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The Original Mama Maria's Greek Cuisine

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503 N Pinellas Ave, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689-3341
+1 727-934-5678
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11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Mon 11:00 - 21:00
Wed - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was a step back in style and time. Plain and simple diner-like interior with open kitchen produced the most authentic tasting food. It was a delight to have the Greek Salad for Two (enought for four) and the Mouska. The fare is not Americanized, but traditional in Greek style. Delicious and hardy, relatively inexpensive, where family sharing is encouraged... More 

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Madison, South Dakota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We first ate lunch and had the BEST Gyro! We went back for a lamb shank dinner that was good (but not memorable). The service is friendly, we highly recommend this restaurant

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ended up getting food to-go, but we ended up getting a very authentic experience. Aside from the fact that the food was delicious and plentiful, we saw how the entire family interacted with each other and the familiarity with the customers. Mama Maria came out from the back of the house so we were able to see that this... More 

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Camberley, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

....that I felt mislead by the outside advert proclaiming "authentic Greek Food" - I've lived in Cyprus for 2yrs and visited the Greek islands on a number of occasions so know what authentic Greek food looks and tastes like - I did not experience it here. I ordered Mousakka and it arrived lukewarm - the server changed it for another... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Best octopus ever, very nicely cooked, delicious and so soft that you don't need a knife to cut it. It was Yummylicious. The server GEORGIA was FUN and nice, getting everything on time and very helpful with the menu, explaining everything, the way a server should be. The GYRO was also excellent, too big, that we couldn't eat it.

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Chicago, IL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Went there for lunch. Had gyros sandwich, Greek salad, baklava. Best I've ever eaten. Service was fast. Server couldn't have been nicer. Old world feel. We'd go back in a minute! Highly recommend.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

Our dinner was delicious! Our server, Georgia, was so sweet and very attentive. We will definitely be back!

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Farmingdale, New Jersey
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

A frequent visitor of Tarpon Springs I am not usually bothered by the constant hounding of the locals to go to a particular restaurant but on this day every single person we walked by practically attacked us with "you have to eat at Mama's, it's where all the locals eat" After about 40 minutes of this we relented and decided... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

To try to have balance - what I liked: 1) service was prompt, waitress was friendly 2) food was served within 5 - 10 minutes of ordering What disappointed: 1) food was bland, I suspect it was heated up 2) ordered a Greek salad - it had beets, potatoes? And a lot of chopped lettuce.. $5.95 for a side salad,... More 

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Clearwater, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

I love their food every time I go, the service is good too. As far take out, I ordered twice and I wasn't that happy with the order. I would go and eat there though. I wish they would change the chairs, they are old and uncomfortable.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20
Cuisine
Mediterranean, Greek
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 503 N Pinellas Ave, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689-3341
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Tarpon Springs
  • Phone Number: +1 727-934-5678
Description
Family owned and operated since 1978. Our Mama "Mama Maria" still does the cooking. Truly were all the locals, Greek and Non-Greeks, come for fresh Greek and seafood specialties. Spacious main dining room seats 100. Full view open kitchen. Separate enclosed climate controlled patio for private parties of 40-60. Full bar and beer and wine available. Plenty of on-site free parking. Two blocks south of the historic Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs, Fl. Reservations for parties of 5 or more are highly recommended.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?