Apollonia
Apollonia

Apollonia

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.apolloniabistro.com/
  • Phone: 8584551535
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch
    Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner
    Sunday -Thursday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
    Brunch
    Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Greek, Middle Eastern
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Apollonia catering specializes in the art of Greek and Eastern Mediterranean food and excellent service. Our authentic selections along with our sister restaurant Cafe Athena have enchanted San Diegans since 1990.
  • Private Party Facilities: Apollonia welcomes private parties with open arms. Our private dining room, where a monitor is available for any presentation, can accommodate groups of up to 30 diners, the patio can seat up to 40 diners and the combined fireplace and main dining rooms can seat up to 70 diners. The entire restaurant is also available for private events. Our chefs can create prix fixe three or four-course menus, to fit your needs. Private parties may be served for lunch or dinner and are suitable if you are planning a business meeting, a wedding rehearsal dinner, a bridal shower, a graduation or birthday party at our family restaurant. The objective of such menus is not only to simplify the ordering process but also to provide you with the best package of great food, reasonable price and efficient service. For parties of ten or more, please make arrangements with a manager in advance
  • Private Party Contact: Matt Eker 8584551535

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Nobel Drive
  • Public Transit: Bus stops are available on Nobel Drive and Genesee Avenue within 2-minute walk from Apollonia
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: On premise parking, Costa Verde shopping center lot, free and security guard on duty.
A word from Apollonia
Apollonia prides itself on serving foods that are shaped by simplicity and spawned by ingenuity. Our chefs have created dishes that allow natural flavors, which are hallmarks of Greek fare, to emerge and stimulate the senses. Our generous menu, which is designed to accommodate both vegetarian and omnivorous diners, includes age-old favorites such as Dolmathakia and Moussaka, alongside some absolute surprises guaranteed to tantalize your adventurous curiosity.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Apollonia reviews from OpenTable diners
38 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (26)great for outdoor dining (16)good for groups (15)neighborhood gem (15)fit for foodies (13)kid-friendly (5)romantic (4)great for brunch (4)special occasion (3)late-night find (2)hot spot (1)vibrant bar scene (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • OPA! Great Greek meeting place
    Cindy
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Girlfriends met for dinner and were pleasantly impressed with the lovely decor and calm ambience. Excellent service, attentive but let us linger a long time. Luckily, no one was waiting for our table. Not loud, a real bonus. Friends enjoyed the chicken kebobs (a bit of struggle to get it off the skewer), shrimp dish (couldn't finish it, but ate all the shrimp), and gyros sandwich (not the best I've ever had, but fresh and tasty) and had to pay extra to add a Greek salad. Still reasonably priced. Lots of free and close parking. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Apollonia Restaurant
    Anniversary
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Very nice place to go for my lunch meetings. Location is great for locals yet convenient to meet those midway from north county and San Diego. It can be a bit loud during lunch 12to 1 pm but tapers off. Nice comfortable decor. Menu is very good and as is the food served. Front staff is friendly and kitchen staff gets the flavorful menu items out quickly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a grear meal
    GavinVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Apollonia is a guaranteed good meal, consistently the food comes out exactly as it should and just the right amount of service. I had the Olympian salad this time with chicken and it was delicious, my friend had the chicken kebab plate and he finished it off. Will be back soon
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always good
    KMAC
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We've been coming here for years for lunch and dinner and it only gets better. Their salads and grilled meats are excellent but last night I tried a vegetarian dish-stuffed eggplant..fabulous!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sadly, has gone downhill
    foodie
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    This used to a fav, but this was our last visit. One person asked for a side Mediterranean instead of Greek salad. The waitress scolded her for ordering the wrong item. With three similar salads, only one of which comes as a side, she might have verified. The lamb kabobs have been discontinued. One person's chicken kabob was so tough and chewy he sent it back. The waitress said "Well, you ordered chicken breast" as if chicken breast is always tough and chewy. He asked for the moussaka as a replacement (since others enjoyed it); the waitress didn't mention that it took the longest to cook. When everyone else was done and he was still waiting, she said "The moussaka takes the longest." We liked the moussaka and the avgolemino soup.
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  • Dinner
    CarolyncVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    The lamb "stew" had no flavor and was very fatty. The pita bread was served in a cheap basket with wax paper. The fish had a heavy sauce. I was looking forward to a great Greek dinner in La Jolla but was disappointed.
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  • Great Greek!
    Jenn
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    The food is delicious...everything! Great place to have lunch or dinner. Has become one of my favorite places.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Greek Cuisine
    SDLurker
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    An expansive menu of authentic Greek and Middle-eastern dishes. Our food was well seasoned and delicious. We started with a basket of pita bread and tsanziki (cucumber yogurt sauce) and I also had Avgolemeno soup - both were very good. For an entree, I had the Arni Stefado (braised lamb shank) and it was tender falling off the bone with an excellent sauce. My wife (a Greek Cypriot) had the Greek Feast, a variety dish with several specialties and she enjoyed it very much. We had plenty left over which went home with us for an enjoyable lunch the following day!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Greek food!
    La1960VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The food was very good and very reasonably priced. The waitress was a little short with us and tried to clear my plate when I was clearly not finished. A very nice setting and easy parking.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always delivers a great meal
    GavinVIP
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Their olympic salad, shrimp scorpio, taramasalata, and chicken kebab plate were all delicous, Went there to celebrate a special occasion, told host it was a birthday but it seemed like he forgot to tell server, was'nt going to make a big deal out of it. Great food, we will be back
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything was top notch!
    nivi94
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I appreciated everything about the restaurant, the food, the ambience, the music (mainly the Greek music, not the pop), the service, the kind gestures of the waitress, the setting etc. I had chosen it for my friend's birthday and everyone who had attended had liked the food very much and also commended me on the choice of restaurant. I am vegetarian and there was a sufficient amount of vegetarian choices for me to choose from.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Celebration
    HappyEaters
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I booked this reservation to celebrate two birthdays on one night. We had a party of six and none of us had been to Apollonia's before. We received the outside table as requested. Service was great and the food was delicious. A great find. Would come again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 39 reviews are from the Apollonia reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    The food is consistently wonderful! Lots of options, tasty. Friendly and attentive service. Great for meals with colleagues as well as with friends.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business lunch
    sdsu98
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Really nice atmosphere in the enclosed outdoor patio area. Service was great and so was the food. Tomato bisque was really good. I would definitely order that and the Chicken Aioli again.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Greek Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    Excellent food; great service; knowledgeable & courteous staff
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Greek restaurant
    jenniferVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    The place is pretty; we had been there before but this was the first time we sat outside, and the patio is lovely. The food is delicious, with one exception. One time my son ordered macaroni and cheese from the kid's menu, and it was Kraft, and it wasn't even freshly made; he wouldn't eat it. The traditional Greek menu items are all excellent, however, and do please ask for some harissa on the side, whatever you order: it is addictive!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Greek
    emessessVIP
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    One of our favorite places. The food ix excellent, the servers are very nice and efficient, and the room is very comfortable. The prices are also reasonable..
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Gyros & Baba Ghannouj!
    sdmargoVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    Great food, comfortable table and fast service by Anthony. Anthony was outstanding with excellent food suggestions. The lemon soup was as outstanding as he promised and I loved the Gyros and Baba Ghannouj !! Can't wait to return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Food
    Kmalbbaughn
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    There were four of us and we all had something different. We enjoyed every bite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was delicious and table
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Food was delicious and table service was terrific, but it took quite some time before anyone acknowledged us at the door. Restaurant is very bright, before walking in I thought it was going to be like a cafeteria it was so bright. Dimming the lights a bit may bring a better ambience. The live music was a nice touch. Otherwise, great place for some good Greek food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food. Generous portions.
    Princess
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    Very good food. Generous portions. Reasonable price. Full bar.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely music
    WillowVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    I had no idea we'd have greek music playing during dinner, but loved it! The whole experience was very good - food and service.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome experience
    marchinitp
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    The food was fresh, the service was outstanding, and the scenery was fantastic
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Evening with friends
    John
    Dined on 2/19/2014
    We have enjoyed the Apollonia many times before. Their food is very similar to that which we enjoyed on the Greek islands. This time we shared a meal with friends, one of whom is Greek and he thoroughly enjoyed the ambience and food, which reminded him of his family's cooking.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Truly Romantic
    Efren
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This is a great place to take that special date. The setting is truly romantic and the décor makes it look so unique and special. There is even a room for groups as large as 30 people, which is great for celebrating a graduation, anniversary or any special occasion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best service and food hands down
    JOEJORDAN
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    IT was a great dining experience, first time visiting and would definetly return, food was very authentic, wait staff was unbelievable, portions were just right for the price. Nice place for a diner for two or a group great atmosphere and staff were very welcoming. Outstanding food and great atmosphere, waiter was one of the best that I have ever had, I believe his name was Aaron, BEst experinece I have ever had dining out My wife and I will definetly return. Thank you for very memorable Valentines Day and wish you all the best of luck as countinue your excellence in food and service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for business lunch
    PaulSVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Apollonia is my go to place for a business lunch in UTC. Food and service are very good and the atmosphere is perfect for business conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extremely good experience
    SamFromSD
    Dined on 2/12/2014
    We had a great time and great food. I had the salmon which I recommend to every one.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, Terrible service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    Decided to take my boyfriend to Appollonia for his birthday and it happened to be Restaurant Week. He is of Greek descent so I wanted to him to have some dishes that reminded him of his yaya and pappous' dishes growing up. We both agreed the dishes were delicious and the meals were large portions. We were particularly impressed with the sagnaki, spanakopita, dolmas and lamb cous cous. However, the service was absolutely terrible. The restaurant was not crowded at all but our waitress took a while to take our orders, made us feel unwelcome, did not refill our waters even once, did not check on us throughout our meal and did not say thank you when dropping off the bill (and the bill was wrong too). What a birthday disappointment.
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  • Great dinner restaurant
    plf94
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Apollonia is a beautifully decorated restaurant. The food is great and reasonably priced, there are a lot of choices, and it is not at all difficult to get a table for a big group. The servers are always extremely friendly and helpful, and I have never had to flag someone down for water. They are attentive without being too intrusive. It's a great place to eat and talk.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business lunch
    Spoon
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    Apollonia is a good place for a business lunch. The service and food are very good. The noise level is moderate so it is possible to have a conversation without shouting at one another. Easy access and lots of parking make it very convenient for all.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Excellent Xmas Eve dinner
    Maniel
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Four of us for dinner in the small room. Food excellent and plentiful as always: the baked chicken; the gyros plate; the seasoned ground meat; and the souvlaki. Fresh Greek side salads and one lentil soup - all good. And two desserts - one mousse and one house special. The waitress was efficient and personable and plates were cleared at the right times. All this at a reasonable price.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Christmas Eve Meal
    Hungrybulldog
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    There was seven adults to including two that have special dietary needs, i.e., a vegetarian and a vegetarian that is allergic to gluten and xathum gum. Both of them where able to find something enjoyable to eat. Jess and Juan did a fine job serving the family. Jerry
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    When I booked the table I specify that if was for a birthday of a six year old. When we arrived on a Sunday for lunch the restaurant is basically empty, maybe 5 table in total and the place is hugeWe ordered the food, it was ok. Beef was very tender. Then at the end the waitress asks if we want any dessert, I remind her we are there for a birthday and ask if they have any cake to sing happy birthday. After one minute she arrives with one piece of baklava on a small plate, no candle, not even the slightest decoration (even powder sugar would have worked...) and put in front of the child and left. Now, we didn't expect anything special, but at least one candle!! $100 bill for 3 adults and 4 kids....not worth it!
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    good for groups
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  • Pleasant, Long Lunch
    Bdaybash
    Dined on 11/24/2013
    Two hour birthday lunch with a friend was delightful and yummy! Good food, good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • OK not great
    LynnLuvs2eat
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    We just met for appetizers and happy hours drinks. The ouzo was only $3.50 each - I'm no connoisseur but it seemed fine. We order the appetizer platter. Hummus, tsatziki, pita were good, everything else just so-so. Service and atmosphere were good, but for me, I care most about food quality and value for the money. Apollonia did not excel in either of these two categories.
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  • Delicious!!
    GailCVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    We enjoyed the vegetarian options on the menu. Great food and good service. We plan on returning for brunch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful Brunch
    Fhoward416
    Dined on 11/3/2013
    There were 4 of us and we sat outside in a corner and the brunch was wonderful, each of the 3 courses were the best. We all had something different and loved them all. Don't miss a chance to go and enjoy their food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casual Fun Bistro!
    Roadwarrior
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    If you like Greek food, you will enjoy the wide selection at Apollonia. My Mediterranean salad with grilled shrimp was just great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Do not expect recognition
    NHK1
    Dined on 10/3/2013
    Do not expect recognition of special events even if noted on reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate