Athena Restaurant
Athena Restaurant

Athena Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.athenarestaurantchicago.com/
  • Phone: (312) 655-0000
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Greek
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Adams
  • Parking: Valet
A word from Athena Restaurant
Serving delicious Greek cuisine in a classic old world setting. Indoors, enjoy our fine Greek architecture and art, with comfortable seating and warm fireplaces. Outdoors, dine on our patio with an award-winning view of the Chicago skyline. Our newly renovated, glass retractable doomed patio seats year round and has heated floors and a fireplace in the winter and fountains and beautiful flowers all summer. Come enjoy a piece of Greece!!!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Athena Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
142 reviews since July 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (87)good for groups (77)neighborhood gem (52)great for lunch (29)special occasion (28)fit for foodies (27)kid-friendly (24)scenic view (17)hot spot (16)romantic (13)vibrant bar scene (12)notable wine list (10)late-night find (7)great for brunch (6)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Food is very very good, but the noise level made it hard to hear the people at our own table. We enjoyed the food so much the first time we came in the summer, and we enjoyed the outdoor dining as well as the food. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent restaurant!
    Countrygirl
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The food is amazing, the staff is friendly and attentive and the atmosphere is great! The is an excellent restaurant. I highly recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could be better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    The appetizers and vegetables were great, but the lamb, which the waiter recommended, was a little on the dry side. The waiter didn't tell us about the avgolemono soup, which I'd noticed on the board on the way in, and he didn't seem interested in talking about it. The soup itself was OK. The prices were reasonable, for Chicago, but if you're going to go out of your way to go to a restaurant, you can probably do better.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice Friday evening
    LSD12VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Very nice end of week dinner. Nice soroundings, nice wine ,good food and service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great before show dinner
    Alsfav
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    My brother and I had dinner here before going to see Ina Garten. Food was wonderful and fresh. Our waiter was very attentive and friendly. I was at this restaurant many years ago. The new decor is fresh and modern!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chicago BEst Greek Reastaurant
    BrianVIP
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Athena has great service, delicious food and a beautiful restaurant. Well done.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    I enjoyed the atmosphere and extremely accommodating staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family Dinner
    Kess
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I ate here with my parents and my fiancé and future in-laws. It was delicious and a perfect atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good times
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    Athena is a true Greek Town gem. Great food, service and fun!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A real treat
    Sugar
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    The indoor/outdoor open air feel provides a welcome retreat from a very busy neighborhood. Attentive service, good food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • McReviewVIP
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    The employees at the Athena restaurant are wonderful, charming and accommodating and the food is delicious! We had a group of 7 most of which had not been to Greek town in Chicago! Initially, most just stared at the menu but quickly found one delicious dish after another… from the hummus to saganaki, the keftedakia - all fabulous. Our entrees were just has terrific from the kabobs to the gyros and don't forget to have the potatoes - divine. We'll be back. Great service, delicious food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Betty
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We have been to Greek Town many times but never to Athena. I found Athena to be a beautiful place to eat. The ceiling retracted and added such a beautiful breeze on this warm autumn evening. The service was prompt and friendly. The only thing with the retractable roof the flaming cheese can not be lit at the table. The food the teramusalata was delicious. I ordered the lamb. It was too well done. I wasn't given a temperature option on my lamb. The rest of my table enjoyed their dinner. My son ordered the chicken kabobs and said it was really good.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Greek Food and Atmosphere !
    TonyC338
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Great restaurant in Chicago's Greektown. Located where the famous" Diana's Opaa" used to stand. Great food, and atmosphere !!! FANTASTIC SERVICE !!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Greek fun but uneven food
    avipVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The fresh fish and the gyros are very good but avoid the combination dishes on the menue which were too oily to enjoy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great server; lotsa noise
    Ritchie
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Four of us went for the first time (having been to many other Greek Town restaurants). The contemporary ambiance is nice - different from most traditional Greek restaurants. Food was excellent; we had a witty server who was lots of fun. But the noise level, even when the restaurant was not full, made conversation a challenge.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food/Service OK; kitchen slow
    LSD12VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The food and service were generally very good although wife's chicken was a little skimpy. Place was jammed and kitcjhen was obviouly falling behind.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Greek food
    GaryCoVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Good food and great service. Can be a bit noisy after 6:00 p.m.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Greek Food
    compcirrus
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    You can't go wrong ordering the lamb chops! The octopus appetizer was also very good. A little noisy in the atrium, but the food makes up for it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, Beautiful Decor
    canitrythat
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    From the time you walk in, you will notice how lovely the restaurant is decorated. An amazing outdoor eating area boasts a waterfall wall, and roomy seating. We went on a chilly evening, so we requested a seat by the beautiful fireplace. From the bread placed on the table promptly upon seating, to the salads, and main dishes, everything was wonderful. The server was reserved, but prompt, and checked on us frequently to confirm we didn't need anything. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone entertaining business associates, family from out of town, or just going out for the night to have a wonderful meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Outstanding
    GourmetchicVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Best place for Greek dining in the city. Always great! They updated their outdoor dining space and it's very attractive. Food is delicious and plentiful, friendly service, the BEST of everything. While the lamb dishes are their post popular dishes, don't miss the shrimp with garlic or the pork. Valet parking, this place has it all. What are you waiting for??
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Old standby
    bam1
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    The enclosed patio makes this place one of the better dining joints for outdoor seating in all weather. Solid food and decent service if a bit unfriendly at times.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great night to be outdoor
    LSD12VIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Lovely night, good food. Service a little slower than usual.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Athena
    swanqe2
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I love this restaurant and have been going there for years. They have an indoor patio which makes it feel as though you are outside. The noise level in that part of the restaurant was rather high, so if you want to have a romantic evening, or talk with another couple, ask for a table "inside." The bar is nice, the food is good. The pace at which our server brought the courses out was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great ambiance, ok food bad service
    Nik27
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Greet outdoor seating, next to water fountain. Food was okay, a little bland. Service was poor, took too long and too slow.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch at Athena
    Lunchlady
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The patio is a great spot any time of day, food consistently good. Server could have been a bit more attentive to our drinks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Atmosphere
    JohnsonVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    The food is seasoned a bit more delicately here than at other Greek Town restaurants but we enjoyed it very much. Great lunch menu and the service was very good!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best in GreekTown
    FishVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I had a great business lunch and my guest was very impressed with the food and atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chicago's Great Greek
    BGDM7450
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I grew up with Greek food and having moved from my home community, I crave the food I just adored. Athena was selected by my Chicago son--he'd heard it was good. It is! We had the combination plate that had a taste of almost everything and every dish was delicious. There are numerous choices for Greek food in this area of Chicago but, if Greek food is your thing, you can't do better than Athena! I can't wait to get back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun but not good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I loved the atmosphere and fun, vibrant vibe of this place. And the outside (too cold to eat out there when we went) looked really pretty. Unfortunately, the food was very, very expensive and just not that good. The lamb entrees they recommended were pricey and not very good. My combo platter, which you would hope it the best representation of lots of their most classic items, unfortunately was not good. The lamb on this platter was fatty and chewy. Love Greek Town for run but I have yet to go there and think the food was as fun as the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Indoor/outdoor
    ClaireVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Loved sitting in the covered patio. Food and service were worth high ratings. Great place to have a Friday dinner after work.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SEZman
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We enjoyed our dinner at Athena, in particular the outdoor seating and the fact that we were not rushed. The food was good and the appetizer and two combo plates that we ordered for 3 of us were more than sufficient. We would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great experience!
    Greektowngoodfind
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Free valet which relieved stress of trying to find a parking spot and we got in right awY even though they were really busy and we were late coming with our reservations . Very scenic and beautiful outdoor patio and delicious food! Price reasonable. Would go back again and recommend!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Night out(side)
    Jemange
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The atmosphere at Athena's large outdoor terrace is very convivial. This sets the tone for enjoying the food. Recently, I strayed from my favorite, Mediterranean sea bass. I ordered the seafood kabob, specifying no starches alongside. and enjoyed tzatsiki sauce and pita instead. The seafood kabob was tasty and fresh--rather perfectly cooked somehow. The Greek food experience is one of our favorites and so enjoying appetizers and Greek wines among the four of us was great. One of my favorite appetizers: the eggplant slices.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Athena aspires to be great
    OTAthena01
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    I took my wife to Athena on Monday evening for her birthday. I did not know what to expect since I have never been there before; however, I was very pleased at the semi-casual ambience, outdoor seating, great meal & excellent service. The saganaki was an absolutely delicious appetizer and the lamb that my wife and I had was also fantastic. The meat was well-prepared, yet so juicy, it is easy to understand why many people are a big fan of this establishment. Overall, I was very happy with our experience and look forward to returning very soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Grandson enjoyed
    LSD12VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Had a nice meal in the garden. 9 year old grandson enjoyed the calamari . Waiter was great!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love Athena, but this visit just ok
    lejoieVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Saganaki dry / rubbery usually good octopus seemed over cooked too - weird.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best outdoor spot
    KozEats
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The huge outdoor seating is the best..... can't go wrong with the lamb chops.....Some of the best in the city...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Did not honor reservation
    JandJVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    My family and I have dined at Athena several times. In the past, we had great experiences so My husband and I decided to bring our out of town guests to Athena for dinner in order to enjoy Greek food while taking advantage of Athena's great outdoor space. We arrived at 710 for our 715 reservation and we're told that we would be seated shortly. Yet, we still were not seated by 745. We checked in with the hostess who kept of assuring us that she would seat us shortly. At 8 we still were not seated (45 minutes after our reservation) and we're told it would still be additional time, so we left the restaurant and went to Parthenon and had a delicious meal. Thus, if you expect your reservation to be honored do not go to Athena.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great food, especially liked the char broiled octopus appetizer and the creamy texture of the feta cheese! Attentive waiter. Lovely large outdoor patio. Huge menu. Lots of vegetarian choices for my daughter.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The patio makes it special
    dadwritesVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Athena is one of many Greek restaurants in, well, Greektown, and it is not in my top three from a culinary standpoint. But a dining experience is not solely about the food and, in the summer months, the outdoor space at Athena makes it worth the trip. Set back from the street with a brick waterfall, dining on the patio is a very enjoyable opportunity for people watching and for savoring a Chicago summer. Our dolmades and gyros were on the bland side, as was the taramosalata. Food quality did not seem to be poor, but the dishes are missing much of the seasoning that gives Greek food a special zest. I'd like to like this place more, so I am hoping they will pump up the flavors.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate