A guide to the best restaurants in Sivota

Situated on the quiet island of Lefkas, Sivota is a destination for those looking for a chilled out Greek island holiday. Alongside its fantastic views, blissful countryside and its beautiful beaches, Sivota is also known for its wide range of restaurants. Seafood features heavily on the menus you’ll see on holidays to Lefkas, as do a wonderful array of traditional home-cooked Greek recipes. From chic, modern decor to more traditional beachside tavernas, it’s easy to feel confident about finding a restaurant in Sivota that’ll become a favourite.

Dining in heaven at The 12 Gods Restaurant

This restaurant’s situation on the harbour allows you to literally touch the water. As a complement to its coastal setting the menu here includes a wide range of freshly caught seafood, from octopus to lobster with stuffed peppers. But, if you would prefer meat, you can always try a hearty stifado – a local culinary classic.

Allergies catered for at the Ionion Taverna

After a busy day sightseeing it’s understandable if all you want to do is sit back and relax. And that’s just what the accommodating team at this family-run restaurant have geared their taverna to allow. You can recline on the veranda and look out over the water while sampling some of the Ionian Taverna’s great local delicacies. The chef can also prepare gluten free meals for those with allergies or dietary concerns.

Simple snacks at Yianna's Family snack bar and restaurant

If you’re looking for something simple but tasty then this family-friendly cafe and restaurant will fit the bill. Its specialities are not only traditional Greek cuisine, but also generously-topped and well-cooked pizzas, plus Mediterranean salads too.

Local cuisine and wine at Taverna Stavros

There is nothing better than a few glasses of locally-produced wine and a dish of fried calamari to end your day. Head over to harbourside Taverna Stavros and they’ll be pleased to serve up both. This eatery provides stunning views at night, too, looking out as it does on the lights shining from yachts bobbing in the bay. You can sit outside on the decking or on one of the upper floors to relish in the warm evening air.

Traditional decor at the Old Store restaurant

This restaurant is an old olive oil workshop and has kept its charm owed in no small part to its original wooden flooring and furniture to match. Another draw for hungry visitors on Lefkas holidays is the fact the food is all locally sourced. The restaurant has beautiful views of the harbour, which can get crowded when the Ionian Regatta comes into port for one day every September.

Moor up next to the Trehantiri restaurant

When you moor a boat in Sivota harbour it’s possible to step off the deck and walk straight into the Trehantiri restaurant. Whether you’re after a succulent fresh fish dish or a simple salad, your hunger will be satisfied here.

European menu at the Sivota Bakery Cafe

This small, friendly cafe has dishes to suit all tastes. They have a wide variety of European snacks and filling meals, be it a crepe, pizza or even a local Greek delicacy. Views from the windows are stunning and there is wheelchair access so everyone can sit outside and soak up the sun.

Traditional Greek cooking at The Spiridoula taverna

You can enjoy a plate of grilled sardines or a succulent beef stifado while sitting on the veranda of this idyllic bar and restaurant on the harbourfront. Surrounded by flowers and offering amazing views over the bay, you might want to take your time here.

Atmospheric charm at Odysseia Tavern

This beautiful restaurant located near the seafront has an impressively extensive menu. They create imaginative dishes around seafood freshly caught by local fishermen, plus they also serve a mean beef stifado. The restaurant’s doors are open from dawn to dusk, serving everything from a pick-me-up breakfast to evening snacks, or just a glass of local wine.

Hidden delights at Castelio restaurant

Most restaurants on the seafront can’t be missed, but take a walk to the far end of the Sivota promenade and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by this hidden gem of a restaurant. Serving simple local dishes and some of the region’s best wines, Castelio’s pretty decoration contributes to an all-round dining package that’s hard to beat. This family-run eatery is an excellent place to relax at the end of the day.