Athens restaurants

Top Choice Greek in Gazi, Keramikos & Metaxourgio

Seychelles

Gutsy, fresh food, an open kitchen, earnest service, a handwritten daily menu and David Bowie on the soundtrack: Seychelles may be the Platonic ideal of a restaurant. Dishes can look simple – meaty pan-fried mushroo…
Top Choice Taverna in Monastiraki & Psyrri

Telis

A fluorescent-lit beacon of good food and kind service on a grimy block, Telis has been serving up simplicity since 1978. There's no menu, just a set meal: a small mountain of charcoal-grilled pork chops atop chips,…
Top Choice Mediterranean in Mets & Pangrati

Spondi

Athenians frequently vote two-Michelin-starred Spondi the city's best restaurant, and its Mediterranean haute cuisine, with a strong French influence, is indeed excellent. Visitors to the city might want something a…
Top Choice Mezedhes in Monastiraki & Psyrri

Akordeon

Slide into this charming butter-yellow house across from a church in a quiet Psyrri side street for a warm welcome by musician-chefs Pepi and Achilleas (and their spouses), who run this excellent venue for local mus…
Top Choice Taverna in Monastiraki & Psyrri

Diporto Agoras

This quirky old taverna is an Athens dining gem. There's no signage – two doors lead to a rustic cellar where there's no menu, just a few dishes that haven’t changed in years. The house speciality is revythia (chick…
Top Choice Taverna in Syntagma & Plaka

Kalderimi

Look behind the Church of Agii Theodori for this taverna offering Greek food at its most authentic. Everything is freshly cooked and delicious: you can't go wrong. Hand-painted tables edge a pedestrian street, provi…
Top Choice Mediterranean in Kolonaki

Oikeio

With excellent home-style cooking, this modern taverna lives up to its name (meaning ‘homey’). It’s decorated like a cosy bistro, and tables on the footpath allow people-watching without the usual Kolonaki bill. Pas…
Top Choice Greek in Monastiraki & Psyrri

Karamanlidika tou Fani

At this modern-day pastomageireio (combo tavern-deli) tables are set alongside the deli cases, and staff offer tasty morsels while you're looking at the menu. Beyond the Greek cheeses and cured meats, there's good s…
Top Choice Cretan in Omonia & Exarhia

I Kriti

There is no shortage of Cretan restaurants in Athens, but this is the one that Cretans themselves recommend, especially for rare seasonal treats such as stewed snails, bittersweet pickled volvi (wild bulbs) and tend…
Top Choice Mediterranean in Gazi, Keramikos & Metaxourgio

Funky Gourmet

Greek food gets the molecular gastronomy treatment at this two-Michelin-star restaurant. The two chefs seem to take absolute glee in devising mind-bending versions of familiar flavours. It's probably most famous for…