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Athens: 10 restaurants that will make you feel you’re on an island

The ultimate culinary appointment this summer takes places next to the sea under starry night. Through the coastline of Attica you will find magnificent seaside restaurants that will make you forget you are dining in Athens, rather will make you feel that you are at one of the amazing Islands of the Aegean. The wide variety of Mediterranean flavors together with the view will put anyone at the ultimate culinary summer mood. These are the restaurants that stand out the most.



Pines Trees, sea-view and the stars assemble the scene at this restaurant. This is an all-time classic choice for seafood, with an exquisite view of Vouliagmenis Bay at the Suburbs of Athens. Consisting of a classical choice and adding value to high profile events, this well known restaurant, has the privilege of a breathtaking location at an exclusive area of the south coast. It offers an authentic gastronomic experience with an impressive guest list including famous jet setters among others – Athina Onasis, Bill Clinton, Sean Connery, Julio Iglesias and Leonardo Di Caprio – at Ithaki your invitees will enjoy a ritual of excellence in taste, service and high quality.


The “Island” of Athenian Riviera offer memorable vacation moment during the summer days and nights in Athens. On a rock, next to the club you will find the Island Restaurant. Out of the kitchen you will see delicious plates coming out with meat, fish and handmade pasta by the awarded chef Nikos Skliras, which one can enjoy with a enchanting sea view. Additionally one will find the well known sushi section with a variety of choices! The experience at Island is completed by the signature cocktails by the experienced mixologists, lounge music and dance parties.

Varoulko Seaside


Since 2014 the established Michellin star restaurant “Varoulko” by famous chef Lefteris Lazarou has moved at the beautiful Mikrolimano Marina, at a very elegant space by the sea. The famous chef has returned to continue the creative dialog with fresh fish and seafood that has been his passion. Apart from the wide variety of creative seafood dishes you will also a very impressive variety of wines.

Galazia Hytra


Every summer the hot spot of the Athenian Riviera returns at the hotel “The Westin Athens” at Asteras Vouliagmenis and invites us to taste exquisite recipes with local delicasies whilst enjoying magical sunsets with a view of the Saronic Gulf. On a calm porch which balances between the colorful garden and the sea, you will have the opportunity to taste a fresh greek menu by Chef Tasos Mantis.

Kastelorizo Varkizas

The sound of the waves and the scent of the sea will give you the sense that you are on one of the Greek Islands. At the restaurant you will find a light country style aesthetic, color tones of the sand and white tables right next to where the fish boats reside. The Mediterranean cuisine dishes are inspired mainly by seafood, tradition and the summer. These are the reasons that make this restaurant at Varkiza so special.


This restaurant is a contemporary hang out spot of Mikrolimano, with fine aesthetics, great Mediterranean dishes with a view of the marina filled with luxurious yachts. Plenty of elegenta wood, shades of blue, white table cloths and nautical lamps make up the space of this restuarant which resembles to a luxurious cruise ship. The fresh fish either grilled or baked in hard salt is a must and also worth trying the “lobster giouvetsi”! If you visit ealy in the morning you are most likely to catch the small sail boats during one of the sailing lessons of the academy next door.


Open since 1924, this restaurant continues its tradition, run by the third generation of the family. The modern dishes are perfected by the fresh fish and seafood that arrives daily from Leros, Kalymnos and Patmos. The space is nicely lit, with white being the main colour of the decoration, which is in harmony with the sea view. All the dishes are combined with an impressive variety of wines.

Vive Mar

This restaurant is one one the jewels of the South Suburbs of Athens. With a menu inspired by the meditarreanean tradition, with evident italian inlfuence and an idyllic setting that is in harmony with the beach and the sea. The sensation resembles that of an exotic restuarant of an Aegean island.