A guide to the best restaurants in Molyvos

As the tourism capital for Lesvos holidays, Molyvos – also known as Mithymna – has no shortage of fantastic restaurants throughout the town. From the imposing Castle of Mithymna at the town’s summit, all the way down its slopes to one of the most picturesque shorelines in the whole of GreeceMolyvos is jam-packed with welcoming tavernas and restaurants serving up exquisite dishes to suit all tastes. You might like to start your search with one of these suggestions, so you can plan your culinary Greek island holiday adventures.

Meat and veggie food in the courtyard at Tropicana

From the excellent traditional Greek fare on offer to the picturesque outdoor courtyard shaded by the limbs of a mighty tree, this lovely taverna is a great choice for lunch or dinner. An added bonus is the fact they cater to vegetarians, offering a fantastic selection of meat-free dishes.

Modern Greek with interesting twists at Vafios Taverna

A short taxi ride away from Molyvos town centre you’ll find Vafios Taverna, combining the know-how of years of hands-on experience in the kitchen with a flair for the modern. The prices might be slightly higher than some other locales in town, but the unique twist added to each dish more than compensates for the extra outlay.

Fresh fish by the harbour at Kismet

Kismet’s advantageous location right on the harbour allows its patrons fantastic views of the bay, and its owners access to the freshest fish and seafood to be had in the region. The portions are sizeable and if you find yourself on holidays to Lesvos with any doubt about what to order, the amiable staff will be more than happy to help.

Greek music by the sea at Le Grand Bleu

As another restaurant on the wharf, Le Grand Bleu offers the same advantages as its competitors, but with one special selling point – the live traditional bouzouki music which provides the perfect soundtrack to your meal. Excellent seafood dishes are accompanied by exemplary service for a memorable dining experience.

Everything authentically Italian at Galliano

Though this pizzeria is owned and managed by an Englishman on a Greek island, its dishes couldn’t be more authentically Italian. From the beef carpaccio starters to the homemade tiramisu, every dish is lovingly prepared and efficiently served. It’s the stand-out Italian in town.

It's all in the detail at Sansibal Restaurant

The slight increase in expense on the menu is more than matched by a clear step up in terms of ambience, presentation and service at Sansibal. Small touches such as linen tablecloths and chilled ice buckets add that little bit of finesse to a gastronomy that is already out of this world. We recommended Sansibal for a romantic evening meal.

Marina side dining and sunset views at The Captain's Table

As the name suggests, this restaurant enjoys pride of place right by the marina, making it the ideal spot to watch the sun go down as you tuck into a freshly prepared seafood extravaganza or succulent set of lamb chops. Service here is second to none.

Go for the octopus at The Octapus

Generous portions of reasonably priced seafood dishes are dished up right on the waterfront at Octapus. If in doubt about what to order, you can’t go wrong with the eponymous octopus, always fresh off the boat and cooked to perfection.

Something for everyone in your group at Mistral

Another of the port restaurants clamouring for attention, Mistral complements its stunning panoramas and delectable fruits of the sea with a large and varied menu incorporating many international elements. For a large party with differing tastes, Mistral could provide the diversity to satisfy all.

Gyros and other comforts at Friends

Sometimes you just need a generous helping of delicious comfort food delivered with a smile. Friends not only lives up to its name as one of the most amiable and welcoming restaurants in Molyvos, they also boast perhaps the finest gyros kebabs you’re likely to eat in the whole of Greece.