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Parthenon

4.1
36 reviews
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$30 and under
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Greek
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Good for Groups

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About

Parthenon Restaurant located in Washington, D.C., serves authentic Greek cuisine in a lively, yet sophisticated atmosphere. The dining area is homey and comfortable, while the bar and lounge area provide a place to relax, socialize and sip on selections from the full bar. For special events, the restaurant hosts up to 85 guests in a private dining room.

Parthenon Restaurant serves lunch and dinner. Popular entrees include baked lamb with orzo, whole broiled rockfish with potatoes and vegetables and Mediterranean seafood over linguine. Pair one of Parthenon Restaurant�s Greek or international wines with any entr�e for a complete dining experience. For dessert, indulge in traditional Greek baklava, yogurt with honey and walnuts or galaktobouriko.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Greek, Seafood, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation


Lunch:

Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm


Dinner:

Monday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm

Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(202) 966-7600
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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
To celebrate any occasion, we have a private party room available with a full bar. The maximum capacity is 85 people.
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Private party contact
Pete Gouskos: (202) 966-7600
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Livingston St. NW
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Public transit
Friendship Heights
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout
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4.1based on all time ratings
4.1
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4.3
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3.9
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5.0Dined on November 16, 2014

Mom and I always enjoy our dinner out at Parthenon. Food is hearty and well prepared, and the service is always good. We have never tried items from the cold appetizer menu, but they seem to be popular, seeing how much they are ordered by neighboring tables. The last time there was uncharacteristically noisy, but it may be due to the cold weather drawing diners who would normally eat on the patio out front indoors. The crowd is usually mature, with few children (at least fewer than nearby Clyde's), but family groups are not out of the normal.

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5.0Dined on October 20, 2014

We love love love this restaurant and at the most recent visit, we hosted a surprise party for a good friend here last week. In addition to stellar general service, the staff was extremely helpful pulling it off - grabbing our friend from the bar, sneaking over a birthday cake! They were friendly, kind and just amazing. Food was high quality and delicious as always. Definitely recommend this as a go-to restaurant for both casual and special occasions!

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3.0Dined on October 19, 2014

This restaurant is one of our favorites. The food is exceptional and the service is very good. We particularly enjoy sitting outside during the spring. We continue to return again and again.

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5.0Dined on October 3, 2014

Everything was incredible! Good price for a several course meal.

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4.0Dined on September 27, 2014

I always know that I will get good food at the Parthenon. Good Greek food at very reasonable prices.

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4.0Dined on September 24, 2014

A neighborhood favorite. Casual, friendly, good service, and good choice of Greek food.

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4.0Dined on August 23, 2014

The food is always very good and plenty of it. The pita bread is out of this world. Clearly one of the better places that is not a chain. If your looking for fru fru - go elsewhere - but you will get delicious food and nice service. A hidden gem.

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5.0Dined on August 17, 2014

Bright, delicious Greek dishes, from tzatziki to grilled fish with artichokes, mushrooms stuffed with crab, eggplant eman, housemade hummus. The food at the Parthenon is very flavorful. There were six of us this visit, and we all loved it and had a great evening. Leave room for their fresh baklava!!

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5.0Dined on August 13, 2014

Best crab cakes I've ever had! Very attentive staff. Everyone in our group of four enjoyed their food selection. Highly recommend!

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4.0Dined on August 10, 2014

Love the crab cakes here. We think they are the best in town. Pass on the starch and veggies in exchange for a greek salad and we are happy campers. Love sitting outside.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2014

I arrived before my dinner partner, and was just so warmly greeted and then seated at a plum spot. My partner was shown to my table as soon as she arrived. The wait person was knowledgeable not only about the menu items but gave excellent wine recommendations that perfectly complemented our food. Of course, the food was so over the top that I nearly over-ate -- and there was so much more that I wanted try out. So . . . I have invited three friends to come share this experience with me next week! This is my new go-to place on upper Connecticut Avenue.

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2014

Parthenon remains one of the finest restaurants in DC. Both a neighborhood gem and a great place to bring out of town guests. During the summer, the outdoor dining is wonderful. The food is consistenly high quality, and the service always friendly and helpful. Highly recommended.

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4.0Dined on July 19, 2014

We really enjoy this authentic Greek restaurant and visit 2-3 times per month. The menu is diverse, specials are good and the staff is knowledgeable, attentive and not instrusive. We've used Parthenon for out of town guests, small business dinners and eaten both indoors and outdoors in their "sidewalk cafe". The restaurant enjoys a well established clientele of all ages - been around a along time - the owners are obviusly one site and run a quality restaurant.

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5.0Dined on June 28, 2014

25 years at the same location with the same owner certainly means that they are doing something right. Parthenon is our favorite Greek restaurant.
Never a bad meal hear. My wife enjoyed her shrimp shiskebob ; but my whole flounder was " OUTSTANDING ". I love the horiatiki salad which we shared ( the small portion was sufficient ). We took advantage of the 25 year bonus with a half price bottle of wine.
This restaurant always enjoys a nice crowd of happy diners and during the Summer months is very busy with outdoor patrons.

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4.0Dined on June 21, 2014

as usual it was dependable. newish waiter was very good.

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4.0Dined on June 21, 2014

good food sound is low you can hear the other side of the table.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2014

Fish is fresh, lamb chops terrific, service is friendly.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2014

A wonderful restaurant. Outdoor scene is always pleasant. The food always great, the service wonderful. A favorite.

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4.0Dined on May 31, 2014

Great menu with lots of choices for a Vegan The humus is fabulous.

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2014

I returned to Parthenon after a few years. It was great. I was with a friend and we split the Greek Salad for an appetizer an then split the broiled fish platter which was calimari, shrimp, scallop, a crab cake and salmon. It was more than enough for 2. It ended up being @ $70 and we each had a few drinks.

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4.0Dined on May 23, 2014

Try the whole bronzini - fantastic! All the fish is good and the huge family meal is a great value.

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3.0Dined on May 18, 2014

Good standard Greek diner food -- incuding excellent baklava -- with a gussied-up decor, cloth napkins, and attentive service that don't justify the high prices for this kind of food -- solid standard American Greek dishes at e.g. 18-24 dollars for a Souvlaki platter that included decent meat but standard steam-table beans, rice, and potatoes.

In a word, good but overpriced.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2014

Great food, wonderful ambiance, terrific waitstaff. Consistently one of the best around. Authentic, delicious Greek food. Outdoor dining area is fun and festive during nice weather. Bar scene is fun too.

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2014

I really like this place. The food is always good, the service always friendly. If only the prices were a little lower....

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2014

Parthenon is reliably excellent. The food is consistently well prepared; the service is friendly and prompt; the management is thoughtful and accommodating. It is a neighborhood gem.

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4.0Dined on March 20, 2014

We've eaten at the Parthenon on many occasions, and always found the restaurant welcoming, the ambiance calming, and the food well prepared. This latest visit was no exception. I had their seafood special (recommended by our server), and it was excellent. The other folks with us similarly enjoyed themselves, each choosing a different house speciality.

Thanx, Parthenon, for a pleasant evening.

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3.0Dined on March 8, 2014

Consistently fine Greek food with a setting that makes one think you could have been transplanted to the Greek Isles.

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2.0Dined on February 26, 2014

We were a party of three. Service was friendly and efficient. One of us had the soup of the day, which she said was good. One of us, who is an extraordinarily good cook, had moussaka, which she said was not at all tasty. I had cheese pies, which were good, although I thought I had ordered spinach and cheese pies. It was simply a language misunderstanding, and the waiter dealt with it gracefully. Bottom line: the Parthenon is a good place for a quiet lunch, but it is important to know what to order and what to avoid. I give our meal a score somewhere between fair and good. The moussaka brought the score down. If I had more experience ordering there, I think the score would rise to good for lunch.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2014

Excellent food fast service, was met at the door by the owner, with a smile. I ordered the combination entree because there were so many dishes I wanted to try. Will have to go back soon!

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5.0Dined on February 1, 2014

Pre cinema at the Avalon so no time to waste. Great food served quickly by attentive staff. Excellent . Thank you

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4.0Dined on January 14, 2014

Terrific appetizers and top noch crab cake entree.

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4.0Dined on January 1, 2014

We go to Parthenon for its grilled octopus which is to die for, the horiatiki salad, and the bread. The house white wine is not bad either. I've tried the lamb (generous portion) which is good, but since we are not big eaters, we always go back to the grilled octopus.

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5.0Dined on January 1, 2014

Food is always well prepared and yummy. Great wait staff; many long-timers who will recognize you and be accommodating. Popular with nearby Chevy Chase DC residents as well as residents of nearby retirement home and their families. I know they have some kind of party room on lower level, but I haven't seen it for myself.

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2013

wonderful food and service... great location too !!!

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4.0Dined on December 21, 2013

The Parthenon has been serving traditional Greek food at this location for decades. The restaurant serves reliably well-prepared Greek cuisine. We dined at lunch on avgolemono soup, pastitcio, chicken souvlaki, and an omlette of tomato and feta. The soup was the closest recipe to match my Greek grandmother's homemade avgolemono that I have ever had. The meals were tasty and filling. Service was attentive.

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3.0Dined on November 10, 2013

This is a real neighborhood find. The service and ambience were very good. The wine list was nice and priced well. The food was good, local Greek cuisine. Priced accordingly. Would recommend and would go back.

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