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Zorba is the premier Greek restaurant in Bournemouth. A family business, currently running by Spyros Karavelas and Nasos Papageorgiou, established in 2002 providing delicacies from the famous Greek – Cypriot cuisine.

Come and visit us for an unforgettable dinner, trying the famous Greek cuisine and exploring the Greek hospitality, just like you were in Greece.

Zorba’s taverna name is based on the real character George Zorbas upon whom author Nikos Kazantzakis based his fictional Alexis Zorbas, the main protagonist of his novel ‘ZORBA THE GREEK’.

George Zorbas born in the village of Katafygi, West Pieria, Central Macedonia around 1867. Son of Fotis Zorbas, a wealthy landowner and sheep-owner, he had three ciblings. He spent his most decisive years of his life (1889-1911) on Palaiochori, Chalkidiki, where he got married and he had eight children.

At the end of this period, war and the death of his wife brought unhappiness to his family. He decided to become a monk and he left for Mount Athos, where he met author Nikos Kazantzakis and they became close friends. They went after to Mani and worked together as miners. It was that time that Kazantzakis decided to write about ZORBA THE GREEK, describing George Zorba’s life experiences.

Zorbas spent the last years of his life in FYROM. He died during World War II in 1942 and he was buried in the Butel cemetery.”

Zorba’s taverna, a family business in Bournemouth centre, is beautifully decorated with pillars, plinths, frames with natural Greek places and Greek Gods statues which are proudly watching over the proceedings. Popular with families, young children, romantic couples and groups of friends alike with an atmosphere second to none. Belly dancer and even the staff performing ‘Zorba’s Dance of Life’, encourage everyone to join in the fun.

We cater for hen & stag nights, birthdays, romantic couples, leaving-do celebrations, private parties, students… in fact for any occasion!!!

Up to 70 people can be accommodated and live music can be provided at an extra cost on any day of the week.

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