Best Restaurants near the Cruise Port in Athens

Dine at restaurants in Piraeus for a can't-miss experience

The port of Piraeus is famous for the fish taverns and restaurants, and people from all over Athens often go there when they want to enjoy the best fresh, served in excellent ambience. Visitors to Piraeus will definitely want to try this delicious delicacy in one or more of the places which can be found in various parts of Piraeus, the most famous being those in Mikrolimano, with the enchanting view of the sea and the yachts. Varoulko Seaside is a prestigious fish restaurant under the direction of awarded chef Lefteris Lazarou, Istioploikos is situated in a picturesque location on the harbor of Mikrolimano, with an incredible view of the sea, Margaro is a favorite since 1944 when they first opened,  Papaioannou fish restaurant is a landmark in the small port of Mikrolimano in Piraeus with elegant ambience, Vassilenas is a place with a  long history, which first opened  in 1920 at Maniatika of Piraeus, originally as a grocery store, by the grandfather of today's owner, Jimmy's Fish and the sushi tavern is a timeless classic favorite with excellent cuisine, Thea Thalassa has a spectacular view of the sea and serves exclusively fresh fish specialties, E/T Taxidevontas is popular for the genuine quality and traditional tastes, Omega 3 offers a new approach to enjoying fish specialties, at Dyosmos you can taste authentic Greek cuisine prepared with locally grown products,


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Margaro is a simple, casual fish restaurant which has been a favorite since 1944 when it first opened. Many generations of Athenians have enjoyed a delicious meal in this friendly place, famous for the quality of the food and the warm atmosphere. The same family runs the restaurant all these years and maintain the high standards. The menu is basic and unassuming, with no frills, and very reasonable prices. Fried shrimps, crawfish, red mullet, delicious choriatiki salad and wine from the barrel are the favorites. The ambience is also simple and minimal, in white and blue tones, reminiscent of an island taverna.

Recommended for Restaurants near Cruise Port because: Favorite hangout for fishlovers with very reasonable prices in this family run tavern

Nelly's expert tip: A family run fish tavern with delicious fresh delicacies

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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 Restaurants near Cruise Port because: A favorite with groups who are sightseeing in the area.

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

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Dyosmos, which translates into "mint" is located in a renovated 1920 mansion on Freattydos Avenue in Piraeus. The menu is based exclusively on Greek products from local producers, with which the delicious and imaginative dishes are prepared. Tradition combines with sophisticated taste and high level culinary techniques. Definitely try the chick peas from Schinousa island with smoked pork, the saganaki with Naxos cheese, the meat balls from veal sausage from the region of Serres, the egg plants from the Peloponnese with red sauce and smoked pork from Mani, just to mention a few specialties. The concept of Dyosmos is to offer a gastronomic trip through traditional Greek cuisine.

Recommended for Restaurants near Cruise Port because: Creative cuisine and all time favorite locally produced tastes

Nelly's expert tip: Enjoy delicious specialties from various regions of Greece

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E/G Taxidevontas
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E/G Taxidevontas opened in 2002 in the neighborhood of Keratsini, very close to the port of Piraeus. The name specifies a passenger ship in nautical terms. In 2014 its twin opened, north of Athens in Nea Erythrea. The concept of these fish restaurants is to always offer fresh fish (you can see the fish still alive on their Youtube channel), prepared with simple traditional recipes, which enhance the taste and scent of genuine Greek fish and seafood. Their specialties are reasonably priced, depending on what you choose. The menu also includes a variety of shellfish and many home made tasty appetizers.

Recommended for Restaurants near Cruise Port because: Fish lovers prefer this place for guaranteed fresh fish

Nelly's expert tip: Delicious fresh fish and seafood prepared with simple traditional recipes

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Thea Thalassa
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Thea Thalassa, which translates into 'sea view' is an attractive restaurant on Mikrolimano port, obviously with a sea view. They specialize in home made dishes prepared exclusively with fresh ingredients and traditional recipes. You can taste a large variety of fresh fish from various parts of the country, and also shrimps and crawfish from the Ambrakikos gulf, in central Greece. Lobster, crab and squid are also on the menu. Accompany your choice with wine or ouzo. Dishes to definitely try are the steamed mussels and other seafood, the grilled sardines, the octopus, the monkfish with mustard sauce, the lobster with spaghetti, the risotto with crawfish.

Recommended for Restaurants near Cruise Port because: Enjoy traditionally prepared fish specialties in a warm, friendly atmosphere

Nelly's expert tip: Delicious fresh fish and sea food prepared with traditional recipes

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Jimmy's Fish and the Sushi Tavern
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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.

Recommended for Restaurants near Cruise Port because: Jimmy and the Fish as been a favorite for many years with visiting celebrities

Nelly's expert tip: Fresh fish and sushi next to the sea in a yachting atmosphere

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Istioploikos is situated in a picturesque location on the harbor of Mikrolimano, with an incredible view of the sea. The cafe and the restaurant, on different floors, are comfortable and elegant. Enjoy coffee, lunch or dinner watching the yachts, and feel you are travelling on a cruise. At the cafe you can drink your coffee, taste some of the delicious snacks or desserts, and the weekends are ideal for lively entertainment. The menu at the restaurant is mainly Mediterranean with interesting gourmet dishes, such as risotto with squid and Limnos wine, vegetable quiche with yoghurt sauce, fried squid with lemon, sauteed shrimps with parmesan, grilled salmon, even a special vegetarian menu for those who prefer it, and delicious desserts. All washed down with wine from a selected list. Istioploikos is popular also for wedding receptions and company meetings.

Recommended for Restaurants near Cruise Port because: For romantic and gourmet dining nothing beats Istioploikos, well known for its wonderful view

Nelly's expert tip: One of the best sea views in Piraeus with a romantic atmosphere and lively entertainment on weekends

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Papaioannou fish restaurant is a landmark in the small port of Mikrolimano in Piraeus. The elegant ambience with maritime influences, the excellent cuisine, the view of the port and the attention to every detail make this restaurant one of the best choices. Fried specialties are one of the favorites, such as shrimps and squid, and all fish and seafood is brought in daily, fresh from the sea. The menu changes every day, depending on what the fishermen have caught and all dishes are accompanied by selected wines. Some of the most popular dishes are crawfish with coarse salt, grilled red mullet and crawfish with spinach. For dessert try the home made loukoumades (deep fried dough served with honey).

Recommended for Restaurants near Cruise Port because: An excellent choice both for the ambience and the quality of cuisine

Nelly's expert tip: Maritime ambience, excellent menu and friendly atmosphere

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Vassilenas. A place with a long history. It first opened in 1920 at Maniatika of Piraeus, originally as a grocery store, by the grandfather of today's owner Thanasi Vassilena. A restaurant that for more than 90 years has been welcoming artists, politicians and guests from the neighborhood who remain a faithful clientele, all having in common the desire to taste something extraordinary. Today, that small grocery store has been transformed into one of the main ambassadors of Greek high cuisine. It consists one of the most unique expressions of modern Greek cooking, with tasting balance and clean flavors. Vassilenas, being the first restaurant to establish the menu degustation in Greece, all the way back in 1928, still proposes a 10-dish menu, which is being renewed according to the seasonality of the ingredients. At the same time the variety of wine labels ideally accompanies the gastronomic experience, covering a wide range of producers from Greek and international vineyards.

Recommended for Restaurants near Cruise Port because: Famous for their quality which has remained the same over the years

Nelly's expert tip: An excellent restaurant with a long history and high quality cuisine

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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

Recommended for Restaurants near Cruise Port because: Awarded chef Lefteris Lazarou guarantees a superior quality gastronomic experience

Nelly's expert tip: Gastronomic seafood and fish experience

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