Thanassis, Athens

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Monastiraki Square

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    Thanasis restaurant
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    Way too touristy!
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    O Thanasis: Big but tasty portions

    by viddra Written Aug 2, 2014

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    There are a few tables outside and inside, of course. They're almost always crowded, especially at lunchtime, so you have to be patient to get your order. The dishes are great and affordable.

    Favorite Dish: anything grilled

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    Thanasis: Way Too Touristy!

    by greekcypriot Updated May 31, 2014

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    Not the highest class food but satisfying if you are desperate to have something fast and leave.

    In the past we used to come here often, but the last time I was here 2 or 3 years back we were disappointed. This time we thought to give it another try.

    I remember the last time I tried their home wine I was with headache for 2 days. Ask for a beer instead!

    It is popular with kebab and soutzouki mostly. I prefer soutzouki, 4 pieces in a portion. (€8.50) The dish comes with a pitta underneath, plenty of chopped onion and parsley and a half of a grilled tomato sprinkled by papriκa.

    I always leave behind the pita because it comes wet with fat and oil. I see how other people swallow up this kind of food and I wonder if they really know what they eat. It is totally unhealthy and a cholesterol bomb to the stomach….anyhow it is ok if you have it once in a while anyway!

    A more economic option is to get a wrapped pita kebab which costs €2.20 if you like pita of course.

    We had 4 small glasses of Draft beer for €1.90 each.

    The waiters are polite but honestly you cannot enjoy your meal because as soon as you clean up your plate you have to leave. People are waiting to get a table and there is no other way but to leave, unless you set another order.

    The whole feeling however is not relaxing and you cannot enjoy your dinner outing under this hectic situation.

    I urge tourists to prefer small taverns to enjoy the real Greek cuisine in relaxing and pleasant atmosphere instead.

    Way too touristy! A portion of Soutzouki Thanasis restaurant
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  • Thanassis restaurant Monastiraki Athens: Disgusting food. Filthy rip off. Never again

    by Strongmen Written Aug 24, 2013

    The food is not fresh and you can taste the low quality ingredients. I went inside to use their bathroom and they were disgustingly filthy. The cook barbecuing the souvlakia if that's what you want to call the meat they are serving you had sweat dripping off his forehead and onto the food on the grill. It was sickening watching that. The servers are shrewed and clever with each individual when seated. The prices are on the expensive side but the issue I had with this place was the food. The platters chicken or pork were horrible. The people who visit this place and give good reviews are connected with the lowlifes running this establishment. They should close this restaurant down because it has many violations from food to sanitation to corruption. I wouldn't reccommend Thanssis to those who are starving in all of Greece right now. McDonalds is a 5 star restaurant co pared to this s@hole.

    Favorite Dish: Absolutely nothing other than the beer.

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  • Thanassis: Cheap plentiful and good!

    by estaki Written Jul 15, 2011

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    This place was a buzz with diners and staff and the food was cheap, plentiful and tasted amazing. It was our first local meal in Greece and was worth it! Greek salad, tzatziki, pita bread, calamarakia, & pork souvlakia and beer. Yum!

    Favorite Dish: All of it!

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    Thanasis: Cheap and good !!!!

    by jlanza29 Written Jan 20, 2010

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    Located in the middle of souvlaki row, this is a great local place for great food. The service is fast and to the point, and a English menu is available. We ate some type of lamb skewer with yogurt and tomatoes sauce, the plate runs from 7 to 10 Euro's .. drinks run from 1 euro for a coca cola to 3 euro's for a beer.

    We ate there at noon and we got our food within 10 minutes of ordering....

    lamb in yogurt and tomatoe sauce .. 7 Euro's

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  • Thanassis: Souvlaki - kebab

    by nicktheo Written Dec 25, 2007

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    This is perhaps the most famous restaurant , and one of the oldest in athens. It is situated in the souvlaki triangle , as we call it , just outside monastiraki metro station. It serves kebab portions , don't you dare not choosing it . It may seem a bit touristic , thing that i don't like , but the food is excellent. If you can't find a table there , try also (Bairaktaris and Savvas) , they are equally good.

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    Thanassis: O Thanassis

    by rcsparty Written Sep 8, 2006

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    Simply outstanding. When you are walking through the Monastiraki area, this will be the outdoor tables that are packed, while all around is empty. If you are looking for the name, make sure you translate to Greek, as we walked past it 3 times, before we just sat down at the one busy restaurant and realized we made it. Do not miss this place for one of your lunch stops.

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    Thanassis: Popular and cheap

    by xaroula Written Mar 18, 2006

    The food here is cheap and the menu is basically two or three things. But it tastes good! The atmosphere leaves a little to be desired, the lights are too bright, and the decorating is just awful. But what do you want for 1,50 per person to eat?

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  • O Thanasis: The Greek hamburger

    by janbeeu Updated Jul 19, 2005

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    Favorite Dish: One of the most famous and most eaten Greek food is souvlaki. It is usually beef, lamb or pork meat that is served on a round pita bread with lettuce, tomato, onions, and tzatziki. That is if you eat it in a souvlaki shop. If you want take-out the pita bread is rolled. You take it with you in packed in wax paper which keeps it all together and eat it while walking. Souvlaki is to Greece what the hamburger is to the US.

    There are a lot of good souvlaki shops in Athens especially on Mitropoleos street, very close to Monastiraki square. The best in my opinion is O Thanasis. The place always is very busy and waiters are shouting orders but service is very friendly and you do not have to wait long. They also serve the best Tzatziki I have ever tasted. Tzatziki is a yogurt sause with cucumber and a lot of garlic, so much it will bite your tongue. You can enjoy your souvlaki in the shop or take it with you. Souvlaki is cheap. When you are looking for a quick meal, that is what you or your kids need.

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    O Thanasis: Beware the peppers!

    by bonio Written Mar 5, 2003

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    Great kebabs (gyros) and wow the peppers are hot! Not a very extensive menu but quality food at a good price. Always seemed to be busy - full of locals that must be a good sign, but a menu in English was found for us , it's an old one though the prices have risen just a little.

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