Athena Restaurant

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$30 and under
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Greek
At Athena Restaurant, we serve delicious and classic Greek cuisine in a modern setting. Indoors, enjoy our fine Greek architecture with comfortable seating and a warm fireplace. In the Garden, sit alongside our waterfall and beautiful garden flower scenery. In the Atrium, our glass retractable roof allows you to dine year round so patio season never has to end. Stay tuned for a new room being introduced this Spring! Come enjoy a modern piece of Greece!
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Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was nice, food was excellent as usual server was very kind. Only 4 stars on this part because I felt we had to hunt him down a couple times (and it wasn’t busy). At one point we couldn’t get anyone’s attention so we just got up and went and got our own spoon. I mean, it’s no big deal but would have been nice to be able to get someone’s attention.

F
Orlando
45 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good as always. Great value for very good food.

SC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Athena. The best server is Socrates! I've had him several times. He has worked there forever and if you ask, he'll guide you to the best dish for you.
Love this place! Their atrium is a wonderful light setting in the middle of winter!

B
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Octopus was fantastic!!!

PV
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've always loved this place. Great food and a new amazing indoor patio makes for a 4 season out door feel. Will be back.

CM
Chicago
88 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I was meeting some friends for lunch and I didn't want a dark and closed in restaurant. Athena is located conveniently in Greektown with easy access for suburbanites and city people, with free valet parking. The restaurant is a bright, glass roofed space. The food is classic Greek with something for everyone.

m
Indiana
40 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

These guys were fantastic! Great food, service, they did it all well!

M
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Athena was an amazing restaurant with a great view on the inside and out! Great atmosphere and our waiter was hilarious and fun! Would definitely recommend this place to anyone who loves Greek food and for those who want to try it!

KS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Yummy, traditional Greek food. The restaurant has lost its quaint charm, but still a wonderful experience.

OT
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience4

My friends and I used to LOVE this restaurant, but the menu changed, and the quality of the food seemed to lack the same great flavor and quality I was used to. It's still a beautiful space, but the experience wasn't the same at all. The appetizers were good. But the main dishes either were not good at all, or just okay. Maybe it was a bad night, but we probably won't be back sorry to say.

KK
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was there with friends for my birthday. I thought it was a great place to celebrate.

DB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and good size portions. Service was amazing. Can’t wait to come back in the summer for when the roof is open!

DP
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The lamb was beautiful, the saganaki bountiful, and the baklava the best anywhere. The service was cheerful and sharp. The taramousalata, though, was too starchy, and the noise level is daunting. But I'll be back.

o
New England
26 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

it was "fine". Not bad, not phenomenal. Perhaps my server's distracted attitude, followed by his overcompensation to please ( because I complained to the front desk) may have affected our experience. NOISY place.
Decent food.
I may or may not go back.
MY server was awful. I did not appreciate the initial 'dismissive tone', and that he forgot my order.......and then he HUGELY overcompensated by hovering and annoying questions.

S
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Half hour chicken Delicious! Arni Psiti lamb Marvelous! Excellent quality and taste.

A
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time with friends. Staff is friendly and food is delicious.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were here for my birthday. Amazing food and service! Will be back!

PH
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, atmosphere and service.
Always a good reliable place to meet friends.

b
Chicago
129 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Athena was great and very accommodating when we asked to change tables, have the air conditioning turned up and to have the ceiling opened up. A+++ service. I'll be back again.

g
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service!

B
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was exceptional and our waiter was amazing! This restaurant never disappoints.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place. Went there to celebrate a birthday. I will definitely be back.

RB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best patios in Chicago, great atmosphere. Excellent food in the Greek tradition.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Been going to Athena every time I’m in Chicago on business. Great food, fantastic service...an overall excellent, relaxing experience in the heart of Greek Town.

SW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food and atmosphere. The open air restaurant and the food were all wonderful. Delicious food and great variety.

JP
Chicago
68 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful courtyard for nice weather- covered when necessary. Quality Greek cuisine

OT
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

Beautiful patio, delicious food. Waiter was impatient and rude. We were celebrating our anniversary. The waiter kept coming up to us to get our main entree order. I asked him to come back in 10 minutes as we were having drinks and apps first. He rudely said that it was a Saturday night and that he needs to take my order now. He just wanted to flip tables. He commented on how much I had eaten later during the entree. Then stood around when we were clearly finished and waiting for the check. Very disappointed with the service. Hostesses were sweet and accommodating.

SM
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

On a recent trip to Chicago, I found this restaurant highly rated on several different websites. We went on a Monday evening about 8:00 and there was no wait. Loved how open the place was and the evening was perfect in Chicago so they had all the windows open. Our waiter was great...very attentive and knowledgeable of the menu. The Dolmades were a great starter for the table...the lemon sauce was AMAZING. I had the Koto Riganati (roasted chicken w/potatoes in olive oil & oregano)...it was good but nothing special. One of my girlfriends had the Spanakopita...delicious! Another friend had the Gemisto Kotopoulo….very good but like the Koto Riganati, I felt the chicken was dry. But overall this place was really good!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food was good and service was great. Ambiance was kind of odd because of the bright lighting during dinner and very casual seating mixed with some extravagant decor. Almost seemed like Vegas meets cafeteria.

J
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food was good and the prices were reasonable and the service was excellent, what more could you ask. We will go back again.

GI
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

First time trying Athena since my stand by Rodity’s closed.

Pleasantly surprised and liked the outside area with great service and attention from Salvadore

We will be back!

BL
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our waiter was great we were friends getting together and wanted to talk. He was attentive but gave us the time we needed. We all enjoyed our food. I really enjoyed it that I am going back with my husband tonight.

T
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Had the octopus was great! The dips were also very tasty.

c
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Athena is our favorite restaurant in Greektown. The place is beautiful and spacious, with an outdoor patio if you prefer to sit outside. The service is excellent. The food is fresh and delicious, with several possibilities for vegetarians (like me). There is a very good selection of wine as well. Athena is our go-to place, and anyone we take there is equally impressed, including Greek food aficionados.

OT
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience! Wonderful way to spend Labor Day 2019!

JF
Jacksonville
13 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has the best atmosphere of any I have been to. The best part is that all of the other essential elements to a great dining experience where there as well. Good food, service, and atmosphere make for a great dining experience.

PS
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place to enjoy some wonderful Greek food. The outdoor dining is wonderful

SB
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Beautiful atmosphere especially with the open roof! Food was good and waitstaff friendly (just a tad slow coming over when we sat down). Valet parking was friendly and fast!

DY
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun place to gather with friends. Great food. Very large portions. Get appetizers and share dinner.

M
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Love their outdoor dining option! Beautiful space and very comfortable.