The oldest restaurant—90 years and counting—in the heart of Athens, today's Ideal retains its original magnificent Art Deco décor. It also has the best waiters in town (sometimes brisk, never brusque), the best wiener schnitzel, and both magnificent egg-lemon soup and soutzoukakia (cigar-shaped meatballs done with tomato sauce and spices in the Asia Minor style). No wonder some people plan visits to Athens around reservations here. This is one of the few of restaurants that are synonymous with Athens to many visitors (including me).
46 Panepistimiou. From the Omonia Metro station, head across Omonia Square to Panepistimiou; the Ideal is on the left after about 2 city blocks.
Our Rating Neighborhood Omonia Hours Mon–Sat noon–midnight Transportation Metro: Omonia Phone 210/330-3000 Prices Main courses €8–€22 Cuisine Type Traditional Greek
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