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“Only just short of Michelin star standard...”
Review of Aleria

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Wed, 6/26
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Ranked #19 of 3,033 Restaurants in Athens
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $44 - $52
Cuisines: Greek
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Kerameikos
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 May 20, 2019 via mobile

Set in an elegant yet comfortable dining room, we had the seven course tasting menu II with accompanying wine flight.

The service was excellent from the moment we arrived, friendly and attentive but not intrusive. Each dish had obviously been developed carefully over time and was very well balanced over the courses. The wine flight was all Greek, which was a welcome experience and was just as enjoyable as any mixture from around the world. The menu was adapted to accommodate our (quite fussy!) dietary requirements without any apparent problem.

We say that this just fell short of Michelin star standard for a couple of reasons. First, the adapted fish dish that we were served was a piece of John Dory that was cooked to perfection with crispy skin; however it was accompanied by a simple green salad, which we felt could have been a little more creative. Second, overall, the intensity of flavours and general feel of the dishes was just that little bit less than the exceptional standard that would justify a star.

These are, though, minor (hopefully constructive) criticisms and we thoroughly enjoyed the meal, the drinks and the whole dining experience.

Date of visit: May 2019
1  Thank RobC111_M
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Reviewed May 18, 2019

As a food lover, fine dinning is on top shelf; this restaurant meets all the requirements for a Michelin star place, as it combines with harmony, service, atmosphere and food. Flavors are amazing and an exceptional menu has been created that will satisfy every customer.

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed May 14, 2019

Over our 9-day stay in Athens, my husband and I tried to visit as many fine-dining places that we could, and took a taxi to the slightly-off-the-beaten-path neighborhood of Psyri to celebrate his birthday at Aleria with the seven course Tasting Menu 2, with wine pairings.
The space is gorgeous and eclectic, with touches of old-world glamour. Service was graceful and warm, and perfectly paced. The cuisine was balanced, inventive, and showed a great deal of technical skill. The plating and wine pairings were sublime!
Of the dishes Chef served us, we felt the Hortopita and the Ash Baked Potato were certainly Michelin-star worthy. Overall this restaurant is very close to Michelin standard - and is totally worth a night out - make the trip!

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed May 8, 2019

The ambiance is nice, the service very good although a little pretentious, but the food is DELICIOUS! I had dinner twice and it was both times excellent.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Liana127
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Reviewed May 2, 2019 via mobile

Fine dining at it's best. Excellent food, flawless service and meticulously decorated environment!! I could go on and on about the food, but was something that we were expecting by the previous reviews. What we did not expect was the patio outside. Very romantic!! As far as my experience goes I would visit again. Highly recommended!!!
P.s Go for the degustation menu..its an experience.

Date of visit: April 2019
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