My wife is Greek - so we fully appreciated the quality of Retsina's food - and it was outstanding! Hidden off of the high street, this seems to be a place known only to the locals of Belsize and Hampstead.
The staff are very friendly and warmly invited us in to eat. We didn't make a reservation, which is unusual for us, but they were able to accommodate us on a Friday night anyway. We arrived at 7:30 - and by 8:00 the place was completely packed!
The meal started with a nice selection of olives and fresh veggies. We then ordered spanikopita, a Greek salad, and lamb souvla. The spanikopita and lamb souvla were excellent. The meat of the lamb was so tender from roasting on the spit that I was able to hardly touch it with my fork and it fell apart. It also came with a nice portion of tzatziki to accompany the lamb. We also enjoyed the Greek salad - and raved about the fresh feta cheese that was used to make it. We concluded the meal with a sweet Greek coffee - and and complimentary Turkish delights!
The Greek side of our family is coming to London in a few weeks. This will certainly be one of our first stops. I highly recommend!
I am debating between 4 and 3 stars. The food was good, as was the service, so I'll go with 4. I wouldn't trek across London to eat here, but if you are anywhere in the area, I'd say this is a safe and delicious bet. Erica U. and I were going to see a film at the Everyman Theatre, so we were in the area and decided to try this out.
Things I liked/remember:
-Grilled halloumi (pretty standard, but I always like salty cheese)
-Grilled octopus (probably the best dish we had, not a huge portion though, and expensive, but worth it)
-Spicy beef sausage (yum)
-Roasted aubergine spread.... forget what its actual name was (very good)
We shared a bunch of small plates (the above are just my favourites, not everything we ordered), and although not inexpensive, I did not find it to be overpriced for what it was. It was around £45 for the two of us, as I recall.
Disappointing. Been wanting to come here for a while, since seeing it on one of Gordon Ramsey's programmes for good local restaurants and it is just up the road from me.
I had octopus starter, good texture, but you could tell it was boiled in water, rather than in its own juices. It was then flame grilled, and had picked up the flavour of other meats from the grill, not really what I wanted to taste.
Main was a massive T-bone steak, looked great, tasted ok. the salad that came with it was generous, but overly salty feta and heavy olive oil.
The meal was slightly above average for a local restaurant but the bill was too high for what we received. Sadly, will not be returning.
Authentic Greek restaurant with great food and delightful waiting staff. The mixed meze at £18.50 per person (minimum of two people required), offered a great selection of hot and cold appetizers; a tasty seafood selection of king prawns, calamari rings and small fish (just how I remembered having in Greece a few months earlier), and an abundant selection of grilled meats (all v. succulent and juicy) and accompanied by a huge Greek salad.
Word of warning - come with an appetite!
Very good food. Squid starter along with assorted hot starters and the aubergine dip were all very good. The pita bread could be improved, perhaps with some of that lovely turkish bread .
Didn't try the house specialities and sea-food which were all £15+ but my lamb casserole with spinach and my partner's mixed souvlaki were first rate. For around a tenner each, the mains were excellent value.
Fresh, authentic Greek food in an upbeat, friendly space complete with the white table clothes and tile you'd expect at any quality Greek restaurant. Came here for a pre-Valentine's day dinner and started off with the meatballs. I had the grilled lamb kebab (original, I know) and my date had the slow-cooked lamb spiced with oregano and lemon. Of course we shared the dishes family style, and both were delicious and filling. Finished off with a cappuccino rounded out nicely with complimentary Turkish delights. Bliss.
Superb. Really friendly family atmosphere, generous portions and great food. We went on a Sunday and it was pretty busy; apparently bookings are essential at weekends. Enjoy!
A group of us went there for dinner and all loved it. It has a very friendly atmosphere and family buzz to it. We ordered a meze and were not dissapointed. The food just kept on coming. Really good, nice and relaxed ;-)
I have visited this restaurant on a number of occasions with work colleagues and with friends, and would definitely recommend it. It is a very friendly neighbourhood restaurant, family run with a nice welcoming atmosphere. The food is traditional Greek and comes in large portions. The moussaka and the calamari are two of favourite dishes on the menu, but the kleftiko lamb is also worth a try. The prices are slightly on the high side, but this is Belsize Park. They do a lunch special, which is more reasonable.
Actually I leave nearby (i am Greek) and had always passed by but i thought it would be another taverna pretending to be Greek and actually is not. Food was excellent and all meat really delicious and good quality. All dishes on the spit are really good. Prices and service are really good. Tzatziki is not the type i like but melitzanosalata is top.
I had lunch at Retsina today and it is by far the best Greek food experience I have had in London. The food was delicious (try the stifado!) and the service was outstanding (they even offered us additional plates to try, on the house). I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants to have Greek food in London and I will definitely go back very soon.
Wholesome food, plentiful portions and a bustling friendly atmosphere in this busy well run no frills Greek Taverna.
Simply one of the best Greek meals you will have in London . We try different dishes every time we go there and we have not been dissapointed . The meze is my favorite!!
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