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Welcome to the oldest restaurant in Athens, the legendary "Vassilenas" restaurant, where the likes of Winston Churchill, Sophia Loren and many others have dined. After 96 years in our original location near the Pireaus port, in 2016 we moved to central Athens, close to the Hilton Hotel. Our captivating new "home", designed by acclaimed Greek architects Maria Kokkinou and Andreas Kourkoulas is ready to welcome you serving creative Greek cuisine with quality ingredients and using modern culinary techniques in a unique environment.
PRICE RANGE
$38 - $65
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
CUISINES
Seafood, Mediterranean, Greek, Healthy, Contemporary
FEATURES
Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Exceptional, very engaged young team, food was tasty and ample in portions, wine selected by the staff was excellent too. A trendy modern venue to match the cuisine!

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed March 5, 2020 via mobile

This is not a restaurant but a gourmet center. I have been there and I had one of the best menu ever. I know taste is different for everyone but I can say that Vassilenas is for everbodies taste. Try once and decide. Thanks to...More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 2, 2020

Wonderful food, the tuna tartar was amazing and all the food tasted was delicious. The best kitchen for sea food in Athens! P.S. the apple pie and the baklava as a dessert is a must

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed February 24, 2020

My friend and I had the degustation menue with the accompanying set of wines. Each meal was delicious, with a touch of personality. We loved the friendly staff and the overall warm atmosphere of the restaurant. I already plan on going back during my next...More

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Date of visit: January 2020
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THANASSIS_VASSILENAS, Owner at Vassilenas, responded to this reviewResponded February 26, 2020

Dear friend, thank you very much for your nice words! Please, do come back when you are in town again. You will certainly have new dishes to taste!

Reviewed February 23, 2020

We were staying at the Hilton and intended to eat at their Galaxy restaurant but this was suddenly closed for renovations which was a shame. Some friends who knew Athens recommended Vassilenas which is just round the corner from the hotel and what a good...More

Date of visit: February 2020
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THANASSIS_VASSILENAS, Owner at Vassilenas, responded to this reviewResponded February 26, 2020

On behalf of Harry and all our staff we wholeheartedly thank you and wish you the best! We would be delighted to see you again in one of your future visits.

Reviewed February 21, 2020

this was reccomended by the concierge at our hotel and turned out to be an inspired choice, we had the 7 course taster menu which was very seafood based and was outstanding, the service was also of the highest standard, would strongly reccomend

Date of visit: February 2020
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THANASSIS_VASSILENAS, Owner at Vassilenas, responded to this reviewResponded February 26, 2020

Thank you very much. We are becoming 100 years old this year and the set menu was one of the first innovative concepts this restaurant introduced to the Athenean gastronomic panorama back in the '30s! So, you dined on history!

Reviewed January 8, 2020

Ideal for a romantic dinner or even a professional meeting if you need to impress a guest or client. Very friendly people and excellent recipes. The salads look like works of art and the rest of the dishes are unpretentious and delicious.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 7, 2020 via mobile

Amazing food(taramosalata, fishsoup, kritharoto with seafood, desserts), excellent service, beautiful setting. We were a party of nine, we were all delighted, highly recommended.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 6, 2020

Great modern take on Greek Cuisine, service great, food tasty, great wine selection, great value. The decor was very appealing. We really enjoyed dinner at Vassilenas!

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 30, 2019 via mobile

Vasilena is a well known landmark for dining in Athens. I was never disappointed and this visit was no exception. The food was excellent (shrimp risotto and the best tarama in town), and the service perfect. I also like the overall atmosphere of the place...More

Date of visit: December 2019
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THANASSIS_VASSILENAS, Manager at Vassilenas, responded to this reviewResponded January 3, 2020

Thank you very much for your review. We wish you a happy new year and invite you to also visit our restaurant on a Sunday for casual lunch if you haven´t yet tried it. It´s a simpler mezze menu with many dishes to share in...More

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Response from Alex H | Reviewed this property |
Hi American Gourmet! Yes it is possible but only on Sunday 13.00-17.30 and it is better to reserve before at +30-210-4612457 in the terrace. Tomorrow at lunch time will be 26 degrees celsius in Piraeus. Enjoy it! Ciao and... More
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