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“Come for the food, stay for the excellent service!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Makalo

Ranked #29 of 3,652 Restaurants in Athens
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $11
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Greek
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Syntagma
Description: Food and drink suggestions based on seasonal products, with the best value for quality. Classic cocktails made with a twist combined with imaginative dishes, like a Bloody Mary with red peppers from Florina and sumac, which supplements a hot chickpea salad,with sun-dried tomato, fresh basil and smoked pork tenderloin. The best choice for a lunch break or to start your night out.
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Come for the food, stay for the excellent service!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2013

We visited Makalo after reading the tripadvisor reviews and we weren't disappointed. Situated only a 5 minute walk from the Agora and in a nice little side street, we were waited on by the friendliest wait staff we have encountered in our Europe trip. The food was modern without letting go of traditional Greek cuisine, and much cheaper than expected. Facilities were impeccably clean and cafe design was very eye catching, as well as being comfortable in the shade out the front of the building. We'll definitely be going back again.

  • Visited July 2013
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1 Thank Hugo G
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“Good food, friendly staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2013

I am writing this report while i have lunch at this lovely spot! The food is delicious, the service excellent and i definitely recommend it for a fast break in the center of Athens!

  • Visited June 2013
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2 Thank aqualized
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2013

We visited Makalo as it was close to our hotel and it was recommened quite highly on Trip Advisor and we werent dissapointed. The gentleman thast served us, I'm not sure if he was the owner or not, but he was very funny and very friendly and although he thought his English was terrible it wasn't. He told us the restaurant was quite new and so the menu's were written in pen by hand on some A4 sheets of paper, which we thought was quite cute anyway. Once we'd ordered he bought us some fresh orange juice and a special fresh lemonade recipe in which he used cardomom seeds and put them in the top of the glass which gave so much depth to the drink it was fantastic. He then came and said that the food was a little late because of something to do with the burger my partner had order although we hadn't noticed at all, nevertheless he took the cost of my partners drink off the bill! This was unnessisary but a very sweet gesture. The food when it came was amazing. I had a four cheese lasagne which was so creamy and my partner said the burger he had was the best meal he'd had the whole trip!

The decor is also worth a mention as it's quirky and cute and the specials are written on a chalkboard outside with different coloured chalk.

Although this place is new I'm sure it will quickly become one of the most popular places to eat and drink in the city centre. The best thing about it was that the locals love it too!

Visited June 2013
1 Thank Lawsbloke
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Best value for money. Great food, excellent beverages, lovely people!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2013

It was Saturday night n as we were going down from our promenade in plaka area we step in to makalo at nikis str. We heard nice music n we saw a movie on the wall. We tried the special menu which was delicious n the Greek style cocktails, they were a unique experience! Definitely visit again!

  • Visited May 2013
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3 Thank StansView
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“Very tasty, creative, healthy and inexpensive in Athens centre”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2013

Very creative, very yummy and prepared with top quality ingredients (by the way, there is a healthshop/bio supermarket just across the Street!). And so very inexpensive concerning the quality of the food! The staff was very friendly (and funny!). The Street Makalo is in, is not very attractive, but ok. Very close to the Syntagma station and Plaka.

  • Visited May 2013
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1 Thank aloha17411
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