Enjoy the sea view and excellent food at waterfront restaurants around Athens
By Nelly Paraskevopoulou
Athens Local Expert
Restaurants on the water front are especially attractive as they combine the enjoyment of food with the enjoyment of a sea view. When visiting Athens make a point of dining at some of the excellent water front restaurants situated on the coast of Vouliagmeni, Sounio, Mati, the cruise harbor of Piraeus. Situated in picturesque Marina Vouliagmenis, Moorings Restaurant is a magical venue where the contemporary atmosphere blends with elegance, Ithaki restaurant is an exclusive destination at Laimos Vouliagmeni, which has welcomed celebrities from the international and Greek jet set, Labros restaurant is a favorite destination all year round, but especially during the summer months, Yali Waterfront Cabanas restaurant at exclusive Cape Sounio Resort is an ideal place to savor delicious fresh seafood, fish and summer specialties, Jimmy's Fish and the sushi tavern a landmark in Piraeus, is an exclusive fish restaurant which has been honored by many connoisseurs, Ark at Asteria Glyfadas, is the new hot spot on the Athens Riviera with the signature of well known chef Giannis Baxevanis, at Rafale in Vouliagmeni you can taste the most fresh fish and seafood prepared by expert chefs, Psarrou on the road to Sounio has a casual atmosphere and affordable prices, Omega-3 in Piraeus is a modern fish tavern with a new approach, Varoulko Seaside is one of the most celebrated restaurants and offers excellent quality cuisine.
Psarrou is an interesting restaurant at Anavyssos, on the coastal road to Sounio, with a menu based on small fish and seafood at reasonable prices. The relaxing view and the casual atmosphere make it a favorite during the summer months. Taste the delicious sardines, the specialties such as orzo with shrimps, tomato and cream of butter; the three variations on fresh mussels: steamed with white wine, garlic and parsley, with ouzo and fennel, with teriyaki and sweet chili sauce. Dont miss the wide range of appetizers, chick peas, eggplant salad, beans with vegetables, just to mention a few. A cool oasis for summer lunch or dinner with pop style decor and fresh sea air that makes you feel you are actually on holiday. (2291 055171)
Omega 3 is a modern fish food restaurant in the Pasalimani neighborhood of Piraeus. The name was chosen because it expresses the concept the owners aimed to realize, which is health, freshness, cleanliness. A new start in the sector of restoration, new ideas and knowledge, a new and different concept in Piraeus, in an area which until recently was downgraded. The architecture and the decor follow the same philosophy. Many elements were retained from the old building, combined with contemporary materials with a touch of the 70's. The new approach includes also the simple menu, imaginative sea food dishes based on fresh ingredients and omega 3 fatty acids, friendly service, an ideal environment for casual meals after work and in the cool evenings. Conveniently close the the cruise port of Piraeus, Omega- 3 is a favorite with groups who are sightseeing in the area. (21 0411 3333)
Labros restaurant, since 1939, is a favorite destination all year round, but especially during the summer months, when it is a cool oasis right next to the sea, in the district of Vouliagmeni, right opposite the lake, with a panoramic view of the Saronic gulf. The ambience is classic and elegant, the service excellent and the food delicious. This family run business has kept the same level of excellency for many years, and has many faithful customers who appreciate the unchanging quality and the warm, friendly atmosphere. Fresh fish and seafood are the specialty, prepared with expertise and strictly selected ingredients. Lobster, shrimps, crawfish, red mullet, squid and many more mouthwatering dishes are some of the delicacies customers enjoy. (210 8960144)
Jimmy's Fish and the sushi tavern
Jimmy and the Fish, the all time classic favorite at Piraeus Mikrolimano, is now named Jimmy's Fish and the sushi tavern, and retains its quality and excellent tastes. Old and new faces compose a dynamic group which creates an ideal combination between past and present. Enjoy the delicious fresh fish, spaghetti mare, risotto with seafood, appetizers and also sushi specialties such as new style roll, nigiri and sashimi made with fresh fish. Whether you prefer to admire the enchanting view of the harbor or to observe the decor, which includes unique objects collected from all over the world, the all over experience at Jimmy's is sure to remain in your memory. (210 4124417)
Ithaki restaurant is an exclusive destination at Laimos Vouliagmeni, which has welcomed celebrities from the international and Greek jet set, such as Athena Onassis, Bill Clinton, Sean Connery, Julio Inglesias and Leonardo di Caprio. Ithaki offers not only an authentic gastronomic experience but also an allover enjoyment of the senses. Contemporary Mediterranean and fish dishes, excellent service and an enchanting view, make this glamorous locale a pleasure to visit. The art of preparing fresh in the best way to enhance its taste makes the fish dishes remarkable and the selections from the wine cellar accompany each meal ideally. Taste, surroundings, elegance and relaxing atmosphere combine to make Ithaki memorable. (210 8963747)
Moorings restaurant is situated at the unique spot of Laimos Vouliagmenis . Fully renovated, Moorings is the ideal place for cocktails, corporate dinners and business events, combining exceptionally the panoramic view of Vouliagmeni gulf, with an elegant and discreet style and the luxurious environment of the marina. Moorings dedicated team has long experience in the organization of both corporate and social dinners for an exceptional clientele of high requirements. The Chef proposes unique Mediterranean flavors, dishes of fresh fish and seafood and choices of meat, pasta and cool salads. The menu also includes imaginative finger food compositions and thematic menus. Its rich wine cellar of several labels completes the menu ideally. Ideal also for groups and events the capacity of the restaurant is 250 individuals in seated menu-buffet and 300 individuals in standing cocktail (210 9670659, 210 8961310)
If you like fresh fish, definitely book a table at Rafale restaurant, located in enchanting Laimos, Vouliagmeni. The General Manager Dimitris Pantazis, with his forty year experience, selects the fish personally and makes sure of the excellent quality. You might even see the fishermen bringing them in. The outstanding chefs at this must fish restaurant prepare delicious dishes, enhancing the taste of the fish and seafood with imaginative combinations and the friendly service will make you feel completely at home. At Rafale fish is a way of life, and the ideal fish is the ideal way of life. Tasting these specialties is a memorable experience. The prices are reasonable and the environment idyllic, at this fish restaurant not only for fish lovers but for all those who appreciate high quality cuisine. (21 0967 1184)
Vibrant music, imaginative cocktails, rare coffee blends and an excellent restaurant with the signature of Giannis Baxevanis at Ark, the new hotspot on the Athens Riviera, at Asteria Glyfada, which opened in May 2015. Two new spaces under the same brand, offer the public a wonderful view, quality tastes and reasonable prices in an attractively decorated location. Ark gastronomy by well known and awarded chef Giannis Baxevanis, focuses mainly on tastes from the sea, served also in small portions, for those who prefer them, accompanied by selected wines, beer and spirits from local producers and small organic units from all over Greece. At the bar, you can taste a wide variety of drinks, with surprising variations of favorite mixes based on traditional Greek distilled spirits and also all time classic cocktails. At the coffee sector, after extensive research with taf company, a unique blend was created for Ark, with exclusively high quality Arabica grains, sweet citrus fruit and caramel notes. Every week, except for the house blend, customers can taste various other blends from selected farms from all over the world. (210 8948882)
It was in 1987 when Varoulko restaurant was born in Piraeus. Along with it came a new style of seafood cooking created by Lefteris Lazarou. Lazarou was the first chef in Greece to cook a seafood menu at a fine dining restaurant and to introduce the public to less known and previously neglected types of fish. Lazarou received a great number of awards through the years, including a Michelin star in 2002 �the first one ever awarded to a chef serving Greek cuisine. Lazarou holds his star since then. After spending a decade ashore, Lefteris Lazarou sailed back to his old neighborhood. The brand new Varoulko Seaside in Mikrolimano, Piraeus, is here to stay and is now open both during the day and during the evening offering two different menus: a simple, meze-style one for lunch and an elegant and creative one for dinner. Enjoy the sunset view in the late afternoon for a romantic touch (210-5228400)
Yali Waterfront Cabanas restaurant at exclusive Cape Sounio Resort is an ideal place to savor delicious fresh seafood, fish and summer specialties right on the sea. Enjoy a light lunch or a la carte dinner overlooking the Sounio Bay and the magnificent Temple of Poseidon. At Yali restaurant, the love of food is manifest and enhanced. The freshest flavors, the finest ingredients and the most talented chefs combine to offer the perfect gastronomic result. Visitors can taste and enjoy the chefs fusion of international and Greek cuisine, which creates an unforgettable experience. Lobster, crawfish, shrimps and many more delicacies become even more special when enjoyed in such enchanting surroundings. (22920 69700)
About Nelly Paraskevopoulou
Born and bred in Athens, Nelly went on the move after finishing high school and spending some years working in textiles. For her, Italy was the next chapter. But, after 12 years, it was back to beloved Athens where she writes for magazines and her own shopping blog that illustrates her passion for discovering everything new in Athens, from fashion to food, but also searching for genuine tradition. Nelly finds that Athens is a wonderful place to live. It combines history, sunshine, a relaxed atmosphere. When she's not writing or surfing, Nelly keeps searching for new views of old places to photograph.
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