Ever Wondered Where Basil Fawlty went after Torquay?

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Date of travel

June, 2022

Product name

independent travel to Symi, Dodecanese

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Product city

nearest city is Rhodes Town

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Reasons for trip

Relaxation/Wellness, Other

We’ve been travelling to Symi every couple of years for about fifteen years. It’s the only holiday destination we have returned to again and again. We love the walking on the island, the friendly people, the quietness… but most of all, the quality of Symiot food and restaurants has always been second to none.

this time however, we had our only bad experience in a restaurant. We sat down at a very busy restaurant, gave our order and waited, and waited… eventually our drinks were brought but they were the wrong drinks. We were brought the right ones when we pointed it out but still no food in sight. An hour after sitting down we asked, “Where is our food?”

” Coming right up”, was the answer, “What was it you ordered?”

Eventually our food arrived. However, my vegetable salad (I checked the menu three times, no meat mentioned whatsoever), had chunks of bacon in it.

There was no apology, just, “do you want something else?” By this time it was two hours after we had sat down. I had had a sip of water and nothing else in all that time.

“No” I replied, “It’s too late”

The bill arrived, including everything we had ordered as well as everything we hadn’t.

I could have coped with that but, when all of the other customers paid their bills, they were given a complimentary ice cream. We didn’t get one.


This was coupled with some slight incidents of Skimpflation on the island but every other restaurant we visited was as wonderful as ever.

Some recommendations;

Zoes in Chorio;https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g12723265-d4263627-Reviews-Taverna_Zoe-Ano_Symi_Symi_Dodecanese_South_Aegean.html

The Trawler in Yialos; https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g189450-d3533723-Reviews-Trata_Trawler_Taverna-Symi_Dodecanese_South_Aegean.html

Katsaras on Pedi Bay; https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g1189818-d6697560-Reviews-Restaurant_Beach_Bar_Katsaras-Pedi_Symi_Dodecanese_South_Aegean.html

Tholos on Harani; https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g189450-d2279183-Reviews-Tholos-Symi_Dodecanese_South_Aegean.html

Dafnes on Toli Bay; https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g189450-d3513052-Reviews-Dafnes_taverna-Symi_Dodecanese_South_Aegean.html

Giorgos Kai Maria at the top of the Kali Strata steps; https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g189450-d3513613-Reviews-Taverna_Georgio_Maria-Symi_Dodecanese_South_Aegean.html

Kali Strata Restaurant next to Giorgos; https://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaurant_Review-g12723265-d24066201-Reviews-Kali_Strata_Restaurant-Ano_Symi_Symi_Dodecanese_South_Aegean.html

Taverna on St Nicholas beach https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g189450-d4889451-r675098245-St_Nicholas_Beach-Symi_Dodecanese_South_Aegean.html

Taverna on Marathounda beach;https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g189450-d4889454-r182703788-Marathounda_Beach-Symi_Dodecanese_South_Aegean.html

Metapontis on Nimborio beach; https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g189450-d495481-Reviews-Metapontis-Symi_Dodecanese_South_Aegean.html


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