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Best Greek Food In The Twin Cities

November 16, 2010 3:17 PM

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Searching for a taste of Greece? Well look no farther than these Twin Cities hot spots.

Here, we have a great selection of both on-the-go Greek food and welcoming family restaurants, ready to make you a part of their extended relatives.

The flavors and creations coming out of these kitchens combine perfect blends of traditional Greek spices and plenty of authentic Mediterranean flair. The combination of great Greek food and warm hospitality are enough to make anyone jump up and say, “Opa!”


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Christos has been offering locals the best in classic Greek cuisine since 1988. The menu features a wide selection of favorites — including traditional plates and new twists on Greek flavors. The spanakopita is classically served with rich filling and flakey phyllo pastry and the gyros are some of the best in the cities.

Acropol Inn Restaurant
748 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
(651) 298-0151

When traditional Greek cuisine is mixed with a family-style atmosphere, you get Acropol Inn. The cozy restaurant mixes its home-style cooking with tasty seasonings and spot-on tzatziki.

Shish A Mediterranean Grill & Cafe
1668 Grand Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
(651) 690 2212
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For a casual dining in a cute café setting, you can’t go wrong at Shish. Here, the specialty is in the name — the shish kebabs are what they do best. Served on rice with a salad and warm pita bread, the kebabs are always nice and juicy, packed with great seasoning and bold flavors.

It’s Greek To Me
626 West Lake St.,
Minneapolis, MN 55408
(612) 825-9922
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This family-owned and operated spot is a great addition to its Lyn-Lake location. For more than 25 years, this Greek restaurant has been a popular spot for both its authenticity and warm hospitality. The menu offers an array of specialty meats and spinach pies to daily deals and seafood specials.

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Santorini Taverna
13000 Technology Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
(952) 546-6722
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From the bold, blue canopies to the mighty waving Greek flags, you can’t get much more Greek than Santorini. And you can’t get much better food than from the Nicklow brothers — cuisine legends with Greek food in the Twin Cities. Between the lamb chops, moussaka and slouvaki, these brothers have mastered the art of Grecian flavors.

2325 W 90th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55431
(952) 746-2091
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It’s all in a name — and here, the gyros are simply out of this world. For those looking to grab a good gyro the way it should — and was meant — to be served, this is your spot. The portions are plentiful, they don’t skimp on the juicy slices of meat and the kicked-up-a-notch options really takes your tastebuds to a new dimension.

Gardens of Salonica
19 5th St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 378-0611

In 1991, northeast Minneapolis received a treat in Greek cuisine. Gardens of Salonica opened with the promise of traditional Greek dishes with an emphasis on local, all-natural and even organic ingredients. The cozy Greek spot offers the classics, a few modern twists and a take-out menu perfect for lazy nights or parties needing to be catered.

Kafe 421
421 14th Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(612) 623-4900
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Family is key at Kafe 421 and like many Greek traditions, when you walk in to dine on Greek food — you’re family. The hospitality from the wait staff and the delicious food coming out of the kitchen are simply top-notch. The atmosphere is casual and relaxed, which makes for a great evening out and the prices make it possible to come back again and again.

Athens Café
4080 W Broadway Ave # 141
Robbinsdale, MN 55422
(763) 504-0757

The quality of a gyro could sometimes be measured by the amount of napkins one needs when consuming it. Here at Athens, it’s best to grab an entire dispenser. The gyros — though messy — are tasty and the fries pair perfectly.

Sara Boyd is a web producer and columnist at WCCO.COM.

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  • ron shepard

    Gardens of Salonica is top rate, none better.

  • deb spencer

    Phil’s Tara Hideaway, Stillwater

  • Nicole

    Where is the Mediterranean Cruise Cafe? They have the BEST Mediterranean, Greek food in the Twin Cities!! They are located in Burnsville, and their food can’t be beat.

    • Inez

      Yes. Their food can be beat.

  • Eric

    Santorini is one of our favorite places, so good!

  • Daniel

    I would stay away from Christo’s service is poor, The menu has not changed in years. Owners are very shady people….Better to spend you money with better people….

    • Dennis McGrath

      I totally disagree. This reads like a competitive hatchet job. I have known the owners for many years and they are stelllar people who I would trust with my life. Their food is also excellent Greek cusine.

  • mark

    Give Aristo’s in Stillwater a try. It’s always been great when we go.
    Staff is very friendly and the food is wonderful.

  • Jody

    Mediterranean Cafe in St. Cloud is a great place – great food and a great atmosphere.

  • Dave

    Falfel King on Lake St & Lyndale really should be listed here. They have amazing falafel & incredible gyros with large portions in both. The humus is excellent as well.

    • Scott

      I agree, Falafel King is an excellent choice! Their King Size entrees are very good as they include potatoes!! i just may have to stop there soon!

      • Scott

        Yes, the King Size entrees are great with the potatoes! So have you stopped in lately?

      • Scott

        Yes, the King Size entrees are excellent with the potatoes!! So have you stopped in lately?

  • Emily

    Trieste Cafe….Lumber Exchange building downtown 5th and Hennepin….best gyros by far…..great Greek and Lebanese food!

    • Drew

      Totally forgotten, the Trieste Cafe on the streat level of the Lumber Exchange building in downtown Mpls. Been going there for years. Hats off to Omar! :)


    Big Marina Grill & Deli 4755 Central Avenue NE Columbia Heights, MN 55421 Phone » 763-571-0222 IS A GREAT PLACE. LUNCH & DINNER BUFFET AT GREAT PRICES…

  • Tbird

    The sampler platter at Kafe 421 is a bargain!! Friendly service, excellent food.

  • Penelope

    Thanks for including the Athens Cafe, best in it’s class on the northside since the Halikarnas went out of business!

  • Donna

    Aristo’s in Oak Park Heights/Stillwater is delicious! Superb food and helpfull staff!

  • Jake

    Acropol Inn is awesome. You walk in and it’s like your part of there family. Everything is delicoius.

  • Joe

    The best gyro that I’ve ever had is at Pines Market in Circle Pines!

  • Kenneth Saxhs

    Years ago at the last American Express Taste of the Nation at the Convention Center, the Gardens of Salonica had a booth. Their spinach pie made in small triangles was out of this world. I think I ate 7 of them.

    I come from Chicago and ate at the famous Diane’s om Halsted Street which is long gone, the original Greek Islands and the newer one in suburban Lombartd.I also ate at d several other Greek places in “new” Greektown on Lawrence and Western in Chicago. Both places are now gone due to the changing neighborjood. But one moved to suburban Lincolnwood close to Chicago’s border.

  • BB

    Say it ain’t so – Diana’s in Chicago is gone?!! Memories of flaming cheese, Ouzo…was there in the 1980s…
    I can’t discredit Dino’s in St. Paul, glad they’ve gone mini-chain, loved them when a student at the U of M and love them now when I’m shopping in Woodbury. They have catering so when it’s party time…

  • mutt

    Thanks for the tips…I ate at It’s Greek to Me about 20 years ago and almost broke my tooth on an olive pit…there were no olives in my meal…from his mocking reaction, I think the cook spit it into my food. I ate at Gardens of Salonica and the service was so poor, the waitress chased us out of the restaurant thinking we’d dined and dashed..after not having any service we had finally just left the money on the table…I should have taken back my tip…which already reflected the service…I’d like to try Gyropolis….Dino’s always makes an acceptable inexpensive gyros but I’d like to try others…I’ve had maybe a 1/2 dozen in the Cities…

  • Nik Papazois

    Looks like Gyropolis in Bloomington is still the best kept Greek secret in Minnesota

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