Athena Restaurant

4.8
1708 Reviews
$30 and under
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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4.8based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.7
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4.8
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4.6
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service.

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DenisK
Chicago
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Unfortunately the main entrees were bland and the octopodi appetizer did not seem fresh. The service could have been better. We were seated at a table in direct sunlight. We’d asked for an umbrella, but since it was windy, the owner came by and said “well the sun will go down in a few minutes”... needless to say we were not happy with that answer and demanded to be moved. Had high hopes but it fell far below my expectations

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MarkG
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

The quality of the food in this popular Greek restaurant is at best mediocre. Two of us ordered the fish of the day, Red Snapper. It was poorly fileted for us, messy and still with many bones. Sad to say but the best dishes were the desserts.

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toddb
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Great food - wonderful atmosphere - family and group friendly.

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tonio
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service, and environment was fantastic. Came for my moms birthday.

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BethM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reconnected with friends at Athena over a delicious and abundant lunch! Ryan our server was really pleasant and helpful. We were also greeted with a warm and friendly hello from everyone on staff. Yum, will return. And you have to enjoy the outdoor courtyard this summer!

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Aimee
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! And I love how bright it feels inside- like a mini trip to Greece.

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vipKara
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Athena is a classic, traditional Greek restaurant with consistently yummy food and friendly service!

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SarahC
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The entrees were great but appetizers just okay and overpriced. The noise level was out of control and there are so many tables RIGHT by major foot traffic areas in the restaurant. The lighting was bright.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great service. Lovely open spaced venue. Good food and great drinks. They held $50 for the reservation but didnt know anything about it at the restaurant. Then my card was declining because the bank was seeing the hold aready from the same place. Kind of expensive to hold a reservation and and even more of a pain that they wouldn’t just apply it. Overall would visit again.

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PaulC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The space is airy and bathed in natural sunlight. Everyone is well spaced though the place still appears to be bustling. Service is impeccable and responsive. Portions were quite large which I'm not a huge fan of.

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vipChiRenee
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The garden setting is always enjoyable!

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Allison
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! The food and the atmosphere is amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Not the best experience. Host did not even bother to welcome us in the restaurant, manage her failed to come through on his promise to recognize my mom’s birthday that we decided to celebrate at this restaurant. Not to be a total downer, food was decent but they have room to improve on their customer service hence my 3 star rating.

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SandraM
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing! Food, service and ambiance! Fantastic portion sizes as well.

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mariep
Grand Rapids
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The Parthenon Restaurant in Greek Town was our go-to for 40 plus years. Unfortunately, it has closed. We have been looking for a comparable replacement. We liked everything about Athena except for the food, in comparison to The Parthenon. Saganaki and salad, great. Spanikopita, soggy, not flaky. Gyros, not the real thing--not off the spit. Bread, ok but not crispy enough. We enjoyed the evening and liked the ambiance immensely, but, overall, were disappointed by the food. Perhaps we were expecting too much.

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vipEDubb76
Chicago
38 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a wonderful time at Athena. Their outside patio is fantastic!

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AbhijitZ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A good restaurant with lively ambience. A good place for lunch in Spring! The service is also very good.

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Qtpie219
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The atmosphere is unbeatable. With the whole restaurant being an open patio in good weather. Food is amazing. Saganaki and the chicken kebobs would be my top recommendation.

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vipGormantheLibrarian
Chicago
91 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific Greek food in one of the very best restaurant spaces in Chicago. Highly recommended for service, food, and wine.

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OpenTable Diner
Memphis/West TN
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love love love Aretha restaurant! I used to go to the Parthenon when I was in town. Athena has been out family get together place and will be my go to every time I want Greek food.

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MariaL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Large lunch portions that was delicious and great value. Atmosphere wonderful

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vipDeanS
Chicago
47 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

They have a space that is just perfect for the current environment. Went Easter Sunday and had a very good meal. We both had the Greek Combo platter so got to try several delicious options. Service was good and we could see they were doing a nice job of cleaning between each seating.

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vipJimF
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Only thing I hate is being pushed out after 90 minutes

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

One of the most pleasant restaurants for outdoor dining in Chicago.

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vipSMAgolfer
Chicago
72 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for Sunday meals. Great ambiance. Easy valet parking.

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RORYM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The place is very nice and clean with good social distancing. The servers are very attentive and bonus with free valet parking. The food is tasty.

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HumbertoJ
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant. Not expensive. Oustanding service.

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AngelaH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the most beautiful Easter Sunday with my daughters I requested a outdoor table I was given the best table . Directly with sun shining in my face it was a gorgeous day out with amazing drinks and food .. Absolutely my Favorite place in Greektown .. I’m happy to support you in these crazy times will be back soon looking forward to bringing my dad for Father’s Day when he comes into town . Thank you Athena for a amazing experience ❤️

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vipMarsha
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Went to Athen for the first time on Easter Sunday. We were seated right away and very accommodating for a baby a stroller! Food and service very good! The atrium is light and airy, and the dining room is beautifully decorated. Will definitely be back!

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Franklin
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

The main draw of Athena in the Covid world is its large, open air patio which is in the sun for a good part of the day. We had difficulties reading the scanned menu on our phone in broad daylight. The service is attentive but we waited 30 before getting our meals.
The vegetarian moussaka was a a disappointment. It was mostly potatoes and not enough eggplants and other vegetables. The braised lamb could have been leaner and more flavorful, e.g. more garlic and gravy.
Would recommend Athena mostly for its nice patio.

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SharonP
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our experience at Athena. The staff was friendly and amenable to our food allergy. We love this restaurant and can’t wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service and food. Waiter and staff were friendly and amazing! Would love to eat there again. The outdoor patio is beautiful and we enjoyed our dining out there very much!

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vipCarolD
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor area was AMAZING! We loved our food too! Service was very quick and the food was also very very quick! We got a few things to share like saganaki which was amazing, and some pita bread with different dips. The spicy feta one was yummy! I gag a gyro plate for my main meal and there was so much food, I had it the next day for dinner as well! Will def go back!

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vipHauteCuisine
Dallas
655 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service, and ambience were all fantastic. The services provided by the professional management and staff are the main reasons that we keep coming back. The old world elegance is a rare thing, and we value their focus to make sure that everything about the dining experience is excellent. I highly recomend this restaurant.

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simars
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Food was not good. Only one drink out of the 4 drinks we tried was good.

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vipMichluvs2dine
Chicago
229 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the octopus and all the entrees. Ambience beautiful and fun enerfy

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MonicaP
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was amazing, and the backlava was the best We had in years!

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ANNAO
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was fantastic. The food was delicious and good variety of items on the menu. Tables are well spaced out if anyone is worried about covid.

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vipDianaP
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Athena is doing a great job of social distancing without compromising their excellent service. I always come away pleased.

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 4.8 stars by 1708 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.