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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
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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Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Dining on a budget

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  • 88
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great lunch

Enjoyed lunch very much. Authentic Greek food and good service with a friendly attitude. Not on the water, but obviously a "locals" choice.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
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Kansas City, MO
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Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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139 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Kansas City, MO
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31 reviews 31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

Enjoyed lunch very much. Authentic Greek food and good service with a friendly attitude. Not on the water, but obviously a "locals" choice.

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Villa Park, Illinois
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94 reviews 94 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Thanks to all the positive reviews on TA, we had an easier time with the extensive menu of Greek favorites. Family atmosphere with family running the show..Mama was on her feet in the kitchen the whole time. Started with Greek salads and chicken-lemon soup with no complaints. Octopus was served sliced, which was much more appealing to look at and... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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12 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I have eaten in a lot of the Tarpon Springs restaurants over the last 30 years. Most of the restaurants are tourist traps and you do not even see a local. I have never been to Mama Maria's before. I judge the Greek food by the Calamari and octopus, since it is from local waters. Mama's fried Calamari was very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Only place we go for gyros, lemon soup, calamaries, Greek salad and there greek beer..Everything Else looks great also.Chk them out...

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

This was some of the best Greak food I have had. We shared a small salad, an apitizer, and grilled Octopus and had plenty. The atmosphere was casual and the service wonderful. M

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Seven Hills, Ohio
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63 reviews 63 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

This is a restaurant that the locals go to. People don't realize its there because most tourists just go to the Tarpon Springs Docks. However by just by passing the docks about a mile down the road is Mama Maria's. This is home cooked Greek food. And let me tell you Mama still rules the kitchen. The portions are just... More 

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sussex
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139 reviews 139 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015 via mobile

From their very extensive menu. We are not experts in Greek cuisine but went on the reviews, and like the fact that it was away from the more touristy restaurants in the centre of town. We thoroughly enjoyed our lunchtime meal, we did over order, but as with most places they are happy to give you a 'doggy-box'. We wanted... More 

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Shorewood, Illinois
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174 reviews 174 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Mama Maria's is as authentic Greek cruisine as you can get without going to Greece. Everything I have had there has been great. I especially enjoy their grilled seafood. Yesterday I had the grilled octopus and calamari. Though the calamari ordered was a bit tough, but the octopus was tender and delicious! We also had a half carafe of their... More 

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Orillia, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

This restaurant is on Alt 19, not the main drag. It is not fancy, but if you are looking for the best greek food, friendly staff and good prices this is the place to go! We just stopped in here because we wanted to avoid the main drag and all the parking hassels the first time. We had their gyro... More 

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13 reviews 13 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

A family place with great cooking. All working are children or grand children of Mama. She comes by each day to make sure things are done right. Lamb shanks were delicious. The grilled snapper was very tasty. Price was excellent. Make sure and stop.

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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 1 - 20
  • Cuisine: Greek, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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