Pathos Restaurant & Bar
Pathos Restaurant & Bar

Pathos Restaurant & Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.pathosrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 5109818339x
  • Hours of Operation:
    DINNER Wednesday-Thursday-Sunday 5:30pm-9:00pm
    Friday-Saturday 5:30pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Greek
  • Executive Chef: Nick Eftimiou
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We are available for seated meals of up to 60 guests and for sit and stand receptions of up to 80. Pathos is the perfect place for your rehearsal dinner, corporate event, small-scale fundraiser, etc. any day of the week (day or evening).

    We offer weekday, daytime catering Monday through Friday ($250 minimum order) for delivery in Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, and other east bay cities. We are, as well, available for larger off-site full catering...please call us at 510.981.8339 or email our Event Director at fred@pathosrestaurant.com
  • Entertainment: Pathos Restaurant & Bar offers live music of Greece and the Mediterranean once a month.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Haste Street
  • Public Transit: DOWNTOWN BERKELEY BART
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Pathos Restaurant & Bar
Melding the organic bounty of California with the traditional foods and flavors of Greece...honey, olive oil, herbs, classic cheeses...and drawing upon family recipes, Pathos is a truly genuine representation of the food you would find being enjoyed by everyday Greeks.

With a focus on a simple ingredient, fully organic fare and a well-curated, but accessible wine list (organic | biodynamic | sustainable), we want to bring to Berkeley a true taste of Greece. Please join us in our rustic, yet well-appointed dining room...surrounded by the warmth of our wood-fired oven...for a lively, engaging dining experience with which we are sure you will be pleased.
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Pathos Restaurant & Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
91 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (66)neighborhood gem (46)special occasion (39)romantic (23)good for groups (21)notable wine list (16)hot spot (9)vibrant bar scene (5)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (3)great for brunch (3)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • hit and miss
    cremebruleeVIP
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    My partner is Greek so we have a high bar when it comes to Greek food. Highlights were the eggplant, hummus, yoghurts, etc. Delicious, smoky flavors. The chicken was perfect, lemony oregano tenderness. The lamb chop was disappointing, good, but no raves at our table. Few options for fish lovers -- it was only 7 pm, but we were told they were already "sold out" of the fish of the day. The smelt appetizer, was too salty, chewy, fishy, we could not eat it -- needed a subtler fry. The dolmas have meat in them-- a meatless version would be a good addition. The heirloom salad was also not available, they should create another "greek" salad when tomatoes are not in season. But we generally enjoyed the food and will try it again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • High Quality Greek in East Bay
    DanCVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Friends had told us about Pathos and we finally made it. Service was friendly and I like the somewhat sophisticated ambience. The food was very good -- best quality Greek food I've had in the East Bay. A great deal of attention is paid to ingredients and preparation. The prices are high -- I hadn't expected to pay $80/person and will order more carefully when we go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Experience at restaurant
    n2food
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    We had 7:45 dinner reservationf, our table not ready stood by door for a while until someone suggested sitting at bar until table was ready, took a while, waited for about 15 to 20 mins until some one took our order at table, they ran out if sea bass I'm vegetarian, my salad was given to the table next to me, our appetizer was the wrong order given to us, not a very good experience, but what we had was good, might return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent and elegant
    bdgrgrl
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Greek food - spectacular at times, generally mediocre (or worse) in restaurants. Pathos gave an excellent, elevated Greek experience. This is a beautiful restaurant. Everything was delicious, even for our world traveler guest and our teen. Service was friendly and efficient. The menu was small, which may have focused the kitchen. Personally, I would expand the dessert list given the abundance of Greek desserts. We had avgolemonno, dolma, octopus w/red onion/capers, spanakopita, stuffed pepper, fried smelt w/lemon & capers, a sm. fried cheese appetizer, pita w/feta & olives, baklava, a yoghurt dessert, and a cannoli-ish Greek pastry. The only negative for us was that everything was more expensive than expected.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent experience
    rhino
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    My wife and I had a wonderful dinner. We appreciated the attentiveness of the staff and the Manager. The oven-roasted chicken and the vegan option were delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Greek with flair
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Given its neighbors (car dealership, Dollar Store, etc.) Pathos was a wonderful surprise in terms of ambiance, and quality of food and service. The decor featured Greek urns, rough walls, huge rustic mirrors and geometric patterns in the fabrics. It created warmth in what otherwise could have been a sterile or industrial space. The staff was solicitous and knowledgeable. Their Tzatziki was startlingly fresh and bright, the feta was pink (!) and tart, and the homemade pita warm and complementary. The moussaka was the best we've ever had, rich and aromatic with hints of clove, cinnamon and allspice. The lamb chops were tender and perfectly grilled, the sides simply prepared to highlight their quality. Will definitely recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, great service
    luv2eatout
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Our dinner last saturday night after the Cal football game at Pathos was very good. The restaurant, new to us, has a very nice ambiance and our group of 6 was very happy with our meal. If I had to criticize anything, it would be that that Pathos is very expensive considering the size of the portions for both appetizers and entree's. Our server, Anya(?) was fantastic and she helped guide us through choices from start to finish including 2 excellent wine selections.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Greek
    Dave
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    We went for our anniversary dinner and let them know that thru a note when we booked using opentable. They gave us the most private table, The food was excellent, and the service was friendly, knowledgeable, helpful and and attentive without being intrusive. We had two appetizers (octopus and eggplant) and two mains (mousakka and sea bass) and all were great. It's airy and not noisy like so many places where you can't hear your dinner companion. We had no difficulty talking, no shouting required. Recognizing it was our anniversary they brought us a wonderful piece of baklava with a candle at the end of meal. A really nice touch. The whole dinner was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • octopus & moussaka: delicious
    meta
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    The ambiance of this restaurant is lovely, intimate but lively, and not at all stuffy. The octopus appetizer and moussska main dish were delightful. The remainder was ok but not great. The pita was not oven fresh but wood-oven reheated. Why? The dessert, fillo dough with custard, was mediocre. But it is a lovely space! I did not try the bar, which seemed promising. They had some interesting beer.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Berkeley gem
    dmshoe55
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    The folks at Pathos seem genuinely interested in providing a first-rate dining experience. We went there to celebrate our 31st wedding anniversary--our second visit. As with the first, the grilled octopus as a starter is excellent, and the moussaka is to die for. The only disappointment was the heirloom tomato salad: halved mini-heirlooms that might've been purchased at Safeway and a strictly average vinaigrette. But the ambience on a Wednesday evening was quiet and elegant, the service is excellent--it's just a pleasant place to be.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food and quiet
    pantera
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Good food, nice atmosphere, but the wine list really needs to be upgraded significantly
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  • Great as always
    Terry
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I love this place! I like it when I return several times to a restaurant and the owner or manager welcomes my party as if we're old friends. Love the decor--elegant and simple, not at all overbearing. I feel comfortable wearing jeans, but would also dress up. The staff seems happy to be there--always a plus. The menu is simple but every single dish is special. I love a place where I can have a conversation without shouting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'll be back!
    pasgrec
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The staff functions as if their only goal is to have each client total enjoy the meals. They are successful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Greek
    Thallo
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Probably the best Greek restaurant in the east bay. Has an excellent selection of authentic greek wines to go along with the great food. Only thing stopping this from being 5 stars was my date's rack of lamb was clearly over cooked at a full medium
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and staff
    GetSourcery
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    My friend and I had the Htapodi (grilled octopus, pickled onions, fried capers, and dill), Spanakopita, and Wood Oven Lavraki (whole grilled sea bass). The food was whimsical and delicious. The octopus was succulent, the capers burst in your mouth and added a slight crunch, and the pickled red onion provided the vinegar flavor to round off the dish. The Lavraki was tender. I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Reviewer-Pathos
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Appetizers are good; main dishes not so good. Service is extremely slow. It is oK for 2 people. More than 2, forget about the service. The kitchen doesn't seem to be equipt to handle more than 2 orders at a time.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great design, mediocre food
    Reviews
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    loved the ambiance and vibe. The food was middle of the road. Had the heirloom tomatoes which were over-saturated with balsamic. Pita bread was fantastic. Avgo lemono soup (egg lemon soup). It was good, but nothing special. Chicken soup with a little lemon in it. Entre of Red Pepper stuffed with rice with Niman beef. Nothing to say about it really. It was rice with some beef. No real flavor of any note to it. Just some rich and beef in a pepper. Also, Lamb Meatballs. Just as described, a lamb meatball in run of the mill tomato sauce. Only one of us had a glass of wine. No desert, bill was about $100. If Im spending $100 on a dinner for two people, I expect a lot more than we we experienced.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • absolutely Devine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I normally do not write reviews, but really feel this restaurant deserves one. The waitress was attentive, the wine she recommended was fantastic - in fact all her recommendations were phenomenal. I just can't say enough about the quality of the food. I recommend the lamb chops the first time you go- you will be hooked! But I think you really can't go wrong with anything you choose. I can't wait to go back. I am a world traveler, grew up in Hong Kong, Vancouver, Toronto, New York, Germany and have visited every continent of the world- trust me when I say that this is a great find (just moved here from the east coast). If you want a great restaurant with a great family feel and appreciate finer food then this is the place for you. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Greek Food
    Peter
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We've been to Pathos several times with relatives and friends since they've opened. The food & service has always been great! Our favorite dishes are the grilled octopus, Lavraki and lamb chops.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Discover It B4 Everyone Else Does!
    GMattingly
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    From the first sip of the highly creative (and totally satisfying) cocktails, to the last taste of the wonderful understated dessert, Pathos was a 10. We knew it would be Greek, but we didn't know it would be at the level of Chez Panisse. Forget any prejudices you might have about Greek food being boring, simple, heavy, or somehow stale. Even the most traditional of Greek dishes at Pathos have been transformed & elevated to the Wow level — while still being true the Greek idea that ingredients should be local and fresh. And don't be afraid to order the Greek wines, which are chosen with great taste (and represent real value). Can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful interior architecture
    Shannon
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The space at Pathos is lovely. Great service, decent wine list. Food was just OK. Now wowed by any particularly Greek flavors - everything was a little bland, except the over-salted Moussaka. So, kinda disappointed...but in a beautiful atmosphere with lovely friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • chuckVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    the usual noise level making conversation very difficult. tasty food
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A favorite of ours
    susanrr
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    This was our 3rd time at the restaurant and we have loved everything about it each time. Every dish we have tried has been great, from the octopus and meatballs appetizers to the incredible lamb chops entree to the homemade baklava. The service is wonderful. Plus all of it is organic, including wine. This is our new go to place in Berkeley.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Best lamb chops ever!
    DawnVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Beautiful Greek restaurant in Berkeley with excellent food. Saganaki and lamb meatball appetizers were excellent. Avgolemono soup was a little bland and not lemony enough, but was the only slightly disappointing item we tried. Lamb chops were outstanding-tender, juicy, perfectly cooked. Moussaka also was excellent. Baklava was light and not sticky, my favorite baklava I've had, and bougatsa was fantastic. Also tried an excellent red wine made locally but of Greek grape blended with cab sauv etc., and the winemaker happened to be at the restaurant, which was fun. Prices are moderately high, but worth it! Service was very friendly and knowledgeable. Will definitely go back-may be a new favorite!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Evening
    robt
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Enjoyed a great meal at Pathos for a large group of 9. Everything was well planned and smoothly executed. Will definitely plan to return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • MferVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The fish and lamb chops were great. All appetizers met the mark. Octopus was very tender. Desserts ? Excellent baklava and the addition of bougasta was a nice surprise
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Greek Food
    Mediocre
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Another really good dinner. This was my third visit, and each time the food has been of the highest quality.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Have never been disappointed!
    RubyRVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Pathos has already become a firm favorite; it's the whole deal. The food and wine are delicious, the staff are all friendly, warm and attentive...and all packaged in an ambience that is relaxing and stylish.We often sit at the bar near the kitchen so that we can watch the action. All good! Try it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy! We'll be back!
    BerkeleyGuest
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    One of the best meals I've had in a while. Our group of 4 shared dishes and found everything tasty and perfectly prepared.
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  • pathos good but not great
    lovegreek
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    good place needs a little attention on some dishes some are great some are not.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lovely to the eye and taste buds
    motherlove
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My friend and I delighted in the perfectly seasoned red bell peppers stuffed with ground beef and rice in the relaxed but polished ambiance. The portions were pleasantly generous. I'd return, probably for a special occasion and would definitely seek the baklava--the only one I've ever had that wasn't overly sweet. I'd go more often if it weren't so pricey. One couldn't order a simple cup of coffee--it comes by the pot. At $6.00 that's going overboard for one person.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Lamb Chops
    greymalkin42
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Everything was very tasty, especially the warm pita bread and the crispy little fried smelts. But the gigantes beans and the lamb chops were really delicious. The beans were creamy and flavorful all the way through and the lamb chops were trimmed perfectly to have just enough fat to keep it moist but not so much that it made the flavor too gamey. A hint of lemon cut the richness of the medium rare lamb perfectly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dinner!
    jscroggs
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Took my husband there for his birthday. The staff were great and the food was amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceeded expectations. Terrific!
    LovefinefoodVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    A lovely restaurant with great food, service and atmosphere!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Saying "Wow" even the day after
    Work4Food4Love
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    A birthday dinner goes from the unknown to the new favorite! We had a shared salad and four smaller plates, and it seemed that the food just kept coming. Octopus, firm and tender in red onion and capers. Spanakopita better than any I've ever had (usually you only taste the pastry but not here). Lamb meatballs robustly spiced/incredibly ample. Eggplant on pita: simple/unexpected. The comped birthday baklava was beyond star-bright and honey-sweet. Our Saturday night waiter was a dream and all the staff warm though professional, with the owner on hand to ensure everyone's pleasure. The reasonably priced Greek wine was a winner too. And the setting elegant. Yeah, we liked it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Need to step it up
    akpkVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We went for brunch and it was pretty empty. Interior and decor were very good for Berkeley. However, we were disappointed in the preparation of dishes, very bland and dry. Don't know if it was an off day for the kitchen but the food was lacking in flavor and portions were small. Almost no dressing on the side salad. We had to ask for basic salt and pepper and that took awhile to arrive in small cute bowls. My cocktail was decent and the dessert we shared was just okay. We have been to Greece quite a few times and we love the food, but will pass on this place for now.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    This is probably the 5th dinner we have had at Pathos. A couple of observations for this time: The TRIADA could come with more pita bread, (another reviewer has pointed that out, too), as it was picked up by the busboy 2/3 eaten, for lack of pita bread. The lamb chops, ($37) were not as spot on seasoned as previous times. They have added their interpretation of a green salad with tomatoes, feta and cucumber; a welcome addition to the fruit salad. The wine list still needs more California variety.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • We tried only the tapas, appetizers
    lovenuance
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Food was good, but not great. Loved the fried smelts. Will be back for main dishes.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • True Greek
    CellocaseVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Pathos is a wonderful place to eat authentic Greek dishes in a comfortable and elegant setting. Come alone to eat your favorite dish; bring a friend to share some small plates; come with a group so you can try out many good dishes. The waitstaff is knowledgeable and attentive, and the food is fresh and well prepared. The wine list combines the best of Greece and California, and the cocktails are creative and tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Spot!
    ddbb
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great food, good service in a very stylish setting! We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate