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The World’s Most Beautiful Restaurant is in Greece

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The Secret Garden restaurant in Symi, Greece, was ranked the most beautiful restaurant in the entire world. Credit: TripAdvisor/Secret Garden

The world’s most beautiful restaurant is located in Greece, according to a ranking by travel site “The Travel.”

The hidden gem, which is called, appropriately, “The Secret Garden,” located on the beautiful Greek island of Symi, was ranked number one on the list of the most beautiful places to eat in the entire world.

The Secret Garden is run by a Greek man called Michalis, who makes all the food, and his wife Katia, who is Dutch.

World’s most beautiful restaurant in Symi, Greece is a green oasis

The pair’s restaurant is not easy to find, as the only sign indicating its location is very small and nondescript, as The Travel notes. But anyone who has been to the restaurant, which is located on an hilly road in the main town on Symi, will say it was worth the search.

“A great find out of the way but well worth the effort. Imaginative very tasty meze dishes reasonably priced with great service,” wrote one user on TripAdvisor.

The Secret Garden lives up to its name — diners are served their delicious Greek plates under a canopy of lush, verdant plants in a rustic Greek setting. There are also live music events at the restaurant.

“This is such a beautiful setting for a restaurant/cafe. Part under trees and part inside a building. The owners were really friendly and able to answer lots of questions about their food, restaurant and the island itself. The food was delicious, and with a lot to choose from,” another user wrote.

“Beautiful fresh, local ingredients…We had a number of small plates, every one was bursting with flavour,” a user on TripAdvisor raved about the restaurant in Greece that is now officially the most beautiful in the world.

The island of Symi

Symi is the eighth-largest island of the Dodecanese archipelago’s twelve islands. There are a great number of smaller islands around Symi, such as Sesklia, Artikonisi, Koulountro, Troubeto, Plati, Oxia, Diavates, and Marmaras. Symi has a unique natural geography consisting of harbors, bays, and headlands. Its most famous harbors are in Scala and Panormiti.

Panormitis is the location of the island’s famous monastery which is visited by people from all over the world, and many Greeks pay homage to St. Michael of Panormitis each year there.

The island has 2,606 inhabitants; most of them live in Marathountos, Panormitis, and Eboriou. In addition to its many historical sites, the island’s isolated beaches, many reachable only by small boats, are popular with tourists.

The Secret Garden, a traditional Greek restaurant on Symi, beat out some of the world’s most luxurious, fancy spots for the coveted title of the most beautiful restaurant in the world.

Included on the list were the Koral Restaurant in Indonesia, where diners are surrounded by large aquariums filled with exotic fish, and The Grotto in Thailand, where tables are placed on the sand in a cave with a view of the ocean.

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