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13 Of The Best Greek Restaurants In Brisbane

By Samantha Chariton

A great Greek philosopher once said, ‘Day by day, what you choose, what you think and what you do is who you become.’ I’m 99% sure that means I’m doomed to morph into a slab of gooey saganaki one day, and I’ve made my peace with it—because it was all in the name of hunting down the best Greek restaurants Brisbane/Meanjin has to offer for the benefit of Urban List readers.  

Like the scholars of ancient Greece, we’ve pored through menus to bring you the best Greek eateries in town—because unlike some other cuisines, sticking to the CBD isn't the best way to find it. West End is a hot spot for good Greek food, but you'll find good yiros, moussaka and souvlaki all over—so here's where to set your Google Map for. 

Lefkas Taverna 

170 Hardgrave Road, West End

If you want to know where the most authentic Greek food is in a city, you just follow the Greek people—and in Brisbane you'll find them all dining at Lefkas Taverna. The team here won’t steer you wrong, so settle in for an evening of char-grilled mussels, boards of dips to share, and entirely too many falafels. If such a thing exists.

Opa Bar and Mezze

123 Eagle Street, Brisbane CBD

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From the mouth-watering food to the dreamy interiors, Opa will have you picking your jaw up from the floor from the moment you first step foot in the venue. The arched windows, cosy white booths, and stunning river views will have you feeling like a Greek god as you wine and dine on their amazing selection of Greek delights. Indulge in pillowy pita bread and tzatziki dip, grilled octopus, fresh oysters, cheesy grilled saganaki and so much more goodness—you’ll want to order one (or five) of everything. 

Little Greek Taverna 

1 Browning Street, West End

Have you reaaaally lived in Brisbane until you’ve stumbled into Little Greek Taverna for yiros at an ungodly hour? This Brisbane Greek restaurant is famous for its prompt annihilation of our hangriest days. Hot tip: enter with your belly rumbling, and expect to leave in twenty minutes with a serious case of the I-need-to-lie-downs.

Tasty Pocket

150 Bay Terrace, Wynnum

Food truck turned full-time laneway eatery, Tasty Pocket are Brisbane’s original pita pocket slingers, dishing up Greek classics and their signature pita pockets for dining in and takeaway. Share—or don’t—a slice of saganaki with a drizzle of hot honey sourced from their resident honey bees in Manly, and if you haven’t already, tuck into the signature pita pocket with your choice of kebab-style chicken, lamb, halloumi or falafel. 

Hellenika 

Level 1/48 James Street, Fortitude Valley

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After winning hearts on the Gold Coast, Hellenika's younger James Street sibling was like a siren’s song to Brisbane foodies, and though the OG may have departed the GC for good, Burleigh's loss was our gain. Within the Calile Hotel, this swanky spot boasts dishes up both a menu of hearty Greek dishes (for when you need to sate those baked lamb and moussaka cravings) and a smaller, bites-focused pool menu. We’re not really sure where evolution is meant to go from here.

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Nostimo

29 Edmondstone Street, South Brisbane

Since throwing open their doors in 1975, South Brisbane’s Greek Club has been winning hearts (and hunger) as a Brisbane Greek food icon. Now, following a serious facelift in 2018, this Greek legend is better than ever. If you’re ticking off your Brisbane Greek food, Nostimo’s brisket pastitsio, fried eggplant and halloumi chips in honey are non-negotiable.

Lemoni Greek Cuzina 

1795 Wynnum Road, Tingalpa 

This Tingalpa spot will treat you like you’re one of the family, with a round-up of Greek cuisine that tastes like it came from yia yia’s kitchen. Handpainted murals adorn the walls and ceiling, while live music and entertainment livens things up on Friday and Saturday nights, so book Lemoni early if you’re planning to head in on a weekend. The zucchini fritters and saganaki with caramelised figs are a must, and pasta lovers should opt for the pastitsio—pasta layered with mince and topped with bechamel. Can’t decide? Their meat, seafood and vegetarian share platters were made for the indecisive diner. 

Yamas Greek 

45 Mollison Street, West End 

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From the team behind the city’s riverside Opa Bar + Mezze comes Yamas Greek, another stunning Greek restaurant dishing up hearty Agean fare. The glam spot is decked out in terrazzo tables, rust-coloured seating and rose marble benches, with circular booths for larger groups. Fitting in with those giant booths, the menu is, of course, all about sharing. Start things off with warm pita bread with dips and mezze like halloumi chips, flash-fried calamari and of course, gooey saganaki. Larger plates include rich moussaka, lobster live from the tank, and the extravagant 150+ grain-fed rib fillet, or there’s lamb and chicken from the souvla menu. 

Santorini Restaurant Grill Bar 

Level 1/5 Kyabra Street, Newstead 

Taking its cue from the Greek island of the same name, Santorini Restaurant Grill Bar has an entirely blue and white interior, with half-moon window-like murals of stunning Santorini vistas, so you’ll feel like you’ve escaped to the Mediterranean. The menu is a who’s who of Greek classics, featuring zucchini chips, stuffed red peppers, dolmadakia, souvlaki, yiros, spanakopita and so much more. They’ve also got lengthiest dessert menu we’ve seen at a Brisbane Greek restaurant, so don’t skip out on the last course. 

Kafe Meze  

2/409 Honour Avenue, Graceville

As Plato once said, ‘When in doubt, order more dolmades.’ (Alright, it was us, but we stand by it.) Parked in the leafy streets of Graceville, Kafe Meze is a sneaky standout in the Brisbane Greek restaurant game. From mezze platters through to end-of-the-night baklava, this little number will have you hooked to the end.

Greca 

3/5 Boundary Street, Howard Smith Wharves

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Settle those Big Fat Greek Cravings with a day trip down to Howard Smith Wharves. Here, under the Storey Bridge, you’ll find Greca, a haven of Mediterranean delights—and, no-holds-barred, one of Brisbane’s best Greek restaurants. Let the ouzo flow freely and brace the table for plates toppling with saganaki (that's cheese fried in honey for the newbs), octopus topped with green chilli, and fresh seafood by the river.

Zeus Street Greek 

Multiple Locations

When the belly’s rumbling like rolling thunder, follow the crowds to Zeus Street Greek. In the CBD, South Bank and Chermside, these minions of the thunder god are fixing Greek food cravings with pitas stuffed with tender chicken and tzatziki, crispy halloumi chips, and their famous snack packs.

The Yiros Shop

Multiple Locations

Problem: you’ve hit Code Red (that means hangry AF) with a Tier 5 halloumi craving. Solution? The Yiros Shop. With spots in South Bank, the Valley and a few in the ‘burbs (there's even a drive-through location), this team fronts the perfect Brisbane Greek food fix for those half-hour windows.

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