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The Original Mama Maria's Greek Cuisine

503 N Pinellas Ave, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689-3341
+1 727-934-5678
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good28%
  • Average8%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible2%
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“octopus” (30 reviews)
“greek salad” (48 reviews)
“gyro” (34 reviews)
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Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
503 N Pinellas Ave, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689-3341
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderful Greek food, not on the sponge docks, with the locals. Great food and great prices. Easy to get to and easy parking.

Thank Charles K
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had delicious grilled octopus ( the reason we came here)..we told it was the BEST greek food in tarpon springs. Arrived 11:30 am...only 1 other couple seated and no one behind us in any line. Waited and waited for waitress...kept looking at chef's open kitchen..was...More

Thank Andy S
Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

Given that many, if not most of the locals are Greek it makes sense to follow their lead. Prices are good, service is very good and our meal was excellent. I had a soulvaki sandwich and Greek fries. The pita was puffy and soft and...More

Thank RebeccaL230
Reviewed 23 October 2017

This is one of the original Greek Restaurants in Tampa Springs ~ The environment is nothing fancy ~ but the food is to die for ~ It is AUTHENTIC Greek food... not generally found in any restaurant... My wife had the grouper and mousaka ~...More

Thank Jim K
Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

This place has the BEST gyros ever! The lamb was not greasy, the pita was fresh and the onions, lettuce, tomatoes and tzatziki sauce was of perfect proportion. Delicious!

Thank Lori P
Reviewed 14 October 2017

The food was delicious, the staff was very friendly and welcoming. The place was very clean, and easily accessable.

Thank zee61256
Reviewed 10 October 2017

We were blown away by the portions and the food was simply delicious. Start with the taramosalata, on the menu under "Mediterranean Dips." Here's the description: Creamy Greek red caviar, blended with virgin olive oil and lemon. Served with pita chips. Intriguing description, but it...More

Thank Randy S
Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

The food is soooo good here! We are local and eat here very often. Service is impeccable and they really do make you feel like family. I'm 99% positive that any bad reviews are people confusing this location with the mama's down at the sponge...More

1  Thank Meghan T
Reviewed 29 August 2017

food was good I have had better tasting greek food in new york but I still enjoyed it and the staff was awesome made you feel like family.

Thank Betsy M
Reviewed 25 August 2017

Don't let the outside appearance fool you. You can go to the sponge docks and get "tourist" Greek food or just look for this place on Alt 19 south of the sponge docks. Here's the difference, this is family owned and the food is authentic...More

Thank James C
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Questions & Answers
11 December 2017|
Response from Jim K | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they have plenty of free parking in front of their restaurant.
13 June 2017|
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Response from Elliott K | Reviewed this property |
They have a second dining room where I have frequently seen groups of large sizes.
28 September 2016|
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Response from Chicag0nan | Reviewed this property |
They did let us eat with our emotional support dog on our visit. We did eat very early before the restaurant got busy. They also have a few tables for outside eating which might allow pets. I would call the restaurant to... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 503 N Pinellas Ave, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689-3341
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tarpon Springs
  • Phone Number: +1 727-934-5678
  • E-mail
Family owned and operated since 1978. Our Mama "Mama Maria" still does the cooking. Truly were all the locals, Greek and Non-Greeks, come for fresh Greek and seafood specialties. Spacious main dining room seats 100. Full view open kitchen. Separate enclosed climate controlled patio for private parties of 40-60. Full bar and beer and wine available. Plenty of on-site free parking. Two blocks south of the historic Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs, Fl. Reservations for parties of 5 or more are highly recommended.
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