Category Archives: Athens Restaurants

Lithos Restaurant, Athens

Lithos Restaurant is a couple of minutes walk from central Psiri. It’s housed in a large turn of the century building with pale cream coloured walls, green woodwork and a grand balcony from which the Greek flag flies. Inside there are two floors of seating with simple wooden chairs set around tables that are the same colour as the walls. The decor is spartan with a couple of small olive trees growing from bare brick alcoves and some backs of chairs hand-painted with roses in a style reminiscent of that more…

Klimataria Restaurant, Athens

Klimataria is a ten minute walk from Monastiraki and is very much a local’s restaurant, a place where Greeks go to relax, eat good value, home-cooked style food and listen to traditional live music. If you visit before 8 in the evening you’re likely to have the place largely to yourself whilst if you go after about 10 you might well be the only tourists; that was certainly the case for us and for others we’ve spoken to who’ve been there. Look on a map before your visit to work out where you’re…

Aleria Restaurant, Athens

Aleria is our number one restaurant in Athens, if we’re looking for a fine dining experience and don’t mind not eating a vegetarian main. We love the decor and the food, and the waiting staff and Nikiforos, the manager, are brilliant. Imagine a person who’s taken notice of many of the lessons that the finest North European/American restaurateurs have to offer and then been intelligent enough to keep the best bits and dump – somewhere off the coast near Marseilles – the pretentiousness and general stand-offishness, and then imagine that person opening a restaurant…

Tirbouson Restaurant, Athens

It was nearing sunset as we walked for twenty minutes from the Plaka down to Tirbouson Restaurant. It’s a little out of the centre but if you go on the Alternative Athens Street Art Tour as we did (see our review here) then you’ll already be acquainted with the area. Even if you don’t know your way around, it’s an easy taxi ride (or pick up a map and walk, the roads are grid system and simple to negotiate). John greeted us and was our waiter for the evening. He spoke great…

Prosopa Restaurant, Athens

Prosopa is a half hour walk or a quick and easy taxi ride from the central Plaka district. We’d read about it online and thought it sounded interesting, their website is really well done (classy and a little arty) and their food seemed worth checking out, so we walked down past Kerameikos Cemetary and called in early evening on a Sunday night. The restaurant is almost on a corner so there are two entrances, one that looks like this… …and the other like this. Inside, the decor was what you might…

Mono Restaurant, Athens

We received a warm and professional welcome on arrival at Mono. Jazz lounge fusion music played, the napkins smelt fresh and the decor was an earthy green mixed with Japanese/modern city style. “This green lighting is going to make photography tricky,” said Lamia, and she was proved to be right, as you’ll see as you scroll through this review. I’m not saying our photography is bad, just that the overall greenness of the whole place, whilst being very pleasant to be in, was difficult to negotiate creatively at times (even when…

Liondi Restaurant, Athens

Liondi restaurant is less than five minutes from the Hera Hotel in what is for me the best part of the Plaka, very near to the Acropolis Museum. There’s a large row of restaurants on this section of pedestrianised road, of which the Liondi is said to be the best. It’s touristy, sure, and not really a place where locals would ever visit (we passed by often in the eighteen days we stayed in Athens and Liondi was always full of tourists during this time) but that’s ok and in…

Mystic Pizza (Exarcheia), Athens

There are a few great value places to eat in Athens, for instance, Kostas in Agias Eirinis Square and the ladies selling the falafel just around the corner on Kolokotroni, both of which charge just two Euro for lovely kebab-style take-aways. But if you want a sit down, full meal with excellent eco-credentials then for us nothing beats Mystic Pizza. You’ll get brilliant pasta here, and of course pizzas, and there’s a strong lean towards the dishes being organic, health conscious and tasty and for around six or seven Euro…

Oinopoleio Cook House, Athens

We’d heard of Oinopoleio through our Greek contacts; they’d described it as a traditional wine shop and restaurant where you could get simple, high quality food and wine from the owner’s own vineyard and listen to good music at the same time. “And,” remarked a good Greek friend, “even though it’s just ten minutes walk from the Plaka, you’re likely to be the only tourist in there.” This thought appealed to us so we looked on the Oinopoleio website and discovered that they have different music on different nights of the…

Bock Beer Restaurant, Athens

The Bock Beer Restaurant is less than ten minutes walk from the southern Plaka area of central Athens but it seems much further than that in atmosphere. There’s nothing typical about this place – within the drinks or food menu or the decor or the service – and no sideshow on offer either (like smashing of plates or overly flamboyant waiters pulling in people from the streets as potential customers). It’s very much it’s own entity, a 100% contemporary Greek offering in an area that rarely deviates from the norm that most tourists…