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Melekouni at Apollona Womens Agritourist Cooperative in Rhodes

Rhodes Food Guide – The Best Rhodes Restaurants for Food Travelers

In Food Guides, Greece by Daryl & Mindi Hirsch1 Comment

Wondering what and where to eat in Rhodes Greece? We discovered a vibrant food culture during our visit to the historic Hellenic island. Check out our Rhodes Food Guide with our picks for the best Rhodes restaurants.

Melekouni at Apollona Womens Agrotourist Cooperative in Rhodes

Rhodes is an anomaly. Although it lacks the romantic reputation of Cycladic destinations like Mykonos and Santorini, this Dodecanese island attracts more than a million visitors each year.

And who can blame them? Rhodes (also known as Rodos) is big enough to absorb the annual ambush of summertime visitors and varied enough to satisfy a range of travelers.

Rhodes Sunset

Sunsets in Rhodes are magical.

Many choose Rhodes as a destination for its rich medieval history and all-inclusive luxury hotels. Others crave the chance to enjoy fire-like sunsets over the island’s beach-filled western shores.

Then there are the hoards of cruise passengers who flood ancient lanes during their Mediterranean sailings. Many of these visitors spend their brief time in Rhodes shopping for souvenirs in Old Town or across the island in picturesque Lindos.

Rhodes Magnets

Donkeys roam the roads of Lindos. They also make cute magnets.

As for us, we journeyed to the Island of The Knights specifically to explore the Rhodian food scene. Since our trip coincided with the island’s autumnal shoulder season, the tourist volume was manageable. We can only imagine the crowds during peak summer months.

Pro Tip: Avoid much of the tourist crush by traveling during the shoulder seasons of spring and fall. However, be aware that many Rhodes restaurants and hotels close their doors from late October until April.

History Comes Alive in Rhodes

Lindos Scenery in Rhodes

Dating back to the 6th century and built by the Knights of St. John, the Acropolis of Lindos is a reminder of Rhodes’ glory days. Visitors can visit the remains as part of a day trip to Lindos.

Though our primary goal was to experience Rhodes cuisine, we couldn’t help but fall for the island in its totality. When we weren’t eating Rhodes food favorites and chatting with local culinary professionals, we strolled pebble paved ancient lanes in Old Rodos (Rhodes city) and dug deep into a past filled with intrigue and UNESCO-worthy artifacts like the Palace of the Grand Masters, the Great Hospital and the Street of the Knights.

Rhodes Selfie

Touring the Old Town in Rhodes made us smile.

We shouldn’t brag. It’s hard to miss the history that permeates throughout Rhodes.

A stroll along the cobblestones in Rhodes’ Old Town follows the path where knights literally marched in ancient times. On the other end of the island, the Acropolis of Lindos dates back two millennia. Its remnants caught our eyes from kilometers away.

Katerina Palaze at Apollona Womens Agrotourist Cooperative in Rhodes

Katerina Palaze welcomed us warmly to Apollona Agrotourist Women’s Cooperative. She charmed us with her eager commitment to the island’s food culture.

Local villages offer a different type of history lesson. In Apollona, we met two generations of female bakers who religiously bake recipes passed down by their grandmothers. This seemingly sleepy enclave is also the home of one of the most authentic food experiences on the entire island where visitors can taste centuries of Rodos tradition.

Previously conquered by the Ottomans and controlled by the Venetians, Rhodes has a tale to tell with each rock lining its roads and every crest carved into its walls. And food is an integral part of the Rhodes story.

Rhodes Food Culture

Pougia at Noble Gourmet Restaurant in Rhodes

Chefs like George Troumouchis are keeping Rhodes’ culinary culture alive. Pictured here is Pougia served at Noble Gourmet Restaurant. The classic dish is a pot-herb pie traditionally baked in a furnace during the winter months.

Rhodes has a food culture that embraces its storied history without ignoring modern gastronomy. We explored this culture at Noble Gourmet Restaurant, the island’s most lauded restaurant, as well as at more casual eateries like chef-driven Paraga.

Our main takeaway? Food travelers can eat some of the country’s best traditional Greek food on Rhodes. They can also feast on unique local dishes like the savory pitaroudi and sticky-sweet sesame honey melekouni.

Olive Oil at Apollona Womens Agroturist Cooperative in Rhodes

Olive oil is better in Greece. We bought a can during our visit at Apollona Women’s Agrotourist Cooperative.

It doesn’t hurt that Rhodes chefs have access to fresh products from bulgar wheat to caper berries. Olive trees are so prevalent that locals often press their own oil at home. Wine is also readily available, with winemakers producing varieties like Mandilaria, Athiri and Assyrtiko by the liter.

Many Rhodes dishes get their flavor profile from previous conquerors who brought exotic spices to the isle. In fact, top chef and culinary authority George Troumouchis wrote a definitive Rhodes food book whose Greek title translates to Frangrance from Far Way in a tribute to the melange of Rhodian food traditions.

Executive Chef George Troumouchis, at Noble Gourmet Restaurant in Rhodes

Chef George Troumouchis literally wrote the book about the Rhodes food culture.

Assisted by a team of culinary explorers, Troumouchis systematically researched food in 42 Rhodes villages over four years, breaking bread with farmers who still dry their vegetables on strings before dipping them in the sea and frying them in butter.

He now serves modern Rhodian cuisine at Noble, celebrating ancient food traditions while using cutting-edge gastronomic techniques. As Troumouchis confided in us, “if you have flour and olive oil, you are rich.”

With this in mind, we felt like millionaires in Rhodes.

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Rhodes Restaurants

Chef at Marco Polo in Rhodes

Sous Chef Angelos Poimenidis uses giant tweezers at Marco Polo Mansion to carefully place seafood on risotto.

Travelers dine at Rhodes restaurants to sample local cuisine honed over centuries. We were no exception to this rule during our visit when we dined at some of the very best restaurants in Rhodes.

Some Rhodes restaurants are upscale. Others are more casual open-air affairs with families filling tables and affordable local wines flowing from big carafes.

Breakfast at Elysium Resort in Rhodes

We often skip hotel breakfasts. This was not the case at Elysium Resort & Spa.

We typically started our days early in Rhodes so that we could enjoy epic sunrises and satisfying breakfasts at our hotel before driving from one end of the island to the other. Let’s face it – we needed the energy infusion to fuel our culinary quest.

Pro Tip: Make advance reservations for your meals at the top Rhodes restaurants. Many book up early in the busy summer months and shutter during the off-season.

Read on to see our favorite Rhodes restaurants.

Noble Gourmet Restaurant

Pitaroudia at Noble Gourmet Restauran in Rhodes

Each dish was a revelation during our dinner at Noble Gourmet Restaurant. Pictured here is the restaurant’s version of Pitaroudia with cauliflower, chickpea, tomato and apple geranium.

Noble Gourmet Restaurant provides a full sensory experience. While a team of talented chefs cook behind a glass wall, a pianist plays ‘classics’ by the likes of Abba and Robbie Williams in the dining room. Waves break against the shore just beyond the restaurant’s location atop the tony Elysium Resort & Spa.

Paschatis at Noble Gourmet Restaurant in Rhodes

Noble servers pour lamb sauce with chocolate over plates of Paschatis. Traditionally served at Easter, this dish features bulgur and eggplant.

Dining at Noble was a must after hearing Executive Chef George Troumouchis’ story and passionate commitment to preserving traditional Rhodian cuisine. His restaurant has twice won the prestigious Toque d’Or awards and ranks as one of the top 25 restaurants in Greece.

Codfish Preparation at Noble Gourmet Restaurant in Rhodes

Grilled tableside, cod literally sizzles before it’s plated with tarama and leeks.

Our eight-course Biotope tasting menu led us on a Rhodes culinary journey through the ages. We tasted dishes that originated centuries ago and experienced flavors both new and familiar.

Troumouchis has created a menu that starts “from the very beginning when flavours were real and aromas genuine” and celebrates the island’s raw, local products. Servers don’t just drop plates on the table. Instead, they deliver a story with each.

Pispili at Noble Gourmet Restaurant in Rhodes

No longer a quick snack eaten by field workers, Pispili is a colorful mixture of vegetables and herbs at Noble. The restaurant serves Pispili in vessels shaped like bread and adds beetroot and pomegranate juice for extra impact.

Our Biotope meal started humbly with a platter of simple products – caper leaves, milk skin and bread. Ironically, the milk skin reminded us of brunost cheese we ate in Norway. Everything was divine.

However, the following eight courses were the main event. Highlights included codfish finished on a tableside grill and served with a melange of leeks and tarama. Another star was Pispili, a colorful mixture of roots, almonds, pomegranate, horseradish and olives inspired by a nurturing snack enjoyed by village field workers back in the day.

Rhodian Wreath Dessert at Noble Gourmet Restaurant in Rhodes

We ended our Biotope dinner with a symbol of good fortune, otherwise known as a Rhodian Wreath.

Saving the best for last, our Biotope meal ended with a Rhodian ‘wreath’ adorned with fennel, yogurt, biscuits and melon. Fried dough provided a crunch to go with the dessert’s naturally sweet flavors. Petals from local flowers lent their scent to the meal’s sweet ending.

Pro Tip: Plan to spend an entire evening at Noble Gourmet Restaurant while you enjoy excellent food and impeccable service.

Noble Gourmet Restaurant is located on the top floor of the Elysium Resort & Spa.

Marco Polo Mansion

Culinary Team at Marco Polo in Rhodes

Marco Polo’s culinary team welcomed us like family. Pictured left to right: Chef Lefteris Sotirakis, Owner Efi Dede and Sous Chef Angelos Poimenidis

The food at Marco Polo Mansion skews Meditteranean with Italian influences. This should come as no surprise considering that owner Efi Dede spent time in Bologna before opening the charming hotel/restaurant. The operation, coowned by Dede’s partner Spiros Crysovergis, is a family affair. The couple’s son, Savvas, is also involved, helping to manage the restaurant dining room and providing expert Greek wine guidance.

Dede runs the restaurant garden-like dining patio with a quiet confidence that keeps things moving like a well-oiled machine despite crowds that fill the space each night. More than a business owner, she loves eating and cooking, finding joy in “making people smile through eating” her food.

Risotto at Marco Polo in Rhodes

Colored with spinach and squid ink, this risotto temporarily turned our tongues black. The flavors made our tongues tingle.

Marco Polo’s culinary team shops daily at local markets. This is evident in innovative dishes like risotto topped with cuttlefish – a fun, harmonious yin and yang of spinach and squid ink risotto topped with a queue of tender cephalopods.

Shrimp at Marco Polo in Rhodes

Coated with a hazelnut rosemary crust, these plum shrimp got a flavor infusion from dollops of red pepper sauce and a sprinkling of aged balsamic vinegar.

We also enjoyed shrimp encased in a hazelnut rosemary crust and complemented by red pepper sauce along with a crispy calamari fritter flavored with tomato sauce, almonds and pesto. As a surprise, Dede offered us a wonderful, off-menu dish featuring lamb, aubergine, bean stew cream, spinach cream, balsamic and feta.

Two years in the making – Dede is that obsessed – this lamb dish gets our vote to join the menu sooner than later.

Dessert at Marco Polo in Rhodes

Marco Polos Mansion’s deconstructed baklava is legendary. We opted for a lighter pannacotta topped with amarena cherries. We’re suckers for the Emilia Romagna fruit product.

Dede’s mission was successful. We couldn’t stop smiling as we finished our meal with ultra-creamy pannacotta and shots of homemade fresh mandarin liqueur. Although the restaurant’s namesake asserted that “the true sweetness of wine is one flavor” many years ago, this modern-day Marco Polo has enough flavors to color the rainbow.

Pro Tip: Make an advance dinner reservation. Marco Polo Mansion is one of the most popular restaurants in Rhodes.

Marco Polo Mansion is located at Agiou Fanouriou 40-42, Rhodes 851 00, Greece.

Paraga

Chef Giannis Efthymiou at Paraga in Rhodes

Warm and welcoming, Chef Yiannis Efthymiou smiled throughout our meal. The smile never left his face – even when he used a hammer to smash open this clay pot.

Tiny Apollona village is an unassuming mecca for food travelers in Rhodes. Just a short walk from the island’s first female-run food cooperative (see below), Paraga provided us with one of the best meal experiences we had on the island.

The restaurant is owned by burly, bearded Chef Yiannis Efthymiou, a living legend on the island who runs his restaurant with aplomb, serving age-old Rhodian classics in a rustic open-air dining space lined with long tables perfect for family feasts.

Stuffed Tomato and Dolmades at Paraga in Rhodes

Efthymiou stuffs peppers and grape leaves with rice at Paraga. Local olive oil and capers add extra zing.

Efthymiou’s mezze dishes were among the best we’ve eaten in all of Greece. Horiatiki salad popped with the addition of caper leaves and housemade pickles. Eggplant salad reached next-level status with tahini and yogurt. And dolmades were prepared with grape leaves plucked from local vines.

We scooped it all up with fresh Rhodian bread, sprinkling Greek salt and local olive oil for extra flavor.

Lunch at Paraga in Rhodes

Food at Paraga incorporates the island’s best traditions and ingredients.

A stickler for tradition, Efthymiou cooks much of his food low and slow in wood-fire ovens including a melt-in-your-mouth goat stifado. The showstopping stew is literally cooked overnight in a bread-sealed clay pot that Efthymiou dramatically smashes open at the table.

Ingredients like red wine, cinnamon, garlic, allspice and lots of olive oil, of course, give the tender goat meat its rich flavor. Rhodians have been cooking this dish in Apollona for generations. However, watching Efthymiou attack the clay pot with both glee and a hammer was almost as exhilarating as tasting the lovingly prepared goat stew.

Dessert at Paraga in Rhodes

Efthymiou’s kadaifi was a fitting end to our meal. This dessert transforms phyllo dough into a unique, satisfying dessert.

We ended our comforting meal with a surprisingly sophisticated dessert of kadaifi and rose ice cream served with cream, grains and pistachio.

Eating at local restaurants like Paraga defines the food and travel experience we crave – a bridging of cultures that allows food travelers to taste the best, most unpretentious cuisine the world has to offer. Though Efthymiou’s food could never be defined as gastronomic, his flavors convey a true taste of Rhodes.

Pro Tip: Add a dollop of yogurt to your goat stew with caution. Efthymiou was somewhat horrified when we did this though we think it tasted divine.

Paraga is located at Epar.Od. Apollona 13, Apollona 851 06, Greece.

Piatakia

Chefs at Piatakia in Rhodes

Chefs Daniel Kyramarios and Sylvia Palermo danced their way into our hearts before feeding our bellies at Piatakia in Rhodes.

We hadn’t planned to eat at Piatakia on our last night in Rhodes. We had targeted a highly-rated Rhodes restaurant instead. But a well-timed recommendation at our afternoon wine tasting planted a seed that was destined to bloom into a flower. That flower was Piatakia.

Truth be told, we didn’t know a lot about Piatakia before we arrived other than it serves an eleven-course tapas menu for €24 (price subject to change) and that Jasonas Zafeirakopoulos, a local wine professional, considered it to be worthy of our attention.

Tuna Tartare at Piatakia in Rhodes

Served over avocado puree, Piatakia’s charred tuna tartar burst with flavor during our meal. This tapas dish was just one of eleven courses.

Still not 100% sure, we got a good vibe when peeked into Piatakia and immediately encountered two dancing chefs who directed us upstairs toward a terrace table with a view of busy Leontos street. This restaurant is fun with a dining space that’s both intimate and romantic, capturing the energetic, positive vibe emitted by the kitchen.

Seafood Risotto at Piatakia in Rhodes

Piatakia’s food is both modern and fresh. Dishes like seafood risotto are served family-style on shareable plate.

In many ways, the meal was like an edible parade. Instead of clowns and musicians, the stars were halloumi and mushrooms. Seafood risotto, tuna tartare and lamb loin completed the savory procession of tiny saucers, followed by refreshing lemon yogurt parfait. Fun fact – Piatakia translates to saucers.

Lamb Loin at Piatakia in Rhodes

Piatakia chefs prepared us a shareable plate of lamb loin with honey lemon thyme sauce, carrot puree and local pistachios.

Piatakia is a terrific Rhodes restaurant for adventurous diners who want to eat the entire menu, though pickier eaters will easily find a handful of dishes to order. Both the head chef and server are Swedish Greeks who speak excellent English; however, the experience still feels Rhodian.

Pro Tip: Order the 11-course menu for an amazing experience at an affordable price.

Piatakia is located at Leontos 13, Rhodes 851 00, Greece.

Mavrikos Restaurant

Mavrikos in Lindos

Green and airy, Mavrikos’ dining room provides a respite in Lindos. The Rhodes village attracts crowds of tourists during the summer and shoulder seasons.

Walking around tourist-friendly Lindos created a hunger. We literally climbed steep hills and dodged other travelers while exploring the historic Rhodes village. Mavrikos, primely located in Lindos’ main square, abated our hunger with its varied menu of elevated Rhodes dishes.

Chef Dimitris Mavrikos helms the kitchen while brother Michalis manages the dining room at the family eatery. Their grandfather opened the restaurant in 1912 and moved it down the hill to its current location near the entrance to the old town of Lindos in 1933.

Owners of Mavrikos in Rhodes

Brothers Dimitris and Michalis Mavrikos are third-generation owners of Mavikos in Lindos.

As Michalis shared with us, the Mavrikos brothers are “very happy with what we do” at the restaurant. And what they do is cook a unique menu influenced by their mother and grandmother as well as by Eastern Mediterranean flavors.

With a chalkboard menu listing a dozen creative options, the restaurant’s kitchen hummed at a steady pace during our visit. Featured dishes include orange zest- infused chickpea puree and creamy white tarama flavored with sweet pumpkin.

Bulgar with Minced Octopus at Mavrikos in Rhodes

No, this is not a mound of brown rice. It’s actually bulgar with minced octopus.

Ironically, Mavrikos’ most famous dish wasn’t written on the handwritten menu during our meal. Featured in a 2007 New York Times article, black butter beans cooked in carob syrup remain popular more than a decade after the article was published. Don’t worry – Michalis wrangled a normal-sized plate of gigantic beans for us to sample. We likened them to baked beans on steroids.

Meal highlights included bulgar with minced octopus and baked fennel cooked in sweet Moscato wine. Apparently, Pink Floyd‘s David Gilmour was a Mavrikos regular when he lived in Lindos. While we’re not rock stars (at least not yet), Mavrikos’ hospitality made us feel entirely welcome.

Pro Tip: Try to save room for dessert. The younger Mavrikos generation operates nearby gelateria, Gelo Blu.

Mavrikos is located at Lindos 851 07, Greece.

Ta Petaladika

Ta Petaladika in Rhodes

Ta Petaladika is a festive restaurant in the heart of Old Town Rhodes.

Ta Petaladika screams Greece with cats wandering through its outdoor dining room and festive music filling the air. Tree-strewn lights sparkle at full force while fans sit dormant during cool autumn evenings.

Unlike many Rhodes establishments, Ta Petaladika stays open all year. This Old Town restaurant provides a festive meeting place for locals when tourist throngs disappear during the quiet winter months

Octopus at Ta Petaladika in Rhodes

The chef at Ta Petaladika serves octopus with a healthy amount of vinaigrette.

Chef Georg Likopantis mans the busy kitchen at Ta Petaladika. The restaurant’s multi-page menu specializes in fish and seafood, though vegetarians and carnivores will find plenty to order during their meals.

Popular mezze options include hummus and salads featuring eggplant, smoked beetroot and white taramasalata. We sampled all of these before dipping our toes into the deep end with seafood dishes including tuna carpaccio, grilled octopus, smoked mackerel and scallops topped with orange roe.

Clam at Ta Petaladika in Rhodes

Chef Georg Likopantis dresses his scallops with vinaigrette and tops them with roe.

We enjoyed our dinner at Ta Petaladika though we found some of the dishes overdressed with vinaigrette muting the food’s pure flavors. To us, the beauty in Rhodian food lies in its simplicity. Like the rest of Greece, the products here are among the best in the world.

Pro Tip: Order ouzo to enjoy before, during or after your meal.

Ta Petaladika is located at Menekleous 2, Rhodes 851 00, Greece.

Thalassa

Horiatiki Salad at Thalassa in Rhodes

Topped with oregano and a barley rusk, Thalassa’s horiatiki salad is chockful of local vegetables.

After arriving in Rhodes well past sundown, a simple dinner at our hotel’s restaurant seemed in order. With this in mind, we meandered through the Rodos Palladium‘s spacious outdoor area until we found Thalassa and requested a selection of mezze, which we assumed would be a few small plates and a couple glasses of wine.

Grilled Octopus at Thalassa in Rhodes

Textured chickpea spread provides a comforting base for grilled octopus at Thalassa.

Instead, Executive Chef Athanasios Kotsis and his team sent out a bottle of Atheni wine and a barrage of dishes that started with amazing salads and spreads. The unrelenting onslaught continued with grilled octopus, orzo with shrimp and feta, cuttlefish risotto and smoked mackerel.

Each dish exceeded our expectations and set an excellent start to our Rhodes food exploration. If it weren’t so late, we would have tried some main dishes too.

We somehow stayed awake long enough to share a selection of sweet treats – orange pie, baklava and ice cream topped with mastic. We thank and blame Kostis for sending the desserts to our table.

Chef at Rodos Palladium in Rhodes

Executive Chef Athanasios Kotsis leads the culinary team at Rodos Palladium. He’s pictured here at the hotel’s breakfast buffet.

We encountered Kotsis several hours later at the hotel’s morning buffet. Though he was busy slicing mackerel and serving hungry guests, he kindly took time to show us the best local foods on offer and share a few tips about the island’s trendiest bars.

Pro Tip: Don’t expect a typical hotel restaurant when you dine at Thalassa. The food and service achieve higher standards.

Thalassa is located at the Rodos Palladium hotel.

Rhodes Desserts

Baklava at Phournariko in Rhodes

We dream about Baklava in Greece. We found these honey-drenched beauties at Phournariko in Old Town Rhodes.

Considering its Aegean location and history with the Ottomans, Rhodian desserts feature many of the ingredients we typically associate with Turkey – primarily filo dough and honey.

While in Rhodes, we often started and ended our days with sweet treats. Though we’re not typically fans of melekouni, a bar made with sesame, honey and spices, we adored the local version in Rhodes.

Breakfast Treats at Elysium Resort in Rhodes

We ate this cake for breakfast at Elysium Resort & Spa.

You won’t have to look hard for dessert during your meals in Rhodes. You’ll find tempting options at your hotel breakfast and on most Rhodes menus.

However, you may need an extra pick-me-up during the day. For those times, we recommend the following dessert spots:

Phournariko

Chocolate Baklava at Phournariko in Rhodes

As if baklava isn’t sweet enough, Phournariko bakes a version topped with chocolate and Nutella.

Hiding in plain sight on an Old Town sidestreet, Phornariko is a formidable Rhodes bakery. Phornariko employees bake a tempting selection of bread, pizza, baklava, kalouri and other treats in the bakery’s brick-covered wood stove, and the bakery also stays open all night long.

Yes, you can start your day here with coffee and cake and end it with comfort food after a night at the bars. After you visit Phornariko once, it’s almost guaranteed that you’ll return for more Rhodes cheap eats. At least that was the case for us.

Pro Tip: Stop by Phornarikio any time you have a sweet tooth. This Rhodes bakery is literally open 24 hours a day.

Phornariko is located at Dinokratous 1-9, Rhodes 851 00, Greece.

Gelo Blu

Gelato at Gelo Blu in Lindos

Considering the pebbles that adorn the streets of Rhodes, perhaps we should have ordered Rocky Road ice cream at Gelo Blu. Next time!

Gelo Blu provides a sanctuary from the bustling crowds that fill Lindos’ cobblestone alleys. It also serves artisan gelato, freshly baked cakes, sandwiches, salads and smoothies.

Although Gelo Blu’s menu featured no less than 10 cakes during our visit, including a gluten-free option, we stuck to our plan and shared a cone topped with chocolate and amarena cherry gelato.

We later found out that Gelo Blu’s owner is part of the family that owns Mavrikos (see above), a case of the apple not falling far from the tree. Or in this case – the ice cream cone.

Pro Tip: Order a drink if you’re feeling thirsty. Gelo Blu offers a range of beverages including coffee and cocktails.

Gelo Blu is located at Lindou – Lardou, Lindos 851 07 Greece.

Rhodes Food Experiences

Selfie at Anastasia Triantafillou in Rhodes

Yamas! Wine is always a good choice in Rhodes. We drank this wine during our tasting at Anastasia Triantafyllou Estate.

Beyond restaurants, Rhodes has a thriving food scene that food travelers will want to explore. Much of the culinary action occurs in villages throughout the island.

Not sure where to start? We suggest the following destinations:

Anastasia Triantafyllou Estate

Jasonas Zafeirakopoulos at Anastasia Triantafillou in Rhodes

Winemaker Jasonas Zafeirakopoulos proudly represents his family’s wines at Anastasia Triantafillou in Rhodes.

Visiting an authentic winery is one of the best things to do in Rhodes for food travelers. Continuously produced in Rhodes for more than 2,000 years, Rhodian wine varietals include Athiri, Amorgiano and Mandilaria. Not even Muslim conquerors or Phylloxera could stop wine production and trade on the island.

Harvest season is early in Rhodes, typically starting in early August and finishing in September. This timing is due to the island’s sunny, dry climate.

Vineyard at Anastasia Triantafillou in Rhodes

The hills of Rhodes are filled with grape-growing vines.

Located near the Valley of the Butterflies, Anastasia Triantafyllou offers guided vineyard visits and wine tastings for both individuals and groups. Jasonas Zafeirakopoulos, passionate winemaker and son of the owners, showed us the winery’s impressive vineyard located on a former olive grove before leading us on a tasting of five signature wines.

We sampled whites and reds including piney Retsina and sweet Muscat. Overall, the wines impressed us as did the artwork decorating each bottle. Plus, the tasting was fun.

Pro Tip: Buy edible souvenirs like olive oil, honey and liqueurs at the winery’s shop. Prices are fair and products are local.

Anastasia Triantafyllou Estate is located at Epar.Od. Kalamonas-Psinthou 6, Paradisi 851 06, Greece.

Apollona Women’s Agrotourist Cooperative

Bread Baker at Apollona Women's Agrotrourist Cooperative in Rhodes

Why buy bread at the store when you can buy freshly baked loaves at Apollona Women’s Agrotourist Cooperative?

Leave it to women to preserve Rhodes’ baking traditions. A crew of diligent female bakers have been doing just this at the Apollona Women’s Agrotourist Cooperative since 2005 with recipes handed down by their grandmothers.

A visit to the coop quickly reveals a busy operation. After welcoming us, mother/daughter duo Maria and Katerina Palaze quickly us to work in the operation’s daily melekouni production. After they boiled honey on the stove until it caramelized, we helped with mixing and slicing. Our reward? The best melekouni we’ve ever eaten.

Fun Fact: For the unfamiliar, melekouni is a Greek energy bar made with honey, sesame, cinnamon and allspice. Locals have been serving melekouni at weddings for centuries.

Cutting Melekouni at Apollona Womens Agritourist Cooperative in Rhodes

Hot melekouni is the best melekouni.

The workday starts early in Apollona. The crew’s first priority is baking bread which they cover with a blanket while it rises. Coated with seeds, this bread is sweeter than typical loaves and is available for purchase. If you arrive around noon, you can buy hot bread straight out of the oven.

The industrious women also make koliva, a Greek superfood with grains, spices and sugar, and takkakia, nut-filled baklava that fried and dipped in honey. You can buy both to enjoy later, preferably after your lunch at nearby Paraga (see above).

Pro Tip: Stock up on baked goods and local products like honey, olive oil, jam and liqueur. Don’t be shy – the shop accepts credit card payments.

Apollona Women’s Agrotourist Cooperative is located at 68 Apostle Paul, Ascension, Apollona 851 06, Greece.

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Things to Do in Rhodes

Ice Cream Break at Gelo Blu in Lindos

Take time for ice cream when you explore Rhodes. Daryl is pictured here enjoying his cone.

Eating is just one thing to do in Rhodes. Consider the following activities between meals:


Hungry for more Greek food? Check out our Athens Food Guide.


Rhodes Meal Map


We’ve included this handy map so you can track your Rhodes meals with a smartphone.

Rhodes Logistics

Sunrise at Rodos Palladium in Rhodes

If you plan ahead, this could be your hotel view in Rhodes.

Now that you know where to eat in Rhodes, the next step is planning transportation and accommodations.

Getting to Rhodes

Motorcycle in Old Town Rhodes

The pebbly roads in Rhodes are some of the most charming roads in Greece.

Since Rhodes is closer to Turkey than it is to most Greek destinations, ferries aren’t a quick or cost-effective option for most international visitors. We flew Aegean, the country’s largest airline, during our trip and recommend it for transit to and from Rhodes.

Rhodes Hotels

Elysium Resort in Rhodes

Rhodes has many impressive hotels. Pictured here is the Elysium Resort & Spa.

We stayed at two awesome hotels during our time in Rhodes. Read on to see which one better meets your needs:

Elysium Resort & Spa

Breakfast Room at Elysium Resort in Rhodes

Elysium’s elite breakfast room offers a panoramic view of the Aegean.

The Elysium Resort & Spa is a full-service hotel that caters to an upscale international clientele. Located on the beach near Kallithea Springs, this hotel has a gorgeous pool with plenty of space to lounge. The hotel also has multiple restaurants, bars and shops to satisfy all appetites and needs.

Suite at Elysium Resort in Rhodes

Our junior suite at Elysium was both comfortable and tastefully decorated.

We stayed in a junior suite during our stay at the five-star hotel. We highly recommend this room level both for its comfortable decor and view. As a bonus, this suite provides access to the hotel’s Elite Club and exclusive roof-top breakfast.

Click here to research rates for Elysium Resort and Spa.

Rodos Palladium

Rhodes Welcome at Rodos Palladium

Rodos Palladium’s hotel staff made us feel both welcome and comfortable during our stay. Damianos Karagiannis is pictured here welcoming us to the hotel.

Rodos Palladium is a family-friendly deluxe hotel just a short walk from the Elysium Resort & Spa. Visitors can expect excellent service at this hotel as well as one of the biggest breakfast buffets we’ve ever experienced. During the day, guests choose between the hotel’s sandy beach or a lagoon-style pool.

We stayed in a junior suite during our day. We especially enjoyed the suite’s comfortable bed and epic balcony view.

Click here to research rates for Rodos Palladium.

Rental Car

Stone Street in Rhodes Greece

Don’t drive your car in Rhodes’ Old Town. The rocky roads are more appropriate for motorbikes and pedestrians.

You’ll need a car to get around Rhodes if you want to dine in villages like Apollona and Lindos. We rented a car from Rodos Cars during our visit. We were able to pick the car up at our hotel and return it at the airport with minimal muss or fuss.

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Saveur Magazine's BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences on the 2foodtrippers website and YouTube. The married Food and Travel content creators live in Lisbon, Portugal.

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  1. 3 year back i was there, and enjoyed different food more then in 7 restaurants which quit popular in city. Next year in 2020, again I will be there.

    Thanks for sharing.

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