The Real Greek

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There’s no doubt that this chain lacks the homely charms that most London Greek restaurants trade upon. Customer turnover is quick, and – particularly given this branch’s tourist-friendly, riverside location – service can be impersonal, if not downright inattentive. But the Real Greek also lacks the amateurish qualities that can characterise the cooking in some of the capital’s Hellenic eateries.

Food rarely sparkles, but order one of the souvláki wraps and you’re in for a reliable, hearty feed. The focus is on Greek rather than Greek-Cypriot dishes, with the various sharing menus named after the nation’s provinces. Rather than typical Cypriot pitta bread, you’re offered the far superior fluffy flatbread of the mother country.

On a sunny day, the outdoor tables are a pleasant place to take in the Thames views. Inside, decor is smart and tasteful (all dark wood furnishings and twinkly lighting), but the restaurant’s large size means that it tends to feel either jarringly empty or swamped by the procession of tourists who frequent the place. Also, despite claims that a Mediterranean diet is ‘healthy’, the inclusion of calorific values on the Real Greek’s menu is thought-provoking.

Venue name: The Real Greek
Address: Riverside House
Cross street: 2A Southwark Bridge Road
Opening hours: Meals served noon-11pm daily
Transport: Tube: London Bridge tube/rail
Price: Tapas £4-£7. Set meal £25.95-£29.95

Average User Rating

2.5 / 5

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Samantha H

One of the dips was real apology, they just offered us more.  Which obviously we didn't want! Disappointing! 


Really disappointing. First thing we were told when we entered it was that they had run out of salad, every kind of salad. Not a piece of tomato in sight. Really greasy, small portions, we ordered retsina and got standard white wine. And to top it all, really terrible service, long delays and quite rude, and the restaurant was half empty when we visited, hardly rush hour.