Athens Restaurants

The best restaurants in Athens are also the best ways to experience Greek culture. Sitting around a table for a late lunch and a dozen or so communal plates of mezze is essential for understanding the importance of family, friends, and food in the Mediterranean, where the good weather often keeps people in large outdoor atmospheres with generous servings designed for eating over long periods of time.

While any neighborhood in Athens offers dozens of choices of traditional eateries, our top ten list of the best restaurants in Athens shows off some of the modern restaurants headed by young, talented chefs that have been getting some good love in foodie press. Probably the biggest name of restaurateurs is Spondi, recently listed as one of the finest restaurants in the world, the only in Athens with two Michelin stars. Hytra, Luna Rossa, Varoulko, and Vardis are also Michelin-starred restaurants, though we left off Vardis due to its location in the northerly Pentelikon hotel to make room for some exceptional, more moderately priced places like 2Mazi in Syntagma and Yandes in Exarcheia. Plous Podilatou and Ta Vrahia Tis Peraikis are our favorite destinations for enjoying the best item on any Greek menu- a huge variety of fresh seafood straight from the Aegean Sea.

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5 Pyrronos Street
Varnavas Square

Mediterranean creativity... read more


48 Nikis & Kydathineon

Greek Cuisine with the French Mentality... read more


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80 Pireos Street

Exotic seafood... read more

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Plous Podilatou

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42 Koumoundourou Coach

Dinner on a Sailing Bicycle... read more


46 Vas Sofias
Athens Hilton, Ilissia

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Navarchou Apostoli 7

Pil poul et Jerome Serres

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51 Apostolou Pavlou and Poulopoulou Streets (corner)

Fancy and upscale dining... read more

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44 Valtetsiou Street

Organic Greek food... read more

Luna Rossa

Sokratous 213

A Gastronomic Hidden Gem in Kallithea... read more

Ta Vrahia Tis Peiraikis

300 Akti Themistocleous

Seafood and Mezedes Fit for Greeks... read more

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Xenofondos 15

The Best Food in Athens to Go!... read more

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Ariston Bakery

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Voulis 10

Like the Ones Mama Made... read more

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34 Skoufa

Croissants and cappuccinos on Skoufa Street...
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Belle Epoque

Voulis 34

Technicolor Boutique, Non-Fiction Bookstore and Tearoom... read more

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Rosebud Cafe Bar

40 Skoufa Street

Old school brass bar with great jazz soundtrack...
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3 Kolokotroni
corner of Stadiou under the arcades

Great Greek food just behind the gate... read more

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The upscale place in the shade of the National Gardens... read more

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Abyssinias Cafe

Plateia Abyssinia
Plateia Abyssinia, Monastiraki

Good food and superb atmosphere for lovers of old things... read more

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Melina Mercouri Cafe

22 Lysiou Street

Charming Cafe Dedicated to Greece's Golden Girl...
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19 Xenokratous

Simple Yet Delicious Food... read more
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