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“Excellent Authentic Greek Cuisine”

The Original Mama Maria's Greek Cuisine
Ranked #10 of 148 Restaurants in Tarpon Springs
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Greek, Seafood
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Good for: Large groups, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations, Takeout
Description: Family owned and operated since 1978. Our Mama "Mama Maria" still does the cooking. Truly were all the locals, Greek and Non-Greeks, come for fresh Greek and seafood specialties. Spacious main dining room seats 100. Full view open kitchen. Separate enclosed climate controlled patio for private parties of 40-60. Full bar and beer and wine available. Plenty of on-site free parking. Two blocks south of the historic Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs, Fl. Reservations for parties of 5 or more are highly recommended.
Reviewed December 25, 2012

Mama Maria's is one of many Greek restaurants in Tarpon Springs. We tried a few of them and this one was definitely the best. The food portions were enormous. The food was delicious. We had the sampler platter and shared it. Service was good, but we seemed to have 2 different waitresses so it was confusing. We will definitely be back for the saganaki, keftedes, and delicious gyros meat!

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Reviewed December 25, 2012

My husband and I had never been to Tarpon Springs and as we were on an exploration of Florida's back roads decided to stop by. We drove through the city and the sponge boat dock area there and as it was almost dinner time and we were hungry we started looking for a good place to eat. We were looking for another restaurant we saw advertised but when I saw Mama Maria's we decided to stop there to try it out. We were not disappointed. This is authentic, delicious Greek food interspersed with the fresh seafood specials they have. My husband had the stuffed grape leaves and I had chicken souvlaki (spelling?). They offered very generous servings and the food was fantastic. It has a nice, casual atmosphere with a large room for parties which was being set up when we arrived for someone's Christmas party. You must pay a visit here if you visit Tarpon Springs!

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Reviewed December 13, 2012

We had a little trouble finding the place -- our GPS didn't recognize 503 Alt.19n. It's at 503 N. Pinella. When we finally found the place, we felt as if we had found new friends. Everybody was so warm and welcoming And the food? Terrific! We started out with saganaki, Greek goat cheese fried, then flamed with brandy -- culinary fireworks: dramatic and delicious. An appetizer order of taramasalata (cod roe whipped with oil and bread) was served with pita chips, and was mild and tasty. .Avgolemono soup was fine, as was a side Caesar salad. A falling-off-the-bone-tender lamb shank in a tomato-laced sauce came with a side of pasta. But the star of the show was the grilled octopus, which one of the owners suggested dipping in the remaining tarama -- a great suggestion. A glass of the Greek wine, Retsina, was much less uvula-ripping than we're accustomed to, and was actually quite pleasant. Desserts of galactoboureko and baklava finished our meal and nearly finished us. The menu is so full of tempting selections, and we'd like to return with a crowd to taste some of the other offerings and share them around the table. And for now? I can't believe I ate the whole thing!!!!

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Reviewed November 19, 2012

Absolutely fantastic Greek food. Even my incredibly picky 13 yr old found something she liked here. Awesome food and atmosphere. Do NOT miss this place.

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Thank Glenn S
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Reviewed October 8, 2012

My fiance and I requent this place just about every time we are in Tarpon Springs (he has family in the area). The souvlaki platter or gyro is always a great choice, and their avgolemono (lemon chicken soup) is the best I've ever had! Mama Maria is often in the kitchen, working with her two sons. This place is a must if you are in Tarpon Springs and looking for authentic Greek food.

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1  Thank Lindsey S
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