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Maria’s Greek Restaurant

Maria’s Greek Restaurant
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Cost
R90 avg main meal
Ambience
Coffee, Groups, Quick meals
Food
Greek, Mediterranean, Vegan food, Vegetarian
Payment
Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
No BYO

Critic's review

Lindsay September

It’s no surprise Maria’s has been around since the 1950s. You’ll resist leaving then make plans to return as soon as you’ve left.

Food
The menu can be daunting, especially if too many options overwhelm you or if you weren’t quite expecting the price point from such a relaxed eatery. If you’re not looking to splurge, there are two routes available: limit yourself to one fantastic main course or try out several equally fantastic mezze.

‘Hake’ is listed beneath the mezze section deceptively simply – it could very well be the best hake of your life, flaky and enrobed in a crisp Striped Horse beer batter and served with a fantastic homemade mayo. The komesko comes with beer-battered aubergine and zucchini and skordalia (a garlic and potato dip). It’s almost too good – it’ll be gone before you know it. The vegan platter for one is a treat. The piling of dolmathes, garlicky olives, aubergine, hummus, komesko and garlic pita will make you feel like you’ve done something very right in life. Each element of the dish is pitch-perfect; light but bursting with flavour. Highly recommended: the hand-cut chips seasoned with rosemary. They have the most perfect crunchy exterior to fluffy interior ratio and, again, the small portion will present a challenge for how quickly you’ll find yourself scarfing them down.

The rest of the menu covers the Greek gamut. From souvlaki and moussaka to lamb chops with tzatziki and spanakopita, you’ll certainly find whatever you’re craving. There are also a few different types of burgers and pitas. Make sure to keep an eye on the specials board for more drool-worthy offerings.

The dessert selection is much smaller but still traditional. Choose between the likes of kataifi, semolina cake and kourabiethes (Greek butter cookies).

Drinks
The options on the wine list are also pricey, but there’s a decent variation and most are local. Just a few are available by the glass (or, technically, by the carafe). There’s not much in the way of other drinks options.

Service
Service is friendly but slow. You may feel forgotten at times and wish the specials were presented to you, but it’s a highly pleasant experience when your waiter is around, and the jovial owner is also likely to come around and check on you.

Ambience
It’s difficult to imagine someone who won’t feel welcome here. Families dine alongside business meetings and trendy twenty-somethings. Choose to sit in the buzzy interior or relax in the sunny and spacious courtyard. The entire atmosphere is easy-going – there’s no forced association with Greece, allowing you to be subtly transported there by the food alone.

Best for...
Spoiling a loved one who doesn’t like a fuss. This is the most worthwhile low-key splurge.

(2018)

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User reviews

  • This is our best Saturday lunch restaurant with most delicious food and had been consistently so for ten or more years
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  • Had a perfect date! The easy going atmosphere, great food and good service all made a lovely evening
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  • Had the meze platter at Maria's. Delicious and authentic flavours. The atmosphere and outdoor seating is fantastic. For dessert we shared the ravani and kataifi, both were fabulous. The ravani was especially good with a balance of sweet and tangy flavours.
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  • I dined on two occasions recently at Maria's in Dunkely Square. Once, without a reservation, but the staff were most accommodating and, with a little persistence to secure a table indoors, it turned out really well. The ambience and friendly staff make it a home from home. Wine selection was made easy, thanks to staff input, gently guiding us to the better choice. Service was generally prompt and certainly above average for Cape Town.The French speaking waitress was a bonus especially when it came to wine suggestions. The food was tasty, unpretentious and the right quantity, with the lamb (house speciality) great on both occasions. The bill did not detract from the enjoyment of the experience but rather prompted me to return and again. After a few years hiatus, it was a pleasant surprise to revisit a cosmopolitan corner of this metropolis and to witness the delight on the newcomers' faces.
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Menu

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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Breakfast
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
  • Dog-friendly
  • Food
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • WiFi

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