Orizontes, Lycabettus Hill Restaurant: "Visit to Experience Quality food, Service and View" Top 5 Page for this destination Orizontes Likavitou Tip by greekcypriot
Orizontes Likavitou, Athens: 4 reviews and 12 photos
Locals already know about the uniqueness of the Lycabettus hill and Orizontes.
You can?t go wrong with a restaurant belonging to Kastelorizo Group especially with fish. The menu is quite complete with a well selected wine list from the best wine producers in Greece.
So, if you are a visitor in Athens this restaurant should be counted in no matter what! The spot is exceedingly romantic and Orizontes is one of the top in Athens that won?t disappoint you. Unique for any occasion; business, formal or a romantic outing. The perfect place to entertain foreign business guests.
LOCATION: Set on the highest peak of Athens on 277 metres height the view is undoubtedly breathtaking. It overlooks the Acropolis and in the distance Piraeus and the Saronic Gulf. Even ships going by can be seen from the terrace if the atmosphere is clear -and it was clear when we were there a few days back. It stands high above Athens, commanding a clear view across the Attica basin and the Aegean. The spot is exceedingly romantic.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: It is just as nice any time of year visited and it keeps open daily from 12.00pm till very late at night. Twilight is the best time to venture up this abrupt peak.
WAYS TO COME: Depending on the season and weather conditions of course, you can hike up the path that starts at the end of Aristippou Street in Kolonaki and winds upwards. I have climbed up several times and it is not a difficult climb at all, (20 min) however be sure to have comfortable shoes on. The other alternative is to opt for the funicular (?3.50 one way, ?7.00 two ways) which leaves from Ploutarchou and Aristippou streets.
AMBIENCE: Discreet eye-catching elegant interior!
If you have the opportunity to come during winter when dining is indoors you will enjoy the sense of comfort and luxury of the interior ?soft lighting, earthly colours, oak floor, simple lines and yet so classy.
The outdoor terrace blends the external atmosphere with the fine marbles and stones.
VALUE: Although reviews refer to expensive dining, yet I find the prices reasonable for the quality it offers, the view, the service and the whole package in all.
Where else in the world in a similar outstanding highlight spot would anybody expect to pay less?
If an appetizer for ?11 to ?15 with the Lobster poached at ?24 is expensive, or a Main dish starting from ?15 with the most expensive at ?24 -the Linguini with lobster from the Pasta & Risotto menu list are considered that expensive, then yes, it is preferable to choose another restaurant.
Salads start from ?9.00 - ?11.00 and the 4 different desserts on the list are ?6.00.
Of course as everywhere else in the world all Fresh fish is pricy. The catch of the day from Aegean open sea costs ?70 /kg while lobster is at ?75/kg. If you cannot afford it simply don?t have it, however there are several cheaper alternatives more economic, like the Set Menu. Simply ask for it.
CUISINE: Traditional Mediterranean cuisine, with modern flair. Recipes combining the past with the present. Whatever we had was very original especially the appetizers which had a playful touch of the chef.
KASTELORIZO WINE: A nice wine to start our trip to tastes; I checked the list and thought why not try the House?s wine this time which is quite popular here and I have tried it once some years back without disappointing me. (Kastelorizo Moschofilero) A refreshing white wine with enticing citrus, floral and melon aromas. Light and satisfying. ?19.00 bottle.
TERRACE VIEW: Our table was at the side and the very edge of the terrace, the whole city of Athens spread below giving a feeling that we are on top of the world. As it gets darker one after the other the lights around the Acropolis are lit and suddenly you cannot get your eyes from this breathtaking scene. The imposing structure and sever beauty of the Acropolis is something not easily describable unless you see it. It stands out on the hill totally covered in gold shadows?.words cannot do it justice. The right moment at the unique spot for dining! The atmosphere up here at the terrace of Orizontes is something everyone should experience. Happy faces, excitement, flash lights and photos taken to keep the moment live!
STAFF/SERVICE: The restaurant is almost full by 9 and as the time goes on, more and more people come to dine even at 11.00pm. Greeks usually eat late, and our beautiful Greek summers are always a good reason to be out on such stunning spot. Tourists mingled with locals and this is wonderful. Service is impeccable and satisfaction is drawn on people?s faces. Waiters busily coming and going carrying drinks or dishes, friendly and punctual. (Preferable book days before coming).
WELCOMING STARTERS: Top quality ingredients from the very beginning. Bread & homemade bread sticks with olives in virgin olive oil. What a nice treat to start your meal! (?3.00)
The tastiest soup I have had for years. A cool tomato soup that was aromatic and very refreshing at the same time. It could not have been better!
APPETIZERS: The Marinated bream fillets ceviche were juicy to perfection with a light and pleasant sour-salty flavor. The thinly sliced heart of artichoke topped with orange & peperoncino oil paired perfectly with the bream filets leaving a kind of sour but an unbeatably refreshing taste of freshness in the mouth. Nicely presented on the plate, -an appetizer highly recommended. (?15.00)
A great appetizer is the Octopus with chickpea from Cyclades. ?Fava? in Greek with white balsamic dressing and fresh oregano. On the side, caramelized onions, and fresh tomato -a totally Greek appetizer, and so yummy! (?15.00)
Another dish to be tried is the Mussels of Orizontes. Simmered in chardonnay wine, perfectly steamed, colorful and tasty that looked like a piece of art work in the dish. The taste ? a whole ethereal ?ocean? flavor! (?12.00)
SALADS: Out of the 5 different salads I tried the very last on the list for ?11.00. I picked the Dakos this time. A new style of Dakos with barley rusk slushy in tomato juice with a special Greek cheese called Katiki coming from Domokos, topped with rucola. (roka in Greek).
Dakos are quite filling and they can easily replace a meal.
Katiki on the other hand, is a very popular light cheese with a slight sour flavor. If you are a tourist, I would recommend this salad out of the rest, or the Greek one with Cretan (smaller) dakos & fresh oregano which is at ?10.00. The Vegetable feast salad with pickled peppers, capers & aged vinegar costs ?9.00.
MAIN DISH: The Grouper cheeks served with finocchio & leek breze on the side is another great dish to consider. The fish was really exquisite while the side dish was a bit more bitter than I expected. (?17.00).
Another extremely tasty dish that doesn?t go unnoticed is the Seafood Risotto, out of the Pasta & Risotto List. Cooked with ?Krokos Kozanis? Saffron -the gold of Greek land as it is called, excellent quality and taste with worldwide Awards. The Greek saffron gives the food an exquisite taste, color and flavor. Risotto was garnished with mussels and a prawn and had a gorgeously creamy texture and taste! Surely worth to give it a try. (?17.00).
(Be sure to buy Krokos Kozanis Saffron from the airport. I buy it for myself but I give it as present to friends as well. Believe me it makes an excellent personal gift).
DESSERTS: Innovative! I tried the Caramel Bavaroise. The crunchy biscuit with caramel acquires its characteristic creamy airy texture. Worth giving it a try!
Surely not miss the White Chocolate Mousse with yogurt. It?s simply great! The forest fruit sauce adds color and flavor to the crispy puff and the presentation is unbeatable!
TIP: If you are using the funicular to get down, be sure you have coins to avoid delay. Going down by the stairs and leading your way to the big parking lot you won?t find taxis waiting late at night and it is not advisable to go all the way down in the dark. If case of staying at St. George Lycabettus Boutique hotel like us, have in mind that from the point the funicular brings you down, the hotel is a 5 minute walk. It is preferable to come up early before sunset through the path that is opposite the hotel, and use the funicular to come down and back to the hotel.
There are a couple of taxis waiting by the funicular but they charge a bit more only because they are there. To avoid being ripped off, walk one or two roads downwards towards the side of the Hilton and signal to any taxi you come across. It will surely cost you much less. Be sure to get a receipt.
THE OVERALL IMPRESSION: Counting in, Quality dishes, Fresh ingredients, Creative presentation, Unique location, and Impeccable service, I find the package Impressive. Surely deserves to give it a try!
Address: Aristippou 1, Lycabettus Hill, Athens
Price Comparison: more expensive than average
Directions: Behind the St. George Lycabettus chapel
Phone: + 210 722 7065
Price: US$41 and up
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