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Athens Restaurants

O Platanos

Updated 09/02/2014

Fodor's Review

Set on a picturesque pedestrianized square, this is one of the oldest tavernas in Plaka (established 1932); while not as good as it used to be, it's still worth a stop. It is a district landmark—set midway between the Tower of the Winds and the Museum of Greek Popular Musical Instruments. Although the rooms here are cozily adorned with old paintings and photos, most of the crowd opts to relax under the courtyard's plane trees (which give the place its name). Locals come

here because the food is good Greek home cooking. Don't miss the oven-baked potatoes, lamp or veal casserole with spinach or eggplant, the stuffed squid, and the cheap but delicious barrel retsina. It's also open for lunch.

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Restaurant Information

Address:

Diogenous 4, Athens, 10556, Greece

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Phone:

210-322–0666

Restaurant Details:

  • No credit cards
  • Closed Sun. June–Aug. No dinner Sun.

Updated 09/02/2014

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By mes2525

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Aug 12, 2009

Expected more

I agree with the previous reviewer that this place is below average. I don't see why it would get the rating Fodor's gives it. The food was average and the wait staff was lackluster to say the least. While alot of Greek waiters are not warm and fuzzy, these were the bottom of the barrel. The only thing going for it is the location. I would avoid it.

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May 27, 2007

expected more from a fodor's choice

the food was just okay. expected a lot more from a fodor's choice taverna. had a lot better food with better prices in athens

By Sharon

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Jul 31, 2003

Fantastic!

We loved O Platanos! We got completely lost trying to find it, but boy was it worth it! I still count it as some of my favorite food in Athens. Light it is not! But if I could equate anything to good home cookin' while in Greece this would be it! We had the lamb and okra (or was it beans?) and lamb and potatoes, and they were exquisite. It was also nice to just sit outside the taverna and watch people go by. Service was not spectacular, but no

worse than most of the restaurants we went to in Greece. And I certainly did not find it dirty. Even used the restroom there and it was quite clean. Finally, you cannot beat the value! Fodors was right on on this one!

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By Ross

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Jul 7, 2001

Who ordered the bugs?

I wish I'd read the other travelers' reviews (and not the Fodor's guidebook) before WASTING an evening here! Charming - dying flies and dried leaves drop into your food from the overhead arbor. None of the courses was properly served: all at once, and the hot items were not even warm. Not particularly tasty and a poor value. The locals do eat here, but maybe they are treated better. There are many excellent tavernas nearby in the Plaka - don't

bother with this one!

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