Our Story

A story of love and heritage.

Inspired by the tavernas of Aegean coastal towns, Mandolin Aegean Bistro was opened by husband and wife team Ahmet Erkaya and Anastasia Koutsioukis in Miami in 2009 serving homespun recipes from Greece and Turkey. After a trip to Miami they stumbled upon an old 1940s bungalow and decided to move from New York and open their dream restaurant serving simple, unpretentious, healthy food using the freshest ingredients in a welcoming atmosphere being surrounded by a happy team and amazing people. 

Opened in the burgeoning Design District, this eatery was created by restoring a quaint Florida home into a 150 seat restaurant with a full outdoor dining area, back house/indoor seating, bakery/market component, and its own edible garden, where they harvest their own seasonal ingredients.

As you enter the blue gates, you're instantly transported to the Greek islands or Turkish coast with a dose of warm, genuine, Mediterranean hospitality.

At Mandolin Aegean Bistro we are proud and passionate about the food we grew up eating. We’re dedicated to recreating dishes that are simple, rustic, and authentic to the villages of Greece and Turkey. Our table is where family and friends can gather for love, for laughter, for spirited conversations. A place to feed your stomach and your soul.


“We created Mandolin as a reflection of our home, a way of life, a way of enjoying valuable time with friends and family. Our priority is to remind our guests to appreciate again the simple joys of sharing food, stories and experiences.