Athena Restaurant

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1162 reviews
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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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Miami
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Tasteless and unauthentic food

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MD
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I booked a reservation for 2 for 8:45pm on Saturday (5/18/19). At 8:35, i received a call from the restaurant canceling our reservation because the “kitchen was full”. This was rather frustrating because my date and I travelled 40 minutes to get to the restaurant, only to find out that they canceled the reservation 10 minutes before. We were then left scrambling around trying to find a place to eat without a long wait.

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TF
Chicago
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 4

They ran out of bread. Also, my chicken was supposed to come with potatoes and rice, but they ran out so they gave me okra and peas instead. However, the server did not mention this ahead of time- it was a surprise when I got my meal. We waited 40 minutes before being greeted at the table (our table was not set up and we didn't have silverware). Also, it took over an hour for the food to come. Overall, it was a terrible experience and I would not recommend coming here.

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k
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Wedding anniversary dinner Saturday 8:15pm. Crowded but were seated within 10 minutes. Young lady server was pleasant but mostly absent. She took way too long to take and serve drink order. We chose appetizers instead of entrees after realizing it may be unrealistic to ask staff to take the time needed to de-bone a sea bass and a snapper. We'll be back for lunch not dinner.

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MB
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I've been here many times, and one of my favorite restaurants in Chicago. It was a very busy Saturday night and the staff seemed overwhelmed with the number of people they had to serve. The big disappointment was that the lamb chops came out well done when I ordered them medium. My guests enjoyed their dinners very much.

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J
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

Restaurant was over crowded, they physically scooted our table twice while we were eating. They ran out of bread, and our waiter had too many tables because he couldn’t even refill our water

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LC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

I had a server named Tony who was extremely rude to my table and demanded that we place our order when we just wanted to have a slow and relaxed dinner. There were actually times that the waiter visibly rolled his eyes at me. I have been to this restaurant before and the food and menu appears to have changed and it was noticeably worse than past experiences.

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LS
Chicago
95 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Food came too fast and seemed not well prepared. Server seemed indifferent to the pace.

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SA
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the food ... inside/outside options ... the valet parking. It’s a perfect place for us to come downtown for dinner.

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RM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Nice open space with good distance between tables. Open and partially covered atrium is good. Food was excellent. Service was alright - they took their time but it was fine because it was a relaxed dinner with visiting family members and we were in no rush.
Would recommend the lamb dishes and the pita with multiple dips.

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AW
Pittsburgh
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always. The waiter provided excellent service. He made the evening a very enjoyable experience.

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IL
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is consistently good.
The service is always good.

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PS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Something has changed here, first time in many many visits, I wasn’t crazy about the food. Never had red sauce, like crushed tomatoes red sauce on pastishio. It was awful. Not loving the new menu either.

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A
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Athena is a great spot for pretty much every occasion - birthdays, Mother's Day, other events, or just a casual lunch or dinner. The food is excellent. The servers are very attentive. The atmosphere is beautiful. And, there's free Valet parking! I highly recommend this restaurant.

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EB
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Friendly staff and good service. Food was hot and cooked to perfection. The only thing that disappointed me they did not have Greek spinach pm the menu.

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AO
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The service, food, and ambiance were excellent. I look forward to returning.

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E
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

With so many choices in Greek Town, Athena’s menu stands out above the others...as does their service and ambiance. Keep in mind that in the glass atrium room it can get quite loud, so this isn’t the place to go for a quiet dinner.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful room, great service. Food was pretty good, not amazing. Very clean and bright, parking was convenient.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Been there several times and never had a problem. Our server Friday night was horrible never came back to see if we wanted more drinks or to check how the food was. Waited forever to get our check.

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b
Naples
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Especially liked the "open air" setting.

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DS
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great visit. Staff was outstanding and the meal was excellent. Restaurant is beautiful. If you are able have dinner in the outside dining area.

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L
Chicago
48 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Busboy was good. Server not as attentive.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a nice time
Service was good

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SG
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious fish and lamb selections. Very fun atmosphere.

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AB
Chicago
27 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Things have changed drastically at this restaurant, including a new menu and everything being a la carte. I was told a corporate entity bought the restaurant and it sadly feels that way! I found the new menu very reduced & hard to read. Our party was definitely disappointed about the a la carte part. I ordered the Greek green beans anyway and they didn’t seem to be the same—not very saucey and without flavor. Three in our party ordered chicken kabobs and all returned them complaining they were too salty & gristly. They felt the quality of the meat was cheapened. I enjoyed my gyros & Greek salad—thankfully that was the same. The restaurant was busy, but not packed on a Saturday night as it has been in the past. Athena used to be my favorite restaurant in Greektown. I hope the bean counters that bought this place realize they need a little heart & soul in the cooking, as well!

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BD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

Server was good; there were no bus servers around. We cleared our plates on our own several times. We went an a non busy time so it seemed really strange

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SM
Chicago
61 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The salads and the entrees (chicken kabobs) were excellent. The appetizers were mediocre (hummus plate and saganaki). The atmosphere is very nice, with the skylight roof.

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TK
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 3

I have frequent this restaurant for years and I am very disappointed in my overall experience this time around. The service was lacking, the food was absolutely horrible and when we told management, it wasn’t a major concern to them. Sad to say, I will never go back to Athena’s

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AD
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

It was understandably crowded on Greek Easter, but it was very loud and hard to converse at dinner.

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T
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great overall experience as always! Excellent authentic Greek cuisine. Excellent friendly service. Festive atmosphere. Reasonably priced. Great place for a date or to have a great time with a group of friends. Highly recommend!

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J
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived and were seated promptly.
Loved the decor and atmosphere.
Stellar authentic Greek cuisine!
Our waiter did a wonderful job of taking care of us.
Very impressed and highly recommended!

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AM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

I was not given a proper table to sit at but a bar table. In addition to this, the lady from the bar who was supposed to take my order mixed up and brought me the wrong entree but it was too busy to feel like correcting the mistake. Plus they already didn't value me as a customer because I wasn't seated at a regular table. Also, the dessert I ordered (Ek Mek) was unbelievably too sweet. I honestly don't know how it sells. Lastly, the price point of this restaurant is higher so to have this kind of experience and end up with $50 bill is unacceptable.

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DK
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to visit Athena Restaurant, a small heaven in the City's concrete jungle. Food, service and atmosphere are always excellent.

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OT
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spent Greek Easter at Athena.

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N
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall we had a wonderful time. The food was fantastic and the service really good. We had a wonderful time.

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RD
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had not been there in awhile since we live in Springfield. Springfield has no fine dining Greek restaurant and wanting to celebrate Greek Easter we knew Athena would be perfect. It’s a lovely restaurant - great bar to have a drink while waiting for your table, friendly bartender - dining room we like looks out into the street (opens up in warm weather) - great menu, great food! We make a point of eating there when in Chicago for other events.

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PS
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

It's such a shame. I have been going to Athena for about 15 or so years. The ambiance was cool, the service was excellent and the food was very good. Something happened in the last six months - likely the business was sold. Food was barely adequate. :(

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OT
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Love the servers

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TG
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place for a classic Greek night out. Service by Riley was great. Food was outstanding. If you want to try a great Greek restaurant in Chicago. . .Athena is it!

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SC
Chicago
104 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had dinner at Athena on Easter (American) and we’re lucky enough to sit outdoors on a warm day. The service was good, and the waiter apologized when I asked for a wine on the menu that they were out of (Alpha Estate Sauvignon Blanc). We started with saganaki, which could not be flamed tableside due to the wind. It was tasty nonetheless. I ordered moussaka, but I removed the thick topping and ate the ground beef and eggplant. It was very flavorful. My dining partner ordered roasted chicken with rice. He reported that it was not as flavorful as chicken riganati, which was not on the menu. We also ordered dessert—chocolate cake and baklava—both were large and delicious.

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