Craving Greek food? Here are eleven of the best Greek restaurants to try around Sydney.
For the Greeks, food is so much more than sustenance, it is a lifestyle. In the ancient cuisine’s repertoire, you’ll find a diverse range of nutritious, colourful and bursting-with-flavour dishes that make the Mediterranean diet so appealing. Fresh, seasonal ingredients, olive oil, salty cheeses and flavour-packed proteins; what’s not to love?
We have collated eleven of the best Greek restaurants in Sydney that serve up a range of delectable dishes, treats and drinks, from Sydney’s tastiest moussaka to crispy pita and mouth-watering gyros. From restaurants that stick to tradition to those that path their own culinary path with Greek cuisine as inspiration, embrace your inner foodie and explore the list for a dining experience to remember.
Situated in the heart of Sydney, this restaurant offers a relaxed approach to classic, Greek food from award-winning chef, Peter Conistis. The team behind Alpha focus on using local ingredients to rework traditional recipes into something fresh, simple and balanced, blending creativity with long-established cuisine.
The standout dishes include taramosalata (white cod’s roe dip with bottarga), Moussaka (eggplant, seared sea scallops, taramosalata), and a wagyu soutzoukakia (tomato braised, baked eggplant cream). Stay hydrated with a drinks selection that infuses the best of Greek and Australian culture, from Ouzo and Tsipouro to signature Greek cocktails like the Aphrodite Sour or Greek Spritz.
The Apollo, Potts Point
Shabby-chic at its finest, The Apollo brings heart and soul to its dishes and to its service. The decor is minimalist, with grainy tabletops and fine chairs set against bare cement walls, and has a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. Dishes include a range of tasty dips, stuffed calamari, tomato rice and currants, and an oven-baked lamb shoulder with lemon and Greek yoghurt. They are renowned for their saganaki cheese with honey and oregano; think bubbling, melty cheese, made to share (or not)!
For special occasions, you can even dine privately with The Apollo’s Chef’s Table. This exclusive area seats 12 and can be booked for lunch or dinner. Often referred to as the best Greek restaurant in Sydney, The Apollo is certainly a contender for top spot in our eyes!
Situated in Bondi, the newly open Topikos offers fresh, delicious food in one of Sydney’s most sought-after locations. The restaurant’s name means ‘local’, and it truly embodies that vibe, fusing a friendly, warm ambience with the Bohemian spirit of Bondi.
The Topikos menu features contemporary Greek-style platters and gyros with an Australian twist. Certainly a top contender on the list of best gyros in Sydney. Dishes range from a meze list of pita, olives, taramasalata and more, to wood-fire-baked or charcoal-grilled seafood. The extensive drinks list includes wine from Greece, Italy, France and local Australian winemakers, and seasonal cocktails featuring local strawberries, grapefruits, blood orange and more.
Situated in Bondi, Ikaria is named after a Greek island which derives its name from Icarus – the man in Greek mythology who fell into the sea after trying to fly to the sun with wax wings. People from Ikaria are said to live the longest, and the island itself is an idyllic oasis in the Aegean Sea.
Inspired by the island, the concept of Ikaria Bondi is simple – to create a bond between community and friends, through food that is true to the beloved Mediterranean cuisine. The beautiful, light-filled venue is reminiscent of Greek island streets and boasts dazzling views of the Bondi coastline. On the menu, you’ll find a variety of Meze foods, from grilled pita bread to delicious burrata, and a number of mains and salads. You can also indulge in one of many signature cocktails, or a glass of your favourite wine. The food, drinks and idyllic venue are just three of the endless reasons why Ikaria is quoted as one of the best new Greek restaurants in Sydney.
M.I.M By 1821, CBD
This family-owned Greek restaurant is built on a deep connection to Mykonos. The name is a giveaway – M.I.M, an acronym for Made in Mykonos – and the food says it all. The dishes at M.I.M combine fresh, locally sourced ingredients with traditional Grecian flavours, ranging from a vegan, gluten-free melitzanosalata with roast eggplant dip, heirloom tomato and red onion, to a beef scotch fillet with tarama butter and lemon.
The ethos at M.I.M by 1821 is based on family, culture and sharing, and this has translated into a warmly-lit, open dining space, designed to encompass Grecian culture with its large, communal tables and iconic art pieces. You can order a la carte or from a set menu, and there are plenty of exciting drinks to pair with your Greek meal, like the Ouzotini, with Ouzo Plomari, vodka, peach schnapps and lemon juice.
Ahgora means ‘meeting place’ in Ancient Greek, so gather your friends and family and book your table. Located in Glebe, the venue takes a relaxed approach to Greek fine dining, and the intimate dining areas are warm and welcoming. With a focus on serving up traditional dishes revisited with a modern twist, Ahgora’s menu is made to share. Standout dishes include the slow-roasted lamb shoulder, charred octopus, and baked eggplant. If you struggle with food envy, they offer a five-course banquet menu from $70 per person and a bottomless brunch for $75 per person.
Sofie’s Greek Restaurant, Balmain
Located amongst the leafy streets of Balmain, Sofie’s is all about celebrating tradition. The small yet lively, family-run venue is the perfect place to enjoy authentic Greek food made with love. Perfect for date night or even big celebrations, you can indulge in their generous banquet menu for only $50 per person. Standout dishes include the traditional moussaka, the Kleftiko, and the Arniskia Souvlakia.
Stix and Pita, Enmore
With a focus on locally sourced, sustainable produce, you can expect delicious, authentic Greek food when you dine in or takeaway at Stix and Pita in Enmore. The star of the menu is the range of pitas, but be sure to visit again to feast on the Hercules Platter or Achillies Plate, featuring a range of their best meats and sides. Another top contender for best gyros!
Yiamas Greek Taverna, St Peters
For generous Greek hospitality and authentic dishes from the Mediterranean, Yiamas is a must-visit. Casual dining with food made to share, expect nothing less than a ‘big fat Greek feast’! With the set menus starting from $52 per person, you will leave as your happiest self, having feasted on traditional dishes like greek salad, tarama, pork souvlaki and so much more.
Medusa Greek Taverna, CBD
It’s hard to mess with 40+ years of experience. That’s what restauranteur Peter Koutsopoulos brings to this Sydney institution, Medusa Greek Taverna. You will see him welcoming and serving guests in this bustling, light-filled venue that is perfect for casual dining as well as the spot to celebrate special occasions. On the menu, you’ll find traditional dishes such as dolmades, taramosalata, BBQ octopus and of course souvlaki. The banquet menu starts at $55 per person and features all of the restaurant’s best dishes, or try the set menu for $65 per person. Warm hospitality, authentic Greek food and a lively venue combine to make Medusa Greek Taverna one of the best Greek restaurants in Sydney.
Zeus Street Greek, various locations
Last, but certainly not least, this innovative restaurant chain takes Greek food to a whole new level. At Zeus Street Geek, expect family-oriented, honest food with a modern twist, made from the freshest of ingredients.
You will find a wide range of dishes – from fresh salads, dips and cheeses to Aegean slaws and slow-cooked meats. The standout dishes (and our personal favourites) include the Tzimmy Classic Pita, stuffed with pork, chicken or lamb with chips, tzatziki, tomato, onion, parsley and paprika, or the Feta and Oregano Chips. With over 15 locations around NSW, you are never too far away from one of Sydney’s most affordable Greek restaurants.
Frequently asked questions:
What is the best Greek restaurant in the Sydney CBD?
For the best Greek food in the Sydney CBD, visit Alpha Restaurant, M.I.M By 1821, or Medusa Greek Taverna.
What should I order at a Greek restaurant?
For meat eaters, souvlaki is a must try, as well as the traditional moussaka made with lamb mince and layers of grilled eggplant. Saganaki cheese is a crowd-favourite, and if you can’t decide, ask the restaurant staff for their recommendations or signature dishes.
Where can I get the best gyros in Sydney?
For the best gyros in Sydney, visit Stix and Pita in Enmore or Zeus Street Greek (multiple locations).