Ordering can be a protracted and unruly business. Greeks don’t really “do” à la carte dining, especially at tavernas. Instead, they throw a medley of small plates (mezedes) and main dishes into the middle of the table (sti mesi) for everyone to share, stoking the convivial mood. Insider tip: the mezedes are often the most satisfying dishes on the menu, so double down on those and cut back on the tally of mains.
Usually, someone in the group takes it upon themselves to order for everyone (you can throw in your two cents’ worth if you’re craving something specific, like saganaki, that chewy fried cheese, which should always make an appearance, in our opinion). Sometimes, the waiter will even order for you. It depends on the specials of the day or whether you’ve dined at the restaurant before and the waiter is familiar with your tastes.