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paharo45

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I remember when I went to Zakynthos, the super “touristy” restaurants had the worst food! This is an island with so many foreign tourists that I think restaurant owners skip out on the quality or make food that’s catered to more British/American pallets. In my opinion, if you want real Greek cuisine, avoid the the gimmicky places. Good luck!
 

Worldwide Greeks Editor

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I agree with you! The absolute best restaurants to eat at when in Zakynthos or all of Greece for that matter are the non-touristy places. Restaurants that are non-chain, family owned and where locals eat are typically the best places to eat in Greece. Checking a website like Tripadvisor works to see what the reviews and customer photos look like works well.
 

k_tsoukalas

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I agree! You have to go off the beaten track a bit to get the best food, no matter where you are in Greece. You have to ask a local where the really amazing, out of the way places are. They're hard to find on your own.
 

ellinasgolfer0320

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Agreed. It's best to avoid all touristy restaurants when in Greece. A tip to know if you're at at a place where the locals go or tourists go (assuming you've already tried to avoid the obvious tourist restaurants) is to look and see how many people are drinking coffee. People drinking coffee = a place where locals go.
 
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paharo45

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Agreed. It's best to avoid all touristy restaurants when in Greece. A tip to know if you're at at a place where the locals go or tourists go (assuming you've already tried to avoid the obvious tourist restaurants) is to look and see how many people are drinking coffee. People drinking coffee = a place where locals go.
That's smart...now that you mention it, many Greeks that I know will usually go out for a drink/coffee over an entire meal
 

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