Kavouri, the quintessential fish taverna!

May 22, 2013
If I was asked to recommend a classic, ‘good’ Greek fish taverna, I would choose Kavouri on the coast of Marathon! With all the pros and cons often associated with this type of eatery.
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I had been told about “Kavouri” over 15 years ago by the late Jean de Grylleau (aka Yiannis Grylionakis, one of the best chefs to ever grace a kitchen in Greece). Actually, he asked me to swear that I would not write anything about the taverna because he considered it to be a ‘secret’. He spoke of a fish taverna, right on the beach, where they prepare the freshest fish quite well, adding that he usually went there in the morning so he would have time for a swim.

The years passed, the ‘secret’ was out, and Kavouri became quite popular. The tables by the sea were always a strong point and a small deck was later added right on the beach itself! Apart from the fact that the sea in front of the taverna is great for a dip before lunch, Kavouri has become well known also for another reason, which is why I paid a visit after a year or two… the full moon! The moon rises right in front of the taverna, making it an ideal spot for a romantic dinner. In the past (before the deck) they would place a few tables on the beach and some lighted torches in the sand, creating an idyllic setting. This is what lingered in my memory, even though my last full moon there was six or seven years ago. So when my friends suggested we go to see the famous blue moon on 31 August, I gladly accepted despite the fact that, as you will have realised, I am not the biggest fan of fish tavernas.

When we arrived, the moon was indeed bright, the sea like a lake at our feet and the flambeaux flickering in the sand... but only in one small area, for the array of tables on the rest of the beach was similar to that of a bouzouki club! The waiters were scuttling about in panic, because although the number of customers was unusually large (on account of the full moon, I imagine), no extra staff had been hired. In other respects, as I noted previously, Kavouri has all the advantages and disadvantages of a typical, good Greek fish taverna. The salads were fresh, the fried foods were light and crispy, the fish generally very good, perhaps a little overcooked. On this occasion we ordered shrimp pasta. It could have been excellent; it was very tasty, the shrimps had a lively flavour and were crunchy... but the spaghetti was overcooked à la grecque and that spoiled the whole impression. I must say however that the fried squid here are outstanding and their semolina halva is one of the best I have ever tasted.

So, if you don’t mind paying €50-70 per head, because the main ingredient is indeed expensive, whilst enduring typical taverna service and uncomfortable wicker chairs, then that’s up to you. Personally, at these prices, I would always choose a good restaurant... without a second thought!

  • Kavouri
  • Phone: (+3022940) 55243
  • Address: 24 Perikleous Str., Marathonas beach, ,
  • Website: -
  • Open: Daily noon- evening
  • Price per person (€)*: € 50-70
  • * we do our best to reflect the actual price range per-person of a full meal including first and main courses, desert, water and half a bottle of wine or one beer depending on the type of restaurant.
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