If you did not get a chance to sample the great food at the Monterey Bay Greek Festival earlier this month don't worry, Epsilon has got you covered. Traditional Greek food is the specialty here. Tastefully decorated with family photographs, a sketch of ancient Greek ruins on the back wall, and olive branches painted on the windows, this quaint 44-seat restaurant is definitely a hidden gem. When I get a craving for a healthy, fresh and tasty Greek meal I often head over to Epsilon "the fine Greek restaurant."

The quaint blue and white restaurant (true to its Greek roots) is centrally located across from the Bank of America in downtown Monterey. This convenient spot is perfect for refueling after checking out the sights along Fisherman's Wharf, or in my case an escape from the office break room. Who wouldn't want to dine in a cozy space full of Greek columns, ancient looking art and on-the-ball service?

Epsilon Greek Restaurant in Monterey Epsilon Greek Restaurant in Monterey

Epsilon is often my lunch go-to spot as you cannot beat the Greek salad. This monstrosity never disappoints and always leaves me full and satisfied; yes, a salad can leave you feeling full!

Epsilon Greek Restaurant in Monterey

Although other items on the menu were tempting me like the lamb gyro and dolmades I chose to stay loyal and opted for the Greek salad with kebob chicken. The dinner menu offers a plethora of other options like spanakopita, baked spinach and Feta cheese on filo dough, and pastitsio, a classic Greek dish with layers of pasta and spiced meat. Dinner also comes with fresh warm bread and an out-of-this-world skordalia dipping sauce which is made of sourdough bread, garlic and olive oil.

Lunch Menu at Epsilon

Now back to lunch, after downing some of their refreshing iced tea, a mountain of fresh greens, chopped red onions, Kalamata olives, feta cheese and a generous amount of kebob chicken came towering on my plate. The fresh smell of oregano and lemon had me satisfied before the first bite even touched my lips. The kebob chicken which is chicken breast sautéed in lemon juice and olive oil is simply divine; the hint of lemon takes you by surprise but is oh so refreshing. Every bite was delectable but still found myself unable to polish off the greens from the Greek gods.

Greek Salad with Chicken

Epilson is great for a quick break from reality as you can easily imagine yourself dining among the olive trees somewhere near Athens, unfortunately my break soon came to an end but will be back for more! Check out what the people on Yelp have to say about Epsilon.

Epsilon is located at 422 Tyler Street in Monterey and is open for lunch Monday-Friday from 11am to 2pm and dinner Tuesday-Sunday from 5pm to 9:30pm.