Greek Lunch or Dinner
As you are about to pay the check for your meal, please remember that unlike what happens in the US, gratuities, aka tips, are already included in the bill, so you should only leave up to a couple of € for the bus-boy and not a percentage of the check for the whole crew.
At Onion Athens you learn the art of cooking Greek meals, from the very first cut to the very last taste. At Onion Athens they only use fresh and delicious seasonal ingredients. Start with a surprise appetizer with ouzo and meze to get you in the mood! Cook a hands-on four-course, traditional Greek meal. Learn new recipes and culinary tips. Your meal will be matched with 3 excellent wines, learning a few things about the Greek varieties and terroir. The meal will end with Greek yogurt and honey. Onion Athens space has been designed to feel more like a home than a cooking school. A classic apartment, on the fourth floor of a renovated 1930’s Athenian building, the studio creates an inspiring, welcoming and warm environment, perfect to cook and dine but also to host all kinds of events. Try the 4-hour Cooking Class & Dinner with Wine in the Heart of Athens. For more information, and to book your participation, click cookly, which brings people together through food and culture, while preserving and sharing our food traditions around the world, with a community of more than 1,000 passionate cooks across 50 countries, who share their local food heritage through authentic cooking classes.
The following is an ever changing list of restaurants grouped in self-explained categories, according to our own personal experience, or that of trusted friends. We keep adding new listings as we become aware of them, but sometimes we fail to timely remove a venue which did not survive the hard times or the quality standards we expect. We apologize in advance, and promise to keep updating the page!
Contemporary Greek Cuisine
2 Mazi, 48 Nikis St., Plaka
tel.: 210 322 839
Open daily noon - evening. Closed Sunday evening.
Aleria, 47 Megalou Alexandrou St., Metaxourgeio
tel.: 210 522 2633 - www.aleria.gr
Open for dinner every day, except Sunday.
2018 TripAdvisor #1 Best Restaurant in Athens
Argoura, 49-51 Agisilaou St., Tzitzifies (Kalithea)
tel.: 217 717 3200
Athinaikon Restaurant, 34 Metropoleos St., Syntagma
tel.: 210 325 2688 www.athinaikon.gr
Athiri, 15 Plateon St. - Kerameikos
tel.: 210 346 2983
Open daily except Sunday and Monday evening. Sunday noon open.
Balcony Restaurant & Bar, 1 Veikou St., Koukaki
tel.: 211 411 8437 - www.balconyathens.com
modern Greek cuisine
Cookoovaya, 2 Chatzigianni Mexi St., (Hilton Hotel area)
tel.: 210 723 5005 - www.cookoovaya.gr
Delicious food, prepared with expertise, passion and experience.
Delta Restaurant, 364 Sygrou Ave. within Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, Kallithea
tel.: 698 665 7553 https://deltarestaurant.gr/
aiming to become a landmark culinary destination and share Greek cuisine around the world.
Forbes list of Worldwide 11 Best Restaurants!
Ergon House, 23 Metropoleos St., Syntagma
tel.: 210 010 9090
A butcher-shop, a fish-shop, a green-grocer and a deli under one roof, along with a bistro restaurant under a boutique hotel in the heart of Athens. Try the delicacies selected and packaged for them, and their superb bread. We go there often!
Greco's Project, 5 Metropoleos St., Syntagma
Grilled and cooked traditional Greek cuisine, to dine in or to go. Two more locations, Metropoleos Street and Monastiraki Square.
Fishalida, 2 Naiadon & Antinoros Sts. (Hilton Hotel area)
tel.: 210 723 4551
Open daily noon- evening
Hill Athens, 27 Apostolou Pavlou St., Thesseion
tel.: 210 346 9077
contemporary Greek cuisine
Ilios, 1 Voukourestiou St., Stoa (arcade) Spiromiliou, Syntagma
tel.: 210 321 1315 - www.iliosrestaurant.com
Athenian cuisine of the '50s and '60s revisited
Mani-Mani, First floor, 10 Falirou St., Koukaki
tel.: 210 921 8180 - manimani.com.gr
Open Daily, except Monday, noon- evening. Closed Sunday evening.
Award-winning modern taste of exceptional hearty Greek cuisine restaurant.
Samano Radio Restaurant, 3, Plateia Philomousou Eterias, Plaka
tel.: 210 324 1193
Greek modern cuisine
Varoulko Seaside, 52, Akti Koumoundourou, Microlimano, Piraeus
tel.: 210 522 8400 - varoulko.gr
Open year-round by the sea, for Lunch and Dinner, renowned for its delicious seafood and its extensive wine list.
2018 TripAdvisor #8 Best Restaurant in Athens
Traditional Greek Cuisine
Bakaliarakia Damigou, 41 Kydathineon St., Plaka
tel.: 210 322 5084
A cult basement taverna in historic Plaka specialized in fried cod.
Diporto, 9 Sokratous & Theatrou Sts.
Open daily for lunch
Economou, 41 Troon & Kidantidon Sts., Ano Petralona
tel.: 210 346 7555
exceptional traditional Greek cuisine - Daily except Sunday evening.
Epiros, 4 Filopimenos St., Athens Varvakeios Central Market
tel.: 210 324 0773 Open daily 7 am - 7 pm
Excellent traditional Greek food
Eufrosynos Fabrica, 34 An. Zinni St., Koukaki
tel.: 210 924 6354 Open Tuesday to Sunday 1 pm to Midnight
Fine quality Greek/Mediterranean food including vegetarian and vegan selections.
Evgenia Paradosiako, 44-A Voulis St., Syntagma
tel.: 210 321 4121
A very popular unassuming small restaurant with home-like traditional Greek cuisine
Gods' Restaurant, 23-27 Makriyanni St., Acropolis
tel.: 210 923 3721
traditional Greek food with Acropolis views by the Acropolis Museum
Filema, 16 Romvis St., Downtown
tasty and unpretentious traditional Greek cuisine
Karamanlidika tou Fani, 1 Socratous & Evripidou Sts., Downtown
tel.: 210 325 4184 - www.karamanlidika.gr
excellent deli also serving cooked delicacies
Klimataria, 2 Plateia Theatrou
tel.: 210 321 6629 Open Noon to 1 pm
Koutoukaki, 107 Veikou St., Koukaki
tel.: 210 924 4193
An unassuming small restaurant with "homemade" food.
Opos Palia, Veikou 2, Makriyanni
tel.: 210 923 9718
Excellent neighborhood traditional Greek lunch/dinner meze
Paradosiako, 59 Kolokotroni St., Syntagma
tel.: 210 323 1700
lunch, dinner. grill
Philippou, 19 Xenocratous St., Kolonaki
tel.: 210 721 6390 Open Monday to Friday 8:30-Midnight - Saturday 1-5 pm
A standard culinary value since my father's time.
Saita, 21 Kydathinaion St., Plaka
tel.: 210 322 6671
A cult traditional open-air (Summer) and basement (winter) taverna in historic Plaka.
Scholarheion, 14 Tripodon St., Plaka
tel.: 210 324 7605
Stoa Xenofontos, 15-A Xenofontos St. (in the arcade), Syntagma
tel.: 210 325 2848
Greek Meze Restaurant, Wine and Drinks
Telaro, 33 Aiolou St., Agias Eirinis Sq.
tel.: 210 324 3740
Breakfast. Lunch, Dinner
Therapeutērio, 41 Kidantidon St., Petralona
tel.: 210 341 2538
Tzitzikas kai Mermingas, 12-14 Metropoleos St., Syntagma
tel.: 210 324 7607
Zorbas, 15 Lyssiou and Erehtheos Sts., Plaka
tel.: 694 481 7170