12 Best Restaurants in Cyprus

Fat Fish

$$$ Fodor's choice

In what is surely one of the most convivial atmospheres in Limassol, with a wide patio attached to the Limassol Nautical Club and overlooking the Mediterranean sea, take your pick from an extensive menu of seafood. The set menu lunch is always great value, but there are also a handful of catches of the day to choose from, as well as a daily-changing tartare. It's the perfect locale for gawking at the scene around you—both the other enthusiastic diners, often celebrating birthdays and other special events, and the beautiful sea. Spend time perusing the fantastic wine list, filled with interesting picks—many organic—from wineries both within Cyprus and around the world.

Promachon Eleftherias, Limassol, Limassol, 4103, Cyprus
Known For
  • excellent service
  • beautiful location
  • wide variety of fresh fish

Ladas Fish Restaurant

$$$$ Fodor's choice

At Ladas, you will enjoy an elegant lunch and dinner in a historic carob factory sitting smack in the center of Limassol's Old Port; where the pleasant waitstaff bring you the freshest fish and seafood on offer that day. You'll always start off with a fresh Greek salad tossed tableside and a selection of dips served with warm pita, followed by an appetizer like grilled calamari with lemon, before reaching the main course of a simply prepared yet succulent fish, such as whole sea bass for two, already deboned. Ladas's sophisticated air and polished presentation provide a welcome break after a morning of shopping and strolling on Agiou Andreou, just a block away.

Seven St. Georges Tavern

$$ Fodor's choice

This restaurant has not only the most delicious food in Paphos (with some vegan options), but it is also the most charming place to dine. Everyone from locals to tourists in the know come to experience owner George's inventive Cypriot cooking, which includes a preponderance of fresh, seasonal, and often organic ingredients, and lots of options for vegetarians. St. Georges has no written menu, just a prix-fixe offering of mezedes—a seemingly endless parade of small plates from cheeses to vegetables from the restaurant's own garden to meats smoked in-house, along with tasty homemade wine. The friendly servers will keep bringing the food until you tell them to stop.

Anthipolochagou Georgiou Savva 37, Paphos, Pafos, Cyprus
Known For
  • attentive service
  • the delicious house red wine
  • the eclectic array of small dishes made with the freshest local ingredients
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon, Credit cards accepted, Reservations essential

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Ta Piatakia

$$$ Fodor's choice

Cyprus celebrity TV chef Roddy Damalis serves up small plates of Cypriot fusion cuisine—Ta Piatakia translates as "little plates"—in a lively atmosphere with festive colored tassels dangling from the soaring ceilings and a young, mainly local crowd. Sample house specialties—many featuring local products—like duck in green walnut sauce, grilled halloumi (the local Cyprus cheese) drizzled with honey, and prawn souvlaki. Round out your meal with a Cypriot wine pairing from a well-stocked upstairs cellar.

Nikodimou Mylona 7, Limassol, Limassol, Cyprus
Known For
  • unique contemporary twist on Cypriot dishes
  • cozy atmosphere and great host (who's also the owner)
  • duck draped with green walnut preserve
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. No lunch, Mon.–Sat. 7–11 pm, Reservations essential

Vino Cultura Wine & Tapas Bar

$$$ Fodor's choice

The pairing of food and wine is a challenging craft to master, but this wine and tapas bar has managed to balance the two perfectly. Located in Nicosia, Vino’s array of mouthwatering tapas caters to the fussiest palate. From their gorgeous halloumi croquettes with pomegranate juice to their sauteed mushrooms with toffee caramel sauce, Vino serves up platters that cater to every taste, including vegetarians. And with a wine selection that perfectly enhances the flavor of each dish, eating here is definitely worth a visit.

Kyriakou Matsi 20, Nicosia, Lefkosia, 1082, Cyprus
Known For
  • excellent insights into food and wine pairing
  • live jazz music every Thursday
  • extensive wine selection for every budget
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No lunch, Mon.–Thurs., Sun. 6 pm–1 am, Fri. and Sat. 6 pm–2 am


$$$ | Old City Fodor's choice

A classic meze tavern, which opened in 1938, Zanettos is tucked into a side street in Nicosia's atmospheric Old City and filled with a mix of tourists and old-timers. The restaurant dishes up plate after plate of fresh and tasty food for a low, fixed price. Pictures of Cypriot celebrities embracing the chef and his son stare down at you from the walls as you devour superfresh salads, salty halloumi cheese, and tangy olives; hearty veggies like beets, potatoes, and mushrooms; tender meat dishes such as chicken kebabs and veal; and even succulent snails. Be sure to save room for dessert: Lebanese mahalepi, a unique rose-flavored creamy concoction.

Mandra Tavern


It's worth venturing a block inland from the beach for well-prepared Cypriot food in a charming traditional setting—an old tavern that was formerly a livestock pen, now decorated with overhead grapevines and a waterfall. Mandra is especially known for tender souvla (lamb cooked over charcoal and served on a skewer) as well as a filling meat meze for a fixed price; they also offer a tasty prix-fixe seafood meze for a bit more. Vegetarians will appreciate the veggie moussaka, a rarity in meat- and fish-centric Cyprus.

Dionysou 4, Paphos, Pafos, Cyprus
Known For
  • an authentic traditional Cypriot food experience, particularly its meze platter and its spicy cheese dip
  • beautiful vegetarian moussaka
  • notably friendly service that isn't overbearing
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No lunch, Reservations essential


$ | Old City

If you're looking for a simple, inexpensive meal with pretty views and friendly service, you can't do better than Mattheos, a tiny family-run lunch place near Faneromeni Church. Relax in the square at one of their five or six tables (or inside, if the weather's poor, though the atmosphere isn't as lovely), and choose from a short menu of fresh offerings that may include a legumes plate (white beans, celery, parsley, potatoes, zucchini, and onion, or whatever is available) or tender lamb served with okra and spinach. The smiling owner will bring you her complimentary dessert of the day as a final treat. Though tourists have definitely discovered Mattheos, it still remains a respite of calm within the often-frenetic Old City.

28 Oktovriou Sq. 6, Nicosia, Lefkosia, Cyprus
Known For
  • fresh, home-style cooking
  • inexpensive prices
  • quaint location in Old Nicosia
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. No dinner, No credit cards



This meat-centric restaurant is popular with locals for both lunch and dinner; it's well-known for its homemade mezedes and other Cypriot specialties. If you're daring, opt for the liver and intestines of lamb, the salted pork, or the lamb's head. To play it safe, you can't go wrong with the tavas—pieces of lamb and beef cooked with potatoes, onions, tomatoes, and spices; the souvla (roasted pork in wine); or the moussaka. But best of all for those with hearty appetites is the mezedes—plate after plate of salad, olives, cheese, seafood, and meats, all for a reasonable fixed price. Sit on the terrace for lovely views of the sea.

Piale Pasha 42, Larnaca, Larnaka, Cyprus
Known For
  • inexpensive and delicious traditional Cypriot cuisine
  • succulent, fall-off-the-bone kleftiko (lamb cooked in parchment)
  • gorgeous seaside location
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted

Pingouino Cafe


If you're simply looking for a relaxing, well-designed place to lunch, eat a casual dinner, or get a quick snack, perhaps while checking your email, Pingouino Cafe fits the bill. This modern, airy café, a block in from the beach, offers free Wi-Fi and seating on cushioned wicker chairs and comfy couches. The menu features a mixture of international standards sprinkled with a few Mediterranean specialties, plus lots of veggie and even gluten-free choices. Try the halloumi salad, the poached eggs on toast topped with avocado and salmon, or the chicken tandoori wrap. Alternatively, dig into a scrumptious waffle or just cool off with a milkshake made with your choice of 20 different kinds of ice cream, including a Cypriot specialty, rose.

Plaka Tavern

One of the oldest eating establishments in the city, in the heart of Engomi, offers up to 30 different meze dishes, including such unusual items as snails and okra with tomatoes.
Archiepiskopou Makariou III Sq. 6–8, Nicosia, Lefkosia, 2407, Cyprus
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted

Tutto Il Giorno Romantica


The fare is Italian at this well-regarded and distinctly friendly spot, and those who dine here will also find no shortage of advice available on any topic relating to Cyprus. Choose from an extensive selection of pasta, fish, and meat dishes, and enjoy service in the lush courtyard outside in nice weather (which is most of the time in Cyprus). Complimentary antipasti such as proscuitto and vegetables are offered every day from 6 to 8 pm when you order wine or a cocktail. It's open from 12 pm until late for drinks.