Top 10 restaurants in Nicosia, Cyprus

March 10, 2018 Kaleigh Reichenbach

Nicosia, the capital of the island of Cyprus, has incorporated elements of the many empires and kingdoms that have claimed it over centuries stretching back to the Bronze Age. Narrow winding streets lead visitors from the Cyprus Museum, with its collection of Neolithic and Roman artifacts, to the thick city wall. Built in the 1600s by the Venetians, the wall now divides the ancient part of the city from the modern. Step through the stone gates and enter a place where the past is still alive.
Things to do in Nicosia

1. Il Forno

216-218 Ledras Street, Nicosia, Cyprus Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$118 - HK$173 +357 22 456454
Excellent
47%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 620 reviews

Il Forno

Reviewed By srwally2014 - Paphos, Cyprus

Called for a mid afternoon meal just after arriving in Nicosia. Super clean place in great people watching tourist spot. We ordered a pancetta pizza to share with a bottle of Kaparounda rose. The pizza was very fresh and delicious. The rose was also very good Staff were friendly and attentive but there was a changeover at 5pm and this seemed to cause some disruption with a delay in taking our payment. Not a big issue but just something to consider. Would recommend for a quick cheap meal.

2. Syrian Arab Friendship Club

Vasilissis Amalias 17, Nicosia 1101, Cyprus Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$16 - HK$141 +357 22 776246
Excellent
56%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 513 reviews

Syrian Arab Friendship Club

Syrian cuisine. Oriental atmosphere. Delicious mezes and sweets in a friendly environment. Enjoy narghile in many flavors.

Reviewed By TomasMousoulides - Larnaca, Cyprus

Excellent mezze and beautiful ambiance. Too hot however due to high temperature heaters.
Good selection of mezze plates with lots of dips salads and tender meats. Beautiful. Expect 15-20€ per person for full mezze and a drink (or two).
Original Syrian cuisine with bread made on site in traditional wood stove.

3. Zanettos

Trikoupi 65, Nicosia 1015, Cyprus Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner, Late Night HK$204 - HK$204 +357 22 765501
Excellent
62%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 469 reviews

Zanettos

Zanettos Cyprus tavern welcomes all who pass through our door as every customer's visit is special. We strive to offer quality Cypriot cuisine the way it has been meant to be. Made fresh every day with only the choicest of local ingredients. Come and visit us!

Reviewed By hadjidemetrious - Nicosia, Cyprus

Large range of meze.
Food is very good.
Not representative of the Cypriot nor the Greek cuisine. It walks the line between the two cuisines. Touches, colours, tastes and smells of both.
Clean establishment.
Neither cheap nor expensive.
Extremely crowded on Friday and Saturday nights.
Don't risk going without a reservation.

4. Kathodon

Lidras, Nicosia 1011, Cyprus Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Mediterranean, European, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$133 - HK$212 +357 22 661656
Excellent
47%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 494 reviews

Kathodon

With my arrival in the beautiful Island Cyprus many years ago, I carried with me a dream, to create an authentic and traditional Greek tavern that would focus on the flavours of ingloriously lost homeland of Asia Minor. I started out in difficult years surrounded with dark and desolation affected by the visible effects of the invasion and occupation! Slowly and with much love and hard work my tavern had began to acquire life and took strength from the preference and confidence you had in us. I came up with the name of the tavern after much thought. The idea of a 'commercial' name didn’t inspire me at all so I decided to call it “Kathodon” which means “En Route”. “En Route” to the way of freedom. Kathodon survived, strengthened and progressed throughout the years and is now here after 13 years stronger, filled with love, commitment to tradition and quality that was always our aim. We continue always with respect to our customer-friend! I would like to point out where it says somewhere in our menu, “We do not serve hasty and nervous people”. This means that food is prepared fresh once you have ordered and some extra time may be required. We are sure there is no restaurant in the world that does not sometimes make a mistake and if this happens to us we will make sure that we will do everything in our power to make it up to you in the best possible way. Our promise for the future is to continue enriching our menu with forgotten traditional flavours that will take you on a journey leaving a sweet taste lingering in your mouth.. These are a few words about the history of “Kathodon”, we wish you all “bon appetite” and may you all have a pleasant time.

Reviewed By Chris L - Paphos

There is something about the atmosphere in this little meze taverna! very friendly staff, tasty food and good service!

5. Brasserie Au Bon Plaisir

Larnacos 87 | Pallouriotissa, Nicosia 1046, Cyprus Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Street Parking, Accepts Credit Cards Steakhouse, French, Seafood, Wine Bar Dinner, Late Night, Drinks HK$196 - HK$581 +357 96 755111
Excellent
63%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 214 reviews

Brasserie Au Bon Plaisir

French authentic Brasserie on Larnacos Avenue 87. It has a Facebook Fan Page: Brasserie Au Bon Plaisir where you can discover the menu and get regular updates.Specialities consist in steaks of French origin, cooked to your taste and served with home made sauces, but also casseroles or French specialities like duck confit, burgundy snails, frog legs or fresh foie gras.We are also specialised in fresh seafood. We serve daily fresh oysters and mussels imported from France, salmon or trout.Cosy, congenial and unpretentious. Friendly and attentive service.Wine list covering all main French appellations but also local wines, with good pricing since we import our own wines.

Reviewed By skianytime - Nicosia

love it... nothing else to be said. best mussels in town. great specials too. from the start with a kir royale to the end with a crepe suzette it is pure gastronomic blissHi Skianytime and thank you for your great comment ! Highly appreciated. We hope to serve you again and again for the years to come ! GT and the Team of Brasserie Au Bon Plaisir

6. Pyxida

Menandrou 5, Nicosia 1066, Cyprus Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Seafood, Mediterranean, Greek, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +357 22 445636
Excellent
61%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 669 reviews

Pyxida

Traditional Cyprus food all home-made with Cyprus fresh fish and shellfish, Panikos and Astero welcome all with a friendly smile and respect for all the customers, we organise all kinds of parties with low prices as any kind of food can be served 90 people max for winter or 180 people max for summer. Try our meze as our plentiful dishes will satisfy all Old and young.

Reviewed By RaniM59 - Tel Aviv, Israel

I had a very good lunch over there.
Great service, very attentive. We had excellent grilled octopus, some great grilled calamari and very good fish. Well prepared, soft and tasty.
I recommend though be prepared for the relatively (compering to other places in Nicosia) high pricing

7. Vino Cultura

Kyriakou Matsi Avenue, Nicosia 1082, Cyprus Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, European, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Late Night, Drinks HK$31 - HK$157 +357 22 676707
Excellent
58%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 167 reviews

Vino Cultura

Vino Cultura Wine and Tapas bar is here to offer a comfortable, friendly atmosphere for wine and food lovers, to enjoy their wine accompanied with exceptional food in the form of enjoyable delectable small plates…in an affordable price valueVision Statement: To enhance people’s knowledge and offer a unique experience in pairing the right wine with the right foodOur Goal: To become the preemine...nt wine destination in Cyprus… Our goal is to keep our customer for a lifetime. The easiest means to that is by offering unique dining experiences, as well as the best environment in which to discover and expand one’s tastes Our Beliefs: Quality is our PRIORITY. Quality for us is not just the food or the wine itself; it is a long process like Odysseus journey to Ithaca. To reach our destination we follow a hard path in order to select the best raw materials, apply the right storage procedures, advanced preparation techniques, treat food presentation as art, and finally give our GUESTS the ultimate wine and dining experience!!!a. Wine is NOT for the eclectic few. Here you will always have at least 30 wines to try by the glass at the best pricesb. For every dish we use ONLY the best raw materials sourced from every corner of the planetc. Excellent Customer Service is standard operating procedure. We will do whatever it takes to provide our customers with “Great Wines and Great Food at Reasonable Prices.”d. Extensive wine and food training of our STAFF in a monthly basis to ensure that our GUESTS are getting the best wine and food experienceOur Promise:In all ways, we promise to be scrupulously honest. We’ll never encourage you to buy more than you need or more expensive than you can affordRESPECT WINE – RESPECT THE PEOPLE – RESPECT THE ENVIRONMENT

Reviewed By k t - Nicosia, Cyprus

Nowadays, one of the prominent Wine Bars of town, although located on a busy street, the relaxing ambience and carefully decorated spaces, give you a different impression. A great variety of wines and also wine tasting events, and good quality fingerfood, tapas and other dishes to accompany.

8. Artisan's Burgerbar

Stasandrou 20, Nicosia 1060, Cyprus Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$94 - HK$243 +357 22 759300
Excellent
53%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 333 reviews

Artisan's Burgerbar

It has been a long-time passion of ours to perfect "the burger". Our goal and promise is to offer you carefully crafted selections based on everyone's beloved classic with a modern twist. Our artisan burgers are always ground in-house and are handmade daily, using only the finest quality of ingredients.

Reviewed By georginac427 - London, United Kingdom

My cousin introduced us to this new place. Im glad she did because I won’t go anywhere else. I love their homemade burgers and also their veggie burger is delish too! Their home made honey and mustard has its own taste that will drive you insane! Love it love it. And staff are super friendly. Thanks guys!

9. Pantopoleio Kali Orexi

Vasileos Pavlou 7 | 1096, Nicosia 1096, Cyprus Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, European, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +357 22 675151
Excellent
56%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 132 reviews

Pantopoleio Kali Orexi

Reviewed By Dazzoh11 - Corwen, United Kingdom

This is a great restaurant in the business district and just out of the tourist and shopping areas of town.
I had lunch here with some business colleagues. The lunchtime clientele are mainly local businessmen.
Food choices are excellent, they have everything from a simple moussaka to steaks and fish. I had a halloumi starter in apricot which was delicious, followed by the best moussaka I have had in Cyprus.
Highly recommended and worth going out of your way to eat here if you are in Nicosia.

10. Avo

Onasagorou Street | Old Town Center, Nicosia 1011, Cyprus Outdoor Seating, Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Greek, Fast Food, Middle Eastern, Armenian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +357 22 661172
Excellent
56%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 256 reviews

Avo

Traditional wood oven, known for the Armenian Lahmajoun and cheese pie!

Reviewed By steliosinorbit - Nicosia

One common trait in Cyprus is that restaurants and take-aways have an inverse relationship with quality as they gain popularity. Avo is no exception. Having been a punter from the early days when it was still being discovered by the masses, the quality was top notch. That is why it became so popular, and then it expanded. It turned into an industrial process without the human aspect. They were making huge quantities of lower quality (esp look at the topping of the lahmatzioun) and offered a poorer service - obviously too tired. Now there are others offering a better product at homemade quality.

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