THE LIMANAKI AREA FISH TAVERNAS AND RESTAURANTS
THE FISHING RESTAURANTS AND TAVERNAS
AT THE LIMANAKI AREA
(Limanaki means small port)
Here at the port area, Vassos Taverna, or Faros Beach Taverna and the one opposite the boats (main picture) are all nice Restaurants. I suggest that you try them one evening out.
They are kind of more expensive and where it comes to fish or lobsters the bill can get really expensive. If you want a special night out I would recommend any of the three.
I have eaten one or two evenings out here, the service was great and the people very kind.
The one in the main photo which is next to the boats is also a Snack and Cocktail Bar and Cafe so I suggest that you come and have a snack or an ice cream here and ask for the price list for either lunch or dinner.
The view is great in all three Restaurants, which will pay you off whether you have an ice cream, a snack or a proper menu.
Try eating cheaper in more centrally Restaurants.
Favorite Dish: I had a Grilled fish,
A fried Kalamari, and a Mixed Green Cypriot Salad.
I enjoyed the meal because both the Kalamari and the Fish seemed very fresh to us.
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" ARAGMA" CAFE AND RESTAURANT: BUDGET FOOD IN THE AREA- popular spot
Although I have not tried eating at this Restaurant which is a Cafeteria at the same time serving Cocktails and snacks because we had F/B at our hotel, yet I can say that it is quite popular with reasonable prices. I always think that if a shop has many customers while some others none, it shows that people have tried it.
One of my photos shows prices as well, just to give you the picture.
FLAMES Restaurant Cafe Bar: Cypriot Cuisine, Excellent hosts, Value for Money!
In an attempt to find an exceptionally good Cypriot restaurant in Agia Napa to please a friend and a guest of mine, I searched a lot and read reviews until I came up with the Flames. I called the owners and booked a table for lunch.
LOCATION: The restaurant is nicely set and located very close to the Nissi Beach area which is one of my favourite spots in Agia Napa.
A HEARTY WELCOME: The two brothers proved excellent hosts and when we arrived the welcome was hearty, exactly as I expected it to be. I wanted my friend to feel this genuine Cypriot hospitality.
The brothers have been running this business for the last 25 years so there is no doubt that they know the work well and they did not let us down.
THE OWNERS: It is a small family business with Theo a trained Chef and Peter (Panikos) a trained waiter. Their dream was and still is to achieve in every way the best service and through their traditional Cypriot Dishes help tourist in a way, enjoy to the maximum their holidays in Cyprus. This restaurant is their life and they deservedly represent the authentic Cypriot hospitality out there in Ayia Napa.
CUISINE: The restaurant is popular with traditional Cypriot dishes and not only! There is a whole list of other dishes that are served out here and are enough to make happy the most demanding guest.
Steaks, Grilled meat, Pasta, Fish and several Vegetarian specialties are some of the rest of the dishes one can find here.
LUNCH: Well the purpose of this lunch was to have my friend try some nice Cypriot dishes. We did not ask for the usual ones served, I mean olives and pickles, or the minor ones, but asked for the best out of the whole list of ‘meze’. For me what counts is quality and not quantity.
Panicos brought a platter of different dips at first, and since the time was such and there were no other customers I insisted that he comes and join us. The dips were fantastic and very refreshing.
Then the rest of the dishes were presented in small plates exactly as the real meze and we had “afelia” which is a local dish made of diced pork marinated in wine with coriander. “Stifado”, “meatballs”, “kupepia” as Cypriots call them. The Greek name that stands for this dish is ‘dolmadakia’ and they are the Staffed Vine Leaves.
“Souvlaki” is kabab. We were also brought some “Lountza”. It is smoked pork loin in slices. We tried the grilled mushrooms, some fried zucchini, the halloumi Cypriot cheese, Cypriot Salad which was freshly cut and it was obvious that both the cucumber and tomatoes were from the round area. The fried potatoes were exactly as I expected them to be since the area prides for the excellent potatoes which are exported throughout Europe.
Thanks to the two brothers my friend probably had the opportunity to learn a few more things about the Cypriot cuisine.
It was a beautiful day so we chose to have lunch outside at the nicely decorated porch.
There is also a Bar inside the restaurant with a rich variety of beverage. Since the day was sunny we accompanied our lunch with a bottle of the local KEO beer.
TIP: Don’t expect gourmet dishes out here. Portions are big but they are not gourmet. This is one of the mistakes many tourists do. If you are after gourmet dishes you can find them at 5* hotels and in Signature restaurants in the big cities and expect to pay much as well.
MEZE: The word MEZE means variety and it comes in small portions similar to the Spanish tapas (appetizers or snacks)
The story behind goes like this: It all started almost 50 years ago when in small coffee shops in the villages the ladies back then were making coffee for workers at first. Little by little they started having a few orders at the beginning -it could be a fried or a boiled egg, some cheese, olives, or ham etc. As the years went by, these ladies started preparing and serving one or two dishes, -at first their own home meals, so they would serve small portions of these dishes to their customers as well.
So, little by little ladies added more and more and this is how this kind of ordering set the fashion. In the course of time this had become a trend and nowadays one can also enjoy “Seafood meze” instead of meat or vegetable dishes. Many Seafood tavernas can be found at the village of Zygi by the way.
IN ALL: Whatever we had was nicely cooked in virgin olive oil coming from the family Panikos said. All dishes were cooked to perfection and we both enjoyed the meal. I can highly recommend the business and long to be back. Thank you guys, continue to be loyal with what you have started doing. You know exactly how to please your customers and you are doing it well.
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Esperia: Try The Seafood Meze
The restaurant is located in the harbour area of Ayia Napa and offers some fantastic views of the harbour (make sure you get a window seat).
Favorite Dish: I opted for the fish meze which consists of many dishes. This really does give you the best chance to sample many different dishes. The meze consists of the usual dips such a houmous, tzatziki, taramosalata, tahini, alongside main courses such as red snapper, octopus, kalamari. Take things slowly while you are eating ... and don't fill yourself with things like pitta and chips before the real delights are finished. You will have around 25 dishes to sample.
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Taverna Napa: Taverna Napa - our favourite restaurant EVER
To be completely honest, one of the reasons we wanted to return to Cyprus was to go to this restaurant. It took us a while to find it again, but it was worth it. Although the original owner has now sadly passed away, and not as many of the walls are covered in graffiti, it is still one of the best restaurants we've ever been to. The service is fantastically friendly, not too pushy but helpful and welcoming. The food is divine, and the wine is wonderful.
Last time I was there I had the sea bass, and it literally melted in my mouth - they also cooked some of the best chips (! - yes - I know!) I've ever tasted - Cypriot potatoes are just wonderful chipped.
It's most popular dishes are Meze - however you can get some other meals too.
It seats around 100-150 - and I'd advise booking in advance.
Favorite Dish: Too hard ...
The sea bass was gorgeous - melted in the mouth.
The meze is INSANE - the first time we went there with another couple. My husband and the couple were meat eaters and I don't eat meat but I do eat fish. We ordered the meze and with me just eating the fish and vege dishes I was stuffed to the gills. But it was a wonderful stuffed! Really really really tasty. We were the last diners and I helped them clear the plates, taking them into the utterly pristine kitchen.
The swordfish is lovely too - never overcooked and really tasty.
A three course meal with wine is around £20 a head - which - for this type of food - is not bad at all! It's about average for a decent meal - obviously more expensive than bar food and Burger King - but worth it for the type of food you get :)
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Sacramento Restaurant: Nice Waiters and really cheap
If you don't want to spend a lot of money, I suggest you visit the Sacramento Restaurant. It's very cheap but you get good food. Well done to its waiters cause they are really nice with the people.
Tip: Complimenting your dinner, don't miss out on ordering a caraffe of their home-made sangria. Really Delicious.
blue haven: you are in haven
I now where is your hotel and is not far away from the townhall about10 min whit the car, because fao sure you need one!!
Also i now a nice place for you to have the reception if you didin t dicede all ready and is close to your hotel! They are recomanded to me also and i was have a look on they website and i am very impressed. So have a look
Favorite Dish: prawns greco-flambe in ouzo an cream sauce and rice
blue cheese steak,ostrich steak russell, spanish paella etc
Flames Restaurant: An excellent meat meze
This restaurant was established in 1989 by two brothers, Theo and Peter. They know the secrets of the Cypriot cuisine and know how to receive very well their clients. By the way, it was here I learned about the origin of meze.
If you have no idea what means meze, just think about small portions of several traditional dishes. Basically, the main course can be either fish or meat. The side dishes range from salads, cooked eggs, to several kind of sauces.
I was introduced to this restaurant by a Cypriot friend used to visit it. As we were not too much hungry, we ordered the "basic" meze.
My meat meze included, at least, souvlaki, afelia, stewed diced pork marinated in wine with corinder, stifado, slow cooked beef stew with onions, garlic, tomatoes, cinamon, pepper and vinegar, keftedes, meat balls, koubebkia, stuffed grape leaves with minced meat and rice, grilled lountza, smoked pork loin slice, grilled halloumi chesse, Greek slalad, grilled wild mushrooms, fried zucchini, hummus, tzatziki, Greek yogurt, taramasalata, beetroot and pitta bread.
They have a good selection on national wines and I was well surprised with the Portuguese apéritif Port wine.
The quality of the food impressed me a lot. It was very tasty. At the end, the owners gifted me with the national five kings brandy.
If I visit again Ayia Napa, surelly I will eat again in this great restaurant and I recommend it a lot..
Throughout!: Restaurant tips on the island of Cyprus
Ask the taverna owner what they are cooking that day and what is available for you to try.
Whatever they are cooking, they will be eating themselves so you can be SURE it will be fresh.
They will also be using seasonal fruit and vegetables so you can be certain you will never have the same meal twice.
Fondest Memory: Lucky to be a Cypriot myself, and YOU as visitors - being in Cyprus!!!!
We have the freshest fruit and vegetables imaginable.
Everything TASTES so good, as most Cyprus food is freshly picked the morning you buy it.
As the quality of the produce is so good, it follows that you will get a great meal in most tavernas.
THE BEST FOOD is made by taverna owners who have one love in life - FOOD!
Now don't expect white table cloths or fancy cutlery in the mountain villages AND don't expect to be offered a huge menu.
In fact, don't even bother to ask for the menu!
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Odyssos sports bar & taverna: The best fish i ever ate!
Located near the rich beauty of the local Mediterranean Nissi beach with all it's golden splendor. Near sea front, opposite Nissi Beach Hotel.
We offer a large variety of food for all your tastes, from Fresh fish of the cost of Cyprus.
Traditional Cyprus dishes, Steaks, Grills, pasta, pizza, salads as well a fine selection of wine
And also has a mini luna park,verry good place if u have children,you can eat and have fun and your children can play
Favorite Dish: i like all,kleftiko,sea food,meze
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Gallo Nero Restaurant: A good restaurant
Another good restaurant where to dine out. On our first night in Aiya Napa we happened to go into this restaurant since we were really hungry and we ate a delicious meal. I had Lamb chops which were magnificently cooked. Don't miss it.
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(Anywhere)!: Cypriot dishes and What exactly they are!
G L O S S A R Y
I thought to give you the name of some Cypriot dishes and explain what each one represents so that you know exactly what it is when you are at a Cypriot restaurant.
You can of course photo copy and have it with you on your trip.
Afelia: it is pork cooked in red wine crushed coriander seeds
Arni: it is lamb
Avgolemono: egg and lemon soup
Bourekia: small puff pastries with meat, or cheese and cream with a cheese filling.
Daktyla: almong finger pastries
Elioti: olive bread or pie
Elies tsakistes: cracked green olives with coriander seeds, lemon and crushed garlic.
Fangri: sea bream
Fasolia: haricot beans cooked in a casserole
Feta: salty white cheese usually crumbled on village salads.
Flaounes: Cypriot Easter cakes made with cheese and spices
Glyko: preserved fruits in syrup
Halloumi: firm goats or ewes milk cheese, often served grilled.
Horiatiki salata: village salad of white cabbage, tomatoes, cucumbers, capers, olives, onion, etc.
Houmous: dip from soaked, crushed chick peas
Kapari: pickled caper
Karaoli yahni: snails in tomato sauce
Keftedes: meat balls
Kleftiko ofto: lamb or goat wrapped in foil with herbs and baked in a sealed oven
Kolokotes: pastries stuffed with red pumpkin, raisins and pourgouri
Koupepia or dolmades: stuffed vine leaves
Koupes: cigar shaped wheat cases with meat filling
Loukoumades: doughnuts in syrup
Loukanika: Cyprus sausages
Loukoumia: Wedding shortbread
Lountza: smoked and marinated loin of pork
Moungra: pickled cauliflower
Moussakas: a pie made from layers of minced beef, spices and vegetables with cheese topping
Octopodi krasato: octopus in red wine
Pitta: flat envelope of unleavened bread
Pourgouri pilafi: pilaf of cracked wheat
Ravioli: pastry stuffed with halloumi and mint
Rizi: wheat and lamb pilaf, served at weddings.
Sheftalia: minced pork and herb rissole
Souvla: large chunks of lamb cooked on a spit
Stifado: rich beef and onion stew
Tahini: sesame seed paste, served as a dip
Taramosalata: dip made from smoked cods roe
Trahanas: soup from cracked wheat and yoghurt
Tzantziki/or Talatouri: yoghurt, cucumber and mint dip
Yemista: baked stuffed vegetables with rice and minced beef
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Clarabell: WOW the fillett Steak!
This is one of my favorite resturants not only in Aiya Napa, but in the world!! The food is fantastic and the service is 5 star. We dined here several times and each time we left feeling that we had got value for money!
Favorite Dish: The fillett steak with pepper sauce, they come and flambe it at your table, the shark in white sauce is good as well!
Chiang Mai Chinese and Thai Restaurant: Chiang Mai Chinese and Thai Restaurant
The food and service here were excellent. We went here at about 7pm just when it was starting to get dark and before Ayia Napa's nightlife started to kick in. It was a very pleasant setting for a good meal.
Everywhere!: A variety of dishes in the Different Restaurants
Tourists won’t be disappointed with the cuisine and the countless restaurants in Agia Napa.
There are indeed countless restaurants that specialize in a host of cuisines from around the world, everything from the romantic and traditional, to fast food and pub-grub being on offer.
Whether it is a Big Mac, Fish n’chips, a Chinese or formal French restaurant, everything is within short distance. They are centrally located and it is up to you to choose where to go to.
I will advice you to try the Cypriot Traditional Restaurants before your holidays are over. In fact I suggest you visit these first. I am sure you will want to go there again and again. There is a variety of different dishes, especially if you ask for “mezedes”.
I highly recommend the typical Cypriot ‘meze’ made up of between 15 to 20 island dishes.
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