“Petros has inspired me to rummage through my Greek cookbooks, looking up recipes for these and other dishes. If the food at Petros is anything to go by, I can see a trend for Greek food coming on. It’s long overdue.”
S. Irene Virbila, LA Times
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“GOAT’S milk feta from mountainous Epirus off the Ionian sea. Spanakopita made with fresh spinach, that marvelous feta, and filo dough laboriously rolled out by hand. Greek snapper drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and a squirt of lemon. Thick Greek yogurt scribbled with fragrant honey.”
S. Irene Virbila, LA Times
“Petros in Manhattan Beach offers Hellenic California cuisine—foods such as fresh fish, vegetables, salads, ripe tomatoes, fresh cheeses and homemade yogurts all based on simple, high-quality ingredients and Greek flavors like honey, olive oil, oregano, lemon and homemade phyllo dough. The restaurant also serves its own wines produced in the Santa Ynez Valley.”
Laura Watts, Our South Bay
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“Petros Benekos has restaurants with almost identical menus in Manhattan Beach, Santa Barbara, and the Santa Ynez wine country, all just called Petros. When I heard he planned to open Petros Kafe in a former bakery in El Segundo, it sounded brilliant: a streamlined, simpler, less expensive Greek restaurant would be a perfect fit for the lunch crowd. The fact that the bakery would continue operating seemed to confirm this, and I looked forward to a stream of the delicious Greek pastries I knew from experiences in that country.”
Easy Reader News. November 20, 2014.
“This lively, casual destination – with easy parking – has a loose vibe paired with terrific bartenders and really tasty food. This feels like the Petros incarnation that will go wide. There should be one on every street corner.Petros Kafe sits in a space that’s been home to a string of nondescript eateries on Grand Avenue, a short distance from Main Street. The room has been opened up, given a dose of sunlight, and turned into a place that locals are flocking to to bend an elbow, grab a bite or hang around for the sport of the moment.”
Merrill Shindler, Daily Breeze. July 30, 2014.
“I expected a pleasant restaurant with staples of Greek food and a leader who, between running a clothing company, operating two restaurants and opening a third, was comfortably hands-off … But what I found was a man passionate about his work and a restaurant that spurned the title of Greek food in favor of something better descriptive of the land on which Benekos grew up.”
Isaiah Brookshire, Staff Writer, SYV Journal
“If you think a Greek restaurant is only as good as its travel posters of the blue Aegean, Petros, the new restaurant at the Fess Parker Wine Country Inn & Spa in Los Olivos, will disappoint you.”
George Yatchisin, Santa Barbara Independent
“The Santa Ynez Valley got a taste of something different when Chef Petros Benekos opened his Greek restaurant in Los Olivos in June. The words “great” and “Petros” linked up and spread like wildfire. And for good reason.”
Connie Cody, Inside Santa Ynez Valley
“When the owners of Hellenic – California Cuisine and Ragin’ Cajun Cafe need an authenticity check in the kitchen they know who to call — they call mom.”
Richard Foss, Easy Reader. March 20, 2008.
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“LA’s most elegant Greek Restaurant punches up traditional recipes- avgolemono soup, garlicky dips, ethereal moussaka, grilled fish- with contemporary techniques and seduces us into believing that the Acropolis is just a few islands over.”
Los Angeles magazine.
“Most Greek food in these parts is a pale imitation of what you find in the Old Country … Petros Benekos has the sophisticated palate that comes from living in a string of European countries [and] devised a menu that even his mother would love.”
Andrea Rademan, Venice Magazine.
“A native of Athens, owner Petros Benekos has thankfully avoided the kitschy, Americanized notion of Greek food and has instead crafted an aesthetic of Greek cuisine that artfully blends the traditional with California-friendly touches.”
Bonnie Graves, Luxury Life & Style.