Petros Greek restaurant in Solvang is the third of Petros Benekos’ restaurants in southern California, where he serves up high-quality, delicious and authentic Greek dishes in beautiful spaces. Its new location in downtown Solvang is where you’ll find this gem.
Order anything with lamb on the menu and you won’t go wrong: grilled lamb sandwich, lamb pizza or lamb tacos when you can find them. Also great are the dip plate — kafteri, melizonasalata, tzatzkiki, fava and taramosalata — and shrimp saganaki. You will also find the best charred and grilled octopus outside of Spain.
The wine list boasts an excellent Greek wine list, with whites, many reds and even a Retsina (a must-try if you’ve never had it!) as well as a long, well-rounded California list. But when in Athens, or Los Olivos, I would do as the Greeks do and stick with Hellenic wine or concoctions: the specialty drink menu is also wonderful and surprising and all great quality.
During restaurant week, choose between an arugula salad with confite tomatoes or Louiza salad, then keftethes (traditional Greek meatballs) or Horatiki Greek pizza. For dessert, you gotsa have the Bougatsa (vanilla bean custard wrapped in phyllo serve with ice cream) or you can have Petros’ special baklava, made the traditional way and soaked with citrus syrup and served with ice cream.