Corfu Restaurants

Traditionally, Corfiots tend to eat their main meal at midday, with simpler food in the evening. Though meat is eaten much more frequently these days, meals at home feature casseroles bulked out with lots of vegetables, such as the winter favorite fassoulada, a thick bean soup. Unless they cater to the local lunchtime trade, tavernas tend not to serve these home-style dishes, but prefer generic Greek dishes like moussaka and stifado (beef or rabbit cooked in a spicy sauce with small onions), plus the great Sunday-lunch and holiday dishes of the island, pastitsada (beef or rooster in a spicy tomato sauce served with pasta) and sofrito (beef casserole with garlic and parsley), or the third great dish of Corfiot cooking, bourdetto (fish cooked in paprika, sometimes curry-hot). In the island's resorts, tavernas will also offer grills (such as pork chops and steaks), plus omelets and (invariably frozen) pizzas. Your main courses should be preceded by a variety of dips and small salads, and perhaps some keftedes (meatballs), which you all share.

Corfiot restaurants usually take the form of psistaria, or grillrooms, where all the meat is cooked on charcoal. Most of these places also run a takeaway service, so you'll eat in the company of neighborhood families waiting in line for souvlaki, whole spit-roasted chicken, or lamb chops. The most economical choice here is pita: a wrap enclosing meat, french fries, salad, tzatziki, and sauce. Desserts are not a strong suit on Corfu, although many love karidopitta—walnut cake drenched in syrup. Locals head to a zacharoplasteio (patisserie) for a creamy cake, some baklava or galaktoboureko (custard pie). In summer, the last port of call is the gelatopoleio (ice-cream parlor). Corfu produces wines mainly from Skopelitiko and Kakotrigis grapes, all drinkable and many excellent. Most tavernas have their own house wine, served in carafes or jugs, and usually this is a good choice. Bottled water can be bought everywhere—Corfu's salty tap water is not one of its pleasures. Kali oreksi! (Bon appetit!)

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  • 1. Corfu Sailing Club Restaurant

    $$ | Greek

    Everyone—not just sailors—will appreciate the spectacular location of this classy restaurant, tucked under the northern wall of the Venetian...Read More

  • 2. Etrusco

    $$$ | Eclectic

    The Botrini family restaurant is considered one of the best in Greece (the Athens branch has a Michelin star), and it certainly can be classed...Read More

  • 3. Rex

    $$ | Greek

    A friendly Corfiot restaurant housed in a classic early-19th-century building just behind the famous Liston arcade, Rex has been a favorite...Read More

  • 4. Taverna Tripa

    $$ | Greek

    This famous taverna (touristy but very quaint) in the charming hill village of Kinopiastes has been in business since 1936 and is still run...Read More

  • 5. Venetian Well

    $$ | Campiello | Mediterranean

    The scene is as delicious as the food in this wonderfully romantic restaurant arranged around a 17th-century well on the most beautiful little...Read More

  • 6. Aegli

    $ | Greek

    Both local and international dishes are on the menu at this long-established and casually elegant restaurant on the Liston arcade. Start with...Read More

  • 7. Avli

    $ | Garitsa | Greek

    Avli specializes in mezedes, so you order a selection of these small dishes for sharing rather than your own main course. The young proprietors...Read More

  • 8. En Plo

    $ | Faliraki | Greek

    Blessed with a startlingly wonderful location by a wave-lapped jetty in the little waterfront Faliraki area north of the Old Fortress, En Plo...Read More

  • 9. Fish Taverna Roula

    $$ | Seafood

    Choose from whatever fish is fresh that day—it could be sea bream, mullet, sole, squid, or snapper—or choose a pizza, steak, or chicken fillet...Read More

  • 10. Gerekos

    $$ | Seafood

    One of the island's longest-established and most famous fish restaurants, Gerekos pulls its catch daily from the family's own boats. The choice...Read More

  • 11. Jimmy's

    $ | Greek

    Only fresh ingredients and pure local olive oil are used at this family-run taverna serving traditional Corfiot and other Greek food. Try tsigarelli...Read More

  • 12. La Cucina

    $$ | International

    To describe a restaurant's cuisine as "international" can imply that it is bland, but no one would ever say that about La Cucina. Renowned for...Read More

  • 13. Navsika

    $ | Greek

    On a shady terrace above Ermones Beach, Navsika showcases home-cooked Corfiot dishes such as pastitsada and rice-and-herb-stuffed tomatoes and...Read More

  • 14. Salto

    $$ | Mediterranean

    This wine bar–and-bistro is as famous for its food as for a very extensive wine list and a magnificent outlook across the Old Port to the massive...Read More

  • 15. Spiros and Vassilis

    $$ | French

    This restaurant, hidden from the road on farmland belonging to the Polymeris family, is something of a surprise because the menu is not Greek...Read More

  • 16. Taverna Limeri

    $ | Greek

    Sitting in the "V" formed by the two streets in the village of Kato Korakiana, this taverna is where locals come to dine on wonderfully prepared...Read More

  • 17. Tristrato

    $ | Greek

    Set at a tree-shaded crossroads in the depths of the countryside, Tristrato was formerly an old wayhouse and still retains many of the building...Read More

  • 18. Vrahos

    $$ | Greek

    The stunning view from this restaurant overlooking the cliff-enclosed bay at Paleokastrisa will make you want to linger. The menu offers a bit...Read More

  • 19. To Dimarchio

    $$$ | Eclectic

    At the "town hall," menu items like marinated salmon with fennel, and veal carpaccio reflect the chef's classic French training. But ask the...Read More

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