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Fearless Critic restaurant review
Seattle
Food
Feel
Price
7.5
7.0
$35
Greek
Casual restaurant

Hours
Tue–Sat 11:00am–9:00pm

Features Good wines, kid-friendly, veg-friendly
Bar Beer, wine
Credit cards Visa, MC
Reservations Accepted

www.vioscafe.com

Capitol Hill
903 19th Ave. E.
Seattle, WA
(206) 329-3236

Ravenna
Third Place Books, 6504 20th Ave. NE
(206) 525-5701
Hours
Mon–Sat 8:00am–9:00pm
Vios Café & Marketplace
No-frills Greek that’s neither gyros nor diner nor unnecessarily Northwested

The lamb slider craze has to end eventually, at which time this easily mishandled meat will go back into the faithful hands of places like Vios. Both the lamb souvlaki and the lamb burger are excellent. You’ll also find all the undiluted classics here: great Greek salads, grilled meats, a thorough selection of dips and tapenades like taramosalata (salmon caviar spread), and more elaborate braised meat mains, market fish specials, and so on. The to-go menu is extensive, and you can order hummus or tzatziki by the pound. The branch at Third Place Books in Ravenna serves a weekend brunch that is a mix of standards (waffles, eggs and bacon on a baguette) and Modern, vaguely Med-inspired dishes (harissa pork hash; lemon-ricotta pancakes).

The cafés are pretty basic, with sturdy wooden tables and cheerful but unobtrusive colors, but they manage that nice neighborhood feel—the one where being surrounded by families is endearing. This is thanks in part to each café having a designated, well-cordoned-off play area for kids.

Vios can easily become a regular spot to duck in for a bite and a beer or glass of wine. Mad props for the all-Greek wine list—it’s vast by the Greek-wine standards of the Pacific Northwest, and its prices are eminently reasonable (few bottles over $40 and many interesting choices hovering around $30). The world’s oldest wine region deserves this kind of respect.

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