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Cafe Athena

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1846 Garnet Ave, Pacific Plaza II, San Diego, CA 92109-3352
+1 858-274-1140
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11:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Rochester, New York
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32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My husband and I ate here recently while visiting in Pacific Beach. We loved this restaurant, and plan to come back during our stay here. My husband had the half-chicken, and I had the chicken kebob. Everything was delicious and beautifully prepared. We also shared a Mediterranean salad. The vegetable were fresh and crisp and the dressing was wonderful. Our... More 

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San Diego, California
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171 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed a late lunch on a Monday. Restaurant not busy at that time, which was alright with us. Had the Gyro and Moussaka, which were so authentic we couldn't believe it. The wine list is ample and pours appropriate. Would definitely return as it is one of the best restaurants for Greek food in San Diego.

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Thank SoCalMare
San Diego, California
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108 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

No waiting, friendly service, very good food, nice atmosphere. Very family friendly for larger groups. Large selection on the menu. Best Greek food in Pacific Beach.

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Thank Emory B
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Wow! We tried them through eat 24, and OMG! They're on our go to list from now on. My BF got the gyro with a side of potatoes, and I got meatballs with rosemary potatoes. We both had the chocolate pudding. Everything that is gf is labeled clearly, and everything they brought us was delish.

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Thank Jennifer J
San Diego, California
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135 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Many choices on the menu for everyone - they have meat dishes, vegetarian and vegan dishes too. They also have a big variety of Greek dishes, beyond what you might see at a smaller Greek restaurant. The portions are large enough and the food is tasty. The pita bread was hot and fresh tasting too. In our experience the service... More 

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Thank 2Weevils
San Diego, California
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

Both family-friendly and very attentive service were our experience as we delighted in celebrating our 48th year. As we have come to expect, the Greek repast was fresh and scrumtious. The rosemary potatoes go well with any meal. We'll be back again and again.

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Thank James C
San Diego, California
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52 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

I have been coming to this place for over 20 yrs. My recent visit was delicious. Had a variety of appetizers and dinner entrees that I shared with friends. The tazaki appetizer, sagannaki were fantastic, pita very fresh and hot. The spinach pastisito was delicious. Love this place and will be going back again very soon. The only complaint was... More 

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Thank robinjk3
San Diego, California
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26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2016

This is a pleasant, informal Greek restaurant that has been there a long time in Pacific Beach and has a sister place, also very good (Apollonia) in the Costa Verde Center. There's an excellent variety of veg and vegan dishes, good salads, and tasty shrimp, chicken and lamb dishes. Prices are reasonable. Service is OK, atmosphere OK. Lots of parking.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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126 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2016

We visit San Diego for a month every year and, since this is my aunt's favorite restaurant, we stop here several times each visit. We have tried several dishes and have never been disappointed. The service is impeccable, the food is delicious, the setting is intimate and has always exceeded our expectations (although by now our expectations of this excellent... More 

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San Diego, California
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2016 via mobile

Our visiting friends from Santa Barbara were charmed with the fresh, authentic Greek cuisine as we chatted in the cozy dining room. The spacious feeling afforded by the big windows connected us with the couples at the sidewalk tables, where the candles twinkled in the fading light. A charming evening.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$23
Cuisine
Mediterranean, Greek, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:00
Thursday
11:00 - 21:00
Friday
11:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1846 Garnet Ave, Pacific Plaza II, San Diego, CA 92109-3352
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Pacific Beach
  • Neighbourhood: Pacific Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 858-274-1140
Description
Thank you for visiting Cafe Athena's website!!! A visit to our Pacific Beach Taverna is like a visit to Greece, only closer. For those of you who have been to Greece, we hope your dining experience at Cafe Athena is something of a nostalgic reminiscence...Or a glimpse of toothsome delights awaiting those who plan to visit Hellas. Greeks believe that even the simplest meals may become ambrosia when you are in a happy mood. We hope our hospitality sustains your happy mood and we look forward to sharing with you the pleasures of this delightful cuisine.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?