Welcome to Pelion Culture’s Spring 2020 survey of the must-visit restaurants in Volos and Pelion.
The list features the most talked about restaurants which are ranked according to a factor that is admittedly fluctuating: where do the locals line up to go? It may be just a brand new place that everybody wants to visit this season, a classic that continues to attract attention, or a restaurant that featured on a popular website, magazine or TV show. Whatever the reason, these are the 10 hottest restaurants in Volos and Pelion RIGHT NOW:
New restaurants rarely survive (let alone thrive) in Volos where the food scene is dominated by tsipouradika. But being different than any other eatery in town, Brighton a small and unpretentious restaurant, won over the locals with its open kitchen, traditional Greek dishes with a twist, and lots of vegetarian options. Securing a table on any given day is a difficult task.
The locals continue to line up in the narrow alleyway to get a table in this small tsipouro restaurant that has won several food awards and raised the gastronomic standards in Volos.
The oldest café-bar in the Agios Nikolaos district (Kontaratou Street) made a strong come-back after an unsuccessful year as a quasi Thai Restaurant. The locals welcomed their all-time-classic bar which this season reintroduced itself as a coffee-wine bar with several dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Large wine lists and Stella Artois on tap pair perfectly with their absolutely delicious flatbreads, especially the one with prosciutto from Eurytania.
Although located at the seafront amidst dozen other touristy tsipouro restaurants, Lepi stands out for the quality of its food and the professionalism of its staff. Reservations are not taken but the locals continue to line up for a table. Their fried anchovy fillets and smoked macharel will work your appetite for another promising round of drinks.
5. Vinsanto Wine Bar
The extreme hospitality of the owners and their welcome amuse-bouche (soup and tartelettes) will bring you back to Vinsanto. Small menu with well-executed dishes and reasonable prices. Their cheese plateau served with caramelized onions marmalade is a must.
Perhaps the most widely known restaurant in the Pelion peninsula continues to attract locals and tourists alike. The best pitas in the whole region are being prepared in the kitchen of this restaurant. Even the phyllo of the pita tastes delicious! Generous seasonal salads and a small variety of homemade-like dishes offer to the guests an authentic Greek dining experience.
A restaurant that pays tribute to the culinary tradition of the Greek refugees from Asia Minor that settled west of Volos in the 1920’s. Try their hounkar begendi (eggplant puree with beef cooked in red sauce) and local tsitsiravla (tsipouro meze dish). Best time to visit is on a busy day (i.e. Sunday for lunch) to ensure that their whole menu is freshly cooked.
Off-the-beaten path, at Agios Lavrentios, Dryades is a restaurant that you will return to with your friends and family. Local ingredients, inspired dishes married with Pelion traditions, and slow cooked meats that melt in the mouth keep this restaurant steadily among the top ones of the region. The owners love what they do and it shows. From their grilled vegetables to their iconic boubari, every dish that will parade on your table is an unforgettable sensory experience.
This is the most fancy and upscale restaurant in town where the locals take their guests to treat them to a nice dinner. Nice cocktails, big tasty salads, half portions of dishes at half the price, and the smoothest tarama mouse as a welcome snack. Limited menu which has more or less remained the same for years.
This all-day open bar-restaurant probably serves the best pizza in Volos and is one of the very few places where you can get breakfast. Their Wednesday special of pizza and a pitcher of beer for 10 Euros is the best deal in town. Seniors, college students, and couples celebrating anniversaries make up the most diverse clientele in Volos’ restaurant world.