One evening we visited Polygeysto, a typical local greek grill/souvlaki tavern, not big in size but with friendly staff.
From appetizers we had tzitziki (2,5e), fries (2,5e) a roka salad(5e) and some pita bread (0,30e per piece), We also had a pork steak (5e) which was good and some kalamaki souvlaki, the pork one (1,3e) was just ok but I liked the chicken (1,5e)
We washed them down with Amstel beer (2,5e for 500ml) and coca cola (1,5e)
Their menu is based on meat obviously but the had some gemista (filled tomatoes) too.
- Food and Dining
Ambrosia restaurant: Ambrosia restaurant
This is a restaurant that attracts many customers for sure as it’s located right before the archeological museum of Olympia, so all the tour buses that come here for the ancient site (that is side by side with the museum) have some minutes to spend even for something light. We didn’t have lunch here and the reason was that we thought it would be full but as there were no tour groups that day it was actually empty! :)
We had just coffee there but we checked the menu, typical greek appetizers and mains with normal prices for a tourist oriented tavern but if you’re not part of a tour group that just arrived by cruize from Katakolo you know there are way cheaper options. We didn’t try the food but ambrosia was the food of the gods according to greek mythology, I guess they know they create great expectations with this :)
They advertize greek dance shows that I guess take place when they have a group reservation so the tourists will get happy.
Rodo Cafe: Rodo Cafe
Rodo (rose) is a small café at the road near the entrance of the archeological site. We had just arrived in Olympia and decided to drink something before visiting the archeological site, the truth is that we hoped that light rain may even stop in a hour but that actually never happened.
So we got inside and had a table with view outside, nothing special in general but a cozy small place to have a hot nescafe (2,5e) that was served with a piece of cake. It was off high season so most other visitors seemed locals. The simple menu has some sandwich/toasts, salads, pizza and crepes. We tried a rocca salad (5e) which was nice.
Top's: Greak Snacks
This is a nice outdoor cafe that is less formal with a slightly more limited menu than Aiyaio next door. The service is also faster, so this is a great option if you're in a hurry.
Favorite Dish: Both the pizzas and sandwiches were great. The outdoor tables make this a nice spot for a Mythos as well!
Aiyaio: Great option!
We were happy to find this restaurant open during the middle of the afternoon. Our group split between Aiyaio and Top's next door. The pizza at Aiyaio was amazing, but we hung in there for the souvlaki. One warning is that it takes a bit to grill the meet. Make sure that you have time to enjoy the outdoor tables and the atmosphere.
Favorite Dish: The souvlaki was amazing. Absolutely amazing. Seriously. Just looking at the picture makes me hungry.
BARBA FOTIS: Go at your own risk
This is a small tavern in a small "hotel" called "Hermes" in ancient Olympia.
The food is ok, and the prices low but the portions are small the wine is pure vinegar and the behaviour of the son of "Barba Fotis" (meaning "Old Fotis"), very rude.
He attacked me shouting and calliing me "unacceptable" because I deared to complaint about the very small portions... He even closed the kitchen and said no more serving GO!
I am really ashame to say that I am of the same nationality with such - the least to say -unproffesional guys, but I want to speak out and say "no we can not accept this kind of attitude, oblige them to change or get out of business".
- School Holidays
Snack Bar Bazil: A Little Cafe'
I was traveling with a group of my students and found that this little cafe' was open despite it being the late afternoon. For lunch, they served sandwiches, but not enough to feed a group of our size. The owner kindly recommended other restaurants down the street, but we returned - as promised - for ice cream after our lunch.
Favorite Dish: The pistachio ice cream was magnificent! It was inexpensive and the cafe had a few tables - if we'd had more time, it would have been a nice place to sit and enjoy the town.
Ouzo is an anise-flavored liqueur that is widely consumed in Greece (in Russia we call it “Anisovka”). The origin of the name "ouzo" is disputed. According to anecdote, this designation came to stand for "superior quality", which the spirit distilled as ouzo was thought to possess.
Ouzo yeast is then usually mixed with 96 percent pure ethyl alcohol, and finally sugar may be added and the mix is diluted with water, usually around 40 percent ABV.
We have tasted Ouzo in the restaurant of the Inomaos Hotel. This bottle was empty after enjoyable supper! But you may see our Ouzo bottle being still half full on my photo!
Learn more about Ouzo greecefoods.com
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...: Olympia Restaurants
Most restaurants in Olympia are off the main road of Kondili. Many of them are not very good, a bit overpriced, and take advantage of the many tourists that pass through.
My advice - the smaller the better. The bigger ones are geared towards filling up with as many people as possible and care more about quantity than quality.
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