Restaurants in Greece
The Mediterranean kitchen is based on the unrivalled raw materials of the region, and Greek chefs are adept at creating memorable meals that are innovative while remaining anchored by the country’s culinary traditions. Greece produces excellent wines, and it is worthwhile exploring the local grape varieties, many of them unique to Greece.
Restaurant pricing is indicated by ‘€’ (mid-priced), ‘€€’ (mid-high), or ‘€€€’ (high-priced). Most are in Athens, but we have included a couple in Mykonos, one in Santorini, and one in Thessaloniki in case you go beyond Greece’s main business metropolis.
The vision behind Nolan comes from Sotiris Kontizas, a young Greek-Japanese chef. Combining the influences of his upbringing by a Greek father and a Japanese mother, the restaurant serves innovative dishes of true fusion. The restaurant has a sleek, urban esthetic and is usually crowded, so be sure to make reservations.
Sleek and modern, CTC is close to the Hilton in the historic neighbourhood of Kaisariani. The cuisine is sophisticated and innovative, with interesting twists on the traditional elements of the Mediterranean kitchen.
For sushi, there is no better place than Matsuhisa in Athens. The Athens outpost of legendary chef Nobu Matsuhisa not only offers exquisite cuisine but also a spectacular setting by the sea. When you want your guests to have a truly magical evening, Matsuhisa is the perfect spot.
The man behind Botrini’s is chef Ettore Botrini, who is of Italian origin but grew up in Corfu. With Ettore Botrini’s extensive international experience and many awards, it is no
surprise that this venture quickly gained a Michelin star. Expect elegant and enticing plates in a comfortable setting.
1 Michelin Star
Première is the flagship restaurant of the Athens Intercontinental Hotel. Housed on the roof terrace of the hotel, the restaurant offers panoramic views of the city and a French-inspired cuisine based on seasonal, Mediterranean ingredients. The wine list is impressive and offers both local and imported wines. Perfect for business entertaining.
Located in one of the picturesque old neighbourhoods of Athens, Aleria serves distinctly modern cuisine, firmly rooted in the fresh, pure products that form the backbone of Greek gastronomy. Gikas Xenakis, the chef, was born in Greece, but gained experience in outstanding restaurants abroad, before starting Aleria in his homeland.
A favorite spot in the northern suburb of Kifissia, Parla serves delectable Italian cuisine. The restaurant offers both indoor seating and tables in the lovely garden. There are also private rooms available for dinners and events.
Gastronomy Project – Mykonos
Equally known for exquisite service and truly wonderful cuisine, Gastronomy Project, located in the luxury hotel Bill & Coo on the island of Mykonos, offers an unforgettable evening. A visit to this restaurant is a perfect excuse for a weekend jaunt to Mykonos.
If you find yourself in Thessaloniki for business or pleasure, make sure to visit Charoupi for authentic and delicious Cretan cuisine. Greece has many regional cuisines, but the Cretan kitchen is considered one of the best, by Greeks and foreigners alike. The restaurant is close to the central Aristotelis Square and the seafront promenade.
Ovac – Santorini
Chef Polychronis Damalas has created an outstanding restaurant with Ovac, based in the luxury hotel Cavo Tagoo. Combining Japanese and Greek inspirations, Chef Damalas’ creative culinary mind brings exquisite dishes to your table.
Athens Was Hotel occupies one of the best spots in the city on Dionysiou Areopagiti Street, the pedestrian avenue running at the foot of the southern slope of the Acropolis Rock. Chef Alexandros Charalambopoulos treats guests to his imaginative modern Greek cuisine at Sense on the roof terrace of the hotel. Whether you sit inside or out, you will have a panoramic view of the Acropolis and the city, while enjoying your meal.
In the upscale, seaside suburb of Glyfada, Feedel Asador offers a kitchen inspired by Latin-American cooking and executed by chef Leonidas Koutsopoulos. It is the perfect spot for a delicious and relaxed dinner after a day of swimming or shopping.
The sea plays an important role in all aspects of Greek life, and this includes the cuisine. At Varoulko Seaside, the sea takes centre stage, both in the setting and the food served. This is one of the finest fish restaurants of the city, and it is located right by the water in the romantic Mikrolimano Marina of Pireaus.
Kiku – Mykonos
The Japanese restaurant Kiku is located in the Cavo Tagoo hotel on Mykonos. Romantic views of the sea paired with innovative, yet traditional, Japanese fare make this restaurant a favorite for dinner in Mykonos.
Michelin stars, television awards and love for high gastronomy. These have featured in Lambros’ career.
Lambros was born in Massachusetts, U.S., and raised on Samos Island, Greece. His love for cooking brought him to Athens where he sharpened his culinary skills at Alpine College. He went on to work at the Mykonos Grace Hotel and then moved to Spain where he cooked at Martín Berasategui, a Michelin 3-star restaurant in San Sebastian. He also worked at the Michelin 1-star Japanese restaurant Kabuki Wellington in Madrid and Abama Kabuki in Tenerife, amongst other places. In 2017, he took part in Greece’s cooking gameshow MasterChef. With his speed, knowledge, and extensive gastronomic experience, he won over the judges and took first prize. He now has a cooking spot on Star Channel Television, promotes good food and wellness, and has created his own brand of seasoning blends called FLAVORITS.