A guide to food and drink in Rhodes
Greek cuisine has been developed over thousands of years and has reached new levels of splendour on the island of Rhodes. Traditional Greek food can be found in abundance, with ingredients sourced locally, from organic fruits and vegetables to locally reared meats, and fish from the Aegean Sea. The attention to detail that comes from generations of homegrown recipes being passed down the ages makes the tasty food you find here even more special.
Exploring Rhodes' delicacies
Mezze is one of the most popular dishes on the menu across Rhodes. This main meal arrives as a set of appetizers that you can share between friends and family. Usually mezze starts off with Greek salad, garlic bread and tzatziki with pita breads. You can choose from a fish or meat selection, though rarely do locals mix the two. Meat mezze includes lamb or goat ribs, keftedakia – meatballs – and fried liver. Fish mezzes serve fried octopus, shrimp and sardine dishes.
Ocean treasures by Stegna Kozas, Stegna
It’s all about the seafood here at Stegna Kozas. With ingredients pulled fresh from the sea you’ll get nothing but the best quality at this seafood taverna. Try some of its exceptional dishes such as the lobster spaghetti, fish soup, fried calamari or mussels, and make sure you ask your waiter for a good wine recommendation to match your selection. They definitely know their stuff here as far as tipples go.
Authentic homemade cuisine at Tamam, Rhodes Town
This popular Greek taverna serves up some of the most delicious homemade dishes on the island. It may be small in stature but the flavours to be experienced here during your holidays to Greece are plentiful. Some of the most popular items on the menu include the shrimps cooked in an ouzo sauce, and pork marinated and baked in wine. Don’t leave the restaurant without trying some of its own homemade ice cream, which features in every flavour you could imagine.
Views to match the food at Melenos Lindos, Lindos
This well-known restaurant is located in an upmarket hotel, cooking up Greek food with a modern twist. It’s not far from the Acropolis of Rhodes and you can get some great views from your table. The chefs at Melenos Lindos restaurant love their seafood, but you’ll also find meat dishes and traditional Greek recipes on the menu.
Music and moreishness at Mousikorama, Faliraki
Musical instruments hang on the wall in this cool miniature eatery, making for an interior that truly has a tale to tell in every corner. Mezze style dishes are the most common menu choice and any item you get should be paired with Rhodes’ local Greek wines, either sweet or dry. You can expect plenty in the way of smiles and warm welcomes here, as it’s a veritable melting pot of holidaymakers and local folks looking to while away their evenings on Rhodes holidays, over good food and sublime music.
Twenty-first century treats at Kerasma Restaurant, Rhodes Town
Greek food has been turned on its head in this modern restaurant. The traditional Greek menu has incorporated some inventive additions like the popular apaki mushroom smoked pork with truffle oil. Mezze is also a big crowd pleaser here, and at Kerasma Restaurant you’ll find several unique appetiser dishes made with spices and local ingredients. The modern interior is what takes this restaurant to the next level though, and you’ll be hard pressed to find a more photogenic place to dine anywhere on the island.