Damigos Restaurant, Athens

I was thrilled to read in a web review of this restaurant that it is just for locals, so should be missed! Great I hope all the tourists miss it except you of course. In a street crowded with flashy touristy restaurant, you will find a “hole in the wall” with steep stairs leading down to the cellar, and the family run Damigos Restaurant. The first thing that will hit you is the intoxicating smell of garlic. Next note the decor. In the front room an ancient column supports the roof and in the back huge wooden wine barrels line the wall. The restaurant is compact, and you can peek into the even smaller kitchen and see the meals being sent out at rapid speed. You may be lucky enough to be serenaded by the old man and his accordion. Their renowned table wine – retsina – comes from the family vineyard. Other foods on their menu include their renowned fried cod, chops, swordfish and stew. There is also the standard Greek salad on the menu. Don’t miss the garlic sauce, the smell will last almost as long as the memory of this place.

Where:
41 Kidathineon
The Plaka,
Athens
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To get there:
From Syntagma Sq., south on Filellinon or Nikis to Kidathineon; Damigos is on the left just before Adrianou.
Tel:
210/322-5084
Open hours:
19:00-23:00 daily
Closed June – September
Cost:
Roughly $10-$20 for a main course
Website:
None that I know of.

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