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As befits a major European capital, there are lots of great restaurants in Athens, including an increasing number of ethnic options. This selection however, concentrates on some of the best places to sample authentic Greek cuisine.

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  • Nightlife Seeker
  • Foodie
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

10 Places

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Taverna o Peinaleon

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Taverna Tou Psirri

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To Steki Tou Ilia

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Rozalia

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O Thanasis

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Varoulko Seaside

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Barba Yannis Tavern

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Cafe Avissinia

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I Mikri Vouli

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Oinomageireio H Epirus

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Nick E's City Tips

  • Athens has a pretty efficient transportation network, including a modern metro, plus buses, trolleys and trams.
  • If you plan to do more than two journeys by public transport in one day, a daily ticket is worth it. It's valid for 24 hours on buses, trolleys, trams and the metro.
  • For a full evening meal, just round the bill up as the tip.
  • Dress is casual almost everywhere.
  • Restaurant staff invariably speak English, but attempts to say just a few words in Greek will endear you to them.
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    Taverna o Peinaleon
    Restaurants (Greek, Mediterranean)
    Nick E Says:

    One of Exarchia's most established tavernas, beautifully decorated with period photos and old musical instruments, Peinaleon is popular with the academic and alternative crowd. The friendly proprietor rustles up excellent food, much of it based on recipes from his native island of Chios. There is also wonderful barrelled wine and tsipouro.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • Try one of the classic dishes from Chios, such as pork in mastic sauce.
    • The taverna closes in summer. Usually open daily at 8.30pm from mid-October to late May.
    • On Wednesdays (and some other nights), there is live acoustic music.
    • You may find yourself staying well beyond the time it takes to have your meal - they don't close until 3 or 4am!
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #934 of 2,145 restaurants in Athens
    • Great food and atmosphere! 29/03/2018
    • Great little spot 05/11/2017
    • Taverna o Peinaleon
    Address:
    152 Mavromichali
    Exarchia
    Athens 114 72
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 21 0644 0945
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    Taverna Tou Psirri
    Restaurants (Mediterranean, Greek)
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    Nick E Says:

    Serving a wide range of delicious starters and main courses, this is the most authentic and least expensive of the tavernas in the trendy Psyrri area. With two levels of seating indoors and a neat little courtyard out back, it is a good option for all seasons.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • Of the tasty main courses, thrapsalo (a type of squid) and rabbit stifado (stew with pearl onions) are perennial favorites.
    • You can look at the food on offer in trays next to the kitchen.
    • The taverna is a short walk from Monastiraki metro station.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #195 of 2,145 restaurants in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Tasty no-fuss Greek food 02/04/2018
    • Have a typical Greek dish in Tou Psirri 31/03/2018
    • Taverna Tou Psirri
    Address:
    12 Eschilou
    Psirri
    Athens 105 54
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 21 0321 4923
    Price range:
    US$12 - US$18
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 - 02:00
    Other:
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    To Steki Tou Ilia
    Restaurants (Mediterranean, Barbecue, Greek)
    Nick E Says:

    This classic old-fashioned taverna gives you one of the most authentic Greek dining experiences possible. A pleasant garden terrace opens beside the church opposite in summer, while the spacious interior is given character by dozens of huge wine barrels.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • The lamb chops here are some of the most succulent and tasty you will find anywhere in the city.
    • The taverna is a short walk down beside the metro lines from Thissio station.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #290 of 2,145 restaurants in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Go for the lamb chops! 11/04/2018
    • A typical greek tavern 25/03/2018
    • To Steki Tou Ilia
    Address:
    5 Eptachalkou
    Thisio
    Athens 118 51
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 21 0345 8052
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 - 19:00
    Mon - Sat
    12:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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    Rozalia
    Restaurants (Mediterranean, Greek, Grill)
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    Nick E Says:

    This well-established favorite offers a huge menu of dips, starters, grills and some oven-baked dishes, as well as good barrelled wine. The huge garden also has a retracting roof, meaning it can be used in any weather.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Go for the grilled main courses, such as the excellent bifteki stuffed with cheese.
    • The restaurant is just off the alternative hangout of Exarchia Square, a ten-minute walk from Panepistimio metro.
    • The baked aubergines make a great starter.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #188 of 2,145 restaurants in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Easter lunch in Athens!! 16/04/2018
    • 👎 Avoid this place 16/04/2018
    • Rozalia
    Address:
    Valtetsiou 59
    Plateia Exarheia
    Athens 10681
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 21 0380 7992
    Price range:
    US$12 - US$18
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 - 00:45
    Other:
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    O Thanasis
    Restaurants (Fast food, Mediterranean, Barbecue, Greek)
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    Nick E Says:

    One of the most legendary souvlaki joints in the city, and always crowded with locals and tourists alike. Here you can have pork, chicken, sausage or bifteki in your pitta for little cost.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • If it's crowded and you just want a souvlaki or two, get a takeaway and eat it further down the road at Monastiraki Square.
    • The nearest metro station is Monastiraki, only a couple of minutes away.
    • Main meals are also available.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #213 of 2,145 restaurants in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very disappointing 19/04/2018
    • Gyros :) 16/04/2018
    • O Thanasis
    Address:
    Mitropoleos 69
    Monastiraki
    Athens 105 55
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 21 0324 4705
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$15
    Hours:
    Mon - Wed
    09:30 - 00:00
    Thu - Sat
    09:30 - 01:00
    Other:
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    Varoulko Seaside
    Restaurants (Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Greek)
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    Nick E Says:

    It's worth the trek out from the city center to this famous restaurant on the cute yacht harbour of Mikrolimano, although you have to be prepared to pay for the privilege! Chef Lefteris Lazarou has gained a Michelin star for his efforts in producing superb seafood dishes every year since 2002.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • Among the delights available you can try organic salad with smoked eel and a yogurt-mint vinaigrette, or white grouper with zucchini cream and horseradish.
    • It's about a ten-minute walk from Faliro metro station.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 6 restaurants in Mikrolimano
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Excellent food, good service 22/04/2018
    • Waiting for the next Michelin star ⭐️! 20/04/2018
    • Varoulko Seaside
    Address:
    Akti Koumoundourou 52
    Mikrolimano 185 33
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 21 0522 8400
    Price range:
    US$47 - US$98
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    13:00 - 01:00
    Other:
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    Barba Yannis Tavern
    Restaurants (Mediterranean, Greek)
    Nick E Says:

    A classic old-fashioned place where you pick your dishes from the trays or casserole pots on display and eat them in the cramped but atmospheric interior, or at the limited outdoor seating on the pedestrianized side street.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • The restaurant is a couple of blocks from Exarchia Square and about a ten-minute walk from Panepistimio metro station.
    • As it's open all day, this is a great place to go after visiting the National Archaeological Museum, barely a ten-minute walk away.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #728 of 2,145 restaurants in Athens
    • Delicious Greek dinner 28/10/2017
    • valuable 11/10/2017
    • Barba Yannis Tavern
    Address:
    94 Emmanouil Benaki Street
    Athens
    Greece
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    Cafe Avissinia
    Restaurants (Mediterranean, Greek)
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    Nick E Says:

    The food here has a slight influence from Anatolia rather than Abyssinia (the restaurant name, in Greek), with gentle touches of spice not usually found in Greek cuisine. The location is great and the colorful premises make a pleasant place to while away some time.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The restaurant is about equidistant to Monasiraki and Thissio metro stations.
    • This is a great place to eat if you are shopping at the nearby flea market.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #301 of 2,145 restaurants in Athens
    • Local gem 14/04/2018
    • Good food but very expensive 25/03/2018
    • Cafe Avissinia
    Address:
    7 Kynetou
    Monastiraki
    Athens 105 55
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 21 0321 7047
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 - 19:00
    Tue - Sat
    11:00 - 13:00
    Other:
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    I Mikri Vouli
    Restaurants (Greek)
    Nick E Says:

    This ouzeri-style mezedopolio (a place where you can by mezedes) offers a predictably large range of such small and not-so-small plates, which you can wash down with barreled wine, ouzo or the increasingly popular spirit tsipouro. It is one of a number of decent eateries clustered around Varnava Square, in the quiet neighborhood of Metz.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • It's a good place to come with a few friends so that you can order a wide selection of the tasty mezedes on offer.
    • Trolley no.4 passes close by the square or you can walk up behind the Panathenaic Stadium in less than twenty minutes.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1,380 of 2,145 restaurants in Athens
    • The traditional meze restaurant. 15/03/2018
    • A long wait for very little 18/02/2018
    • I Mikri Vouli
    Address:
    Plateia Varnava
    Athens 116 35
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 21 0756 5523
    Other:
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    Oinomageireio H Epirus
    Restaurants (Greek)
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    Nick E Says:

    For decades, the place to head for food after a hard night's drinking – when just about everywhere else has closed – has been the central meat market, and this old-style restaurant is the pick of the bunch. It's as brightly lit and lacking in decor as the rest but coming here to help see in the new day and watch the butchers setting up their stalls is something of an Athenian rite of passage.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • If you really want to do as the hardcore locals do, order a steaming bowl of patsas (tripe soup) – but only if you have strong stomach.
    • There are lots of good simple dishes to choose from in the trays on display.
    • The market is roughly halfway between Omonia and Monastiraki metro stations.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #37 of 2,145 restaurants in Athens
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Patsa 04/04/2018
    • excellent place 02/04/2018
    • Oinomageireio H Epirus
    Address:
    Filopoimenos 4
    Varvakeios Market
    Athens 105 51
    Greece
    Phone:
    +30 21 0324 0773
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    07:00 - 19:00
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