Greek cuisine is a Mediterranean cuisine based on fish, meat, local fresh vegetables, olive oil and spices. In all the islands, as well as on Kos, you will find many simple local taverns and excellent restaurants with international cuisine. In general, the prices are acceptable almost everywhere especially when compared with the prices in other tourist destinations. It should be emphasized that in some places are not accepted credit cards.

Restaurants and Taverns in Kos Town

There is a huge list of Restaurants and Taverns on Kos Island but for the best fish dinner in Kos town, we recommend to visit the street Averoff known for its fish taverns. One of the best, not only of Kos town but of the whole island, is certainly the fish tavern called Nick the Fisherman (tel.22420-23098). Recently moved in a renovated vest on the beach at the end of Averof street in Kos Town towards Lambi. Great offer at the beach and also at the the Tavern. The owner named Lari will be delighted to list you the menu. The exhilarating Lary, such as the environment in general, is extremely friendly and engaging. At this tavern you will find only fresh fish and nice atmosphere.

By Nick the Fisherman restaurant, we recommend to order meze -starters based on fish such as fried / grilled / filled with cheese (the best on the island) squids-calamari, mussels in wine, shrimp or salmon rolls, sea urchins, grilled octopus,  marinated mackerel and other appetizers. There is always a wide selection of fresh fish as bream, snapper, mulle. Try as well Dakos bread with tomato, feta cheese and oregano. Closed on Monday. Average prices! Excellent!

For a good grilled fish at affordable prices we advise to visit Sardelles Restaurant Averoff street in Kos Town. Here you will find more delicate, refined service than the average and a professional and attentive staff. You can choose fish or other traditional Greek dishes prepared by Katerina and Amir, the kind owners. Sardelles restaurant offers traditional red cheese saganaki, sea food carbonara, stuffed squid, sea food kritharoto (Greek version of Paella) and sea bass cooked in salt in the over and served while on fire. Open every day. Average prices! Very Good!

Traditional Greek food: recommended

At the small narrow streets of the Old Town of Kos, in Apellou you will find the restaurant Elia. Located in a building constructed at 1890, renovated, tighten with wood and stone and adjusted to a unique place for location where you can taste selected traditional recipes taken from all over Greece. Elia restaurant in Kos town is ideal for enjoying a special Greek way of dining. From Greek various cheeses to “pastourma”. “gardoumpa” and “frygadelia”, “tsigarides” to “spetsofai”, “kavoyrdisto” and to fresh fish of the day. Together follows “ouzo” from all over Greece, wine, “tsipouro”, draft beer, “rakomelo”, boiler extracts and house made liqueurs. Medium Prices. Excellent!

A must place to stop for a meat-based dinner is Lambros. At the top of the ranking of the best restaurants in Kos town, it is certainly the Lambros tavern. You will find it near the center, on Psaron street, a side street of central Kanari street and will taste only Greek cuisine and grilled meat (no fish dishes). Recognized as one of the best meat taverns in all of Greece and, for locals, it represents an institution. We recommend pork ribs, bacon, pork or chicken or beef souvlaki (skewers), all cooked on the grill. You may also just pass by and grab its popular and fabulous sandwiches with souvlaki or kimà. Open for dinner only. Medium-high prices. Excellent!

Slightly outside Kos town is located a typical tavern Ampavri (location Ampavris) cozy and quiet place serving excellent Greek food at low prices. The courtesy of Yorgos, the owner, will certainly make your night here very pleasant. Serves typical Greek homemade dishes as meatballs with zucchini and chickpeas, saganaki (fried cheese), the melanzanosalata (mashed grilled eggplant), the dolmades (stuffed vine leaves stuffed with meat). Open for dinner only. Low prices. Excellent!

Dining out at Taverns and restaurants in the villages of Kos

Platani, Turkish village of Kos  is famous for restaurants with Greek and Turkish cuisine. We recommend Serif tavern, based on a small square offering excellent Yaourtlou (vegetables with yogurt), stuffed zucchini blossoms and the Iskender kebab (grilled meat with tomato sauce and yogurt). Open daily – Average prices. Very Good!

For a romantic dinner after admiring the sunset in Zia  you can visit  one of the best restaurants on the island called Oromedon.(tel. 22420-69983). Located on the main square of the village, offers a variety of Greek dishes in a pleasant atmosphere, although still fairly popular and therefore crowded. Average prices. Great!

If you are looking for a quiet and simple place look for the tavern Zia No Stress along the lane that goes to church and ends into an old house with tables on the balcony. A few dishes, especially grilled meats and dishes of the day are served. Low prices. Good!

In the Tigaki, close to Irina beach hotel is located Ambeli, a real gem for those seeking a non-touristy and special place. It is located literally in the Vineyard with grapes where the visitor has the opportunity to dine in the most beautiful and lush environment in specially designed area. You can choose from our extensive menu of dishes all of which created the custody of the owner and his wife. Low prices. Great!

The best taverns and restaurants of Kos, South area

If you are staying in the resort Kardamena we suggest you visit the restaurant Avli recreated in the garden of one of the oldest houses in Kardamena with cozy atmosphere with a touch of elegance and refinement which distinguish it from all others. Difficult to give advice on the menu recommended by Panos, the owner of the restaurant. The only drawback is the closeness of the tables so choose a table near the wall of the garden where you can maintain more privacy! Open for dinner only. Medium to high price. Excellent!

During your stay you will certainly spend at least one day in the south of the island where are the most beautiful beaches of Kos. Even in these parts taverns are numerous,  mostly tourist and not so inviting.  A great choice for lunch or dinner is the fish tavern Limnionas above a charming little harbor. The prices here are a little more ‘higher than average but the quality is really good. Average prices. Very good!

Agios Theologos beach has a nice traditional seaside tavern, a favorite by the locals for Sunday outing. It serves seafood and Greek cuisine  with tables set up on a terrace with a fantastic sea view. Price low to medium. Excellent!

Situated in the tourist resort Mastichari are several sea-food tavernas . The best and MOST popular among locals is the restaurant Kalymnos by Perikles. It offers meze plates based on fish  excellent grilled squid and octopus, as well as a wide selection of fresh fish. Average prices. Excellent!