The Best Restaurants on Kefalonia Island, Greece

Traditional Greek taverns with vividly coloured façades await on Kefalonia
Traditional Greek taverns with vividly coloured façades await on Kefalonia | © Igor Tichonow / Alamy Stock Photo
Alice Snowsill

Kefalonia is the biggest Ionian island, so there is plenty to keep you occupied here – from awe-inspiring views and amazing historical relics to quaint villages and whisper-quiet shores. And, then, there is the sheer variety of delicious food on offer, whether you opt for taverna simplicity or something a little smarter. Here’s our choice of the best spots to wine and dine on Kefalonia, Greece.

Did you know – Culture Trip now does bookable, small-group trips? Pick from authentic, immersive Epic Trips, compact and action-packed Mini Trips and sparkling, expansive Sailing Trips.

Elli’s

Off-the-beaten-track Fiscardo is a charming fishing village with a handful of lovely sea-view tavernas. One of the best is this relaxed affair, with a curve of elegant cream parasols wrapped around the picturesque seafront and tables right on the shingle. Settle here in the late afternoon to sample squeaky grilled halloumi, lemon-soaked calamari and blackened roasted vegetables before pottering across the bleached-white beach to cool your feet in the clear shallows.

A modern twist on the Greek taverna by the water in Argostoli, Ampelaki attracts couples and young families with its switched-on service and crowd-pleasing menu. The stuffed vegetables are a must, as is a taster of the kreatopita, a Kefalonian speciality pie filled with marjoram-spiced mince. The restaurant team is young, and everything is super-fresh and zingy – there’s no feeling of dishes sitting for hours warming under lights – and chatty servers are happy to give tips on the local area.

Captain Nikolas

About an hour-long drive from the main resorts, sleepy Vatsa Beach in the island’s southwest has vivid golden sands, a scattering of thatched sunshades and a handful of apartments nearby. Those in the know come just for this traditional, scenic terrace overlooking the dense forest and sparkling sea. Sitting among pots of bright geraniums, you’ll tuck into produce you can see growing in the gardens around the restaurant, such as fat watermelons, sweet tomatoes and fresh greens. Families are welcome, and there’s a play area for kids as you wait between courses.

Tassia

The oldest taverna in the picturesque northern port of Fiskardo, this joint has been around since the early 70s. With a scattering of powder-blue-painted tables in front of a smart terracotta building, it has lovely views of the fishing boats in the bay – these perfectly complement dishes such as slow-cooked veal, prawn-topped ouzo spaghetti and rosemary-scented pork. Like what you taste? It’s such a local institution that you can buy TV chef Tassia Dendrinou’s cookbook to take home.

Phaedra

This candy-pink cottage with a lush, vine-trailed patio is a local favourite in the popular southern beach town of Lassi. Families, big groups and watersports fans all pile into this informal taverna for its festive atmosphere and heaped plates of chicken souvlaki, lamb kleftiko and Greek salad. Birthdays are celebrated with fanfare by long tables of sunbaked diners indulging in a few too many glasses. Come back in five years, and the hosts will remember you.

Lorraine’s Magic Hill

The shingle beach at Lourdata (also known as Lourdas) is backed by uninterrupted green, shelving down to smooth sand and swimmable sea. On the slopes above it is the long stone patio of Lorraine’s, a family-run restaurant, where the lady herself will recommend upmarket specials of chicken in white wine or goat with lemon and herbs. It’s not trendy fine-dining stuff, but rather strong home cooking with plenty of fresh veg and salads. Linger late for wine and desserts, and get chatting to the sophisticated crowd that comes in.

Flamingo

This sultry courtyard of stone pillars and lush vines is an atmospheric place for a good old-fashioned Greek feast. It’s in one of the busiest resorts on the island, Skala, which thrums with twentysomethings, package-hol couples and families in high summer. Handily, it’s close to cocktail bars and ice cream parlours for your next stop along the strip. An informal crowd in maxi dresses and khaki shorts pours in for plump grilled prawns and butterbean stews, frosty pints of Mythos beer and banter with the dashing young waiters.

Kyani Akti

On a wooden pier jutting out into the water in Argostoli, this friendly hangout brings Kefalonia fans back year after year. Share unfussy platters of grilled sardines, fried red mullet and charred octopus tendrils, while you sit feet above the waters they were fished from. Frank staff will help you order and tell you how much is too much, and the protruding deck gets a lovely sea breeze in the evenings. All in all, one of the classiest spots along the waterfront in Argostoli.

Drosos Tavern

Want something well off the beaten track? Head north for the remote, unspoiled cove of Porto Atheras, a 20-minute drive from popular Lixouri. Here, you’ll find this foodie oasis, known for its fish fresh off the boat. This is, for many visitors, the best meal on the island: simply-prepped barracuda and red snapper, accompanied by salad leaves and tomatoes grown on site. The views of pines and pink blossoms framing the boats in the shallows are just as delicious as the food; afterwards, a dip in the cliff-sheltered bay is an absolute must.

This is an updated version of an article originally by Michelle Schmid.

landscape with balloons floating in the air

KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?

Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world

Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.

Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.

Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.

Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.

We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.

Winter Sale Offers on Our Trips

Incredible Savings

X
Edit article