Opa! Where to Find the Best Greek Restaurants in Atlanta

Explore a number of Greek restaurants in Atlanta, everything from upscale establishments with national reputations to cozy cafes to family-run takeout spots.
  • Chef Pano Karatassos helms the nationally recognized Kyma and even beat Bobby Flay with his lamb pie.
    Chef Pano Karatassos helms the nationally recognized Kyma and even beat Bobby Flay with his lamb pie.
  • Taverna Planka offers authentic Greek food, plus dancing in the evening.
    Taverna Planka offers authentic Greek food, plus dancing in the evening.
  • It's a Greek culinary delight at Olive Bistro in Midtown.
    It's a Greek culinary delight at Olive Bistro in Midtown.
  • Delicious kabobs at Kabob Land are the stars at this Buckhead eatery.
    Delicious kabobs at Kabob Land are the stars at this Buckhead eatery.
  • Basil’s in Buckhead has been offering an eclectic collage of fine Mediterranean cuisine for years.
    Basil’s in Buckhead has been offering an eclectic collage of fine Mediterranean cuisine for years.

Every September it seems as if all Atlantans turn Greek because thousands attend the annual Atlanta Greek Festival and come home dreaming of the Aegean Sea, white buildings, communal dancing and food. Luckily, Atlanta has a number of Greek restaurants, everything from upscale places with national reputations to family-run takeout stops, to ensure that this healthy, tasty cuisine is available year-round. Regardless of which restaurant you choose, after one bite, you, too, will be yelling “Opa!” 

  • Kyma is an upscale Greek restaurant featuring contemporary and traditional Greek food, with special emphasis on seafood from the Aegean Sea. The Buckhead restaurant's decor will transport you to Greece as you sip Greek wine and enjoy the festival atmosphere and wide variety of Greek specialties. Chef Pano Karatassos Jr. beat Bobby Flay in a recent television show with his lamb pie, but diners will also beat down the door for scallops Santorini, signature octopus, eggplant stew and leg of lamb.

  • Kyma's Octopus Lounge with its casual-style atmosphere offers up the same quality food with smaller portions. On the menu are truffled veal sweetbread nuggets, prawn saganaki and calamari pasta. Chef Karatassos recently wrote a well-received cookbook, “100 Recipes for Meze, Entrees and Desserts,” and he also sells proprietary products such as Greek extra virgin olive oil, Greek Mountain Feta Cheese, organic honey and olives.

  • Nick’s Food To Go may be the granddaddy of Greek restaurants in Atlanta. Since 1994, Nick, Helen and their family have served up Greek takeout in a small corner location on Martin Luther King Drive, near the state capital. Nick’s portions are generous and the pitas overflow with lamb, beef, pork and grilled or fried chicken stuffed with lettuce, tomatoes, onions and tzatziki. Other options include spanakopita, hummus, Greek-style fries, Greek salad, souvlaki and Greek lamb plates. Although it is a takeout place, there are a few picnic tables in the parking lot for communal eating.

  • Cafe Agora serves up a delightful blend of Turkish cuisine with a mix of Greek, Arabic and Persian thrown in for good measure. With two locations, one in Buckhead, the other Midtown, Cafe Agora treats diners to such specialties as spanakopita, baba ganoush, falafel platter and lamb shank.

  • Mediterranean Grill has four locations, including on Monroe Drive in Midtown. A casual, dine-in, takeout eatery, Mediterranean Grill specializes in reasonably priced sandwiches and platter combos in addition to authentic Mediterranean specialties. Among the top menu items are baba ghanouj, homemade lentil soup, kufta kabob plate and lamb shank.

  • Located on Cheshire Bridge Road, south of Buckhead, The Taverna Plaka is a neighborhood Greek tavern that provides authentic food, entertainment and dancing. That’s right, dancing. Late night at Taverna Plaka starts at 10 p.m. when the DJ starts spinning Mediterranean music, bartenders start pouring glasses of ouzo and the belly dancers start doing their thing. First thing you know, you’ve learned Greek dancing and you’re having a screaming, “Opa.” Among the Greek options are chicken Santorini, gemista, pastitsio and souvlaki.

  • When the Olive Bistro opened in 1997 in Little Five Points, owner/chef Sari Masri wanted a cozy cafe that would serve fresh, healthy Mediterranean food from his family’s recipes. Olive Bistro moved and now has two locations: one in Vinings and the other in Midtown on Juniper Street. Among the specialties are tapenade, dolmas, eggplant stack, pita sandwiches, moussaka, rice & lentils, and the rosemary chicken platter. Not only is the food authentic and tasty, but Olive Bistro has live music, including an open mic night.

  • Tannour Mediterranean Grill is another Midtown restaurant that would make Zorba feel right at home. Located on 14th Street, some of the specialties are fattoush salads with chicken shawarma and vegan falafel plate. For an authentic drink, try the tart yogurt drinks.

  • Yalla is a modern Middle Eastern food stall at Krog Street Market from the team behind such great restaurants as The General Muir and Fred’s Meat & Bread. In addition to favorites such as falafel, shawarma, sabich and kebabs, Yalla serves seasonal salatims (salads) and handcrafted, all-natural, low-sugar sodas.

  • Basil’s in Buckhead has been offering an eclectic collage of fine Mediterranean cuisine for years-everything from tapas, pasta and fresh seafood to succulent meat. Among the specialties are lightly fried cauliflower with tahini sauce, kibbeh rolls, lamb burger, Greek shrimp and stuffed grape leaves.

  • Kabob Land is a fast-casual eatery on Piedmont Road in Buckhead that serves fresh-from-scratch Middle Eastern dishes. Kabob Land offers a variety of mezzes, such as mohammara, falafel and hummus as well as kabobs, sultani and chicken koobideh. 

  • Pita Mediterranean Street Food is another Midtown Greek restaurant that offers freshly made falafels, salads, hummus and freshly prepared sauces. The casual eatery offers street pitas with a signature gyro, cilantro hummus, traditional gyro as well as chicken shawarma, grilled fish and beef kafta.

  • Gryo Bros. is located on 5th Street and is a quick-bite bistro with outdoor seating that is a favorite with Georgia Tech students. The food is delicious and perfect for college students, meaning it fills you up and leaves your wallet full as well.

  • Poppin Pita is another Midtown Greek restaurant where everything-from sauces to the hummus to the falafel-is made from scratch. All the meats are cut and seasoned in-house and not cooked until an order is placed. In addition to classic Greek and Mediterranean dishes, Poppin Pita has infused the Mediterranean food scene with innovative new items such as the Middle Eastern burger, shawarma quesadilla and falafel sliders.

Journalist Mary Welch writes business and lifestyle stories for local and national publications. 

 

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