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Dionysos (CLOSED - now a nightclub)

777 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA 02139

Photo of Dionysos, Cambridge, MA What is it about Cambridge and Greek restaurants? Dionysos is just one of many Greek dining spots in this quirky city across the river from Boston. Greek Corner in North Cambridge, Charlie's Kitchen in Harvard Square, and Desfina in East Cambridge are just a few Greek restaurants in Cambridge. However, what makes Dionysos stand out is its upscale atmosphere and its amazing view of the Charles River from its hotel location. Also, its menu includes entrees that are more traditional Greek than Greek-American.

Dionysos is not a very well-known restaurant. It is hidden inside the Radisson Hotel along the Charles River, one floor above the fabulous Bisuteki restaurant. And it is located on Memorial Drive, a busy road that the locals treat like The Autobahn in Germany. Furthermore, the small "Dionysos" sign in front of the hotel doesn't stand out. Finally, there is little information on this restaurant on the Internet or in dining guides. Dinonysos is a true hidden gem, indeed.

The atmosphere of Dionysos is plain (remember, it is inside a hotel), but that view of the Charles River from the window seats lends a romantic air to the spacious room. The tables are far apart, allowing for quiet conversation, and the waiters are courteous and professional. Then there is the food: Fantastic salads, traditional Greek appetizers, sizzling moussaka, lean pork kabobs, and so much more on the menu makes one want to return to Dionysos again and again. The food is well-presented, and, while a bit pricey, is satisfying and filling (don't expect to have room for dessert here!)

Cambridge is a diverse city with restaurants to satisfy every taste. You want Korean? There are several places from which to choose. Portuguese? A handful of places can be found here. Vegan? Sure. Pub food? Of course. African cuisine? Yes. However, when I think of Cambridge, Greek food always seems to come to mind. Perhaps it stems from restaurants of yesteryear, such as the Acropolis near Harvard Square, or Nick's Beef and Beer House just a few doors away. It is encouraging to see that the tradition of great Greek establishments still flourishes in Cambridge. And Dionysos continues this tradition in quite an impressive manner.