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The Original Mama Maria's Greek Cuisine

503 N. Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
727-934-5678
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Greek, Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Family owned and operated since 1978. Our Mama "Mama Maria" still does the cooking. Truly were all the locals, Greek and Non-Greeks, come for fresh Greek and seafood specialties. Spacious main dining room seats 100. Full view open kitchen. Separate enclosed climate controlled patio for private parties of 40-60. Full bar and beer and wine available. Plenty of on-site free parking. Two blocks south of the historic Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs, Fl. Reservations for parties of 5 or more are highly recommended.
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Rotonda West, Florida
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

We love to visit Tarpon Springs. Mama Maria's is the place where locals go to eat! The food is delicious and there is a variety for everyone's palate! Full bar, They have Margirita and Sangria specials too! Meals are served with complimentary bread and herbed olive oil. Excellant desserts! Yum! Coupons are found in the boutique court being handed out... More

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Palm Harbor
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51 reviews 51 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Excellent food and VERY friendly service. I took my wives grandparents here as they have never eaten Greek food in their lives. We ordered two Greek Sampler platters to try a little of everything and the three of us ordered Grilled Octopus, A greek salad with Gyro meat and a Grilled Hog Snapper that is speared by hand - not... More

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Orlando, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Tarpon Springs has many good greek places and I would have to say that this one is a tourist trap. Food is fine, service is ok but nothing special. Pricing is a little high and it is not like you can't get this at anytown USA. Up the street the Mr. Souvlaki is much better, friendlier service, costs about 20%... More

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Michigan
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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Several lunch specials, less than $ 10.00 includes bread, drink and dessert. Grouper sandwich , gyro sandwich and chicken souvlaki are our favorites. Specials are on till 4:00 pm.

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Huntington Station, New York, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Nice place, clean. But food was Ok. chicken souvlaki was great, horiatiki salad was good. Gyro meat was good. Yogurt sauce can be a lot better. Quite bland. Saganaki was good, but I am used to it with pita and tomato - plain, its good, but just a triangle of fried cheese. Service was ok - not great, not bad.... More

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Syracuse, NY
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116 reviews 116 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

On a recent visit to Tarpon Springs, we enjoyed a delicious Greek lunch at Mama Maria's. I had the Greek salad which included beets and Greek style potato salad--very filling. My sister-in-law enjoyed her favorite--the grilled octopus, served with a salad and Greek style lima beans. The waitress, Melina, was friendly and attentive. The setting of the restaurant is like... More

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The Villages, Florida
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4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

We weren't expecting much when we stopped at this restaurant on a Saturday night, but Mama Maria's turned out to be a find. One of the owners greeted us when we entered, and since we didn't know a great deal about Greek food, he recommended a combo plate of dolmades, a cabbage roll, and Greek potatoes with an egg lemon... More

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47 reviews 47 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

This is a great restaurant, family owned an operated with delicious and authentic Greek food. The family came to America is 1959 from Kalymnos. Sponge divers from Kalymnos started the industry in Tarpon Springs. Warm greeting upon entering, good service. I had hog snapper, a fish with delicate white flesh. It was on the specials board and when I asked... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Food was bland tasting . Service was the worst!!! I have been there 3 times and this is our last . Place needs a clean sweep. I would be dining elsewhere. Get rid of that Nasty waitress.

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Pompano Beach, FL
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Absolutely wonderful! Excellent service. Fish options unexpected and tasted wonderful - even grouper which is sometimes hard to find.

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