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Group-Friendly Restaurants in Athens: The City's Social Dining at Its Finest



While visiting Athens the occasion arises to celebrate a social event or a dinner with a large group of friends. The first thing to do is to find the ideal restaurant for this kind of occasion, with enough space and table arrangements, even a special menu on request. You can choose between Greek, American, French or Mediterranean cuisine in various neighborhoods of Athens.  Winter or summer, Magemenos Avlos in Pangrati offers quality cuisine in an attractive environment,  a view of the Zappion gardens at Aegli restaurant close to the main sightseeing sites, a wonderful view of the sea at Balcony close to the port of Rafina, excellent Mediterranean cuisine with regional specialties at Yiantes in Exarchia, American style specialties and delicious burgers at casual Momo in Kallithea, traditional Greek dishes at Psaras tavern in Plaka, very popular with visitors and groups, Moorings at Vouliagmeni is ideal for corporate or social dinners and cocktails, Omega-3 close to the cruise port is a modern fish tavern with excellent specialties, To Athinaikon close to Syntagma square has been a favorite for many years with traditional Greek cuisine, Agora Select close to the Athens Hilton is very popular for business lunches and dinners, with a cool patio for the summer months.


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Balcony Restaurant, close to the port of Rafina, has a magnificent view of the sea and owes its name to the location which is like a balcony in the rock face overlooking the endless view. Reasonably priced menus are available in appetizing combinations, mainly with Mediterranean tastes and at the cafe Balcony finger food, smoothies and cocktails are served. Balcony is also a favorite for wedding receptions and parties. In the specially designed childrens space, entertaining activities are held for juniors, overseen by specialized personnel, such as junior master chef, with a special award for the winner, parties, at which kids menus are served, story telling, drawing with crayons and other favorite junior pastimes. Affordable family menus are also available for families with young children. Balcony often hosts groups and parties, up to fifty persons and can plan a special menu for each specific event.

Recommended for Group Friendly because: Close to the port of Rafina, Balcony offers a spectacular view and is ideal for receptions and parties

Nelly's expert tip: The wonderful view, the attractive location and the family friendly atmosphere make this restaurant popular

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Momo
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Momo in the neighborhood of Kallithea, is a casual, happy hangout which attracts mainly the young crowd, who love the American style cuisine, the reasonable prices and the laid back atmosphere. Parties and groups are often hosted, and the spacious garden is ideal for the summer evenings. Open all day until late at night, Momo specializes in delicious sandwiches, hot dogs, burgers, mac and cheese, which are extremely popular. All the burgers are prepared with fresh beef mince, and all the menu is based on quality ingredients. Some of the favorites are the burger with mozzarella, caramelized onions and fried egg, mango chutney, the mouthwatering melt sandwiches with roast beef, vegetables, chicken, cheddar, mushrooms, curry, and the hot dogs can be with spicy sausage, grilled or boiled, accompanied with chili. Small portions of sausage with sauce, bruschette, raw vegetables, pickles, chicken sticks, accompany cocktails, Greek wine by the glass and a variety of beers. The dessert list is also very interesting with muffins and carrot cake for the morning hours, hot choco velvet, semifreddo, vanilla cinnamon carrot cake with ice cream. Must try is the Avithos Mediterraneo cocktail, with tsipouro (Greek grappa) masticha liqueur, honey, sage, citrus fruit and fresh basil.

Recommended for Group Friendly because: All day spot open until late at night with delicious freshly made specialties

Nelly's expert tip: Favorite cocktail is Avithos Mediterraneo with a surprising tangy taste

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Yiantes


Yiantes in Exarchia is located on a quiet street on the premises of the old open air cinema Riviera. In the summer months the courtyard is a cool oasis in town, with a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. The idea which inspired the creation of this popular restaurant was to bring regional cuisine based on fresh, organic products closer to the public. Yandes is one of the first restaurants in Athens in the category of modern tavernas, featuring good food, attentive service and reasonable prices. The menu includes traditional Greek appetizers, creative ideas with fresh seafood and vegetarian plates and the cellar offers a wide range of organic Greek wines and beer. Yiantes is a favorite with groups from congresses or cultural events, both for lunch and dinner, and offers a reasonably priced special menu.

Recommended for Group Friendly because: Excellent Mediterranean specialties in an attractive locale in Exarchia

Nelly's expert tip: Regional cuisine with organic products in a modern taverna atmosphere

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Piraeus


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.

Recommended for Group Friendly because: A modern fish restaurant conveniently close to the cruise port

Nelly's expert tip: A fresh and contemporary approach to fresh sea food based on simplicity

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Agora Select is a classic all day meeting point at Ilissia, with emphasis on carefully selected fresh and local products offered in abundant portions as well as affordable prices. The menu includes many choices and is based on Greek cuisine with Mediterranean and international influences. It is complemented by a variety of dishes of the day as well as fresh fish and seafood to choose from, different for every day of the week. Diners can enjoy their meal in the elegant room of the restaurant or outside in the beautiful garden. The extensive wine list of Greek vintages as well as the impeccable service add to the pluses.

Recommended for Group Friendly because: A favorite place for business lunch or dinner close to the Athens Hilton

Nelly's expert tip: Local and international cuisine prepared with a creative approach

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To Athinaikon
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Athinaikon restaurant has a long and interesting history. It opened for the first time in 1932 as an ouzo restaurant and in 1985 moved to the pedestrian street of Themistokleous right in the center of Athens. Recently a second location opened on Mitropoleos street, close to Syntagma square. The new restaurant maintains all the favorite dishes which were successful over the years and the menu has been enriched with more interesting tastes. All the dishes are prepared exclusively with fresh, seasonal ingredients and the cuisine is Greek traditional. Popular specialties include meat dishes, seafood, fresh fish, a wide variety of appetizers and delicious desserts. Ancient remains under glass, inspired verses on the walls, sculptures and modern art make an attractive decor. The reasonable prices are a pleasant surprise.

Recommended for Group Friendly because: Favorite dishes which have been successful over the years and reasonable prices

Nelly's expert tip: Traditional Greek cuisine in a classic atmosphere and reasonable prices

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Magemenos Avlos
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Historical restaurant Magemenos Avlos (Magic Flute) since 1961, has renewed the decor recently and is always a favorite for the tasty dishes prepared with quality ingredients. It is one of the most well known restaurants in town, and was frequented by the famous composer Manos Hatjidakis and his poet and intellectual friends. Magemenos Avlos can be considered a landmark in Athens, a classic, timeless location. The cuisine includes favorite dishes from mamas kitchen, and specialties such as cheese fondue, picata, sauteed tournedot. The inside winter space is warm and welcoming, with live music in the evenings and the outside summer space on the small Proskopon square is a cool oasis with a holiday feeling. Groups are often hosted and a special menu is available upon request.

Recommended for Group Friendly because: Traditional dishes in a warm environment in one of the oldest restaurants in Athens

Nelly's expert tip: Excellent cuisine in an historical restaurant

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The oldest tavern in Plaka, Psaras Tavern, has been a favorite for many generations of Athenians who appreciate traditional Greek cuisine and authentic style. This picturesque tavern is chosen by many celebrities, artists, politicians, young and old, as a unique example of old Athens atmosphere. Psaras Tavern is situated in two renovated old mansions, opposite each other, on a quiet pedestrian street, where tables are placed in the summer months. The cool terrace provides a refreshing place to relax during the warmest evenings. The interesting decor includes antique objects and the warm colors, the wood floors and the big fireplace make this tavern ideal also for winter dining. The specialties are prepared following traditional Greek recipes with their characteristic flavors.

Recommended for Group Friendly because: Traditional Greek specialties in a picturesque location in Plaka

Nelly's expert tip: Authentic Greek cuisine in a warm atmosphere

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National Gardens


Aegli Restaurant at the Zappion gardens is completely renewed, introducing a new taste concept, based on good, old Greek cuisine. With a magnificent view of the Acropolis and Lycabettus hill, Aegli enhances popular Greek tastes and aromas, offering affordable selections and homemade dishes. Simple but rich tastes, inspired from local tradition, in a new menu with high quality and reasonable prices. The plate of the day is different each time, and the excellent cuisine prepared by chef Ilias Sentris and his team fulfills the expectations of the clientele absolutely. The interesting wine list offers selected labels from Mediterra Wineries and other prestigious producers, from various regions of Greece, as well as fine distilled spirits which combine ideally with the tastes on the menu. Families prefer Aegli both for the open space where kids can roam safely and also for the selections on the menu which are preferred by kids. Pizza, club sandwiches, burgers, pasta and delicious ice cream. Aegli is very convenient for groups, as it is close to the center of Athens and offers a wonderful view of the Zappion gardens. Special menus can be planned beforehand for groups over 15 persons.

Recommended for Group Friendly because: A wonderful view of the Zappion gardens and interesting selections on the menu

Nelly's expert tip: Traditional and elegant with creative cuisine

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Vouliagmeni


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

Recommended for Group Friendly because: Discreet style, ideal for corporate and social dinners or cocktails

Nelly's expert tip: All time classic favorite with romantic atmosphere and elegant surroundings

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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

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