Kos' capital city Kos Town has over 150 different places to stop and eat, including cafes, traditional Greek tavernas, bars and international restaurants. Most of the top restaurants in Kos Town are authentic Greek establishments but many of them serve a vast menu catering towards visitors as well as locals. Choose from the kind of local cuisine you'd expect to find on Greece holidays, right up to British, Italian, Vietnamese and Mediterranean meals. Here's a list of some of Kos Town's best restaurants to help you choose where to eat.
This seasonal Kos Town restaurant is open May to October and serves up traditional Greek delights like stuffed squash flowers, Greek salad and lamb chops. Ambavris is a 10-minute walk outside of the city centre, but well worth the effort when you see the spreads of mezze on offer including cheese balls, garlic bread, olives, and dolmades – a stuffed vegetable dish.
Located opposite the Hotel Afendoulis is this cafe serving up quick bites to eat. Some of the most popular dishes here are their meat grills and gyros – a Greek fast-food dish similar to a kebab, consisting of chicken or pork wrapped in pitta bread and served with salad and chips.
Pote Tin Kyriaki is a traditional ouzeri restaurant, meaning it serves smaller mezze style dishes and finger foods. The menus here are written out in Greek and English and nattily put into old school text books for you to skim through. The fried shrimps, mussels and gavros monastiriaki - Cretan Monk Salad - are in high demand at this restaurant and come highly recommended for those considering holidays to Kos.
Off the traditional tourist route is this Greek and American fusion restaurant. Signature specials include the Broadway Salad, and their fantastic varieties of burgers and pasta. This restaurant is frequently visited by the locals, so you know it has to be good.
You'll have to walk down through the alleys of Kos Town's old city to find this hidden gem. La Prima is a family run restaurant serving traditional Greek cuisine full of colour and flavour. Their seafood is especially delicious including the mussels, squid and octopus.
Elia's outside garden is a great place to spend your afternoon or evening, soaking up the warm atmosphere and trying their fried feta or pork, chicken and lamb souvlaki. The building itself is a beautiful stone architectural wonder which transports you back to Greece's golden age. A must try is their homemade bread, which comes included with mezze dishes.
This seafood restaurant overlooks the sea and marina where you can watch ferries come and go between Kos and Athens. The seafood here is fresh from the coast here and you can choose from a variety of menu options including garlic shrimp, grilled octopus, stuffed calamari, salmon, seabass and swordfish.
The Caravan Restaurant serves up large portions in its cosy family restaurant. With exceptional service, you'll be greeted and served by the owner of the establishment and offered some of their house wine. This restaurant serves authentic Greek cuisine like tzatziki starters, aubergine salad and meat souvlakis.
Right by the seaside you can sit out on the restaurant's sunloungers or inside in its atmospheric restaurant. This place is usually pretty busy so arrive early to avoid disappointment. There's plenty of choice here when it comes to menu items, and children will enjoy the range of classic dishes like pizza and spaghetti.
Taverna Mike is always buzzing with tourists and locals. This family-friendly restaurant is quick when it comes to bringing out meals. Shrimp and brie cooked in a tomato sauce is the most popular dish, along with the crispy calamari, red snapper and swordfish. There's also pizza and omelettes for those less adventurous.