The best restaurants in Rhodes

Noble, Rhodes
The sea-facing, candlelit Noble is one of the best restaurants in Rhodes

Brimming with olive groves, fruit trees and vegetable patches, verdant Rhodes offers up a delectable array of culinary offerings that ranges from firmly old school to five-star innovative. While the choice of quality establishments in the medieval Old Town is slim, there is a diamond or two to be found in the back alleys. A down-home taverna hidden in a remote village and a fine dining restaurant at a resort on the northeast coast are both striving to reawaken local dishes almost lost to time, albeit in different ways. Meanwhile, chefs in must-see Lindos and little-known Lachania are brazenly experimenting with seasonal island flavours.

For more Rhodes inspiration, see our guides to the best hotelsthings to donightlife and beaches.


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Old Town

Marco Polo

Efi Dede, the effusive owner of Marco Polo Mansion, had no choice but to open a restaurant at her small, earthy boutique hotel hidden along a low-lit backstreet: guests insisted on it. Mustard and rust-coloured walls lend a Moroccan feel to the al fresco, tree-shaded courtyard. Swathed in colourful scarves, Efi swishes between tables, revealing the day’s specials and recommending in line with your preferences. For starters, try the calamari and prawn croquettes. Asian spices elevate hazelnut-crusted prawns, an unwavering menu favourite, to near-cult status. Local pasta dish mandi is revised as beef-filled tortelloni. Pistachio-dusted crème brulee makes for a grand finale.

Contact: marcopolomansion.gr
Prices: ££
Reservations: Essential between Jun-Sep

Marco Polo, Rhodes
Marco Polo restaurant is tucked in a small, earthy boutique hotel hidden along a low-lit backstreet

ONO by Marouli

Vegans and vegetarians may well feel they’ve landed in epicurean heaven. Mara Martinotti is in the kitchen at this purple-walled happy little kosher-friendly spot, dishing out feel-good fare with a high Happy Cow rating, including gluten-free options. How about a vegan shakshouka, a signature breakfast dish, or a kale and mango smoothie bowl with yogurt and home-style granola? Lunch calls for a California plant-based burger or beetroot risotto with vegan parmesan cheese and lime zest.

Contact: 2241 073610; instagram.com/ono_by_marouli
Prices: £
Opening times: Mid-March-Oct, Mon-Sat 9am-10.30pm

To Marouli, Rhodes
To Marouli dishes out feel-good vegetarian fare that changes daily

Rhodes Town

GranCaffe

Locals who live and work nearby congregate at this centrally located meeting point – a café, wine bar and deli rolled into one – for generous platters that literally map out the country’s most eclectic cheeses, cold cuts and wines. Savour prosciutto-like nouboulo from Corfu, mortadella sardinella from Drama in northeastern Greece, piquant arseniko cheese from Naxos island and even organic matured buffalo cheese from the tiny Lipsi islet. Fruit-based spoon sweets from the Cycladic island of Syros add a fragrant contrast to the diverse meat and dairy medleys. Inquire about the flirty rosé and sweet wines from the island’s own Alexandris winery. 

Contact: grancafferodos.gr
Prices: £
Reservations: Not necessary

GranCaffe, Rhodes
GranCaffe is a café, wine bar and deli rolled into one, and is very popular among locals

Northeast Coast

Noble

Rhodes born-and-bred chef George Troumouhis and a few friends decided a few years back to identify the best cooks in some 40 villages and document more than 280 age-old island recipes to save them from obscurity. Today, at Noble, executive chef Troumouhis and head chef Spyros Kougios are reimagining these dishes with respect and originality. Gastronomes can sample daring degustatory designs at the monochromatic sea-facing candlelit restaurant at Elysium Resort & Spa. A seven-course tasting menu allows a comprehensive overview of the pair’s gastronomic genius. Among standout dishes is an updated version of classic kapamas featuring lamb, eggplant, groats and chervil.

Contact: noble.gr
Prices: £££
Reservations: Essential
Dress code: Smart casual

Noble, Rhodes
Prepared to be wowed by the themed tasting menus at Noble

Stegna Kozas

Established in 1932, this ever-busy seafood shrine on Stegna beach is a Rhodes institution beloved by both Rhodians and visitors. Evil eyes, wicker lampshades, shells and painted squash dangle from the interior section of this lively spot, where chair covers depict fish, of course. Grab a table outdoors and order fried rouzetia, a local hand-caught fish served with garlic dip. Melekouni salad is a hearty mix that includes radicchio, spinach, anthotyro cheese, salmon, dried fig and pear. Choose from Kozas’ 10 signature dishes, such as black squid rice with San Michali cheese and orange, that take longer to prepare but are worth the wait.

Contact: stegnakozas.gr
Prices: ££-£££
Reservations: Recommended

Stegna Kozas, Rhodes
Stegna Kozas is a Rhodes institution, popular since opening in 1932

Southeast Coast

Five Senses

A dining destination in its own right, this minimalist, candle-lit restaurant at adults-only resort Lindos Blu is designed for couples. On summer nights, sit outdoors for bay views. Ingredients are sourced locally and married in unexpected ways. Indian shrimp is served with a parsley garlic sauce and pork while semi-cured sea bream is paired with samphire, okra pickle and horiatiki (Greek) salad water.

Contact: lindosblu.gr 
Prices: £££
Reservations: Essential
Dress code: Smart casual

Five Senses, Rhodes
The minimalist, candle-lit Five Senses is a dining destination in its own right

Mavrikos

The owners of this rare gem, which dates to 1912, ignore their advantageous, mulberry-shaded position on Lindos’ main square and work hard every day to win over patrons. Michalis Mavrikos and his chef sibling Dimitris co-create the menu, upholding time-tested dishes, such as their grandfather’s silky fish roe dip with pumpkin, while constantly experimenting with new flavours. Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour owns a house nearby, and has been a staunch regular for decades. Black butter beans with carob honey is another longstanding classic worth sampling. Try tender, aromatic fennel braised in sweet Moscato wine, with cherry tomatoes and a cheese sauce. 

Contact: 00 30 2244 031232; Facebook page
Prices: ££
Opening times: Apr-Oct, daily, 9am-12am
Reservations: Essential in summer

Mavrikos, Rhodes
The owners at Mavrikos uphold time-tested dishes, while constantly experimenting with new flavours

Tambakio

Book a table for sunset and prepare to dig your feet into soft, warm sand at this romantic, ethereally lit Mediterranean restaurant, occupying a rocky outpost above the shamrock-hued waters of sheltered St Paul’s Bay. A sought-after wedding reception destination catering for up to 80, couples first exchange vows on a nearby wooden jetty, with views of the peak of the ancient Acropolis of Lindos. Menu mainstays include linguine with mussels and lobster pasta. (Replace fig salad with this) The strawberry salad with caramelised walnuts, parmesan flakes, poppy seeds and citrus dressing is a refreshing beachside summer dish.

Contact: tambakio.gr
Prices: ££
Reservations: Essential

Tambakio, Rhodes
The romantic Tambakio occupies a rocky outpost above the shamrock-hued waters of sheltered St Paul’s Bay

North Rhodes

Paraga

Despite a population of just 900, Apollona village is thriving on its interpretation of tradition. Giannis Efthymiou is reviving and enhancing near-forgotten recipes. In a former Italian officers’ club, the snakeskin print apron-wearing chef has created a season-conscious, farm-to-fork oasis. Canny foodies travel miles for his pièce de résistance: goat stifado slow-baked overnight in wine and onions and served in its clay pot, which he ritually smashes open. Scoop up walnut and tahini-laced eggplant dip, with addictive handmade bread served atop wild herbs. Don’t miss chickpea dish pitaroudia, to which he adds mushrooms and Jerusalem artichoke purée. Turn up ravenous.

Contact: paraga-apollona.gr
Prices: £
Reservations: Recommended between Jul-Sep

Paraga, Rhodes
Paraga is reviving and enhancing near-forgotten recipes, with a season-conscious, farm-to-fork twist - © V.Hatzikelis Photography/Evangelos Hatzikelis

How we choose

Every restaurant in this curated list has been tried and tested by our destination expert, who has visited to provide you with their insider perspective. We cover a range of budgets, from neighbourhood favourites to Michelin-starred restaurants – to best suit every type of traveller’s taste – and consider the food, service, best tables, atmosphere and price in our recommendations. We update this list regularly to keep up with the latest opening and provide up to date recommendations.