If you’re planning a Greek yacht charter vacation, you’ll probably be flying into Athens. Home to the Acropolis, Ancient Greece’s most iconic monument, this vibrant city certainly warrants exploration. Cultural attractions abound, as do culinary delights. So here we recommend the best Athens restaurants for dinner, either before or after a sailing vacation.
Feast on innovative contemporary Greek cuisine at Michelin-starred Hytra. You’ll find it on the seventh-floor roof terrace of the Onassis Cultural Centre on Syngrou Avenue. Overlooking the rooftops of Koukaki, this is one of the best Athens restaurants with an Acropolis view. The tasting menu includes chicken with hazelnut, blueberry, truffle, and langoustine with peppers and basil. In addition, they offer wine pairing and cocktail pairing.
Outside the city center, overlooking the boats in Mikrolimano Bay in Piraeus, Varoulko Seaside is the best Athens restaurant for fresh fish. Come here for creative contemporary dishes based on superb local seafood. Try the red shrimps with lime, avocado cream, chili mayonnaise, and cuttlefish with creamy tomato rice and feta cheese mousse. After that, you’ll appreciate why Varoulko Seaside has a Michelin star.
The holder of two Michelin stars, intimate Spondi lies in Pangrati. Expect modern French-Greek cuisine and exquisite presentation. Moreover, the signature dishes are scallops with rice, seaweed, grapefruit, and veal fillet with winter radish, chives, and caviar. In summer, you can dine in a small leafy courtyard draped with flowering shrubs. In short, Spondi has to be one of the best Athens restaurants.
GB Roof Garden
The Hotel Grande Bretagne stands in the heart of Athens, on Syntagma Square, adjacent to the Greek Parliament. The GB Roof Garden offers elegant open-air dining on the eighth floor. Expect New Mediterranean dishes, such as pasta with fresh lobster or grouper with roast fennel and saffron. Service is attentive but unpretentious, and the Acropolis view is utterly astounding. The evening dress code is Elegant, smart casual.
Dine at Balthazar, a 10-minute taxi ride northeast of Syntagma Square, for a truly romantic evening. It occupies a neoclassical house from 1897, and it’s set in a beautifully-lit walled garden. In addition, expect palms hung with colored paper lanterns, hip DJ music, and a dressy clientele. The eclectic menu includes sushi, cocktails, fresh fish, and steaks. Moreover, the service is professional and discrete.
Near the US embassy, Cookoovaya (meaning owl) sees the collaboration of four highly-regarded Athenian chefs. The concept is based on Creative Greek dishes that a group of family or friends can share. The menu is ever-changing but might include tiger prawn tempura and grilled beef fillet with mushroom risotto. In addition, they have their own highly-regarded bottled house wines.
Papadakis is one of the best Athens restaurants for seafood. You’ll find it at the foot of Mount Lycabettus in Kolonaki, home to many of foreign embassies. The chef, originally from the island of Paros, prepares contemporary Greek specialties. Firstly, try the octopus with honey and fried potato chips, followed by the white grouper with truffles.
Hidden in an arcade near Syntagma Square, Telemachos specializes in lamb, pork, veal, and beef from small Greek farms. The kitchen does superb raw dishes (such as tartar), plus excellent dry-aged steaks served on wooden boards. So locals consider it the best Athens restaurant for meat lovers. And for vegetarians, there are tasty options such as pasta with mushrooms and Cretan graviera cheese.
In conclusion, here’s another lovely venue with a roof terrace affording spectacular Acropolis views. Kuzina stands on the pedestrian street in Thissio. Expect Creative Greek fare – chicken fillet with a pistachio crust, goat’s cheese, and spicy tuna with ginger and wasabi. In addition, they do summery cocktails and have a second restaurant on Mykonos called Kuzina.
These delightful restaurants are for your enjoyment while visiting Athens on a Greek Islands Yacht Charter Vacation.
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