Summertime in Greece means great, fresh seafood galore! However, if you are saying in Athens on the mainland, where do you go for amazing seafood? Let’s take a look at the top 10 places the locals like to frequent throughout the summer in and around Athens.
1. Arsenis Taverna Iseris
Located at Syntagmatarchi Zisimopoulou 19, Paleo Faliro, Athens
Get ready for a diverse menu of seafood dishes that are served up fresh with exceptional service.
Check out this review posted on tripadvisor.com: “We got there for lunch on a Wednesday, the waitress was so nice and spoke perfect English, soon the owner came to say ‘hi’ and took the time to talk to us and recommended a few dishes as well, he also spoke very good English…Gave us free dessert. Great restaurant, very good food and very good prices. Loved it!”
2. Psarou at Anavyssos
Anavyssos 19013 (On the coastal road to Sounio)
While in Athens an absolute must is seeing the ruins at Sounio. So why not stop along the way and enjoy some great seafood? Let’s let the critics do the marketing for this not to miss restaurant.
“The meze plates were perfectly prepared and delivered…on the spot. All of us chose different meals so we could have a family share time…what a great choice. The cod, fried squid, and baby shrimp were fresh and tasty,” says one review on tripadvisor.com.
3. Omega 3
Aggelou Metaxa 7-9, Platia Kanari, Piraeus
As you are visiting Athens and neighboring Piraeus check out Omega 3 restaurant in Kanari Square at Pasalimani, a charming area to walk around and pass the time. Conveniently located near to the main port of Piraeus where you will find yourself catching ferries and cruise ships to go island hopping.
According to greekguide.com Omega 3 offers “best sellers (including) the sea bass fillet, the salmon skewers, the shrimp risotto with pumpkin and saffron and the shrimp kritharoto (orzo pasta) with cherry tomatoes and fresh basil.”
Akti Themistokleous, Piraeus
With beautiful sea views and fresh seafood you just can’t go wrong. Imerovigli is frequented by locals and tourists alike, with honest prices, great service, wonderful food and atmosphere.
“Our local friend from Athens wanted to show us a real Greek seafood feast, we were not disappointed. I can’t really fault anything, the service was good and all the food satisfied. It appeared to be a popular place with the locals, always a good sign,” says one review on tripadvisor.com.
5. Varoulko Seaside
Akti Koumoundourou 52, Mikrolimano, PiraeusLocated in the marina of Mikrolimano, this seaside restaurant offers up super fresh Greek-gourmet dishes, elegantly presented. Literally you will be sitting over the water with beautiful views of the marina lit up at night and reflecting off of the sea. Just look at the raving reviews on tripadvisor.com:
“A very nice restaurant. Chef Lazarou gives his best in fish food combining all the goods of the greek cuisine. All plates we taste were excellent also the desert was especially tasteful. It’ s a must to be restaurant in Piraeus!”
Fivis 15, Glyfada, Athens
Located in Athens suburb, Glyfada, Sardelaki is a popular destination known for its fresh mackerel, bass, sardines, eels and seabream, and an entire menu filled with seafood delights.
The restaurant is a neo-taverna styled joint with ample outdoor seating. Here’s what on review on foursquare.com said:
“Fish lovers beware! Splendid place – wonderful cuisine, especially smoked mackerel, anchovy, great service and cozy atmosphere!”
Syntagmatarchou Zisimopoulou 96, Paleo Faliro, Athens
Psipsina is known for “real” seafood and authentic Greek cuisine.
The atmosphere is taverna-cafe style with the entire front of the restaurant opening up to create a terrace-like seating option where you can people watch as you eat.
“In Greece definitely you can eat well. Eating in Psipsina has been excellent though, because the fish we were proposed was fresh and very well barbecued. We enjoyed the whole menu and specially the starter (fish soup) which was offered. Simple, “clean,” original Greek tastes,” says one foodie on tripadvisor.com.
8. Ouzeri Lesvos
Emmanouil Benaki 38, Athens
This is a quaint little joint that let’s you complement your seafood dishes with the appropriate drink. The ouzeri has great labels of ouzo and drinks while serving up fresh, simple seafood platters.
A reviewer on tripadvisor.com says, “One of the oldest traditional restaurants in Athens. Excellent and tasty food. Try fried calamari and fried shrimp…drink ouzo…and take your journey to Lesvos…just a few steps from the center of Athens.”
Agisilaou 49-51, Tzitzifies/Kallithea, Athens
Small and not easy to find, this is a local secret that offers you a real taste at Greek seafood cuisine and family service.
Located in the southern suburbs of Athens, you really must google map this wonderful little restaurant and check out their seafood while in Athens. Reviews on tripadvisor.com all sing praises about Argoura.
“Not in a busy or touristic area but if you can find you will be greatly rewarded. Are you tired of all of the so-called “authentic Greek” restaurants feeding you crummy grub? Well this is the polar opposite! Unpretentious, original wholesome seafood served in a cozy environment. Squid in risotto is a winner.”
10. Antonia Fish Restaurant
Isminis 36, Tzitzifies/Kallithea, Athens
Located in the southern suburbs of Athens, this restaurant has a typical Greek taverna atmosphere. When you order you will find generous portions of seafood for reasonable prices.
Always made fresh to your order, the restaurant is a family friendly place to enjoy some traditional Greek dishes.
“Nice seafood restaurant, simple dishes that are well cooked. Bargain priced, in general,” a google.gr review says.