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Looking for Greek food.

I'm originally from New Jersey, the land of diners owned by greeks. Yet since in the Bay Area all I've found is The Mediterranean and Daphnes, as well as a fancy place in Downtown SF. Does anyone have suggestions?

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  1. Meze's on Chestnut is Greek, more upscale than a diner, but less so than Kokkari (the fancy place I assume you meant). I think the food is very good, but a little pricey. For gyros, I enjoy a new place on the corner of Mission and Beale. It is a tiny place, with a few counter seats, and possibly only open during the week. The name escapes me, but the gyros are good, but not the best.

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    1. re: meggie t

      Do you mean Kronos Gyros on 50 Beale?

      Has anyone tried Estia on Grant in North Beach?

      Is Sammy's Smoke & Snacks on Sutter (200 block) still open and serving some Greek food?

      So far I haven't found anything like East Coast Greek diner food. Hope you will report back if you find some.

      1. re: rworange

        The sign on the outside says Sausalito Espresso. It is in the 50 Beale building but the entrance is on Mission.

    2. I second Mezes. I think there's also a place on Sacramento Street. In the South Bay there's Athena Grill in Santa Clara, but it's not open on weekends. Cafe Artemis in Campbell is Turkish, but the menu overlaps. Whatever you do, skip Thea in Santana Row. No matter what anyone says, it has nothing to do with Greek or Mediterannean food, and it's a rip-off.

      1. Mykonos on Polk street has been there for decades...cheap...

        here's a link to their address and menu


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        1. re: ChowFun_derek

          I second Mykonos. It's probably the closest thing to the East Coast style that you'll find around here.

          1. re: ChowFun_derek

            I personally did not like Mykonos. I thought everything was bland or too greasy. I agreed with most Greeks I have met that California lacks in great Greek food. There are many substantial Mediterranean places but not true and really good Greek food. The last excellent Greek food I had was in Montreal.

            1. re: Lori SF

              I concur...but we have so few choices here in S.F..which is a pity 'cause I'm very partial to Greek food.....

          2. Estia, Mezes, Kokkari, Mykonos.

            Same question came up last week:


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            1. re: Robert Lauriston

              Evvia Estiatorio in Palo Alto sister restaurant to Kokkari, any reports on this place?

              1. re: Lori SF

                I ate there once a few years ago, good though most dishes were a notch down from Kokkari. A friend who's eaten there a lot recommended the whole fish, which was very good. If I needed a place for a nice dinner in Palo Alto it's be high on my list.

                1. re: Robert Lauriston

                  I think the food at Evvia compares to the food at Kokkari, except I've never seen gigantes on the menu, and I happen to really love them. Kokkari is a prettier place, but Evvia is a lot closer, and it's really fine restaurant. I recommend the lamb shank.

                  1. re: Judith

                    Gigantes are on the menu at Kokkari. Main difference between the menus is that Kokkari's a bit more expensive.


                    1. re: Robert Lauriston

                      Yes, that's what I meant, but it didn't come out that way. Kokkari has gigantes, Evvia doesn't. Still, that's a lot of driving, even for gigantes :-)

            2. I tried Myconos once about a year and a half ago, in my original quest for great Greek food here, but left disappointed. I know we got lamb, and lots of other things, but I didn't like the meat, which makes or breaks it for me. So, I never returned.

              1. I've heard about a good Greek restaurant in Orinda, near the theatre. You can forego the little Greek place on Piedmont Avenue in Oakland, though there is a marvelous Turkish restaurant on Piedmont that has some Greek fare. There is another thread now running about Greek Festivals, which are where I've found the best Greek food since moving from back East. Searching "Greek" will yield many other restaurants.

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                1. re: BellaCalabrese

                  Ah, you mean Alekos Cafe, the take out miracle of Theatre Square. Meaning, it has been in business longer than almost (?) any other restaurant on the TS block. Maybe not worth a long drive, but an easy quick on/off of Hwy 24.
                  Since I'll be in the area starting tomorrow, I'll be more than interested to hear about any good Greek and middle east restaurants near Walnut Creek (preferably east of the Tunnel).
                  Coincidentally, I'm also ISO greek bread.

                2. Hole in the wall place with fast-food type Gyros, souvlaki's, moussaka etc. at Yiassoo's in Campbell; then there's John's Excellent Foods on Lincoln at Willow Glen that serves yummy lamb and... Greek Spaghetti. John's is more like home cooked greek food. I'm pretty sure the "Greek-owned" restaurants in the So. Bay that have some form of Greek Influence are: Bill's in Willow Glen, John's in Willow Glen and some of the 3 flames.

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                  1. re: rosiella1

                    I'll second Athena Grill in Santa Clara - great food at very reasonable prices. Get there early because the line during the lunch hour rush during the workweek will go out the door.

                  2. In the East Bay there's Luke's Grill in San Leandro (a favorite of my Greek friends) or Simply Greek on Piedmont Ave. in Oakland.

                    1. Evvia in Palo Alto and Dio Deka in Los Gatos are both wonderful, and certainly worth the drive south (I'm assuming you live in SF?). Get reservations well in advance, though, and bring $$$.

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                      1. re: Claudette

                        I've heard from several people that Dio Deka is really noisy, so I've held off going, because no matter what about the food, the service and the decor, I absolutely hate restaurants where you have to yell to be heard. Did you find it to be noisy?

                        1. re: Judith

                          Yes, but my husband and I are getting better at reading lips. Seriously, though, it is truly LOUD, but the food is wonderful, the ambiance and vibes are terrific, and it's our favorite upscale restaurant (beating out CP, FL, and Manresa). This is not in the same $$$ and service categories as all the others, though, so perhaps the comparison isn't fair.

                          If you live nearby, go early (OpenTable can show you the availability) even though it'll be a din by the time you leave. It's just as noisy on the weekdays as the weekends.

                          Be sure to order the apps, which are as good as the entrees. I'm not keen on the desserts, which are more beautiful than tasty, but my hubby says I'm really picky about desserts, so take my advice with a grain of fleur de sel. Enjoy!