Cavo Barbaro Tavern
This beachside restaurant on the northeastern side of Corfu (an hour’s drive from town) is a wonderful choice for lunch if exploring the farther reaches of the island. Dine on fresh seafood and Greek specialties under the leafy portico after swimming in the clear, aquamarine waters of the pebble beach.
If you’re tired of gyros and seafood, head to Corfu Town for some delicious pizza. The thin-crust pies here are almost as good as what you’ll find in Italy.
Nautilus Beach Restaurant and Bar
This excellent, open-air restaurant at the end of the boardwalk leading from Corfu Town is worth a repeat visit. The menu focuses on fish and seafood prepared simply, mostly on a charcoal grill. The fresh ingredients served in substantial portions draw a mostly local crowd who come for the food as well as the incredible views over the harbor.
Located on a main thoroughfare in Corfu Town, Rex offers great people-watching (a recent visit included a sighting of Pierce Brosnan at lunch). This family-run restaurant has been in business since the 1930s and has continually been popular with both locals and visitors. If you’re in the mood to sample Corfiot specialties such as pastisado (a form of osso bucco served with spaghetti), this is the place to do it in style.
This charming tavern near the market of Corfu Town draws consistent raves for its authentic Greek dishes and convivial atmosphere. Come for the food—this no-frills restaurant doesn’t offer much in terms of ambience (think checked tablecloth and linoleum flooring), but is a great choice for a traditional lunch.
Spyros & Vasilis
Set in a rural village in central Corfu, Spiros & Vasilis is an award-winning restaurant that serves primarily French food (the owner trained in France) Alongside such dishes as omelets and crème caramel, Greek dishes are offered like souvlaki. Request a table in the garden.
Located on a small, quiet bay on the northern side of the island, this family-owned restaurant provides an authentic Greek tavern experience. Diners can choose from the day’s catch (priced by weight) and kick back on a small, shaded patio facing the sea. Be sure to walk down the path to see the small Greek Orthodox Church.