Athens Restaurant

Athens Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Home Style
  • Website: http://www.athensrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 9024221595
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Daily: 8:00 am - 11:00 am
    Lunch: Daily: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Dinner: Daily: 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Global, International, Greek
  • Executive Chef: Sotirios Panopalis, Evangelos Panopalis
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Preston
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Athens Restaurant
For more than a quarter of a century, people have been returning to Athens Restaurant for an enjoyable dining experience and friendly hospitality.

Here at the Athens we believe in using fresh & locally sourced (when able & available) ingredients and superior products in our recipes. We prepare most everything in house and to order.

A family run restaurant, we specialize in authentic Greek dishes from our own original recipes, as well as serving an array of other dishes such as Grilled Meats, Seafood, Pastas, Pizza and Breakfast, Brunch and Homemade Desserts. With such a varied menu selection, there is something to please every palette.

Founded by Sam & Areti Panopalis in 1982, the Athens Restaurant has been operated by their son, Evangelos, since their re-opening on Quinpool Road in 1996. We still serve many of the same customers from our original location. At the Athens our patrons are like family to us. We invite you to visit us for a fabulous meal.
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Athens Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
4 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.8
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
kid-friendly (3)neighborhood gem (3)good for groups (2)special occasion (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Sunday Brunch
    Brunchgroup
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Excellent food and service as usual. We always enjoy spending time with friends after church to continue our fellowship.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent
    Greek
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Good food. I had the veggie combo and I enjoyed every bite. The roasted vegetables were a bit too oily though. Would go back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • New Year's Eve
    sobernye
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    As usual, the food was great, the service was great, and we will be back. The only thing I did notice was that we didn't get any bread before the meal, which we usually do.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • regulars
    Thomas
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Missed your wonderful GREEK salad with my meal. OR Bagget bread with dip,,,,,,, My partner would have liked a few pices of calamari with his seafood platter......
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunchgroup
    Brunchgroup
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    Excellent service and great food as usual. Always a pleasure.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre movie dinner
    BJfoodies
    Dined on 11/29/2013
    Great local spot for pre movie dinner. Chicken Soulvaki was tasty with greek salad, roasted potatoes and pita bread. We will be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Apalling service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2013
    Monday 26th August, my friend and I were there for dinner. We were seated and presented the menus. It took a log time for our sever to come me take the order and she said sorry for the wait. Well, actually we were watching them standing around and talking as the restaurant had only few customers. We ordered our food, got two glasses of wine, an appetizer, chicken souvlaki and chicken Parmesan. I wanted a bit more sauce for my calamari but our server never came back and asked how things were. Furthermore the calamari were made using the batter they use for fish and chips. After we finished our calamari she came and took the plate. I noticed that other tables were getting bread but we were never offered bread.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Favorite Food location
    Cowie
    Dined on 7/11/2013
    We have visited Athens almost weekly( or more) for approx. 15 years. Family owned with owners always on site. Great relaxed/ family atmosphere! Service is usually very good with pleasant staff. We may not open the menu since we know several dishes which are always dependable and excellent presentation and flavours. The haddock fillet dinner is a standard and have NEVER had a bone or fish not perfectly prepared. We always recommend Athens to friends/ colleagues and clients!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The excellent dining experience!
    Brunchgroup
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    Athens is a very friendly and accommodating restaurant. I am in wheelchair and my daughter has gluten free needs. There has never been an issue with either request. We enjoying going a couple of times a month after church for brunch and fellowship. Will certainly recommend this great establishment to everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great atmosphere
    Brunchgroup
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    The food is very good, the service is friendly and the atmosphere is pleasant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I came with party of 12. Shared
    Jack
    Dined on 5/4/2013
    I came with party of 12. Shared Greek platter For main, I ordered pan fried haddock with side of fries & Caesar salad. Salad was OK, would have been better if came in its own bowl, as plate was hot & this caused lettuce to lose crispness. Fries were somewhat soggy & brown, like they were fried in overused oil. Fish seemed fresh, but breading was too sparse. Maybe I was expecting too much. After all, I basically ordered fish & chips at a Greek restaurant. Previous times I've been here and ate souvlaki /moussaka/lamb & it was good. Service was friendly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Greek Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    This restaurant seems to be popular with all ages of Haligonians. However, the night we visited it fell below our expectations. One of our party ordered the double chicken souvlaki and got pork. The kitchen had left the tsatsiki and lemon off my souvlaki plate. We had come especially for the gluten-free almond chocolate torte but were disappointed to hear that they no longer carry it. So, a good restaurant that could be better with a little more effort.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service as
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/18/2013
    Great food and service as usual . Would be little nicer at night is the lights were little dimmer
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall it was a fine experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/9/2013
    Overall it was a fine experience. We were happy with the service and the meal. You were able to accommadate our requests and we will be back in the future. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Athen's on Quinpool Road
    Lunchmates
    Dined on 12/14/2012
    Last year we had our Christmas Lunch here and when it came time to book this year, everyone wanted to return to Athen's. The appetizers are great - tasty and large enough to share. The number of lunch/dinner selections is good. They are very tasty and affordable as well. The Gyro was new this year. Those in our group who ordered it, really enjoyed it. It's a unique twist on the donair! To top it off, those who were able to stuff in desert, tried the coconut cream pie - it is a "must" on the dessert menu. Service was excellent. Our waiter had a great sense of humour. I suspect when it comes time to book next Christmas, we will likely return to Athen's again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great greek food , great restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/13/2012
    Great greek food , great restaurant, will be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Convenient, family friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/7/2012
    Convenient, family friendly (casual), reliable (meals are consistent quality).
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food at a fair price.
    YqmnomadVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2012
    To be fair, this review pertains to breakfast, a meal simple to make but easy to get wrong when it comes to cooking eggs the right way. I am pleased to report that my eggs were cooked perfectly and the service was outstanding. I look forward trying the restaurant for lunch or dinner.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I love the Athens Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/11/2012
    I love the Athens Restaurant and the food. It is a little bit upscale, but very nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Athens is one of our favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/8/2012
    The Athens is one of our favorite family-style restaurants in Halifax. Always consistently good in all of the areas listed above. They always have a table regardless of how busy the restaurant is. We often recommend this family-owned restaurant to out-of-town friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very satisfied!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/5/2012
    Overall, a great dining experience for our 34th Anniversary.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had an excellent time here,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/19/2012
    We had an excellent time here, very good food, plan to come back with the kids next time!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had a great time there. Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/13/2012
    Had a great time there. Service was excellent - our server was especially good given that the restaurant was very crowded (Mother's Day). She always came by to update us on what was happening with our order.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is a wonderful restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/23/2012
    This is a wonderful restaurant with amazing food. Came in with two large groups on different occasions and they served us wonderfully.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Always tasty, hearty, generous
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/26/2012
    Always tasty, hearty, generous portions; great mix of Canadian and Greek cuisine.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service and food. Very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/25/2012
    Great service and food. Very Noisy , hard to make conversation
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Celebrations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/24/2012
    Thank you to the Athens team for making my mother's birthday celebration so special. The appetizers were delicious and the service was stellar. Our group ranged from 4 - 78 years old and you managed everyone with a smile. The staff even sang "happy birthday"! My Mom is still talking about the lovely evening at the Athens for her birthday! Thank you!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special not so special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2012
    They had a valentines day special for $49.99 which included wine, main course and desert for two. The wine was ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE. The main course was a generous proportion and very good. The desert was small but good. Overall I feel we would have had a better deal not taking the special.
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  • Food was very good and our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/5/2012
    Food was very good and our server (Sara) was excellent. Will definitely return
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Athens is one of our favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/5/2012
    Athens is one of our favorite family restaurants. Having breakfast served until 2pm was really great. We selected Athens for our son's 19th birthday meal.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall