Local food and drink
With its Mediterranean climate and fertile land, the star features of Rhodian dishes are often fresh vegetables, olive oil and local herbs and spices. Expect to see a rich variety of meze selections, including a range of vegetables and beans, fresh fish, meats, cheeses and creamy Greek yoghurt.
Local delicacies include rouzetia with skordalia, which are small fried fish eaten whole and served with garlic sauce. You can also find pitaroudia—chickpea fritters made with onions, tomatoes, mint and olive oil—all over Rhodes. Rhodian honey, famous for being high in antioxidants, is another must-try and used in many desserts on the island.
At Kamari Beach, you’re only minutes away from the best of Greek cooking. For perfect calamari, friendly staff and rooftop views, get a table at Olympia Restaurant in Lindos. Beachfront restaurant Panos is also top-rated, with highlights including its fresh octopus, prawn orzo and Greek tacos.
To accompany all that great food, Rhodes wine is exceptional—you can taste the island’s sunshine and rich minerals with every sip. But before getting too carried away with the wines, make sure you visit one of Rhode’s many ouzeries and try the Greek national liquor. Meanwhile, beer lovers will rejoice when they try Zythos, which is brewed locally on the island. There is also the locally produced lemon vap – a delicious take on lemonade.