In naming our No. 1 dining experience, it seemed pretty obvious. At the Diakofti taverna in the southwestern part of Pátmos, Greece, you’ll instantly feel like you’re a part of a family dinner. Because on this island, eating out means feeling like you’re a long-lost relative returning home. And for travelers on faraway journeys, nothing beats a family welcome. The man playing the lyra on the right? That’s Mihalis. He owns the taverna with his wife, Katerina. The man with the cane singing in a carefully chosen suit? That’s Mihalis’ good friend. And now he’s your friend too. Mihalis’ son Sozos, a local carpenter, joins lunch in time for zucchini balls, olives and calamari. Don’t be sad when the meal is over. Your new Pátmos family will always leave a place at their table for you. truegreece.com
ISLANDS ranked the best dining experiences based on recommendations from our editors, contributors and readers. We sought meals that offer great food and a rare, once-in-a-lifetime experience on a remote island.