Born in 1976 in Piraeus, the largest port city of Greece, Giorgos Papaioannou considers the sea as his main source of inspiration since his childhood.
Driven by his desire to go deeper into the tastes and aromas of the Sea Cuisine's classic simplicity, Giorgos Papaioannou delivers true culinary indulgence using the freshest fish and seafood sourced from hidden corners and forgotten villages of Greece.
His constant search for the highest quality ingredients made his first flagship restaurant a top destination for fresh fish and seafood in Athens. Giorgos Papaioannou learned the secrets of Sea Cuisine from his father back in the early 90’s, when their family-owned fish restaurant was initially located in the backstreets of Mikrolimano. In spring 2013, it moved to the seafront on Akti Koumoundourou to enhance the dining experience of its guests with the backdrop of Mikrolimano marina, a traditional fishing port of simple, effortless charm. The success of the iconic PAPAIOANNOU restaurant is sealed with various distinctions like the FNL Best Restaurant Award and many more accolades. The second restaurant opened in 2021 in an elegant 19th century mansion in Kefalari, Kifissia, an exclusive neighbourhood in the northern suburbs of Athens, followed by a third addition located in Kavouri, Vouliagmeni, in the heart of the Athenian Riviera.
Passionate to share his core values beyond the borders of Piraeus, Giorgos Papaioannou continues his culinary journey with the BARBOUNAKI BY PAPAIOANNOU concept by opening the first restaurant in Glyfada, Athens, in 2013. Since then the BARBOUNAKI collection has grown to include various outlets in Greece with the prospect of its development internationally.
Giorgos’s vision of further highlighting the treasures of Greek nature is expressed through the ARMYRA BY PAPAIOANNOU restaurant brand operating in five-star hotels and resorts in Greece and abroad, such as the first one at COSTA NAVARINO - THE ROMANOS, A LUXURY COLLECTION RESORT in the Peloponnese, Greece, since 2015 and the second one at AMARA - A FIVE STAR LUXURY HOTEL in Limassol, Cyprus, since 2019.
Papaioannou’s restaurants demonstrate a great commitment to sourcing quality ingredients by building strong relationships with fishermen and farmers around Greece. Today, in collaboration with Restaurateur Dimos Stasinopoulos, all concepts are developed through OKYALOS GROUP OF RESTAURANTS, an independent Restaurant Group brand they have created together, with the most recent addition of the OUZERI BY PAPAIOANNOU.
After thirty years of effort and dedication to authenticity, Papaioannou's name is strongly correlated with quintessential seafood, where simplicity meets the finest handpicked seasonal produce, the warmth of the Mediterranean hospitality and the exquisite flavours and aromas of Greece.