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The Greek Islands Restaurant

4.5
129 reviews
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$30 and under
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Greek
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  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies

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About

For over 20 years, The Greek Islands Restaurant & Catering has served the Indianapolis, Indiana region with authentic Greek cuisine in a friendly and family owned establishment. Guests who visit The Greek Islands Restaurant & Catering can enjoy starting their meal with tasty bites that include hummus, fire-roasted red peppers and eggplant dip with pita. Larger plates include tilapia filet, chicken souvlaki, Greek spaghetti and more.

For an exotic taste of old world Greece, visit the entrées on the lunch and dinner menus at The Greek Islands Restaurant & Catering. You can enjoy the eggplant moussaka, ground beef pasticcio, kreatopita meat pie, tender lamb chops and Hoosier rib eye steak for something hearty.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Greek
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Hours of operation


Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:30pm;
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(317) 636-0700
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Angela Stergiopoulos
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Catering
We would love to cater your next event!! Be the hit at your next event by having something different, something amazing, something homemade and make it a "Big Fat Greek" event! Opa!
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
McCarty
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Parking details
Parking is available in a private lot behind the restaurant and also to the south of the restaurant with additional parking on the street.
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Entertainment
Live music once a month. Belly dancing every Friday and Saturday night. The belly dancing schedule and entertainment updates are posted on our Facebook page--The Greek Islands Restaurant
Additional
Beer, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Takeout, Wine
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4.5based on all time ratings
4.6
food
4.4
service
3.9
ambience
5.0
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Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on February 14, 2015

Two couples, married 20+ years, went on Valentine's Day, anticipating just dinner. The food was excellent, exceptional really, and the service was perfect from the time we arrived. The owner was jubilant and providing keen oversight to make sure every diner had a terrific experience. The staff was attentive without being invasive and clearly enjoy their jobs. And, of course the belly dancers provided a cultural addition missing from so many restaurants. The subtle additions of chocolates at the table and a rose for every woman was such a nice and unexpected touch.

One couple had never eaten Greek Food and they loved everything they ordered from appetizer through dessert. I had the kabobs and my husband had the meat pie. Everyone at the table raved about the perfect spicing of the meat pie. I cannot say enough how exceptional the food was. This crew will definitely plan a return trip.

I would also be remiss if I didn't mention that we were very early for our reservation and instead of having to wait, to return later, or feeling in the way, the owner made us feel as if we'd done him a favor. Talk about a professional restauranteur. A very busy night and he never let us see them sweat. :)

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5.0Dined on January 31, 2015

We went on a Saturday before a Pacer game. It is a small intimate size. The service was excellent. I ordered from the devour downtown menu and my wife ordered from their own menu. Everything was served promptly with great presentation. The quality of their food was outstanding. If you leave hungry, it's not their fault! They also had a belly dancer! She was great and had the patrons involved! They have a free parking lot . The whole experience was fantastic and we plan on returning!! Thanks for widening our horizons!!

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5.0Dined on January 23, 2015

Passed this restaurant for years but never ventured in. Decided to try it because they participated in Devour Downtown. The superb authentic Greek cuisine was only exceeded by the hospitality of the staff and family owners of this restaurant. This is the kind of find where you walk away knowing you will be back. The only disappointment is why we never stopped here before. Thanks to Sarah our server,for explaining our dishes and taking great care of our table. Observing George the owner taking care customers made it easy to see why customers return. Thanks for a Great dining experience.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2014

We have only been to the Greek Islands twice since we discovered it (we live an hour away and don't get to Indy often) ... once for a late lunch and this New Years Eve for dinner. Both the food and the service is outstanding. The entire staff makes their customers feel welcome as soon as you walk through the door. -Allan & Sharon

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2014

Definitely the place for Greek food in Indy. Small family owned restaurant. Highly recommend.
We have turned a lot of people on to this establishment.

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5.0Dined on December 5, 2014

We had a wonderful time celebrating our friends 60th birthday!

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5.0Dined on November 21, 2014

An excellent selection of authentic Greek cuisine and drinks. Also has a selection on local drinks.

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4.0Dined on November 14, 2014

Went here for lunch with two friends and had delicious Greek favorites, friendly and quick service in a comfortable and endearingly "divey" environment. We loved it! One of my friends is from Jordan and appreciates Mediterranean food and thought the pastitsio was wonderful. Thanks very much, Greek Islands!

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4.0Dined on November 9, 2014

Other than the wine the food was great. Enthusiastic wait staff and food delivered on a timely fashion. 😃

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5.0Dined on October 18, 2014

Had the lamb chops and they were wonderful! Great Greek fare and the service is seamless.

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2014

We had lunch in well under an hour, including the flaming cheese! The food is SO good and the service was excellent as well. Highly recommend!

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4.0Dined on September 13, 2014

Good selection, generous portions, excellent flavor

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5.0Dined on September 5, 2014

Great local family restaurant. I shared with two friends who had never dined at the Greek before to one of my favorite restaurants in downtown Indianapolis. All of us agree that the food was excellent and service was outstanding. Would definitely return.

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3.0Dined on August 23, 2014

Food and service were great. Seating and ambiance were lacking.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2014

Our total experience was EXCELLENT. Being of Greek heritage, I can tell you the food is authentic, the atmosphere is very Greek and it reminded me of everything I remember from my youth when my Grandfather took me to Greek restaurants and introduce me to the wonders of Greek cooking. Indianapolis is lucky to have the Greek Islands. It is every bit as good (if not better) than many of the Greek Town restaurants in Chicago (Halsted Street). Anyone traveling to, or even near, Indianapolis should include the Greek Islands as a "must eat" spot.

Mark Samaras
Waverly, Illinois

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2014

This was my second time dining here and it was just as great as the first time. The hummus is the best in town! Though, the flaming cheese is the heavy favorite. Also, the staff is incredible. They are so very nice and welcoming, that you feel like family.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2014

Went on a Saturday night for a birthday dinner, the place was happening. Belly dancer roams the restaurant on weekends, which was an awesome touch. The food is the best in town in its authenticity. Portion sizes are more than enough and they have a nice selection of Greek beer & wines. I will definitely be going back soon. OPA!

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2014

An absolute gem on South Meridian Street! Super service, great food and very large portions for a surprisingly reasonable price.

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5.0Dined on June 16, 2014

Love the chicken slovakki. Potatoes are my favorite side. Authentic Greek food!

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3.0Dined on May 17, 2014

The food was good, as always. Our service was lacking. I asked our waitress for a glass of water multiple times which she never delivered. I could see her in the kitchen area talking to other employees so it was not a busy period. The restaurant was fairly slow when we arrived. Another waiter came by and I ask for water which was promptly delivered. While we were still dining the waitress delivered our check and stated she would take it any time. Maybe it was a bad day, maybe it was a bad waitress.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2014

We held our post-IUPUI graduation party at The Greek Islands restaurant. We were treated like family from the moment we walked in the door. They found a vase for our graduate's flowers to keep the flowers fresh while we ate. The food was terrific. Penny provided outstanding service. The ambience was just what we wanted after a long day of sitting through graduation ceremonies. The Greek Islands restaurant is now definitively on our list of "favorite restaurants" in the downtown area. Opa!

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5.0Dined on April 30, 2014

I love coming to Greek Islands. I'm always treated like family. The atmosphere is comfortable, the food wonderful, and the service warm, friendly, and appropriate. I never feel rushed nor do I feel like I ever wait on anything. The small, cozy restaurant helps create a warm, inviting, and comfortable experience. Opal!

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2014

Fantastic food and you always feel like family when you walk in the door.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2014

Fabulous lunch! Chicken Sovalida is wonderful . Reasonable price for quantity and quality ! Love desserts!

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4.0Dined on February 21, 2014

Nothing fancy but very authentic family owned staple in Indianapolis. A personal favorite!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2014

We were immediately greeted by the staff like old friends! Big Papa was lifting a baby into the air and Mama Fofo was greeting guests at another table. Wine samples were brought to us and the belly dancer began to entertain the diners. It was like walking into the living room of a large Greek family. The food was FANTASTIC!! The flavors were INCREDIBLE!! Words simply cannot do the food justice. We drove to the restaurant in terrible weather. The 45 minute trek took us just over two hours - and it was SO worth it! The restaurant is definitely a "hole in the wall" gem and a new favorite!!

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5.0Dined on February 8, 2014

Everything about this place is great! Owners make you feel like family in the family owned restaurant. The food and service is outstanding! They even have belly dancers on the weekend which is a lot of fun.

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4.0Dined on February 5, 2014

I love the food, very authentic, delicious, great service. If you are picky about decorations and paying too much attention to furniture and stuff then you can have your senses blocked for the real food experience, tables and chairs and decorations are way old, teared and outdated, although very clean. I would never stop going because of the looks of the place as I am always pleased with the food.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2013

The food was great and the staff was awesome. Can't say enough about his place.

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4.0Dined on December 31, 2013

Greek Islands has great prices & great food. The portions are generous and tasty. The place is small so there is not a lot of private space. The owner was present, but maybe a little too present and distracting.

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4.0Dined on December 29, 2013

From start to finish, this family-operated restaurant was great. Both my friend and I ordered the AROUND THE ISLANDS, a tasty combination of Moussaka, Pasticchio, Gyros and pita bread. It was a great way to sample the menu. The portions were ample, and we both took food home with us. The kitschy decor and friendly service made the meal even better. It felt like we were guests in a home, rather than a restaurant. Oh, don't forget to try the flaming Saganaki. Opa!

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3.0Dined on December 28, 2013

Dinner was good. It's hard to find restaurants that don't sell Italian, American, steak, which makes the restaurant stand out. During dinner a belly dancer made her way past the tables, which I personally found loud and obtrusive.

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4.0Dined on December 13, 2013

Love this place. Great food and family owned. The atmosphere is fine but it can get loud when the belly dancer performs. It's all in good fun.

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5.0Dined on December 13, 2013

We are always satisfied with our dining experience after leaving Greek Islands. The food is great, the atmosphere is fun and the service is usually really good. I have never ordered anything I have been disappointed with. I'd definitely recommend it!

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4.0Dined on December 7, 2013

Fun atmosphere, great food, friendly staff. While we were there, one of the staff grabbed the keys from patrons, moved their car & talked the officer out of giving them a $300 parking ticket (they were next to the hydrant). We've been more than once, but this was the first time we'd seen the belly dancer. She was wonderful, graceful, and not intrusive to people who weren't interested in her entertainment. I'd definitely recommend this place.

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5.0Dined on December 7, 2013

This was our second time at Greek Islands, with our team being in the B1G Championship game. We were not disappointed.we had an excellent Sagnaki, great entrees, and a very good rice pudding for dessert. Unfortunately, they were out of Gelato-Bourakis, a fantastic dessert. The prices are very inexpensive, providing a good value for a nice portion. The Greek islands is a small place, holding about 70 patrons. This gives it a very intimate feel. Since they are about 4 blocks from Lucas Oil Stadium, people are dressed pretty casually. There is a nice sportsmanship between groups of diners from opposing teams. I highly recommend The Greek Islands.

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4.0Dined on November 30, 2013

Great food! I can't complain one bit about the food. The service was hit and miss but overall not bad. I didn't care for the half naked dancing lady in the restaurant. I felt as if it was inappropriate with the childern in the restaurants as well as people tucking dollars into the dancers waistband.

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5.0Dined on November 30, 2013

Great food and excellent service The Florinis, roasted red peppers stuffed with feta are one of my favorite appetizers anywhere in town. Always good to talk with George.

The belly dancer was beautiful.

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4.0Dined on November 23, 2013

The service was great, the food was abundant and tasty. We started off with Saganaki (flaming cheese) it was very good. Then the Greek salad with excellent dressing that was surely homemade. Our entrees were very well presented and prepared. We had more than enough food for the price. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys Greek food.

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5.0Dined on November 1, 2013

We had an amazing time. Food was awesome!

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