Therapeftirio

Price guide: Mid-range

Kallisthenous and Kydantinon 41, Ano Petralona, Athens, 11851

Price guide: Mid-range

By Rachel Howard, your Athens expert

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Expert overall rating:4.4 out of 5
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Ambience:
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Service:
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Location:
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Value for money:
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Recommended for:
Families with teenagers, Seasoned travellers, Singles, No fuss

Expert review of Therapeftirio

Fresh fish at recession-busting prices give this neighbourhood stalwart the edge.

Therapeftirio means ‘hospital’ in Greek. This tongue-in-cheek name sums up the quirky appeal of this non-nonsense taverna. It’s famous among local foodies for its fantastically fresh fish at affordable prices.

Food and drink: 

Therapeftirio has a cult following for its fresh fish. The flash-fried red mullet is out of this world. The daily menu also features various ‘mageirefta’ (literally ‘cooked’) dishes like baked aubergines or giant beans in tomato sauce – but they usually run out by dinnertime.

Recommended dishes: 

Order whatever fish is fresh that day, either grilled or fried. Pair with spanakorizo (lemony spinach and leek pilaf) and a simple salad of boiled beets, broccoli and greens dressed in lemon and olive oil.

 

Ambience: 

An authentic taverna, with traditionally dubious décor. From the strings of bare bulbs dangling outside to the plastic flowers and paper tablecloths, it’s got everything a typical taverna should. Picture windows are great for people watching. It’s mayhem on Sundays, when half of Athens seems to come for lunch.

Service: 

Rough around the edges. Young waiters are frequently flustered, but there’s plenty of friendly banter among the older staff.

 

Location: 

Once a quiet residential neighbourhood. Ano Petralona is now abuzz with ouzeris centred along and around Troon Street, a block away. Combine with a stroll through Thisseion or pine-forested Filopappou hill.

Price advice: 

Very reasonable – even if you order fresh fish. Average €20-25.

Tables to book: 

Although the kitsch, neon-lit interior has a certain charm, the pavement tables are preferable. As Therapeftirio’s popularity has grown, the tables have spread across the street.

 

More information on Therapeftirio:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Greek
Address:
Kallisthenous and Kydantinon 41, Ano Petralona, Athens, 11851
Telephone:
+30 210 341 2538
Website:
http://None
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Noon-midnight Mon-Sat, noon-6pm Sun.
Accepts Credit Cards:
No
Reservations:
Suggested
Free tags / Keywords:
Fresh fish, Traditional Greek, Good value

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