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Dining In Athens

A few fun tips!


I found these tips and i thought it would be fun to share :

For people not familiar with Greek dining, here are some practices one should be aware of:

~ Typically all taxes and service charge are included in the menu pricing. But you may add tips on your own

~ Do not expect sides such as veggies or potato on the entree dish, unless the menu describes them.

~Tap water in Athen restaurants is drinkable, even in small mom & pop places

~ Real local eateries have small interior space, but by dinner time, they add more tables on the sidewalk. Be prepared to dine outdoor in the elements and under street lights. Many outstanding foods are served in minimum decor or ambience

~Local joints seldom take credit card.(!!!)

~When they give you back cash changes, don't be surprised if they round off the dimes/cents and give you more back!


~Plates are not usually used until the main course in served. Guests are expected to share the various dishes in the centre of the table

~Do not be in a hurry to order and eat - meals in Athens should be relaxed, taken leisurely and enjoyed

~Wine glasses are never allowed to become empty and rarely even half full as they are regularly topped up - so it can be difficult to judge how much you have had to drink

~It is often considered rude to refuse to eat something that others consider a delicacy in Athens


~Do not order coffee and sweets at the end of a meal - the taverna owner will be insulted as they prepare food, not coffee

~It is usually permitted to go into the kitchens of Athens tavernas to select dinner and view the preparation, if you so wish

~Tip around a tenth of the bill at tavernas and restaurants in Athens

Posted by mahixson 07:22 Archived in Greece Tagged food

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indeed i ate some of the best dishes in athens! from street food to gourmet dishes in luxury hotels by far very delicate tastes!while i was on a business trip we really felt the greek hospitality from everyone, and especially our friends at the athens convention bureau who helped us organize our conference succesfully! wwww.facebook.com/athensconvention

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