This is an area which, apart from Monemvasia, doesn't receive much attention from visitors. This is a shame because it's a beautiful area of olive groves, pretty seaside villages and lovely beaches. It just takes a bit of an effort to get to because it is a good three and a half hour drive from Athens.

Restaurants in the area vary from very good to plain terrible so this list will hopefully enable visitors to the area to find the best food.

Plitra - Araxavoli and Thalamigos next to the excellent beach are both very good with well prepared food, good prices and lovely views.

Boza (Μπόζα) signposted from Asopos - The seasonal taverna on the fine sandy beach has good food and friendly service. There is a cinema on the beach twice a week in the evenings in high season.

Limeni Gerakas (half an hour drive north of Monemvasia) - To Remezzo is on the water's edge in a beautiful location. The friendly owners supply good food at reasonable prices. The fish here is always good.

Velies (25 minutes from Monemvasia. Head north and take the turn for Elafonissos and Neapoli) - Texas restaurant is a good venue for an evening meal.

Metamorfosi (A few minutes from the Sparti-Monemvasia road near Molaoi) - Dimotis (ΔΗΜΟΤΣΗΣ) on the left just before you enter the village is very popular with locals and offers fine food with plenty of tables outside in the large garden.

Koupia (best approached on the road from Niata as the road from Molaoi is unmade in places) - Η ΠΥΡΟΣΤΙΑ. A restored traditional stone building with a vaulted kamara with good food and low prices.

Edit - the road from Molaoi has now been surfaced.

Elafonissos Island - Ta Nisia tis Panagias (follow signs from Panagia Beach) has amazing views up the Gulf of Lakonia as far as Gythio. The owner is justly proud of the food she serves. The fish soup is highly recommended but you have to wait for an hour while it is prepared. Enjoy the views with a beer while waiting. 

Elia - To Limani by the harbour has reasonably priced food with lovely views across the harbour and the village or enjoy an ouzo watching the sunset over Mount Taygetos.

Monemvasia - To Kanoni  and Matoulas in the Kastro are consistently good. On the mainland, T'Akroyiali leaving the village in the direction of Nomia is a personal favourite.