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“Where the locals go” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Original Mama Maria's Greek Cuisine

The Original Mama Maria's Greek Cuisine
503 N. Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
727-934-5678
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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.
Arvada, Colorado
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Where the locals go”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013

Annie sent us...from the 1910 Inn...saying this is where the locals eat. We went on a Sunday evening, and that certainly seemed true. The food was good, and the saganaki delicious. Service was somewhat lackluster, but no real complaints. I'm not sure I'd choose this over the combination of food and atmosphere at Dimitris or Mykanos, but it is well worth visiting.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Atlanta, Georgia
Top Contributor
339 reviews 339 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 166 cities Reviews in 166 cities
319 helpful votes 319 helpful votes
“2.5 star Disappointing - Especially after reading the reviews”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

Maybe it is just their lunches and the dinners are better, but, I found both the service to be poor and the food just average. I ordered the lunch special, which was a fish sandwich and salad (see photos) and found the sandwich and Greek salad to be "run of the mill". - nothing special. I added a side of fry and the bill came to a bit under $15. The service, when it came, was slow. I was basically left unattended until I went looking for the bill. I left 'Mama's' wishing it would have been better.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Wesley Chapel
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24 reviews 24 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“You can't go wrong here”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

I usually find Saganaki (the famous flaming cheese) to be very salty and stringy. I enjoyed it here. The dolmades are great, the tzatziki (Sp?) is great and authentic, the lamb chops are wonderful, and so is the leg of lamb. My daughter loved the grilled octopus, my husband and other daughter liked the gyro's and my group enjoyed the Greek style shrimp. The Avgolemono soup was good, and two other members of our group loved the Greek salad. Service was polite and attentive. This is my new favorite place in Tarpon.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dunedin, Florida
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90 reviews 90 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Fantastic Greek Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

"The Original Mama Maria Maria's Greek Cuisine" is a mouthful to say but you'll want a mouthful of their food. True Greek dishes and wonderful seafood are our favorites. The service is pleasant, perhaps a little kinder to regulars than to tourists but that's okay. The atmosphere is standard casual. Don't confuse this establishment with "Mama's Greek" (although also good), this is the original and the best.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Creal Springs, Illinois
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79 reviews 79 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Best Greek Food Ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

This place is great! the people are wonderful. The food is to DIE for. Love Love Love the greek salad Must get the potatoe salad stuff in the bottom Yumo! Don't forget to go buy cheese down the street at the OLD Greek grocery store. Oh my what a treat. Going back this June can't wait to see my greek friends. Sundays they have belly dancers they are great also

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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