Traditional Greek food and drinks you must try

Welcome to our Greek taverna, where you will taste mouth-watering traditional Greek food and delicious Greek drinks! Please, sit down at the shaded table over there, it has the most beautiful view of the sea in this area.

My name is Mirela and I will be your waitress today. Here is our menu with all the traditional Greek foods we prepare with local products. In the end, you will also find our Greek drinks, from which I strongly recommend the strong Greek coffee. Please have a look, I’ll be right back with some cold water for you.

Traditional Greek food and drinks menu

  1. Breakfast
  2. Salads, spreads, and dips
  3. Appetizers (Meze)
  4. Traditional Greek soups
  5. Main dishes:
  6. Traditional Greek desserts
  7. Traditional Greek drinks

traditional greek food: strapatsada

Traditional Greek breakfast

Fried eggs, spinach, bell peppers, onions, cheese.

Fried eggs with tomatoes.

Yaourti me meli
Greek yogurt with honey.

traditional greek food: tzatziki and olives

Salads, spreads, and dips


Horiatiki (Greek salad)
Tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, feta cheese, Kalamata olives, olive oil.


Fish roe, olive oil, lemon juice.

Eggplant, red onion, garlic, parsley, olive oil, lemon juice.

Dry barley rusk, tomatoes, feta cheese, capers, olive oil, aromatic herbs.


Greek yogurt, cucumber, garlic, dill, olive oil.

Greek fava dip
Yellow split peas, red onions, garlic, thyme, olive oil, lemon juice.

Feta cheese, roasted red peppers.

traditional greek food: kalamarakia

Appetizers (Meze)

Florina bell peppers
Roasted red bell peppers, stuffed with feta cheese and aromatic herbs; olive oil, vinegar.

Deep-fried squid covered in batter, served with lemon.

Okhtapodhi (Grilled octopus)
Octopus prepared on the grill; lemon juice.

Pickled small fish (bonito).

Zucchini, stuffed with rice; aromatic herbs.

Pie, spinach and feta cheese filling.

Pie, feta cheese filling.

Olives with olive oil
Kalamata olives, extra-virgin olive oil.

traditional greek food: soup


Broth, egg yolk, chicken, rice, lemon juice.

Broth, chicken, noodles.

Broth, tripe.

Broth, carrots, cabbage, zucchini, onions, potatoes.

Broth, beans, tomatoes, carrots, onions, celery, olive oil, aromatic herbs.

Broth, lentils, smoked herring, vinegar.

Broth, fish, carrots, zucchini, celery, onions, potatoes.

traditional greek food: mydia

Main traditional Greek dishes

Meat & fish traditional Greek dishes

Meat roasted on a spit, served with tzatziki, tomatoes, onions, pita bread.

Meat marinated in oregano, olive oil, and lemon juice; served on skewers, with a side of tzatzki, tomatoes, onions, pita bread.

Lamb, marinated in garlic and lemon juice. Slow-baked, with potatoes.

Lamb, baked in a clay pot; served with manestra (local risoni-like pasta).

Lamb chops, grilled. Served with lemon.

Lamb / pork sausage, orange zest, leeks.

Meat stew, shallots, red wine sauce, cinnamon.

Sausages, red wine sauce.

Sausages, peppers, onions, wine sauce.

Lamb intestines, stuffed with heart, lungs, kidneys; grilled.

Meatballs, seasoned with oregano and mint; served fried or baked.

Rolo kima
Greek meatloaf; minced meat, beef stock, tomatoes, potatoes, red onions, garlic, eggs, aromatic herbs; baked.

Minced meat, rice, rolled in grapevine leaves.

Stuffed vegetables, baked; minced meat, rice, aromatic herbs.

Minced meat, eggplant, potatoes.

Minced meat, pasta, Bechamel sauce.

Pie; minced meat, rice, and tomato sauce filling.

Mackerel, grilled.

Swordfish, grilled.

Mussels; served with sauce.

traditional greek food: gemitsa

Vegetarian & non-meat traditional Greek food

Vegetable stew; eggplant, tomatoes, onions, zucchini, potatoes, olive oil, aromatic herbs.

Vegetable stew; leeks, rice, olive oil, lemon juice.

Vegetable stew; spinach, rice, olive oil, lemon juice.

Cabbage, served with rice.

Green beans in tomato sauce.

Gigandes plaki
Beans, baked; tomato sauce, aromatic herbs.

Zucchini and feta cheese balls in bread crumbs; green onions, garlic, egg, flour, aromatic herbs; fried.

Balls made out of tomatoes, red onions, flour, aromatic herbs; fried.

Stuffed vegetables, baked; stuffed with rice, aromatic herbs.

traditional greek food: baklava

Traditional Greek desserts

Very sweet pastry desert, with chopped nuts and honey syrup.

Very sweet pastry desert, with chopped almonds, walnuts, and honey syrup.

Feta me meli
Pastry with feta cheese filling; served with honey and sesame seeds on top.

Pastry; custard filling.

Small balls of fried dough; served with cinnamon and honey.

Cinnamon bread, with cloves.

Greek almond cookies.

Pie; apple and cinnamon filling.

Greek walnut cake.

Greek rice pudding; served with cinnamon.

Traditional Greek drinks

traditional greek drinks: metaxa

Greek aperitif / digestive drinks

Liquor seasoned with the resin of the mastic tree, native to the Greek island of Chios.

Clear, anise-flavored alcoholic drink; turns white when served with ice.

Unsweetened, clear-colored alcoholic drink typical to Balkan countries.

Strong, clear-colored alcoholic drink.

Grape-based brandy, specific to Crete.

Cinnamon-flavored liquor, from the Greek region Patras.

Metaxa (photo above)
Sweet Greek brandy.

traditional greek drinks: beer

Greek beers


Fix Premium Lager – 5%
Soft, yet full flavor, balanced bitterness. Awarded 38 gold medals and prizes.

Fix Dark Premium – 5.2% imited edition brew. Aromatic and tasty, with an aftertaste of toasted malts.

Fix Aney – 0%
Non-alcohol beer preserving the authentic beer taste.


Mythos Lager – 5%
Rich foam, fruity nuances, lasting aftertaste.

Mythos Radler – 2%
Low alcohol beer, with lemon.


Vergina Premium Lager – 5%
Light, smooth, and full flavor. Respects the German beer purity law.

Vergina Weiss – 5.4%
Rich, fruity aroma of bananas and cloves. Awarded Germany’s Beer Star and England’s International Brewing Award.

Vergina XXX Black – 5.5%
Unfiltered, with coffee and vanilla notes.

Vergina Red – 5.8%
Fruity aroma of exotic fruits, blackberries, and honey.

Vergina Prfyra – 6.3%
Limited edition unfiltered lager.


Zeos Gold Pilsner – 5%
Full-bodied, with a flowery aroma, and a long aftertaste.

Zeos Black Weiss – 5%
Medium bitterness, with a roasted coffee and caramel aroma.

Zeos Blue Lager – 5%
Lightly flavored starts sweet but has a bitter aftertaste.

traditional greek drinks: wine

Greek wines

White wines

Variety from Santorini. Citrus-edged white wine. Similar taste to Riesling.

Variety from Santorini, Attica, Macedonia, and Rhodes. Low acidity white wine, with a scent of nectarines.

Variety from the Epirus region. High acidity, leading to sparkling white wines.

Variety from Macedonia. Medium acidity white wine, with a jasmine aroma.

Variety from the Peloponnese. Still or sparkling, with a tangerine, flowery scent.

Variety from the Ionian Islands. Lemony flavor, best paired with fish and seafood.

Variety from the Attica region. Used to produce Retsina, a young white wine, with pine resin.

Pink / Rose wines

Variety from northern Greece. Soft wines, with fruity flavors.

Variety from Attica, Macedonia, Peloponnese, and Thessaly. Crisp, elegant wines.

Red wines

Variety from the Peloponnese region. Velvety-red wines, with black cherry flavors. Similar taste to Beaujolais.

Variety specific to the Island of Lemnos. Strong wines, with bay leaf aroma.

Variety from Peloponnese and the Ionian Islands. Sweet, desert wines, produced from grapes which had been turning into raisins.

Variety from the Macedonia region. Strong in tannin, with a spicy aroma.

traditional greek drinks: coffee
Greek coffee, always served with a glass of cold water

Greek coffee

Ellinikos cafes
Strong Greek coffee; always served with a glass of water.

Greek cafe frappe
Instant coffee, served cold.

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23 Thoughts to “Traditional Greek food and drinks you must try”

  1. This all looks amazing!!! Do you have any idea if it’s hard to eat gluten-free in Greece? We want to visit Greece so badly- but I’m afraid of being able to find safe food for us!

    1. I didn’t, but I did look into it and you might find this helpful 🙂

  2. Jayne

    My goodness this is a great list and Gyros is my new favourite!

  3. Greek food is amazing, and big part of it seems so healthy too.. Thanks for the list – will be on a lookout next time I’m in Greek restaurant 🙂

    1. My pleasure, Zenja! And, if we don’t count the large quantities of olive oil pretty much in the entire Mediterranea area, the diet is pretty healthy. (And virgin olive oil is great, I know, but I only recently found out how many calories it has 😐 )

  4. Chloe

    Tzatziki is so yummy!!! I have eaten Greek food, but haven’t heard of a lot of these foods.

    1. I know, I’m actually planning on making some tzatziki for when my fiance returns home from work!

  5. Great food guide! I love the Greek food I’ve tried but I would definitely like to explore some different foods as well!

    1. Thank you, Brittany! I love Greek food, too, but like in any rich cuisine, quite influenced by its neighbors, too, there’s so much to try.

  6. Mai

    As a food lover, this post is perfect to me haha. I really love this and I found that your page is really interesting as well. Thank you for sharing

    1. Thank you for dropping by, Mai. I’m constantly working on delivering better content in a more reader-friendly way so it’s great to know it’s appreciated! 🙂

  7. omg this post has just put the taste of fresh food in my mouth and the desire to visit …. I could just sit down and order them all.. We visited long time ago and all I always remember is the fresh Zazikky…

  8. I love Greek food and reading this I realised that it has been far too many years since I have been to Greece. The tomatoes in Greece, are packed with flavour. and don;t get me started on the feta cheese. Yum!

  9. Love that list of veggie foods! I took my grandma to Greece recently and she discovered Greek Salad is not what it is in the States…. loved it though!

    1. I had no idea it’s different in other places. What’s it like in the US?
      (By the way, I love that your grandma keeps traveling. I hope to be like her and like my fiance’s grandfather when I grow old <3 )

  10. Wow, I haven’t tasted any of these Greek food. All of them looks really tempting and luscious. Hopefully, I can try them if I get the chance to visit Greece in the future. Thank you so much for sharing the interesting culinary of Greece.

  11. Wow all this food looks super yummy. My husband is Greek and we make Greek food in our home often. I love that you included vegaterian dishes.

    1. It doesn’t just look yummy, but since you’re cooking Greek with your husband you already know that! 🙂

  12. My other half is Greek, we love finding Greek restaurants near us! Soooo many good things to eat and drink! We love mastika! Goes well with many Greek dessert!!

    1. I have some Greek roots on my father’s side of the family. Maybe that’s why I always feel at home in Greece and Greek food is kind of like comfort food. So I totally agree, their cuisine is incredible.

  13. I should have not read this before having breakfast. So many great dishes to choose from, I really wouldn’t know where to start. I’ve always been a fan of Greek food and now I want to try more of these amazing sounding dishes!

    1. If it was before breakfast, it was the perfect time to learn how to make the Greek omelet!

  14. Wow, what a comprehensive list of Greek foods AND drinks. I’m starving now. I love greek lambchops and if I were to visit I’d know that they were called “Paidakia”. So useful for when I read a foreign menu. Thanks!

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