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“Best meal we had in Athens! Great atmosphere, great food.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Xenios Zeus

Xenios Zeus
Ranked #465 of 3,596 Restaurants in Athens
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Greek
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Good for: Romantic, Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Traditional Greek Restaurant
Houston, TX
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37 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Best meal we had in Athens! Great atmosphere, great food.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2013

We stumbled on this restaurant on our first night in Athens while walking through the Plaka and going by a number of restaurants. This was on the highest spot and a bit away from the craziness of some of the other ones. Really charming atmosphere and at the foothill of the Acropolis...but honestly I wouldn't go for the view. First there's a huge tree that blocks most of it and second it's so close to the hill that it's almost too close to see it. Having said that...who cares! The outdoor atmosphere is charming. The food is the usual Greek food you'd expect (greek salad, dips, dolmades, moussaka) except it was bar none the best we had throughout our trip, even compared to more "high brow" places we tried. The greek salad was big, delicious, and fresh. The moussaka was really light tasting which is a welcome change. And we were offered a little complimentary dessert which was a nice gesture. In retrospect, we should have gone back our other evenings in Athens instead of trying of couple of other places which left us completely unimpressed by comparison.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Staten Island, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2013 via mobile

Delicious.... garlic bread was to die for all food was superb and service friendly and attentive.....just delicious and highly recommend after visiting the Parthenon

  • Visited September 2013
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“Charming restaurant, delicious simple food, great service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2013

My husband and I came across this restaurant by accident. A man was standing on the street and welcomed us in- we followed.
It was 130pm and we were the only diners present save forbtge owner and her staff/ friends.
The service was excellent and the food was really good.
The bread was grilled with garlic and olive oil and i had to strongly refrain from filling up on too much. A complimentary plate of olives and pickled peppers was also brought to the table.
We shared saganaki which was delicious (we have been hunting for the best saganaki in athens and under suffrance have eaten a great deal of it) and we had a lovely dish of sausage, pepper and tomato. Rustic and moreish. We washed it all down with some retsina. I could have quite easily sat there drinking all afternoon.
Our hosts were so charming that they brought complementary yoghurt and cherry couli yo the table, and a piece of orange semolina cake which was so good i would have happily paid for it.
The bill totalled less than 30 euros which was excellent value.
Don't let the absence of diners dissuade you. Go and enjoy a meal at this restaurant!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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“Hidden secret”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2013 via mobile

We stumbled upon this place after a typical poor experience at the cafe at the Acropolis Museum. We were delighted by the friendly approach and the simple, fresh delicious food. The location is hidden away in a back street along the side of the Acropolis and provides a quiet haven from all the hustle, with some enjoyable basic food, all very reasonably priced compared to restaurants in the heart of Plaka.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Cologne, Germany
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Dining in the shadow of the Acropolis”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2013

We found this restaurant while exploring the side streets off from the main tourist paths in Plaka. You will recognize the place by the white-washed stone walls.

They offer a-la-carte selections or a variety of three-course menus (including a vegetarian menu). If you want a full meal then the menu options are the most cost-effective. The food was good and priced fairly.

Of all the places we dined in Athens, the location and atmosphere at Xenios Zeus were the best. We recommend coming near sundown to enjoy the lovely lighting at dusk.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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