1. The Borzoi:High-End Dining in Town, Just off Papadiamanti Street Tel: +30 24270 23605 www.borzoiskiathos.com
Thanks to Award-winning Chef Michalis Nourloglou, The Borzoi is considered the best high-end gastronomy venue on the island. And rightly so.This stunning restaurant is located in the exclusively re-designed old Skiathos town olive press built in the early 20th century. The open-air courtyard seating in an impressive all white decor, features subtle lighting among an array of flowers and a striking, ancient white bougainvillea. As a starter, we highly recommend the Royal Quinoa & Shrimp Salad served with Apricot Chutney, and as a main course, The Thai Beef Filet, Marinated in Sweet Chilli with Cashews. Superb venue for extraordinary occasions, or, just to really spoil yourself.
2. Marmita:High-End Organic Greek Cuisine in Town, Evaggelistria Street Tel: +30 2427 021701 www.marmitaskiathos.com
In a beautiful setting under old olive trees and sparkling lights, Marmita offers excellent, high-quality food in a wonderfully cosy atmosphere. The very friendly and attentive owner and his staff make each guest feel welcome and well taken care of. The cuisine served is organic Greek, interesting, refined and fresh.
Our favourites are: the Avocado Salad with White Chicory and Walnuts with a mustard and honey vinaigrette, Santorini Fava (yellow split-pea spread) with Caramelized Onions and Hazelnuts, and especially the Soutzoukakia (grilled spicy meat balls) with Salad and Pita Bread.
Located in the center of town on Evaggelistria Street off of Papadiamanti Street, Basilikos is now four years old, and has taken its place among the most popular tavernas for good reason. After a warm welcome, the very friendly and efficient staff will take good care of you. You can see Chef Niko Vrettos in his open kitchen, while preparing the high-end Greek and Mediterranean dishes that amaze his guests. Note worthy are the Papardelle with Chicken, served in a mouth-watering, creamy sauce, the Fresh Salad (see image), the Home-Made Fries with Spicy Egg; Feta in Filo and last but not least: the Orange Soufflé dessert, which is to die for.
4. Bourtzi Café: All-Day Café in Town, Skiathos Port Tel: +30 24270 23900www.bourtzi-skiathos.gr
On the small peninsula separating the old port of Skiathos from the new one, Bourtzi Café is one of the most romantic spots in town. On a hot summer’s day, find your way to this oasis under its canopy of pine trees. Imagine taking a few steps down to the water for a refreshing dip after a leisurely walk through the old town’s alleys. Take a table overlooking the port, watch the boats and ferries come and go, while enjoying their excellent menu of snacks or full meals. As an all-day café, you are welcome for breakfast, lunch or a dinner under sparkling lights. We especially recommend their Club Sandwich, and their Cheeseburger and home-made French-fries.
Originally built as a fort during the Venetian occupation, the Bourtzi has seen many changes of venue. It was used to fend off pirates, turned into a primary school house and served as an open-air disco in the 1970’s - with all night dancing and swimming. Today it also houses the Skiathos Cultural Centre, an open air theatre and is where civil marriages take place.
Sklithri Taverna is a traditional seafood taverna located right on the beach between bus stop 11 and 12. It is known for its choice of wonderfully fresh seafood. As a starter we recommend the fresh Rocket Salad with Baby Tomatoes, balsamico vinegar and parmesan, and the Fried Spinach Pies. The highlight for us is always the Sole, or “Glossa”, served grilled with lemon and fresh vegetables. Its meat is tender and sweet.
Beautiful Romantic Setting: Enjoy an apéritif before, or a night cap after dinner
Mary will instantly make you feel welcome
Just a few steps from bus stop no.12, Johnny’s is a delightful oasis, located away from the bustle of town.
In a romantic fairy light setting, you can enjoy traditional Greek cuisine with Maria’s magic, home-cooking touch. The attentive and friendly staff will spoil you with a choice of beautifully presented tasty mezes (starters) and main dishes.
To name but a few favorites:
Bruschetta on Htipiti (feta & roated pepper spread) with Cherry Tomatoes, Thyme and Basil
Fried Zucchini Sticks with Tzatziki Dip
Maria's Magic Moussaka
Lamb “Kleftiko” (Stolen Lamb)
Fun Fact: “Kleftiko” means stolen. This dish is said to be named after the Klephts, from the time of the Greek revolution, when bands of Greek guerrillas, called Klephts, hid in the mountains. In order to survive, the klephts would steal a lamb from a flock and cook it on coals in a covered hole to avoid detection. Today this succulent lamb dish is prepared and presented in parchment paper.
Lamb Kleftiko ("Stolen Lamb")
Meatballs in Red Sauce on a Bed of Aubergine Purée
And Johnny’s Fish Soup is definitely one of his not-so-well-kept secrets
Johnny’s has been a well-known favorite with locals and ex-pats for years, and has recently gained so much in popularity, that it is best to book a table days in advance. Call: +30 24270 24 369
And Johnny’s Fish Soup is definitely one of his not-so-well-kept secrets
Set in beautiful flowery surroundings under ancient olive trees, Lia's Restaurant is especially dear to our hearts and a must for every Skiathos visitor. Always true to wonderfully fresh Greek traditional home-cooking, Lia's excellent reputation is a testament to her consistently high quality over the years. This year, Lia is expanding her menu with a selection of exciting, new dishes. To name but a few, the Creamy Zucchini & Bacon Tagliatelle, the Beef in Red Sauce on a Bed of Aubergine Purée and the Black Pork Souvlaki are mouth-wateringly delicious, and our favourites so far.
Creamy Zucchini Tagliatelle
Beef in Red Sauce with Aubergine Purée
Black Pork Souvlaki
After Lia's warm welcome, sit back with a lovely glass of wine, the daily menu, and let her inspire you with her excellent recommendations. Her attentive and friendly staff will make you feel comfortable and relaxed.
Light Summer Wine
Enjoy Dinner Inside with Garden View
To finish your evening on a high note, be sure to have the Skiathos traditional Honey Balls, best of all, served with Vanilla Ice Cream! They are very special, since Lia's Restaurant is one of the very few restaurants which still serve this Skiathos dessert.
Traditional Skiathos Dessert: Honey Balls, best with Vanilla Ice Cream!
Thanks to its reliably high quality over the past 15 years, Agnadio's has been one of our favourites for many years. Its location is fantastic, offering a panoramic view of Skiathos town and Pounta Bay sparkling by night, along with the thrill of seeing incoming planes. The elegant décor and super friendly owner’s welcome make you feel instantly at ease. Before you know it, the young efficient staff has brought a generous amuse-bouche of warm pita, olives and dips, and the owner has materialised at your table with the menu and recommendations of the day. You cannot go wrong - be it their wonderfully seasoned, creamy Fava, the exceptional Beef Filet Avaton’ (see image), or the best home marinated Lamb Chops on the island - every dish is not only beautifully presented, but of such high-quality taste, you will have to come back.
9. Elia’s Restaurant:Fine Dining at Mandraki Village Hotel, Koukounaries, Bus Stop 25 (20 minutes outside of town) Tel:+30 24270 49303 https://mandraki-skiathos.gr/elias-restaurant/
In the Koukounaries area of the island, Elisa’s Restaurant is set among colourful pastel houses and lush oleander, on an expansive lawn with pool. The elegant interior is held in shades of fuchsia, pink and white, remnant of a fresh and breezy caribbean decor. Guests are greeted by the very friendly and knowledgeable staff, presenting them with the menu and an outstanding wine list.
Chef Antonis Batsinis is known for his excellence in integrating local traditional island products, as well as supporting carefully selected small-scale regional farmers from all over Greece, and using only raw materials of the highest standards to create his unique Modern Greek Cuisine. Highly recommended: Veal Filet with Sherry - Balsamico Sauce & a Selection of Mushrooms and Herbs from the hotel garden; Eggplant Rolls with Cream Cheese, Grilled Baby Tomatoes & Sunflower Seeds and the very tasty Granny’s Bolognese made with Oxtail and Greek Black Truffle.
10. Arkos Island Taverna: 10-minute Boat Ride from Skiathos Port Tel: +30 697 329 6831 https://www.facebook.com/Skiathos-Arkos-Island-143095452763511/
Whizzing past Skiathos town on the 10-minute boat ride to Arkos island is exhilarating and well worth it.
This tiny island is very relaxed, with only 10 sun beds and one taverna. With your feet in the sand, enjoy the wonderful home-made dishes prepared by Mama Aktis, and the fresh catch of the day, all served by her lovely son Panagiotis. Her Beef in Red Sauce is the best on the island, her hand-cut french fries are golden and crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. Make a day of it, have some tsipouro (clear Greek wine brandy similar to raki), watch the sun go down and get picked up by the speed boat that brought you earlier.
For the absolute best beach-taverna meal on the island, go to Vromolimnos beach Water Ski School and take the 5-minute boat ride to this little paradise and spend the day. The food here is all fabulous. Also a great find, is their delicious, cooled Nautilus, the perfect light rosé. (Let’s keep this place a secret!)
12. Baracoa Beach Restaurant: 5-min drive from Villa Maestrali, turn off at bus stop 12, turn left to NOSTOS beach
Our latest Insider Owner Tip: Enjoy THE best Club Sandwich in Greece, and tasty the Quinoa Salad with Shrimp and Asparagus, to name but a few, at BARACOA Beach Restaurant! Just 5 minutes from our VILLA MAESTRALI, on NOSTOS Beach, at bus stop no. 12. Book your villa stay with us, get your table reservation and enjoy owner Paolo's special attention. His tasty menu creations are unforgettable!
Quinoa Salad with Shrimp & Green Asparagus
Fresh Zucchini Noodles al Pesto
BARACOA RESTAURANT TERRACE BY NOSTOS BEACH
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