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“... after the first visit to Dia Tayta, we came back for three more nights !” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Dia Tafta

Dia Tafta
Ranked #218 of 3,596 Restaurants in Athens
Price range: $16 - $24
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Greek
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Osnabrück, Niedersachsen, Germany
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“... after the first visit to Dia Tayta, we came back for three more nights !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

On my flight to Athens, a greek guy sitting next to me warned me not to eat in the quarter Monastiraki. Well, I did eat in Monastiraki, the most touristic place in Athens, in the tavern DIA TAYTA, and it turned out to be no mistake! ...

I spent four whole nights in a row in Dia Tayta, so probably I am not so objective with my critique, as I became friends with the owner Kostis and everybody else in this nice restaurant and bar. On the other hand, this also says quite a lot about this place - it is an extremely friendly place, with good clean food, very hospitable and personal service, and great live music.

They play traditional greek MUSIC, but more real stuff than in many other bars. If you stay long enough in the night, it might happen that the other bars have shut down, while here the music still goes on; and even gets better and better the later the night is! I cannot say if this happens all the time, and hope for the crew and owner that they get their sleep from time to time as well.

What is there to say about the FOOD? I had five different dishes while I was there, and I liked them all. I usually do not eat out - most of the times I am disappointed because I am a good cook (but not a professional) and could have done it better myself. But at Dia Tayta I was very happy with the food. The best dish certainly were the Dolmades, wineleafs with rice and minced meat in it, very spicy, hot, with lemon. Great! I also had two interesting vegetarian dishes (eggplant with cooked onions and tomato was real good), and a chicken leg cooked with fennel, carrot and potato in the oven. BUT could it have been even better? Of course it could have, it always can. The owner Kostis asked me how the Moussaka was - one of the most classic dishes from Hellas. My response was, well, very good preparation, but not so - savy as the others - I hesitated. So Kostis said, you're right, it is a bit flat. Looking like something has to be done about it. So that is what I think of their kitchen: Even though it is already very good, they are always trying to improve. Looking forward for the next time to eat Moussaka here.

Another thing: You'll always get instantly fresh, ice-cooled WATER; which is like the best thing to have in Athens.

Another thing: Do you usually experience it as a nuisance, that at many restaurants a whole alley of waiters is standing in your way and tries to force you in to have a seat? I hate it. In Dia Tayta, you will not find this! Their policy is absolutely not to do this. So if they do not immediately jump on you when you are in front of the restaurant and show a sign of interest, that is POLITENESS from their part. As soon as you sit down, or ask for something, they are the most friendly people you will find.

So a last word is: I think this place is excellent. But I have to qualify a bit. It is not a gourmet restaurant. It serves interesting, clean and tasty, but simple dishes, no fancy stuff, that is, REAL FOOD. Put it in relation to the price, and you have a great deal. I think this is an honest mixture and lets you enjoy the stay - I ABSOLUTELY RECOMMEND TO GO THERE. Enjoy, and be a nice guest yourself!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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37 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Good food, but...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2013 via mobile

The food is totally worth the prices. Had the medium sized mixed-grill which was more than enough for the two of us. And the taste was great. Nothing was cold or bland as indicated in some other reviews.
A couple of draw backs... The food took a while to arrive. A bit too long. And the service was slow / unreliable. It took 10 minutes after seating to order, and even though we both ordered diet coke / coke light (said it both ways to be sure), we both got Coke. Small thing but a bit annoying. The waiter himself seemed distracted and was generally unfriendly, but not rude.

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New York City, New York
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124 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Lovely place right near the Agora”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013

We stopped here on Rick Steve's recommendation and we were glad we did. There was lots of outdoor seating, in the shade, on a pedestrian-only street. They provided cold tap water (much appreciated after being on the islands and constantly having to buy water), delicious bread and olives to start, and the salads we ordered were fresh, filling, and tasty. We stayed for a while resting our feet and enjoying the pleasant atmosphere. A great place for a meal or just to get a drink and relax.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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syria
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“good authentic greek food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2013

located in the middle of famous adrianou street, a street packed with lot of restaurants, which look all good and loaded with tourists.
i chose this restaurant because it was the only place which waiters did not call me to come inside and try..!! however, they started doing this later as all athers do.
my outdoor table was nice, the waiter was also attentive , speaks a good english.
i tried greek salad, zucchini fried sticks and oven grilled sardins (their day special) which were all good , fresh and well presented.
i had a glass of raki and a glass of ouzo.. enjoyed a lot.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Miami
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“Great greek food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2013

I liked it very much. A good place to eat in Athens in a nice part of Plaka. I loved the yogurt with honey and nuts that they gave me us at the end of my lunch.

Visited June 2013
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