Restaurants in Greece
To the rest of the world, the Greeks are known for their delicious moussaka, tzatziki and a sloppy gyro, but there is more to restaurants in Greece than the international clichés. Greek cuisine encompasses some of the most diverse taste profiles of the Mediterranean with fresh seafood, mouthwatering pastries, a variety of breads, and crisp local vegetables filling dishes that are as unique as the Grecian islands, themselves.
For travelers on a shoestring budget, the prices in restaurants in Greece are generally quite reasonable. While international cuisine is available, dining options vary depending on the area in Greece travelers visit.
Some of the best restaurants in Greece are found on the party islands, which cater to the international set. A number of top-notch restaurants in Athens also serve up enticing dishes for the discerning foodie. In tourist driven areas, wandering from the main thoroughfare to where the locals hang will give travelers a better sense of authentic dining. Here, you’ll find the Greece restaurants that are the real deal.
O Kambos is a small, family-run Greek tavern located on the main road out of Chios. Inside, the scent of the valley’s famous citrus orchards mingle with the smells of homemade local specialties, such as mastelo (fried grilled cheese), eggplant tempura, and a variety of fresh seafood.
Named after the little waterways that flow through the forested area near Arhangelos, the rustic restaurant serves traditional mezes and Greek staples—such as moussaka and meatballs—under a pine-tree canopy in the island’s interior.
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.
Set on an eight-acre property that dates to 1550, Argentikon serves Mediterranean and Greek cuisine that incorporates local seafood and produce from the grounds. This hotel restaurant's orange trees yield fruit for freshly squeezed juices and the breakfast marmalade.
At dusk, make your way to Benetos, on the edge of Sapsila Bay, for fresh fish dishes such as grouper fillet with caramelized onions, and herb-crusted seared tuna with wasabi and seaweed.
At the simple, family-run café above Pefkos Beach, the food—lots of Rhodian and organic ingredients—competes with the dramatic clifftop view for top billing.
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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.
On an island that’s renowned for its glitzy nightlife scene, Astra stands out as one of the hottest clubs in the city. During the day, it’s a quiet lounge housed in a traditional, whitewashed cottage.
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 whirl of passing mopeds only adds extra buzz to Mavrikos in Lindos. Many consider the food—grilled octopus and pine-nut-and-basil-topped smoked manouri cheese—to be the best in town.