You might not be aware of all the Greek restaurants in London, but trust us, they’re there. While you’re probably familiar with classic dishes like pita, taramasalata and souvlaki, there are a lot more tastes and textures to enjoy. Have you tried grilled octopus with buttery flatbreads, almost reminiscent of a tentacle taco? Or baklava cigars with mountain tea syrup? If you have, then kudos to you, you know your stuff. But if you haven’t, then the good news is that there is so much to explore.
London’s Greek food scene is dotted around central, but Fitzrovia, Soho and Notting Hill seem to be the epicentres. In these areas, you’ll find a huge range of different Greek eateries, from no-frills souvlaki joints to hyper-luxurious seafood restaurants and regal dining rooms. It’s up to you which you go for, we love both ends of the scale equally. Some days, you’re in the mood for spicy lamb and chips, bundled up in a warm flatbread with minty yoghurt. Other days, perhaps for a celebration, you’re in the mood for Champagne, caviar, oysters and wagyu.
One area in particular in which Greek cuisine excels is group dining. As with the neighbouring Middle Eastern and Lebanese cuisines, it just lends itself to sharing. Start with a toast, then rip and dip pita in tara with your friends and family - it’s pretty hard to beat. So much so, in fact, that many of the restaurants on this list have menus simply split into snacks, small, large and sweet, leaving how to order up to you.
So tuck in and enjoy. If you’re curious to find out more about any given restaurant, simply click the ‘Book now’ link below. It’ll take you to the restaurant listing where you can read our review and book a table if it sounds like a match. Without further ado, yamas!
Suzi Tros, Notting Hill
Why: From the team behind Mazi, below, Suzi Tros has quickly earned its place as one of the best restaurants in Notting Hill. Its more casual, laid-back bistro-like atmosphere makes it feel like the perfect place to gather with friends. The menu spans a raw bar, a large vegetable section and fish and meat dishes cooked over charcoal. Expect to enjoy things like wild sea bass carpaccio with yuzu followed by traditional chicken thigh souvlaki skewers. Make sure you leave room for dessert too, the Greek coffee profiteroles iteration is one of the best things we've eaten this year.
Where: 18 Hillgate Street, W8 7SR
Book now: Suzi Tros
Mazi, Notting Hill
Why: Meaning ‘together’ in Greek, Mazi has re-interpreted classic Greek cuisine with a contemporary twist. All the plates are made for sharing, as per Greek traditions, and you’ll find other cuisines interweaved through the menu to create exciting and unique dishes. Kick off with classic dips like taramasalata and tzatziki before moving on to the main event. Pork belly gyro tacos, feta tempura and grilled octopus with fava purée, fennel and onion relish, among other things.
Where: 12-14 Hillgate Street, W8 7SR
Book now: Mazi
Why: Residing in the heart of Fitzrovia, and created by the masterminds behind Zuma and Roka, Meraki is the place to visit if you’re after Greek fine dining. Sourcing only the finest ingredients from certain regions of Greece, not only are the dishes authentic but so is the produce. On the menu, you’ll find delights such as taramosalata, octopus BBQ and beef fillet kebab. Meraki also has sister restaurants in Riyadh, Porto Cervo and their latest opening in Mykonos.
Where: 80-82 Great Titchfield Street, W1W 7QT
Book now: Meraki
Why: Opso literally translates from the ancient Greek for ‘a delectable morsel of food’, the perfect name for this Greek tapas restaurant. Putting a focus on laid back and social dining, everything is made for sharing. On the menu, you’ll find the likes of sea bream sashimi, mousakas and fava bean spread. Don’t forget to head to the bar for a Paloma or dessert cocktail either. Opso also has the largest and most diverse Greek wine list in London, so you can rest assured that the food will be well-paired.
Where: 10 Paddington Street, W1U 5QL
Book now: Opso
Hovarda, Picadilly Circus
Why: Combining both Greek and Turkish cuisine, Hovarda's glamorous and trendy dining room isn’t just home to a great menu, but every night it has live music or a resident DJ playing for guests to enjoy while they eat or relax at the bar. If you are headed to Hovarda for some Greek food expect dishes like the wood-fired roasted chicken, red mullet and king crab legs with lemon oil, sumac and parsley.
Where: 36-40 Rupert Street, W1D 6DW
Book now: Hovarda
The Real Greek, Covent Garden
Why: Priding itself on simple Greek food and straightforward cooking, The Real Greek serves up casual street food-esque dishes. Everyone’s favourites feature on the menu, like halloumi fries, falafel and souvlaki wraps with chips, tzatziki and a choice of fillings. All of these dishes are served in a stylish and trendy restaurant, making it the perfect spot if you want a quick Greek food fix. It has an extensive vegan menu too, so no one is left out here.
Where: 60-62 Long Acre, WC2E 9JE
Book now: The Real Greek
The Athenian, Shoreditch
Why: With its aim to bring Greek cuisine served outside of the country into a positive light, the team behind the Athenian spent time in Greece learning traditional cooking methods before bringing back what they’d learnt to the UK and adding a modern twist. On the menu, you’ll find souvlaki with a choice of meats and sauces. This branch is housed in the highly trendy Boxpark in Shoreditch, so you can grab some churros or cookie dough after.
Where: Unit 54, Boxpark, 2-10 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6GY
Book now: The Athenian
Hungry Donkey, Aldgate
Why: Inspired by Greek street food, the Hungry Donkey offers up a menu of sharing plates, souvlaki and meze using sustainable and ethically sourced ingredients. On the menu, you’ll find the likes of kleftiko slow-cooked lamb shank, gemista oven-roasted peppers and a selection of souvlaki wraps with a filling of your choice. The sleek and modern interiors and house soundtrack also add to the atmosphere.
Where: 56 Wentworth Street, E1 7AL
Book now: Hungry Donkey
Peckham Bazaar, Peckham
Why: Claiming to serve the best Greek food in London, the owner of Peckham Bazaar John Gionleka now serves up a range of dishes from all over the Mediterranean with a focus on Greek cuisine. The menu changes daily but you can expect dishes such as courgette fritters, grilled leg of lamb and grilled octopus with tarama, capers and herbs. If you live north of the river, this restaurant is certainly worth venturing down to Peckham for.
Where: 119 Consort Road, SE15 3RU
Book now: Peckham Bazaar
The Life Goddess, Soho
Why: Although probably considered more of a deli than a restaurant, The Life Goddess is passionate about bringing Greek food and ingredients to the streets of London. When you pay its deli a visit you’ll be able to find a plethora of traditional ingredients that it uses in its small café/restaurant area to cook up authentic dishes. If you fancy trying your hand at Greek cooking at home stock up in the deli before you head off.
Where: Carnaby Street, W1B 5PW
Book now: The Life Goddess
Lemonia, Chalk Farm
Why: Still run by the original family who established the restaurant in 1979, Lemonia has a loyal customer base who have been visiting the Greek restaurant from day one. For those visiting for the first time, the décor will make you feel as if you’ve stepped into a vintage Greek villa and the menu features the likes of hummus, spinach and feta filo pastry, lamb souvlaki and fish shashlik grilled over charcoal.
Where: 89 Regent’s Park Road, NW1 8UY
Book now: Lemonia
Why: Named after the well-loved dish (a grilled meat skewer, typically served in pita and Greece's national street food dish), Suvlaki has a short menu of you-know-what, plus some extra bits. Snack on pita and tzatziki, courgette fritters and spanakopita, before moving on to the eponymous star of the show. Choose from chicken, pork or veg and mastelo cheese in your wrap, with the option of sides like Greek salad and rosemary potatoes.
Where: 21 Bateman Street, W1D 3AL
Book now: Suvlaki
Why: One of the more upscale entries on this list, Ampeli offers refined small, large and sweet plates of delicious Greek food. The Josper grill is used liberally, charring everything from cauliflower to octopus. Don't miss the whipped barrel-aged feta dip to start and the baklava cigars made with mountain tea syrup to finish. Be sure to try the house cocktails like the grape gimlet or Athenian sour too.
Where: 18 Charlotte Street, W1T 2LZ
Book now: Ampeli
INO Gastrobar, Soho
Why: The menu at INO is highly seasonal, which makes it a great restaurant to visit and re-visit. You might start off with olive oil crackers with tuna tartare and fava or hand-stretched pita with taramas and slow-cooked yolk. The octopus taco is a must, spiked with smoked tomato on a bed of crispy onions, while the wagyu short rib chops are a serious big-hitter if you can splash the cash.
Where: 4 Newburgh Street, W1F 7RF
Book now: INO Gastrobar
Estiatorio Milos, St James's
Why: Not far from Picadilly Circus, you'll find Estiatorio Milos. This lavish Greek seafood restaurant has won numerous awards for its Mediterranean plates. It's an 'oysters and caviar' kind of place, and as such is great for celebrations and special occasions. House classics include Greek dips, three cheese stuffed courgette flours, grilled sashimi-grade octopus and carabineiros (Spanish crevette royale, with a shot of sherry to drink from the head).
Where: 1 Regent Street, SW1Y 4NR
Book now: Estiatorio Milos
The Elysee, Fitzrovia
Why: A true London institution, The Elysee first opened its doors in 1936. Nearly a century later, it's still a destination for not just great food, but also parties and events. Boasting a cocktail bar and roof garden, as well as private dining space, The Elysee is highly versatile. Not just that, it's also surprisingly affordable and the menu is extensive. Enjoy classics like moussaka, spanakopita, grilled meats and more. The set meze is great for groups, offering tons of dishes at a discount.
Where: 13 Percy Street, W1T 1DP
Book now: The Elysee
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