Stunning views and great atmosphere meets next level gastronomy at the best hotel restaurants for 2021!
It was about two or three years ago, when new restaurant openings in Greek hotels and resorts started making the news more and more often. Great atmosphere, awarded chefs, breath-taking views and interesting twists to the Mediterranean cuisine seemed to be the new norm for restaurant openings, elevating the vacation gastronomy scene at a worldwide level. And now this norm is just the basic -sophisticated spaces mixing cutting-edge design with great ambiance, flavors that take gastronomy to the next level, and stand-out dishes that become the talk of the town define the hotel restaurant scene both in Athens and the islands. From all-time classics to exciting new entries, these are some of the best hotel restaurants in Greece for summer 2021.
Below, discover the best hotel restaurants in Greece for summer 2021.
Galazia Hytra at Summer Senses (Paros)
The collaboration of Summer Senses Resort with the acclaimed and awarded Athenian restaurant, Hytra, brought the brand new Galazia Hytra at Paros and it became the talk of the town this season. The talented chef Tasos Mantis and the rest of the team of Galazia Hytra create a menu of unique recipes that represent the best of creative Greek cuisine. True to its philosophy of highlighting classic dishes through modern techniques and exceptional raw ingredients, the restaurant transforms Summer Senses Resort into a true culinary destination. From homemade bread and kakavia to hünkar beğendi and an awesome dessert finale, get ready to enjoy an unforgettable dinner during the magic hour of the sunset.
Read here all about my experience of vacationing at Summer Senses
Pelagos at Four Seasons Astir Palace Athens
Four Seasons Athens’ brand new restaurant Pelagos which opened on May 13th, offers a fresh new locavore-inspired take on fine dining. Michelin star chef Luca Piscazzi introduces his own fresh take on fine dining with a distinctive menu that reveals the seasonal flavours of the Mediterranean Sea. Three degustation menus ranging from four to eight courses offer comprehensive gustatory journeys through the main menu, while on the wine list, Mediterranean coastal countries take precedence, with sought-after labels from Bolgheri to Burgundy and beyond, including singular Greek varieties and vintages.
Mykonos Social by Jason Atherton at Santa Marina
Among the biggest news of this year’s Greek gastronomy scene has been the arrival of Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton at Mykonos and his exciting collaboration with Santa Marina at Ornos Bay. See more here!
Rada at Cove Paros
The gastronomic concept of Cove, the much-anticipated new resort of Paros has been curated by the pioneer and multi-award-winning chef of contemporary Greek cuisine Gikas Xenakis. With a strong emphasis on pure produce and seasonal ingredients, Rada is a tribute to the natural bounties of the Cyclades, located on the beach and taking guests on a journey of summer tastes, both during the noon and in the evening. Vassilis Kyritsis, co-owner and bartender of the world-famous Athenian bar The Clumsies is a rare and special guest for this summer, offering a custom-made menu featuring signature cocktails, premium spirits, homemade blends, virgin cocktails and refreshing juices.
Beefbar at Four Seasons Astir Palace Athens
Beefbar Athens underwent a total refresh with brand new menus and an awesome collaboration for summer 2021. This season, the signature Beefbar philosophy based on street food culture, comfort food choices and high-quality ingredients meets the creative talent of chef Panagiotis Retzis. The new menu with its à la carte suggestions and flavors offers a culinary journey among Athens, Paris and Los Angeles. Greek dishes such as moussaka and Kobe gyros meet Los Angeles-inspired options, such as super bowls with chicken supreme or grilled tuna, while brunch and dinner options include all time classics with fresh twists.
Barbouni Restaurant * Costa Navarino
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A wealth of fresh, organically grown ingredients and a devotion to authentic gourmet seafood cooking define one of the best dining experiences at Costa Navarino. With a premium location on The Dunes Beach and its inspirational design, Barbouni is the perfect spot for a lunch or sunset dinner beachside.
Ex-Engine Room *Dexamenes
Gikas Xenakis, this talented and already multiply awarded chef based in Greece, is considered to be one of the most influential of his generation. Having grown up in the countryside of Greece, he instinctively transfers the tradition to his dishes, but through modern cooking techniques -no wonder why some of his iconic and original dishes have re-shaped the way we experience Greek cuisine. On summer 2021, Xenakis will be at Dexamenes Hotel’s restaurant, celebrating sustainability, seasonality and locality of raw materials, the reduction of meat consumption and the promotion of the quality of Greek and Mediterranean cuisine.
Discover here the fascinating story of Dexamenes Seaside Hotel
Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Porto Heli
This summer, the 5-star and award-winning Nikki Beach Resort & Spa Porto Heli takes the lifestyle concept a step further, introducing a new gastronomic identity. Apostolos Trastelis, owner of the famous high-end restaurants “Spondi”, “Funga” and “Hytra” is contributing to this transition, creating a completely new taste experience. The seafront restaurant Cafe Nikki offers indoor and outdoor dining with a relaxing view, its cuisine taking a modern approach to international favorites mixed with regional flavors. Nikki Beach aficionados will recognise signature dishes such as delicious salads, creative sushi rolls, original seafood entrées and slow-roasted free-range rotisserie chicken.
Οmma at Omma Santorini
Perfectly suited for an exclusive getaway, this tranquil retreat provides the ultimate luxury Greek island experience. At the brand new OMMA Restaurant, the very best Mediterranean cuisine is served in a picture-perfect setting. Michelin Star Executive Chef Dimitris Stamoudis beautifully blends authenticity with refinement to create a selection of traditional Greek dishes served with a modern twist providing a delicious range of mouth-watering Mediterranean delights. Shrimp risottos, decadent lamb fricassees, fresh lobster, and delectable salads all paired with a carefully selected light, fruity glass of wine, are among the stars of the menu.
Bianco Drinks & Gastronomy at White Coast Pool Suites
Bianco Drinks & Gastronomy, the poolside restaurant of White Coast Pool Suites on Milos island, shares the same standards of perfection found throughout the hotel, offering a menu that draws inspiration from Greek flavours. The creative dishes of the awarded chef Giannis Liokas, the consultant Chef of the White Coast, are paired with a wine list focused on the Greek vineyards, while signature cocktails make the perfect company for the hotel’s unparalleled sunset views. The signature cocktail list is supervised by the awarded Bar Consultant, Konstantinos Athanasiou. See more here
Botrini at Angsana Corfu
Angsana Corfu is Europe’s first and much anticipated Banyan Tree resort. Gastronomy is a top priority for the hotel as guests of Angsana Corfu will have the opportunity to taste recipes from cuisines around the world in the hotel’s 10 separate restaurants and lounge bars. The taste journey includes a series of gastronomic suggestions of Corfiot cuisine, internationally popular dishes in the wonderful all-day restaurant Ruen Romsai, special Japanese options in the trendy Koh, but also relaxation on the pillows of the outdoor Starboard Lounge with afternoon aperitifs. The evenings belong to the rooftop bar Vertigo while the highlight of this unique tasting tour of Angsana Corfu is the arrival of Botrini’s restaurant, where guests will experience a wonderful Mediterranean cuisine, with the signature of Michelin-starred chef Hector Botrini.
Tamarisk at Numo Ierapetra (Crete)
Numo Ierapetra is a brand new luxury resort opening in Crete’s Ierapetra in July. Numo’s two restaurants celebrate local produce through a farm-to-table approach and are helmed by Konstantina Voulgari, a San Pellegrino Young Chef of the Year finalist. The restaurant Menoa specializes in contemporary Cretan fare with an emphasis on fine meats. As for Tamarisk, the main restaurant, diners can lounge on the laidback furniture and witness the theatricality of the open cooking stations. Its highlight is the degustation menu, a Greek ode to fresh seafood. Voulgari is also overseeing the creation of a bio herb garden that will be the centerpiece of a communal eating experience involving cooking workshops and various tastings. Read here all about the experience of eating at Tamarisk and staying at Numo Ierapetra
Vezene Santorini at Cavo Tagoo * Santorini
One of the most talked-about collaborations of the season! Cavo Tagoo Santorini welcomes one of Greece’s most influential chefs, Ari Vezené, and his eponymous bistro, widely considered as an Athenian locals’ favorite for over a decade. The hotel and the chef invite the guests to surrender to the miraculous hues of the sunset against the dramatic backdrop of the spell-binding Caldera while enjoying flavors fueled by the aromas of an open fire grill, the traditions of a Greek taverna, and the elegance of a French bistro.
Matsuhisa at Four Seasons Astir Palace Athens
Home of the world-famous Nobu cuisine, the restaurant Matsuhisa Athens has brought the quiet power of Japanese culture and the charm of fusion philosophy to the gastronomic map of Athens and has become one of the most popular dining destinations of the town. For summer 2021, guests can enjoy the exclusive menu of Executive Chef Tony Vratsanou and the Head Chef of the hot kitchen, Thomas Kourakos on the magnificent terrace of Matsuhisa with unobstructed views of the beautiful blue of the Saronic Gulf. Matsuhisa menu and hospitality enthusiasts have also the opportunity to enjoy brunch weekends at their favorite restaurant destination. Meanwhile, Umi Bar, the first bar in the world with the signature of Matsuhisa, will magnetize the friends of signature cocktails and premium spirits, through an impressive list of cocktails that embrace its Mediterranean environment.
This was TheHotelTrotter’s list of the best hotel restaurants in Greece for summer 2021!
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