Menu Navigator: Best (and Worst) Choices at Greek Restaurants

We'll show you the healthiest choices (and splurge-only dishes) to help you order wisely at Greek restaurants.

Navigating Greek Menu Illustration

Illustration: Serge Bloch

Greek food has a healthy glow because researchers have linked its mix of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and unsaturated fats to reducing risks of everything from heart disease to breast cancer. But as with any other culinary import, the Americanized restaurant versions roll out huge portions—crumbled feta with a side of salad and Mount Olympus--sized piles of moussaka.

But you can navigate the menu in a healthy way. Just eat as the Greeks do: Go for simple grilled meat or fish and plenty of vegetables—exactly the kinds of foods that drew attention to the benefits of the Mediterranean diet in the first place (olive oil alone can't take all the credit). When it comes to starchy sides, many restaurants plate extra helpings of pita alongside white rice; choose just one (or ask for extra veggies instead).

The dishes below marked with a red light aren't untouchable (no food is) but can be a really big splurge. Nutrition numbers vary widely among restaurants; use these as a guideline.

Splurge Only:

Ask Your Server:

Healthy Choice:

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