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The Original Mama Maria's Greek Cuisine

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503 N. Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
727-934-5678
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Hours:
Sun - Mon 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wed - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Dessert, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout
Description: Family owned and operated since 1978. Our Mama "Mama Maria" still does...
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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  • 98
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  • 41
    Very good
  • 12
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  • 5
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Greek Food

Stopped at Mama's for lunch on our recent visit to Tarpon Springs. Portions are huge, so you get good value for your money. Charbroiled octopus was excellent, as was the sampler platter with octopus, calamari and smelt. Suggest ordering the sampler appetizer platter and a side of fries. Big enough... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 6, 2015
lvs_dgs
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Kearney, Missouri, United States
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Doing business
  • Large groups
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Ruskin, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We just did not like the food. We offered to pay our full bill but the server discounted my wife's Entrée. Will not go there again.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We are big fans of Greek food and the Mediterranean diet and thus were excited to try food. Unfortunately after driving an extra 40 minutes for dinner, we probably should have stayed by our hotel near the airport. I have always heard folks talk about Tarpon Springs and the Greek population there so I wanted to give it a shot.... More 

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Kearney, Missouri, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Stopped at Mama's for lunch on our recent visit to Tarpon Springs. Portions are huge, so you get good value for your money. Charbroiled octopus was excellent, as was the sampler platter with octopus, calamari and smelt. Suggest ordering the sampler appetizer platter and a side of fries. Big enough for two to share, and maybe even three!

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

We live here, but always have a nice time taking family to the Sponge Docks for a leisurely stroll and a look at local history. Tried Mama's for the grilled octopus, and while not quite what we had in Santorini, it was tender and very good.

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Tampa, Florida
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

This is the second time this month that I come to Tarpon Springs at Mama's for their lunch special. Had a Greek salad with just the right amount of potato salad at the bottom. Their spinach pie " Spanakopita" is large, delicious, they added free desert. The background Greek music along with sitting on the outside terrace, was very relaxing.... More 

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Tarpon Springs, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

I am working in Tarpon Springs selling a new manufactured home community. This is my go to after a long week and to grab a greek salad. Nice folks. All the entrees looked filling. Stop in after you buy a new home from me. The Meadows off Anclote Blvd. Best value.

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San Francisco
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 via mobile

We all had a lunch special and there were many dishes or sandwiches to choose from for about $10. The starter Greek salad was very generous and delicious with just the right amount of feta and Greek olives. My grouper sandwich was fresh and quite delicious. Casual atmosphere with nice people and great food! This is where the real Greeks... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Fantastic food, great service. Price is reasonable. The best Greek Salad I have ever eaten. The roasted potatoes were amazing. I have found this to be a restaurant worth the drive from Orlando to visit.

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Springfield, Massachusetts
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78 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We tried out Mama Maria's for lunch. The food was very good. My wife and I enjoy Giros and we found it the best giro we have ever had. The one negative was our server. She was friendly but we were done with our meal by the time she came back. I noticed that this is not the case with... More 

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Lauderhill, Florida
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116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Mama Maria's is not at the docks, so it's easy to miss, but don't! The menu is large, and everything we had was special--nothing just cookie-cutter style like any number of Greek places. Their special that night was Octopus Kefthedes, which were light and delicious! The mezes are all delicious, and the sampler platter was just perfect. Portions are generous,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 503 N. Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tarpon Springs
  • Phone Number: 727-934-5678

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Greek

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Doing business, Large groups

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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