Athos Restaurant
Athos Restaurant

Athos Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.athosrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 5186086400
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Open daily at 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Greek
  • Executive Chef: Harry Hatziparaskevas
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Off-premise corporate and private catering services are available to suit any budget and occasion.
  • Private Party Facilities: Unique private dining facilities are available for private and corporate events.
  • Private Party Contact: Rob Gavel 5186086400
  • Entertainment: Every Friday enjoy recognized local jazz musicians performing in the Athos Taverna from 7:00pm until 10:00pm.

    Every month features a Greek Night, with live music and dancing.

Getting there

  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: On-premise lighted private lot.
A word from Athos Restaurant
Athos was voted one of the 100 Best Greek Restaurants in America by The National Herald. Casually elegant, Athos serves only the very freshest seasonal ingredients, lovingly brought together using time-honored recipes and techniques, like clay pot cooking, and whole fresh fish-filleted table-side.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMediterranean
Athos Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
89 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (57)fit for foodies (56)romantic (34)good for groups (27)notable wine list (25)neighborhood gem (20)vibrant bar scene (14)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (5)hot spot (4)great for lunch (4)great for brunch (2)Show More
  • Outstanding food and service
    RobbieBowtie
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Athos exceeded my expectations in terms of service and food. The only negative is a large open noisy dining room, which made ir=t hard to have a quiet conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place
    Jaime
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Service was impeccable. Food was even better! Will def. be back after I'm not pregnant anymore so I can drink the wine!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for our anniversary
    Lmzr
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    My hubby and I were looking for an elegant and romantic restaurant where we could celebrate our 27th anniversary without breaking the bank. Food, service, atmosphere were perfect. Our waitress brought us a special dessert which was very kind and made the evening very memorable.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    First time at this place for me. I love Greek food so wanted to give it a try. Had the grilled octopus appetizer which was very tender and tasty. My girlfriend had the chicken special and loved it! I had the Branzini sea bass that was grilled to perfection. Definitely worth trying if you're in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistent Quality Meal
    Cat56
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I have eaten here several times already and always have a great meal. The choice of appetizer, entree and desserts is always good. Would highly recommend to anyone who loves mediterranean food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service & Food
    gplace57
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    The dining room was perfect. Not cluttered with deco. The food was good.. and the service was better! Nice romantic location or dinner with friends/ Co-workers.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It was a Special Dinner
    DelmarDame
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Our first anniversary and Athos was a special place to celebrate it! We started with the calamari, and it was excellent - and we are calamari aficionados! DH had the lamb shank and I had a grilled fish of the day - both wonderful. The service was impeccable. If you are vegetarian, the gigantes beans are to die for! Athos is a little out of the way for us, but it is worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Genuine Greek Gormet in Guilderland
    Fossil
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Greek Food prepared as though you were dining in Athens or Mykonos, terrific!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Why not us?
    bobm
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    When I made the reservation, I specifically noted it was my wife's birthday, and confirmed that when the restaurant called me that afternoon. Shortly after we arrived, a birthday was noisily acknowledged with singing and a dessert at another table, so I expected the same for my wife. Unfortunately no notice was paid to my wife's birthday. Why did the restaurant call that afternoon to confirm the birthday and then ignore it? Also, I ordered a seafood item that was described o the menu as including diver scallops. Tha dish as served included sea scallops that were definitely not the size or of diver scallops. If there is a next visit to Athos, I wil definitely inquire about any similar claim on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Kjwn
    Kjwn
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Love, love, love this restaurant would highly recommend it! Food is excellent, service is excellent. Our second time there. Our son goes to SUNY Albany. So, we looked online and found this incredible restaurant. Can't wait to go back. Pricey but worth it.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Probably best restaurant in Albany
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    In a vast wasteland with maybe 2 or 3 tolerable high end restaurants, this one shines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A tad too loud.
    rich
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Much too loud for a neighborhood restaurant. Some sound absorbing materials would help.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • gfastr
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    An excellent night out with old friends. Great menu selections, decidedly different from anything else around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • good food, good service, but pricey
    GiveItATry
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The service was attentive and pleasant, although a little over zealous on refilling the water. Portions weren't huge, but were still decent. The price was rather high (almost no meal for under $25) for the quality of the food. Don't get me wrong, the food was good, but it wasn't fantastic or outstanding. It's a very nice restaurant overall, just a bit over priced in my opinion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Dining experience
    Bones
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    We went to Athos to celebrate my sister-in-laws 50th bday. I have been to the restaurant many times before and wanted to share the experience with my family. We were not disappointed. The food was excellent as always ,and our server was very pleasant. We will be back!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    Bdaydiner
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Dined for my birthday. Food, service and atmosphere were all exceptional! Will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Last minute, great choice!
    Hatewritingreviews
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    I had a friend visiting and we'd been shopping at Colonie Center. We wanted a good restaurant, not a chain, and based on reviews here, used open table to get a reservation at Athos. The staff were extraordinarily nice from the moment we walked in, to the time we departed. At first we were ushered into the white-cloth covered tables in thr dining room away from the quiet bar, but the room felt cold and we asked to stay in the bar area. We were seated at a high top table that was very comfortable. We ordered several appetizers, shared a main dish and finally a dessert, all if which were mouth watering lay delicious. I'm glad I finally had the chance to visit this gem. My companion from the city was equally impressed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    tigger
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Everything about this restaurant is good. The food and staff were great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • bocfan
    becbec60
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The service was the best in any restaurant I have been in. My complements to the managers and owners. You should be very proud of your employees. The food was also excellent,we will be back !!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Even for the "gods"
    epicureanVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Recommend Athos to friends (Group of 6 with kids)visiting Saratoga last month and they were very happy with their meals. I recommended this restaurent to them solely on the review of their menu. Any kitchen that is prepared to take the time to cook traditional dishes in clay pots, needs to be recognized for such aspirations. The menu is very authentic and the dishes are as good as most "greek" grandmother's cooking. Truly a gem in the area and worth the distance for a fine mediterranean dining experience. If you are Greek like myself you will enjoy the soundtracks of old and new music played in the background.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding Service & Food
    gr8Greek
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Impeccable service, extensive wine list especially of Greek wines, delicious appetizers, entrees were fantastic, table-side service was both entertaining and high-class. Overall, Athos is a 5-Star restaurant and I recommend it highly. We will return next time we're visiting Albany.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Disappointing. Service was incredibly slow. Food mediocre. Iceberg lettuce in salad.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, great service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The mushroom and garlic soup was a real hit! I had the chicken dish off the fixed-price menu, while the rest of the family ordered off the regular menu. All dishes were very tasty. The waiter, Kevin, brought a small sample of a white Greek wine to try, in comparison to the typical chardonnay. Attentive service, good food. Will definitely return to Athos!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good restaurant
    Luv18forgolf
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We have eaten here on many occasions and have always found the food very good. An excellent Greek menu mixed with other fish and meats for everyone to enjoy.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very Nice but very noisy
    2n24dinner
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Our dinner at Athos was very nice. The food was delicious, the wait staff was excellent. However, once the main dining room (the only dining room) was filled, the noise level was horrible. We were shouting to speak to each other. When we go back we will ask to be seated in the bar area which is adjacent to the main dining room. It was much quieter there and would make our dining experience much more enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for a special occasion!
    3kidsintow
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    The service from being seated to the complimentary birthday dessert was wonderful. The food was fresh, perfectly cooked, and authentically Greek! What a find in the Albany area!! It was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely amazing food
    BenTheTraveler
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The service was top-notch and so was the atmosphere - a live jazz trio played great tunes - but the highlight was the food. Absolutely excellent, from the appetizers (try the spanakopita!) to the main dishes (grilled seafood, lamb youvetsi, veal) - everything was fantastic. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic meal
    barrys
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food and service were outstanding our area is lucky to have such a wonderful restaurant so close by I highly recommend this restaurant never been disappointed eating there it's just delicious give it a try
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    MeLG
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Really enjoyed authentic Greek food experience. Everything was delicious and the servers were great. We are from out of town but we are really looking forward to going back and bringing the rest of the family when we can!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our Second Visit....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    ....and the second time was as good as the first. Except for one small detail. We ordered 3 spreads and pita bread for the table. They came promptly. Immediately thereafter came 1 appetizer. Ten minutes later, another appetizer. The 3rd appetizer never appeared until we called our waitress over and after another ten minutes or so, she brought out an appetizer that was unacceptable....warm beets and carrots plated with an ice cold mound of potatoes. It was taken back, both the waitress and the manager apologized profusely and offered a substitution, which the person did not take, and then everything proceeded fine. We were pleased with the remained of our meal, the service, and even the bill. Everyone makes a mistake.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another wonderful experience!
    BettyBoop
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Athos continues to offer the real deal- excellent food, great service, lovely atmosphere and a warm, inviting experience. Being the creature of habit that I am, I once again ordered the whole Bronzino, cooked to perfection and filleted at table side. A treat that is a rare to find in the capital district! The menu offers a variety of Greek specialties including dips, moussaka, lamb and a veal chop flambed with cognac which smelled out of this world. Maybe next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic food as usual
    Nickanator
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We have been to this restaurant many times, the food is reliably excellent, especially for those seeking the traditional Greek dishes. The service is attentive but not overbearing, the space is nice looking but very noisy. This particular night, despite a reservation, we were seated in the bar. Our party of six was cramped, and disappointed with the seating. Had we known we were slated for the bar we would have changed the time or gone another night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food and Service
    Mark
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Not being much of a foodie or one that wanders very out out of my food comfort zone, I wasn't what to expect with the Greek cuisine but everything was delicious and the service was outstanding from the minute we walked through the door. Will definitely repeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • CliffB
    CliffB
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Veal chop & lamb chops & med sea bass were excellent. Very pleasant decor & ambiance. Service was good. Wine selection was reasonably priced & a nice selection.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Memorable birthday dinner
    Marysia
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My daughters and I enjoyed a fantastic birthday dinner… from the food, to the service to the atmosphere. Thank you, Athos owners and staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointed
    JamieVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Athos provides traditional Greek hospitality with fresh, healthy food. I love the fresh fish selections, veggies, and martinis. The moussaka and pasticcio are excellent selections if you are in the mood for traditional Greek comfort food. The wine selection offers enough contemporary Greek wine selections to make this an authentic experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another great experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Large menu of classic Greek dishes that are well-prepared and not overly expensive; food quality is top notch. Service was great (not rushed, not slow), noting that 1) all dishes are prepared to order; and 2) it was Restaurant Week, so they were very busy. We're unfamiliar with wines from Greece and Macedonia, but server was knowledgeable and helpful. Bar was crowded with happy hour and live jazz.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    kims
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    I made the decision to take my youngest son to his first ever Greek Restaurant and I was glad it Athos. The restaurant was beautiful, the service was great, friendly and kind. And the food was excellant!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place!
    applegoddess
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    9 of us ate here recently for my birthday dinner...and loved it. We had a really funny excellent server named Kevin who went out of his way to take care of us. There were 2 vegetarians and the rest carnivores and everyone was happy. As a vegetarian I have to say I loved everything I had...the spreads, the amazing salads (tomatoes were some of the best I have had in the Greek salad, also incredible creamy feta that was not too salty), the vegetarian pastitsio, the loukoumades for dessert. Most of us left with doggy bags..very generous portions and reasonable prices. We were in a very nice room with slides of Greece flashing on one wall...didn't detract from our dinner, just made me want to go to Greece. So...highly recommended!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Service outshines the food.
    Rarelyreviews
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The service at Athos is 5-star, and the decor (including white tablecloths) and menu are elegant, however the food is just okay. Entrees were tasty, but did not warrant the price point. The "3 hot appetizer plate" dinner was plated unappealingly, the items weren't hot, and didn't didn't look freshly prepared. There was a $6 up- charge ($18 meal went up to $24) for one non-vegetarian item on the plate -- a tiny, dry, room-temperature quail. (We were informed there would be an upcharge). The flambeed cheese is flambeed "in the kitchen" if you choose it as one of your 3 items--one of our guests complained as it came out room temp and not appealing, and our waiter promptly accommodated us by returning with a serving to flambe table side.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 49 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 367 reviews are from the Athos Restaurant reviews archive.