Founded way back in 1898, this is one of the few remaining Plaka tavernas serving reliably good food as well as having the obligatory mulberry-shaded terrace (with excellent Acropolis views). The previous owners (the taverna is now run by a well-known family of Greek restaurateurs) claimed to have served Brigitte Bardot and Laurence Olivier, but it's the number of Greeks who come here that testifies to Psarra's (aka the Fisherman's Tavern) appeal. Oil-oregano marinated
octopus and gavros (a small fish) are good appetizers. Simple, tasty entrées include rooster in wine, arnaki pilino (lamb baked in clay pots), and pork chops with ouzo. Can't make up your mind? Try the ouzokatastasi ("ouzo situation"), a plate of tidbits to nibble while you decide. A bit hard to find, it's definitely worth the effort.
Aug 27, 2013
There are a lot of options as Psarra: You can eat on the steps, on the walkway, in the restaurant, or on the terrace. Choose the terrace. It's dark up there, but somehow the waiters filet the whole fish at your table, missing maybe only a bone or two. "I've been doing this for 36 years," a waiter told us. "I could do it with my eyes closed!" This is a home cooking place with very fresh fish. They tell you on the menu if the fish has been frozen.
The menu also offers traditional Greek fare and I imagine it is good. The portion size is large, so we opted only for entrees. My husband had the sea bream with olive oil and fresh lemon. Unbelievably good, as only really fresh fish can be. I had the grouper fricassee: very fresh fish stewed with fresh spinach, tomato, lemon. Luscious. We had baklava for dessert. Small pieces thankfully, and heavenly.