There's nothing quite like enjoying a delicious meal of authentic Greek cuisine. Sydney is home to some of the best Greek restaurants in the country, so if you're looking for a culinary adventure, be sure to check out one of these establishments!
From classic dishes like Moussaka and Souvlaki to more contemporary fare, everyone has something on the menu at these eateries. So why not gather your friends and family and head out for an unforgettable dining experience? Trust us, you won't regret it!
There's something about Greek food that just makes you feel good. Maybe it's the delicious flavours or how it warms your soul on a cold winter day. But, no matter what it is, there's no doubt that Greek food is some of the best in the world.
If you're looking for some of Sydney's best Greek restaurants, look no further than this list! You're sure to find a restaurant that will satisfy your cravings for Mediterranean cuisine. So what are you waiting for?
The Best Greek Restaurants In Sydney
There are many reasons why Greek food is just so good, such as focusing on simple yet powerful flavours, emphasising baking instead of frying, and using fresh, healthy and light ingredients. As Greek cuisine has long been incredibly popular throughout the world, particularly in Sydney, you don’t have to search very hard to find a Greek taverna (restaurant).
Greece has given us a variety of mouthwatering and traditional foods, including kolokythokeftedes (zucchini and feta balls), tapenade, gyros, tzatziki, souvlaki, dolmades, juicy Mediterranean olives, and the most famous Greek dish: moussaka! And apart from being rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and flavour, Greek food is also one of the healthiest cuisines in the world.
If you’re now craving a lamb gyros with a side of dolmades, and who wouldn’t blame you, then here is where to find Sydney’s best Greek restaurants and their top dishes you absolutely have to try!
One of the jewels in the Greek crown of Sydney, The Apollo, is high-end Greek finery served in warm, atmospheric surroundings. It’s all dim lighting, moody music, and a great place to enjoy an intimate date night. Kicked off by chef Jonathan Barthelmess and restauranteur Sam Christie back in 2012, it packs all the Greek specialities you would expect, like oven-baked lamb and charcoal chicken with yoghurt but in a more refined, occasional fashion. The saganaki cheese with honey and oregano—a hot frying pan of melting cheese and honey—has become one of Sydney's most beloved dishes.
The Apollo Restaurant has earned itself a strong reputation for being the go-to taverna for some of Sydney's best modern and contemporary Greek cuisine. Headed by Sam Christie, co-founder of Cho Cho San, and chef Jonathan Barthelmess, former chef of Manly Pavilion, Apollo Restaurant creates an immersive dining environment surrounded by warm, dim lighting.
Some of their most popular Greek dishes include their saganaki with oregano topped with honey, their fall-off-the-bone oven-baked lamb shoulder with lemon and Greek yogurt, and their velvety smooth taramasalata dip made from the most divine mullet roe, which is absolutely delicious with a slice of their warm, house-made pita bread!
But you can’t leave The Apollo without trying their filo pastry cigars, which are filled with a mixture of olive oil, honey and finely chopped walnuts and served with a dollop of coffee cream. The Apollo Restaurant is also available for takeaway and delivery, so there’s no excuse not to miss out on some of the best Greek food Sydney has to offer!
Ikaria is a Greek Island in the Aegean Sea where it's believed people are said to live the longest, and we mean, how can you oppose that? This beachside restaurant offers up Mediterranean mezze at its finest, with two banquet styles to choose front. You'll get to sink your teeth into marinated olives, grilled pita bread, taramasalata, lamb shoulder, and fried calamari. The cocktail list goes strong with the classics, but Ikaria's originals shine the best with a Baklava Fizz, Hellenic Calling, Aegean Spritz, and a Blue Zone Margarita.
As one of the top-ranking Greek restaurants in Sydney, Alpha Restaurant definitely deserves a place on our list. With a stunning interior featuring classic Greek colours and stone walls resembling the inside of an ancient Greek ruin, Alpha Restaurant offers a memorable dining experience from the moment you enter.
Their executive chef Peter Conistis has created a unique menu that showcases some of the best Grecian cuisines in Sydney, such as moussaka with beef brisket, eggplant and creamy ricotta, taramosalata made from white cod roe with slices of bottarga, and saganaki with kritharaki, octopus, king prawns an1d calamari.
If you’re a fan of doughnuts, you can’t leave Alpha Restaurant without trying their delicious loukoumades coated in honey cinnamon and topped with fig ice cream! Their menu also includes a fabulous wine list offering rosé, red and white wine from Greece, Italy, France, South Australia, etc.
It’s easy to almost miss STEKI Taverna if you walk too far past its bright blue walls outside O’Connell street, but you’ll never forget it once you're inside. This small yet quaint Greek taverna in Sydney is home to one of the most lively Greek dining experiences you will ever have.
STEKI, meaning ‘meeting place’ in Greek, has had a casual and laid-back atmosphere since it first opened back in 1983, providing diners with live music and some of the best traditional Greek cuisines. Standouts on their menu include octopus xidato marinated in vinegar olive oil, capsicum and tomatoes stuffed with sultanas, rice and pine nuts, and keftedes meatballs cooked in a rich tomato sauce.
Their drink menu includes Greek and Australian beers, liqueurs, spirits, authentic Greek plomari ouzo. For a fun dining atmosphere filled with dancing, live music and incredibly delicious Greek food, then you have to visit STEKI Taverna!
Kazzi Beach Greek
Kazzi Beach Greek is one of Sydney's most authentic Greek island tavernas. Taking inspiration from the island of Kastellorizo (Kazzi), this blue delight showcases a certain type of Hellenic cuisine affectionately known as "Beach Greek:—the very kind of street-style Mediterranean offerings found along the blue shores of the Aegean. Starring on the menu is everything from mezze winners like grilled octopus and chargrilled prawns to tender meats fresh from the spit.
Eat GRK gives Sydney the best authentic Greek food by taking your tastebuds to summery days in Athens. The menu embraces traditional Greek techniques of cooking, carving lamb and pork off the spit for fresh souvlas, pita wraps, and meat plates.
The dips are all a must-try, creamy feta cheese, tzatziki, kalamata olive spread, and the secret Eat GRK sauce. But, most of all, we want to kiss the genius who came up with halloumi chips, a combination of two of the best things this world has to offer, cheese and deep-frying. Finish off with the loukoumades, traditional Greek doughnuts, soaked in honey syrup, sprinkled with malt biscuit, and with the option of adding Nutella for $1.90, you'd be crazy not to.
Owned by Andrew Jordanou and former Quay chef Darryl Martin, Barzaari is a shining example of just how exceptional modern Mediterranean and Cypriot cuisine can be. With a charming, rustic interior and a unique selection of artwork adorning the surrounding walls, Barzaari creates a warm and inviting atmosphere for diners.
If their interior décor is what lures you in, then their exquisite menu is what makes you stay. For a delicious BBQ feast, you have to try their lamb, chicken or pork souvla, featuring thick and juicy chunks of meat that have been slowly roasted over a charcoal barbeque. In addition, Barzaari offers barbequed octopus with raisins, kritharaki and pine nuts, and succulent barbequed swordfish with chickpeas, skordalia, and capers for seafood fans.
As Greek food also emphasises sharing, why not invite a few friends along and try Barzaari’s ‘Whole Bazaar’ platter? This mammoth platter features pickled octopus, cauliflower with molasses, dukkah and tahini, souvlakia, falafels, halloumi, tsakistes, sheftalies, Greek salad and much more!
Sofie’s Greek Restaurant
Tucked away along Darling Street is where you’ll find Sofie’s Greek Restaurant, a tiny yet very lively taverna run by a Greek husband and wife duo. Even though it may be a small restaurant, it offers a cozy and intimate atmosphere with style and friendly Greek hospitality – and Greek Tsifteteli belly dancers!
The menu at Sofie’s features mouthwatering traditional Greek food such as beef or vegetarian moussaka with rich layers of creamy béchamel sauce, kefalotiri cheese, eggplant and potato. You also have their pastitsio (a Greek version of lasagna) with layers of penne pasta in between béchamel sauce, ground beef, cheese and spiced salsa.
With a focus on using fresh and seasonal ingredients to cook authentic Greek food from the heart, Sofie’s Greek Restaurant is a charming taverna perfect for family occasions, group outings with friends, or a date night with loved ones.
Run by a father and son team to demonstrate the quality of ‘philotimo’ (meaning “love and honour”), Gyros Fix is a family business that specialises in simple, traditional and moreish Greek food. Following in the footsteps of their relatives from the Gre
ek town of Nafpaktos, Gyros Fix features traditional recipes that have been handed down throughout their family.
Their menu features classic dishes such as vegetarian and meat varieties of the best skepasti (one of Greece’s best-kept secrets) you will ever try, and of course, lamb, chicken or pork gyros with onion, tomato, chips and tzatziki wrapped in warm, fresh pita bread. You can also grab a side of fresh Greek salad, and if you’re craving something sweet at the end of your meal, their traditional rizogalo rice puddings and seriously next level!
If you’re visiting with a group of friends, then their 4-person platter is ideal, featuring a smörgåsbord of freshly made pita bread, hot chips, tomato, onions, and tzatziki dip and chunks of tender pork, chicken and lamb. Gyros Fix is the perfect example that fresh and flavoursome Greek food doesn’t have to be complex in order to taste absolutely amazing.
Beta on Castlereagh
You can find Beta up a staircase leading from Alpha restaurant below.
The design has exposed brick and an ancient-Greek vibe. There are blue, grey and wood tones from the oversized double-seater sofa seats to the banquette under the ceiling-high windows. A central eyeline straight to the bar (from anywhere in the long space) makes the cavernous area feel cozy. Paul Papadopoulos and the DS17 team represent Greece in the details: it’s in the marble pillar-like candle holders, the arched walkways with rustic brick architraves, and the brass pendant lighting, chair frames and glassware.
Bar manager Nathan Cannon leads a team of eight bartenders (many of whom also work at Alpha downstairs), with a focus on Australian, organic and boutique.
The cocktail menu includes options such as the Bothos, a heady combination of Dark Matter spiced rum, maple syrup and Cointreau, topped with whipped Cointreau foam. Decorated with a dried orange and a sprig of mint, it’s a smooth, tart, smoky concoction. Cannon is particularly proud of the amount and terroir of spirits offered, including Aviation Gin, Moonshine and plenty of rye whiskey.
To eat, go for the deconstructed, reinvented Greek salad – a layering of thick feta pudding; olive-oil and bread-crumb dressing; and a mound of iced horitaki (which tastes like tomatoes, cucumbers and olives, but feels like a snow cone), decorated with candied Kalamata olives and chunks of feta.
The name 1821 refers to the year the Greeks launched their war of independence, and chef David Tsierkas faced a battle of his own to get the restaurant open. Negotiations with the landlord and Sydney City Council created a yearlong delay and anticipation among Sydney diners with the Pitt Street venue opening in November 2016.
The size and scale of this Pitt Street restaurant befits its lofty name and pays tribute to Greek history and heritage. Split into three distinct zones – a main dining, top-floor mezzanine and basement bar, plus a bunker-style hideout – 1821 is decorated with historical references.
There’s a partition of walking sticks, an ode to the hill-dwelling guerilla shepherds of the Greek rebellion, alongside the most striking feature of all: a floor-to-ceiling Greek flag on the far right wall – cut out from white plaster to expose the original brick beneath.
Tsirekas took to tweaking classic dishes without losing the hallmarks of comfort and generosity when it comes to the food. The flavours are clean and refined, with dishes designed for sharing – in the Greek tradition.
Tsirekas has worked tirelessly to build one-on-one relationships with small-scale suppliers to ensure the best produce hits the plate. Take the octopus. Supplied by Southern Fresh Seafood, it’s simply served, charred and tender, with swordfish taramasalata and pickled vegetables. The lamb shoulder and lobster pasta are among his favourites on the menu.
With an abundance of ouzo and names such as Aphrodite Bellini (sparkling Greek wine, ouzo, pear purée, lemon) and Tears of Chios (Mastiha, Belvedere, Chambord, lemon), the cocktails drive the message home. But it’s the wine list – full of sparkling, white and red varieties from Santorini to Crete – that comes as the unexpected twist.
Stix And Pita
For Greek street food full of flavour, head around the corner of Enmore Road to Stix and Pita Greek eatery and join a crowd of loyal Enmore locals already there. Rustic inside with timber and rough brown bricks, this lively eatery is filled with the aroma of succulent meats spit-roasted over charcoal to send mouths watering in anticipation. A handful of chairs and tables can be found outside for those in need of a sit-down, otherwise, grab a bite to eat and go, exploring the city with a flavoursome snack in hand. To create a pita wrap, choose a meat like pork belly grilled on organic charcoal, paired with fillings like Medusa – special mayo, Mediterranean slaw and chips; or wrap your hands around a Hermes burger with grilled chicken, lettuce, cheese, mayo and housemade chilli sauce.
Another stronghold in Sydney’s Greek restaurant scene, Xenos Restaurant, has been around since 1969. This family-owned and operated eatery perfectly balances the best of refined Mediterranean cuisine with modern Australian influence, hence why it’s so popular. Another reason for its popularity is the fact it’s open all day, meaning locals can snap up Greek-inspired dishes for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Located in the heart of Crows Nest, Xenos’ al fresco dining along Burlington Street is also a drawcard. We’re all about the cumin-spiced lamb salad with roast pumpkin and a lime greek yoghurt.
Enigma is a contemporary restaurant in Castle Hill winning over foodies thanks to eloquent cooking and top-quality produce. It’s a Sydney eatery that likes to keep things within the family, meaning recipes have been passed down from generation to generation within the Psaroudis clan. Yet there’s also a modern twist evident throughout the menu with mouth-watering highlights, including the wood-fired and slow-cooked saltbush lamb and swordfish steak with roasted almonds. As one of Quandoo’s most popular restaurants, we highly suggest you get amongst!
Diethnes Greek Restaurant
Fancy some traditional Greek dining in the heart of the Sydney CBD? If so, Diethnes Greek Restaurant is exactly what you’re looking for. This much-loved establishment has been around since 1952, and folks love the food here and the authentic hospitality. The atmosphere is important to the owners, and the team at Diethnes endeavour to create a dining experience full of fun, also known as kefi in Greek. Take note that there are particularly tasty and affordable set banquet menus available during lunch and dinner.
Aristotle's Neutral Bay
Situated on Sydney’s lower North Shore in the sought-after suburb of Neutral Bay resides a little taste of Greece at Aristotle’s Neutral Bay restaurant. A modern interior encompasses the sophistication and glamour of the shipping magnate it was named after - Aristotle Onassis - with polished concrete, white table linen, mirrored walls and plush booth seating under bronze pendants, making for a glamorous space to enjoy the authentic fare.
An enticing traditional menu with a modern twist is on offer, with mezze options of halloumi, pomegranate, red grapes, honey and white balsamic dressing; or grilled Fremantle octopus with tarragon aioli and salsa verde. Try chicken prassoriso, leeks, lemon and risotto, or lamb moussaka with eggplant, potato, tomato, and Bechamel sauce for larger appetites.
Seed Greek Kouzina
For a Modern Greek dining experience south of Sydney, take to Seed Greek Kouzina restaurant on Petersham’s Audley Street. A timelessly styled interior features rough rendered walls, an earthy palette of browns, creams and olive green touches, while artwork of cobblestoned laneways transport diners across the world for an evening of delectable tastes.
The charming ambience of Seed Greek sways diners to indulge in a drop of wine while perusing the menu for sumptuous Mediterranean delights, sharing conversations over starters like baby calamari with lemon garlic dip, pickled octopus and zucchini flowers stuffed with feta, leek and thyme. Then, when hunger reaches its peak, delve into the likes of slow-cooked lamb shoulder with fava bean puree, saving room for a slice of sticky baklava to finish.
Since its opening in November 1983, Steki Taverna has been the Newtown restaurant of choice for many city dwellers looking for authentic Greek cuisine. Well known for its lively ambience and casual tone, this upbeat Sydney restaurant provides the ideal setting to experience the magic of Greece, furnished with warm wooden tones and white painted brick archways.
Sticking to tradition, Steki Taverna’s menu boasts an extensive selection of Mediterranean seafood and meat-based meals; start with a mixed entrée of taramosalata, tzatziki, dolmades, patties, lima beans, meatballs and cheese and spinach triangles. Although filling up with starters is all too easy, spare room for the main affair, with dishes like prawn saganaki or classic moussaka, layered with potato, eggplant, beef and bechamel.
Frequently Asked Questions About Greek Food
Dinner was when most of the foods were consumed. The ancient Greeks would eat eggs from quail and hens, fish, legumes, olives, cheeses, bread, figs, and any vegetables they could grow, which might include arugula, asparagus, cabbage, carrots, and cucumbers. Meats were reserved for the wealthy.
Greek people, on the whole, eat very little meat and a lot of vegetables. When Greek dishes do include meat, it is typically lamb or seafood, though some dishes also involve rabbit. These meat choices are due to the fact that cattle are historically difficult to raise in the Grecian landscape.
Ouzo is considered the national drink of Greece. In technical terms, it is either produced by partial distillation or the admixture of plain alcohol with aromatic herbs.
Greek lunches are traditionally a light meal that consists of a homemade vegetable stew or casserole. It is served with staple sides of cheese, bread, salad, and most importantly, wine.