To Kafeneio

Address: Loukianou 26, Kolonaki, Athens, 10675, Greece
Telephone: +30 210 722 9056

- Mid-range

4.7

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

Some things never change – and I hope Kafeneio always stays exactly the same. For decades, this wood-panelled restaurant is where politicians cut deals, poets get elegantly wasted, and chic octogenarians eat profiteroles. It’s liveliest at lunchtime, but also a safe bet for an intimate dinner date. 

 

Food and drink
4.7
90%
Service
4.8
90%
Food and drink
4.7
90%
Value for money
4.5
90%
Ambience
4.9
90%
Location
4.5
90%

Food and drink

Traditional Greek comfort food with no trying-too-hard flourishes. I always order a carafe of house wine and a selection of dishes of the day; perhaps lamb fricasee, onion pie, and the signature salad with pomegranates. The house wine is very good and the profiteroles are irresistible.

Recommended dishes

Everything is so good it’s hard to pick a personal favourite. I can never resist the taramosalata, lahanodolmades avgolemeno (stuffed cabbage leaves with egg and lemon sauce), and artichokes in lemon and dill sauce. But the piece de resistance is the suckling pig.

Ambience

Parisian bistro from the 1940s – all dark wooden furniture and crisp white linen. With its signed pictures of the famous artists, writers, actors and composers who frequent it, this is the Athens equivalent of Le Café de Flore. Tourists are scarce.

Service

Elderly waiters from another era. Immaculate and pitch perfect. The suave maitre d’ has a habit of wearing sunglasses, even after dark.

 

Location

On a quiet side street in Kolonaki, Athens equivalent of London's Mayfair. Perfect after a hard morning’s shopping or a visit to the museums along Vassilisis Sofias Avenue.

Price advice

It’s pricier than your average taverna – but the food, service and ambience are anything but average.

 

Tables to book

In summer, there are a handful of tables on the sloping pavement. But I prefer the old-time ambience inside. If I’m eating alone, I pull up a stool at the wooden bar.

Recommended for

  • Business travellers
  • Couples
  • Mature travellers
  • Singles
  • People watching
  • Romance
  • Design and architecture

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