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Acropolis (New Greek Restaurant) in Needham - Any info?

I was just excited to see that a Greek Restaurant called "Acropolis" appears to be opening in Needham. I love Greek food. Does anyone know anything about this restaurant? (I hope its good b/c its going in a spot that's been bad for restaurants traditionally).


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  1. What spot is it going into?

    Edit: Saw my answer in the February openings/closings thread.

    Why don't they just bring back Firebird's Grill in that location?

    1. I can proudly say that my lovely fiance and I were the FIRST customers here. It was open for 30 minutes before we walked in and had a fantastic Gyro and Souvlaki pita. Excellent, and not overpriced at all. I'm picky about Greek food - this place is top notch, as are so many of the restaurants in Needham center. I truly hope this place lasts longer than Gabriella's (that place was great as well). I'm extremely happy we have something different, and not another Italian place (are you listening Pomodoro??).

      24 Harvard St, Brookline, MA 02445

      1. Looked at the menu this afternoon, didn't notice hours, but the place appeared closed just before 4PM. Menu reminded me of a smaller, 20% cheaper version of The Aegean, in Framingham's menu.

        We'll probably try it out next week

          1. re: catspercapita

            Where Firebird Grill/Mediterranean Taste (?), and Gabriella's have come and gone (next to Wild Willy's and Bertucci)

          2. Went there tonight with friends.

            Menu was fine, no problem finding things to order, and the food was pretty good. They just have some problems:

            Table for 4 was just a bit too small for appetizer plates, glasses, flickering fake candle and appetizer serving dishes. We kept moving things to the window sill.

            Service was unsteady. We ordered 2 apps, one for each couple. Just before they came, they brought us a "bonus" app, which was nice (rice & spinach dish), and very good pita bread. Apps came (grilled octopus for us, and fried calamari for them, which we were told was a special, although it's on the regular menu). Waitress started to put the octopus at our friends' side of the table, we pointed out in a friendly way that it belonged on our side. Instead of putting down the calamari there instead, she walked unsteadily around the table with both dishes, spilling some of the liquid (lemonly-oil) from the octopus onto the floor and onto my pants. Manager came over and said they'd make it up to us.

            2/3 the way through apps, my entree came out, and the apps were taken away. Other 3 entrees followed about 4-5 minutes later. Now, this is a small place, and it was not half full.

            I could go on, but they are only in their second week, so no point in line by line takedown of the service.

            Gave the food a 7, the service a 3. They took the octopus off the bill for us.

            BTW, the check came handwritten, which made it easy to take the octopus off the bill. When was the last time you got a handwritten bill somewhere other than Busy Bee?

            We may give it another shot, but with Kouzina Estiatorio in Dedham, and Aegean in Framingham, we may just decide not to.

            Busy Bee Restaurant
            1046 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02446

            Kouzina Estiatorio
            557 High St, Dedham, MA 02026

            1. Visited here on Saturday night, right before the 6pm hour when it started to fill up. Trying to not be too critical of the place since they still seem to be getting their feet under themselves, so I will say that this place would be a pretty good option for lunch. Not too much choice on the menu besides, gyros, falafel, grilled chicken and souvlalki (or combo thereof)- either in sandwich or platter form and a couple of specials (stuffed egglplant or stuffed pepper when we went) and some appetizers. There was very little space between some of the tables so I was worried my 2 year old would reach around and grab the ears of the fellow at the next table, but she behaved herself nicely. I thought if they turned some of the tables 45 degrees, it might help out the cramped feel and bumping your fellow patrons in the back when getting in/out of the chairs. Ordered a milk for the wee one that came in a glass pint glass with waitress explaining that was all they had for glassware - luckily my wife had a sippy cup in her bag, or that could have been a shattering, milky disaster. ;-)

              First pita bread was presented in a basket that was soft and buttery with grill marks and nice grill flavor - yum. Ordered the girl the falafel appetizer that were expertly constructed and fried with crunchy exterior and soft fluffy, greenish yellow interior which see seemed to enjoy - so did my wife, but I didn't care for the spice/herb profile which tasted like chlorine to me. I got the gyro meat/souvlaki combo that came with a salad and roasted lemony potatoes. Gyro meat cut off the vertical spit had a nice brown, crispy exterior but tasted a little salty to me - which could have been just the result of the salty spice dusting applied to the plate as garnish. Lemony potatoes had really good flavor, but were served lukewarm/room temp which is not good texture for precooked potatoes. The soulvlaki had good grill/char flavor and was very tender, but was unevenly cooked. Did not try my wife's egglplant that was stuffed with reddish colored rice and ground meat of some kind. - she said it was good but needed some kind of sauce as it was a little dry. We shared some baklava for desert - I'm not a desert person, but enjoyed it.

              The service was competent, but awkward - when my wife ordered the eggplant, her response was "interesting...." which caused some concern from my wife, which the waitress tried to explain as "it will be interesting to see what you think of it since we haven't served it yet". Other awkward moments of silence and nervousness too, but I will cut her a break since she seemed new to the occupation.

              My wife said she would be willing to go back, and I would too for lunch if I was in the mood for grilled meat or a gyro, but I prefer the options and space of the Agean in Framingham or Watertown for dinner. With the amount of people waiting to be seated as we left, I would think they will do all right.

              1. Had a great meal there, tonight. Here is the menu.

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                  1. re: Prav

                    Ordered chicken fingers for my son. My wife and I each had the avgolemono (egg-lemon and orzo chicken soup), gyro sandwich (me) and chicken souvlaki sandwich (my wife) and baklava for dessert.
                    Everything was delicious. I will definitely go back for take out and to dine at the restaurant.

                    1. re: Prav

                      We got take-out from this place a couple of weeks ago. Both of us had the shrimp kabobs. They were quite skimpy, but very good. The salad was disappointing, just your typical iceberg mix, but I am willing to try again, eating in the restaurant this time. The pita bread was excellent.

                      1. re: Prav

                        I like the place, and I hope it does well - but they have some tough competition on the other side of highland/needham st (Farm Grllle). Farm Grill's avgolemono is twenty times better, and their moussaka is heaven. My moussaka at Acropolis was a disappointing, oily ground beef mess, with barely any bechamel custard.

                        1. re: Prav

                          Agree with everything you just said. Their take out takes a while, so it's just easier to hit up Farm Grill on the way home. When I went on a Wednesday several weeks ago, the restaurant was empty but for one table. Portions were small but the food was tasty. The menu is pretty basic, but I hope they find their footing.