11 Best Restaurants in Aegina, The Saronic Gulf Islands


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The go-to taverna for the islanders, Tholos is nestled in the pine forest spilling down from the temple of Afaia on the road down to Ayia Marina. The wonderful views through the trees down to the sea are complemented by the flavorsome rustic dishes served at this establishment. Meat grilled to your taste is the staple here. The veal in a rich herby tomato sauce with macaroni is another favorite, and most of the vegetables are either home grown or locally sourced.


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Ask a local to name the best restaurant in Aegina, and the response is invariably Vatzoulias. In summer the garden is a pleasant oasis, scented with jasmine and honeysuckle; in winter, nestle inside the cozy dining room to dine on expertly prepared taverna classics. Eggplant in garlic sauce or zucchini croquettes are can't-go-wrong starters. Continue with a dish such as veal in red sauce; thick, juicy grilled pork chops; or moussaka, oven-baked eggplant and potatoes with ground meat enlivened with cinnamon and a wonderfully fluffy béchamel. In winter try the hare stew. A 10-minute walk from Aegina Town center gets you to this rustic taverna where only dinner is served, and only on four evenings a week, usually Wednesday and weekends.

Aphaias 75, Aegina Town, Aegina, 18010, Greece
Known For
  • rustic dishes
  • a favorite with locals
  • wholesome village feel
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon., Tues., and Thurs. No lunch, No credit cards, Reservations essential



Seafood is the word at this famed taverna run by Antonis and his sons, and the octopus grilled in front of the establishment lures bathers and other visitors who tuck into options ranging from teeny fried smelt to enormous lobsters. People-watching is as much of a draw as the food, since the tables afford a view of all the comings and goings of the harbor's small boats as well as some sleek yachts. Other than splurging on the bouillabaisse here (expect to pay around €50 euros per kilo for sole, mullet, grouper—you name it), most dishes here, such as the veal and onions or briam ("vegetables in the oven") rarely exceed €12.

Perdika, Attica, 18010, Greece
Known For
  • catch of the day from local fishermen
  • great harbor-front location
  • friendly service
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted

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This seafront taverna, the oldest and most established one in Ayia Marina, has been here since 1950, when Kyriakos Haldaios brought out a gas stove and started frying fish and fries under the pine trees for local sunbathers. Today, it is owned by his grandson, also named Kyriakos, and offers traditional Greek specialties like moussaka, the famous dish of layered eggplant and ground meat, and plenty of fresh fish, especially gilthead and sea bass. In the summer these are served in the spacious veranda overlooking the crystal-blue waters.

Agia Marina, Aegina, 18010, Greece
Known For
  • fresh fish
  • dinner overlooking the sea
  • vegetarian dishes
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted

O Skotadis


Since 1945 O Skotadis has been serving a large selection of mezedes for starters and mostly fresh fish mains (a good option is the fried katsoula fish, cleaver wrasse), usually to be accompanied by ouzo, the classic Greek anise drink. See if you can snag a table (reservations are best) on the second-floor terrace with its panoramic view of Aegina's harbor. Don't forget to try the large fresh salad with caper leaves.

Dimokratias Ave. 46, Aegina Town, Aegina, 18010, Greece
Known For
  • super fresh local fish
  • prime harbor-front location
  • great views


One of the oldest tavernas on the busy harbor strip of Aegina Town, Pelaisos is now in the capable hands of Vagelis, the third generation. His father still cooks in the morning, preparing such homey dishes of the day as stuffed zucchini, usually locally sourced, but fresh fish is the mainstay of this old-school establishment, from affordable grilled sardines to the more expensive sea bass or mullet priced by the kilo. Another thing to try (also by the kilo) is the very drinkable retsina wine that has long been enjoyed, along with the food, by the island's renowned artistic community.
Dimokratias Ave. 41, Aegina Town, Aegina, Greece
Known For
  • great fish and seafood
  • popular with locals and Athenians alike
  • homegrown vegetables

Pitsi's Coffee & Food

Burgers, club sandwiches, wraps, and fresh salads are the headliners on Pitsi's simple menu, all of which can be eaten in or taken away as you continue your meandering exploration around Aegina Town. You can also pop in for a quick coffee, smoothie, or freshly sqeezed juice.
2, Aiantos, Aegina Town, Aegina, Greece
Known For
  • fast food
  • great coffee
  • quick, friendly service

Rodi Coffee Shop

This lovely little establishment whips up a mean freddo (iced) cappuccino. They serve large and satisfying made-to-order sandwiches and creamy ice cream. Try the delicious pistachio flavor. There is limited seating if you want to have your coffee and snack in situ.
Ioulias Katsa and Agion Theodoron 7, Aegina Town, Aegina, 18010, Greece
Known For
  • central location
  • big sandwiches
  • ice cream


Fast food all over Greece usually consists of souvlaki or gyro wrapped in a pita and that is available at Tenekdakia, but this spot also has the added draw of being in a superb harbor-front location. The pork gyro is crispy yet juicy and the pita is also stuffed full with fries, onion, tomato, and cooling tzatziki. By the way, if you're missing spicey heat (rarely found in Greek food) make sure to ask for a generous sprinkling of tongue tingling hot red pepper.
Dimocratias Ave. 39, Aegina Town, Aegina, 180 10, Greece
Known For
  • great location
  • good service
  • high quality for low prices


On the main road behind the port, the location is the only minor drawback of this traditional Greek taverna. But balancing this out, you can also dine in the pretty courtyard at the back (if you find a table). The seafood platter is something to write home about and includes a couple of ultra fresh fried fish. The menu is extensive, usually not a good sign, but everything is not only delectable but also caringly presented.



For a light bite, try this harborside ouzeri restaurant, a hangout for locals as well as tourists, where warm yellow walls are decorated with stencils. Except for the 30 varieties of ouzo, everything is homemade, including palate-pleasing Vouta Vouta (Dip Dip), a dish of shrimp and spicy sauce, and the real don't-miss dishes: custom omelets for breakfast and baked apple in cognac. Reservations are recommended in the evening during the summer months.

Dimokratias Ave. 47, Aegina Town, Aegina, 18010, Greece
Known For
  • good friendly service
  • tasty and inventive Greek fare
  • harbor view
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted