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#1/25
expert-rated restaurants in Athens
Best for Romance -
Expert overall rating:4.8 (out of 5)

An Athenian classic in an elegant neoclassical mansion.

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Doris

Price guide: Budget
#2/25
expert-rated restaurants in Athens
Best for Value for money -
Expert overall rating:4.7 (out of 5)

Greek comfort food like Grandma used to make.

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To Kafeneio

Price guide: Mid-range
#3/25
expert-rated restaurants in Athens
Best for Dining alone -
Expert overall rating:4.7 (out of 5)

All time classic – old-time Greek fare in urbane surroundings.

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Aneton

Price guide: Expensive
#4/25
expert-rated restaurants in Athens
Best for Trendiness -
Expert overall rating:4.7 (out of 5)

Deconstructed Modern Greek in deliciously retro surroundings.

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Milos

Price guide: Expensive
#5/25
expert-rated restaurants in Athens
Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

Fancy fish restaurant in the Athens Hilton with great value lunch deals.

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P Box

Price guide: Mid-range
#6/25
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Best for Gourmets -
Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

Diminutive all-day restaurant manned by one of Greece’s most avant-garde and in-demand chefs.

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Varsos

Price guide: Mid-range
#7/25
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Best for Families -
Expert overall rating:4.6 (out of 5)

Heavenly cakes in a sweet-smelling setting of faded grandeur.

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Kiku

Price guide: Expensive
#8/25
expert-rated restaurants in Athens
Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

The best Japanese food in Athens.

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Apla

Price guide: Expensive
#9/25
expert-rated restaurants in Athens
Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

Inspired fusion food from the godfather of modern Greek cuisine.

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Papadakis

Price guide: Expensive
#10/25
expert-rated restaurants in Athens
Expert overall rating:4.5 (out of 5)

Innovative seafood from Greece’s best-known female chef.

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To Steki tou Ilia

Price guide: Budget
#11/25
expert-rated restaurants in Athens
Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

The quintessential taverna on a peaceful pedestrian street near the Parthenon.

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To Kentrikon

Price guide: Mid-range
#12/25
expert-rated restaurants in Athens
Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

Regional specialties at a reassuringly old-fashioned lunch spot.

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Cafe Avissinia

Price guide: Mid-range
#13/25
expert-rated restaurants in Athens
Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

A bohemian institution in the heart of the flea market.

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Matsuhisa Athens

Price guide: Expensive
#14/25
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Best for Outdoor dining -
Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

The gorgeous seaside setting almost outshines the sushi at Nobu’s Athenian outpost.

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Therapeftirio

Price guide: Mid-range
#15/25
expert-rated restaurants in Athens
Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

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

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Alatsi

Price guide: Mid-range
#16/25
expert-rated restaurants in Athens
Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

Power lunching and people watching over authentic Cretan dishes.

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Athiri

Price guide: Expensive
#17/25
expert-rated restaurants in Athens
Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

Chic modern Greek in grungy-cool Keramikos.

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Cucina Povera

Price guide: Mid-range
#18/25
expert-rated restaurants in Athens
Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

Hip and happy Mediterranean with an outstanding wine cellar.

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Papandreou

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#19/25
expert-rated restaurants in Athens
Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

24-hour tripe soup specialist in the meat market.

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Chatzis

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#20/25
expert-rated restaurants in Athens
Expert overall rating:4.3 (out of 5)

Syrup and spice and all things nice.

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Athens is an expensive city, but follow the locals to their neighbourhood taverna or favourite souvlaki joint and you can still find authentic Greek food at reasonable prices. With a new wave of chefs focussing on seasonal and regional ingredients, coupled with a new breed of wine-makers, eating out in Athens is no longer the tired cliché of microwaved moussaka and greasy chicken and chips.

For a real taste of Athens, forget dinner at eight. Locals eat late. And dispense with formalities like starters, mains and desserts. Locals order as many dishes as they can squeeze onto the table and share everything. And don’t bother protesting about the smoking ban. Chain-smoking locals puff away between mouthfuls.

For good value and real Greek food, you can’t beat the no-frills taverna. The best tavernas are in residential neighbourhoods like Pangrati, Petralona or Exarchia. Seafood is abundant and delicious – but expensive. If you stray away from the fancy waterfront tavernas (and tourist traps) in Mikrolimano, Glyfada, and Vouliagmeni, you can still find the freshest fish at affordable prices.

Most Greeks are mean tippers, but do the decent thing and tip at least 10 per cent.

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Greek food is still your best bet in Athens, a city that has been slow to catch on to global gastronomy – although the influx of immigrants in the last decade is slowly changing that. Given that most Greek restaurants abroad have given the country's cuisine a bad name, I have selected some local restaurants that will, hopefully, change your mind. I've focussed mainly on places where locals go. So you won't find many restaurants on my list in Plaka – strictly for tourists, as any Athenian will tell you.