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Athens Restaurant Recommendations

First trip to Athens. Any restaurant or food recommendations. Prefer to stay away from touristy restaurants and dine with locals

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A couple of our favorite restaurants in Athens are Mani Mani and Psaras Taverna. We ate at Mani Mani 3 times. Both restaurants required reservations. We didn’t feel they were “touristy.” Edited to add: For a view of the Acropolis at night: Peacock Restaurant on rooftop of Hotel Hera.

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To Kati Allo-- Chatzichristou 12, Athens, Attica, Greece

On the 'back side' of the new Acropolis Museum

When we were there it was unusual to hear other customers speaking English.

Did a dinner and lunch( twice).

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Up the in the lovely Kolonaki residential neighborhood, above the Cycladic and Byzantine Museums, you will find a traditional Athenian urban taverna. Kafeneio, Loukianou 26, tel:2107237757. We ate outside, delicious food. We walked there and back from the Grand Bretagne.

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"For a view of the Acropolis at night: Peacock Restaurant on rooftop of Hotel Hera."

How was the food?? Or should I go there for just a drink?

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Forwarded to the Big Man ----

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Janis mentioned Mani Mani above, and that was our top place. We ate there twice, on the same trip. We were also staying a very short walk from there, south of the Acropolis.

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Food recommendations:

Fish, any time you can get it. Octopus is also a star - if it’s on the menu, it should be on your plate!

For breakfast, plan on plain Greek yogurt, and load it up with fresh fruit.

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@Bob, regarding Peacock Rooftop at our hotel- the cuisine was okay. That said the meal didn’t compare to Mani Mani.

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We were underwhelmed by To Kati Allo, despite the recommendations in RS guides and this forum. But it is authentic and "local."

Our favourite in Athens was frankly touristy, but in a good way. Greek folk music, grape vines. Its called Geros Tou Moria and its on the Mniskleous Steps, between the Acropolis and Monastiraki. Here is the Google Map: https://www.google.ca/maps/place/Geros+Tou+Moria+Restaurant/@37.9732851,23.7277227,21z/data=!4m13!1m7!3m6!1s0x14a1bd3d4f8f12bb:0x17466327c0a7d24d!2sMnisikleous,+Athina+105+56,+Greece!3b1!8m2!3d37.9743238!4d23.7283477!3m4!1s0x14a1bd17f8fd55c9:0x9ae5fa11788cb99d!8m2!3d37.9733!4d23.7278?hl=en

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From 2018 trip: Athinaikon Restaurant at Mitropoleos 34 . Swanky, a locals favorite, great service & food - reservations mandatory. Central Athens Hotel at Apollonos 21 - not the cheapest but far better than the price would indicate. Included breakfast great. Rooftop cafe limited menu but very good with a good view.

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With a Michelin Star, and absolutely the most welcoming staff and the most relaxing atmosphere in Athens - plus amazing food, too - we had a wonderful dinner at Botrini’s in 2018. It was very reasonably priced, for a Michelin restaurant.

Here’s an article about Athens Michelin restaurants - Botrini’s is the final one in the story, so I’d say they saved the best for last.
https://www.thisisathens.org/restaurants/fine-dining/michelin-star-restaurants

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I also highly recommend Mani Mani. Fabulous sous. vide entrees. Easy to find but up the stairs.
Reasonable price with high quality ingredients.