When I think about Greece, I think about ancient history, mythical gods, paradisiacal Mediterranean islands, and delicious food.
Greek food encompasses spit-fired meats, olive oil, lemon marinated fish, savory pastries, and fresh salads.
A cuisine this fresh and tasty has earned global praise, with many cultures adopting a “Mediterranean diet.”
While Phoenix may be a landlocked city in the heart of the desert, you can still evoke a Mediterranean Ocean breeze at one of its many Greek restaurants.
Whether you’re looking for fine dining or fast-casual pitas on the go, you’ll get a taste of the Mediterranean lifestyle from any of the options on my list of the best Greek restaurants in Phoenix.
20206 N 27th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85027
Located at the busy intersection of Loop 101 and the Black Canyon Freeway, George’s Famous Gyros and Pasta is a fast-casual, family-friendly Greek restaurant with the most extensive menu of Greek, Italian, and American comfort foods imaginable.
The friendly counter-service and open kitchen manned by George himself opens onto a clean, bright, and airy dining area with an outdoor patio.
The menu has sections with multiple options for pitas, sandwiches, burgers, stir-fries, pasta, salads, entrees, and more.
It can be overwhelming, but since George’s is first and foremost a Greek Restaurant, I’ll stick to their specialties.
My favorite dish was the gyro plate with beef and lamb gyros, tzatziki sauce, tomatoes, onions, and pita.
Opened in 1994 by three visionary friends, Pita Jungle is a trendy, alternative Greek restaurant and cocktail bar with dozens of locations around Arizona including Downtown and Uptown Phoenix, and the Phoenix Airport.
The premise behind Pita Jungle is to serve health-conscious, fresh Greek, Mediterranean, and American food that tastes delicious.
They have plenty of vegan and vegetarian options as well.
I recommend their vegetarian red quinoa with cilantro jalapeno hummus for a southwestern twist on a Greek staple.
It comes with kale, arugula, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, garlic, feta, pine nuts, and a lemon vinaigrette.
305 W Washington St #104, Phoenix, AZ 85003
Crazy Jim’s Restaurant has been a downtown staple for over 20 years, serving Mediterranean food and classic American comfort food for breakfast and lunch.
The atmosphere is casual, cozy, and family-friendly. The friendly service, heaping portions, and low prices all factor into their popularity with locals.
Their vast lunch menu has a wide selection of pizza, sandwiches, pitas, appetizers, soup, salads, and desserts.
I went for lunch and ordered a healthy yet hearty grilled shrimp and feta salad with lettuce, tomato, cucumbers, grilled onions, and green peppers with a creamy Greek dressing.
I treated myself to baklava for dessert.
2501 W Happy Valley Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85085
While it may be hidden inside a nondescript shopping center, Greek Pita may be the best-kept secret in Phoenix.
Located north of Deer Valley, Greek Pita is an authentic Greek counter-service restaurant with a modest dining space.
The authentic and well-rounded menu is up on the wall above the cash register, with pictures of each dish by its name.
The food is so delicious, that you’ll happily make the trip to the suburbs for it.
I started with the appetizer combo that comes with hummus, baba ghanoush, dolmas, falafel, and fresh pita.
Their chicken shawarma with an authentic Greek salad and garlic sauce was the best dinner I had all week.
1940 E Camelback Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85016
Modeled after an authentic Greek Taverna with exposed wood-beamed ceilings, white stucco walls, and rustic furniture, Greekfest is a charming authentic Greek restaurant and wine bar.
Located in the Baltimore District, Greekfest is an all-encompassing Greek experience that will transport you through its surroundings and delicious food.
The menu is a high-end multicourse menu with a wonderful wine list, featuring bottles from Greece, Italy, and other famous Old World wine producers.
The massive mezze menu is divided into vegetarian, meat, and seafood.
I recommend the Spanakopita phyllo pastry stuffed with spinach, leeks, herbs, and feta. For the main dish, I loved the lamb souvlaki.
8519 N 7th St, Phoenix, AZ 85020
GreekTown Restaurant is a longstanding favorite bar and grill that’s been offering authentic Greek cuisine in a family-friendly, colorful atmosphere for over five decades.
Located in Sunnyslope, GreekTown Restaurant’s interior has classy white tableclothed tables, white walls, and blue finishes with various vibrant frescos of Greek country scenes.
The delicious Greek food at GreekTown has received 15 reader’s choice Best of Phoenix awards.
I enjoyed how every entrée comes with soup and salad.
I went with one of the most classic Greek dishes, the Mousaka, an eggplant and potato casserole with a creamy bechamel sauce.
4026 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85018
Located in Camelback East, Z’s Greek is a no-frills fast-casual Greek restaurant with an open kitchen, an order-up counter, and a modest dining room that opens onto a cute tee light-lit patio.
They offer an affordable menu of pitas, entrees, mezze, sides, and desserts.
They’re a great place for fast lunches and take-out.
They make some of the tastiest French fries I’ve ever tasted. Their Greek fries come topped with feta, parmesan, and American cheese.
They’re a great appetizer to split.
I followed the fries up with a delicious falafel pita with lettuce, onion, tomato, and tahini.
13843 N Tatum Blvd #29, Phoenix, AZ 85032
A Paradise Valley favorite since 1979, Edens Grill Inn is a family-owned and operated Mediterranean restaurant specializing in Middle Eastern Mediterranean cuisine.
The owners Marcus and Shalem Narsa hail from Iran, emigrating to Chicago where they opened a successful Iranian bakery before moving the family to Phoenix.
The award-winning menu has Mediterranean mezze, soups, salads, entrées, vegetarian specialties, and kababs.
The portions are huge, so come hungry! Middle Eastern and Greek food overlap on their menu with kababs as well as gyros.
I loved their tabouleh and meat-stuffed potato pancakes for appetizers.
The curried lentil soup was the height of comfort.
5033 E Elliot Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85044
Meaning “fresh” in Greek, Fresko A Mediterranean Kitchen is a modern and colorful Guadalupe suburb restaurant whose delicious Greek Mediterranean plates live up to its name.
The owners and staff are firm believers in the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle.
The premise of Fresko is to offer fresh and delicious meals that improve your health and satisfy your appetite.
The menu had an authentic offering of items that you won’t find at other restaurants like Muhammara and Avgolemono (egg broth) soup.
My favorite dish was the Keftedes, a blend of beef and pork meatballs, seasoned and lightly fried.
6102 N 16th St Ste 1, Phoenix, AZ 85016
Located in Uptown, a quick drive from Granada Park and Piestewa Peak Park, George’s Kitchen is a casual and comfortable neighborhood grill with a fusion of Greek and Italian cuisine.
They’ve got a bar with local and domestic beer and a nice wine selection to pair with gourmet and creative takes on Greek and Italian fare.
They have daily specialties like Greek Chicken and Potatoes on Thursday and Pasticcio on Fridays and Saturdays.
I went for the Pasticcio, which is the Greek version of lasagna with a thick bechamel sauce.
I had a delicious appetizer of Greek imported saganaki cheese with pita to start.
7126 N 35th Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85051
The Golden Greek is a casual family-owned Greek and Mediterranean restaurant in Glendale a few blocks from Mariposa Park.
The authenticity of the food, low prices, and welcoming staff make this cute restaurant a neighborhood favorite for families, friends, and business lunches.
The menu has dishes from various Mediterranean nations including Italy and Greece.
If you’re not in the mood for Greek food, they make a wonderful Veal Marsala. I had a Greek smorgasbord of surf and turf, starting with pan-fried squid.
I followed with the main course of Dolmathes, rice, mint, and ground beef wrapped in grape leaves and topped with egg-lemon sauce.
Phoenix is a desert oasis with fancy resorts and gorgeous mountainous scenery with a vibrant restaurant and nightlife scene.
Greek cuisine is well represented in Arizona’s capital city, with a variety of dining experiences.
Whether you’re looking for a high-end taverna or a no-frills counter-service joint, the best Greek restaurants in Phoenix have something for everyone.
If Italian is more up your alley, check out some of the Italian restaurants Phoenix has to offer!
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