The Nidri Harbour is crowded with restaurants, and many of them look more or less alike. But one of them is really a must to visit; El Greco. We've been to Lefkas/Nidri several times and have got to know both the most friendly and smiling staff in Nidri, and their delicious food. It's a greek and italian kitchen, and they have very reasonable prices. We absolutely love this place!
Favorite Dish: Try the Chicken Madouri..! It's a chicken filet covered with four different cheeses, and different vegetables. Yummi..!! Also try the Filet a la Cream and Souvulaki with Style.. You will be very satisfied!
Visited this restaurant twice and had fantastic food on both occasions. Situated on the pedestrian part of Lefkada Town, the capital of Lefkas right next to the water. Gets busy from 9 pm and in fact we had people waiting patiently for our table on the water front and pounced once we vacated it. Not a problem and nice to know that the locals were keen to eat there as well. Service could get a bit slow when it got really busy but then again this is Greece.
Favorite Dish: I had a lamb dish on the first visit and veal on the second. Which ever way these dishes are cooked you can guarantee they will be superb. Give it a try.
Nestled in the mountains in Haradiatika, local traditional food, generous portions at a reasonable price. We actually drove past this restaurant to go to the other one in the same village. The next day our friends told us to definately try Aussie Jim's...it is now my favourite of the island!
Favorite Dish: The stifado was superb as the beef was so tender and favoursome, very lean cuts of meat drenched in a herb tomato sauce served with rice and home-made chips! Too much to finish! Spit roasted meats and several 'specials of the day' to choose from.
Fantastic food we ate here a couple of times and each time better than the last. Service was excellent and the waiter made sure we ended the meal with a liquer or cocktail on the house.
Favorite Dish: Decided to try the fish as the restaurant was on the harbour and freshly caught but not very good with bones so the waiter made sure it was professionally filleted at the table. Just melted in your mouth.
This lovely restaurant on the beach was where we settled for our lunch throughout most of our stay. The scenery is spectacular with a view of the islands and entertainment thrown in as we watched the windsurfers and sailors from the sailing club next door do their best to stay afloat.
Favorite Dish: The Salads are fantastic with the house speciality of "pinewood salad" which consists of the most smoked salmon I have ever seen on a plate and advocado. Very reasonable prices.
The name of the restaurant was not especially appealing and looked like a tourist trap but this was completely wrong.
At 8:30PM, though in August, it was almost desert, with a waiter sleeping at the entrance. We went inside. The huge dining room was completely empty. A wide shaded terrace with a great many small tables with few customers was lying further.
The menu was made of classical local dishes, nothing fancy but, well made. The more the evening advanced, the more customers (98% locals) arrived and by 11PM, the terrace was full. New comers arrived until 1AM and had to sit in the dining room.
In the mean time, at 9:30PM a guy began to hang a microphone to a tree, over a central table. By 10PM a group of 5 guys arrived, sat around the table and began to sing, accompanied with the bouzouki. The customers obviously knew the songs as most of them hummed with the singers. At 1AM, we finally left but obviously the evening was not over!
Besides classical dishes, there was a chef’s specialty. It was molten feta with pieces of paprika, topped with graviera, added with a little white wine, sprinkled with origami and olive oil, fried in the oven. Delicious!
Cafeneion O Petros stands near the parking lot of the city, close to the quay. It is the windiest place of the city, which in Summer, when it is very hot, is a great quality. They serve delicious tyropita, spanakopita, loukanikopita, zamponopita and others stuffed ?pita?. The waiter was very friendly. The second time we went there, he asked if we wanted the same thing than the first time. Next times, there was no need to order, as soon as we were sat, we were served!
When in Vassiliki in October 1992, everywhere was closing down. We only ate out once as only one restaurant was open and a few days later closed, but the Kafeneon remained open and we would go and drink there every night.
Favorite Dish: The drinks were very reasonable for a resort and the owners extremely friendly.
Most of the harbourside eateries were much of a muchness. They all had glass cases outside, displaying what was on offer. Some had crayfish and crabs swimming around in tanks, awaiting theit fate.
We ate at The Lighthouse quite a lot, very friendly owners and excellent chioce of food.
Favorite Dish: We had beef kebabs amongst many things and plenty of vegetable dishes.
Just a general view of waterside dining in Vassiliki. What could be more pleasant than looking out over the harbour whilst dining. A fair amount of feeding bread to the fish went on, also!!! We loved watching the fish fight over the bread.
The one thing about the restaurants was the toilet facilities (pretty apalling in those days). They were all situated across the road from where you were dining. Michael was just potty trained then and it was a great novelty to him to want to traipse across the road every five minutes for a "wee wee", complete with potty!! Hey, those were the days........!!!!!
Favorite Dish: Plenty of sea-food as well as home cooked dishes.
We were told in Parikia, that we must visit a certain Cafe' in Lefkes, as it remained 'exactly' as it was when built so many, many years ago.
The oddity about this place was that women were not permitted to enter, but we didn't know that as Ma Kettle and I walked in to order dinner. We got strange looks, even hostile glares from the all-male patrons within, so, we retreated to the piazza outside and claimed a table there.
Expecting a wonderful dining experience, we grabbed the very grubby menus, and felt an extreme let-down as our eyes scrolled down the single and badly stained page of double spaced entrees.
Thinking we made an error and had chosen the wrong cafe' , we asked the table beside us, but no, we were right. It was the place.
Puzzled, but having trust in our friend Denise (VT member ... befana) in Parikia, we ordered a fresh orange juice (as indicated on the menu), and a Cappucino, so at least we could benefit from a brief rest of our aching, burning thighs.
My juice ended up tasting like a bad imitation of Tang, an artificial orange drink banned from our kitchen in Canada many years before, and Ma was served a cup of luke warm Maxwell House Instant Cappucino, an equally bad beverage of unknown origin. (99% sugar, I believe)
We settled our tab, and left quickly, leaving behind a ridiculously high bill, no tip, and amused patrons. ( I think they snickered, but Ma Kettle is less accusatory than I am)
Apparently, after checking with Denise (upon our return to Parikia), it hadn't been advised for us to stop and eat there, we were only to take note of its uniqueness, and possibly take a photo or two.
Furthermore, we found out the piazza table service was maintained by a type of Woman's Auxilliary Organization, not the ancient cafe'/bar as we naturally assumed. Does their charitable affiliation excuse the high price and poor quality of beverages? I think not...
Favorite Dish: Suggest you order nothing at all, just snap a picture and keep walking.
It's my belief that Lefkes suffers from a shortage of fresh oranges for juice, because the old guy swipes them to roll down the hill.
Hawaii is another eating place on the waterfront. Very friendly. We were remembered by the owner when we returned 4 years later.
Favorite Dish: Good meals in general.