OK - now this is easy, I have been travelling now for about 2 years, I am lucky in that I can workl from anywhere - I got lucky with this restaurant, I stopped over on the island called Leros, Dodecanese - near to Patmos, Samos and Lipsi - a true jewel - decided to have some food - I had Calamari, Tzatziki and some fresh Fish - I have never been made more welcome - or had better food - the fish was verty fresh - maybe a few hours - I have never felt more welcome at Patimenos Taverna, Panteli -
Favorite Dish: Calamari - cooked perfectly - and grilled Octopus - I had some ray fish and some Tzatziki - I have eaten in Greece for a long time - this was very good - evcen the locals reccomend this place I have found out -
Fred and Hannah
Taverna Paradisos is a must if you travel to Leros.This restaurant is runned by Makris Family,in Vromolithos Beach, who are in bussiness for more than 60 years.So..Why you should go to Taverna Paradisos?Well..
You can have your glass of whine and taste the "mezedes" (appetizers) which are delicious,is the only taverna that has a variety of appetizers.You may have your meal next to the sea,listening to the sound of sea and watching this excellent view of the "Red" moon rising up and making red lights on the sea.
Try the special food of Taverna Paradisos such as Paradisos Chicken Souvlaki with cream sauce and mushrooms is one of my favorites.Yumi!If you wanna try the spaggeties,you must try the "Shrimp Spaggeti"(well fried shrimps in ouzo and a LITTLE bit of Tabasco).
Every Friday and Saturday night there is Live Greek Music by the owner of the resaturant and his son.Stamatis is a great bouzouki player and he plays Zorba really Fast!!his fingers are getting burned.
Favorite Dish: Try all Greek Food,especially mousaka!Anna is making a homemade mousaka.She has her grandmas recipe and it's so tasty that you wont stop eating!
Look no more: this was the best restaurant of all the islands that we ran into on our May expedition to Patmos, Leros and Samos. You can find it at the end of the boulevard in Alinda. They love to cook and experiment here and try making and tasting new dishes in their spare time. There is a wide choice on the menu and we tried all sorts of things and returned here for lunch and dinner. We had the chicken salad, the tzaziki with aubergineballs, lamb from the oven, paprika from the oven, ham-cheese rolls in dough, an ovendish with aubergines, tomatoes and cheese, and one with with potatoes and bacon... The housewine is delicious, the music very nice yet not too loud, the view is great, the people are friendly and the food superb.
Favorite Dish: Everything was great
Karama Cafe is one of a host of similar looking cafes located right by the port at Agia Marina.
All of these cafes have tables and chairs outside by the waters edge and practically join together to form one large outdoors cafe.
These cafes do a bustling trade as tourists kill their time while waiting for a hydrofoil to one of Leros' neighbouring islands. However, it isn't just tourists that frequent these cafes.....groups of locals, young and old, also enjoy sitting in the sun by the port witha relaxing drink or a snack.
I stopped here for a quick Coca Cola (330ml can) with ice - (Cost: 1.50 Euros) while waiting for my hydrofoil back to Kos after visiting Leros as a daytrip in May 2006.
A nice relaxing cafe in which to enjoy a drink and a snack while waiting for your boat.
Platanos Cafe is a laid back cafe bar on the edge of Platanos' small village square.
The cafe offers a handful of outdoor tables, sheltered from the sun by umbrellas, with views across the village square of the island's capital. There is also a large interior with dozens more tables.
I sat at an outside table on a quiet afternoon on my daytrip to Leros in May 2006. It seems that most of the island had retired for their early afternoon siesta, the shops around the square had closed and only the occasional moped zipping past broke the peaceful silence.
At a nearby table, a group of elderly local gentlemen were sitting and playing backgammon. They were also engaging in a water fight, which ultimately flooded their backgammon board and brought the game to an abrupt halt! This might not be the usual behaviour of elderly Greek men......but Leros is the island where Greece sent all of its lunatics in the past!
The drinks menu included a short cocktail menu, spirits, bottled beers, a variety of coffees and other hot beverages and soft drinks. You can also treat yourself to fruit, ice cream or one of the tempting sweet pastries on offer!
I just stopped off for a glass of Coca Cola with ice (Cost 1.50 Euros) while relaxing in the sun.
A nice relaxed cafe on the quiet village square of Platanos.
Zorba's Taverna is a traditional taverna located right by the beach in the village of Pantelli.
A host of blue and white wooden tables sit on the open air terrace with superb views out to sea and across to Pantelli's small harbour with it's brightly coloured fishing boats.
I ate here one lunchtime during a daytrip to Leros in May 2006.
The menu contains an impressive selection of locally caught seafood (octopus, squid, prawns and a variety of fish). There is also a large tank at the entrance with live lobsters in it.
As well as seafood, there are a great many traditional Greek dishes on offer (moussaka, beef stifado, pork souvlaki, giouvetsi, meatballs) and other dishes including beef steaks, pork chops, lamb, chicken and pasta dishes.
Available drinks include soft drinks, bottled beers, red and white wines and hot beverages.
Favorite Dish: I opted for:
Spaghetti carbonara - Cost: 5 Euros
A large dish of spaghetti in a creamy sauce with mushrooms and ham and topped with cheese. Served with a nice breadstick (included in the 0.70 Euros cover charge)
Mythos beer (500ml bottle) - Cost: 2 Euros
Coca Cola (330ml can) - Cost: 1.20 Euros
Service was friendly and efficient and the waitress spoke perfect English.
A peaceful setting in which to enjoy a nice meal with fabulous sea views. Highly recommended!
On your way from the bay of Platanos down to Krithoni you will see numerous local tavernas. Some of them are closed and some operate and welcome guests. I won't recommend any of them due to the fact that we only had one lunch there and could not compare. The choice is up to you. Have in mind the fact that Leros is not very popular among tourists so there are no typically tourist bars there and thus the food is better and fresher than in Kos or Rhodes.
This local cafe is placed in the harbour of Platanos. Here you can buy not only coffee, cakes, pastries but also bread crackers and bread. The service is very kind and the prices average and acceptable. It looked like the locals quite often visited the shop.
In the fishing village of Panteli, you'll find Drosia. It's a very small family run taverna right on the beach. The fish is fresh (we saw the owner buying it that morning at the port) and the servie is great. We had dinner here 3 times. It's a great experience, very real and down-home.
Favorite Dish: Tsipoura grilled
Finikas is a great local taverna on Leros. You can sit right on the beach, and enjoy home cooking. The menu is typical Greek taverna fare, but it is so fresh, and tasty. It is family run, which adds to the charm of the place.
Favorite Dish: Everything we had was great. we ate several meals here over a four day period.