Rather than watching Mamma Mia! to get a Greek isle escape, we are slipping under the bougainvillea arbor and entering this dining room with whitewashed walls and blue multipaned windows. The interior, even with Medusa painted on the wall at the entrance, is serene. Patterned fabric and long banquettes extend the welcome, and the servings are both attractive and generous. To begin your journey, consider one of the jewel-toned cocktails—we enjoyed a lime-hued gin-and-mint spritz and a magenta margarita infused with hibiscus. Oenophiles will find a Hellenic-heavy wine list. Tiny coins and small tentacles of grilled octopus with capers and onion over a hummus-like bean puree made a tasty enough starter (though it needed salt), but it was the yellowtail ceviche doused in passion fruit juice that got our attention. A heaping platter of grilled chicken souvlaki served with addictive fries was enough to share. On one visit, the enormously tasty lamb chops were all but perfect; on another, they needed more time on the grill. Don’t expect a strictly old-school menu; appealing modern liberties are taken, which seems to be just fine with the hordes hoping to secure a reservation. Given the new patio, convivial bar, and sunlit dining room, we hope this spot endures in what has been a revolving restaurant site.
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Sunny and bright like Santorini, Yamas brings both traditional and contemporary Greek fare to a pretty, convivial setting.