Akrotiri Seafood Taverna
Went the week before and loved it. Went back with family and we were not attended by the waitress for 45 minutes. We ended up asking the host for the check and didn't bother ordering dessert because our waitress never returned. I get that they were busy but this was disappointing given we were really excited to take our family because of the wonderful experience the week before. The food is great still. Advice would be go on a slow night and not a busy one.
We loved the food and the whole dining experience but for the Astoria neighborhood we felt that the portions were on the small side and pricey. Other Greek restaurants in the area have great food, more generous portions and better prices.
One of the best new Greek restaurants in Astoria. Made even more special by my favorite waiter Stefanos who comes from the Greek islands himself and helped us pick out the most delicious food on the menu we otherwise might not have tried. Atmosphere is a bit more upscale from the older tavernas in the area, and food is just as good! A bit pricey but the quality is worth it.
I wanted to like this pretty restaurant with outdoor seating on a corner in Astoria so much that I dined there 3 times. The chef tries to do twists on old Greek favorites but fails miserably. On my first two visits the waiters had no issues with my food requests (the menu points out at the bottom that the chef is happy to comply), not the case this time as the waiter kept saying he didn't think so and would eventually acquiesce and go into the kitchen to ask, always returning with a "yes". This time we avoided the chef's twist on tarama and ordered it the old-fashioned way. All we tasted was over-salted tarama with no other apparent flavors, not even the texture beckoned to eat more. The grilled octopus hardly seemed grilled as it was almost julienned rather than in chunks. We asked there be no vinegar on the octopus, our waiter guaranteed the kitchen doesn't use vinegar which would be incredibly odd since Greeks always serve octopus drowning in vinegar. Of course the octopus came laden in vinegar, we didn't send it back, it was awful and my husband being Portuguese knows a thing about grilled octopus. The lemon potatoes were only pepper, so laden in pepper they were inedible, we're still in search of the lemon. My husband's branzino was over-cooked (what did the poor branzino ever do to deserve such a fate). I had asked for my salmon rare without the yogurt because I'm lactose intolerant. Somehow this became the most difficult request of the night. The waiter went back to ask the chef who of course said yes. The yogurt with beets mixed in was served on the side, I wasn't offered a substitution. Finally, my salmon was raw and not of Sushi quality. left with no choice we sent it for a bit more grilling and still it came back raw, my husband saw blood on it and convinced me to stop eating it. We asked for the check and left. After 3 such underwhelming visits I believe the diners who rate Akrotiri high are all friends of the Chef and staff. My husband and I say AVOID!
The food and wine were fantastic, friendly owners, they allowed us to linger over our meal and wine and then coffee. Unique menu, and even more rare Greek wine menu. It was a great long lunch!
Wonderful new Greek in Astoria!!!
Having tired of the same old same old, we discovered Akrotiri and boy are we glad that we did
Great service as well as really good happy hour food and drink deals
We loved it so much we’re already planning our next visit
A perfect addition to the Astoria dining scene a truly upscale Greek experience
AC was not working. We were swearing. Too loud and too cramped. Not coming back. Servers are nice too bad
Really enjoyed everything about our dinner here. Not your average Greek tavern, a lot of pleasant twists to the traditional Greek menu. We were a group of 7, all of our orders came out quickly and all the food was amazing. Really like the shrimp loukoumades and tuna tartar.
This was our first time dining @Akrotiri, after an enthusiastic recommendations from friends who are originally from Greece. The whole experience was delightful -- food menu was really well explained by our terrific waiter, who gave us as much (but not too much) culinary background on the dishes and pairings as we needed to share in our decisions. The food, all cooked perfectly, much from authentic Greek ingredients, was served on a gracious (not rushed, and not a lot of waiting) timeline, the wine was perfect, and the portions all ample. We actually over-ordered to try more of the dishes, and ended up bring some home for a late night snack. The chef, who seems to be cooking in the kitchen (nice!) mixes classic Greek cooking with modernist tweaks. We enjoyed both, from the spectacular lobster and gnocchi to a simple plate grilled fresh sardines.
We ordered drinks and starters of octopus with black eye peas, grilled calamari, saganaki, tarama with truffle, octopus balls and spanakopita. All of them were absolutely delicious. I highly recommend them.
Cabbage salad had way too many walnuts & apples and was too heavy on the dressing. Not enough cabbage to balance the dish. Greek salad was mediocre as well. Tomatoes were mushy.
First round of beverages were served well. Fix beer came with a glass along with wine and various carbonated drinks. Second round of drinks however were horribly served. 2 bottles of Fix beer were ordered but what we got instead were glasses of a dark warm beer. When waiter was notified he offered no resolution and denied that it was a different beer when we know it clearly was not Fix beer.
Lobster Pasta didn’t taste as good as it looked. The presentation was lovely but, sadly the lobster was over cooked and rubbery, mushy pasta that was clumped together and the sauce lacked flavor. This dish has potential to be great but needs some tweaks.
Parchment Perch was good as were the pork chops.
When we got the bill we were overcharged 2 additional beers. When waiter was notified he simply walked away and came back with a new bill, no apology and no observation that the beers were never consumed due to them being served warm.
Lights need to be dimmed a bit, we were blinded for most of our stay.
Ambiance is pretty, music was nice and there is definitely potential for this restaurant to become a neighborhood gem.
Outstanding food and service!
The food was excellent. Perfectly prepared and evert
Thing was fresh. The staff was extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Will definitely return
Food was just average and a bit overpriced; service was non-existent. I won't be back, unfortunately.
Chef Nicholas has brought to Astoria something that was missing: high quality Greek food with a fresh and modern twist. Will definitely return.
Great decor and ambiance! Food was delicious, a creative departure from traditional Greek dishes. Service while dining there was top notch, but we also appreciated that they called us that we forgot our daughter's sunglasses there. Very thoughtful. Kales doulies!!
Food was good but pricey for Astoria the service was on slow side the waiter never came by to check on us the only time I saw him Was when he took the order
Our waiter was awesome. Super knowledgeable and kind. Just wanted us to enjoy. We had a vegan person and a gluten free person with us, and he was STILL awesome. The food was great. We tried many dishes and loved them all. From the sardines (not too sardiny) to the grilled octopus (octopussin delicious) and many more. We will most definitely be back!
My husband and I live around the corner and were very happy when this place opened. It has such a lovely vibe to it, it is a great addition to the neighborhood. We went here on a Monday for our anniversary and it was delightful!
I would have given the restaurant a better review except for one thing that bothered all 4 of us. The waiter highly recommended the black fish to me and my husband before our friends arrived. When the bill came we were all in shock. While our branzino was $22.00, the black fish that my husband ate was a whopping $56. The waiter should have forewarned us. The tzatziki and eggplant dips were served in large clam shells and were the tiniest portions I have ever seen. My friend complained to us that his swordfish was dried out. So since we split the check, we felt compelled to treat our friends to cappuccino and dessert at a bakery across the street. The friends told us several times that next time we should all eat at Telly’s. When I told a millennial relative about the waiter’s black fish recommendation, he said that sure, the high priced item resulted in a larger tip. We will not return to this restaurant as we felt like we were tricked. The black fish was 2 lbs, but after accounting for bones, head and tail, it was a normal size fish entree.
Walking to Akrotiri from a block away we saw the festive lights hanging around the perimeter beckoning us in. Sitting at the bar having a cocktail looking at the blue and white interior with the 2 corner walls open to outside, we felt the breeze blowing in magically transporting us to the island of Mykonos or Santorini! The drinks were great, the staff was SO friendly, and the food was fantastic. We chose to get a variety of appetizers and no main entree. Everything was tasty and beautifully prepared. We can't wait though, to return so that we can choose from the stunning selection of fresh fish on ice display for an entree. The Mosaiko (chef's secret) dessert was the best Greek dessert we have ever had. Hard to describe....you just have to go the Akrotiri and try it for yourself!
I had family coming in from out of town and they had requested that we visit a restaurant in walking distance from my home. Akrotiri had opened several months ago and I had walked past it several times but had yet to visit, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity. They perfectly handled our party at six, with good service and lots of attention to detail; even on a busy Saturday night, my water glass was never empty. All of the food was fantastic and remarkably fresh. The only minor quibble would be that we felt $22 was a little bit pricey for a small grilled octopus appetizer portion, but with that said, it was some of the very best octopus we had ever tried. The grilled sausage appetizer was also very tasty. The whole grilled sea bass easily served two and was fantastic; the whole grilled branzino was a perfectly sized portion for one and very fresh and delicious. Side dishes of sizzling brussels sprouts and lemon potato wedges were also fantastic. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the food and drink menu and had helpful suggestions, and we enjoyed a great meal without ever feeling rushed. My family looks forward to returning next time they visit, and I'd like to return even sooner. We ate there on Saturday night and I'm still thinking about it on Monday afternoon, always a great sign.
Excellent food & service.
Restaurant wasn't crowded (6:20 on Friday) but we were jammed into a table for 2 which couldn't hold all of our dishes (and one place was missing cutlery). After we were seated we were ignored for 10 minutes before anybody came around (and no water provided). After we ordered we waited and then we had to ask for bread.
The saving grace was that the food was excellent.
Also, the table next to us, where the party was already gone when we arrived, had dirty dishes that didn't get cleared until we were almost done eating!
First time here and a great experience all around. Vibe, service, wine, apps, entrees all great. Looking forward to our next visit. Thanks to Panos for making our night special.
The best Greek food I have ever had! It is truly as authentic Greek as you can get!
Love the vibe! The food is fantastic and it’s a perfect spot for a special occasion!
Nice enough, friendly enough, clean. We felt the price for some of our dishes was a little high for portion size and the neighborhood.
I realize this place is new, but we are Greek food fans and we live in the neighborhood. The service was VERY slow and cumbersome. If it were busy, I could almost understand but it was virtually empty! I was surprised! Very few waitstaff running around crazy in a virtually empty restaurant. It was strange.
This was one of the most fabulous beautiful experiences we ever had. The food was extremely unique and all natural. The service was outstanding and the chef came out and met us. What a wonderful special expert in his field. Love this restaurant it will be our new favorite and we know what favorites are!
Overall great experience
Restaurant is fairly new. Very not very decor and intimate. Panos was our server and he was awesome. Made the night extreme enjoyable! The black truffle Tarama is a must. Fried calamari was good as well. Actually, everything we ate was good. The stand out was the tarama. Never had it hat way before. Only criticism I can make is, a few more wines can be added to the list. Doesn’t need to be a large list but a few more wouldn’t hurt. I’ll be back though! Overall great dinner!
It was just okay. There’s better seafood at Kyclades.
The grilled octopus w/ black eyed peas was the best octopus I've ever had! Tarams is served with caviar and it is excellent. We had a white wine from Santorini , very good also tiger shrimp w/ red quinoa! Dessert was an orange cake that was amazing! Don't hesitate to eat here. It is a cut above most Greek restaurants!
Akrotiri is definitely a modern take on Greek cuisine. The presentation is simple and elegant, and some twists on classic dishes. My husband and i shared 3 appetizers and 1 main at the suggestion of the server. It was definitely more than we needed. Everything is great for sharing. Save room for their creative desserts. You really can't go wrong with their suggestions. The bill with one glass of wine each came out to $100 or so excluding tip. It does get busier after 7 pm. The ambiance is soothing and it makes you wish you were seaside in Greece.
From the waiter to the excellent chef, everyone was friendly, professional and knowledgeable about the food and wine. Beautiful atmosphere. Fantastic Greek wines. All the food excellent with interesting ingredients. The special paste with mushrooms was fantastic as was the smoked eggplant appetizer. The orange cake was other worldly fantastic. Loved the Melanthia sparkling rose wine - like walking through a rose garden. Select menu, hopefully they’ll have extra daily specials in the future as well. Portion sizes could be slightly larger, although the seafood with squid ink linguini was right amount.
We were there for a Anniversary night. Our waiter was accommodating but was serving too many tables at the time we were seated. Became absent minded and left us with empty wine glasses thus we ordered a full bottle of Rose.
Wine selections are limited as main concentrations are on organic wines; red and white.
Ambience was acceptable but the couch seating and cushions were made for a more bar lounge experience rather than a restaurant seating as they are too soft with no support.
Food on the other hand was a bit on the salty side, but portion serving was acceptable.
Nevertheless, there is room for improvement, provided it has only been opened for a couple of months. Improvement, will probably have to be focused on better wait staff and runners to bring down the wait time and dining experience and also better selection and concentration on the wine list.
This place is everything you are looking for! Food is exceptional and great wine selection.