Therapeftirio

Address: Kallisthenous and Kydantinon 41, Ano Petralona, Athens, 11851, Greece
Telephone: +30 210 341 2538

- Mid-range

4.4

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
4.6
90%
Service
3.9
90%
Food and drink
4.6
90%
Value for money
4.7
90%
Ambience
4.3
90%
Location
4.3
90%

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.

 

Recommended for

  • Families with teenagers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Singles
  • No fuss

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