The 10 Best Greek Restaurants Around Boston Right Now
Where to find grab-and-go gyros, classic Hellenic comfort foods, high-end meze, and everything else that's betta' with feta.
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Ready to pledge to the Greek life? Allow us to school you with this alpha-to-omega list of the best places to find grab-and-go gyros, classic Hellenic comfort foods, high-end meze, and everything else that’s betta’ with feta.
In non-COVID times, there’s typically a buzzy, almost clubby vibe to this swish, contemporary Greek restaurant in the Seaport. Cool crowds don’t just come for the food—although the not-too-traditional cuisine certainly warrants it, like, say, the grilled octopus with avocado skordalia and pineapple horiatiki salsa, or the bao gyros of crispy pork belly with BBQ tzatziki. They also come for the cocktails, a kicky bunch that includes the excellently named Harissa Explains it All, made with rum and a house made apricot-harissa cordial. (While you’re at it, check out Committee’s new Back Bay sibling, Krasi, which recently made our list of the hottest restaurants right now.)
50 Northern Ave., Boston, 617-737-5051, committeeboston.com.
This inconspicuous street-corner taverna is a little easier to spot now, thanks to the pandemic-era patio out front. Whether you pull up a seat in the homey dining room or soak up the autumnal air outside, there’s familial service to accompany Hellenic comfort food like rice- and herb-stuffed vine leaves drizzled with avgolemono sauce, slices of phyllo-layered spinach pie, and classic mousaka, an eggplant, beef, and potato casserole covered in béchamel sauce.
202 Third St., Cambridge, 617-868-9098, desfina.com.
Given that there’s only about three tables inside, this family-run place in quaint Roslindale Village is mainly a takeout spot—even when there’s not a pivot to providing to-go plates. And that just means they’re used to speedy service and packing up containers of amazing avgolemono soup; pita sandwiches filled with beef, chicken, or pork; and super-fresh village salads of cucumber, olives, tomato, and so much feta you might not need to tack a warm feta pie onto your order. (Pro tip: Do it anyway.)
37 Poplar St., Roslindale, 617-942-2247, effiesgyro.com.
The Brighton restaurant has several years’ worth of Best of Boston awards under its belt, but we’d argue it still doesn’t get the credit it deserves. Among other reasons, the value is incredible: The place does not skimp on portion sizes, and its entrées—nearly all of which are twenty bucks or less—come with two hot sides and a Greek salad. Our pick? Mousaka or keftedes meatballs, paired with herb-laden roasted potatoes and sweet corn. Even if you don’t order some delicious baklava for dessert, you’ll wind up with enough food for tomorrow’s-lunch leftovers.
344 Washington St., Brighton, 617-254-8337, esperiagrill.net.
GreCo isn’t just one of the best Greek restaurants in Boston—it’s one of the best fast-casual restaurants in Boston, period. For that, credit the commitment to using top ingredients, many sourced straight from Greece: from the olive oil drizzled on fresh and crisp horiatiki salads, to the merenda, a hazelnut spread used as a topping for delicious loukoumas, which are deep-fried doughnut holes. (Even pillows in the dining room are sourced from Greek designers.) Besides fantastic lamb and pork sliced straight off the spit, there’s also delicious dips, such as spicy feta for swabbing up with house baked pita.
225 Newbury St., Back Bay, 617-572-3300; 200 Pier 4 Blvd., Seaport, 617-572-3300 ; 1 Milk St., Downtown, 617-572-3300, grecoboston.com.
For more than 30 years, this Porter Square-side staple—its interior covered in murals of the Greek coast—has been serving up homespun plates to eager crowds. Skewers of charcoal-grilled lamb, chicken, beef, and swordfish are a highlight, though there’s plenty of veggie-friendly plates: falafel, stuffed grape leaves, and pureed eggplant salad, to name a few. You’ll also find some lovely galaktoboureko, sweet squares of phyllo dough baked with semolina custard.
2366 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-661-5655, greekcorner.us.
It’s all about the namesake pita-wrapped meats at this pair of fast-casual standouts. Warm, tzatziki-smeared pita is filled with rotisserie pork or chicken, plus tomato, red onion, and crispy fries. That said, the Brighton location has a broader menu of hits, including appetizers like the kolokithokeftedes, mint- and feta-filled zucchini croquettes; mains such as pastichio, noodles baked with seasoned ground beef and béchamel; and delicious dips, including melitzanosalata, a smoky eggplant spread.
88 Peterborough St., the Fenway, 617-266-4976; 181 Chestnut Hill Ave,. Brighton, 617-903-4248, gyrocity.com.
There’s a bit of South End-style swankiness to the Greek cuisine here, which offers lamb or Mediterranean sea bass grilled simply but superbly with olive oil, lemon, and herbs; braised beef short rib served over orzo; and eggplant stuffed with onion, garlic, tomato and springy kasseri cheese. And naturally, given that the South End is such a brunch-heavy neighborhood, Kava is also offering some of its weekend specials for takeout—say, saganaki of baked eggs in a spicy tomato sauce with feta and bell peppers.
315 Shawmut Ave., Boston, 617-356-1100, kavaneotaverna.com.
In recent months, James Beard award winning chef Jody Adams has been busy leading the charge on restaurant recovery—she’s cofounder of Mass Restaurants United, a grassroots coalition of operators who are seeking relief funds to save the industry. Along the way, her trio of Greek fast-casual restaurants continue to hum along, tossing together signature pitas like the Herc, honey-garlic braised pork shoulder with spicy whipped feta, as well as the Crispy Chicken, which drizzles the fried bird with Greek-style ranch dressing. To-go cocktails are a highlight here, too, including the Santorini Spritz Kit with enough booze to get half-a-dozen people in your pandemic pod buzzed.
4 Kilmarnock St., Boston, 617-266-0001; 24 Dunster St., Cambridge (Harvard Square), 617-945-5074; 181 Massachusetts Ave. (Central Square), 617-714-5152; salonikigreek.com.
The hearty soups, in particular, have powered downtown office workers through many a lunch hour at the Boston locations, which ladle out avgolemono, lamb chili, and fasolada, among others. But the Somerville location at Assembly Row has an even larger menu for dinner hours, including a host of meze: half-pound Greek sausages of ground pork, leeks and orange zest; chargrilled, herb-marinated chicken wings; and zucchini-feta fritters with a goat cheese and dill aioli, to name a few.
92 State St., Boston, 617-227-0101; 3 Center Plaza, Boston, 617-227-0101; 355 Revolution Dr., Somerville, 617-764-2792, zoboston.com.