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“Still good although might not suit everyone”

Tzitzikas kai Mermigas
Ranked #90 of 2,510 Restaurants in Athens
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$22 - US$29
Cuisines: Greek
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Good for: Groups, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Syntagma
Reviewed 13 January 2014

Be prepared for a fairly busy, noisy and lively bistro, and you will enjoy this atmosphere. If you fancy a quiet romantic dinner, go elsewhere.
Food is modern Greek with some twists and interesting combinations. Salads are very good, and huge, so don't order as a side salad. Most of what comes out is really good, but there are odd exceptions - I asked for the horta/wild greens and they were very traditionally done - over cooked by most peoples standards, and a bit bitter. I'd recommend having a good look at some other people's orders and ask questions of you waiter to be sure you get what suits you.
Wine and service great, apart from 1 grumpier waiter who doesn't listen to what you want - the last twice we've been in he's made a mistake.

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Thank Sam m
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

We tried this place on the recommendation of our concierge and were not disappointed. It is reminiscent of tapas places in Barcelona, but I suggest that you let the cost of the dishes guide you as to size. Everything we had was delicious, but particular standouts were the goat with rosemary, the wild greens with tomato and feta, and the pitta "berze berze". The staff were friendly and attentive - and we thought it was good value for money with four of us stuffing our faces for little more than 20 Euros each (with beers and free raki).

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1  Thank Kirsten L
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Reviewed 5 January 2014

We went here as we were staying close to the restaurant in a local hotel. We had an absolutely fantastic meal with very good house wine (by the carafe). Every dish we had (and we shared around 8) were excellent.

Service was very good and friendly. They catered easily for English Speakers as well. (both verbally and with menus).

Highly recommended and when I go back to Athens next month it is where I am going for my first dinner....

Thank rachel1372
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Reviewed 16 December 2013

This "beehive busy" mezedopolio /taverna was recommended to us by our long-time friend and Athens resident, Kosta. A Mezedopoleio is a type of restaurant that focuses on small plates of various appetizer-like creations called mezedes, which is similar to the Spanish tapas bar. It became our "go to" spot as it was close to our hotel and close two blocks off Syntagma Square. With many Athens eateries serving mediocre food and offering poor customer service, O Tzitzikas Ke O Mermigkas, which translates to The Cicada and the Ant, is a great example of really good food at reasonable prices in central Athens. Since it is a favorite of locals who work in the area as well as savvy visitors, the place is brimming with energy and lively chatter. Among the menu items are kebabs, salads, grilled veggies, stuffed squash blossoms, pasta dishes and stuffed meat pies. If you choose an outside table you’ll have to be willing to put up with some traffic noise coming off the Square as well as those diners who like to smoke while dining since the inside is a NO Smoking area. O Tzitzikas Ke O Mermigkas is a great spot with quality food and pleasant, attentive service along with an excellent kitchen staff that is in constant motion. Give it a try. You won’t be disappointed.

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Thank Dan B
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Reviewed 12 December 2013

Although this restaurant belong to a chain with various restaurants in Athens, I find this restaurant of excellent quality and value. I have visited the place several times and the last one I found the rates more reasonable than before. The food is tasty with a creative cooking and presentation transforming the traditions Greek recipes to modern plates of value. Outdoor garden a delight. I do not hesitate to recommend the chain as they maintain the same value at all restaurants

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Thank Tass0P
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