Kalamaki has no shortage of tavernas and restaurants and most serve a wide selection of freshly produced, homemade Greek cuisine. To escape the Zante holiday tourist traps and experience something more authentic, step away from the main strip and explore the back streets. If you want to eat like a local, order stifado, moussaka, or stuffed rabbit.
Dine al fresco at this modern Mediterranean restaurant in the heart of Kalamaki. Enjoy classic Greek dishes with a modern twist, accompanied by exquisite Greek wines and signature cocktails. The beautifully presented dishes are served by attentive and personable staff, in beautiful landscaped gardens with water features and subtle lighting.
Providing a fine dining experience in a relaxed and romantic atmosphere, Essence is not the typical restaurant you'd expect to find on a Greek island holiday. Offering an exciting and varied menu that changes according to what is available on the market, owner and head chef Filip hand picks fresh ingredients daily.
You don't need to miss out on sampling the local flavours during cheap holidays to Zante. For a Greek fast food experience, pop into Tazies, centrally located on the main road in Kalamaki. Offering both dine-in, takeaway and delivery options the menu includes freshly made chicken and pork gyros, tasty lamb souvlak, and delicious crepes. The prices are low and the atmosphere is genuine and authentic.
Michaelos is a wonderful family-run taverna with a beautiful outdoor terrace lined with trees and colourful flowers. All food is homemade in the traditional fashion and local favourites such as rabbit stew, lamb kleftiko and freshly-caught sea bream all feature on the extensive menu. While you relax with a carafe of wine you'll congratulate yourself on having picked a winner.
If you've had your fill of Greek-inspired cuisine and are craving your favourite pizza or pasta dish, head down to Buon Amici for some great Italian cuisine. Not only does the restaurant offer gluten-free pizza and pasta dishes, don't leave without trying the house wine and olive oil, both of which the kitchen staff produce themselves.
Located on the bustling main strip of Kalamaki, the large, low-lit patio area at Olive tree is always busy. Presenting a variety of cuisines from different cultures, expect to find an array of traditional, homemade Greek cuisine, Mexican dishes and some Italian thrown in for good measure.
No dragging you in off the street, no televisions and no loud music – you can dine outdoors in the peaceful and picturesque garden or step inside and cool down in the shade of the stone-walled interior here. The authentic taverna offers evenings of live Greek music on a regular basis and a great selection of local wines.
This lovely green garden is a haven far enough from the commercial centre to feel a little more exclusive than the other restaurants in the area, serving authentic Greek dishes alongside a fantastic selection of barbequed fish, pork, lamb chops and burgers. Every Saturday there's live Greek music and dancing, along with the house special spit roast pork, slow-cooking over the charcoal.
Enjoying lovely sea views, Zepos offers a large variety of traditional dishes using locally sourced ingredients and showcasing some of the region's finest dishes. Try the Zakynthian rabbit, cooked in a tomato sauce with oregano and Zakynthian cheese, or the delicious red snapper, grilled whole with rosemary and lemon.
If you're looking for a vibrant evening with traditional Greek cuisine and a lively atmosphere, head to Pandesia. With dancing waiters and Greek music, the Greek entertainment night also includes plate smashing and fire dancing, both of which are popular with kids.