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About Athens Market Taverna

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.

109 W F St
San Diego, CA 92101
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Greek

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
between First St. & Front St. just West of Horton Plaza

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 234-1955

Website:
http://athensmarkettaverna.com/

Entertainment:
Live Singing. Dates vary monthly. Please call for schedule.

Public Transit:
SD Trolley stop Santa Fe station.
SD Metro Bus stop 1st and Broadway.

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.

Private Party Contact:
Private Party Coordinator: (866) 723-4233

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

Athens Market Taverna Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

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4.4

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4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.4

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Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (142)
Good for Groups (107)
Fit for Foodies (88)
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Special Occasion (81)
Romantic (56)
Great for Lunch (53)
Notable Wine List (32)
Great for Outdoor Dining (30)
Late-night Find (21)
Kid-friendly (19)
Vibrant Bar Scene (16)
Good for a Date (13)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Happy Hour (11)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Good for Birthdays (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Authentic (8)
Business Meals (7)
Casual (7)
Cozy (7)
Quiet Conversation (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Great for Brunch (4)
Fun (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Healthy (3)
Live Music (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Outstanding Value (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Seasonal (2)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
People Watching (1)
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on April 19, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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service5
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 (London)·Dined on April 12, 2017

Good Greek food. Great service. Ambience very outdated

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food4
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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 8, 2017

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

Tags: Tapas, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·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.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Fun, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, People Watching, Good Vegetarian Options, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Casual, Cozy, Healthy, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on March 30, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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food4
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service5
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 25, 2017

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

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 (San Diego)·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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Seasonal, Authentic, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music, Special Occasion
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food5
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service5
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 (San Diego)·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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Live Music, Happy Hour
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food5
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 (San Diego)·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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Authentic
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food4
ambience4
service5
value4

vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 11, 2017

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

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food2
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service2
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 10, 2017

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

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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food3
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vip
 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on February 10, 2017

Great meal. Comfortable setting.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive
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food5
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service5
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on February 6, 2017

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

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food5
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 (San Diego)·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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Romantic, Casual, Local Ingredients, Paleo Friendly
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food5
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vip
 (San Diego)·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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food5
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service5

vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 11, 2017

Outstanding Greek food - authentic and homemade. Everything is absolutely delicious. Service was great. This place is a gem. Definitely coming back.

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food5
ambience4
service5
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 5, 2017

This was a welcome reprieve for our group while at a conference in the gas lamp district. Quiet conversation on a rainy evening out for dinner and very helpful service.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 21, 2016

Very comfortable and timely service. We had combo/sampler plate. Good intro to other entre's.

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Paleo Friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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food4
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service4
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 12, 2016

They were having a meet and greet (or something). It was extremely loud and really annoying. It was my husbands birthday and there were 5 of us. It was a very disappointing evening. Had I known I would have come on a different night. Now, I'm not sure I'll be back. Most of the food was really good.

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food4
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service2
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 10, 2016

Kimberly, our server was very personable and very accommodating. Food was delicious and well presented. We will be back again and spread the words to our friends.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Great Beer, Fun, Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Seasonal
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food5
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2016

I walked in early and my reservation was missing. However, Mary was super accommodating and able to rearrange the tables to accommodate my party. Food was excellent and service wonderful with Kimberly!

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food5
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2016

Loved this place! Family owned, friendly, with great food. Baby octopus is to die for. Felt authentic like I was in Athens. . Will definitely return next time I'm in San Diego.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 1, 2016

Pre theater dinner with friends. The only knock was the young waitress was not familiar with the drink options. Bonus: the owner stopped by the table to answer questions and say hi. We'll be back.

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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food4
ambience3
service4
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on November 1, 2016

Always good service and consistently good food. The lemon soup is to die for and the grilled octopus appetizer is a "must". Try the red Greek wine - it's a great value!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Outstanding Value
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2016

Food was very good. My salmon was tender and flaky. The other 3 at the table were highly appreciative of their meals. There was plenty to eat, and we ate everything on our plates! Desserts were amazing. Service was awesome, friendly, and relaxed. The menu was a bit more expensive than I would normally pay for a meal. However, for a special occasion or a great place to have a conversation and still be heard across the table - terrific choice! As we went on the Saturday night before Halloween and it's near the Gaslamp District, parking was a challenge. Then we found a public lot very close by - 10 bucks; worth it (vs. driving and driving).

Tags: Worth the Drive, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation
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food5
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 28, 2016

We had to cancel at the last minute, but we go there often and always enjoy the food and atmosphere.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour
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food5
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 7, 2016

Great Greek food. Reminded me of YiaYia's cooking. We will be back

Tags: Notable Wine List, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 6, 2016

One of our 'go to' restaurants downtown before the theatre or opera. Never disappoints. Love the traditional Greek food. It's all great!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 30, 2016

Very nice, but a little noisy. We go there often. The food is great.

Tags: Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 30, 2016

Best Greek food in San Diego! Authentic food and atmosphere. Greek music at times. Very vibrant and friendly place especially the owner, Mary.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 29, 2016

They have the best lentil soup and fresh bread!! I also love the Saganaki (flaming Imported Kefalograviera cheese lit with brandy)!!

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vip
 (Memphis)·Dined on September 28, 2016

Truly our most enjoyable dinner while staying the week in San Diego. The most relaxing dinner experience with a great atmosphere and incredible service. The food was traditional and authentic Greek. Our server, who I believe was Jennifer, was fantastic. I highly recommend!!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 24, 2016

It was a delight, as always, to visit and dine at Athens Market Taverna. The best Greek food in Southern California hands down!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Romantic, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 24, 2016

YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO TO GREECE TO ENJOY A DELICIOUS APPETIZER OF BABY OCTOPUS.
ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!
THE GREEK MUSIC AND GROUP WAS ESPECIALLY SPECIAL.
I HAVE BEEN GOING HERE SINCE THE DAY IT OPENED.
JUST SUPERB!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Comfort Food
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food5
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 20, 2016

Delicious and authentic Greek food served by a wonderfully helpful and friendly waitress. The casual atmosphere and Greek music added to a lovely evening.

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 20, 2016

Service was amazing! Our waitress was very friendly and she always rocks!

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 30, 2016

The owner is amazing! Dope spot

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 26, 2016

Great food! Rosalie was wonderful!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 19, 2016

Don't recommend the place. Food didn't taste good at all. Even worst it made me sick 40 minutes u ate it. Service was bad. Our starter was forgotten and the server didn't even notice it. The only good thing was the bread. Overall I left hungry with upset stomach

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 8, 2016

Authentic Greek food. The lamb shank was outstanding. We had a great server, but unfortunately, I can't remember her name. I will definitely return the next time I am in San Diego.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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