We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Reserve a table

Ratings and reviews

#409 of 2,297 Restaurants in Athens
RATINGS
Food
Service
Value
Atmosphere

Details

PRICE RANGE
$24 - $47
CUISINES
International, Greek, Wine Bar, Mediterranean, European
Reviews (675)
Filter reviews
325 results
Traveler rating
188
78
34
14
11
Traveler type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
More languages
Traveler rating
188
78
34
14
11
Show reviews that mention
All reviews risotto salad huge wine list proper wine different wines syntagma square sat at the bar good selection of wines greek wine red wine nice food plate sommelier greece heart euros
Selected filters
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
Reviewed August 24, 2020 via mobile

Nicely lit outside in the courtyard with a welcoming breeze after a hot day. French 40-50s music playing. I had two starters which were good and then the fillet steak for a main, which was superb! The waiter paired both the starters and main with...greek wine. All round superb.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Helpful?
Reviewed August 23, 2020

We were always fond of the by the glass wine bar and especially of its outside garden. Some recent experiences though were rather disappointing but last night was a very prominent one. We made a reservation to be on the safe side and upon arrival...we were shown to a small round table by the entries despite our clarification that we were coming for dinner. Bear in mind that there were other more comfy tables that remained empty for the duration of the night. Close to us there are at least two other couples sitting in larger tables and nursing one glass of wine (Yes, ONE glass of wine) for a good three hours. Our servers kept juggling plates, glasses, and utensils to make them fit on our quite obviously small table while the eagled-eyed owner was continually serving the premises never thought of moving us to a larger table. In the end, it become an exercise in geometry and we helped the innovations of the servers fully expecting that somebody will realize the stupidity of the exercise and offer to move us to another table, but to no avail. When we finished our full dinner, having emptied a full bottle of wine, we ordered two additional glasses. We saw, next to us, that they brought some freshly cut cucumbers and we asked whether we could have them as well to accompany our glasses of wine. Our server mumbled something about that being a private treat and refused to offer us the same. When pressed, he grudgingly agreed to inquire with “the authorities” but never came back with an answer. At bill time (and naturally no tip time) we asked the server about the faith of our request and he simply smiled at (laughed with ?) us and departed. The two (tasting) glasses of Muscat that they offered us gratis after we paid our bill did little to reduce our unhappiness with the way that our evening has passed. We left at midnight while the place was still at full and the owner expressed a do not care attitude to corona virus restrictions and started ordering free rounds of drinks to some kind of “celebs”. It’s bad that we left with a bad “aftertaste”.More

Date of visit: August 2020
Helpful?
Reviewed August 7, 2020

Excellent wine and food in the heart of Athens, join the locals.. Ideal for those late nights after work. Reserve a table!

Date of visit: June 2020
Helpful?
Reviewed July 8, 2020

This wine bar is beautifully decorated, and the atmosphere is quite relaxing, especially during a summer night. Unfortunately, what ruins the nice surrounding atmosphere is the staff's attitude and service. We were a group of 7 young people from different countries, and we felt unwanted...from the very beginning. Not surprisingly, the snob attitude of the staff was lifted when the latter was interacting with older customers or friends of the owner, be it Greeks or foreigners. Nobody really acknowledged us in the space. For example, we were waving our hands for 20 minutes to pay the bill (the place was not even that crowded). I had to get up and tell an employee that we really need to pay, and after he reassured me that the person in charge is coming, we waited for another 10 minutes for that to happen. In the end, the guy finally came as he was making us a favor. We were never asked if everything is alright as in the surrounding tables, but the staff members were above the heads of (more important, I suppose) other customers who also got their bill right away, long before we got ours. Having a good selection of wines, fancy dishes, and relaxing music is always great, but subtly discriminating over the customers is never worth it.More

Date of visit: July 2020
Helpful?1  
Reviewed March 13, 2020 via mobile

I visited this "wine bar" with a couple of friends. Surprisingly although advertised as a "wine bar" little advise can the personel offer about wines! Sadly no sommelier available! Apart from that the staff appeared snobbish and rude for no reason, the prices per bottle...outrageously expensive compared to other wine bars in the area. The food was tasty no matter the small portions. If one wants an experience with regard to good greek wines in combination with greek cuisine, avoid!More

Date of visit: March 2020
Helpful?1  
Reviewed February 17, 2020

Food was nothing special, and thus overpriced. Quatities were minimal, noone with normal appetite would feel satisfied. Atmosphere was nice

Date of visit: February 2020
Helpful?1  
Reviewed February 14, 2020

We were staying in the lovely hotel next door and decided to try this bar as we thought it was part of the hotel (it’s not) as you have to walk through the covered tabled area to get to the hotel reception. My mistake, which...we realised once inside and saw the pretentious menu, but by then we were already seated and hungry so decided to stay. What is not apparent from the menu is that you will be charged €5 per person just for sitting down. This came as a surprise extra added on to but not included in the bill. When questioned, a waiter with an attitude provided an extra receipt with CHEVICHE listed as the mystery item. Service charge? I’d like the option of paying this rather than it being demanded of me. The food was overpriced and not well prepared. The fish of the day turned out to be a small bowl of undercooked soup. The design is nice and relaxing jazz music helped, but the staff were sombre and a little snooty. On the whole disappointing, and I would not visit again.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Helpful?2  
Reviewed January 12, 2020

This is a very popular place and on a Saturday night was full to the brim with people still arriving to eat close to midnight. They even use a covered passage outside the main restaurant to serve food and wine with heat lamps to ward...off the cold. On the positives, they have a huge wine list and a knowledgeable sommelier, while the cheeses entrees were delightful. The bread was rather stale and the choice of spread will not be to everyone's taste. The main courses took a very long time to arrive (apparently there was a problem with the kitchen) and were average. The other main drawback is that the tables are very close to each other (maximising revenue) but create a lot of noise and difficulty when sitting and getting up to leave! When I brought these issues to the waiter (in general the staff was friendly and tried to be helpful) they said we should try it during the week when we would get a lot more satisfaction. Maybe I will....More

Date of visit: January 2020
Helpful?
Reviewed December 20, 2019 via mobile

Love this place! Excellent food, awesome wines, very polite employees, reasonable prices, relaxing music, what else could you ask for! Truly THE place to be!!!!

Date of visit: December 2019
Helpful?
Reviewed December 10, 2019

This is a very nice place for dinner or a drink in Athens. I was there on a Friday night and it is pretty crowded so either make a reservation or get there early and be prepared to sit at the bar. I sat at...the bar, which I enjoyed. The draw of the place is their vast wine selection, including many from Greece. The bartenders will help you out and are very helpful and friendly. I had three different kinds of Greek red wine and all were very good. I had a very nice steak for dinner that was done just as I ordered. All in all a very worthwhile dinner destination and also a great place to enjoy a good glass of wine.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Helpful?
View more reviews
Best nearby
Syntagma
Perhaps the best place to get your bearings is
Syntagma Square, crowned by the imposing Parliament
building on its upper side and surrounded by other
large structures, such as the exclusive Hotel Grande
Bretagne. The grand avenues that lead towards Omonia
are also full of massive Neoclassical edifices like
the Numismatic Museum and those around smaller Platia
Kolokotroni. Here you will find lots of travel agents,
...More
Best nearby hotelsSee all
InnAthens
647 reviews
.01 miles away
New Hotel
1,835 reviews
.03 miles away
Amalia Hotel
2,142 reviews
.06 miles away
Niki Athens Hotel
52 reviews
.07 miles away
Best nearby restaurantsSee all
Victory Cafe
557 reviews
.07 miles away
TARKA Indian Restaurant
256 reviews
.08 miles away
Avocado
2,431 reviews
.08 miles away
Brigante La Cucina del Quartiere
170 reviews
.05 miles away
Best nearby attractionsSee all
The Jewish Museum of Greece
176 reviews
.07 miles away
Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
1,253 reviews
.10 miles away
Sotira Lykodimou Church (Russian Church)
40 reviews
.02 miles away
St Paul's Anglican (Episcopal) Church
41 reviews
.05 miles away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from By The Glass wine bar & bistrot staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Submit
Posting guidelines
Is This Your Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Free Listing