Athena Grill

4.5
66 Reviews
$30 and under
Greek

Athena Grill in Santa Clara, California specializes in serving authentic Greek cuisine. The restaurant offers a family friendly and welcoming environment for guests.

Athena Grill serves lunch and dinner and also offers catering services. The menu at restaurant features a wide variety of starters, dips and spreads, soup and salads, vegetarian fare, wraps, entr�es and desserts. For starters, guests at Athena Grill can enjoy an olive spread, hummus, fresh cut fries or gyros mezes. Main courses at the restaurant include such fare as shrimp souvlaki, loukanika, biftekia, gyro plate, New York steak, salmon, grilled eggplant wrap, spanakopita plate and falafel plate.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, served hot and fresh. Attentive and friendly service.

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thecuriousperspective
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food! Outdoor dining was nice, however could add better outdoor lighting.

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Christina
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Delicious authentic Greek food! I had the vegetarian moussaka and it was so good. Fries and the yogurt dipping sauce were amazing as well. Very friendly, quick service. I will definitely go back for dine in or take out.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

You just registered that you completed my reservation from three days ago and sat me at my table. However, you know that you were closed when I showed up. I was extremely disappointed and frustrated that you took a reservation knowing you were closed. I showed up, no one was there. And now you want to show I was seated? Why don’t you let Open Table know that they helped you complete a reservation when you weren’t open and didn’t bother telling the customer? Such poor business. In a struggling economy, it’s sad to see a restaurant like yours lose customers permanently.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was phenomenal. We felt very welcomed and very well taken care of.
The food was fresh and flavorful... We had lamb beef and chicken ... All cooked perfectly. The bread basket they bring prior to your meal is also amazing!! Can't wait to come back!

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GeorgeF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

there is out door dining now.
the daily special menu has some really good items. We tried the fried smelts and they were great. One of our party had the grilled bronzino and it was very good.
Great place for authentic Greek food.

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CynthiaH
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Love this place. Food is always excellent and great service.

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Lyric
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are seeking a heat experience with authentic Greek food, Athena Grill is the best ! Service is attentive, timely, and friendly ... we have been going there for years and have also had annual catering by them before the pandemic — just the best and we highly recommend them to everyone ! Love the new items on their menu as well !

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MerlindaP
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Athena's Grill and also our first time having Greek food. OMG everything was great, the atmosphere, the service and especially the food. During this time, with the safety/wellness of everyone I have to say the staff was very good at keeping everything and everyone safe. The staff kept their distance, but were still so polite and attentive. The outdoor dining area is massive, so a lot of people could eat there and still be socially distance from the other tables. The food was delicious and so tender. Plus the staff was helpful in answering all our questions and comments. We will most definately be attending again.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, open table has the wrong address but it is worth finding just for the food.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent and friendly service. Delicious meal.

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JasB
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I was on a business training. The service was good, the food was ok. Where I’m from (different state), we have really good authentic Greek food, so this was just ok.

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vipAliceBT
San Francisco
100 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

For the kind of restaurant- small, homey, casual with lots of takeout business- this is a find. Really good Greek food (the soup was excellent, the mixed seafood skewer good tho the shrimp was somewhat overcooked), the baklava very good. Excellent service, good value, nice-looking heated patio. Odd location in an industrial park, but opening all afternoon- which was what we needed. If I lived nearby, I would be a regular.

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vipseafoodlover
San Francisco
41 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

The octopus appetizer was nicely prepared and quite tasty. I cannot say the same about the spanikopita, which was soggy. The Greek salad with shrimp was...swimming in dressing. The shrimp were nicely cooked, however. The Walnut cake for dessert was a nice way to finish the meal. Not sure I would return, although if I did, I would probably try some of the other dishes....

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Deby
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great find near our hotel. Delicious authentic Greek food.

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TimC
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice, casual spot. Solid food, nice patio. Service was good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Met 5 friends for dinner. Service was great., Attentive but not hovering. Let us pay separately.
I had lamb and it was very good.

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SaurabhG
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place. Good outdoor setting especially in Summer.

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vipAskQuon
San Francisco
68 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food, service, portions and prices we're very good. This, of course, makes for a very good value. The ambiance was little mo but that was okay. We didn't realize that this was it in an industrial area. As such, it was not very busy on a weekend night. I'm sure it's a lot busier for lunch and even weeknight dinners. We found it to be really good Greek food.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Service was very poor. My party Had to leave after 15 without anyone approaching us

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MLBG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience2

Service appeared to be spotty. Other tables received more attentive service. Even though one of our party arrived prior to the other, we were not offered water and pita as other tables were. They did not check a reservation list and asked us to choose our own table.

On the plus side, when questioned about the style of Greek wines offered, they brought out extra glasses and allowed us to sample the wine before selecting a glass.

This place has service and atmosphere of a low to moderately priced place but prices are moderate to high.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Restaurant was very accommodating to our large group. Server was friendly and prompt! We sat outside and it was beautiful.
Had some problems with the shades, and they tried to fix it, but a more permanent solution is needed.
Great food!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Athena is our go to place for Greek food. The food is always delicious and the staff are great and accomadating.

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vipDoto
Los Angeles
94 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Although the location was in an industrial complex, the food and local ambiance was excellent. Authentic Greek food, and many choices. Service was very attentive, but not overly burdensome. Adequate parking. Simple furniture and simply decorated. Overall good experience, and great food.

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GaryG
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Excellent Food. Great patio. Quick service. Good Value

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NoshinNorm
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We went on a Thursday night for dinner and it was quiet a little before 7pm. Service was very good as just about all of the front end staff stopped by to see if we needed anything. Drinks were delivered promptly and we were very happy with the by-the-glass wine selection. Corkage is $20/bottle which is very much over-inflated for this establishment ( I would say $10/bottle is more appropriate). Our food was excellent, we ordered the octopus and gyro appetizers which were well seasoned and very flavorful. For the entrée we split a 3 piece lamb "porterhouse" and ended up taking one home along with the remainder of the included fries and veggies (which were sooooo good). All in all I would say that we very much enjoyed our meal at this unpretentious little place where service is great and food was delicious! The only regret is that the bottle of wine that I brought to pair with the lamb had to stay in our bag due to the high corkage.

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JaimeR
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

2nd time for my wife, son and I here and it was yet a again a great experience! Food was fresh and full of flavor! Waiters gave great food and beverage recommendations, as well as the best service at a great price! Love this place and will definitely be back!

DJ
DavinJ
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service

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Restaurant
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, and George the owner makes his guests feel very welcome.

LK
LindaK
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been there a couple of times for lunch and I knew it would be great for dinner. Invited 2 life long friends and they were impressed. They told me quite a few times how great the food was. I knew that from before. I will be taking others there for dinner at some point.

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vipTereseP
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We come every year. Love this place. See you next Friday night of Stitches in February!

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juliew
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come once a year when we are in town - and it never disappoints;-)

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vipCharlotteD
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was great and service was excellent. The industrial area where the restaurant is located took away from the ambience. But the staff was friendly and warm.

KJ
KennyJ
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, will definitely be going back!

J
vipJoel
San Francisco
118 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We were very excited about our reservation due to a recent review on the PBS TV show "Check Please." We tried various dishes (combination platter) and they were uniformly bland and undistinguished. We have eaten at other Greek Restaurants locally and in Greece. And the fries were obviously not fresh or warmed. We have no idea how your restaurant was so well reviewed and yet was so disappointing.

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PKTorGt
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn’t have had a better time. 12 people, food was outstanding, service spot on and great place for Greek cuisine.

KO
KatarinaO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was excellent. You just would not expect to find the restaurant in the business area.

EK
EK83
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Mediterranean cuisine and atmosphere. Price is reasonable too.

PS
vipPamS
San Francisco
31 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2016
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first visit to Athena Grill.
The service was very good. The food was very fresh and tasty!

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OCdiner
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2016
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Has good food and the atmosphere is friendly. We had a group of nine celebrating my nephew's graduation and we sat outside. The view is basically of the street in a commercial area - nothing special. The service was so-so. I asked the waiter to recommend an appropriate amounts of appetizers to get us started and I specially asked if this was too much food. He said no, it was fine. As it turns out, by the time the main dishes came out, everyone was satisfied and left half their plates uneaten. I felt mislead. Also, my nephew did not receive the dish he ordered. This restaurant has good food but it's more of a deli-style eatery - nothing fancy. Probably best for lunch or a very casual dinner.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Athena Grill using the Order Online button. Athena Grill also offers delivery in partnership with Caviar and Uber Eats. Athena Grill also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (408) 567-9144.

Athena Grill is rated 4.5 stars by 66 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.