Restaurants in Kalamaki

Robert Q          10/10

I have visited Kalamaki for past Eleven Years and I have eaten in every restaurant in the resort. The dinning experience of Essence has to be one of the best I have encountered in Europe. The menu is not fixed and changes according to what is availble on the market. It's wines are all organic and sourced locally. The attention to quality is second to none and the presentation is esquisite. Situated away from the centre of Kalamaki it offers a relaxed and quite atmosphere with low level lighting. If the chef is clearly of Michelean star standard and it is only a matter of time before you will have to book a year in advance as it's popularity with the British ex pats is starting to grow. A 10/10 rating is the only score this delightful restaurant desrves.  

Darren T          10/10

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I've been to Kalamaki 3 times now and have just returned again.

Before my Top 2 restaurants were Dias and Michaelos, which were again both outstanding but ESSENCE blew them both out of the water.
It's located on the old site of Gastronomy, about 600yards past Michaelos on the right hand side.
Upon sitting down we were given a free large bottle of water, ok not much but a very nice touch.
We ordered our starters and Main Course and while waiting we were given a plate of samplers which were compliments of the chef, truly outstanding.
The Beetroot and Cream Cheese starter is to die for, and the rack of Lamb main is one of the best meals i've EVER had.
Essence has just 7 tables and is run by just 2 people, the Austrian head chef and his girlfiend.
An idea of cost, we had a starter each, A main each and the taste of Greece dessert for 2. A Glass of Wine each and an extra bottle of water. Came to 44Euro, a touch more expensive than the other restaurants in Kalamaki but so worth it.
We will go back for sure, and after out recommendations a few people went and had an equally lovely meal
Here's a couple of picture, the starters (Beetroot with Cream Cheese, Chicken Breast Nachos) and The Main Course Lamb

Kalamaki Taxis

Kalamaki Taxis

Kalamaki Buses

Kalamaki Buses

Kalamaki Video Tour

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Starting near to Villa Nostos then heading east towards the Crystal Beach Hotel and along the Kalamaki old road turning left at the roundabout, heading west towards Laganas along the main strip past the Vanessa hotel, Athina Apartments and Eurohire car rental turning left towards the Kalamaki Beach hotel and ending with a nice view of the beach.


Starting from the new Caretta Island Hotel heading east past Zepos taverna along the Kalamaki old road and turning left at the new roundabout. Then heading west towards Laganas along the main strip past Sophia's hotel and the Cronulla hotel eventually turning left past the Macedonia hotel and ending at the Kalamaki Beach Taverna.


The tour starts from on the main road close to the airport runway heading East towards the crossroads at Drunk Corner, going past the Zakynthos information Centre on the right, continuing all the way along the main strip turning right at the junction with the Kalamaki Old Road towards the Klelia hotel. Turning around at the Crystal Beach Hotel the tour takes the reverse route then turns left towards the Marelen Hotel before ending at the Kalamaki Beach Taverna

Kalamaki Early Evening Tour 2016

The tour starts from the Kalamaki Beach Taverna & heads back past the Golden Sun Hotel turning right before the main road & past the Caretta Star (formerly Pelouzo) Hotel then left towards Eurohire car rental then turning right onto the main road. The tour continues all the way along the main strip turning right at the new roundabout past the Meandros Hotel & onto the Crystal Beach Hotel ending with a view over the beach.

Kalamaki 1st Week of May 2015

It's the first week of May and there are very few tourists about. The tour starts from the Kalamaki Beach Hotel & heads back past the Louros Beach Hotel towards the main Kalamaki to Laganas road. Turning right towards Kalamaki centre, then a little detour through the Caretta Beach Hotel exiting onto the Airport road. Back to the main road turning left at Buon Amici then all the way to the newly constructed roundabout turning right onto Kalamaki Old road past the Cavo Doro Hotel then a quick look at the deserted Crystal Beach & ending at the newly built Carreta Island Hotel next to Stani restaurant.