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  • Dolichi: Better dining in Samos

    by BobTheSnob Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Greece is generally not for gourmet tourists, and Samos does indeed have remarkably little to offer the discerning palate, in view of the amount of European (mostly), middle-aged and presumably well-off couples visiting the island every year.

    Phytagorio is the city and area where it's at, as they say, and is a lovely, small seaside town full of friendly people. Certainly, Samos and Pythagorio and it's people are warm and welcomming ! Unfortunately, although packed with sea-front restaurants along the harbour, the menu is basically the same everywhere , in variety as in quality, from grilled calamari to pork schnitzel..'nuff said.

    Dolichi Greek & Mediterranean Cuisine is Samos's best kept secret, ironically because of its superbly center-stage location. Let me explain: Pythagorio is centered around the harbour, which is lined with all the restaurants and bars, shoulder by shoulder. These are all ground-level and open towards the harbour promenade. In the middle of harbour street you'll find the custom's office, litterally the only house in the entire harbour front that isn't a restaurant. Dolichi is located on the first floor, on top of the restaurant immediately after the custom house. What you do is you take a left away from the harbour as soon as you can after the custom's house, and then another left, to get to the backside alley of the buildings. There you'll see the restaurant sign, go up the stairs, et voilá, you are among the few guests in what is beyond any comparison the best restaurant in Samos. get a table by the balcony, and you have full view to the harbour promenade and the mediterranean ocean, and to top it all, from around 7 to 9 the moon wanders across the sky over t he ocean to linger over the old Greek church on top of the hill, as seen from Dolichi's balcony tables. Simply amazing location, fantastic for a romantic or social evening in the Greek archipelago, it looks like a movie :)

    Dolichi is an interesting place. It has world music, tastefully playing in the background, and makes a point of including visual art in the place's atmosphere. The food is simply excellent. Dolichi is also one of the few places on the island that actually serve drinkable wines, and the wine card includes better Greek and some decent European wines. (Greek wine in common restaurants generally stink, and youre better off with Mythos beer, but if you must, stick with the whites and you'll survive ;)

    Besides a single night in the mountain villages or at Hydrele Beach Hotel's restaurant, we never eat anywhere else than Dolichi when we are in Samos. It reigns supreme among it's peers. If you wish for an all-you-can-eat buffet, have screaming, unruly children or would dream of asking the waiter if he could play some traditional greek muzak, please do stay away.

    Finally I should mention that I am simply a repeat tourist with a long background in the restaurant and hotel business, and that I have absolutely no affiliation with any of the places I mention. I

    Favorite Dish: Make sure to try the Sundried Cherry Sweet Bites in Syrup for desert, each tidbit mouthfull is an explotion of taste and heavy sunshine.

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  • Aphrodite Garden Restaurant: Best Restaurant in Pythagorio

    by bilibas Written Oct 18, 2009

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    Now this restaurant had the best of both! Al fresco dining & good food too! Set away from the main harbour front of Pythagorion up a picturesque side street, but not too far from the hub of things.

    A very pretty setting with bouganvillia orange and lemon trees .Helpful attentive staff & a great atmosphere.

    All the food we ordered was excellent. One of the few places in Pythagorion where a complimentary after dinner drink was served too. All in all a great restaurant which I would happily recommend!

    Favorite Dish: Try feta cheese with a crust of basil pesto, steamed mussels with lemon and fennel, stuffed calamari and prawns with finocchio, scented with the delectable Kozani crocus. Kleftiko lamb with mint, stewed beef, stuffed kid cooked in a wood oven .Lamb chops with scallions and Samos Muscat wine, pork fillet with honey and mint, chicken fillets with Kozani crocus cream, fillet with Chios mastic, fillet with parmesan and truffle oil. Enjoy Hellenic creative cuisine.

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    No name, no game: Up and cheap

    by Yank_o Updated Aug 5, 2008

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    The several mountain villages of Samos offer the best-value food. Manolates, which we frequently visit, is a good example. Try any of the half-dozen (I think) restaurants and you'll be satisfied. Local specialties and local wine are offered at very reasonable prices and remarkably good quality. You'll wish you never had to leave!

    Favorite Dish: All "meatballs without meat", i.e. with chick-pea or zucchini (revythokeftedes or kolokythokeftedes, if you really want the Greek name).

    Just next to the Manolates restaurant

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    Restaurant Meravilia: A Feast from the Mediterranean

    by Jannice48 Updated Nov 26, 2006

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    Meravilia was the first restaurant we visited on our holiday in Samos and we were made to feel very welcome. The service and the food were excellent and the waiters very helpful and friendly which is why we did return a couple of times during our stay there. On the menu are many of the Greek traditional cuisine as well as Italian dishes. The restaurant is situated right on the sea front in the picturesque village of Kokkari. I would recommend the Meravilia to anyone for the friendliness, good food, location and with the Greek music in the background what more could you ask for

    Favorite Dish: There were nine of us on this holiday so I tried a few of the dishes on the menu. My favourite would be the traditional Greek Salad for a starter followed by Lamb Kleftiko. I also tried the Pasticio and Moussaka which were also very nice. We were also given a complimentary dish of melon and also a drink of the local Samos wine each time we were there. I would say on average our bill including the drinks came to €20 - €25 per night for the two of us.

    Meravilia Restaurant Restaurant Meravilia at night Meravilia Menu
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    Symposium: Open Air Restaurant with Great Food!

    by mazzap Written Oct 8, 2006

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    Now this restaurant had the best of both! Al fresco dining & good food too! Set away from the main harbour front of Pythagorion up a picturesque side street, but not too far from the hub of things.

    A very pretty setting with bouganvillia all around the interior. Helpful attentive staff & a great atmosphere.

    All the food we ordered was excellent. One of the few places in Pythagorion where a complimentary after dinner drink was served too. All in all a great restaurant which I would happily recommend!

    Symposium Restaurant entrance Symposium Restaurant interior Bouganvillia
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    Tavern Maritsa: Open Air Dining

    by mazzap Written Oct 8, 2006

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    A nice setting with a good, lively atmosphere.

    The food was fairly average really, nothing special. Also the service was a bit erratic - a lot of wait staff but nobody seemed to be around at the right time or in any hurry to help when needed!

    Nice for the al fresco pretty garden setting, but wouldn't say the food was anything to rush there for. During the daytime, the octopus catch of the day can be seen hanging out to dry - see pic.

    Favorite Dish: We had typical Greek bbq meats & a pasta dish between us - all pretty ordinary.

    Inside Tavern Maritsa
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    Creperie Cafe: A Rare Sighting of a Creperie!

    by mazzap Updated Oct 8, 2006

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    This was the only Creperie we saw in Pythagorion, Samos. Luckily, it was very good! The service was erratic & you had to sit at tables virtually on the edge of the narrow pavement, but that all added to the ambience of Greek life - even whilst eating what was originally French food!!

    Favorite Dish: Several kinds to choose from on the menu but don't expect your order to be exactly what you were hoping for - remember, it's Greek French Crepes!! Coffee was hot & beer was cold, a pleasant experience!

    Roadside seating!
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    Elia Restaurant: Easily the Best on the Harbour front!

    by mazzap Updated Oct 8, 2006

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    There are many restaurants to choose between on the harbour front - all with a great view of the boats & beyond across the sea.

    We naturally tried several throughout our 2 week stay in Pythagorion, Samos, but this one easily came out on top of the list for quality, choice, friendliness & efficiency! Top most was quality! Considering that the food quality was of a much higher standard, the price was comparable to most other nearby restaurants too.

    Favorite Dish: We ate here a few nights & all the food we tried was great. The Greek giant beans were the best we'd ever had - with crumbled feta & ham - see pic! Also the kebabs & other bbq meat dishes were lovely accompanied by large wedges of delicious oven baked potatoes, followed by heavenly Greek yoghurt & honey as thick as clotted cream!!

    Elia Restaurant Cheese croquettes, giant beans,octopus oil/vinegar Superb bbq meat dishes Greek yoghurt & honey
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    Taverna Haravghy (at Kerveli): Beach side restaurant

    by mazzap Updated Oct 8, 2006

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    Conveniently situated right next to the beach - this restaurant provided good service & the food was excellent. Parking is provided & sunloungers for the beach are available free to diners.

    Favorite Dish: We ate typical Greek dishes of cheese pies, giant beans & bbq meats - all very good!

    Right by the beach View from the restaurant Kerveli Bay
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    Varka: One Of The Best Views Across The Harbour

    by mazzap Updated Oct 8, 2006

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    On the day we sat at this restaurant it was so hot; I remember the breeze coming off the sea was hot too! But the food we ate made up for our discomfort - the service was not great so don't visit if you are in a hurry to catch a ferry perhaps!

    This restaurant is the last one to the right of the harbour & the view across the bay really is stunning. Well worth a visit for a relaxing lunch. There is a large seating area to one side around a bar so I imagine it gets quite busy in the evening too.

    We were fascinated by the octopus hanging over the restaurant's sign to dry - see my pic!!

    Favorite Dish: We had the cheese pies, giant beans & a Greek salad (as we always seem to do!!) The food seemed a bit plain & lacked imagination but it was all fresh & nicely presented. The accompanying bread was drizzled with olive oil & herbs then toasted which was a nice touch!

    View from the Varka Restaurant Giant beans, cheese pies, tzatziki & Greek salad! Octopus hanging out to dry!
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    Pastry Shop Cafe: Coffee & Cake!

    by mazzap Updated Oct 8, 2006

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    A great little place to round off a an evening with a Greek coffee & cake - if you have room! The baclava, which is a traditional Greek cake made with many layers of filo pastry oozing with honey, pistachios & butter was the best I have ever tasted! We found ourselves returning most nights! (Now I remember what it was that helped me put on those few pounds!)

    Friendly helpful staff, close to the harbour, cosy ambience & reasonable cost. Definitely recommended!

    Favorite Dish: The chocolate cake was my son's favourite & all of the Greek pastries we tried were good.

    Look for the sign! Not quite fat free!
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    Taverna Stamna (at Pyrgos): Convenient Mid-Island Lunch Stop

    by mazzap Written Oct 2, 2006

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    We stopped here for lunch on day 2 of our car tour of the island. A great local restaurant with a typical Greek hospitality you hear about & would hope to find!

    The owner/chef/waiter/barman/runaround one man band took us through to his kitchen & tempted us with several dishes of the day that he had cooking away & he had a bbq ready to prepare the biggest pork chops I'd ever seen! (see my pic!)

    A friendly, conveniently situated restaurant, easy to park right outside & very reasonable! The cats were so cute there too :-)

    Favorite Dish: The bbq meat we all tried was excellent - so much of it too!

    Taverna Stamna Giant pork chop & other bbq dishes! Cute hungry cats!
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    Palladion: Inexpensive but Surprisingly Good!

    by mazzap Written Oct 2, 2006

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    This restaurant was recommended by some guests we got chatting to where we were staying.

    We had passed by it many times on an evening but had always dismissed it without question as it appeared to be just another 'fast-food' eatery selling Gyros kebabs from the front counter. We dutifully but reluctantly gave it a try one lunch time & were more than pleasantly surprised!!

    We ordered a plate of mixed Greek starters to share - all were freshly made & delicious. We each had a Gyros kebab, a flat pitta bread with salad, some tzatsiki, a few fries & lamb or chicken sliced from a large gyrating block which is continually cooking through.

    Everything we ate here was excellent & when he wasn't so busy, the friendly waiter sat nearby & gave us all the local gossip while we ate!

    Favorite Dish: The Gyros Special - a filling lunch!

    Mixed Greek plate Gyros Special!
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    Ambrosia Restaurant: A Thumbs Down Meal :-(

    by mazzap Updated Oct 2, 2006

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    I wouldn't normally bother to write a tip on a restaurant that was simply mediocre, but this really was so bad it needs mentioning - perhaps I should have put it as a Warning or Danger (though 'dangerous' would be unfair!!)

    The food was so bad we left most of it - much of it was fatty, gristly meat & cold too.

    I ordered a pizza which was a bad decision. The one I got was a mass produced type which was hard & had so much greasy pepperoni it shone!!

    My husband ordered the Stamna which is a traditional Greek pot roast dish of lamb with lemon & feta cheese - well apart from having a lot of unidentifiable 'things' in it, it was so greasy & swimming in fat globules with a few bits of meat that were so tough he couldn't eat more than a few forkfulls! Most unlike him not to clear his plate!

    My son had the cheese saganaki - (deep fried halloumi cheese). It was very blandly presented & over-fried (see pic) and again....greasy!!!!

    Naturally we were very disappointed - a waste of an evening!

    Favorite Dish: Sorry, NONE!!

    Ambrosia Restaurant A poor example of cheese saganaki, greasy & burnt!
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    Gregory: Ask for the 'Sec' wine and enjoy!

    by Yank_o Written Jul 18, 2006

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    It would be unfair not to write something about the famous Gregory. The place is not really impressive but you can find some straightforward, genuine, nice food, plus enjoy some shade when everything around is sizzling in the heat. You'll see Gregory himself and his family engage in some of their hobbies - playing solitaire or gossiping quite loudly (a nice way to learn what's going on in the town).

    Favorite Dish: Yumyum... In my 2006 visit I loved the fried fish dish.

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