GB Roof Garden Restaurant: a “great” dining experience in Athens

Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection hotel, Athens.

When we think of the Hotel Great Britain in Athens there is one word that immediately comes to mind: luxury.

Located in the heart of the city of Athens since 1874, the Hotel Grande Bretagne dominates Syntagma Square with his presence for years. The emblematic Grande Dame hotel in the Greek capital is a landmark of Athens’ luxury tourist offer and closely linked to the city’s history.

Where gastronomy meets Athens history

And what can you expect from a luxury hotel other than luxurious rooms, stunning city views, top-notch hospitality services, meticulous attention to detail and state-of-the-art facilities?

Surely a luxurious dining experience.

This is exactly what residents, hotel guests and visitors to the city receive when they take a seat to dine at the multi-award winning 5 star Hotel Grande Bretagne.

A member of the Luxury Collection by Marriott International, the Hotel Grande Bretagne offers excellent cuisine, impeccable service and a memorable experience in the impressive GB Roof Garden Restaurant and Bar on the 8th floor.

Unique in every way

The distinctive feature of the restaurant’s interior is its understated furnishings, which follow the classic decorative style of the hotel. Natural light streams freely through the impressive floor-to-ceiling openings, while comfortable seating and luxury tableware form a harmonious whole, allowing the visitor to experience the comfort and lavish lifestyle.

the Acropolis and the Parthenon, the masterpiece of classical Greece, are located a stone’s throw away and can be admired from every corner, lending an unrivaled touch of glamor to the elegant GB Roof Garden Restaurant and Bar. The fascinating city, day and night; the picturesque Lycabettus Hill; and the Doric Greek Parliament at Syntagma Square, unfolds before your eyes, offering a panoramic view.

The art of fine dining

Chef Koustoudis tells us:
“The restaurant’s cuisine reflects the Mediterranean culinary tradition. The recipes on our menu are based on local Greek products and many with Protected Designation of Origin (PDO).”

Chef Asterios Koustoudis

Chef Asterios Koustoudis

The menu at GB Roof Garden Restaurant features dishes that unfold the creative imagination and rich experience of Michelin-award winning executive chef, Asterios Koustoudis. Together with chef de cuisine Nikos Mavrokostas and their dynamic team, they have inspired a year-round menu based on Mediterranean culinary tradition and the application of modern haute cuisine techniques.

Top quality fresh raw materials and endless inspiration are combined to compose a selection of mouth-watering dishes that will delight the palate and satisfy from the first bite to the last.

“Through our dishes we try to present the richness of our country to all visitors, while telling short stories of the place of origin of the products, the producers and perhaps the particularity of their transformation and their uniqueness” , says chef Koustoudis. GTP securities.

Vision of sustainability

A fundamental priority of the GB Roof Garden menu is its gastronomic philosophy which uses fresh seasonal ingredients. With this in mind, the chefs have taken a step towards domestic sourcing for the creation of the restaurant’s latest menu, exploring the bountiful harvest of the Greek countryside and sea.

Kerkini buffalo burrata, grilled vegetable salad and fig tart.

Kerkini buffalo burrata, grilled vegetable salad and fig tart.

With absolute respect for seasonality, the chefs pay tribute to Greek producers in order to support and honor their value. Fresh seasonal ingredients are used in the preparation of dishes with an emphasis on locally sourced organic produce from small producers and food provenance specifically indicated on the menu card.

Organic saffron risotto from Kozani, prawns, smoked eel, dill and lemon.

Organic saffron risotto from Kozani, prawns, smoked eel, dill and lemon.

smoked eel Arta, Messolonghi bottarga, Thessaloniki traditional ‘couscousaki’ pasta, Kozani red saffron, San Mihali cheese Syros, Greek rare breed of lamb and organic Greek beef are just a few of the local specialties on the GB Roof Garden menu.

Chef Koustoudis highlights a dish that has been on the restaurant menu for several years: seasonal fish marinated in citrus fruits and mastiha (a liqueur seasoned with mastic).

“It’s a simple recipe that hides an exquisite taste with simple and pure ingredients – like virgin olive oil and citrus fruits from the city of Argos – that make the difference,” he says, adding that customers are pleasantly surprised by the mastiha ingredient as a product as well as the uniqueness of its origin and use in cooking.

Photo source: @Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection hotel, Athens

Chef Koustoudis tells us:
“I generally feel that through the restaurant’s recipes and products, visitors create memories that they describe when they return home to their loved ones. This confirms our vision of bringing Greek culinary philosophy to the world. Our culinary philosophy can play such an important role in best complementing the Greek term of hospitality.

Each meal ends with one of the restaurant’s many dessert selections! Award-winning pastry chef Arnaud Larher has designed the restaurant’s dessert menu which caters to the four seasons and expresses his creativity, passion, knowledge and imagination.

The chef recommends…

For the morning: Greek breakfast.
The restaurant’s Greek breakfast selections include pies of different origins with olive oil sheets and various toppings. For example, Sfakianopita (pie of Sfakia, Crete) with cream cheese. Selections also include spinach pie, bougatsa, various varieties of honey, cheeses from all over Greece and various strained yogurts made from cow’s, sheep’s or goat’s milk, and much more.

“It is a fact that the Greek breakfast has made the difference in the last years in the menu and we have included it in the breakfast buffet of our hotel and we are constantly evolving it”, explains the chef Koustoudis.

Greek breakfast

For the lunch, you can taste the Kakavia soup, cooked with daily shellfish and vegetables, served with crispy sourdough bread and a garlic olive oil sauce.

Kakavia soup

For dinner, guests can start with a homemade pumpkin ravioli with a ‘volaki’ cheese sauce from Andros Island and continue with an organic Greek black pork, roasted celeriac and raisin gnocchi and with black garlic.

Organic Greek black pork, roasted celeriac and gnocchi with raisins and black garlic.

Organic Greek black pork, roasted celeriac and gnocchi with raisins and black garlic.

Wines & Cocktails

The restaurant menu is accompanied by a fully updated wine list by Hotel Grande Bretagne’s Head Sommelier, Evaggelos Psofidis. The wine list includes bottles from Greek vineyards and labels from the international wine scene.

The GB Roof Garden Restaurant and Bar has been awarded by Wine Spectator magazine since 2014 and received the Toques d’Or for 3 consecutive years by Athinorama magazine.

GB Roof Garden Restaurant and Bar also offers a number of signature cocktails that are definitely worth trying!

Highly recommended bartender signatures

  • the GB Lady (Hendrick’s Gin, elderflower liqueur, orange liqueur, lime juice, molasses, cucumber)

GB Lady

  • Tears of Chios (vodka, mastiha, lime juice, agave, grapes, mint leaves)

Tears of Chios

  • The last cocktail (gin, lemon juice, pear purée, rosemary infusion, prosecco)

The last cocktail

The art of receiving

Customers should know that at GB Roof Garden Restaurant & Bar, the team of professionals play the main role: welcoming, experienced, knowledgeable and quietly friendly.

The restaurant and bar team is the dynamic force that maintains and enhances communication with the visitor and masterfully unites flavors, environment and people in an open invitation aimed at enjoyment.

The GB Roof Garden restaurant and bar is located on the 8th floor of the Hotel Grande Bretagne, a Luxury Collection hotel located in Syntagma Square at 1 Vasileos Georgiou A.

For reservations: +30 210 3330766 or +30 210 3330000 / email:

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