I ate my heart out in Greece, the food was better than I expected. There is a widespread Italian influence in Greece, and often times they’ll refer to a particular restaurant cuisine as Greek/Mediterranean, this to me translates to Greek/Italian... in other words, if it isn't Greek, there is some Italian influence. In a way it worked out since I’m a huge fan of Italian food and it is familiar. Now although I’m not a fan of Feta Cheese or Goat Cheese, this didn’t hold me back from enjoying Greek cuisine since many items don’t contain either cheese. There is a variety of non-vegetarian items, but also an abundance of vegetarian food. In Mykonos, I played it safe and didn’t experiment much with food, nonetheless in Santorini I stepped up my game a little. Out of all the places I dined at in Mykonos, Karavaki Restaurant was easily my favorite restaurant, and also my favorite restaurant on the entire trip. Enjoy!
1. Karavaki Restaurant @ Vencia Boutique Hotel (dinner)
A romantic meal at sunset. The best meal in Mykonos! The best meal on the entire trip!
Tequila Sunrise & Mojito - both drinks were excellent and very well made.
Complimentary Chicken Phyllo Pie - outstanding dish. The chicken was tender and so flavorful, and the phyllo dough so flaky. The perfect combo!
Orzo Pasta w/Shrimp cooked in a velour lobster and truffle sauce. My husband’s dish was loaded with a ton of flavor, this dish was outstanding.
Papardelle w/Chicken Porcini Mushrooms and Parmesan - my dish. I love mushrooms and anything in a cream sauce, so this dish was a real winner. Also outstanding!
Complimentary Lemon Pie - although we were full, the folks at Karavaki were gracious enough to give us a complimentary Lemon Pie. Light and flavorful.
And since we were staying at the Vencia Boutique Hotel, we ended up dining at Karavaki two more times. Other times we ordered Wine/Mojito, Bread Basket w/Olives & Tzatziki, Spinach Ravioli and Margherita Pizza – both dishes were excellent, especially the pizza.
LOCATION: Agios Elefterios - Mykonos Town, 84600, Mykonos, Greece
CUISINE: Greek/Mediterranean (strong Italian influence)
VERDICT: 5 / 5
I believe I have high standards when it comes to food, and I rarely hand out a perfect 5 score unless it is well-deserved, but Karavaki hit the nail on the head with every single dish. The service at Karavaki is slow, but the service is generally slow all over the Greek Islands, and thus I cannot fault them for it. Having said that, the service here is friendly and the waiters are helpful. Karavaki is one of the best places to see the sunset in Mykonos, however the restaurant does get booked pretty fast so make reservations ahead of time. Just a tip - I requested the “sunset table” prior to visiting which offers the best view. Overall, the best restaurant we ate at in Mykonos and the best restaurant on the entire trip. Outstanding!!!
Food: Outstanding | Drinks: Excellent | Décor: Romantic/Sunset | Service: Good (friendly) | Value: Excellent
2. Antonini's (lunch)
Greek Tavern with traditional Greek food and Greek music. Just lovely.
Drinks + Complimentary Bread.
Stuffed Tomatoes are quite popular on the Greek Islands because Santorini is a producer of tomatoes. This dish was good, but not amazing, the filling (rice) could have used more salt and seasoned a bit better. Now the potatoes were another story, so delicious and drenched in EVOO + Oregano, I honestly can’t think of a better combo!
My husband went for the Chicken Souvlaki, he ordered this dish at almost every single restaurant we ate at. His dish was amazing... loved all the flavors... chicken, pita, red onions, tomatoes, tzatziki, fries... a generous portion.
Baklava in Greece tastes different than it does here in the United States, I guess my taste buds are more American than I thought, and unfortunately I wasn't a fan of the Baklava at Antonini's, it had a unique aftertaste. Perhaps you will have better luck.
LOCATION: Main Square - Mykonos Town, 84600, Mykonos, Cyclades
VERDICT: 3.5 / 5
Our very first meal in Mykonos Town at a Greek Tavern. The food here is good, but I probably should have ordered something better, such as, Moussaka or Pasticcio, something tells me they both would have been amazing at Antonini's. A good option to consider if you happen to be in the main square by the Port.
Food: Good | Drinks: n/a | Décor: Casual/Relaxed | Service: Good | Value: Excellent
3. Veranda (drinks @ sunset)
Located in Little Venice, come here for drinks during sunset, the views are splendid.
At Veranda, my husband went for the Black Margherita made with Blue Caracao, Tequila and Margarita Mix. His drink was pretty strong for my liking, but he loved it.
I went for an Illusion made with Rum, Vodka, Cointreau, Melon Liqueur, and Pineapple juice. OMG... SO GOOD! Easily one of the best drinks I've ever had in my life, it was like drinking juice.
LOCATION: Little Venice – Mykonos Town, 84600, Mykonos, Greece
CUISINE: Cocktail Bar
VERDICT: 5 / 5
Sunset at Little Venice is amazing, and the best way to watch it is to grab a drink at one of the Cocktail Bars along the Little Venice Beach. I really don't think you can go wrong with the drinks at Veranda, they are all amazing. Our waiter was super nice and took the time to explain all the drinks to me since I wanted something light and fruity after a highly intoxicating night. The drinks here are on the higher end at 13 Euros each, but you really are paying for the view as most places around Little Venice will charge roughly the same price. Good drinks, but very overpriced! Regardless, perfection!
Food: n/a | Drinks: Excellent | Décor: Romantic/Sunset | Service: Good | Value: Average (overpriced)
4. Obeaiethpion Onontoe (late night)
Greek shack with good & cheap gyros.
My husband and I ate Chicken Gyros at this shack – I am unsure of how the name is pronounced in Greek. Now although the gyro was good, it wasn't juicy enough, it probably needed more tzatziki sauce or lemon or EVOO. Doesn't it look dry to you? A side of fries were delicious.
LOCATION: Tria Pigadia –Mykonos Town, 84600, Mykonos, Greece
VERDICT: 3.5 / 5
Perhaps I was expecting a lot, but I was expecting amazing gyros in Greece. This place is one to consider if you wanna eat a good gyro that is above average, but I can't say it's the best gyro you'll ever eat. They have souvlakis too, looking back I should have opted for a souvlaki instead.
Food: Good | Drinks: n/a | Décor: Casual | Service: Self-Service | Value: Excellent
5. Central (coffee/snacks)
Located up on the hill in Mykonos Town, a good snack bar with gorgeous views.
Cucumber Olive Sandwich - the sandwich was excellent made with olives, cucumbers, tomatoes, EVOO, oregano. I did however substitute feta cheese for mozzarella as I'm not a fan of feta.
Banana Orange Apricot Smoothie - thick and delicious!
LOCATION: Argirena - Mykonos, 84600, Mykonos, Greece, (near Blue Ginger)
VERDICT: 4 / 5
This place is a good coffee/snack hangout when you are in the mood for something, but not a meal. I believe the cappuccinos here would be amazing, and the views are even better.
Food: Very Good | Drinks: Good | Décor: Casual/Stunning Views | Service: Good | Value: Excellent
6. Bakalo (late night)
Good food, but unfortunately they ran out of the items we wanted.
House Wine + complimentary appetizer which included bread and hummus-like items, one made with olives and the other made with roasted peppers & Greek Yogurt. Both tasty.
Bakalomezes – a sampler at Bakalo which included the following dip flavors… eggplant, hummus, tzatziki, roasted peppers + feta, and a fish flavor. I disliked the latter 2, but the eggplant and tzatziki were out of this world.
Amorgiana Dolmadakia – stuffed vine leaves which were tasty, loved the combo of EVOO + Mint.
LOCATION: Lakka - Mykonos Town, 84600, Mykonos, Greece
MENU: Bakalo Menu
VERDICT: 3.5 / 5
Unfortunately, both my husband and I were so hungry, but since it was late, they were out of Chicken Souvlaki and Fried Fish Cod, and so we had to settle for tapas style food due to the lack of chicken/fish options. Overall, the dips were good, but some of them had strong doses of feta which was too much for me to handle. Also, this place is quite overpriced for what you are getting, for example, the vine leaves were 9 Euros and the mezes were 14 Euros. At the end, if it’s not amazing food, then the cost really isn’t justified. Due to its high ratings though, I’d consider dining here again earlier and try dishes I’d actually wanna eat.
Food: Good/Average | Drinks: Good | Décor: Casual/Romantic | Service: Very Good (friendly) | Value: Average (overpriced)
7. Lakka Café Bar (drinks)
Cocktail Bar hangout.
Apple Martini + Classic Mojito – both drinks were very good.
LOCATION: Lakka - Mykonos Town, 84600, Mykonos, Greece
VERDICT: 4 / 5
At 10 Euros per drink, this is typical of Mykonos Town. The drinks were good, and so was the ambience.
Food: n/a | Drinks: Excellent | Décor: Casual/Romantic | Service: Very Good (friendly) | Value: Good (standard)
TELL ME: Have you been to Mykonos? If so, what’s your favorite place in town?
This post is great! Can't wait to go, I have made a list of all the restaurants here and will surely be visiting them often. We have booked 10 night break! The only thing I won't get to try is the martinis and mojitos 🙁
Haha.. I highly recommend Karavaki - it was amazing food with spectacular sunsets. Awwww.. it's ok, you can drink wine or coffee. 🙂
Parita @ myinnershakti says
NNNNNN - you are not helping my desire to get of the states and travel the world!! Each and every one of your meals looks divine.
Awww.. sorry P, Greece is so beautiful, it's definitely worth a visit before the economic problems worsen. I wanna travel the world too, but after Greece I've calmed down.
When I finally visit Greece I think I'll come back 10 pounds heavier...everything looks delicious. I'm glad that they don't use too much cheese though, because as much as I love it, my skin does not!
The lighting in all of these restaurants makes everything even more appealing. What a beautiful place.
Great recap! Have a nice weekend Nisha. Looking forward to next Friday!
Nooo.. Ameena you are blessed with thin genes, but there is so much walking too, it'll all even out. Yeah, not everything has cheese which is nice. It's a beautiful place. See you soon.
I have been waiting for you to come back and now I have to catch up! I always wanted to visit Greece but even more so after all your posts. Feta is not my favorite cheese either, so I'm happy they had plenty of options for you to substitute with. Everything looks divine, I'm hungry and it's not even 8AM yet! Cheers!
Yeah, me too, just glad I was able to make it happen sooner than later. So glad I'm not the only one who isn't a huge feta fan. It's still a cheese I can handle, but Goat Cheese I loathe. Eeek. Girl, I look at this post and I get hungry after eating. 🙂
What a great post! Eating really is the best part of traveling, isn't it?
Thanks Natasha... eating is the highlight of my trips.
your post is making me hungry! Everything looks great and drinks - I could use some right now. Have a wonderful weekend dear 🙂
Sorry Dixya... you and me both.
Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic says
Ahhh my mouth is watering looking at these gorgeous food pics! Thanks for sharing your Greece adventures!
Thanks Bianca.. it's a lovely place.
Not a feta fan...or goat cheese fan- say whaaaaaaat! Everything thing looks so delicious and even though I'm yet to have breakfast, I suddenly have a huge craving for chicken souvalaki and tzatziki! Besides baklava, what are other popular Greek desserts (trust me to ask ha)?
I know... I think I am one of the few ones... Goat Cheese I loathe, but Feta I can still handle and I ate some in Santorini. Love the Chicken Souvlaki and Tzatziki, so good!!!
Other desserts - Pana Cotta was on some menus, not all, what else? Lemon Pie, Lemon Pound Cake are quite popular. 🙂
Okay now I DEFINITELY want to go to Greece!!
Haha, you'd love it. It's amazing!
Kiran @ KiranTarun.com says
That stuffed tomatoes look so mouth-watering!! I can't imagine anyone screwing up baklava. Oh my.
Yeah, it was good, but not as amazing as I thought. I know... it just had a different taste, I don't know.. my tastebuds are off girl.
It is our sweet. So I guess, Americans screwed it up 😛
what a great detailed post - and all that food.. you make me want to go to Greece!!!
Thanks Archana... it's a fantastic island to visit.
I loved the food at Karavaki restaurant as well! Such amazing surroundings accompanied by great food. I hope to have dinner at Nobu at the Belvedere hotel some day! Also I really enjoyed the sandwiches at Popolo, a nice break from the gyros lunches 🙂