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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 2014
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: Breakfast/Brunch, 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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English first
St. Petersburg, Florida
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Trip advisor you nailed it, this place was amazing for the good to the ambiance. Great staff and amazing food! Large portions and a great price, can't wait to go back

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Tampa, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

My wife and I have dined here several times. Mama Maria's is a family-owned Greek restaurant located away from the touristy area along the sponge docks. It's only a couple of blocks away, but you have to look for it to locate it. Not only is the food the best we have experienced in Tarpon Springs, but the restaurant has... More

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North Central Florida
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44 reviews 44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Made the choice to go to the "Original Mama Maria's" (not to be confused with the other Mama's at the docks--not affiliated). Great salad and Calamari (fried, as it should be). Wonderful food, good service, and clean and lively atmosphere. We were there on a Sat. nIght, with live music. Portions were so large, my husband and I wished we... More

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Bellefontaine
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

. We went there based on Tripadvisor reviews. This restaurant is easy to find, on alt 19. In Tarpon Springs. We tried the spinach pie and the Hummus. Both were very good. I was disappointed in the grilled Grouper. I thought it was slightly dry and rather bland. My daughter had a vegetable pasta dish that was very good. The... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The food was one of my favorite experiences of our whole Family vacation. The food was great !! as well as the service and atmosphere . This is an establishment that the owners still take " great pride " in Operating. We will be back.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Accommodated our family of 22 during a recent family reunion. Food was fantastic, service was great, extremely welcoming!

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Denver, Colorado
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We decided to go to Mama's based on a local's recommendation and were not disappointed. This food was delicious and our waitress was very fun, lively and prompt. This was easily some of the best Greek food I've ever had. I got the lamb chops and they were cooked and seasoned to perfection. The cheese appetizer and salads were also... More

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Lady Lake, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

My wife and I went for lunch on Sunday. I ordered the Islander's feast which was octopus, kalamari, and smelts all of which were close to perfect. My wife ordered charbroiled snapper. The waitress asked my wife how she liked the snapper and my wife said it was a little too grilled tasting. The owner immediately came to our table... More

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

There greek salad is fresh n there calamari is good.. gyro are delicious and I love there lemon soup. My wife n I enjoy going there and on Saturday nights there's music...Great place to wind down after long day.. Great service, very attentive..Oh yes and MAMA still in the kitchen.. God bless her..

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Miami
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We stopped at Mama Maria's for lunch and must say that is is one of the best Greek food that we've tasted. The tzatziki was fresh and delicious with fresh pita bread. We shared some saganaki (fried cheese) that melted in our mouth. Everyone had the gyros and raved about it's robust flavors. I ordered the lamp chops, a perfect... More

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