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Athens Market Taverna

4.4
144 reviews
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$30 and under
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Greek
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
  • Fit for Foodies

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About

Family owned since 1964, Athens Market Taverna has been a gathering place for dignitaries, politicians, sports celebrities and Hollywood stars, from Elizabeth Montgomery ("Bewitched") to Andy Rooney.

Owner Mary Pappas is a third-generation restaurateur who moved to San Diego from Greece in 1961 to attend school.

A pioneer in downtown's renaissance, Pappas renovated the bottom floor of the historic Senator Hotel and moved her restaurant from E Street to its current location in 1986.

In 1994, she expanded her restaurant to the North County location and added a concession in the San Diego Convention Center, a popular eatery for out-of-towners.
Reservations are not required for lunch.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Greek
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(619) 234-1955
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
The historic Senator Hotel is the perfect backdrop for your event, with its elegant Victorian lobby decorated with a crystal chandelier and mahogany staircase perfect for mixers that spill into the bar and adjacent restaurant. We have three rooms to choose from.
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Private party contact
Private Party Coordinator: (866) 723-4233
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
between First St. & Front St. just West of Horton Plaza
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Public transit
SD Trolley stop Santa Fe station.
SD Metro Bus stop 1st and Broadway.
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Entertainment
Live Singing. Dates vary monthly. Please call for schedule.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.4  based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.5
service
4.2
ambience
4.4
value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on April 19, 2017

Excellent food, great service and good value for your dollar!

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vipOpenTable Diner (London)
4.0  Dined on April 12, 2017

Good Greek food. Great service. Ambience very outdated

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on April 8, 2017

Really delicious food, lovely ambiance, great service, tried the stifathos for the first time, fabulous!

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devine2dine (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on April 5, 2017

Mary Pappas and her staff are always welcoming, professional, positive, and attentive.
You can always depend on the wonderful meals at Athens Market.
I recommend it to out of town friends and people who are in San Diego for business.

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jbri (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined on March 30, 2017

Other than the soup being a little salty....everything was great. They were super friendly and accomodating.

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vipnancyschmuhl (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on February 25, 2017

the staff was very wecoming but overwhelmed- service to getmeal was slow

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devine2dine (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 25, 2017

Mary is a wonderful entrepreneur. She knows her business and she is the perfect hostess! Mary is always open to suggestions and willing to try something new.
She truly cares about each and every customer and truly cares about the food she has on her menu and to make sure each and every customer is satisfied at Athens Market!
I have never had a bad meal at Athens Market. I always recommend it to out of town friends and to anyone & everyone who asks where the best restaurant is to have a wonderful Happy Hour and a fabulous lunch or dinner.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 25, 2017

The whole experience was terrific. Mary greeted us at the door and seated us. Our server, Gustavo was wonderful and Jonathan's music was great, as usual. Thank you for a fun evening.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2017

Yeah we had a good time celebrating Valentines Day. There were a lot of people there but spread over a couple large dining rooms I was never aware of noise. I had the salmon and my wife had the shrimp and steak kebob. I will be more adventurous next time. The service was plentiful and attentive. Nice place.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
2.0  Dined on February 11, 2017

Nothing special. Service was slow and the food was meh.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on February 10, 2017

The entrees were good and ample but the salads were pretty skimpy for the price.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Oklahoma City)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2017

Great meal. Comfortable setting.

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OpenTable Diner (Anchorage)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2017

Waitress was fantastic! Very personable, engaged with our children, prompt service. Great experience!

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USAKampfswimmer (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2017

I am constantly returning here for the comtinued overall experience! When wanting authentic Mediterranean cuisine with a atmosphere intimate enough to engage on quality conversation. The service is attentive enough to meet your needs, and not be overbearing, this is it! For you paleo obsessed types. I recommend this location for dinners though, lunch here is a completely different animal. Busy like a hive and parking difficult because it's footprint next to Horton Plaza and the buisiness lunch crowds.

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vipsdbeachlvr (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on January 13, 2017

The spanakopita is not to be missed! I had the white bean soup and a Greek salad with chicken skewer and it was all delicious! Everyone was very attentive and friendly.

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