- Spondi (Athens): Athinorama, the weekly review of the Athenian scene, has chosen Spondi several years running (2001-07, 2011) as the best place in town. Exceptional cuisine, setting (a beautiful 19th-c. town house with a stone courtyard covered with bougainvillea) and service, this winner of two Michelin stars for exceptional dining is considered by many to be the finest restaurant in Greece.
- Fish Taverna Takis to Limeni (Limeni, Mani, Peloponnese): Visitors to Greece dream of finding the perfect open-air fish taverna perched by the sea, serving fish that were swimming in the sea earlier the same day. Here it is -- with some of the fish still swimming in the underwater storage cages they're plopped into from the fishing boats. Everything here is fresh and delicious.
- Selene (Santorini, Cyclades): The best restaurant on an island with lots of good places to eat, Selene, which moved from congested Fira to charming Pyrgos in 2010, is one of the finest restaurants in Greece. Owner George Haziyannakis constantly experiments with local produce to turn out innovative versions of traditional dishes. Even better, there are cooking classes where you can see how dishes are made -- and then eat them! The new Selene also has a cafe/patisserie/wine bar.
- Well of the Turk (Chania, Crete)): Set back in a quiet square in Chania's old Venetian quarter, this restaurant offers both a delightful ambience and a novel selection of dishes. The proprietress and her staff make dining here a special experience.
- Petrino (Kos, Dodecanese): When royalty comes to Kos, this is where they dine. Housed in an exquisitely restored, century-old stone petrino (private residence), this is hands-down the most elegant taverna in Kos, with cuisine to match. This is what Greek home cooking would be if your mother were part divine.
- Venetian Well (Corfu, Ionian Islands): A bit severe in its setting at the edge of a small enclosed square in Corfu town, with no attempt at the picturesque, this restaurant gets by on its more esoteric, international, and delicate menu. It's for those seeking a break from the standard Greek scene.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.