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Top 10 Cheap Restaurants in Greece

Destination(s): Athens

Cheap restaurants in Greece are usually filled with jolly locals that can't wait to share their culinary traditions with you, and usually do so in large, generous portions. Moreover, they only use the best locally sourced ingredients to prepare their food, so you are definitely in for an affordable treat with these Greek tavernas. One place where you can really get a feel of the local atmosphere is Paradosiako, a great traditional eatery run by a husband and wife team who get along by constant entertaining screaming. Other places for home style, millennia traditional recipes are Archaion Gefsis (where they literally prepare 2000 year old recipes) and the roof garden at To Koutouki. Wash all the goodness down with the famous local ouzo, and go at To Ouzadiko for the best priced and most extensive selection of the magic liquor. read more about Top 10 Cheap Restaurants in Greece

Traverna Ambrosia

Traverna Ambrosia

  • Behind the train station, Ancient Olympia
  • tel:26240/23-755
  • Olympia
Taverna Skala

Taverna Skala

  • Vasileos Pavlou and Frederikis
  • tel:22650/82-762
  • Delphi
Epikouros Restaurant

Epikouros Restaurant

  • Vasileos Pavlou and Frederikis
  • tel:22650/83-250
  • Delphi
Taverna Vakchos

Taverna Vakchos

  • 31 Apollono
  • tel:22650/83-186
  • Delphi
Melilotos

Melilotos

Located inside a small lobby (back and to the left) not far from Syntagma Square, you won't quite understand why a little place like this has been featured in the New York Times. This is not a place you go for atmosphere, though they do offer you a seat at the one table in the midst of the happy, busy buzz of the kitchen if you would like to dine there. It's a place you go for genuine, delicious food prepared with love and extreme attention to quality. The cheeses, olives, oil and bread all come from trusted producers in some of the best agricultural regions of Greece, including Amorgos Island, Kithera and the Macedonia. All of the food is prepared by award winning chef, Konstantinos Siopidis, though you would never know it by the prices. Even the most complicated dishes are not over twelve euros. The pastries and savory pies are made by his mother in law, Irini, who has given demonstrations of her cooking on television shows. 
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Paradosiako

Paradosiako

  • 44A Voulis
  • The Plaka
  • tel:210/321-4121
  • Athens
To Koutouki

To Koutouki

  • Lakiou 9 Ano Petralona
  • tel:+30 210 3453655
  • Athens Ece

Passing through the backroads of Philopappou, skirting the bluecollar neighborhood of Ana Petralona, you will pass a candy-colored taverna that looks like it's been made out of decoupage and leftover housing materials. To Koutouki has the most offbeat "roof garden" in Athens, home style food like deep fried zucchini, tzatziki and boiled greens with lemon and olive oil, and a staff that may be limited in their English but makes up for it in enthusiasm.

To find it, start from the Dora Stratou Theater parking lot and walk up the road, across the bridge. You'll see it then.
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To Ouzadiko

To Ouzadiko

  • 25-29 Karneadou Street
  • Lemos International Shopping Center
  • tel:30 210 729 5484
  • Athens, 10675
Archaion Gefsis

Archaion Gefsis

  • 22 Kodratou Street
  • (near Karaiskaki Square)
  • tel:30 210 523 9661
  • Visit website
  • Athens, 10436
Saita

Saita

  • 21 Kydathineon
  • tel:+30 210 32 26 671
  • Athens Ece

Saita has been dishing out bakaliaro and skourdaya, fried fish and pureed garlic, since 1970. This is a great dish to have throughout the winter months and is the official meal of March 25th, Independence Day for Greece. As with most traditional bakaliarzidikos, Saita (pronounced sy-EE'-ta) is tucked down into a cozy basement ringed by heavy wooden barrels; homemade white wine is served directly out of them. A little wine is the perfect thing to cut the intensity of the skourdaya, a dish that everyone should be in on if you plan to be within a few meters of each other for the rest of the night- if not including the day after.

Another thing to try is the saita salad, made up of small rusks, tomatoes, capers, onions and sardines. Oily, salty, fresh and delicious.
Average price per person is approximately €15 per person, including wine.
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