Fine Mess Smokehouse

4.6
31 Reviews
$30 and under
Barbecue
Fine Mess Smokehouse brings low & slow barbecue to Athens! The journey of twenty-one thousand kilometers across thirty-nine States in the US inspired Pavlina Thanopoulou, Dennis & Costis Bastias to design an original gastronomic experience that celebrates the philosophy of authentic barbecue. Custom-made smokers are used to smoke in seasoned beech wood exceptional meats, as well as cheeses, fish and seafood. Chef Elena Kaperda creatively brings together barbecue tradition with modern-day gastronomy. The restaurant’s signature dish is Black Angus Brisket, smoked over 10 hours, served with topinambur pureé and beef gravy. The menu is full of exciting options, whilst at the same time remains casual and friendly, true to the original barbecue culture of Fine Mess. The welcoming, chic space invites you from early in the day to enjoy Brunch, Lunch and Dinner. Fine Mess also features a full bar with a strong focus on bourbon cocktails, and it offers an intriguing selection of New World wines.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 31 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Greece
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best BBQ, must try if you’re in Athens

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KonstantinosA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was unique and amazing. Soft meat, juicy ribs, flavorful nice touches throughout the starters and main courses. Design of the place and every little detail was very well taken care of, you could see the attention the owner gave to it. Thoroughly recommend it!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super nice location. Great food!

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TakeB
Greece
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have stay in Athens 12 days and this was the best restaurant where we have eat!

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StelK
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Πολύ όμορφος χώρος, που έλειπε από το κέντρο της Αθήνας. Ένα πραγματικό smokehouse, με εξαιρετικό brisket, αντάξιο Αμερικάνικου Νότου. Πεντανόστιμες, τραγανές πατάτες, πολύ ωραίο mac n cheese και γκουρμε, νόστιμοι πουρέδες συνοδεύουν το κρέας. Εξαιρετικά κοκτέηλ και ευγενέστατο service! Αξίζει!

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KristalR
Greece
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best place we ate in Athens. The softest meat cooked to great taste, and the most amazing and surprising appetizers to share.

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PanagiotisG
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food and fine ambience. Friendly people and good drinks.

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Fifi
Mobile
7 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Utterly incredible experience, fantastic food, fantastic service and just generally incredible evening. O have eaten in some of the best bbq restaurants in texas and this was up there with them

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AnastasiaB
Greece
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Modern, cool vibes with interesting light-pieces hanging from the ceilings. ALL service was outstanding, friendly, knowledgable and personal. They asked us, honestly, whether we liked it or if we have recommendations. The food was outstanding, it really is one of a kind. The cocktails were out of this world! Simple, yet made with so much love and diligence (you could see the barman, who was making the drinks like he was creating art). Very very recommended. Especially for meat-lovers.

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FayS
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very attentive and helpful service. Paid attention to special requirements we had due to allergies to specific ingredients. Willing to explain and check if we were happy with food drinks and service. Sufficient cocktail list with variety of base drink.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the best smoked meat in my life, it was very soft and delicious.

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vipBenO
New England
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good BBQ surprisingly in Athens. Come ready to eat portions are quite large! Good cocktails also

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Silvesterparty

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ArielS
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must-have restaurant for meat lovers and especially smoked meats. High quality food and excellent service. Must visit when you come to Athens

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OpenTable Diner
Hamburg Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is pretty amazing and the service very friendly but extremely professional

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OpenTable Diner
Greece
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food not to be missed. Definately we will come back.

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Tiffany
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and delicious food. Would definitely recommend to anyone. We had a great experience.

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Theperfectbelle
Houston
18 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you have time to go – GO!!!
We are from TX and my husband was very worried about trying this out. But we LOVED it. The food was unique and delicious. And they had a great take on a very delicious style of food. We went as a group, but it would make a great date night. We did the ribs and the brisket. The brisket definitely exceeded my expectations. It is better than some bbq places in the US. The ribs were delicious (but the brisket was better). We also did the shrimp pops, duck cones, and the ravioli. Do yourself a favor and get the duck cones. I know it may not be as simple as ravioli – but they are amazing! The ranking there would be the duck cones, shrimp pops and then the ravioli. (Not that there was anything wrong with the ravioli, but the other two are just something I have not seen anywhere else.)

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AdamY
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

What a great find in Athens! A truly unique experience with the balance of smoked BBQ food with a fine-dining presentation. The staff were so enthusiastic and passionate about their restaurant that it was contagious! Pricing was great for the amount of food you get and their cocktail list (especially their Old Fashion Bourbon selection) paired really well with their food. Would highly recommend this to anyone visiting Athens looking for BBQ.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was an excellent dinner. Fantastic service and the food was outstanding. A must book for locals and tourists!

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MurrayP
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting Athens from Canada and enjoy BBQ. Having eaten the traditional Greek meals for over a week we were ready for a change. Fine Mess lived up to the strong reviews. Service was prompt and friendly, menu had lots of options (including specials) and the food was delicious. We recommend you try it. They really care about you and it showed in attentive service and good quality. It is nicely (mildly) smoked unlike some North American smokehouses that in my taste can overdo it. We had the Spinach Crunch, Gentlemen’s Mac and Brie on Fire, Brisket, Ribs, Flat Iron Steak and a pasta special. Our only negative comment was the ribs were on the fatty side. Brisket, steak and pasta were perfect. Thanks for a great meal.

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OpenTable Diner
Munich
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was excellent! Please add more wine choices!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great concept, great food and atmosphere! We were visiting Athens from San Diego and found this restaurant on our last night in town. It was refreshingly different. We really enjoyed the whole experience. Definitely a must in Athens!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Amazing, very nice food. We can see why it is top in Athens.

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GreatLakesGirl
Pittsburgh
16 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great smoked, innovative dishes in a crisp space. Excellent service, and did we mention the cocktails?

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vipLainey
Toronto
42 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a great meal at Fine Mess. The food was delicious: we had the duck cones, the Tuscan tart, a smoked lamb special, the ribs and a peach and cherry cobbler. The restaurant was an oasis for us in Athens as we had experienced very mediocre food

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EranO
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurant in athens.
I would like to recommend it to all how love good food and cocktails.
Enjoy.

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ArtoS
Greece
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were group of eight persons. First the restaurant was very charming. Second the personal was helpful. And avoversiona all the food was very good. So I can recommend this restaurant.

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LoLo
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a fantastic restaurant in Athens. Met the owner and you can tell he takes great pride in the food. Highly recommend.

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Fine Mess Smokehouse is rated 4.6 stars by 31 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.