Athens is no longer just a mecca for souvlaki lovers. The city is bustling with exciting dining concepts, impeccable flavours and some of the best rooftop restaurants and bars. Below is our recommended list of restaurants to try in Athens and the Athenian Riviera.

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Rovertou Galli 4a, Athens 

This rooftop restaurant and bar located on the 5th floor of Herodion Hotel Athens is one of the top dining addresses in the Makrigianni neighborhood. Offering breathtaking views of the Acropolis and the Acropolis Museum, POINT a excels at elevating staple Greek dishes into more creative versions. The chefs behind the innovative menu — Manolis Mavriyannakis and Marios Pirpiridis have weaved together another exceptional summer menu.

A delightful selection of seafood and meat dishes, refreshing salads, vegetarian bites and unique cocktails — guarantee a memorable evening under the starry Athenian sky.

For Starters we recommend that you try the staple Loukoumades’ honey dumplings filled with savory manouri cheese from Thessaly, the Tacos with ‘kapriko’ slow-cooked pork served with ginger chips and lemon preserve as well as the signature stuffed tomatoes.  If you feel like something spicy, sweet and refreshing — make sure to order the Pineapple Chilli Margarita.

Galaxy Restaurant & Bar

46 Vassilissis Sofias Avenue, Athens

One of the top rooftop bars and restaurants in Athens, the Galaxy Restaurant & Bar sprawls across the top floor of Hilton Athens hotel.

Serving authentic Mediterranean dishes with a modern twist — as well as a generous selection of sushi and finger food. Popular for its stunning Acropolis and Athens views — here you can also enjoy some of the best cocktails in the city.

SAH

10-12, Dorileou Str, Athens 

Named after Sayyida All Hurra, one of the most famous female pirates of the 16th century and an ally of the renowned pirate Barbarossa — she was a noble lady, free and independent.

If you are into stories of conquests, pirates, defeats and love then this place is for you. The creative cocktail menu travels you to her youth where you can savour something like Infancia mixed with gin, rosso antico, grapefruit soda 3 cents.

This all day dining venue offers an eclectic menu rich in flavours of earth and sea. We tried their signature SAH potatoes with truffle mayonnaise, the refreshing cherry tomato salad  made with barley rusks topped with katiki soft white cheese, spring onion and olives.

Oven baked delights include dishes like Lahmatzoun topped with eggs, spices and watercress. For mains we ordered a Lamb Shank Tajin served with couscous fruit and lemon jam, the Rib Eye steak which was juicy and tender, as well as the Cote De Veau which simply melts in your mouth.

We topped off the fantastic meal with mouthwatering desserts — the SAH version of Galaktoboureko which is a caramelized pastry dough coated with goat milk cream and “kaimaki” ice cream, drizzled with thyme honey and the Cocoa crumble with vanilla cream, fruit, caramelised nuts and vanilla-caramel ice cream.

Acropolis Secret – Roof Garden Bar and Restaurant

Parthenonos 19-25, Athens

For another memorable evening with Acropolis views as a backdrop the Acropolis Secret roof garden restaurant at the Divani Acropolis Athens is a recommended choice. Serving authentic flavours inspired by the rich Greek heritage — we indulged on dishes such as sea bass carpaccio marinated in olive oil and citrus fruit and a crab meat and fresh salad leaves sprinkled with olive oil mustard sauce, served with shrimps on toasted bread. For mains there is a choice of fish and meat dishes.

We opted for a grilled croaker served with gnocchi stuffed with basil, green olive oil and Gruyère cheese.

The Black Angus beef outside skirt tagliata with hash brown potatoes and baby vegetables was very well prepared.

For dessert we had the half sphere Valrhona chocolate mousse  filled with crème brulée and crème Anglaise with mint as well as the walnut pie with aniseed, parfait ice-cream with caramelized hazelnuts and passion fruit sauce.

Le Grand Balcon, St. George Lycabettus Hotel

Kleomenous 2, Athens

Perched on top of the Lycabettus Hill, this 5-star luxury boutique hotel enjoys unparalleled views of the Acropolis. Just a few steps away from the shopping area of Kolonaki and Athens’ most popular attractions, it is the perfect place to enjoy sensational Greek flavors while sipping your wine after a day of shopping and cultural activities.

The award-winning La Suite Lounge and Le Grand Balcon located on the 6th floor of St. George Lycabettus Hotel serves delightful menus for all occasions.

Funky Gourmet 

3 Paramithias st. & Salaminos, Keramikos

This famous two star Michelin restaurant in Athens is housed in a neoclassical building on one of the side streets in the heart of Keramikos. Here creativity surpasses all limitations thus prepare to be wowed by both presentation and flavours. A 14-course two Michelin-starred tasting menu is a remarkable journey for all senses. Read the full experience here.

L’amico Athenian Riviera 

Leof. Athinon Souniou 17, Anavissos

Located on the coastal road of the Athenian Riviera in Anavissos — the all day venue is a complex that consists of a bar, beach and Italian restaurant.

The young chef behind the creative menu is Ilias Sitinas who has harmoniously blended the Italian flavours with the best locally sourced Greek ingredients — the result, a fresh, delicious and authentic menu served in a warm environment overlooking the Aegean Sea.

During the day you can enjoy a swim, coffee and drinks on the beach. There are a few theme nights taking place during the summer months.

In the evenings enjoy the special cocktail menu created by George Pantazis — a wonderful way to celebrate summer in the Athenian Riviera.

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