Restaurants & Food

Best Mediterranean Lunch in Nashville: Athens Greek Cuisine

You don’t have to leave Nashville to get a taste of the Mediterranean. Athens Greek Cuisine is a hidden gem that delivers an authentic dining experience at an incredible value. This family-owned restaurant is renowned for its friendly service, melt-in-your-mouth lamb, flaky kotopita, and decadent baklava. Not to mention, they serve breakfast all day. What’s not to love? We spoke with Athens Greek Cuisine co-owner, Adel, to learn more about the best Mediterranean restaurant in Smyrna.

What is your most popular dish?

Our Roasted Lamb Shank is our best-selling dish. The meat falls off the bone and melts in your mouth. Our customers love the cheesecake and baklava for dessert. A lot of travelers who pass through Smyrna see our sign and stop in. They’re always surprised at how delicious the food is.

What inspires the menu creations at Athens Greek Cuisine?

All of the dishes on our menu are inspired by my wife’s cooking.

Why do you think consumers voted you best Mediterranean Cuisine in Nashville?

Everybody loves our food because it’s authentic and fresh. Other restaurants cook their meat earlier in the day and reheat it before it’s served. We prepare everything made-to-order. We even bake our pita bread in-house, and our customers can taste the difference. I think people like that they get a large serving at a good value, too.

Do you have any exciting plans for Athens Greek Cuisine in the near future?

We’re planning to open another location in three months.

Foodies have voted Athens Greek Cuisine the Best Mediterranean Lunch in Nashville. The next time you’re craving an authentic gyro (or breakfast for dinner), don’t hesitate to drop by Athens Greek Cuisine in Smyrna for an out-of-this-world meal.