The best part of dining by the sea is that when you run out of salt, you can always take a row over to a nearby grocer. Enjoy other benefits of the Mediterranean with today's deal: for $10, you get $20 worth of fine Greek cuisine at Greek Islands Café, a cozy bayside dining destination. With a fine selection of beer and wine, the café provides both a laid-back, romantic atmosphere and a friendly, attentive serving staff.
Greek Islands Café offers patrons a modest menu, which focuses on the essentials in Grecian consumption, and unobstructed sunset views from its water's-edge patio. Start a night of steamy romance off with a flaming-cheese appetizer known as saganaki ($8.50), or cool off an awkwardly sweaty first date with a refreshing dip into the Greek Islands appetizer platter loaded with hummus, pita, Kalamata olives, pepperoncini, tips on how to initiate conversation, feta cheese, and tzatziki ($8.99). Main plates include platters of falafel served aside your choice of pita and salad or rice pilaf ($9.25), or, on the finger-friendly side, gyro sandwiches with beefy lamb shipped lovingly from Chicago ($6.99). The café also whips up delicious desserts from scratch such as baklava and other fine pastries priced according to how nice customers are to the all-powerful presence known simply as "Peggy."
If you're planning a sunset dining experience, feel free to sandwich the meal with a few stops in the surrounding Seaport Village, which provides more than 50 stores of window-shopportunity in addition to a lagoon, a photogenic marina, and a single classic carousel with ample seating for two highly romantic rumps.
This Groupon is not valid on holidays.
Greek Islands Café was named the #2 Best Greek in the Best of 10news.com's A-List in 2009 and the #2 Best Mediterranean in 2007. Yelpers give it an average of 3.5 stars, four TripAdvisors give it four, four Insider Pagers give it five, and 65% of Urbanspooners recommend it.
- …the baklava I had yesterday at Greek Islands Cafe was the best baklava I've eaten outside of Greece! – Kristin F., Yelp
- Great food here. I always get the same thing -- the half-chicken plate. Comes with pita bread... yum. If someone wants to split, I'll go half in on a pita bread and hummus plate, which is just awesome. – Chase D., Yelp
- Excellent Greek food in one word. The best dish is their lamb and pita bread. The value is very good and you can look right out on the water. The service is excellent and the whole place is perfect. – Jennifer W., Insider Pages
Greek Islands Cafe
When Liz and Jerry Bishop were dating in the 1960s, they discovered they both adored Greek food and spent hours dining in Greek restaurants. Luckily, they were living in Chicago at the time, and the cuisine’s presence in Greektown and beyond kept the couple well fed. But when they moved to San Diego in 1978, the food wasn’t as prevalent, so they decided to open their own restaurant where they could serve the meals of their beloved culinary style.
With its terra cotta roof and tables perched seaside, Greek Islands Cafe looks like it was plucked from a Mediterranean village. The building wasn’t actually brought from Greece, but the recipes were—the chef, Peggy, builds dishes using traditional recipes from relatives living in the foothills of Mount Olympus. Beyond the recipes, the Bishops have developed some traditions of their own. Those who order the cafe’s saganaki, athenian chicken, and souvlaki might have the food served by the couple’s children, Chris and Melissa, or fellow patrons who just felt like stretching their legs.