Restaurants in Athens
Open since 1957, this journalist’s haunt was the first “bar” in Athens that “nice” ladies could frequent without being mistaken for working girls.
Varoulko's reputation as one of the best seafood restaurants in Greece stems from the creativity of chef-owner Lefteris Lazarou, who changes his menu regularly based on handpicked ingredients from local markets.
Located at the colorful, art-inspired Semiramis hotel, this poolside restaurant serves Greek, European, and international cuisine in a vibrant dining room that echoes the style of the hotel.
A favorite with politicos and yachties who just step off their boats and onto its dock, Jimmy & the Fish offers exceptionally fresh and creative seafood, from sea urchin salad to the signature dish, tender octopus in sweet Mavrodaphne wine.
Set in the foothills of Mount Lycabettus, this casual eatery serves fresh seafood dishes from local celebrity chef Argiro Barbarigou. Inside, the restaurant is simply decorated with dark hardwood floors, large windows facing the tree-lined street, and white tablecloths topped with fresh flowers.
Part of the City Link shopping and entertainment complex, this globally influenced Mediterranean restaurant is popular with the city’s young professional set.
The name, taken from the Orphic Hymns, means “one who loves inspiration,” and it’s easy to feel inspired on the roof garden of Filistron, with what is arguably Athens’s best view of the illuminated Acropolis and Mount Lycabettus—without the corresponding high prices.
The owners of Mamacas were visionaries when, in 1998, they opened this neo-taverna in Gazi, the then troubled, now trendy gasworks district of Athens.
For decades the hottest (and haute-est) Athenian restaurants were those serving foreign cuisine, from foie gras to sushi. When it opened in late 2005, Alatsi started a rediscovery of regional Greek cuisine among even the snootiest Athenians.
Inventive modern French food with a Greek twist earned Spondi its second Michelin star in 2008.
At this casually chic whitewashed gem, on pedestrian-only Adrianou Street opposite the train tracks in front of the Thisseion temple, the menu changes with the season—and it’s presented on a gorgeously designed poster incorporating photos, doodles, and poems.
Just a short walk from the Acropolis in the historic neighborhood of Plaka, this gourmet Greek restaurant is located in a restored Neoclassical house dating from the 1830's.
Scientists have yet to discover if it’s possible to get tired of Greek food.