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“The Retreat”

Agapi Greek Restaurant
Ranked #27 of 363 Restaurants in Richmond
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Greek
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 8 April 2018

Our friends had raved about Agapi and insisted that this was the place to go for good Greek food

Having now had a meal there, I think that this restaurant has put the Melbourne art of good dining back about 50 years

Table for 4 booking for 7.30, but on arrival total confusion by the staff as to whether or not we had a booking and if so, where we were to sit. The front table I think were asked to move, and we were seated right at the door opening-not a good start I thought, as the weather was anything but warm.

On one side of the restaurant was a large table for about 24 who were there to celebrate a birthday or some occasion and if they were loud at the beginning they just got louder as the evening moved along and we had no hope of hearing ourselves think or speak. Why this group could not have been given a different area, maybe upstairs, is unknown, but to have people virtually screaming and laughing at a fever pitch for most to the night, is no way to try to enjoy any sort of food.

Speaking of the food, it was like being stuck in the 60's and showed no sense of refinement. To start, a plate of dips, just a few spoons on a plate. Enough for one, maybe two, but certainly not for four. Could not score on presentation.

Mains was a lamb souvlaki for one party and chicken souvlaki for another. Just pieces of meat on a plate with a bit of uninspiring salad and a few not so crisp chips. If this is supposed to be restaurant quality, it leaves a lot to be desired.

For 2 of the party,moussaka, served with green beans that had been shredded and boiled to death. A couple of pieces of insipid potatoes. Everything on the plate was steaming-I wonder if it had been heated in the micro wave?

As soon as mains were finished, it was time to make an exit. Stepped outside, took some deep breathes and shook the head to clear the ears from all the noise that had been our experience for the last hour and a half.

Would I return-I don't think so. I want my culminary experiences to move forward, not backwards

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Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

We are repeat visitors to Agapi, enjoying the meze options on offer.
Recommend the dip/pita selection dish and the haloumi in particular.
We ordered Calamari last time and sadly it was tough, the owner replaced immediately explaining the batch was of lower quality than they hoped for. The replacement was no better...BUT we commend Agapi for the upfront honest approach. We completely get that this IS NOT a reflection on the kitchen and will return to order the calamari (which was great previously) and other yummy offerings. Also, $9 for 500ml retsina...what's not to like ??

Thank jacbski
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Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

On a very warm Saturday night we booked Agapi and took the option of sitting outside. The staff were attentive and took drink orders quickly. We ate the saganaki and dips. Both were very good. Shared the mixed souvlaki, pan fried calamari and grilled scallops. All were spot on. The accompanying Greek salad was very good too. The meals are not huge and we left feeling well fed and not bloated. Didn't have room for dessert. Definitely will be coming back.

Thank Paul A
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Reviewed 25 February 2018 via mobile

No-one could ask for better service of any restaurant than to no sooner be seen parking one's car in the street than to have one's favourite entree already on the table when one is seated. Such has been my fate 9 times out of 10 over the past 30 years at Melbourne's finest family-owned Greek restaurant which has been owned by the same family over all of those years.

The quality of each dish has not deviated by more than 5% either side of absolute perfection over all of this time, with grilled Greek dishes, especially seafood, as well as mixed grill and Gyros being available to suit the tastes of each and every customer.

A range of Greek wines, beers and spirits are available with which to complement the main course, along with a variety of dessert dishes, as well as Greek coffee, can provide the finishing touches to one's exemplary dining experience in this restaurant.

Anyone who enjoys fine meat and seafood will be entirely satisfied with the delectable dishes which are offered at Agapi Greek Restaurant at 262 Swan St, Richmond.

Thank JeanGastronomique
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Reviewed 15 February 2018 via mobile

When we want traditional Greek food we head for Agapi. We’ve been eating there for 30 years and always come away replete, actually we always eat way to much! We always order retsina because that for us sums up a little visit to Greece.
Favourites are always on the menu - whitebait, quail, gyros, saganaki, stuffed peppers. Wonderful platters of grilled meat and seafood. And the staff are attentive but not in your face.

Thank Heather W
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