We tried most of the tavernas in Svoronata and thought this was the best overall. The food was very good, being mainly traditionally Greek cuisine, and some International dishes (I can definately recommend the giant mixed kebab, although you need a big appetite) The service was impecable, it is run by a family who originally lived in New York, so there's no language problem and the head waiter Christos was very attentive and polite, he was also only too happy to go through the dishes with you, even when they were very busy. The meals were good value for money with it costing an average of 30 euros for 2 starters/2 mains and a bottle of the locally produced house wine (which out of the other tavernas we thought was the best) Other holiday makers must have thought the same as this was always the busiest taverna.
We thought Fois was very average, we should have known really, you pass Porto Ellis taverna before you get to Fois, and that was heaving, we arrived at Fois to find only 2 people there, which to say the restaurant is large, I don't know how they make a living. The food was traditional Greek and we thought we were in for a treat with the menu, however the food was very average and I couldn't eat my meal, unless you really like garlic and I mean like garlic DON'T go for the cod with garlic mash, it's more like garlic with a hint of potato! and the cod was battered (what's that all about!!) The service was poor compared to other tavernas, the staff weren't very friendly and you felt like you were being watched. The only plus point was the setting which if you get a good table overlooks the sea and it was quite cheap.
The beaches in Svoronata were very good, we stayed at the Blue Horizon hotel and so Ammes was the closest, being only 10 mins walk away. There's good facilities there with sun-beds and umbrellas on hire for 8 euros, there's also a snack bar which is very good and reasonably priced food. The sand is lovely and the sea is very clear (the best for snorkelling especially over by the rocks on the left hand side) the beach is very close to the airport and so the planes come in very close about 4 or 5 times a day, it's an experience especially if you're in the sea as they come right over your head. We went to Elis beach which was a bit of a disappointment, there are no sunbeds or umbrellas to hire which you really do need as it does get really hot, there's also quite a few steps down to the beach, on the plus side there was only another 2 people there, so we felt like we had the beach to ourselves, even though we did fry!!. Avithos beach is lovely but you need a car to get there it took us 10-15 munites in the car from where we staying, so I'm guessing it would take you atleast an hour if you wanted to walk (not a good idea in the baking heat) You can hire sunbeds and umbrellas here and there's a snack bar on the beach, and restaurant near where you park. Overall I thought if you were staying in the main part of Svoronata that Ammes was the best. Although none of the beaches have posing potential except Avithos as this is the busiest, but then again who really cares about posing potential anyway!!
We didn't stay in Katelios but went there for the day on the recommendation of our hotel rep. We thought it was really nice, the sand wasn't as sandy as the ones on Svoronata, but the crystal clear sea and excellent fish tavernas really made up for it. The sea is so clear you don't even need to go snorkelling you can sea the fish swimming around your feet. Its gentle slope also makes it great for the kids. We went to the Katelios taverna at the very end of the small street where all the fish tavernas are situated, the food was great and very cheap, the staff are lovely too. We would definately come back