Limnionas (?): Tasty food at Limnionas
The restaurant is located at a high point overlooking the sea. Aim for a late lunch or early dinner for a full meal-and-view experiene. Enjoy a meal under the sounds of crashing waves and inhale the sea breeze in between.
Favorite Dish: Fresh grilled fish with olive oil and lemon. Beats, steamed with garlic - full of flavor. Sinful french fries - far cry from frozen kind.
Taverna Ampavris: Giving true meaning to "delicious"!
Extremely flavorful homemade cooking under trees and surrounded by flowers and herbs. Go with a big appetite and try as many "mezedes" (small dishes) as you can. Great variety of dishes - meat, fish, and perhaps more importantly, vegetables. Soothing, relaxing atmosphere - possible the most picturesque Greek restaurant in Kos. Certainly one of the best in terms food, ambience and service.
Mr. Manolis takes good care of his visitors, whether they're locals and regulars or tourists that are lucky enough to have discovered the place.
It's very difficult to get such a full greek dining experience! A must!
Favorite Dish: Impossible to choose. "Horta" - healthy steamed greens served with olive oil, lemon juice and salt. "Anthous" - zucchini flowers stuffed with the most flavorful rice; a greek delicacy. Melt-in-your-mouth eggplant in a thick tomato sauce with herbs and sauted onion. "Fava" - something like mashed split peas, served cold with thinly cut red onion and olive oil. All dishes are very simple and extremely flavorful.
Sweet watermelon at the end on the house.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Family Travel
The very last Taverna at the harbour end of kefalos, (as usual forgot the name). However we went there 3 or 4 times and were never dissapointed. I recomended this place to all the people we met and we ended up with quite a crowd. The waiter promised me commision and true to his word we enjoyed a beer from him.
Favorite Dish: The soutsakakia, (meat balls in red sauce), were delicious.
- School Holidays
- Castles and Palaces
- Family Travel
Nikos & Kontessa: Roadside Taverna
This was a wonderful little roadside taverna that we stumbled across while we were cycling from Kos town out past Psaladi. It's hard to describe exacly where it is except to say that it's past the big 5* hotel complex at Psaladi and past the water park too (maybe 2 or 3 km past) on the right hand side.
The eating is indoors or out (in the weather we were having outdoors was the only sensible option!) and is nicely arranged with well spaced tables. It overlooks the car park and raod a bit, but that's not too much of a detraction. Traffic is light here and there were more people on bike & foot.
The staff were weird and whacky, a bundle of laughs, but not too much "in your face". The food was simply the best we've had.
Favorite Dish: Typical Mezze fare: Saganaki cheese, hummous, fried aubergines, tzatziki, frappes... It was only a light lunch but it was sooo lovely!
Far East Restaurant: Overpriced Chinese food in Kos Town
Far East Restaurant is a large Chinese restaurant located close to Kos Town's harbour. It is located just inland from Dolphin Roundabout at the edge of the harbour......and if you get a table by the window (and crane your neck a little!) you can just about enjoy a sea view!
In common with many Chinese restaurants, the interior features lots of ornate red and gold decorations such as lion statues and Chinese symbols.
This restaurant offers an extensive selection of dishes, a sample of which include:
Appetizers - spring rolls, wontons, pork ribs, chicken teriyaki, chicken wings, fried prawns, duck with pancakes;
Soups - hot and sour, chicken and noodles, chicken and corn, wontons, seafood;
Main courses - a variety of stir frys containing either chicken, pork, beef, seafood or vegetables. For example, with cashew nuts, with oyster sauce, with satay sauce, with blackbean sauce, with curry sauce, with pineapple, with honey and chilli;
Rice and noodles - jasmine rice, egg fried rice, rice with chicken, rice with prawns, chow mein, various noodle dishes;
Desserts - fried banana/pineapple/apple with ice cream, strawberries with ice cream, lychees, caramel cream;
Drinks - bottled beers (Mythos, Amstel, Heineken, Tsingtao), wine, spirits, soft drinks and hot beverages (including Chinese tea).
The staff were very friendly, the service was efficient.......but I didn't feel that the food was good value for money! That is the reason why I can only give this restaurant a score of 2/5.
It's not that the food was *bad*......it wasn't, it was *average*........but having paid a significantly higher than average price for it, I was a bit disappointed which what I got! I've had far better Chinese food at far lower prices on many occasions wherever I have travelled.
Favorite Dish: I opted for:
Pork ribs with honey and chilli - Cost: 6 Euros
A small plate of ribs. There wasn't much bone amongst it, but a pretty large proportion of the meat was gristly and fatty. It was quite tasty, but there wasn't nearly enough chilli in it and it was in definite need of a bit more spiciness. Not very good value for money.
Szechuan Special - Cost: 9 Euros
A combination of chicken, beef and pork in a Szechuan sauce with water chestnuts, mushrooms, courgette and other vegetables. Served with fried rice containing peas, carrots and sweetcorn. There wasn't much meat in the dish and what there was of it wasn't particularly good quality. Unlike most Szechuan stir frys I've had in the past (and I've had many!), this one had a disappointing lack of spiciness and was very bland.
Mythos beer (500ml bottle) - Cost: 3 Euros
Irish Coffee - Cost: 4 Euros
The Irish Coffee was the highlight of the meal. While the food was bland and uninspiring, the Irish Coffee had a very potent kick! It tasted as though someone had poured a coffee sachet into a glass of whisky!
Overall, I was disappointed with the value for money that I received at this restaurant. Throughout my travels, I have consistently found better quality Chinese food at lower prices than I did here. There is a very extensive menu and the staff are friendly.
Platinum Kaffe Bar: Internet cafe in Kos Town
Platinum Kaffe Bar was my Internet cafe of choice for keeping in touch with VT during my visit to Kos in May 2006.
Fast speed Internet access costs 3 Euros per hour (minimum charge 1.50 Euros), and is available on three computer terminals in the back of the bar.
As well as providing Internet access, the bar also has pool tables, video games, a large TV and of course an extensive drinks list (including soft drinks, beers, wines, spirits, cocktails, coffees, teas, hot chocolate and milkshakes). I used to order a large Coca Cola with ice (2 Euros) to accompany my VTing!
The staff are friendly (they used to give me a discount on my Internet bill after I'd been in there a couple of times), and lively pop music is played in the background.
If you just want to enjoy a relaxing drink, there are a host of tables outside in the sunshine!
The Best Restaurant/Coffee Bar: Gyros and beer in Kos Town
The Best Restaurant and Coffee Bar is located on the edge of picturesque Diagora Square in Kos Town.
Diagora Square hosts a number of cafes and restaurants, each of which has boards outside displaying food and drinks at ridiculously low prices (eg. "large beer 1 Euro", "local beer 0.50 Euros", "gyros 2 Euros"....). It seems that these offers either don't exist or they are subject to certain restrictions!
The menu at The Best Restaurant features a lot of local Greek dishes (souvlaki, gyros, moussaka, beef stifado, lamb....) and other meat dishes (beef steaks, pork chops, chicken).
I didn't study the menu too closely as I'd already decided (having been enticed by the boards outside!) what I was going to have!
Favorite Dish: I opted for:
Gyros - Cost: 2.50 Euros
A small plate of gyros (spicy grilled pork), served with pitta breads, french fries, tzatziki and salad. It was quite filling and certainly represented good value for money at just 2.50 Euros.
Mythos beer (500ml bottle) - Cost: 3 Euros
3 Euros!!!!??? That's not what it said on the board outside!!! ;-)
Good food in a peaceful, picturesque setting......just don't believe the special offers displayed outside!!
Holland Snack Corner: Dutch cafe in Kos Town
Holland Snack Corner is one of a number of bars and cafes that line bustling Bar Street in the heart of Kos Town.
This friendly little cafe is located next to the ancient agora and just a 2 minute walk from Hippocrates' Plane Tree and Kos Castle.
For some reason (presumably a lot of Dutch tourists visit Kos for their holidays!) there are quite a few Dutch bars and cafes in Kos Town.........you'll recognise them from their orange signs and decorations.
I first ate here during my visit to Kos in May 2002.....and returned for another snack one morning during my next visit in May 2006. I'm pretty sure I ordered exactly the same this time as I had done 4 years earlier!
The cafe has a handful of tables outdoors in the sunshine....and it's a lovely place to sit and have a drink and a snack while watching the world go by! If you've had enough of the sun, choose a table with an umbrella and enjoy your lunch in the shade!
The menu includes a number of breakfast and lunch items......sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, omelettes, eggs and bacon, cakes and ice creams.
The drinks menu includes soft drinks, bottled and draught beers, hot beverages, milkshakes and various alcoholic options.
Favorite Dish: I opted for:
Toast Hawaii - Cost: 3.30 Euros
2 slices of toast with ham and melted cheese inside and topped with more melted cheese and a couple of pineapple rings.
Pineapple juice - Cost: 2 Euros
A glass of cold pineapple juice. It tasted like it had been poured from a carton (and it probably had), but it was refreshing all the same!
A great place for a relaxed drink and a lunchtime snack in Kos Town. Highly recommended!
Karnagio Fish Tavern: Seafood taverna in Kos Town
Karnagio Fish Tavern is a large taverna located on Kanari (one of the main roads leading from Kos Town to Lambi).
It is located on a corner and you will recognise it by the painted wooden boat that stands outside the entrance. It is located a 5-10 minute walk from Lambi and a 10 minute walk from Kos Town's harbour.
The setting is very nice with a host of tables outdoors beneath a canopy. On the night that I ate there in May 2006 all the tables had been well set with tablecloths and wine glasses.....but during the course of my meal I was the only diner. It was the first week of the holiday season and most tavernas were very quiet - I expect it gets far busier in the high season.
Also, due to it being so early in the season, not all of the items on the menu were available.
Karnagio is primarily a seafood taverna, but it does also offer a wide selection of other dishes.
Here is a sample of the meals available:
Appetizers: saganaki (fried cheese), Greek salad, stuffed vine leaves, local speciality sausages...
Soups: vegetable, minestrone, shrimps, tomato...
Seafood: cod fish in garlic sauce, grilled shrimps, octopus, stuffed squid, crayfish, mussels....
Greek specialities: moussaka, beef stifado, pork and chicken souvlaki, gyros, lamb....
Other meals: pasta dishes (spaghetti bolognaise, spaghetti carbonara...), various pizzas, beef steaks, pork chops...
Children's menu: hot dogs, burgers, fish fingers and chips...
Desserts: Greek pastries (eg baklava and other honey and nut based pastries), ice cream sundaes, fruit salad, Greek yoghurt and honey....
The service was efficient and friendly......hardly surprising given that I was the only person eating there! However, the waiter did take an age to get my bill after I'd asked for it in the hope of keeping me there and not having a completely empty taverna.
Favorite Dish: I opted for:
Vegetable soup - Cost: 4.50 Euros
I asked for minestrone but that was one of the items not yet available at the time of my visit. The soup was very nice.....a selection of potatoes, onions, carrots, green peppers and various herbs. It was served with 5 slices of toasted crusty bread and garlic butter (included in the 1 Euro cover charge).
Chicken souvlaki - Cost: 7 Euros
One long skewer of tender grilled chicken, peppers and onions. Served with fried potatoes, walnut rice, lettuce and tomato.
Bottle of Coca Cola (330ml) - Cost: 2 Euros
I received a complimentary piece of homemade traditional Greek cake - a pastry which was rich in honey and filled with almonds and raisins.
Nice food and a large selection of meals. Not outstanding, but no complaints with the quality, service or value for money.
Mummy's Cooking: Greek food from mother's kitchen!!
Mummy's Cooking is a small, traditional family-run taverna in Kos Town. It is located on Bouboulinas, the main road running inland from Dolphin Roundabout, and is a 5-10 minutes walk from the harbour.
I ate here at lunchtime one sunny afternoon during my visit to Kos in May 2006.
The restaurant has tables outdoors under a canopy and a host of tables indoors with blue and white checked tablecloths next to the open kitchen. Dining outdoors felt like sitting on the front terrace of somebody's home, while inside felt like being in their kitchen. It really does have the feel of eating at a Greek family's home rather than in a restaurant.
Unsurprisingly, much of the menu consisted of homemade local dishes, many of which I had never heard of. Many of these dishes seemed to include beef or lamb in some form of tomato and vegetable based sauce.
The dishes that I did recognise included:
Appetizers: Large beans, bean soup, Greek salad, saganaki (fried cheese), cheese pies, spinach pies;
Main meals: Beef steaks, pork chops, grilled chicken, beef stifado (a beef stew containing tomatoes and onions), moussaka, pork souvlaki, grilled shrimps, octopus (pickled or grilled), calamari, cuttlefish and whitebait.
Some of the more substantial meals (especially those that required the meat to be cooked for a long time) were not available at lunchtime, only in the evenings.
Favorite Dish: I opted for:
Giouvetsi - Cost: 5 Euros
A traditional Greek dish containing 3 pieces of tender beef in a tomato, onion and red wine sauce and served on a bed of small pieces of pasta (similar in shape and size to rice). The cover charge of 0.50 Euros included a portion of crusty bread (3 slices) and a sachet of frozen butter!
Mythos beer (500ml bottle) - Cost: 2 Euros
A fairly cheap beer by restaurant standards.....but still more expensive than in the supermarkets where such a bottle would cost just 0.80 Euros.
Good, traditional, home-cooked Greek food in a homely setting.......worth a visit.
Mikro Kafe: Little cafe in Kos Town
Mikro Kafe is a nice little cafe located in Kos Town on the side street of Kolokotroni.
A row of tables line the street in front of the cafe (some in the sun, some in the shade). Across the road from the cafe is a lovely quaint alleyway with bright pink flowers overhanging it......this makes for a nice view while enjoying your drink outdoors. There are also a few tables indoors in the unlikely event that the weather isn't nice enough to sit outdoors.
I intended to have a toasted sandwich here for lunch one day during my visit to Kos in May 2006 but, despite toasted sandwiches being included on the menu displayed outside the cafe, when I asked for one it transpired that they weren't actually available. In fact, the only foods that were available were croissants and a small selection of cakes. The food menu here is extremely limited.
However, the cafe does offer an extensive drinks list. As well as soft drinks, the cafe offers a selection of milkshakes (chocolate or vanilla), frappes, coffees, teas and hot chocolates, local spirits (such as ouzo and Metaxa brandy) and bottled beers (Amstel and Heineken).
See the attached photo of the outdoor menu for an idea of some of the items offered (and their respective prices).
Favorite Dish: Given the lack of choice available, I opted for:
Croissant with ham and cheese - Cost: 3 Euros
In lieu of any sandwiches (toasted or otherwise!) being available, the owner offered to put some ham and cheese on a croissant for me. So, I got one large croissant (cut in two) with a thin slice of ham, a thin slice of cheese (I'm not sure what kind it was, but it wasn't Greek feta cheese) and an unwelcome slice of tomato (but I was able to peel that off easily enough!).
Chocolate milkshake - Cost: 4 Euros
A nice enough milkshake made from chocolate ice cream....but nothing spectacular and certainly over-priced at 4 Euros!!
This is a nice cafe for a quick drink......but not a very good option if you're looking for food!
Kriti Taverna: Traditional Greek food in Kos Town
Kriti Taverna is a traditional Greek taverna, located on a shaded side street, Odos Alex Ypsilantou, in the heart of Kos Town.
A host of tables sit outside the taverna enabling you to enjoy your meal outdoors while watching tourists flit amongst the surrounding souvenir shops. The taverna is situated at the foot of a flight of steps leading up to a grand church. The setting is scenic and relaxing with enough activity for you to engage in a bit of people-watching, while not being so busy and chaotic as to spoil your meal.
The owner of the taverna is from a small village in Crete (Kriti).....hence the name of his establishment.
The menu contains an extensive choice of Greek specialities, as well as a choice of international dishes.
Starters and appetizers include Greek salad, saganaki (fried cheese), meze (a selection of Greek foods and dips, intended to be shared amongst several people) and a variety of light seafood snacks (grilled octopus, prawns, calmari rings, cod fish)
Main courses (5-8 Euros) include gyros, souvlaki, lamb chops, beef steaks, various grilled meat dishes and stews, omelettes (ham, cheese and onion), spaghetti bolognaise, spaghetti carbonara and pizza.
Drinks include a wide range of soft drinks and hot beverages, and local alcoholic beverages including Mythos beer, retsina and raki (the latter being a spirit which is similar in taste to ouzo).
Favorite Dish: I ate here one lunch time during a visit to Kos in May 2006 and opted for:
Souvlaki - Cost: 6 Euros
3 skewers of tender pork served with fried potatoes, pitta breads, tzatziki, salad (tomato, cucumber, green peppers and diced onion) and a bowl of bread.
Mythos beer (500ml bottle) - Cost: 3.50 Euros
As ever in Greek tavernas, you find yourself paying over the odds for a bottle of beer.....but even more so here. At the time of my visit in May 2006, a 500ml botlle of beer (Mythos, Alfa, Amstel or Heineken) cost around 0.80 Euros in the supermarkets and anywhere from 1.50 to 4.00 Euros in tavernas and restaurants.
I received a complimentary shot of the strong "raki" spirit upon paying my bill.
Good food, extensive choice, large portions and friendly staff..........worth a visit.
Ancient Agora: Picnic Spot
The Ancient Agora makes a great ready-made picnic spot. We often bough lunch (from the bakery mentioned above) and went to eat it in the Agora. There's lots of rocks and grass to sit on, and shady trees to sit under. If you lucky you'll find a few cats wandering around too who will enjoy the odd titbit from you.
Favorite Dish: Cakes!!
Complete Blow Out
This was one of the best places we've ever eaten at. For a start it's a very attractive little corner of Kos town, just up off one of the little square in front of the harour area. It's hard to miss (so long as you hit the right square) - the steps and walls of the alley up to it are painted blue and white in the typical Greek way. It's twee but very attractive. Seats are arranged alongside and behind the taverna and seafood is the speciality here, though thankfully for us they do great mezze too.
Favorite Dish: We had all sorts here. We ate twice and had different stuff each time. The second time was our last meal on Kos and we ordered rather too much - it was a struggle to eat it all. Amongst the things that I can remember having are:
Warm hummous mixed with sauteed peppers, onions & tomatoes.
Beetroot in garlic (I love it, wife hates it)
Skodalia (as above!)
Various Places: Marina Restaurants
Kos Marina is a very pleasant spot if you like yachts and nautical types. The basin is filled with yachts of all shapes and sizes - there's some money here that's for sure - and the marina facilities are first rate. There's a couple of food & drink shops, chandlers merchant, a host of cafes & restaurants and even shower facilities. We stopped here a couple of times on our treks along the Psaladi seafront, but only for drinks. The food looked good, and a decent price, but we were never there at a suitable time.
Favorite Dish: Frappes