Greece: Athens & the Peloponnese Guidebook
Best and worst restaurants:
Best: #1 -Filistro in Athens #2 Xenios Zeus in Athens
Why: Rooftop view of the Acropolis at night at Filistro just can't be beat. We ate there twice. Good idea to make a reservation. Zeus we love because it is just a great local place at the foot of the Acropolis with views out over the city and the food is perfect every time.
Ellie Stratton in Malvern, PA USA 09/28/2012
Best: God's Restaurant Athens
Why: Very touristy but easy to find, good food and reasonable prices.
Cheryl Foote in Albuquerque, NM USA 06/14/2012
Best: The Ant and the Cricket
Why: All the food was good and service efficient but the "spring greens" were outstanding.
Worst: Restaurant Hermion
Why: Food was just OK but I was shortchanged on paying by E10. It was clearly totally deliberate.
Leon Desbrow in New Vernon, nj USA 04/21/2012
Best: Taverna O Thespis
Why: Great restaurant in Athens above the hustle and bustle of the Plaka. Wonderful Greek food (Rick is right -- try the bekri meze), great service, fantastic setting and very reasonable. Ask to be seated in the garden patio -- we happened to be there on a full moon night and had a wonderful view of the full moon over the city on our left and a great view of the lit up Acropolis on our right.
Don & Conni in Albuquerque, NM USA 11/08/2011
Best: The city buses.
Why: We were here longer than Rick recommends, 2 weeks, and we had great experiences in all the villages we went to including Perissa, Kamari, Pirgos, Akrotiri, and Oia(4 times!)
Robert Teagardin in Vashon, WA USA 10/28/2011
Best: Lelas in Kardamyli
Why: Beautiful setting, nice waitress, great food.
Jan Grantham in Redding, CA USA 07/26/2011
Best: page 174 – Sholarhio Ouzeri Kouklis:
Why: still has lots of locals, friendly owners that give you non-smoking seating options, delicious options, Meal deals start at 14EU, and 3-6EU/plate.
Worst: Taverna Vakchos pg 222
Why: excellent views and great Baklava, but the spinach & cheese pies, heavy & slightly greasy, & the Greek Salad, bland and too oily, were very disappointing.
Kip Freytag in Shingle Springs, CA USA 06/06/2011
Best: We liked the gyro shops as much as anything.
Why: Very good and inexpensive.
Dave Kendle in Lincoln, NE USA 04/14/2011
Best: Sholarhio Ouzeri Kouklis, Xenios Zeus and Thanasis
Why: Fabulous food, great ambiance and a true taste of Greek food and culture. The Ouzeri was our first meal on our honeymoon and we were really anxious about not knowing anything. So we followed your advice from the book and just picked off the tray. We picked whatever looked good or interesting and enjoyed every bite! It was fun to see the families and older men just eating and enjoying each other. Then Zeus was our last night and we were aiming for a bit more romantic. This place paid off. The Greek salad was fabulous, as was everything else we ate. There was no rush, just simple pleasures of great food, good weather, and great company. Finally, Thanasis for lunch. I have tried to recreate that souvlaki so many times since our return and it's just not gonna happen. I have resorted to trying to find fabulous Greek restaurants in the Chicagoland area. Thank God it's Chicagoland! Just an aside, but Thanasis was also recommended to me by a friend who is Greek and returns to visit family. She doesn't much care for beef but in this case recommends it! It was a double winner. Thank you!
Shannon Fonferko in Schaumburg, IL USA 03/20/2011