The Most Critically Acclaimed Restaurants in Greece
Beautiful sunsets over fabled islands like Santorini. Remnants of the ancient civilizations, such as Crete’s Palace of Knossos. The looming mountains, such as the fabled Mount Olympus. The boisterous nightlife in cities like Athens and on islands such as Mykonos. All of these things frequently make it on people’s lists of things to see and do in Greece.
However, no matter what people do once they get to Greece, there is one thing they all have in common. Everyone who visits the country will also visit some of its many restaurants to sample the best food Greece has to offer. Here are some top picks for restaurants that you really should visit.
Ambrosia – Oia, Santorini
Ambrosia is located in the village of Oia on the island of Santorini. The tables on the terrace of this restaurant offer a magnificent view of the Aegean Sea, volcanic islands and the rocky caldera. The restaurant offers a sampling of traditional dishes found on Santorini, such as Domatakeftedes, a delicacy made like traditional meatballs, but with tomato puree replacing ground meat.
Outdoor seating is available from April to October. If you know you will be visiting Santorini, you may want to make a reservation well in advance as seats fill up quickly. However, this isn’t necessary in off-peak months such as April and October.
Argentikon – Island of Chios
Located in an historic estate, which was built in the 1500’s, the Argentikon Restaurant on the island of Chios is a great example of the finer side of Greek cuisine. By incorporating local ingredients and traditional recipes, Argentikon is a fine example of Greek island cuisine. While here, be sure to wash your meal down with their house wine, which was most likely made on the property.
Daphne’s – Athens
A short distance from the Acropolis, Daphne’s is located in a restored building that was originally built in the 1830’s. This restaurant is very popular with celebrities and politicians from different parts of the world. Some of the specialties served here include fried prawns and rabbit stew, among other delicacies.
Archipelagos – Fira
The Archipelagos is housed in an old building that originally belonged to a captain, which may explain its amazing view. When the golden doorway opens, guests are treated to one of the best views on Fira. There are a wide variety of meals served here ranging from grilled octopus to tomato pancakes. Be sure to save room for dessert so you can sample their walnut pie, one of the restaurant’s specialties.
Astra – Mykonos
This is the perfect place for a casual outing in the evening. The famous Greek jeweler, Minas Astra, designed it. The rooms are carefully crafted with modern taste and its lights are shaped like stars. The patio is lit with candles and blossoming bougainvillea bushes surrounds it. This is the perfect restaurant to visit before experiencing the island’s legendary nightlife.
While in Greece, you can get a nice overview of the food in Greece by visiting one of these restaurants. Greek cuisine is known for incorporating local ingredients and traditional recipes. Despite its simplicity, there is a lot of diversity, particularly between regions.
This post was written by GreekBoston.com