Greece

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.

Open since 1957, this journalist’s haunt was the first “bar” in Athens that “nice” ladies could frequent without being mistaken for working girls.

The French bistro’s meals showcase ingredients from all over the Mediterranean. For example: locally raised beef fillet with pepper sauce and duck is paired with peach glaze. Eat in the arched, Crusader-era dining room or the shady courtyard.

Part of the City Link shopping and entertainment complex, this globally influenced Mediterranean restaurant is popular with the city’s young professional set.

Hidden along Aghios Sostic Beach on Mykonos, this rustic taverna with a white exterior shuns modern conveniences like a phone and electricity. Lunch, the only meal option, is prepared until 6 p.m. on a charcoal grill and served on a tree- and bamboo-shaded terrace overlooking the water.

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.

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.

Inventive modern French food with a Greek twist earned Spondi its second Michelin star in 2008.

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.