Sitting in a prominent location offering panoramic views to the Holy Rock of Acropolis and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in the foreground, Dionysos Restaurant justly deserves its boast of the best view to Acropolis in Athens.
Constructed between 1961 and 1962 as “Dionysos” public recreational facility, the building is a glorious example of post-war architecture and has been designed by Prokopis Vasiliadis (1912-1977), a pioneer of architecture and landscape design in the 50s-60s. Its interior and exterior decoration have been undertaken by the famous Greek painter Yiannis Moralis (1916-2009) and his associate, potter Eleni Vernardaki (1933-). Dionysiou Areopagitou and Apostolou Pavlou Streets were turned into pedestrianized streets in 2002; located just a breath away from them, the restaurant was then integrated into these pedestrian paved walkways configured during the landscaping project of the Acropolis and Philopappou Hill surrounding area that was implemented in 1953 by architect Dimitris Pikionis (1887-1968) and inscribed on UNESCO’s world heritage list of monuments of modern architecture in 1996. Having doubts about the restaurant’s location?
Dionysos Restaurant has welcomed famous celebrities from Greece and abroad throughout its history that is more than five hundred years old and has often been the favourite place of those politicians, businessmen and bourgeois who cherished the restaurant’s unblemished views coupled with an ambience of exquisite elegance and luxury.
Since the mid-2000s, Dionysos Restaurant is member of Vlassis Stathokostopoulos Group. The recent renovation that offered solutions to the restaurant’s current needs was performed in full respect of the architectural principles that governed the original concept of its famous architectural designers.
The restaurant’s cuisine bears the culinary stamp of significant Greek chefs, such as Achilleas Papachristou, Michalis Ntounetas and the 29-year old chef, Haris Nikolouzos from Corfu.
At the basement, Café Zonar’s is open for morning coffee, dessert or light meals. At the restaurant, on the first floor, open from noon till midnight, you can taste savory dishes of international, Mediterranean, traditional Greek cuisine and creative Greek cuisine proposals devised by the talented and award winning chef Haris Nikolouzos.
Here are some of the menu’s highlights:
- Modern seafood dakos – carob dakos, tomato grind with Florinis Peppers, marinated anchovies, octopus on vinegar and avocado cream
- Smoke swordfish carpaccio with different textures of beetroot, Trikalinos bottarga and chestnut flakes
- Pastrami pie with Florinis peppers and gruyere cheese, light cream cheese and honey
- “Spinach pie” salad – baby spinach, scallions, dill vinaigrette and goat cheese.