You might be forgiven for having a one-track mind when it comes to Greek food. While everyone’s favourite greasy late-night snack does have roots in Greece, it’s a far cry from the delicious selection on offer at our favourite Greek restaurants in Bristol. We’re not trying to do Jason Donervan a disservice, but trust us when we say there is so much more to traditional Greek food than gyros drowned in garlic mayo - think healthy, hearty plates of grilled meats, vibrant salads and more hummus than a St Nick’s falafel stand.

Seeking out a decent traditional Greek restaurant in the flurry of recent restaurant openings in the Bristol food scene is a task in itself. Fear not, we’ve hand-picked the best selection of Greek restaurants in Bristol, from cosy late-night bistros to tiny time-warp restaurants, with a few crackin’ breakfast options thrown in for good measure. 

Since opening up in the ever-popular Cargo development, this eatery has been smashing it out of the park. The concept of the Athenian came from two Londoners who wanted to bring fresh and healthy Greek cuisine to the masses. We’re not sure we can call chips in a pitta healthy, but it’s an absolutely incredible combination - thick sticks of grilled meats with a handful of perfectly seasoned fries in a traditional flatbread, smothered in their secret recipe sauce. If meaty souvlaki isn’t your thing, then how about huge wedges of halloumi, or herby mushrooms with a sweet and tangy mustard sauce. Whatever your choice, whether it’s a wrap, a box, or naked, we’re big fans.

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This wholesome cafe grew naturally out of their wonderful shop in the covered market in St Nick’s, selling authentic mediterranean products including their incredible Greek olive oil. If you find yourself in the centre of town on a morning, be sure to check out their cracking breakfasts - expect a full English with a twist, smoked salmon with poached eggs, or a Spanish-style breakfast with chorizo and padron peppers. If all-day breakkie doesn’t tickle your fancy, then how about a thick sourdough toastie, or a hot Greek special of lemon chicken or veggie moussaka.

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The favourite haunt of students aiming to soak up the booze on the Clifton Triangle, Taka Taka Magic Roll is a Bristolian institution of a drunken night out. But let’s give credit where credit is due - their mouth-watering souvlaki, gyros and ‘magic rolls’ are consistently delicious, and served up at breakneck speed for those whose appetites need to be satiated immediately. Build your own or choose from their famous list of magic rolls - meat and veggie fillings stuffed into a flatbread, rolled tightly and grilled for tasty toasty perfection.

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Find this honest, family-run restaurant on North St and be prepared to taste the very best of the Mediterranean. Their bright and open premises on this trendy high street has ample room for dining outdoors and watching the world go by. Expect a huge selection of Greek and Turkish classics as well as a healthy selection of salads and starters including dolmades, calamari and homemade baba ganoush. If you’re not passing for dinner, then pop in for breakfast, including shakshuka, or a Cypriot breakfast - halloumi, tomato and spring onions with eggs on pitta bread.

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One of two restaurant offerings in the South West, Athena’s Bristol restaurant offers a classy Greek dining experience from their beautiful premises on Westbury-on-Trym’s High Street. A cosy cobbled courtyard adorned with fairy lights leads the way to a sleek, modern place which would be just as happy entertaining a large group as it would a romantic date. The menu offers a starter selection as long as your arm that you could easily build a fantastic feast from, with a more than decent offering for vegetarians, as long as you’re a fan of feta cheese.

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Tucked away in the centre, a mere stone’s throw from the Hippodrome, lies this cosy Greek bistro. Ideal for those looking for a pre-theatre dinner, Hat Bistro’s main menu offering is a little on the upmarket side price-wise, but there are plenty of starters and sides to choose from if you’re looking for a light bite, too. Leave some room for the pièce de résistance - homemade baklava stuffed with nuts and drenched in sticky sweet honey syrup.

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You could be forgiven for having walked straight past this family-run restaurant on a boozy night out. This bright, modern restaurant has been going strong since 1979, serving up Greek cuisine and tasty cocktails from their spot in the middle of Park Street. Delivering, in their own words, Greek Cypriot and ‘retro’ British cuisine, expect everything from omelettes and chicken kievs to moussaka and mouth-watering Greek meatballs. Take advantage of their 2-4-1 drinks deals to really get the night started.

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If you’re looking for some traditional Greek baked goods to add some meat to your bones, then Sotiris is everything you’ve been looking for. This blink-and-you’ll-miss-it bijoux bakery on Park Row specialises in incredible flaky pastries, syrupy baklava and cheesy spanokopita, all washed down with a punchy strong Greek coffee. Expect a warm welcome in their perfectly formed premises; take a perch on one of the stools at the bar and watch the world go by.

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A local’s favourite, Zest have concentrated their efforts to their Hanham restaurant to bring a vibrant menu of mediterranean-inspired classics. Their two- and three-course menu deals are an absolute steal, and there is plenty here for gluten-free folk and vegetarians, including huge mezze plates of vine leaves, falafel, filo pastries and homemade dips. Make sure you leave some room for dessert - their homemade banoffee ice cream with maple roasted pecans sounds absolutely incredible.

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‘Are you a fan of shish kebab?’ boasts Anfora’s website, one part rhetorical question, one part fighting talk. This relatively new addition to Fishponds boasts a largely Turkish extensive menu of grilled meats, with shish kebabs sitting alongside burgers and chicken wings for a meat-lovers’ paradise. As you’d expect, there’s a limited offering for vegetarians, but you can easily fill yourself up on a huge selection of sides, including homemade hummus and yaprak sarma - stuffed vine leaves. Delicious.

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Published -26th July 2019