A Taste of Mykonos: Kiki’s Tavern

Today I am starting a new series, A Taste of ……. which will highlight some of the delicious food we have eaten on our travels. The focus could be on a particular dish or on a local cafe. As with today’s post, it could also be a fabulous restaurant we visited.

Join me each week as we explore a taste of travel.

Kiki's Tavern in Mykonos

Kiki’s Tavern

“Be there at 12.00! You’ll have to wait for the restaurant to open at 12.30 but you’ll get a table.” These were the instructions given to us when our friends were telling us about Kiki’s Tavern on the island of Mykonos.

It really doesn’t matter if you’re not there at 12.00…. you just join the queue and chat to your fellow diners whilst drinking rosé. There’s even a small beach down the hill that you can disappear to one at a time…you don’t want to lose your spot now, do you!

Outside Kikis Tavern

Waiting outside Kiki’s Tavern

 

 

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Kiki’s Tavern overlooks this little bay to the left of Agios Sostis Beach.

 

Hidden Away

Kiki’s Tavern is hidden under trees. There’s no sign to announce it’s presence. Park your car where you can and wander down the gravel road. Turn left at the white wall of the local church next door and walk towards the small bay at the bottom. Here you’ll find the best lunch spot on Mykonos.

Kiki's Tavern

 

The view from Kiki's Tavern

The restaurant is very simple. Tables and chairs are dotted around under the trees. A grill by the entrance cooks the daily specials…fresh fish, octopus, stuffed chicken breasts and the well loved pork chop. Vegetarian options are available..the large field mushrooms looked delicious! The meats are served with a baked potato, the seafood with a small salad. An extensive salad bar awaits you in the tiny kitchen….Start with these as an appetiser and finish the plate with your grill.
Be warned…the serves here are huge. Next time we are going to share an order!

The grill at  Kiki's Tavern

The cooking is all done on this small grill!

 

Pork chop at Kiki's Tavern

My humongous pork chop

 

 

Lunch at Kiki's Tavern

Hiding behind my pork chop is my husband’s serve of chicken…two chicken breasts for one serve!

 

Salads at Kiki's Tavern

Our salad selection!

 

 

Relax under the trees

It was very relaxing sitting back under the shade of the trees, the glorious view yours to look out on, chilled rosé in hand and beautifully cooked fresh food for lunch. We were in no hurry to leave and Kiki’s was in no hurry for us to leave, despite the chatter outside the entrance from those in the queue.

Kiki's Tavern Inside Kiki's Tavern

This is definitely one place I will come back to!

As you leave, pop into the church yard next door…it’s very picturesque and the views are great.

Agios Sostis beach

Agios Sostis Beach

 

Church at Agios Sostis Beach

The church above Agios Sostis Beach

 

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Church at Ayios Sostis Beach

 

Have you eaten at Kiki’s Tavern?

 

Information on Kiki’s Tavern
Head to Agios Sostis Beach. Turn right just past the entrance to the main beach. Follow this road a short distance to where the road turns right. Park the car where you can and walk to the restaurant.

The restaurant closes around 6pm
Kiki’s is not on the phone. On arrival, say hi to Vassilis and join the queue!

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12 Responses to A Taste of Mykonos: Kiki’s Tavern

  1. Rahman @ Destination Iran January 16, 2015 at 10:21 pm #

    Wow! What a hidden gem this restaurant is.
    As the dishes are huge, maybe one is better to go for a swim first and dine afterward!

    • Julia Freedman January 16, 2015 at 10:48 pm #

      It’s definitely very well hidden Rahman. We couldn’t see it at first and had to ask someone where to go but it’s definitely worth it when you find it!! Good idea…swim followed by lunch!

  2. N J Magas January 18, 2015 at 3:40 pm #

    That looks just spectacular. The view, the atmosphere, the food! Gah, I want to be there right now!

    • Julia Freedman January 23, 2015 at 1:52 pm #

      I’d love to be back there too! It is tempting to go back sooner than later!

  3. jan January 18, 2015 at 6:39 pm #

    I’ve not been there. It was October when we were there and we did walk to a beach that had a similar Tavern at the top but it was not open and we were the only people on the beach. Funny if it was the same one! I love this idea for A Taste of… I know I would love the food and ambience of Kiki’s and I can see why you would be sharing next time! Can I put in an order for A Taste of… a cafe on Vis?

    • Julia Freedman January 23, 2015 at 1:51 pm #

      I wonder which bay you were in Jan. You must add Kikis’ to your list if you go back to Mykonos. Vis is coming up Jan…just for you!

  4. Krista January 20, 2015 at 3:29 pm #

    I’ve not been there before, but it looks amazing!! Those serves are HUGE!! 🙂

    • Julia Freedman January 23, 2015 at 1:50 pm #

      They were mammoth Krista. We’ll definitely be sharing next time!

  5. Johanna January 21, 2015 at 10:47 pm #

    Gosh what a find! Fresh food in a curious but charming setting overlooking a lovely beach – what’s not to love. Hope you went and swam those humungous portions off in the sea 😉

    • Julia Freedman January 23, 2015 at 1:49 pm #

      We loved our lunch here Jo. It’s certainly one place I’d return to when and if we go back to Mykonos!

  6. Uptourist February 6, 2015 at 9:39 am #

    Companions, pork chop and the sea makes everything perfect.

    • Julia Freedman February 10, 2015 at 4:06 pm #

      So true. This setting was beautiful and the food beautifully cooked fresh ingreiants…how could it not be great!

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