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Apr 26, 2008 11:55 AM

Quality Greek Restaurant in NoVa, DC, Baltimore?


I'm looking for good quality Greek restaurants in (1) Northern Virginia (2) Washington DC and (3) Baltimore. I know some people who like Greek cuisine and would like to take them to restaurants that serve good food but also have good atmospheres (I would prefer to not have to take them to typical greasy-spoon diners, though those types of places are enjoyable as well, depending on the occasion).

Your assistance is much appreciated.

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  1. Greektown in Baltimore has some really good Greek restaurants. I've eaten at all of them with the exception of Mylos which is the new kid on the block (two years old).
    The ones I really liked are Samos and The Acropolis. Samos is so popular (because their food is excellent) that the line usually goes out the door.

    I hear that The Black Olive in Baltimore is really good too, but much more expensive then the restaurants in Greektown - they have a fair number of seafood dishes and tends toward high-brow Greek food.

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    1. re: Whitemarshjohn

      Agree with Whitemarshjohn, but want to add that I would rather eat at the Acropolis than wait in line at Samos.

    2. If you would be interested in considering Turkish cuisine rather than Greek -- which is fairly similar -- I'd recommend Temel in Fairfax. The food is excellent and the atmosphere is pleasant, quiet, and more upscale than many such places.

      1. While it's not fancy, just sort of a place that gives way more attention to the food than decor, Zorba's in Baltimored easily has the best and most authentic Greek food in these parts.

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        1. re: baltoellen

          It has been many years since I have eaten at Zorba's, but I can still recall the deliciousness of the roasted pork.

          1. re: elgringoviejo

            The lamb chops are one of my favorite dishes in Baltimore. Had we not had our chow dinner there i'm not sure I ever would have managed to order anything else.

        2. I recommend Levante's. They have a two locations (Dupont and Bethesda) but they started in Bethesda. They are upscale without being too pricey and have a very nice atmosphere. They sell themselves as mediterranean but serve a lot of Greek foods (spinach pie, pasticcio). They are definitely more of a meat restaurant than a seafood restaurant but I do like the place.

          1. The Greek Taverna in McLean will definitely meet your requirements. Their nightly braised lamb specials are reliably excellent, and their execution of the Greek classics is very good, too. I'm not a big fan of the green beans that accompany most of their entrees because the style is long-cooking with bits of tomato added. (I know there are advocates of the long-cooking approach, but I'm of the opinion that green veggies should be exposed to no more than a bit of steam heat.) Their lemon-roasted potatoes are lovely.

            Recently, I ate their grilled calamari and was horribly disappointed. The calamari had no flavor whatsoever and the texture was chewy. Since this was the first disastrous meal we've eaten there and since we have eaten at this restaurant once montly since they opened, their track record is still overwhelmingly positive.

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            1. re: Indy 67

              I agree re: Greek Taverna. We've only been there once, but my lamb special was terrific.

              1. re: jaydreb

                my greek friends in great falls go there to eat out greek food.

              2. re: Indy 67

                I can't agree with Taverna Cretekou. We went once for brunch and thought the staff was friendly--even met the owner. There was a buffet and at the buffet was some soup. We asked the owner if it was avgolemono and he said "yes". What a disappointment! It had no lemon flavor at all. The owner's explanation for this? They used to make it the authentic way but the customers complained! Sorry, but if people go to a restaurant to experience a particular ethnic cuisine, they should expect to get the real thing. IMO, the owner shouldn't have dumbed down the food.

                1. re: MizYellowRose

                  Don't know about others on here, but I wouldn't judge a place based solely on soup served on a buffet versus ordering an item off the menu.

                  1. re: MizYellowRose

                    The Sunday brunch is a mistake at Taverna Cretekou. A true hound would spot this immediately upon inspection of the offerings. I made the trip once thinking it would be a good way to try the place out and there was no way I was going to be suckered into it and the price was outrageous, $17.95 or something like that. All the food was tepid and looked like it had been sitting there for weeks and it was only 12 o'clock.

                    I highly recommend going at any time but the brunch and enjoying the weather in their outdoor pleasant patio area. It's adjacent to a rather slow side street in Old Town. The waiters are very personable, some people may not take to service by actual human beings with feelings and moods, but I really enjoyed the tender lamb and the smartass comments from the old coot who complained about us sharing a dish. This is the perfect time to go there, not many quiet outdoor eating experiences of this caliber in the area.

                    1. re: justaddwater

                      Sorry---Brunch or no brunch when the owner admits to dumbing down the food because people complained, that isn't a mark of a good restaurant. Just my opinion... We were there as a relative's guests so walking out wasn't an option.

                  2. re: Indy 67

                    I second the Greek Taverna. Their olive bread is outstanding. Last time we sat outside and we could smell the grapes from the grapevines that grow overhead.

                    Greek Taverna
                    6828 Old Dominion Dr Ste C, Mc Lean, VA 22101