This restaurant is somewhat hidden on a one-way neighborhood street. It has about 6 tables, 3 inside and 3 outside. It is a bar-restaurant with homemade Mediterranean food. I have my doubts about whether it's a common choice among Greeks for dinner, but the time I went there were a few tables of Greeks. The menu is fairly simple, but has plenty to choose from. They were out of a few items, which is usually a good sign as it means the people are obviously enjoying it. Another curious thing is that there was only one person in the restaurant. The same man greeted us, made our food, served us and brough us the check. It was pretty incrredible. Recommended if you're eating ona budget but still want to try all the Greek delicacies: Greek salad, tzatziki, Greek meatballs, fried fish and garlic-herb bread.
The James Joyce Pub is, without doubt, the most popular Irish pub in central Athens. It's been open since 2007. It has a privileged location, just one street away from the Acropolis. Here, local traditions blend with a friendly Irish pub vibe, good music and a modern menu. In fact, many locals come to the pub exclusively for its food. The menu is a perfect introduction to Irish cuisine, offering everything from steak to guinness pie, bangers and mash, fish & chips...everything well-presented in a modern, stylish way. For those not so keen on Irish food, the menu also has typical Greek salads and roasted eggplant or "vegetable wraps" (great!). The price of the dishes range from 6-10 €. It is a very nice pub, the music was just loud enough to allow for conversation, not too busy (fair, tables and sofas filled, the more people standing at the bar), and there was also live music (concerts at least once a week).
This great coffee and ice cream shop draws you in with its modern décor and a variety of ice creamsin the windows. It's on corner of Odissea Androutsou and the Zinni Anastasiou pedestrian street. The nearest metro stop is Sygrou-Fix (line 2). The cafe has a wide selection of cakes, ice cream, pancakes, and pastries, as well as mixtures of the above. It was a wide variety of coffee (like all bars in Athens) where they highlight the popular Café Frappe and Cappuccino Freddo . The coffee ranges from 2 € to 4 €. A scoop of ice cream costs € 1.80. If you don't know Greek, they have menus in English as well. The servers are friendly if not a little slow and clueless. If you go try to tell you that you're in a bit of a hurry and maybe they'll go faster.
This bar-distillery is highly recommended. It's in the Plaka, in Athens. It is the oldest in Athens and has been making their own spirits for over 100 years. It consists of a high (4-5 feet) square, with an entrance and the rest of the room with a bar for customers. Luckily there are tables and chairs outside as there's no more room for them inside as they can't fit more than 15-20 people (standing next to each other). Although not recommended, already the bar attracts crowds because of its colorful bottles which fill the interior walls and windows. The bar is frequented by many locals, with varied backgrounds, from Egyptians to the Greeks themselves. A few years ago the head bartender and boss was Mr. Brettos, but he retired, leaving a new team in charge of the premises. What you can have to drinks is very varied, but the spirits (divided into flavors) and brandy are the most popular. The place is said to make one of the best brandies in the region. The brandy are, when you enter, to the top right, in large oak barrels. They are numbered # 1 to # 7, which shows how many years they've been maturing for. Almost always (if not always) the bar is full, so it's worth sacrificing and get there right on time, never after 22h.
The "tavernas" in Greece are like the bars in Spain, there are some on every corner, especially in the Plaka neighborhood. Here you can find some lovely, tiny bars with little tablecloths, terraces and live Greek music. In fact, the streets here are full of taverns and restaurants, with trellises, plants, and tiny squares full of tables. The one place I liked was the bananas tavern at the foot of the Acropolis. There are grape leaves stuffed with rice, saganaki (fried cheese) exquisite, with a good resin to accompany the meal and dessert, yogurt (thanks to this place, I came weighing two kils more, since I seemed to wake up with yogurt on my mind). Good ambiance, good atmosphere, and in the courtyard of the square, there is Greek music with a nana mouskuri singer, and above the lit Parthenon. What more could you want?
The Island Club, about 8 km from Vouliagmeni, is a restaurant with sea views and a great atmosphere. It is not cheap but worth it if you are staying in the area. The menu is varied, very good california roll and risotto. The best, the cheesecake with raspberry sorbet. From 12 midnight much atmosphere to have a drink. It's a nice place. Reservation required for dinner.
Virinis is a small restaurant in the center of Athens, which does not stand out much. Like many local to Pangrati, you can cross the street and not see it, as it is camouflaged by the surrounding concrete. But inside, the warm welcome is surprising. Imam, fava, mezze, and many others: typical Greek dishes served in a leafy courtyard. It's impossible to try all the dishes on the menu, I advise the fava, the mashed peas. And as the price goes, well (about 20 euros per person for a full dinner, and quite generous portions), it is worth to taste the delights of Greek gastronomy.
This restaurant is in Iofontos 31 Athens, 6 minutes from Hilton, and there's another at Syntagma Square. We just arrived in Athens, and we were tired and hungry. I was recommended Pita Pan nearby for something quick and good. We liked it. It is a site of Greek fast food. We ordered a chicken souvlaki (good but not to spec) a good hummus, chips with tomato and cheese (a touch of heat to the cheese was perfect), two very good salads, but the most delicious was the gyros: huge stuffed pitas, rolled and cut in half. We ordered pork and bacon with sweet mustard sauce, pork and cucumber yogurt sauce, and chicken with ceasar sauce. We really enjoyed it. :)
The Plaka Restaurant, opened in 1935, is on a quiet street. It has a large terrace, and serves fresh, traditional food. It's all delicious, the service is fantastic, and the atmosphere is very relaxed.
Among the wide variety of restaurants located by the sea on the Plaka promenade, we chose this one, which has a very interesting menu with a cost of about 10 euros, with a choice of 4 starters, 3 seafood dishes, water, wine or beer. We ordered a fish soup as a starter, which was very good, followed by grilled octopus, squid and fried fish with rice. Generous portions and very tasty. Great quality : price ratio, especially considering that after we paid the bill, they offered us fresh fruit and raki. Fast, good service.
We liked the idea of Mmozamiz and knew it was a good experience to try since we'd heard good things from other people. But, like a lot of authentic sites, it started getting a bit touristy and lost some of its charm...the owner doubled the price and now it cost 20euros to eat there. And we weren't even there like tourists...no camera or map or guidebook or anything! So, the owners take advantage of you a little bit...I don't see why they feel they have to charge foreigners more for a plate of Greek food, which is pretty tasty in and of itself, but probably not worth what you pay for it. Basically, I stil recommend you go, but wanted to let you know of this new little "tourist tax" so you don't get any bad surprises. It was great until the owner brought the check and we felt we'd been had!
Kestelorizo has stunning views of the city, and happens to be one of the great Greek restaurants that serve creative, modern Mediterranean cuisine. It also has an excellent wine list, and the price is € 50-60 per person.
Psisto is a traditional Greek coffee shop in the Exarchia quarter of Athens. They serve traditional Greek cuisine like mezze, salads, and grilled meats and have live rebetika folk music twice a month. It's a fun, rustic atmosphere.