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.
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.
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.
Protected from winds inside a deeply cut bay on the north coast of Mykonos, Panormos Beach also sports a seaside restaurant that works hard to blend into the environment with camouflage netting above, a sand floor below, and potted Mediterranean plants and palm trees between tables.
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.
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.
There’s nothing between you and the sea at this open-air taverna. A bottle of the Amethystos red wine goes well with fresh seafood or the traditional Greek meat stew, stifado.
The only luxury restaurant in Andros, Cabo Del Mar doubles as a bar and the view is second to none, overlooking the pristine blue Aegean Sea from a wraparound wooden deck, all surrounded by tropical foliage.
This Nobu outpost serves black cod with a miso glaze, and other Japanese-inflected dishes late into the night.
For socialites, this restaurant on Mykonos’ ritzy Psarou Beach is a must-go destination with a formal dining area, outdoor cafe, and beach club.