Summer is here for good and we are all looking for a way out on the beaches or in places that are reminiscent of an island. We made a list with the most perfect, secret restaurants by the sea, near Athens. Apart from the obvious, there are some well-hidden, secret restaurants, by the sea, throughout Attica. The ideal proposition is to organise your dive in one of the nearby beaches and then grab a bite so you may start your vacation in the city. Read below and you will get our point!
30 minutes away from the center of Athens and on the port (limani in Greek) of Palea Fokea you will find a tavern which it takes its name from it. Kopsolaimis family has created its own tradition in fish food, since 1980. In addition to fine appetizers such as mussels with wine sauce, fresh fish and seafood you can enjoy fresh salads with vegetables that they pick from their own garden. The tables by the sea give you the feeling that you are on an island even though you are only 30 minutes from Athens.
Agias Irinis 1, Palea Fokea, tel. 2291 041052
Can you think of anything better than being able to eat next to the beach where you were swimming? On the beach of Artemida, in Loutsa you will find Xypolitos fish tavern, where for over 50 years it has been serving fresh fish from the fishing boats of the area. It took its name from the father of the children who run the restaurant, who was a fisherman and walked around barefoot (ksypolutos). So, as you can understand, here you will eat only the freshest fish and seafood. Even Tsitsanis and Bellou have eaten at his cult tables by the sea.
25th Martiou Agios Nikolas, Loutsa, tel. 2294 028342
As the name implies, the view of the Saronic Gulf is definitely magnificent but the food does not differ either. Sardelaki me thea (means sardine with a view) is a sibling to Sardelaki in Glyfada so the menu is similar, with excellent value for money. However, here you have the option to choose from a wide range of fresh shellfish and oysters. At the same time, the tray with the cold appetizers arrives at your table to get what seems appealing. If you still want a big fish on the grill you will find what you are looking for. Plus, it has a nice wine list with Greek and international wines and a collection of spirits to accompany your dishes.
18 Poseidonos Ave., Vouliagmeni 166 71, tel. 21 0967 0913
With a history of over 50 years, Psaropoula in Porto Rafti serves fresh fish where the waves reach the shore. The fish tavern is famous for its masterful grilling but also for their delicious seafood pasta that is served in shells.
118 Avlakiou Ave., Porto Rafti, 2299 071292
Faros is a tavern that literally has its tables on the sea and gives you the opportunity not to get too far away from the beach where you just dived. You can enjoy various fish-based appetizers with your feet dipped in the sand. In addition, the comfort cuisine gives a recital with fantastic pies with handmade phyllo pastry.
Perikleous 22, Marathon Beach, tel. 2294 056164
If you swim in Varkiza or on the surrounding secret beaches then you need to know about Aperanto Galazio. The tables are literally on the beach and reach the shore. Glancing at the view in front of you, you can easily understand how it got its name (aperanto galazio means infinite blue). It serves exquisite seafood and the best french fries in the area to dip in your fish roe spread.
Varkiza Nautical Club, East beach of Varkiza 16672, tel. 21 0965 5951
If you are following us on Instagram (if not, hurry up) you will have understood that Makarelos is one of our favorite fish taverns by the sea, under eucalyptus and mulberry trees. In 40 minutes from Athens you can be in Nea Peramos and eat the most epic seafood you can imagine. Don't forget to try grilled octopus, grilled fillets of sardine, delicately fried calamari, fresh mussels and of course shrimp orzo from Eleni's hands. Plus, the small and flexible wine list from the sommeliers of botilia.gr, which will soon be enriched, offers decent wine options to accompany your meal.
Ethnikis Antistaseos 2, Nea Peramos 19006, tel.22960 32866
Garbis' story begins in 1924, when Petros Garbis decided to move his tavern from Plaka to Vouliagmeni during the summer months. Since he gathered all the high society of Athens, his fishermen always brought him their best fish. His 3 daughters have taken over the restaurant now and so its kitchen has been modernized a bit. Try the Mediterranean fish soup, the Athenian salad with grouper cheeks and the cod with beetroot garlic sauce.
Selinis kai Hliou 21, Kavouri, tel. 210-8963480
Lambros is an old and classic fish tavern for sophisticated palates with a long history since 1889. It is considered one of the best destinations to eat fish, by the sea. The marble slab in the hall suggests the history of the place and in combination with the fresh fish and the exquisite delicacies make the experience even more unique. Mussel rice with raisins and pine nuts is the trademark of the restaurant so don't forget to try it.
20 Poseidonos Ave., Vouliagmeni 16671, tel. 210 8960144, 210 8961829
If you live in the western suburbs or you are lucky enough to have a beach house in the wider area of Psatha and Alepochori, then this fish tavern must definitely be included in your to do list. It is located next to the picturesque port of Alepochori, with crystal clear waters and it is literally on the sand. The ideal is to combine it with a day in the beach, escaping from the noisy Athenian Riviera. The mom and grandmother of the owners, who run the restaurant, cook in the kitchen. Crispy, like chips, fried zucchini, delicious squid, rich shrimp spaghetti and fresh grilled fish are some of the dishes you can taste.
Port of Alepochori, Kato Alepochori 190 12, tel. 22960 51310