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“average, if not poor”
Review of Aleria

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Ranked #5 of 2,525 Restaurants in Athens
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $44 - $52
Cuisines: Greek
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: 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 ingredients that the sea and land of Greece offers. At Aleria you will enjoy Greek fine dining in wonderful surroundings in what is considered as one of the best value for money restaurants.
Reviewed July 1, 2013

Nothing special.

I tried Aleria with my boyfriend on May. The dishes were beautifully presented with catchy ingredient combination, yet the taste was not the expected. As for the prices, they do not match the quality/creativity of the restaurant. It has nothing picky. I'd prefer to pay the same amount of money or a little more and eat @Vezene where the whole experience is exceptionally professional. If you're in a rush to find a restaurant, you'd better eat a sandwich at home or make your money worth.

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Reviewed May 24, 2013

It was to be our final evening in Greece and, after a month travelling through 3 Greek islands and eating lots of good but traditional Greek fare, we were looking for a special night out and the experience of some cutting-edge modern Greek food. Aleria, its lovely courtyard and excellent food, more than satisfied both these objectives. What we didn't expect, though, was the reasonable bill. According to the owner, Niki, who looked after us attentively throughout the evening, Aleria prides itself on producing an innovative menu, but one that retains close links with traditional Greek cooking. With our enthusiastic approval, he brought us a series of beautifully presented but smaller 'tasting' dishes from the Starters course through to desserts. Each new dish was presented to us with obvious pride and an explanation of its origins in Greek culinary tradition. He even brought us matching wine, when the dish demanded it! A truly wonderful evening. But, having strayed so far from the conventional a la carte, you can imagine how surprised we were to receive a reasonable bill for all this. Do travel to Aleria by taxi, though. The neighbourhood is pretty rough. We were escorted from our taxi both into and out of the restaurant on the evening we visited.

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1  Thank Trish09_7
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Reviewed May 16, 2013

This restaurant is beautiful but the street is pretty rough, we thought we'd got the wrong place until we came across it. But this is a true diamond in the rough. The waitress was amazing and gave brilliant advice about the menu.

This food would be treble the price in London, it is top quality food. The Margaritsa soup is a true wonder as mentioned in other reviews, best soup I've ever had. I also had the beef cheeks, something that you do not see too often and it was a really unique experience where food is concerned.

Couldn't recommend this place enough.

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2  Thank stephen m
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Reviewed May 9, 2013

We had a girls night out and we chose the best restaurant in Athens!! Food was perfect, atmosphere was really warm and the service was quite good! I highly recommend it, if you want to eat great food for reasonable prices !!!!

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2  Thank eleni f
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Reviewed April 23, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I were looking for a special meal for our last night of a month of travels. We eat out a lot at home and enjoy good food. We choose Aleria because of location (NOT at the Acropolis) and reviews on TripAdvisor. I had the fig salad- delicious and larger than this major salad eater could eat, my husband had cuttlefish risotto to start- loved it. For main course we had Beef Cheeks and Lamb Shank-both amazing! Service was excellent and professional. Building and decor inviting and stylish- we were sorry to be too early in the year for outside garden- it is beautiful and serene. Because it was a Monday night and slow we had a very interesting conversation with owner Nikiforos after our meal. Whole experience was perfect. Highly reccomended!

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