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Culinary Rhodes: where and what to eat

Dodekanese ● Rhodes ● 22 September 2017

Rhodes has been the crossroads of civilisations for centuries, and this fact has led to a gastronomic miracle and a captivating mix of meat and fish dishes with influences from East and West. In Rhodes, this charming island of Dodecanese, you can have an abundant culinary experience in restaurants that are considered among the best in Greece.

In Lindos, don't forget to have dinner in Mavrikos, the restaurant that dates back in 1933 and combines the rich Greek gastronomic tradition and top-quality ingredients. Its menu can be compared with a Michelin-starred restaurant of provincial France. Also in Lindos, Cesar is a gourmet option, whose chef has created a post-modern menu, such as the alternative version of moussaka with ragout, smoked aubergine and cherry tomatoes. Housed in an 19th century olive press, Olive Street offers Mediterranean cuisine with Peruvian influences. Tuna tartar and the lamb shanks marinated in brine for 24 hours are a must.


In Rhodes Town, Marco Polo offers a Mediterranean menu comprised of dishes, such as trachanotto with sea bream and garlic or drum fish with spinach, capers and fava gnocchi. Also in Rhodes Town, one of the best fish and seafood restaurants is Alexis 4 Seasons, which is housed in a medieval building with three gardens and a terrace with a stunning view of the port and the Old Town. If you like oysters, Grikos offers the widest selection of shellfish dishes in Rhodes.

Exquisite are also the rural taverns of Rhodes in its beautiful villages. In Profylia, Limeri tou Listi is equipped with a wood-fired oven that creates delicious dishes, while Artemida in Psinthos prepares tasteful meat dishes, such as goat with chickpeas baked overnight. Rustic dishes with local ingredients are standout choices at Paraga in Apollona, which offers a breathtaking view of Mount Attavyros.

If you want to taste Italian cuisine, Rhodes is an ideal island as a result of the Italian rule over the Dodecanese islands from 1912 to 1944. In Lindos, Broccolino is run by two Italians, who offer authentic Italian dishes in a charming outdoor space. Near Kallithea beach, Makkaroni is reminiscent of a typical Neapolitan trattoria, while in Rhodes Town, Margherita Pizza Artigianale creates pizza with dough made with Italian flour.

The local products of Rhodes include melekouni (sesame and honey bar), delicious local cheeses and high quality olive oil. In Rhodes Town, you can find many local shops where you can buy as souvenir tasteful products at affordable prices. Apolloniatisses, the rural women's cooperative of Apollona village, which has also a shop in Rhodes Town, is a great choice.

Where to Stay

Hotel in Rhodes, Greece Star Hotel
Star Hotel
129, Lazarou Tiliakou Str., 85100 Rhodes, Greece

The family-run Star Hotel is located on the outskirts of Rhodes Town, just 10 minutes walk from Zefyros Beach and 15 minutes walk from the centre of the scenic Old Town of Rhodes. The main port of the island is at 1.8 km. Rhodes International Airport "Diagoras" is 16 km away.

Hotel & Studio in Rhodes, Greece Ano Kampos Hotel & Studios
Ano Kampos Hotel & Studios
Ladiko, Faliraki, 85105 Rhodes, Greece

Ano Kampos Hotel & Studios is located southeast of Rhodes town in the area of Ladiko, which is just 1 km from the well-known tourist area of Faliraki. Rhodes Airport is at 18 km, while Rhodes town and the port are 16 km away from the hotel.

Hotel in Rhodes, Greece Congo Hotel
Congo Hotel
Tiliakou 145, Rhodes Town, 85100 Rhodes, Greece

Congo Hotel is located in Rhodes town, only a 5-minute walk from Zephyros beach. Rhodes Port is an 8-minute drive away. Rhodes International Airport is 15.7 km away.