Skala has the best of both worlds – enough traditional charm for plate-smashingly good evenings on Greece holidays, but still touristy enough for when you want a Full English breakfast. The main high street is home to most of the restaurants and cafes, with others scattered down side streets and along the coast. Some of the family-fun restaurants welcome back visitors on holidays to Kefalonia year after year. Others, more cosmopolitan in nature, have cropped up to meet changing local and European tastes.
The Old Village has an extensive menu serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The big breakfasts are particularly popular and we recommend enjoying yours in the quiet and pretty back garden before the heat of the day comes. For dinner, they offer a discount if you're eating early in the evening as well as a complimentary brandy with your bill.
Tucked away on one of Skala's side streets, Galera offers a warm, intimate atmosphere away. This is one of the more expensive restaurants in Skala but the quality shows. The vegetarian moussaka is a delight – possibly even better than the meat variety. Although busier times mean waiting for a table, the cocktails are so good you won't even notice a wait.
Archontiko is a restaurant that splits into a cocktail bar so you can get delicious food with a view followed by a lively night. Try to get there early to ensure a balcony view and to get the best service as once the bar gets going you may find yourself waiting for a table.
This traditional, family-run restaurant prides itself on fresh ingredients and great service. All the food is prepared on site by the owner's mother and sister, while the wines come from local vineyards. For those with a sweet tooth, the lemon pie and cheesecake will satisfy any sugar craving.
Located just off the main street, Ta Pitharia focuses on barcecue food with a wide range of homemade Kefalonian staples as well as traditional Greek cuisine. A popular place, it does get very busy late at night so make sure you get there early on to secure a table and barbecue the night away.
If you find yourself missing old Blighty, Kaliva does a full English to rival even the most patriotic of pallets, and at very reasonable rates. The lamb kleftiko also comes highly recommended and you shouldn't miss the Greek dancing every evening, which involves a bit of plate smashing.
Pines restaurant manages to be both cosmopolitan and traditional in their food and atmosphere, and nothing is too much trouble for the waiting staff. It's seen as one of the more upmarket places to eat in Skala and the price reflects that, but it can definitely be tasted in the food. The Greek mezze meal for two is well worth a try and includes dolmades and saganaki.
Colourful flowers adorn the outside of Mikelatos Family restaurant with a peaceful terrace area where you can relax and people watch the time away. A new chef has rejuvenated the menu, now serving a mixture of traditional Greek cuisine and favourites from all over the world.
Skandinavia is a tourist hotspot because of their shining service and international dishes, meaning you're able to have schnitzel with your Greek salad! Families and young children are more than welcome, although the bar gets extremely busy later in the night. There's a DJ and delicious cocktails available for adults wanting to let their hair down.
Sirocco prides itself on going above and beyond for customers – nothing is too much for this family-run restaurant. Local ingredients go into all their homemade foods, and the meat pies and fish pies are particularly tasty. You can then enjoy cocktails in comfortable surroundings with more excellent service.