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“Eat like a Greek!”
Review of To Steki Tou Ilia

To Steki Tou Ilia
Ranked #288 of 2,573 Restaurants in Athens
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Greek
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed July 8, 2013

We travel a lot. Wherever we go we try to find places that the locals eat. The hidden gems that serve the best of what the area has to offer. While in Athens we had some good meals. We ate at a Michelin starred hotspot, a nice cafe, To Steki To llia was bar far the best food and the best dining experience.

The dining area is set in a garden off a quiet residential street in Thisio. It is a refreshing break from the hustle of Downtown Athens. As we dined the garden filled with local families looking to enjoy a late dinner and lively conversation. Great atmosphere!

We ate fried peppers (deliciously sweet and smokey). Saganaki, steamed courgettes. All really good. This was followed by excellent grilled sausage and pork loin. The star of the show however was the grilled lamb. Succulent grilled lamb chops cooked to smokey perfection. They are marinated in olive oil, lemon juice and herbs then grilled and served piping hot on a large platter. This is Athens! This is exactly what we were hoping for! Perfect with a carafe of 3 of the house red. (Don't forget the tzatziki - the best we have ever had! Or the golden fried potatoes).

The waiters were friendly and helpful. From suggestions on the menu, to arranging a taxi for our departure. Our kind host even put our wine "on the house" and picked up the tab for our children's drinks for good measure. Cannot say enough about their hospitality.

So, in short, if you are looking for a view, or a Michelin Star, look elsewhere. If you want delicious food amongst friendly people and to feel, just for that fleeting moment, that you too are one of the locals - go here!

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Thank Troq40
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Reviewed May 19, 2013 via mobile

Come here for the chops, have a cold beer....a 'Fix' and leave feeling well fed, watered and satisfied for around 12€ a head.

It's off the beaten path, nice for lunch.

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Thank Ralcolm
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Reviewed March 27, 2013 via mobile

Some of the best lamb chops in athens. Lots of greasy smoke if you sit inside. Can get busy in weekends

1  Thank JoseKarelas
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Reviewed January 10, 2013

Nice atmosphere, especially when the weather permits to sit outside. They only serve grilled meat (and if they serve anything else, stick with the grilled meat). It's really tasty. Service not up to standards. But this is the perfect ending to a Sunday morning tour of the historical sites of Athens. (Btw I'm a local)

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Thank AK_akanel
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

My wife and I had a wonderful Sunday lunch here once we found it. They're only open 12:30 to 5:30 Sundays (and closed Mondays). We ate at the Eptachalkou location, so I can't comment on the Thessalonikis location, but we had a wonderful experience in the garden serving area. It seemed to us that many families had come after church, so the atmosphere was warm and the setting lovely. The grilled lamb chops were delicious and succulent, and the tzatziki was the best we've had in Athens. I'm sure dining here would always be pleasant, but I was very happy we went on Sunday afternoon.

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1  Thank Donald W
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