The lively village of Xirokambi has an amazing number of restaurants for its size and not being a touristic village. Apart from the choices in places to eat, it is the Greek cuisine that will really surprise you. Using local and biological ingredients, mostly from their own land, the restaurants serve delicious local and seasonal dishes.
Eating together and sharing food is an essential part of our Greek culture. Guests are always welcome, with an extra plate and glass brought in minutes. The food arrives as soon as it is ready. If you order appetizers and a main course, they are likely to be served at the same time. If you would prefer it separate, ask for it.
We make a clear distinction between cooked meals (majireftá) and dishes prepared on the spot (tis óras). The first include slow food like mousaká, lamb from the oven, various vegetables prepared in olive oil. These plates vary with the seasons. On busy days (weekends in winter, summer months) and at lunch time you’ll find a larger variety of cooked meals than on a weekday in Winter. The second include meat – chicken, souvlaki, biftekti, sausages etcetera – and fish grilled on charcoal. The plates are prepared the moment you order and often served with fried potatoes.
As we share our plates, portions are not small. You can always order extra, if it tastes like more!
Coffee and spirits
We love a good cup of Greek coffee, or a nice cold frappé. We rarely drink coffee after dinner, so most restaurants do not even serve it. We also like a nice ouzo or tsipouro, a spirit distilled from the grapes left after pressing them for wine, accompanied with small pieces of meat, fish or octopus. No alcohol goes without something to eat. And ofcourse we drink the local wine from the barrel with our main meal. Stin gia’mas – Cheers!
Where to eat & drink
Dionysos – Traditional Tavern
This restaurant is perfectly located on the northern end of the village square. Dionysos serves traditional Greek food, with a wide range of choice in meat and vegetables dishes. It is one of the few restaurants in Xirokambi that is open for lunch every day. Depending on the season there are always 2-3 different lunch dishes available, like moussaka, stuffed tomatoes or pasta. In the evening tasty meat is prepared on the charcoal grill, with lamb chops as one of the specialties. All dishes are cooked with own olive oil and vegetables, local meat and are served with their own (biological) wine. Look out for the well priced summer menu.
Open from 11 am for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week.
English: yes – menu in English available. Tel. 27310 35559
Lamb Chops – Païdákia
Roast Pork from the oven
Stathmós – Deli Cafe & Pizzeria
This popular cafe, run by 3 brothers and their mother, is a great place for coffee, pastries and ice cream. Sweets like baklavá, kataífi and galaktoboúriko (milk pie) are home made. They also serve sandwhiches, appetizers and salads. On hot summer days it is the place to eat pizza. The pizzas come in 3 sizes, served on wood, and with toppings of your choice. Depending on how big your company you share one or more pizzas. As elsewhere in the world a pizza is called a pizza.
Open all day, 7 days a week. English: yes. Tel. 27310 35904
Pizza & Home made pastries – Spitiká Glyká
Elite – Deli Cafe & Pizzeria
This friendly traditional café is situated in the centre of the square. Here you can drink coffees, enjoy liquor or beer with a mezé, eat ice creams or sweets. When you are here during the weekend, ask for the home made milkpie. You can also go for a pizza, which is available in 4 sizes. From small to huge (yígas) they serve 1 to 4 people.
Open daily from 7-14.30 and from 5.15 till late (depending on the weather)
English: yes, but limited. Tel. 27310 36047
Milk pie – Galaktoboúreko
Ouzo with a snack – Ouzo me mezé
To Ellenikón – Cafe Mezodopolío
Nicely located in the middle of the square the mezodopolío offers plenty to nourish your appetite. Apart from a large choice of small plates (mezédes) you can also go for main courses like lamb from the oven or pasta with shrimps. Vegetables and olive oil are own produce, while wine, meat and free-range chicken are from the area, including fresh fish from Gythio.
Open 7 days a week for coffee, lunch and dinner
English: no – English menu available. Tel. 27310 35707
Omelet with tomato, eggs and cheese – Kaghianá
Chicken with onions and cheese – Bardouniótiko (order in advance)
Ta Bakaliarakia – Traditional Greek Tavern
This traditional restaurant has 2 locations. During Summer one can eat in a lovely garden just off the square, while in Winter guests enjoy the warm atmosphere of the cellar. Ta Bakalariákia means Small Codfishes. It comes as no surprise that fried cod with garlic sauce is one of their specialties. The meatballs and stuffed wineleaves are always on the menu. Wine, olive oil and most of the vegetables are own produce.
Open 7 days a week for dinner. Closed on Tuesday evening during winter months.
English: no. Tel. 27310 35012
Fried Cod with Garlic Sauce – Bakaláo me Skordaliá
Black-eyed peas with greens – Mavromátika
Meatballs in tomato sauce – Keftedákia
Stuffed wine leaves in lemon-sauce – Dolmadákia
Sxolarxeion – Cafe Mezodopolío
This cafe mezodopolío is a great place to enjoy your coffee, ouzo or the delicious home brewn tsipouro – a grape distilled spirit. On warm summer evenings go for the spit-roasted lamb, pork or chicken. All meat is their own. You can finish your meal with a nice soft-serve ice cream.
Open all day, 7 days a week. Efi, the owner, speaks English. Tel. 27310 35910
Ouzo with octopus – Ouzo me xtapódi
Meat from the spit – Soúfla
Picadilly To Petrino – Greek Restaurant
Picadilly, located just off the village square, is a cosy restaurant serving tasty traditional Greek dishes like mousaká, pastas, vegetable dishes in olive oil, meat from the grill and several fish plates. Everything is home made with local products. In summertime you can enjoy your meal outside on the Town Hall square. During Winter months there is live music on Saturday night.
Open for lunch and dinner on weekends and holidays, weekdays dinner only. In Winter closed on Monday and Tuesday. English: yes – English menu availale. Tel. 27310 35635
Home cooking only
Faris – Internet Cafe
The place to be in Xirokambi when you are young. No need to go hungry while you enjoy music, internet and games. Faris serves sandwiches, giros pita, souvlaki, burgers, pizzas, salads and pastas. During summer the terrace is a great place to be with kids, who can play within eyesight on the playground next to the former town hall.
Open 7 days a week from 5.30 pm. English: yes. Tel. 27310 36280
Games, music and snacks
Paralía – Traditional Greek Tavern
Located 150 meters fom the square, Paralía is the oldest restaurant in the village. It has a nice courtyard for warm summer evenings. The restaurant serves an authentic Greek kitchen, with a delicious twist. Specials depend on the season. Vegetables, olives and olive oil, wine and pork are from their own land. Only extra-virgin olive oil is used in preparing the dishes.
Open for dinner. In Summer open 7 days a week; in Winter closed on Sunday and Monday.
English: yes, limited – menu in English available. Tel. 27310-35264
Spinach pie – Chortópita
Home made pork sausages – Loukániko
Roast beef simmered in the oven – Gourmási
Stewed Summer Vegetables – Kolokithomajírema
Kastráki – Grill Restaurant
Kastráki is located on the main road into the village. It has a big garden patio for warm summer evenings. The restaurant mainly serves different meat dishes grilled on charcoal, from grilled chicken to souvlaki and veal liver. If you schedule your visit in advance you can also go for rabbit or goat from the oven or the Bouzopoula special – pork from the oven. All meat is local, while potatoes, vegetables, olive oil and wine are from their own fields.
Open 7 days a week from 8 pm. From November 1 till end of April closed on Tuesday evenings. English: no – menu in English available. Tel. 27310 35420