Greek National Cafe
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06 833 6069
Tue-Thu: 17:00 - 21:00
Fri: 16:00 - 22:00
Sat: 17:00 - 22:00
- Good For Groups
- Good For Kids
- Takes Reservations
- Take Out
- Waiter Service
- Walk-Ins Welcome
Walk 250 metres down Emerson Street from the Soundshell. Look for the lit Ω outside Greek National Cafe.
Glen - Head Chef
Greek National Cafe serves up Greek cuisine from our home islands of Ithaca in a relaxed, dining room environment in the heart of Napier. Opening May 2017.
Greek Cafe's were never famous for their greek food, "Our family sold steak, fish with eggs on the side followed by ice cream, but never old style Greek nosh. It was more an American style diner experience because that's what kiwi's wanted and it was a very successful Napier restaurant because of it." says Debbie.
Debbie's family played a pivotal role in providing the community a focal point of life in Napier. "Everyone felt at home here, from the towns judge, visiting businesspeople and locals on their weekly night out.'
The first meal was enjoyed way back in 1928 and although the original menu's are on display, an entirely new and fresh dining experience awaits customers. "We have introduced real Greek cuisine from our home islands of Ithaca and all the health benefits that go with a mediterranean lifestyle. It's where dining is at." says Debbie.
While the menu is geared towards casual dining on real traditional Greek flavours, regulars who want a trip down memory lane won't be disappointed either. "Our free range Wakanui sirloin is grain fed is melt in your mouth delicious. It takes the classic steak and chips to a whole new level." says Glen head chef at Greek National Cafe.
Debbie's husband Kim Hooper has been instrumental in getting the building to the stage where the doors could open. "We knew we wanted to preserve the iconic style of the building and it's not often you get an opportunity like this. Every detail of the Natusche dining room has been preserved." While many restaurants borrow from by-gone styles, visiting the Greek National Cafe is the real thing. "Every detail has been restored and where we've added, it's to enhance the experience. The bar is entirely new and will serve up Funk Estate by the can and Giant by the bottle."
Kiwi's who fondly remember island hopping around Greece will recognise some of the harder to pronounce dishes like kleftiko and dips like taramasalata or tzatiki but for the rest of us, it's called the triple dip. "The menu is straight forward simple dining, but if you want to practice your greek accent, Lance will happily oblige." says Debbie. Lance is also 3rd generation Greek and likely be the first person that welcomes you in off Emerson Street. "We're easy to find, just look for the bronze Art Deco Waving Boy outside." says Lance.