Five star restaurants in Athens combine the handing down of centuries-old recipes, purity in ingredients, and a new age of artistry that results from the most talented chefs of the city have having studied in Paris and Belgium. They return to Athens to apply new techniques to what their masters- oft times their mothers- have taught them from day one: keep it simple. All of the restaurants on our top ten five star dining list have won at least one Toque d' Or
or Golden Chef's Hat.
When a restaurant has won the crown for "best restaurant of Greece" for ten years in a row, who are we to argue? Spondi continues to be the gastronomic champion and holds its rank with some of the best hotels in all of Europe. The two Michelin star-awarded executive chef, Arnaud Bignon, curates his menu monthly to incorporate the fruits of the season. For seafood, Varoulko in Piraeus is considered the best of the best, and considering Greece's reputation of having excellent fish you might need to restrain yourself in order not to make ecstatic outbursts of delight. The punky-bohemian neighborhood of Psirri is the perfect home of Hytra; executive chef Stefanos Kolymadis is making culinary headlines and activating the senses with unexpected pairings of flavors.
Pil Poul is the center of Athens' finest French restaurant and is in a choice location along historic Aeropagitou Street. For something a bit more secluded and away from the noise of the city, Vardis in the Pentelikon Hotel is manned by another highly regarded French chef, Alexandre Trencher, known for his rebellious attitude toward French kitchen.
Most foodies would argue that if the meal is good, the setting doesn't matter, but we like a little eye candy in our restaurants and 48 and Baraonda dish out both- 48 suiting the appreciator of modern art and Baraonda for more traditional tobacco and velvet romance. Edodi has a warm, quirky atmosphere that is as sweet as its extraordinary dessert menu. Premiere Restaurant wouldn't need much to dress up their spectacular view of the Acropolis and Lycabettus Hill, but their quality of food and service is impressively consistent.
It's been published in recent news that many hotel restaurants are lowering prices to show sensitivity to the times, but the Hilton's "Milos" was far ahead of the pack with a "crisis menu" priced at just 25 euros a person, making for the sweetest deal on the list.
51 Apostolou Pavlou and Poulopoulou Streets (corner)
Diligianni Street 66
80 Pireos Street
15 Fokilidou & 47A Voukourestiou Streets
Apollonos Street 28
(at Evangelismos Park)
40 Apollonos Street
The Westin Athens, Astir Palace Beach Resort
Andronikou & 11 Tzaferi Streets
(Pireos Street and Benaki Museum Annex)
Navarchou Apostoli 7
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5 Pyrronos Street
42 Koumoundourou Coach
Dinokratous & Anapiron Polemou 22
115 Syngrou Avenue
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