Restaurants in Athens
For a taste of the neoclassical architecture indigenous to Greece, visit Daphne’s. Inside, the earth-toned dining room is decorated with terracotta accents and Pompeii-style frescoes. The exterior of the restaurant is also reminiscent of a Greek temple. The partially covered garden patio contains a rustic stone wall, a vine-covered wooden canopy, and the remains of an ancient marble building. Daphne’s serves up such classic Greek specialties as fried prawns and toasted almonds, as well as a rabbit stew finished with a sweet wine sauce. Athens restaurants don’t get much better than Daphne’s.The name of the restaurant Filistron is borrowed from Orphic Hymns, which mean, “one who loves inspiration”. The person who dines at Filistron can actually feel inspired as they eat in the roof garden that offers the best illuminated view of the Acropolis and Mount Lycabettus. Restaurants in Athens are inspiring.Jimmy & The Fish welcomes the politicos and yacht owners as they step onto the dock with fresh and innovative seafood dishes such as sea urchin salad and octopus finished with sweet wine. For a dockside view and original sea inspired fare, be sure to visit Jimmy & The Fish. This is one of the best restaurants in Athens for seafood.
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.
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.
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.
Located in the Hilton Athens hotel, Milos serves gourmet Mediterranean cuisine in a minimalist dining room. A large bay window admits plenty of natural light into the high-ceilinged space, which is decorated with marble floors and vases of sunflowers.
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.
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 15-minute walk from the Acropolis, this small, often crowded eatery is home to what many consider the best (and cheapest) souvlaki in the city.
Open since 1957, this journalist’s haunt was the first “bar” in Athens that “nice” ladies could frequent without being mistaken for working girls.
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.
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.