Restaurants in Greece
Open for more than 200 years, Xeri Elia (Dry Olive) is touted as Hydra’s oldest tavern. The restaurant is known for its fresh seafood, such as local fish baked in tomato and onion, as well as authentic Greek dishes like gemista (peppers and tomatoes stuffed with wild rice and herbs).
The golden doorway of the converted captain’s house opens to views of the caldera and the sea. Grilled octopus dripping with olive oil and tomato pancakes with tzatziki go nicely with a strong glass of Nichteri wine. Order light, so you’ll have room for the rich walnut pie.
Order chef-owner Tassia Dendrinou’s lobster spaghetti.
Protected from winds inside a deeply cut bay on the north coast of Mykonos, Panormos Beach also sports a seaside restaurant that works hard to blend into the environment with camouflage netting above, a sand floor below, and potted Mediterranean plants and palm trees between tables.
At this casually chic whitewashed gem, on pedestrian-only Adrianou Street opposite the train tracks in front of the Thisseion temple, the menu changes with the season—and it’s presented on a gorgeously designed poster incorporating photos, doodles, and poems.
Santorini Island is home to this traditional, family-style Greek restaurant, run by the Tselios brothers, who started it in 1990 after their experience working stateside.
There’s nothing between you and the sea at this open-air taverna. A bottle of the Amethystos red wine goes well with fresh seafood or the traditional Greek meat stew, stifado.