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O Vrachos, one of the best restaurants in Samothraki

O Vrachos, one of the best restaurants in Samothraki

Taverna O Vrachos in the small village of Profitis Ilias is certainly one of the best in Samothraki. It's not only popular with the tourists, but it's also a favorite of the locals who gather here to celebrate weddings and other events.

"Psistaria" (Rotisserie O Vrachos)

The terrace is hidden under old plane trees
The terrace is hidden under old plane trees

Goat (katsikaki) on a spit is the village's claim to fame, and O Vrachos (meaning "the rock" in Greek) is the best place to try it. Apostolos, the owner, is an expert roaster. Often, he's tending the spit on top of the stairs to the right. He doesn't rest until the meat reaches roasting perfection.

Apostolos greets his guests with a warm smile
Apostolos greets his guests with a warm smile

Katsikaki on a spit is an experience in itself - an experience of the authentic Samotracian taste. You mustn't leave the island without eating (at least once) at O Vrachos!

The dish costs 24 € / kilogram, meaning that a portion is in the vicinity of 8-10 €. The lamb has the same price. There are also other dishes available: grilled pork or chicken, burger, sausages, souvlaki, lamb ribs, fried entrails. But...have I mentioned yet how delicious the goat meat is at O Vrachos? :)

The famous goat on a spit, one of the must-try culinary experiences in Samothraki
The famous goat on a spit, one of the must-try culinary experiences in Samothraki

The praise doesn't stop here, though. The eggplant spread and the cheese spread (tyrosalata) are tasty and the Hungarian salad (with cabbage, carrots and celery) - admittedly, a strange addition to the menu - is also worth trying.

The perfect trio: tzatziki, eggplant spread and
The perfect trio: tzatziki, eggplant spread and "tyrosalata"

"Choriatiki" - meaning Greek salad

A finger-licking good
A finger-licking good "bougiourdi"

The end of a perfect dinner is marked by the complimentary dessert - thick yogurt drowned in homemade jam. Speaking of jams, there are plenty of types to choose from (grapes, figs, sour cherries, oranges, lemons, and even pumpkins). A jar of 1kg costs 10 €.

The desert is on the house: Greek yogurt and homemade jam
The desert is on the house: Greek yogurt and homemade jam

Contact Taverna O Vrachos - Profitis Ilias, Samothraki

Taverna O Vrachos is located in the village of Profitis Ilias, on the left as you approach from the direction of the church.

It is open all year long. Inside there's a cozy fireplace and all sorts of vintage objects displayed on shelves.

Phone: (+30) 255 109 5264 (Apostolos Kalaitzis)

In the autumn, the pumpkins are ready to become jam
In the autumn, the pumpkins are ready to become jam

Even if you come in the late autumn months, in the winter, or early in the spring (yes, the island is beautiful in all seasons) you can be sure that Taverna O Vrachos is open!
Even if you come in the late autumn months, in the winter, or early in the spring (yes, the island is beautiful in all seasons) you can be sure that Taverna O Vrachos is open!

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