One of the main things I look forward to when we’re travelling is trying all the different restaurants and cuisines. I love how every restaurant is different and how classic dishes can taste so similar yet different depending on where you eat.
I think we can all agree one of the best if not THE best thing about holidaying in Greece is the food! Whether it’s chicken souvlaki or feta on a bed of more feta that floats your boat – you’re sure to be in fresh-food heaven.
I’ve compiled a list of all the best places we dined at in Rhodes so that when you come to visit – you’re well prepared and won’t be disappointed by rubbish food (there really is nothing worse)!
1. Drosoulites – Rakadiko
This one we stumbled across as we left Old Town. We noticed the pretty garden lit up by fairy lights and plants first – and then we noticed how heaving it was with locals (golden rule – if the locals eat there it must be good).
The food was amazing! It tasted so fresh and everything was cooked perfectly. The price wasn’t any higher than the other places we had eaten and the portion sizes were hefty!
They also had a children’s area with a nanny! Yes, a real life nanny that will take care of your children whilst you eat! I KNOW RIGHT. I highly recommend Drosoulites. And because it’s Cretian it also tastes slightly different to all traditional Greek dishes you get in every restaurant out there.
2. Scalini’s Restaurant – Rhodes Town
This restaurant blends in with the rest of them in Rhodes Town, so picking it wasn’t an easy job – it was the equivalent of playing Spot the Difference. But we decided to go for this one because it had cute gingham table clothes and an elevated patio so that you don’t have to sit on the street as people walk past.
The food was lovely and not overly priced. We got the Chateaubriand platter to share which came with sides and sauces and only costed €30 for two!
We also tried chilled red wine for the first ever time here, which we then we continued to drink another 2 jugs of it! Red wine on the rocks is now my thang thanks to this little place.
We came across this one on a whim. It was super late and we just wanted to grab some food as quickly as possible without any hassle, so we popped down to the seafront with hopes somewhere was open! It feels a bit rustic inside and the prices are really cheap compared to Old Town so you don’t expect the quality to be as good BUT it is the perfect combo of good food and good prices!
You can get a side salad, chicken souvlaki and a dessert (which btw is made by the owners Aunt – fresh…everyday) for around €10. Or if you’re feeling a bit fancy you can get a full sea bream with chips, rice and salad for €15.
We were so happy with the food we came back for dinner again later on in the week and they delivered delicious food and service again! Would definitely recommend if you’re down on the sea front, just off Amsterdam street and next to the buggie car rentals.
4. Lindos – Delight Restaurant Bar
In Lindos there are so many restaurants to choose from and it’s pretty much like going in blind as most of them are upstairs. So by the time you’ve sussed out the place you’ve pretty much walked into the chef’s living room with the door locked behind you!
We decided on this one as there was a lovely old man outside who was super friendly. He assured us the food was good (as they all do) and we took the plunge and went upstairs.
The food was slightly more expensive than Rhodes Town, but we expected that anyway being in Lindos. Overall, for a light lunch and drink for two we spent around €40. The food was fresh and fab, and they also have industrial fans on the roof terrace for those super hot days!
Tip: Most of the restaurants in Rhodes are up steep stairs, so if you had a buggy like us try to pick a place with a safe space to store it so that you can enjoy the balcony views.
5. Phournariko Bakery – Old Town
Arguably one of the best things about greek food…the pastries!
Growing up in North London, I have had my fair share of traditional Greek Pastries, from spinach to cheese, or halloumi and pork – there really is something to suite everyone!
This bakery in-particular caught our eye as this is where we found the locals to take shelter. As soon as you walk in there is so much to choose from, it’s like a big fat savoury dream with a sprinkle of sugar.
We went back 3 times in our week in Rhodes, and it’s also the perfect stop for a quick bite to eat as you walk around – oh and the iced coffee is amazing!
6. Giallo Verde – Gelateria
Just when you think waffles and ice cream can’t possibly get any better, you find the hidden terrace of Giallo Verde!
Not only is the Gelato amazing with such luxurious flavours, and the waffles so fresh you could die right there and wake up in heaven…but the cute little seating area upstairs is the hidden gem that keeps on giving.
It’s only big enough for around 6 people and is completely cut off from everything else, so it’s the perfect place to escape the town whilst indulging on a dessert of dreams.
7. La Casa
We saved this restaurant for one of our last days, as it looked so magical we wanted to keep it for a special occasion.
The menu is the same as most, with a focus on traditional greek food and wine. The prices are also pretty reasonable with the most expensive meal being around €15.
The staff are so friendly and you can tell it is family run which makes it even more cosy. The decor is like a dolls house and they also have an upstairs terrace with more tables. So if you can, get a seat up there.
Tip: We had THE best hummus we have ever eaten. It was slightly spicy and full of flavour so if you eat here….get is whilst you can!
Wining and dining is one of my favourite things to do (other than exploring of course). So if you’re heading to Rhodes this summer, be sure to check out the best of the local cuisine…
I hope you enjoy the food just as much as we did and happy eating everyone!