With its bustling nightlife, animated music scene, and delicious local cuisine; there is something for everyone in Thessaloniki. In this post, we will show some of the must-try restaurants in Thessaloniki that travelers should experience while traveling.
Must-try Restaurants in Thessaloniki
Located near the western Byzantine Walls, Sempriko is one of the must-try restaurants in Thessaloniki for all foodies. Try the smoked eggplant salad with tahini (dip), traditional ‘manti’ dumplings with lamb and yogurt, buttery shrimp, stunning risottos, or the truffle oil steaks – whatever your choice, you really can’t go wrong. Make sure you try Sempriko’s fantastic selection of cheeses, antipasto, as well as Greek wine and craft beer.
2. Omilos The Beach Club
At this beautiful spot by the Aegean Sea, quality cuisine and traditional entertainment are merged to create a unique experience. The restaurant at Omilos serves up an excellent range of dishes, specializing in seafood that brings the taste of the ocean to your plate. Start with the sea bass tartare with green apple and wasabi mayonnaise, before ordering cod with zucchini cream and salmon roe. Accompany your food with the best varieties of Greek wines for a perfect meal. Service is polite and friendly and adds a personal touch to your night.
With a focus on traditional Mediterranean recipes and dishes, the kitchen at Kritikos uses the best herbs and spices to reflect their love of and respect for local flavor. Located in the affluent suburb of Panorama, this restaurant is perfect for an extended lunch in the sunshine. Choose from the traditional salads, or push the boat out and order a whole Greek lobster or king crab. A luxury atmosphere with impeccable service.
Located near the Roman Agora, this innovative restaurant will tickle your taste buds. Try the scrumptious Extravaganza take on the penirli, the funky but delicious strawberry, and sausage risotto, or go for some meze dishes such as the fried meatballs with sage and the oat battered Mytilini fried cheese. Don’t forget to order one of Greece’s craft beers from Extravaganza’s long list to accompany your meal.
5. Grada Nuevo
The chefs at Grada Nuevo choose only the best products for their dishes, combining them in inspired ways and offering a modern take on traditional Greek cuisine. Haute cuisine plays a central role in this restaurant, serving complex fusions of flavors alongside a more traditional oyster bar. A delicious experience in a friendly atmosphere, it’s clear why this Thessaloniki spot continues to impress.
6. Estrella World Street Food
Located near the Arch of Galerius, Estrella gives the all-day breakfast & brunch menu a new meaning – literally serving breakfast until about 11pm! Try the ‘bougatsan’ (a twist on the traditional custard bougatsa, served in a croissant), the pizza ‘koulouri’ (a twist on the traditional Greek bagel, stuffed with pizza ingredients), and the Ottoman burger.
With a focus on impeccable service, the elegant space at Marea is an ideal spot if you’re looking to host lunch meetings, business dinners or private events with aplomb. The menu here is a mix of creative combinations that will satisfy even the most demanding foodie. Guests should try the carpaccio and sea bream tartare with black truffle, gnocchi with crayfish tails, and shi drum baked in parchment with vegetables. To accompany your meal, the restaurant has an up-to-date list of top-quality wines.
With waterfront views, located next to Aristotelous Square, and a funky modern interior – what else could you ask for? Ohh yes, the food. I’m not sure if it’s just me, but whenever I’m at a seafront restaurant, I jump straight to the seafood options! The seafood here is sure not to disappoint. Try one of the catches of the day specials, the zucchini chips, the domatokeftethes (tomato fritters), the squid and sausage linguine, or a Florina sweet pepper with tzatziki.
9. Mavri Thalassa
Mavri Thalassa is one of the best places to eat fresh fish in Thessaloniki. Guests here are taken on a culinary journey of the North Aegean Sea. The menu is flavorsome and healthy, with a large variety of vegetables and salads on offer. We suggest ordering a simple sole fillet with oil and lemon, and let the freshness of the food speak for itself. The staff is polite, fast, and professional.