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5 Excellent Restaurants in Athens, Greece

Here’s where to head on your next trip.
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Athens: Home to the stunning Acropolis, The Parthénon, Le Theatre de Dionysus, Aristotle’s Lyceum, the Olympics and more, the capital of Greece is steeped in history. The metropolis and tourist destination is also home to many great restaurants.

On your next trip to Athens, try seeking out one of these top dining establishments.

Mullet ceviche. (Photo courtesy of Varoulko Seaside Facebook page.)
Mullet ceviche. (Photo courtesy of Varoulko Seaside Facebook page.)
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Varoulko Seaside

Designation: One Star

What Our Inspectors Say: "Varoulko sits in a great spot in Mikrolimano Marina—the chef's old neighborhood. Watch the yachts glide by from the maritime-themed dining room which opens onto the water. Greek and Mediterranean dishes feature organic vegetables, Cretan olive oil and the freshest seafood; squid and octopus feature highly."

Hytra

Designation: One Star

What Our Inspectors Say: "Take the express lift up to the sixth floor of the striking Onassis Cultural Centre; here you'll find a sultry restaurant looking out over Syngrou. Classic Greek recipes are executed in a refined modern manner—for something a little different try the cocktail pairings. They also offer a bistro menu at the bar."
Spondi is a discreet, intimate restaurant boasting two dining rooms and two courtyards for outdoor seating. (Photo courtesy of DOC TV Specials © 2012-2017.)
Spondi is a discreet, intimate restaurant boasting two dining rooms and two courtyards for outdoor seating. (Photo courtesy of DOC TV Specials © 2012-2017.)

Spondi

Designation: Two Stars

What Our Inspectors Say: "A discreet, intimate restaurant with two delightful courtyards and two charming dining rooms—one built from reclaimed bricks in the style of a vaulted cellar. Top quality seasonal ingredients are used in imaginative, deftly executed, stunningly presented modern French dishes. Greek, French and Italian wines feature on an impressive list."

Funky Gourmet

Designation: Two Stars

What Our Inspectors Say: "A charming neoclassical house in downtown Athens, set off the main tourist track. The minimalist first floor dining room is decorated in black, white and grey. Wonderfully well-crafted, innovative dishes feature unusual but well-thought-through combinations, and many display playful, theatrical elements."

Botrini’s

Designation: One Star

What Our Inspectors Say: "A converted school in a quiet suburb—now a passionately run restaurant with an ultra-modern interior, a sleek glass-fronted kitchen and verdant terraces. Appealing modern menus feature local produce in creative, attractively presented dishes. Many of the oils, salamis and wines are produced by the family."

Hero image courtesy of Varoulko Seaside Facebook page.
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