I popped in to catch up with Peter and Panicos, greeted with exemplary hospitality as always at Fish House Restaurant. The first thing we talked about is just how big this place is. The tables spread spaciously, comfy seating, and they’ve extended the bamboo pergola out back, so you can enjoy your fresh seafood or flambe grilled meats and Vegan options, alfresco style, and as usual, they were busy! …
To the left it overlooks the Ayia Napa harbour and Cape Greco in the distance, straight out a panoramic view of the med just over 20 metres away, so close you can hear the sea and to the right in the distance, Potamos fishing shelter. It’s one of my favourite places to watch the sunset, especially in the winter … and after a recent refreshing, the place looks very cool, to say the least!
This spectacular eaterie has been in the family since 1955 when Ayia Napa was just a little sleepy fishing village, and Yiannis’ grandfather, a fisherman himself, would strike up a barbecue and cook the day’s catch for a lucky few fellow fishermen… Slowly it grew into a very successful fish tavern, and 67 years later they are still cooking today’s catch, from the same fishermen, their sons and grandsons.
The place had a total revamp in 2019 and I’ve known Panicos for years, remembering the old days at Makedonas Restaurant at the top of the square and Le Belly Pork just around the corner and his experience in hospitality is, without doubt, the recipe to their success.
Situated just to the right of Ayia Napa Harbour, a little more serene, relax out front in a modern chilled ambience, or under the huge covered terrace out back, overlooking the med. It really is a perfect place to enjoy premium seafood delights and there’s a huge pristine lawn and a play area for the kids with swings, trampolines, tunnels, slides and things … Check out their promo Video here
On the Menu
In the kitchen are 4 of the best chefs in Cyprus, working together they’re an awesome team, creating a varied selection of hot or cold appetisers; fresh Fish Soup, Seafood Salads, Dip Platters, maybe an Avocado & Prawn Cocktail, or the Mussels with Garlic are to die for … but my fav the fresh Oysters and the Stuffed Smoked Salmon and on our last visit we shared the Fish Cake, and I urge you to try it … Mmm!
On a busy day there’s fresh fish arriving throughout the day, delivered by local fishermen, so there’s always a selection you can buy by the kilo or just by the portion and you really must try everyone’s favourite, their Seafood Platters; sea bream, grilled octopus, grilled calamari, fried baby calamari, 4 king prawns, mussels with a creamy garlic sauce, marida or smelt shallow fried Mmm!
Meze & Platters
As this is one of Cyprus’ finest fish tavernas, we normally go there for the wonderful Fish Meze or a lovely Sea Food Platter, Mediterranean Platter or an Aegean Platter to mention but a few …
This really is very special … Fresh lobster, grilled king prawns and grilled octopus served with salad or steamed vegetables and fresh cut chips mmm!
Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better; they recently introduced the luxurious, tasty, VIP Fish Meze; it’s village salad, tahini, white fish roe salad, olives, hummus, tuna tarter, oyster, scallops, fried baby calamari, grilled calamari, grilled cuttlefish and red napper, grilled octopus and king prawns, mussels and the catch of the day or fried smelt with fresh cut chips.
Top of the List
You could always spoil yourself with a Grilled Whole Fresh Lobster, cooked to absolute perfection and served with sautéed vegetables, salad, rice, chips and olive oil & lemon sauce, omg!
The menu is extensive, to say the least, everything from homemade Pizza, char-grilled Fillet Steaks, maybe covered in your favourite sauce, Lamb Racks, Huge Pork Chops, Chicken Fillets and Pasta, including their wonderful Seafood Spaghetti … Occasionally I just opt for a Jacket Potato … Here’s a quick link to their full Menu
Vegetarian & Vegan
You’re spoilt for choice with some unique dishes like the Mediterranean Spaghetti, with onion, garlic, zucchini, pepper, cherry tomatoes, pine nuts, basil pesto sauce, and a note of fresh cream … or there’s Ratatouille with vegetables, Cannelloni with Spinach and Ricotta cheese, or one of their specialities; The Vegan Steak created with an array of ingredients but my fav has to be the Quinoa croquettes.
Even the litten’s have their delicious and healthy menu with 5 choices including, Burgers, Pizza, Spaghetti Bolognese, homemade chicken nuggets, or homemade fish bites, with chips and tomato ketchup of course!
You really must save some space for one of their delicious homemade desserts; The Coconut Dream is wonderful, the French Macaroons, very special … but my fav the Profitta Rolls … hmm, much as the Chocolate Lava Cake is normally my choice when I just pop in for a drink or fresh ground coffee to watch the sunset.
Behind the Bar
All your fav spirits by the shot or the bottle, over 50 wines from Cyprus, including Petritis and Moschofilero Boutari, from Greece, Italy & Portugal, Cocktails, mixed with or without alcohol, and they blend a delicious Milkshake.
With very strong links to The Square Bar in Ayia Napa they know how to mix a cocktail here … ask Pete to serve you a Blueberry Collins, or an Espresso Martini, or one of their very special signature Gin Cocktails.
Show them this article and you’ll get a 10% Discount off your bill … and with true Cypriot hospitality, you might also get a coffee and sweets or maybe a Commandaria wine! btw, check out my recent Live Video here … and here’s a link to their Trip Advisor Reviews
Opening Long Summer Season
March ’til October
Daily 11.45 am ’til 11 pm
You’ll find them on Ayia Napa Harbour, at the end of Archbishop Makariou III Avenue is the harbour approach, a pedestrianised walkway to the harbour, Fish House is just to the right past the tiny Ayios Georgios Church … See the Google map below …
GPS: 34.981615, 34.002087
67 Years’ of Cypriot Hospitality!