Athens' Best Greek Restaurants: Varied and Tasty City Dining Spots

Greek cuisine is not only about the all time favorites moussakas and tzatziki, but includes also many other traditional plates, from fish and pies to salads with a twist, surprising ingredients and creative imagination. The new generation of chefs have launched a slightly different Greek cuisine, which experiments with combinations while enhancing  the classic ingredients. Meat plays a central role in many plates and the famous mezedes, which are usually served before the main course, include simple or more elaborate morsels. The secret is always variety. Greek restaurants in Athens have to satisfy a demanding public, both local and international, and great attention is paid to quality and details. From the  gourmet 2mazi  and Alatsi close to the Hilton, to the all time classics Seventeen and Vlassis, the elegant Orizontes Lykavittou,  great pride is taken in the specialties of each locale.  Famous Taverna Platanos in Plaka, inspired Cookoovaya close to the Hilton, Xrysa-Xrysa in Petralona, Strofi with a view of the Acropolis, the Restaurant of the Museum of Greek Gastronomy,  each one offers a unique experience of Greek cuisine, in a friendly atmosphere. Wine is all important in Greek dining and many restaurants have their own, served in large pitchers and carefully selected so as to best accompany the food.



Platanos is one of the oldest restaurants in Athens, with a long and interesting history. Since 1932, many generations of Athenians, writers, artists, poets, have enjoyed their meal and a glass of retsina sitting in the shade of the old plane...  Read More

Xrysa Xrysa
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Xrysa-Xrysa, located in Petralona, is a restaurant with a long history. For many years Xrysa Protopapa, the first well known Greek chef with great experience in Greek and Greek-Creative cuisine, has presented dishes which have made history and...  Read More

Restaurant of Museum of Greek Gastronomy
Photo courtesy of Yiannis Pothos


A Restaurant-Cafe operates in the courtyard of the Museum of Greek Gastronomy, where you can enjoy high quality fusion cuisine recipes, inspired by contemporary and traditional Greek cuisine, as well as Greek coffee in different flavors. The...  Read More

Photo courtesy of Vlassis restaurant


Vlassis restaurant has a long and successful history as a family run business since 1983. Situated in a small green park on central Michalakopoulou street , Vlassis specializes in quality Greek cuisine and has a long standing faithful...  Read More

Strofi Athenian Restaurant
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Strofi restaurant has been a favorite since 1975 when it opened, and many visiting celebrities have dined on the ideally situated terrace with the magnificent view of the Acropolis, often after watching a performance at the famous Herodus...  Read More



Cookoovaya is a new restaurant combining the talents of five talented chefs, who united their knowledge and imagination to create an inspiring cuisine. Periklis Koskinas, Manos Zournatzis, Vaggelis and Spyros Liakos, Nikos Karathanos and Spyros...  Read More



2Mazi in Plaka is the creation of young, talented chefs Giannis Baxevanis and Ilias Gogos, who specialize in re-inventing traditional tastes. Inspired by rediscovered ingredients, experimenting with a playful approach, they offer an experience...  Read More



Alatsi, which means natural sea salt in the Cretan dialect, is situated very close to the Athens Hilton and is a favorite hangout for celebrities, politicians and journalists. Specializing in simple Greek cuisine, all the products are acquired...  Read More



Seventeen bar and restaurant is an establishment in itself and has a long and interesting history, since 1957, which has been described in one of the owner's books, and includes reminisces about visiting celebrities, political events in Greece...  Read More



Lycabettus hill is the highest peak of Athens, overlooking the city and with a panoramic view. Considered one of the most romantic places, it offers a spectacular view which extends from the Acropolis to Piraeus. Orizontes restaurant, situated...  Read More


Meet 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...  More About Nelly