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May 12, 2007 11:57 AM

Greek restaurants

Please recommend some Greek restaurants to me. I have been to the following and am looking for a new place to try, anywhere in the Bay Area:

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  1. There's a new one in Los Gatos,
    and don't forget the venerable Papa's Taverna in Petaluma,

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      Dio Deka zoomed to the top of our list of favorite restaurants, but you'll have to book at least 2 weeks in advance, be really hungry so you'll have room for dessert, bring $$$, and be able to read lips. Its popularity is we;;-deserved.

      You can also try Thea Mediterranean in Santana Row. Our meal there was more miss than hit, but the decor is very stylish, and their selection of ouzos is excellent. Fun for people-watching, too.

    2. for what it's worth i love yiassoo's gyros in cupertino and san jose.

      1. Athena Grill in Santa Clara. As close as it gets to a down-home estiatorio. I'd second all the others, especially Mezzes, and with the exception of Thea. I make Thea an unqualified rip-off.

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        1. re: Judith

          I just wanted to update that Athena Grill is still great, and one of the best places I've learned about thanks to Chowhound. My aunt was visiting from Long Island and comes from a Greek family and she approved of everything. The standout on this visit was the Galaktoboureko, a custard-filled phyllo dessert with lemon sauce that was just wonderful and nicely light.

          I don't quite understand the enthusiasm for Dio Deka, which was very disappointing on our one visit. Vegetable dishes were fine, but the much-heralded lamb chops had very little flavor of either the lamb or the grill. The potatoes it came with were great, though. The lamb I've had at Evvia was far better, and Evvia remains our choice for upscale Cal-Greek in Silicon Valley.


          1. re: mdg

            Are there any comments on the Greek food at Parea? It got a nice write up in the Chronicle last week...

          2. re: Judith

            One more try to add the link...


            Athena Grill
            1505 Space Park Dr, Santa Clara, CA 95054

          3. Check out the Greek Festival at the Greek temple in Oakland this weekend -- May 18-20. The food is pretty good and it's a lot of fun in a beautiful setting. We usually start off with calamari from the vendors outside and then head in the dining hall for moussaka, chicken, rice, salad, and the fabulous bread.


            1. Falafel Drive-In in San Jose is a good quick bite. Their falafels are great!