Opa! Who doesn’t like some Greek cuisine every now and then (see: every other day)? Fresh fish, veggies, olives, even some feta cheese! We all love aspects of this cuisine, and if you travel to many major urban cities you can find many incredible Greek restaurants (Milo’s in Las Vegas and Montreal is simply life-altering). So this begs the question- why don’t we see more of this around LA?

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Good question indeed. Despite being one of the most delicious foods on the planet, the people of LA somehow haven’t really jumped on board with too many Greek restaurants. Maybe then, keeping the options to a minimum make it even more special to scout out our favorite Greek food spots.

While it’s true that LA isn’t bursting with Greek restaurants, you can be sure that if you look hard enough, you’ll discover some serious gems. Let’s check out some of the best must-try Greek establishments that LA has to offer.

1.Papa Cristo’s

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If you’re looking for an all-inclusive Greek experience, then Papa Cristo’s is the place to be. It serves the community as a market, bakery, and restaurant, so whether you want to sit down for dinner, or grab something to go, Papa Cristo’s has something for you. One night per week, patrons have the opportunity to do some wine-tasting as well, and can enjoy some live entertainment with their dinner. Happy customers have even referred to the establishment as “the mother lode of Greek authenticity.”

2. Good Greek Grill

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Good Greek Grill actually started out as a simple food truck, but after gaining some serious popularity, it has since opened a physical restaurant in Hollywood. The place has a totally casual vibe, where you can enjoy some of the most traditional Greek foods, like gyros and baklava bites. Known for their friendly staff and short wait times, it’s hard not to love this place.

3. Aliki’s Greek Tavern
This no-fuss restaurant is committed to one thing: serving up the most delicious Greek food you’ve ever had in your life! They work with a ton of imported ingredients, so you’re definitely getting the real deal here. Locals have deemed it a “hole in the wall” location that will blow you away with its incredible menu that has THE BEST appetizers in the city. Added perk: parking is easy and near the front entrance.

4. Le Petit Greek

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If you’re searching for a family-friendly Greek restaurant, then you have to check out Le Petit Greek. The menu is full of classic Greek dishes, and you can opt for eating inside the cozy restaurant, or enjoying the sunshine on the patio. If you’re a bit of a gyro snob, then you’ll be happy to know that many people report that this place makes the most delicious ones that they’ve ever had.

5. George’s Greek Grill
If counter service is more your style, then George’s Greek Grill it is. You can walk right in and order your favorite sandwich or kabab, in addition to general pleasantries such as smoothies and beer. It’s a hot spot for lunchtime, but is usually pretty quiet in the evenings. The atmosphere is casual, and there’s a cool window bar where you can sit to enjoy your food.

6. Inotheke

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Inotheke is known for its bright and contemporary interior, and perfectly plated foods. You haven’t tasted amazing Greek wine until you’ve checked out this Santa Monica spot that has just about every Greek wine imaginable. People rave about the atmosphere, and the menu caters to people who are intolerant to gluten or dairy.

7. The Great Greek
It’s all about portions at The Great Greek! You can definitely get more bang for your buck at this place. People describe the atmosphere as fun and upbeat, with a warm and welcoming staff. Fresh and flavorful are popular phrases that happy customers use to describe the place. Everybody swears by the Greek coffee, so be sure to try that out on your next visit.

8. Rodini Park

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Rodini Park has everything you could hope for in a Greek restaurant- fresh food and awesome service. What’s more is that they also serve up baked goods and organic coffee. If you appreciate hip, relaxing dining experiences, then this is the spot for you. Sidewalk seating is available, and there’s never too much of a wait time. If you want to keep it casual but still get top-shelf food, then definitely give this place a shot.

9. Cugurt
If you want to be sure to get all the staple Greek foods, then you won’t go wrong at Cugurt. Gyros, kababs, falafel- you name it, and they have it. They offer daily lunch specials at affordable prices, and are also open late. There are even healthier food options for health-conscious folks out there.

10. Firehouse Restaurant

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This quaint establishment is home to some of the most flavorful Greek meals you’ve ever tasted. Even customers who’ve actually lived in Greece comment on its deliciousness. The portions are huge, and prices are fair. This traditional place has a homey feel that will keep you coming back for more.

11. Elena’s Greek Armenian Cuisine

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If you stop into this cozy corner spot, then you have to try their lamb. Many customers claim it’s the best they’ve ever had. This is an affordable place that’s family-friendly, and makes you feel like you’re part of the family. Parking is a little dicey though, so come mentally prepared for the challenge.

With all of these awesome Greek options in LA, you’re sure to be able to find a taste of the homeland that’ll leave you feeling like you could close your eyes, and imagine yourself on a boat ride from Athens to Mykonos!