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Athena Restaurant, Chicago, IL

Athena Restaurant

4.7
4.7
2650 Reviews
$30 and under
Greek
Nestled in the vibrant heart of Chicago’s Greektown neighborhood, Athena Restaurant stands as a beacon of authentic Greek culture and culinary excellence. Our establishment offers a captivating journey to Greece, allowing guests to immerse themselves in the rich flavors of traditional Greek cuisine.
Our hand-crafted menu, featuring an array of traditional Greek dishes prepared with authentic recipes passed down through generations. From classical moussaka to succulent souvlaki and irresistible baklava, every bite tells a story of Greece’s culinary legacy.
Experience the best of both worlds at Athena with our beautiful retractable roof that allows you to bask in the sunshine during the warmer days and dine under the stars when the weather calls for it. Our patio, complete with a soothing waterfall, offers a serene and picturesque setting for your dining pleasure.

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2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 30 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Greek
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–4:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (312) 655-0000
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Neighborhood
    Greektown
  • Cross street
    Between Adams and Jackson, on Halsted
  • Parking details
    Complimentary Valet
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 2,650 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Chicago / Illinois

    Greek

2,650 Reviews
  1. ni81

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    You do not eat meat? That is ok. They have lamb. My favorite soup ever is here: the avogolomeno. Pure lemony heaven. The bread is superb, It’s Greek To Me is the best vodka soda you can order and all the kebabs are money. Just go here. That is all.

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  2. Russ

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food at a very busy and fun place. Great for families and group of friends!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    82 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Athena has been a downtown favorite for many years. Food and service were excellent, as ever. Thanks!

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  4. JoeT

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had yet another great experience at Athena. Have been coming here for a very long time. All staff are exceptional and the food is always remarkably. Our server Christian D was great. Very attentive and personable. Very knowledgeable of the menu which is always a great thing.

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  5. NickC

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    everything was excellent, we had a great dinner. My only disappointment was when they served the flaming cheese (I don't know how to spell it, lol) they never shouted "opa!". It's Greek Town, we want to hear it!

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  6. GaryG

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Great environment. Good drinks. Good service. Good was just not good

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  7. TiffanyT

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything was super nice and there to help. We got braised rib and a combo platter. The rice was undercooked. Otherwise, everything else was good.

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  8. KathyL

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Classic and always delicious. The staff is great and you can't beat the "patio" in the winter time.

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  9. YEVGENY

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was great! Free Valley parking. Good design. Clean restrooms. May be we were there during bussy time. at 6:15 pm. Long service wait on a waiter. Tables we got was not well pre-cleaned. Had to as for extra cleaning.

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  10. TWms

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good place to eat; excellent value; would visit again to try other items on the menu.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were a party of six, and they gave us a round table in the corner. All of the appetizers were great I recommend the spreads. The seek food kebab was perfect with many different varieties. One person that our table had the moussaka, which is served in a casserole dish, and said it was great For dessert we had baklava and I think it was the best baklava I have ever had

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  12. JenniferC

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant with delicious food and drinks.

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  13. MattB

    Chicago

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    very friendly staff, good food, and free valet parking. Great overall experience. We'll be back.

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  14. ArtofImagination

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love this restaurant...the service + quality + interior design with all the plants! Took another friend out for his Bday and thy made him feel special!

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  15. scruffy67

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Attentive service without being pushy. Excellent appetizers (saganaki & grilled octopus), entrees (gyros, combo, lamb shank) and coffees. Highly recommended.

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  16. Toothfairy

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were excellent. Our server was awesome; I could tell he loves his job. His energy was contagious :)

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  17. MRide

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Beautiful restaurant with good service. Food was inconsistent, saganaki and Greek salad as well as the cocktails were great. Lamb and pastitsio on combo plate dry, taramosalata thin and bland. I have had better Greek food.

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  18. Hank

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was excellent. Generous portions. Attentive waitstaff was very attentive. Will come back.

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  19. Chris

    Chicago

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great customer service, good was delicious my husband had the lamb shank and I had the pork chops which were big and tasty. Highly recommend

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great location, service and food. The restaurant is beautiful which added to the experience.

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  21. Alice

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The good was below expectations and not very high quality. The portions were big but I Would still not consumer it worth the valde.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible as always!! The food is amazing, and the greek wines are perfect

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  23. Donna

    Chicago

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    appetizers were not that surprised. I was disappointed in the dessert . The main dishes of the chicken and salmon were great.

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  24. PaulR

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and wonderful service, even the car parkers very pleasant.

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  25. NicoleH

    Detroit

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent, and our server was perfect. The restaurant was full, but it felt cozy, and not too noisy.

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  26. Gary

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Athena is one of my favorite Chicago restaurants. Variety of entrees, well prepared, and presented well on plate. Love the avgolemono soup and bread.

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  27. TaliSolM

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The waiters and especially the valet staff were very nice and patient. The hosts were amazing too. The food was nice and the restaurant atmosphere was lovely.

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  28. carolynm

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambience, great braised Lamb! Service was outstanding. Definitely will return

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  29. BlytheOF

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant was very pretty. The waiter was wonderful. The food was ok. The egg lemon soup was very lemony and thinner than I like. The taramasalata had potatoes instead of bread, which we were not thrilled with. The bread didn’t taste fresh. The Baklava was fantastic! The best I’ve had.

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  30. ChgoSaint

    West Palm Beach

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great atmosphere and service. Most of the food is great. The only weak items seem to be chicken, which is very dry. Two types on two occasions. I’ll try something else for an entree next time, but I’ll be back.

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  31. JanetF

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great experience l. Food fresh and abundant

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  32. KarlaK

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    New Year’s Eve

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  33. SamR

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was very delicious and the staff was incredibly friendly. If you go you need to order the saganaki!

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  34. Weezee

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The taramosalata and octopus were so good! Staff were very attentive and kept us on time for the Bulls Game!

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  35. RayM

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always enjoy meeting at Athena. Constantly good food,experience, service.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We enjoyed our experience at Athena. We visited week btwn Christmas & New Year’s. It was crowded with Chicago hockey fans. We were seated in the enclosed patio. We would have enjoyed our trip to Greektown more if we had been seated in blue dining room which gives off a completely different aura.

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  37. RaymondB

    Charleston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A very relaxed experience. Salvador was superb, and food was outstanding. Loved the variety on the menu.

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  38. belindachicago

    Chicago

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this classic so much! Great service, food always solid and champagne is cold! Gotta get the lamb chops, moussaka, saganaki 🔥🔥🔥, and all of the dips.

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  39. NatalieR

    Chicago

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Very noisy, smelly, and crowded. We were seated and when I went to the bathroom, I saw a much nicer, quieter section off to the side. Unsure why we couldn’t sit there. Food was mediocre, we left to go to Aba.

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  40. Lisa

    Chicago

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sitting in the patio area is such a wonderful place to be. Food is always good.

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FAQs

Athena Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Athena Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (312) 655-0000.

Athena Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 2650 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 30 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Athena Restaurant

212 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60661

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Between Adams and Jackson, on Halsted
  • Neighborhood
    Greektown
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–4:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Greek
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Complimentary Valet
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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