As one of the busier towns on the popular holiday island of Lefkas, Nidri boasts an enviable array of restaurants and cafes with gastronomic choices to suit all appetites. The two main thoroughfares in the town run parallel to each other, with the pedestrianised main street offering all manner of international cuisine and the waterfront promenade enjoying the best authentic Greek tavernas.
This traditional Greek restaurant serves a mixture of seafood, Mediterranean cuisine and hearty Greek favourites. It's no surprise it's popular every day of the week. The catch of the day is especially recommended but beware that it's fresh off the boat and comes in limited numbers, so make sure you get your order in early to avoid disappointment.
A typical Greek family affair, Trata is another location that fills up quickly. The small but appetising menu is cooked to perfection by the matriarch of the restaurant, and while the service might be slower as meals are cooked to order, it's well worth the wait. Trata is a strong option for those seeking a truly authentic Greek dining experience.
With an emphasis on Italian cuisine, Pomodoro serves up wood-fired oven pizzas to rival any in the world. What's more, the meal is made extra special by the knowledge and all-round friendliness of the staff. Waiters here remember individual customer's names months or even years after their last visit.
Offering a delicious mishmash of British and Greek cuisine, JD's Bistro is the place to go when you're hankering for a hearty meal. The Sunday breakfast is a particular favourite and the hospitality of owner Jacky keeps customers coming back for more. Plus, only the freshest ingredients are used in every dish.
Though not a place to go for a full meal, De Blanck offers a great place to enjoy a snack and sample one of the gorgeous wines on offer in relaxed surroundings. Free nibbles are provided with every beverage, and while you might find yourself paying more for a glass than in some other Nidri locales, the elegant ambience and quality of the drinks makes visiting well worth your while.
Another fantastic Greek taverna on the promenade, Apollon combines a large and varied menu with beautiful presentation of its food and impeccable service from the waiters – you'll never be left with an empty plate or glass. Slightly smaller portion sizes are compensated by the fantastic quality of the food, and sweets, coffee and a nightcap are offered free of charge.
As the name suggests, there's no menu on offer in Ta Kalamia. Instead, you simply specify to the chef whether you'd prefer meat, fish, shellfish or vegetarian cuisine – and he'll take it from there. Though the idea of handing over your meal choice to a stranger might seem daunting to some eaters, those adventurous enough to try out the concept certainly won't be disappointed.
While Cafe Pyxida might be more of a bar which serves food than a traditional restaurant, it does offer a range of delicious hot snacks, which come in generous portion sizes. With large TVs and accommodating owners, the cafe is the best place in Nidri to watch live sport while grabbing a bite to eat and a drink.
Maistrali is one of the smaller tavernas located on the harbour, but its diminutive size only adds to the rustic charm and hospitable feel of the place. Its unbeatable location is complemented by the warm welcome provided by the owners. And the value for money you get for a delicious, satisfyingly large meal is second to none. The lamb kleftiko comes highly recommended.
Offering a modern twist on the traditional taverna idea, Basilico enjoys an enviable position on the waterfront and a superb team of waiting staff. The large menu never fails to impress, while the value for money is on a par with other restaurants in town. Come for the food and return for the service.