TO KAMAPIKO opened in 2008, but although it is a new restaurant it is located in a traditional old Lindian house and the tranformation has been really well done. For those who know Lindos it is above and behind what was the old Omega Supermarket.
There are lots of small dining areas, indoors and out, and the tables are on 3 levels. Those on the roof have a fantastic view of the Acropolis. Those downstairs open onto a little courtyard with a water feature.
It has the feeling of a real family run business, with two brothers and their wives running the restaurant, their parents running the shop out front and their sons helping out when it is busy.
The menu is proper, traditional Greek food and some of the dishes on the menu are unique to the restaurant. The head waiter speaks good English and is happy to explain what the different dishes are. He will also advise on which of the mezes go well together and which do not. And if it is not too busy the chef will come around and ask how you enjoyed your meal.
We are regular visitors to Rhodes and over our 20 years we have tried a lot of restaurants - both in Lindos and in the villages/resorts nearby. We would totally recommend this taverna to anyone who is looking for a meal in Lindos that is a bit special. The food is absolutely superb!
Favorite Dish: It is mpossible to pick out one favorite dish! For us, the best meals in any Greek restaurant are usually a selection of salads and mezes. The traditional village salad here is delicious with a hard, crunchy bread that we have only previously eaten when dining with our Greek friends in their homes. The mussels with blue cheese are wonderful. And the feta with filo pastry, honey and sesame seeds is to die for!
What can I say about Sinatras other than I love this place. As with many other restaurants in Lindos they have a rooftop area and you get great views of the Acropolix and the rest of the town.
We have never had a bad meal there and it's pretty evident why. All you need to see is the menu and compare this to almost any other restaurant in the town. There are at max about 12 choices for starters, mains and about 6 desserts - with a couple of specials that change weekly (not like other places which change daily to get rid of what wasn't sold the day before!). Every other restaurant has hundreds of items on the menu - and there can be no way you can get fresh quality ingredients and quality cooking on that size of menu.
The waiting staff are fantastic Kara the daughter of Peggy one of teh owners cares so much that you have a great experience but not overbearing at all, then there's Labroni - a Greek - who must be seen to be belived - friendly and fun are the best descriptions.
The food is cooked by the the other owner, Mike, Peggy's husband, and is spot on every time.
All this and Sinatra, the Rat Pack and others playing in the background make this a special, special place.
Above all what sets this apart (and is a strange thing for me to say as someone who will always try to not eat their greens!) are the vegetables. They taste great and have got texture - everywhere else we have been without exception serve mushy overcooked (or frozen) veg - here they are great. The roast potatoes and cabbage are simply esquisite.
Favorite Dish: I don't like seafood (even though it looks great) so my choices have got to be:
Parma Ham and Mozerella Parcels
Beautifullly cooked with the Parma ham just gone crispy on a bed of salad.
Halloumi and Courgette Fritters
A nice light starter mixing to of my favourte ingrediants.
A large breast of chicken wrapped in Parma Ham
Beef Steak Whisky Strips
Steak marinated in whisky and served with a lovely sauce and rice
I like teh Starwberry Cheesecake and there was a special of Warm Rice Pudding while we we there last which was fantastic...but the winner by a mile is the best dessert in Lindos...the CHOCOLATE BROWNIE with Ice Cream. Simply stunning, it is rich but not too rich and you don't even need to chew - it just melts in the mouth...can't wait to have another one next year!
Pefki has about a dozen or so large eateries. Eating outside is the order of the day, out in the sea breeze, under the stars, next to a fountain.
I recall Artemis being quite stylish and inviting, but the food was only average and looking back it was one of the more expensive establishments.
By comparison the Hellas Garden was far better and surprisingly good value despite the fact the waiters take your order on high tech handheld computers. They have an expansive Mediterranean menu, from pasta to pizza plus all the Greek specialties.
Favorite Dish: At the Hellas Garden we had a lovely selection of olives, hummus and pitta bread to start followed by pizza, chicken and lamb dishes all washed down by huge steins of Mythos lager. Christian raved about his stewed lamb in a pot with bacon and vine leaves. The meat dishes came with rice, potatoes and carrots on the side. Altogether we paid 39 euros for the best meal we had in Pefki.
The town also has a superb bakery and food shop at the top of the hill, called Tsambikas. It's a great spot when you have a sweet tooth or want something for your breakfast the next morning. I'm sure the calories you burn to reach it are equal to a big slab of halva. They have a restaurant upstairs and I bet the view at night from the balcony is superb.
You'll see quite a few shops for the tourists selling a mix of cheap booze, basic groceries, beach gear and souvenirs. The best one overall is the one across from the Summer Memories aparthotel. They have a better than average food selection, including fresh bread and produce, plus an amazing selection of beer and spirits.
Speaking of spirits...when buying ouzo stick to the large bottles. The small tourist versions in fancy bottles do not contain proper ouzo, because they know you are buying these as gifts to take back home, by which time it's too late to notice.
You don't come here for the food, let's face it. No, it's the live bouzouki music that draws you off the street (if you're into that kind of thing).
Two thousand years of poetry and philosophy and the Greeks have yet to move beyond a song that goes 'plinka plinka plinka'. And so it goes, never ending when you'd think. Or hope.
But it was fun watching the dancing and listening to the band (three brothers, with a drummer aged 10 or so) and as the evening progressed the dances got more elaborate. Tabletops were stomped on, legs were kicked high and at one point the stone floor was set alight with liquid paraffin. Be warned, they encourage a lot of audience participation, so when the waiter started spinning tables with his teeth we paid the bill and quick.
Favorite Dish: The 'ham' with melon for my starter was mechanilly recovered lunchmeat, but apparently the prawns were nice.
We went for the three course set menu for 8 euros. It was truck stop food which went down better because of the live entertainment.
Ok so Oct 2006 we were staying in nearby Lardos so took the opportunity of coming here for an evening meal and to enjoy the rooftop views. We stumbled across this place with its high rise Taverna with views right across to the acropolis - can't desribe how to find it as in Lindos you simply have to explore and get lost in its alleyways. Climb up 3 levels to the rooftop and enjoy the view.
Favorite Dish: We had one of the best greek plates in here - mixed hot greek specialites, the moussaka was one of the creamiest ever. If really hungry have one of the set priced mezzes - they looked huge but I doubt if even I could have managed to eat it all! The Backlava and ice-cream was also delicious. Wish I had taken a pic - was so lazy this hol!
A wonderful meal in great surroundings.
This is definitely the best restaurant in Lindos, excellent food, specialities, a old converted Lindian house, lovely family who run it, very friendly, excellent service. Kalypso is situated down a little side alley just of the main street (if you can call it a main street lol) in Lindos.
This was an ideal spot in Lindos for a coffee and snack. The cool interior has a classy decor with simple wooden furniture and they were playing ragtime jazz when we visited. It felt more like a French or Italian bistro.
If you're lucky you may score one of the two small tables on the porch out front overlooking the shady square.
The waiters were welcoming and friendly. It was a welcome change to the bland, overpriced food dished up by disinterested staff charging ridiculous prices that you find is so often the case in these tourist towns!
Favorite Dish: We had drinks, toasted sandwiches and chips (French fries) for about 5 euros each. A bargain!
Most of the restaurants in Lindos have rooftop terraces and it's a great way to sit and enjoy the view. At night you can escape the hot, crowded alleyways and dine under the stars with the floodlit acropolis looking over your shoulder.
One problem with these places is that from the street you have no idea how busy it is. When we decided on this particular establishment the hostess was keen to sit us in one particular corner ('for the best view' she said). On sitting down I noticed we just happened to be in view of passersby from the street below.
Favorite Dish: A step above Zorbas in Pefki, but still not entirely freshly prepared.
The beer was cheap enough though and our meal came with a basket of bread. And I wasn't sure if this is traditional Greek hospitality, but at the end of the meal we were given shots of ouzo, I think to keep us sat there that bit longer!
Many restaurants have roof top gardens with great views over Lindos. The Lindian House Bar had one but the waiter suggested it was to hot to sit in the sun up there with no shade - we just popped up for the view. Would have been nice to come up here later in the day when it was a bit cooler or for an evening and enjoy the view over Lindos and the acropolis more at night time.
Many of the Captains Houses are now converted into restaurants and bars and make a great place to enjoy some refreshments. We enjoyed a lunch in one simply called Lindian House Bar - pretty much in the cenre of the village. As well as enjoying the architecture in the coutyard garden here the pizzas were really good, freshly cooked. Toilet facilities were excellent too.
This is one of the places beside the smaller beach. Like I said, less space to sit out, but you don't have so far to take stuff back to your own spot, they're literally spitting distance from the beach.
There are several tavernas at the back of both of the beaches in Lindos bay. The ones behind the larger beach have more of an outdoor aspect to them, space is a bit of a premium at the smaller beach.
Favorite Dish: They do the usual Greek specialities, pizza, sandwiches and snacks as well as drinks of course. Prices as you'd expect and not much to choose between any of them. Whichever is nearest your sunbed!
Another rooftop bar/restaurant (there are so many to choose in Lindos). This one was directly opposite Ceasar's (above) when you are on the roof. At ground level they're a couple of streets apart. No pool here, but great views and a great relaxed feel. Oh, and great food!
Favorite Dish: We both took Veggie Moussaka, which was totally delicious!
Lovely bar/restaurant set right below the Acropolis. It has plenty of seating both inside and out - and even outside is on several levels. There's a pool in the highest level furthest towards the back - right beneath the Acropolis itself. We didn't go in the pool, nor did we see anyone in there, but the sign said we were welcome to use it. Dunno where you get changed though ;-)