I’ve just recently spent an amazing week in Greece, in a small town called Parga. The place is absolutely beautiful and – at least this time of the year – peaceful and calm. It’s not great for people with kids or for people with mobility impairments (you’ll be walking up and down a hill a lot!) but if you’re a couple looking for a romantic getaway, this is your place!
I find it little embarrassing to admit this but the thing I was most looking forward to on this journey was not the scenery or relaxation. It was the food. I love Greek food – well, who doesn’t? And the great thing was that wherever we ate out in Parga, the food was always good. We were never disappointed. So I thought I’d make a little list (with pictures of course) for you of the restaurants in Parga that we visited. I hope this helps you to make up your mind which restaurants you want to try in Parga:
Restaurants in Parga
Here are the restaurants (in alphabetical order) we visited on our trip to Parga:
We arrived very late at night in Parga, I think it was around 11 o’clock when we finally found our way to our hotel room and noticed that we were starving. Bacchos was one of the restaurants that was still open and I had read good reviews about the place so we decided to give it a go.
We had just sat down and ordered our dinner when everyone started cheering and clapping. I had no idea what was going on. I noticed the waiters were lighting their cigarettes and the music that they were playing sounded slightly familiar. There was some kind of a line forming among the waiters and some of the guests were joining them – and then they were dancing. I think the dancing is called Sirtaki or Zorbas – you know where you hold your neighbors’ shoulders, make small kicks and move forward in a line formation. Before I knew what happened one of the waiters had pulled me in and there I was – dancing Zorbas on the very first night of our stay. It was a lot of fun, especially as the music got faster and faster at some point!
The first time we visited Bacchos it was so late that it was still busy but there was no queue to the restaurant. We decided to go again a few nights later and as it was a bit earlier in the evening we weren’t able to get a table straight away. I can only imagine what it’s like in July or August! Waiting for a table was no problem though (we were on holiday so we had all the time in the world!) and we were given small free drinks while we leaned against the stone wall by the harbor. I think we had to wait for about 15 minutes and then were seated.
We shared a Greek Salad for starters both times we visited. It was really delicious (as it always is in Greece). The first time we went there we had a chicken and a pork souvlaki, some red wine and a bottle of sparkling water. The souvlakis were big and they tasted really fresh and of good quality. The only small problem was the seasoning, there wasn’t enough salt or other spices (to our taste anyway). There was some salt and pepper at the table so we were able to fix them.
The second time we went there we had a Mixed Grill plate and a Rabbit Stifado. We both liked our dishes. I had to add some salt again but that’s really no big deal.
We thoroughly enjoyed both nights we visited this restaurant. The atmosphere was something that we couldn’t find anywhere else in Parga. The waiters were super efficient – they seemed to have an amazing flow in what they were doing – but we didn’t feel rushed. As usual, there were complimentary ouzos with our bill.
Below is a picture of our bill. We shared a Greek salad, drank 250 ml red wine and some sparkling water and ate a Mixed Grill plate and a Rabbit Stifado. My boyfriend had a coffee too but I don’t think they added it to the bill. And then we finished our meal with the free ouzo. It all turned out to be € 34,10 which I thought was quite reasonable for the dinner we had.
Overall verdict of restaurant Bacchos
Restaurant Bacchos had the liveliest atmosphere of all the restaurants we visited in Parga. Everyone was at this restaurant to have a good time. So if you’re looking for a quiet evening this isn’t your place. But if you want to have some fun, celebrate and dance then this is certainly the place to go to.
Would I go back to restaurant Bacchos
I would and I did. Go go go 🙂
Filippas is a small Gyros restaurant and great for an inexpensive lunch. This is another restaurant that we went to twice.
Filippas is a small restaurant that is situated very close to the Prioneri beach. The first time we went to this restaurant we had a portion of chicken souvlakis and a pita gyros. We liked the food very much, both the souvlakis and pita gyros were delicious.
The second time we had lunch there we chose Greek salads with gyros and a chicken. The portions were huge but we were still slightly disappointed with our dishes – they weren’t seasoned very well.
Overall verdict of restaurant Filippas
This place is really good for lunch. I’d stick to pita gyros and souvlakis though, the salads we had the second time we visited were a bit bland and boring.
Would I go back to restaurant Filippas
I would – but I’d choose pita gyros or souvlakis!
Gemini is another seafront restaurant and pizzeria in Parga and we decided to have lunch there as we felt like having some pizza for a change.
This time we decided to skip the Greek salad we usually always started with and have just pizzas. I ordered pizza Diavola and my boyfriend went for pizza Napolitana. He thought his pizza was just OK but I really liked mine. For drinks, I had a glass of red wine and we had a large bottle of mineral water as well.
Overall verdict of restaurant Gemini
The pizza I ordered was better than I expected – it was better than the one I had later at restaurant Veneziano. A nice relax experience.
Would I go back to restaurant Gemini
Sure, why not.
Geysi was a small centrally located grill / gyros restaurant that was a good choice for lunch.
We had a light lunch as we shared a Greek salad (€5,50) and also ordered a chicken and bacon pita (€2,80) and two souvlakis: chicken and pork (€3,50). For drinks, we chose some mineral water (€0,60) and a Radler (€2,50). So it was a nice small lunch that cost us €14,90.
Overall verdict of restaurant Geysi
Nice and tasty, a good choice for an inexpensive lunch.
Would I go back to restaurant Geysi
I probably would.
Restaurant Miam! Miam!
Miam Miam is a small restaurant next to restaurant Gemini at the seafront. It’s a restaurant we chose for lunch.
We ordered a Greek salad, two pork souvlakis, two chicken and bacon souvlakis and a large bottle of water. They served some complimentary pita bread which my boyfriend especially liked a lot.
Our lunch cost us only €14,70 which I thought was a bargain considering how much we ate. The souvlakis were tasty so I thought this place was good value for money.
Overall verdict of restaurant Miam Miam
Thinking back I think this was perhaps our nicest lunch in Parga. The restaurant isn’t that “fancy” so I probably wouldn’t have dinner there but it was really really good for lunch.
Would I go back to restaurant Miam Miam
For lunch, definitely.
Sakis had a very different ambiance compared to all the other restaurants we visited. For one, it’s not in the seafront. And it doesn’t have a spectacular view. It’s just a restaurant that has tables outside, then there’s a street where people walk past and there are tables on the other side of that street too.
So there’s really nothing special about it but for some reason, I still felt that it was one of the nicest dinner experiences we had in Parga. And I can’t really explain why.
The dinner started with complimentary glasses of ouzo and for starters, we ordered a Greek salad. It was served with some brown garlic bread, which was a nice change for the usual white bread or pita. Feta cheese in the Greek salad was particularly good: it tasted creamier and had more flavor than the ones we’d had before.
For drinks, we ordered a liter of red wine and a large bottle of water.
For the main course, we chose a Mixed grill for two. It was a plate that had sausages, burgers, grilled chicken, pork and lamb chops served with rice, french fries and tzatziki. The food was OK. It wasn’t great and the lamb chops were very overcooked but overall it was an OK meal.
After our meal, we were served a complementary plate with apple slices in some kind of a sugar syrup.
The total of our bill was written in the tablecloth and it was €34,50.
Overall verdict of restaurant Sakis
The atmosphere in this restaurant was really lovely, in an eerie sort of way I can’t really explain. Perhaps it was the fact that it felt so… Greek. The restaurant had a calm yet happy atmosphere (with lots of cats). Even though our main course (Mixed grill) wasn’t that great – I’d probably order something else if I were you – to me it was the best dinner experience we had in Parga. And I still can’t really explain why.
Would I go back to restaurant Sakis
My boyfriend was in a bad mood, a bit grumpy for some reason when we visited this restaurant so I’ll try not to let it affect my judgment on this restaurant. Because the fact is that I really liked the food here. The view from our table towards Valtos beach was just amazing and the restaurant had put a lot of effort in trying to make the place look like a proper seafood restaurant. For that reason, I find it a bit sad that this restaurant still lacked some ambiance. The music and decor seemed a bit… kitsch? Or maybe it was just the fact that my boyfriend seemed a bit unhappy this evening 🙂
Taverna Stefanos is situated close to the Citadel (and restaurant Sakis) so you’ll probably have to climb some steps to get there.
Taverna Stefanos specializes in seafood so I was a bit worried about ordering souvlakis (I’m not a fan of seafood). We had mixed feelings about our dishes: My boyfriend didn’t like the small side salad but I thought it was really good. A nice change for the usual leaf of lettuce and a slice of tomato that you usually get!
I actually thought this was one of the best souvlaki dishes we had in Parga. The dish was a very good size and I liked the fact that there was rice as well.
I thought this restaurant was excellent value: We got complimentary ouzos for aperitifs, shared a Greek salad and tzatziki for starters, pork and chicken souvlakis for the main course and were again given complimentary cinnamon liqueur when we got the bill. For drinks, we had mineral water and half a liter of red wine. The portions were huge and delicious and our bill totaled at just €30!
Overall verdict of restaurant Taverna Stefanos
The decor was a bit tacky but I was surprised that this restaurant was such a good value for money even when it had such an amazing view towards Valtos beach. The portions were really big and tasty and we got complimentary ouzos AND liqueur, which was nice 🙂
Would I go back to Taverna Stefanos
Restaurant To Souli
To Souli was a restaurant we walked past a lot (well, it’s on the waterfront so you’re bound to walk past it…) before we decided to give it a go. There was a sign promoting a Greek menu for two outside the restaurant. That sounded pretty good so we went there for dinner.
The Greek menu for two includes a Greek salad, 5 mezes (a meze plate with tzatziki, garlic paste, feta red pepper paste, dolmades and grilled red bell peppers) for starters, kleftiko and moussaka for mains and two small ouzos. Bread is not included so we ordered some garlic bread.
The Greek salad was nice (as it seemed to be wherever we ate) but I was a bit disappointed with the mezes. We didn’t know (or ask) what mezes we were going to be served so the fact that most of them were just pastes was a bit disappointing. The garlic bread was delicious though.
Our main courses moussaka and kleftiko were OK. Nothing spectacular but we did like the food. Kleftiko is a lamb dish that has potatoes and tomatoes and is slow roasted in the oven with a lot of feta cheese on top of it.
For drinks, we ordered a liter of water and half a liter of red wine. The bill totaled at €36,70 and we were served some complimentary liqueur with it. I think it might have been kumquat liqueur.
Overall verdict of restaurant To Souli
Hmm. We liked the restaurant but it wasn’t one of our favorites. Try it by any means if you want to try another restaurant, you probably won’t be disappointed.
Would I go back to restaurant To Souli
I’m not sure.
I grew curious towards restaurant Veneziano because it always seemed really crowded in the evening. So, of course, we had to find out what it’s all about. This is another restaurant we visited twice during our week in Parga.
The first time we went to this restaurant we ordered a Greek salad, a salami pizza, and a seafood pasta. For drinks, we had a liter of red wine and some mineral water. My boyfriend wanted to order a seafood platter but our waitress recommended a seafood pasta instead so that’s what he chose eventually.
The second time we went there we chose a chicken souvlaki and pasta carbonara with some sparkling water.
Overall verdict of restaurant Veneziano
Our waitress was really friendly and we liked the fact that she had opinions about the food on the menu. If we were about to order something that she wouldn’t recommend she said about it and made suggestions about the food that she believed we would enjoy.
I guess the best thing about this place was the friendly service and atmosphere but the food was nice too 🙂
Would I go back to restaurant Veneziano
Yes. It wasn’t one of my favorite restaurants in Parga but it was good none the less.
Restaurant Zorbas is situated right next to the popular restaurant Bacchos and we had dinner at this restaurant.
For starters, we chose – surprise surprise – to share a Greek salad and for the main course we had a mixed grill and a swordfish (fresh) on a skewer. I drank a glass of red wine and my boyfriend had just some sparkling water.
We were served the usual complimentary ouzos together with our bill. I think they charged us €1,60 for the plain white bread.
Overall verdict of restaurant Zorbas
To be honest this restaurant was nothing to write home about. I mean, the food was OK – it certainly wasn’t bad. But there was zero atmosphere in this restaurant and the food just didn’t make up for the lack of atmosphere.
Would I go back to restaurant Zorbas
No, I wouldn’t. I would skip going the first time as well, just because there are better options.
So those were the restaurants in Parga we visited this time. If we’d had more time we would have also tried these restaurants: Aegis Dine & Drink (a restaurant that is owned by the same people that run the Paragaea Olive oil factory museum in Parga) and restaurant Castello. We heard good things about both these restaurants. Maybe next time 🙂