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The restaurant is a perfectly restored villa from the early years of the previous century. The decor strikes the perfect balance between luxury and ambience, creating an atmosphere which is quite formal but still unpretentious, cozy and elegant. The restaurant's creative cuisine has been awarded many times and promises to impress you with a brilliant parade of re-synthesized Greek cuisine The chef Gikas Xenakis is one of the best proponents of the New Greek Cuisine movement which now attracts the most talented chefs in Greece. His philosophy is one that combines a calm but confident control of the modern cooking techniques with his memories of traditional home food cooked with the best and freshest
PRICE RANGE
$44 - $52
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Late Night
CUISINES
Greek, Mediterranean, European
FEATURES
Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Valet Parking, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Aleria was one of the restaurants I was most excited about dining at during a recent stay in Athens. When the Mr. suddenly got sick, I made a decision to go ahead and keep the reservation. It's not often I dine alone, and never at...such an romantic restaurant. However, the staff couldn't have been nicer and made me feel at ease as a solo diner from the minute I walked into the lovely space. I was seated outdoors in the beautiful courtyard and decided to 'go for it'. I chose the six course option from the Earth & Sea section and added the wine pairings. Every course was not only beautifully presented, but also delicious. The service I received was outstanding, on every level. I'm so happy, I didn't allow 'fear' to keep me from dining alone in this amazing restaurant. Had I done so, I would have missed something very special.More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Greek local ingredients in inventive and modern cuisine. Execution is masterpiece of technique and creativity. Through the menu (6 courses) is a ramp In taste and balance. The highly tweeted Greek salad « tomato » is a delight for the eye and palet , refreshing , and...defined. The crab is fragrant, perfectly balanced with the cold fennel. Tartare “meatball” , herby, fresh, texture with crispy vermicelle of potatoes with little jelly ouzo cube which explode in your mouth. Seabass : a masterpiece. Perfectly cooked of course, chard /bletta just out of this world ! light delicate creamy sauce. Lamb slow cooked at least 16h and seared for a crispy finish with jus ,smooth eggplants two strong flavors for a perfect combination. Fig Dessert: Different texture and taste for an ideal finish. Special mention for the sommelier: the wine pairing selection is Remarkable : all Greek wines - mainland or islands - association were spot on for every single course. Enchanting atmosphere in the garden, excellent service : discrete but anticipate all your needs beginning to end Sum up : excellence in plate, and Top service - definitely Michelin levelMore

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I had the wine pairing meals. The service, ambiance, food and wines were all wonderful. Alaria will be a given on every trip to Athens

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Four of us had dinner in the enclosed outdoor courtyard of this fine dining restaurant. Omni did vegetarian tasting menu, two did vegan tasting menu and the fourth did land and sea tasting menu. Two of us did wine pairing with local Greek wines. Each...and every dish was amazing. Our 6 course meals took over four hours and time seemed to fly by. This was truly a great fine dining experience.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Some of the best food I have had in a long time. I am gluten free and they are extremely accommodating and I did not miss out on anything that my husband was eating (non-gf). They even had an amazing gluten free desert for me...that was NOT fruit (most restaurants in Greece definitely do NOT have gf desert so you will be stuck with fruit most places).More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I really wanted to love this restaurant, but it just quite didn't meet up to what it was trying so hard to be. First the high notes: the garden location is exquisite and the staff is really friendly... everyone just really busy trying to create...a wonderful experience. As such, the experience started off wonderfully at our 7PM seating. We ordered cocktails and ordered the 5 course traditional tasting menu, since this is really what they're creating, a tasting experience. There are 2 menus with the choice of 4, 5 or 6 dishes, one traditional menu and one which is more vegetarian. By the time we got to our third course which was a "meatball", what came out was literally meat "ball" of beef tartare. OK, not what we expected since I despise beef tartare (the menu did not specify tartar and they admitted it). Not their fault and unfortunate, but it's how they interacted with me after that merited 3 stars perhaps less. They simply ignored my not wanting this course. The maitre didn't address it, etc. They just overlooked it and then we never saw our original waiter, just the server brnging out the next courses. I think they tired to comp it with a cheese dish, but we weren't sure what was going on anymore - they just stopped the wonderful service that was happening prior to that little bump. Anyhow 2 hours later, as we were just trying to end this discomfort, the whole experience just became overbearing and the food in the end, for a €200 dinner for 2 in Athens, did not measure up to places like Ithaki and others at the "haute cuisine" level in Athens. WE REALLY WANTED TO LOVE THIS PLACE BUT IT WASN"T TO BE 😓More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Truly one of the best meals of our lives, sqarely in our top 5 dinner experiences... whats sad is this place doesnt have the formal recognition yet that it dessrves. It definitely merits a star, Michelin. From service, to food, to wine pairings, to ambiance,...it was truly a magical evening. Their courtyard transports you. The food was whimsy and purposeful. The sommelier was so detailed in describing the wines, which were all excellent Greek selections. We hope to return!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Covid-19 lockdowns meant that it took us a full year of anticipation to return to this restaurant. Despite our high expectations, our second visit was so unremarkable, that I would have not bothered leaving a review here. However, as our first experience had prompted me...to write a raving assessment, I was morally obliged to set my own record straight. Twelve months on, the menu is identical to the point of incredulity. Clearly we had already seen the best the chef had to offer and now he was about to repeat himself. We again ordered the full six courses to give the chef the chance to showcase his food - but this time we felt it was misjudged: perhaps it was due to the heatwave, but I found the fish and meat courses too heavy and several hours later, our bodies still felt it. By the way, not all tables are equally ventilated and I felt so unpleasantly hot that I had to get up and stand for 5 minutes - not that anyone asked if everything was alright. Last year, Covid restrictions were stricter or people more cautious, so the restaurant had been half-empty; this year it was full and in my opinion the quality of the food suffered as a result. Each dish looked good and certainly a great deal of fuss was made by way of explanation - but it didn’t taste as freshly prepared. The wine pairing was designed to showcase the most basic of Greek wine varieties to tourists. In fact, sadly this is how I would describe Aleria’s current efforts: a bit of a posh tourist trap. A pity for the chef as it had seemed to us that he was capable of bigger things; a pity for our family too, because we came here to celebrate a very special occasion and we left very disappointed. (By the way, no-one asked what exactly was the occasion or gave any congratulations despite asking me to state on the booking form whether we were celebrating a special occasion.) And the coup de grace: as we were ending our meal and were about to ask for the bill, one of us wanted a glass of water. We asked for a glass of tap water and the Olivia Colman lookalike waitress said they didn’t recommend it. Without asking if it would be alright with us, she hurriedly opened a new bottle of water. I was so surprised by the comment, I had to ask “why are you saying that, out of curiosity?” Her manner was curt and disrespectful “because tap water makes you sick. Have you never been sick from tap water?” When I said “not in Athens, no”, her answer was “well we are not the kind of establishment that offers tap water”, turning her back to us and walking away. Seriously? What had just happened there? Is their water really unsafe and if so, do they also cook with filtered water? Has the restaurant been reduced to the silly taverna tricks of scaremongering in order to increase consumption? But we spent €500 on this meal - including on 3 bottles of sparkling water. Whatever the answer, we are done with Aleria, we feel that, rudeness aside, the quality of the food did not warrant a return visit.More

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed August 11, 2021

I've been to Aleria 3 times now over several years, the last visit occuring on July 16 2021. This is one of the finest restaurants in the world - I would absolutely compare it to destination restaurants such as the French Laundry, Alinea, or the...Inn at Little Washington. The food is exceptional, every course well thought out and prepared perfectly. The front of house staff is great, warm and always nearby without hovering. The wine parings are phenomenal - the last time I dined there the wine pairings were 100% Greek - and they were all fantastic. The atmosphere in the courtyard dining area is also relaxing and pleasant, a nice oasis in the heat of Athens. If you are headed to Athens, do not miss Aleria. This is one of the finest restaurants you will dine in.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed August 6, 2021

A remarkable restaurant in Athens : every facet was close to perfection : a warm and thoughtfull service. A nice choice of menu : earth&sea or vegetarian, from 4 to 6 courses and associated wine pairing. Most importantly, each course was original, with a clear...intent and technical mastering from the chef : operating at Michelin one star from my perspective. A tip of hat to apricot tarte. To cap that, very interesting greek wine propositions. We will come back for sure when we will stop again in AthensMore

Date of visit: August 2021
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5