The Best Restaurants in Naxos, Greece

If sitting at the waters edge enjoying freshly caught seafood is your idea of heaven, we highly recommend a trip to the Greek island of Naxos
If sitting at the water's edge enjoying freshly caught seafood is your idea of heaven, we highly recommend a trip to the Greek island of Naxos | © DC Premiumstock / Alamy Stock Photo
Stephanie Andrews

Wander around the island’s olive and citrus groves and sprawling farmland and you’ll get an idea of the fresh, local delights you can experience on Naxos. From fresh goat’s cheese and honey to just-caught seafood and the famed potatoes, our local insiders pick out the gastronomic gems that make Naxos a treat for foodies who’ve worked up an appetite.

1. Axiotissa Taverna

Restaurant, Pub, European

If your goal is to try as many local delicacies as possible when travelling then Axiotissa Taverna is going to be your favourite Naxos haunt. This local, organic eatery is dishing out the freshest locally sourced ingredients. You’ll also enjoy quick service (so you won’t stay ravenous for long) and friendly staff. Just remember to save room for one of its deliciously decadent and rich desserts. Since tables fill up quickly, it’s highly recommended that you book a table in advance. Recommended by local insider Ellie Dumper

2. Taverna Giannis

Restaurant, European

Hikers will fall in love with Taverna Giannis and not just because it’s situated in prime hiking territory. If you’re looking for Greek comfort foods, you’re most certainly going to find them here (just follow the smell of roast chicken and pork). Vegetarians will also find plenty to eat including the fresh bean salad with generous heaps of feta (we’re drooling already). Lunch ends at 3pm, so make sure to grab a table (reservations aren’t necessary) and to bring cash with you (it doesn’t take cards). Recommended by local insider Ellie Dumper

3. Metaxi Mas

Restaurant, Greek, Authentic

Greece, Cyclades, Naxos, Hora, restaurant, people,
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Some of the best dining spots are found when wandering down tucked-away side streets and, in Naxos, you’ll discover this rustic gem smuggled away from the throngs of tourists. Pamper yourself with some home-cooked taverna specialties all year round. Local favourites include grilled octopus, fried calamari, lamb and cheese drizzled with honey. You won’t find more traditional and reasonably priced Greek foods with generous portions than at Metaxi Mas. Recommended by local insider Charlie Bush

4. Taverna Dalas

Restaurant, Greek

If you’re looking for the perfect place to grab delicious and authentic Greek food in a casual, no-frills environment, Taverna Dalas should be on the top of your list. This cute local hub may be a bit hidden, but it’s worth tracking down. The food is always made from fresh, local ingredients (think off-the-boat seafood and hand-picked veggies). Whether you’re looking for a quick snack to fuel your next hike or you’re looking to dine on a leisurely, traditional lunch, the taverna offers both dining experiences in a homey setting. Recommended by local insider Charlie Bush

5. Akrogiali Restaurant

Restaurant, Greek

Ready to eat - Greek Salad with fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, green peppers, olives and a huge dollop of creamy Naxos cheese in a white bowl
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Seafood lovers should heed the call of Akrogiali Restaurant, where you’ll find freshly caught fish prepared with local herbs and ingredients every day. Locals have also professed their love for their Greek salad with the must-try xinomizithra (a white Naxos cheese). This cosy family-owned restaurant can be found among the popular sandy beaches of the island, making it a prime dining spot after an afternoon of exploring. It’s perfect for breakfast, a quick afternoon ice cream or a glass of chilled rosé at sunset. Recommended by local insider Charlie Bush

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