Athens boasts a diverse food scene, including dynamic, top-notch gastronomic venues where you can experience fine dining imbued with creativity, innovation, and the freshest domestic ingredients. Here is Culture Trip’s guide to Athens’ Michelin-starred restaurants.
Courtesy of Varoulko Seaside Restaurant
Known as the prime seafood restaurant in Athens, Varoulko has been attracting gastronomes for years now. Chef Lefteris Lazarou offers a fixed-price menu for lunch and dinner, and the restaurant’s convenient location is fantastic – overlooking Mikrolimano Bay with its quaint fishing boats and yachts.
Located in a charming neoclassical house off the beaten track, two-starred Funky Gourmet offers three distinct menus with creative Mediterranean dishes, along with optional wine pairings. Dining at Funky Gourmet is a refined experience, stimulating all of your senses.
Botrini’s, Halandri Athens | Courtesy of Botrini's
A dream come true for Corfiot Italian chef Ettore Botrini, Botrini’s is a restaurant where passion and taste are the stars of the menu. Everything is creatively crafted to please the most demanding foodie and features dishes made with the freshest local ingredients. The family even produces most of the oils, wines, and salamis served in the restaurant.
With the motto ‘Bringing New Ideas To The Table,’ it is no surprise that Hytra is a force to be reckoned with on Athens’ food scene. Located on the 6th floor of the Onassis Culture Center, the restaurant features slick, modern décor and fine cuisine, and once the weather warms up, it moves to the 7th floor, offering an incredible view across Sygrou Avenue to the Acropolis, Lycabettus Hill, and the city skyline. Creating innovative Greek dishes, the restaurant has two menus: one with sophisticated dishes and one with simpler tastes, with both sharing local raw products and recipes.
Created in 1996, Spondi is located near the marble Panathenaic Stadium. Voted as the ‘Best Restaurant in Greece’ for 12 consecutive years, it was awarded its first Michelin star in 2002, thanks to Chef Arnaud Bignon. The second star followed in 2008. Now under Chef Aggelos Landos, the restaurant is still thriving and offers refined Mediterranean cuisine crafted with French cooking techniques and local, fresh ingredients. Paired with a simple elegance and sophistication, Spondi offers an excellent gastronomic experience in the heart of Athens.