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The Original Mama Maria's Greek Cuisine

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

It may not have the atmosphere that some of the other places on Dodocanese have, but for the quality of the food and the service, this is our overall favorite. Everything we have tried has been good and their selection is often more creative than other Greek restaurants. It's located on old highway 19, aka, Pinellas Avenue and off the... More 

Thank Elliott K
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stopped for dinner tonight. Atmosphere isn't great, but the food was among the best Greek food we have had. I chose the Caesar salad and Seafood Linguini. My husband had the Grouper Mediterranean. Food was well prepared and hot. Service was excellent. Highly recommend.

Thank Kathleen E
Mooresville, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Every bite was simply delicious. I enjoyed the Greek Soup so much that I took an additional bowl back to the hotel for a snack later! Such a treat to enjoy an authentic gyros cut from the pit. And the tzatziki sauce was some of the best that I have ever tasted.

Thank Suzanne R
Caracas, Venezuela
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

This is a no show low profile family owned restaurant. My wife and I do travel The mediterranean fairly often. We've eaten octopus on Spain and Portugal. The Greek version we tried at Maria's Greek was superb. A good octopus drenched in rich olive oil, paired with a greek chardonnay. The chargrilled squid is as good. The cook is Maria,... More 

Thank Pablo C
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

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 

Thank stuart b
Madison, South Dakota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 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

Thank Barb z
Orlando, Florida
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36 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 460 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

....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 

1 Thank nnmercman
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140 reviews
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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.

Thank RyeOrtiz
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.

Thank bejfam

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Mediterranean, Greek
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
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
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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