The Best Restaurants in Nafplio, Greece

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by Santorini Dave • Updated: November 22, 2022

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Marble-paved village square surrounded by Venetian-style and Neoclassical buildings and cafes.

Cafés line charming Syntagma Square in the center of Old Town Nafplio.

Nafplio Tips & Recommendations

  • Nafplio is a charming, romantic, and compact harbor town, easily traversed on foot. Most of Old Town Nafplio is pedestrianized, and parking can be scarce on the outskirts. A car isn’t necessary while staying in town.
  • Tipping in Nafplio: Tipping is customary in Greece. A general rule for a casual meal at a taverna is to tip about €2 to €5 or to round the bill up to the nearest number ending in a “0” or “5.” For example, if your bill is €27, leave a total of €30. For higher-end restaurants, tipping 5 to 10% is standard; 15% is considered generous. For bars and cafés if ordering at the counter, round up to the nearest euro; for table service, tip about 5 to 10%.
  • Booking.com is the best website for booking hotels in Nafplio.
  • The Best Hotels in Nafplio: 3Sixty Hotel & SuitesGambello Luxury RoomsRegno di Morea

The 12 Best Places to Eat in Nafplio

1. Kastro Karima • $$/$$$

Diners sit at outdoor tables at a rustic café in a marble pedestrian alley at night
Intimate hidden gem on a quiet street on Old Town’s south side. The chef’s unique touches and beautiful plating at this family-run spot elevate traditional Greek homestyle dishes and fresh seafood from great to excellent. The ambiance is elegant but casual, with live or recorded jazz music setting a romantic and sophisticated mood. Great wine list and impeccable service, too. Reservations recommended.
Map • +30 2752 025279

2. Pidalio Mezedopoleio – $$

A man takes a restaurant order of a couple sitting at a sidewalk cafe table at dusk
This popular eatery is located on the edge of “New Town” Nafplio and specializes in meze and super-fresh seafood. The wine and food menus are both extensive, with uncommon specials such as boar with plums and quinoa-stuffed calamari. Portions are generous and prices are cheap. The interior is cozy, with seating that extends to the sidewalk out front. Well worth the 10-minute walk from Old Town.
Map • +30 27520 22603

3. Alaloum – $$

Diners at outdoor tables of a rustic Greek taverna at night
Excellent taverna, with huge portions and a wide range of menu items that include traditional Greek cuisine, grilled meats, fresh fish, pasta, and salads. The service is fast and friendly, and the house wine is better than most. Great value for your money. located on a quiet, narrow street between the Church of St George Square and Acronafplia Hill, with a second location on Boumboulinas Street next to the marina.
Map • +30 27520 28213

4. 3Sixty – $$$

Tables set for dinner in an elegant, high-ceilinged restaurant room
This gourmet grill and wine bar is attached to a swanky hotel with the same name, and is ideal for a special occasion or simply a break from the traditional taverna scene. The decor is trendy and upscale, with ample seating indoors and out. The menu is somewhat limited, comprising modern takes on traditional Greek fare and Greek interpretations of international dishes. Good wine selection and cocktails. Note that there is a live DJ at the bar most nights, and the music can get loud by the end of the evening – those in search of a quiet night should look elsewhere. Reservations recommended.
Map • +30 27520 28068

Map showing the locations of the best places to eat in Nafplio, Greece

5. Aiolos Taverna – $$

Outdoor cafe tables covered in checkered tablecloths along a pedestrian street
Family-run, and family-friendly traditional taverna. The atmosphere is warm and cheerful, with hand-written menus and kids’ drawings lining the walls – and the service is friendly and attentive. The menu is standard taverna, with standouts including the drunken chicken and stuffed sweet horn peppers. Reservations recommended for larger groups, especially in the height of summer.
Map • +30 27520 26828

6. Mitato – $/$$

Yellow and green exterior of a souvlaki shop, with bench seating
Great gyros and souvlaki in the heart of Old Town. Though they specialize in grilled meats, there are plenty of vegetarian and vegan options on the menu as well – and delicious house-made fries and chips. With its friendly and prompt service, Mitato is a perfect choice for a quick and inexpensive lunch.
Map • +30 27520 21159

7. Savouras Fish Tavern – $$/$$$

A line of umbrella tents filled with tables set for dining
If fresh seafood and outdoor seating near the water is what you’re after, any of the restaurants on Boumpoulinas Street across from the Nafplio Marina are far superior to the more touristy ones along the harborfront, particularily Savouras. This locally-loved family business from 1841 has been passed down through five generations.
Map • +30 2752 023704

8. Koustenis – $

Thepedestrian streetside counter of an ice cream shop in Greece
The best ice cream in Nafplio. Quick service and great prices. With all flavors made on site, Koustenis offers all the regulars, plus nontraditional flavors like fig and mastica. The bargain price of 1.50€ for a single scoop justifies stopping here more than once. Easy to find along the main pedestrian shopping street in Old Town.
Map • +30 2752 025301

9. Syntagma Square Cafés • $/$$

Table set with a glass of wine on an outdoor square in Greece
While the restaurants that line Nafplio’s central square aren’t the best choice for a delicious dinner, they’re the perfect place to nurse a coffee or glass of wine as you watch the world go by. Kentrikon Cafe, in particular, located next to the Archaeological Museum, offers cool and comfortable tables under a large, shady plane tree.
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10. Vasilis Taverna • $$

A waiter serves a couple at an outdoor cafe at night
Traditional taverna, centrally-located one street off Syntagma Square. Fresh salads and a good variety of vegetarian options as well as excellent home-cooked dishes like oven-roasted lamb, pork or rabbit stew, soutzoukakia (spiced meatballs), and a truly great moussaka. Live music some nights. Reservations are recommended for large parties.
Map • +30 27520 25334

11. Palio Archontiko • $/$$

Tables with checkered tablecloths line a sidewalk cafe, with bouganvilla hanging overhead
Family-run and bouganvilla-clad taverna near the marina. Traditional favorites are served daily at the “Old Mansion,” made from scratch from family recipes. Expect to find tables of tourists and locals alike here, both enjoying classic Greek dishes like rabbit or beef with lemon sauce at a pleasing price point.
Map • +30 698 186 8914

12. Harborside Cafés • $/$$

View of Bourtzi Castle from a waterfront cafe table in Nafplio
A handful of restaurants line the picturesque Nafplio harborfront and offer an unobstructed vantage point of Bourtzi Castle. None of these will blow you away, food-wise (the best of the lot is Kontogiorgos), but they’re great for resting your feet and enjoying a coffee or cocktail with a view. Your best bet for snagging front-row seats is to arrive around 45 minutes before sunset – enjoy a pre-dinner drink with a view, and then head somewhere else for dinner.
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