Enjoy a Greek Escape Right Here in Central Austin at Yamas
Upscale family-owned Greek Kitchen + Bar offers authentic dishes in an enchanting space
Yamas opened its beautiful blue doors on Balcones Drive in June, filling a hole in Austin’s restaurant scene with elevated Greek food in a setting fit for a romantic date night or special family occasion. The airy interior space and outdoor patio at Yamas creates a portal into the Mediterranean coast. This new cozy escape from the bustling city begs for slow meals, belly laughs, and deep conversations.
Yamas’ cuisine & atmosphere reflect the authentic coastal charm of Greece
Led by husband and wife co-owners Roxie and Hristos Nikolakos, both from Greece, the concept is infused with their love for the diverse regions and flavors of the Mediterranean. Chef Dimitrios Kelesoglou, a third-generation chef from Macedonia, leads the kitchen. She attended the Culinary School of Thessaloniki, where she was trained in Greek cooking. Most recently, Kelesoglou was the Head Chef at Nisi in Huntington, New York. Made with high-quality ingredients sourced locally and imported from Greece, dishes include grilled octopus, whole branzino, lobster pasta, marinated lamb chop, and pan-seared cod.
The food was incredibly fresh (we recommend the fried feta and short ribs!), and the drinks, including bright cocktails and Greek wines, were so refreshing. The luminous bar lines one side of the main dining area and was full of light-hearted folks and conversation the night we visited for dinner. All interiors were designed by Roxie and Hristos, with pieces from Greece displayed throughout the restaurant. Whitewashed walls, wooden furniture, and colorful accents like pink flowers, all evoke the coastal region of Greece. Vibrant murals by artist Aurora Covarrubias, including Medusa near the entrance to greet guests and a vast octopus sprawling out on the main wall of the indoor space, add to the feeling of immersion.
A family’s dream to share their culinary roots comes true
The logo was designed by Mackenzy Nikolakos, Roxie and Hristos’ daughter, to symbolize the family’s dedication to offering a memorable dining experience based on their heritage. Each family member brought unique skills and passions that helped Yamas take form and make its opening possible.
“Yamas” is how you say “cheers” in Greek. The space was designed to spend quality time and make memories with loved ones. The family behind this charming gem has long wanted to share a slice of their home with Austin. Their dream has come true through mouthwatering fresh food and family-owned hospitality at Yamas, allowing Austinies to fall in love with the Greek experience.
To learn more, view the menu, and book your table, visit www.yamasatx.com.