious (try the shrimp fishcakes) and features a few Zakynthian specialties, such as Marathos bread.
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Mon - Sun:
12:00 pm - 12:00 am

Meal service:

Late Night, Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Casual, Outdoors

Olive Tree Restaurant

Restaurant, Greek, Contemporary, $$$
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Olive Tree restaurant in Kalamaki, Zakynthos
Olive Tree Restaurant in Kalamaki, Zakynthos | © Olive Tree Restaurant
Set on the busy main road in Kalamaki, Olive Tree is a little oasis. Don’t fear the noise as the greenery serves as a beautiful and natural hedge, giving a relaxing feeling to the dining area. At Olive Tree, tasty food and a warm atmosphere rule the day, with an array of traditional fare, as well as a few contemporary staples, such as juicy spare ribs, chicken curry, and savory hummus. Hungry visitors will appreciate the big portions and the diversity of food, including delectable desserts.
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Mon - Sun:
1:00 pm - 12:00 am

Meal service:

Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Afternoon Tea

Atmosphere:

Casual, Family Friendly, Outdoors, Modern

Prosilio

Restaurant, Greek, Contemporary, $$$
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Prosilio restaurant in Zakynthos town
Prosilio restaurant in Zakynthos town | © Prosilio
Next to Solomos Square, in the heart of Zakynthos town, Prosilio is a place where you can sample local cooking with a creative twist. You will enjoy tasting expertly and creatively prepared local ingredients and love the minimalist aesthetic and warm atmosphere. Make sure to have a look at the wine menu, which features an impressive selection of Greek labels. It’s a fantastic place for gourmet lovers who aren’t afraid to indulge once in a while.
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Tue - Sun:
4:00 pm - 12:30 am

Meal service:

Dinner, Brunch

Atmosphere:

Gourmet, Fine Dining, Romantic, Stylish, Open Kitchen

Avli – Yard of Taste

Restaurant, Greek, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-free, $$$
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Avli - Yard of Taste
Avli – Yard of Taste, a place for healthy and delicious cooking in Zakynthos town | © Avli – Yard of Taste
The first restaurant on the island of Zakynthos to offer modern, innovative, local dishes with fresh, organic ingredients for vegans and gluten-free fans, Avli, tucked in one of the back alleys in Zakynthos town, is an excellent place for a flavorful, healthy meal. For meat eaters, Avli serves meat and fish-based dishes as well. As a refreshing addition to the island’s food scene, it’s likely that Avli will be here for a long time.
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Mon - Sun:
11:00 am - 1:00 am

Meal service:

Dinner, Lunch, Brunch

Atmosphere:

Casual, Family Friendly, Stylish