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“Great place”
Review of Apollonia Lyra

Apollonia Lyra
Ranked #699 of 3,718 Restaurants in Athens
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Greek
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Plaka
London, United Kingdom
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173 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Great place”
Reviewed January 7, 2013

Food was quite good. Very nice owner/host. It's on a strip/staircase where there are several restaurants, so it can be a bit daunting to choose among them, but I would certainly recommend this one. One minus is that it's cash only - one of my pet peeves (and either not well advertised, or I missed it). Live minus after 10pm (it was a Saturday). Place was empty when we got there around 8pm, but full by 10pm.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank Russianoligarch
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51 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Stop here for amazing fish and greek salad!”
Reviewed October 5, 2012

We ate here on September 29 at the recommendation of our tour guide. What a great tip! Charming and casual restaurant in the Plaka with an out door inclinced "alley" connecting it to other similar cafes. We were hungry after a full day of walking so order a local white wine and beer, the fish platter for two, and a greek salad. We enjoyed both the wine and beer very much. The salad was huge and very fresh - cucumbers, tomatoes, kalamata olives, onions, and a large slice of herbed feta on top. The fish platter was amazing! All grilled and crispy...large prawns, calamari, octopus, small fish (herring?), and mussel cakes. It was more than enough and absolutely delicious. Make a point to try this restaurant on your visit to Athens.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank JMBrown
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Tamar Valley
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76 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“In search of Eden”
Reviewed October 2, 2012

Many years ago we ate nearly every night at the Eden on Flessous a cheap vegetarian restaurant with brilliant moussaka. We learned that it closed in awhile ago but reopened as Appolonia Lyra. We realized that we had a beer and soda in this cafe two weeks earlier when cruising around the Acropolis and were taken in by the lovely streetscape. Drinks get a bonus "crisps" free. Last evening we returned but after ordering realized it is a tapas bar. There are half a dozen all competing in this little stepped zone where all patrons are just drinking and nibbling tapas. While perfectly good as a tapas for young people it's not a great restaurant better food and value can be elsewhere eg on the corner of Flessous there is a family run place with historical frescos on their walls.

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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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400 reviews
222 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
“Great spot for local charm”
Reviewed September 30, 2012

This restaurant is in the plaka. We stopped (or were snagged) into this restaurant and found it very enchanting. The tables are on the stairs outside and the view is of the street. We ate the mousaka and the pististi with red wine. The food was good but we met some locals and they made the evening awesome. Good food, great atmosphere.

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank David E
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Richardson, Texas
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54 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Loved this place”
Reviewed July 15, 2012

We were in Greece for two weeks, and this place had the BEST Moussaka of anywhere we visited. And the beer is very cold. The location is the middle of the Plaka area of Athens within easy walking distance of the Acropolis. I recommend this cafe to anyone wanting to experience quintessentially European street dining.

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank Cargorilla
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