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Athena Restaurant
Athena Restaurant

Athena Restaurant Details

  • 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!!!Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Diner Reviews
  • "Great night to be outside. Food and service to match"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We sat out on the new and beautiful patio. It was designed perfectly. The food came out in perfect timing and the service was great as usual."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "As always the service and food were outstanding. Wonderful outdoor dining that has been designed to maximize the dining experience."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I always eat in Greek town during my visits to Chicago and have. Ever been disappointed. Athena is by far the most enjoyable and tasteful (in all aspects) of the restaurants on Halstead street. This is a MUST stop."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "The outdoor patio is beautiful and it's the perfect venue for a larger group as the restaurant is very accommodating to groups. While we have had better service in the past at Athena, Friday night it was a bit slow to get a drink and appetizers to the table. Would still recommend and will try again soon. Our dinners were delicious!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "I brought some out of town friends to Athena for lunch one of whom's folks are from Greece/Lebanon. He loved the food and said it was the most authentic he'd had in years (they live in Texas, so that may be why). He also shared wonderful stories of his mother's cooking and told us about the similarities/differences between Greek and Lebanese cuisine. We had a wonderful afternoon on the patio and my friends are anxious to come back when the are in Chicago again."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Salads good, leg of lamb tough but huge portions, saganaki like rubber but again huge portion..lamb chops again huge but mot as good as all the chops we have had."great out door space but food not as good as many of their competition in the neighborhood"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Starting with the host, the food, the quick service, all excellent."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The choices are excellent for any palate; the food is great, and the ambience wonderful. You will love this place."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "The typical Greek specialties are fine. Lamb chops are better than the roast lamb dish (dries out quickly). Appetizers are my favorite but the whole sea bass is good."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The outdoor patio at this place is second to none. Wonderful food and extensive wine list. Best Greek food in town!!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "This is a great place to dine al fresco with views of downtown Chicago. The food is reliable, although not gourmet. More like Greek comfort food. Service is friendly and efficient."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "I live in the South West Suburbs and travel down to Old St. Pat's for mass and then drive over to Athenea's for Lamb on the bone with artichokes and lemon sauce. Delicious. Can't wait to take the trip down again."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I've been to Athena twice in the last two weeks--once with adults and once with little kids--and both times the service was excellent, the food very tasty, and the overall experience a lot of fun."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Food was fantastic -tried all of my favorites and a few new items, all excellent. Very good service and ambiance. Chose to sit inside but the outdoor area looked like the place to be."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Athena is a wonderful place year round but especially in the summer with it's open patio. My friend who is Greek recommended this restaurant and we have never been disappointed. I especially love the chicken riganati. The only issue we have is that we always get the same waiter (cannot recall his name) and he always disappears for awhile but he's good in the beginning and at the end and the bus boys are very helpful when we can't find him."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "I have been to Athena several times in the past eight years that I have lived in Chicago and there have been ups and downs in my experiences, but my most recent visit was definitely an up! Our group of six sat in the covered outdoor area, which is lovely, though it's too bad that there is no longer an unobstructed view of downtown. The service was excellent. Our appetizers and dinners were perfectly timed and our server was attentive and personable. We all enjoyed our generous portions of food and had plenty to take home. I look forward to going back to Athena!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "Loved the outdoor setting and lunch menu options and pricing. Great baklava! Can't wait to come back, this time with family"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "The food was very good. We had pork chops and the seafood kabobs. They were slightly overcooked, however. Calamari were excellent and so was the village salad. Service was excellent. They didn't rush us at all. We got there early and sat by the window outdoors. It was beautiful out there!!! That's the best part - the outdoor dining. The roof closes in case of rain."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "The food was great and the waiter gave great recommendations."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "There are two options for dining - the courtyard and inside. While covered, the courtyard is far less conversation-friendly than the inside accommodation. Well-appointed, tastefully decorated and professionally staffed, either choice will provide a pleasant dining experience. The menu is generally traditional, very occasionally less-than-memorable and often excellent. One has a wiThere is never a rush to get your party out the door and reservations are always recommended, with attention paid to where you want to sit and special needs. Athena is a wonderful Greek restaurant to enjoy with friends or relatives and on special occasions. ****"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "I booked this restaurant little too quickly in hurry.. Without reviewing it much, for my friends coming from another state.. And it turned out to be best decision.. The food was good.. Service was excellent and ambience was soothing"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "The outdoor space here is beautiful and comfortable. The food and service are also wonderful."
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "Atrium is an exciting venue on a nice sunny day. Food is very good and service is efficient"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "A group of us went to Athena last year and everyone enjoyed it so we went back again this year. Service was excellent; server was attentive to even minor comments. Everyone enjoyed their food and the appetizers. We sat outside which was very nice although some people got a bit too much sun as one umbrella couldn't cover all 7 of us, but being by the fountain was especially nice."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "We took some of town guests to this restaurant and we were not disappointed. The food was good and the atmosphere was nice. The service was so-so. The server did not look very happy or like he wanted to be there. We would go back."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Great food service ambiance. Everyone is friendly food and atmosphere some of the best in the City."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Great consistent service and food. We live in the neighborhood and it's our favorite Greek restaurant."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "The outdoor atrium area is fantastic on a nice day."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "We enjoyed our food. I had the pasticcio which was very good. My wife had a salad, which came with a disappointing portion of cheese compared to the picture that was shown. Also noticed that it appear the menu's prices were out of date as the advertised price was a dollar less than what was on our bill. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "I have been to Athena a number of times and it has always been excellent. We were promptly seated and no server came to our table. After a long wait we got up and asked the host to have a server stop by. Still a very long wait until someone finally came over to take our drink order. Even after our server took our order he was not very attentive. I have had much better service in the past."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "Excellent server, but that didn't make up for the noise or very disappointing food. Skip the horta! Eggplant appetizer so, so. Grilled vegetable kebabs so, so. But we've had much better food in Greek Town. Will not return."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Not that other restaurant - the real Greek islands! The food is just fine at Athena but the real sell is the wonderful, sunny patio that captures what my dreams of Greek island living is all about. The menu is quite extensive and has all of your Greek favorites. This is my second visit to Athena. The service both times has been warm and professional. My first time at Athena was with my husband and we had a lot of help deciding which wine to try - our server was very accommodating and let us try two or three before we decided. This time I went for lunch with an out of town colleague who also loved the ambiance. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "So many choices in Greektown..but Athena is exceptional..the interior and the outdoor patio are beautifully designed, and the food and service will never disappoint. They offer many of the expected traditional Greek items, but some have a distinctive and special twist. Had the chopped salad and it was a perfect lunch..highly recommend it!"
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "A lovely restaurant & excellent service. The mousaka was fantastic but the calamari only mediocre (& served w/ sauce in plastic to-go containers, not what I'd expect in a nice, eat-in restaurant). Service was outstanding & very considerate to our group. Definitely will return."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "3 weeks before Mothers Day I made reservations using Open Table, I requested outdoor seating. When we arrived we were shown to an indoor room in the back that was very crowded. I asked why we were not being seated outside, the manager was snippy and stated that I had not requested that on the reservation. When I showed him the reservation with the request he said the outside patio was for smaller groups (8 people in our party). I then pointed out that there were several large parties including one consisting of 10 people he then informed me that requests made on Open Table are not honored and I should have called to make the reservation. What is the point of making a request if it is going to be ignored. BTW, the waiter was wonderful."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Athena's is a wonderful restaurant for authentic Greek food. All of the food is delicious. We love the lamb dishes and some of the seafood dishes such as Shrimp Athena. The salads and appetizers are fresh and delicious. The service is excellent. Overall, this restaurant offers a great value for the price. Portions are large and I always have leftovers. With the easy free valet parking, it is easy to get to and has become a place we return to on a regular basis. We had a large mother's day lunch there for 10 people and they handled our group very well. The out door patio is awesome in the summer! "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Went quite well, considering the crowds. Waiters navigated skillfully, the food was tasty and came quickly, all very hard working people there, and nice people! I love their fried zucchini, the Athenian salad, the chicken kabob, and my daughter thought they had the best fish ( white fish). The place was packed and on the noisy side, but this was the day. Very nice and clean, cheerful place!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I love this place! The food is amazing and the servers are very attentive and funny. I love the restuarant itself, it is really magnificent and beautiful inside. I would recommend this place to anyone."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "I BOOKED ONLINE. I CALLED TO CONFIRM AND ASKEW FOR A COURTYARD TABLE FOR MY PARTY OF 6. ON THE PHONE THEY SAID THEY WILL DO WHAT THEY CAN. WE WALK IN ON TIME AND WITHIN 5 MINUTES THEY PUT US IN A CORNER INSIDE. I WENT TO THE HOST and asked him how long until a table was ready outside. He said he didn't know. HE SAID HE DID NOT KNOW!!!! How do you not know and he stared at me rudely for an uncomfortable 10 seconds. Very arrogant. Do not plan on coming back any time soon. Now I'm happy that building is blocking the view of the city."
    Dined on 5/10/2014