Kardamena is known for its nightlife scene, but it's equally as thriving as a restaurant hub, with eateries serving up local delicacies typical of Greece holidays. The harbour area is where you'll find the city's best places to stop and eat. Their outdoor seating areas mean you can watch the waves lap up on Kardamena's beach while you indulge in delectable portions of Greek cuisine. A few minutes' walk away from the waterfront is Bar Street, a touristy area where they cater for all types of pallets.
This family-run restaurant serves up massive portions at affordable prices. Situated on the main road, it's easy to spot and a common place for tourists and locals to dine. Some of the most popular dishes are ribs, calamari, fried fish and mixed grills of flavourful meats from the barbecue.
Greeks love their meat dishes but vegetarians and vegans will be happy to hear that Pegalos restaurant has a variety of dishes catered towards non-meat eaters like hummus and dolmades – vine leaves stuffed with flavoured rice. There's lots of variety on the menu though, and you'll also find dishes like lamb chops, meatballs and pork fillet.
It's always time for romance in The Garden restaurant. This atmospheric Greek taverna has a gorgeous outside seating area, with trees wrapped in fairy lights popping through the floor and traditional stone walls. Serving up all sorts of delicious items here, a must try are the fruity cocktails and chocolate dream waffle for dessert.
This authentic Greek restaurant is big on flavour and scrummy seafood. Their grilled octopus is a favourite as well as the shrimp and mussels. If you're not big on seafood they do a mean steak with pepper sauce and chicken souvlaki.
Avli Restaurant is located in an old stone house right in the centre of Kardamena. With an open-air courtyard surrounded by flowers and foliage, it's an intimate spot for a special occasion or romantic meeting during holidays to Kos. Their mezze is incredible with never-ending items appearing, all cooked to perfection.
You can enjoy stunning views over the Aegean Sea as you try some of the Captain's specialities like swordfish sizzle, pork belly and moussaka. Dishes come out still sizzling from the grill and in generous portions. For those with a more subdued pallet there's pasta and pizzas on the menu.
For a quick bite to eat pop into Tasty Corner. This little restaurant serves takeaway items as well as sit-down meals including gyros and burgers. Their baguettes are cooked fresh that day and there are loads of fillings to choose from.
Directly on the seafront, Anna's Restaurant boasts one of the most idyllic locations in Kardamena. You can gaze on the moon floating over the water as you enjoy your leisurely meal, or stop in for the morning and try a full English breakfast. Or you can just enjoy the sunshine and have a cold drink on one of their sunbeds.
This traditional Greek restaurant is known all over Kardamena for its fantastic mezze selection. Meatballs, baked feta, octopus and vine leaves all arrive on beautifully presented dishes, you might even be lucky enough to get a complimentary ouzo before you leave.
Hella's Family Restaurant cooks exceptional home-cooked food with a distinctively Greek feel. Their three-course traditional Greek menu has all of your favourites including moussaka and souvlaki as well as pizzas topped with fresh local ingredients. You'll be missing out if you don't try some of the house wine before you leave.