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Cafe Athena

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Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA
Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations
Description: Voted Best Greek Restaurant in San Diego
Good for:
Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 7
    Excellent
  • 4
    Very good
  • 0
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Excellent, tasty food in an attractive setting

I ate here with a group of friends and enjoyed the experience greatly. The food was excellent. Our crowd choose mostly from the quite plentiful vegetarian options and everything was prepared very well and presented very attractively. Our waitress proved attentive and offered able service. I enjoyed... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 9, 2015
Double0Seven
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SE Washington State
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  • Reservations
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13 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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SE Washington State
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

I ate here with a group of friends and enjoyed the experience greatly. The food was excellent. Our crowd choose mostly from the quite plentiful vegetarian options and everything was prepared very well and presented very attractively. Our waitress proved attentive and offered able service. I enjoyed the decor, featuring oil paintings of Greek islands, ones that were a cut... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Been here twice this week and everything I've gotten has been really amazing! Definitely my new favorite!

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Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

First time here and I must say I was pleasantly surprised. I won a gift certificate for Restaurant week through FB. I've never had Greek food so I was worried that I wouldn't like it. But after this experience I will definitely will come back again. I had the Greek salad and the Beef Kabob. The pieces of beef were... More 

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Edmonton
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142 reviews 142 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

This is a place you can go to several times. The atmosphere is acceptable to everyone...medium lighting; the food is mostly very good. Two people can easily dine for $30 (without alcohol). Service is kind and attentive. We especially enjoyed the moussaka, which is among the best I have tasted. Many people come for the pita, but it is not... More 

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Cairo, Egypt
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76 reviews 76 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

I had my dinner while I was staying in Pacific Beach. I had Kefta plate which was minced meat patties with tomato and spices, potato with rosemarie, Hummus, Tabouli and pita bread. The plate is huge so you need to eat it when you are starving. The Pita was warm not really fresh. However, I enjoyed the meal. I have... More 

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Edmonton
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122 reviews 122 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

We only ordered two appetizers, one donair and a small side Greek salad. The two of us could not finish as the portions were large. Delicious and we will be going back again while we are in San Diego this week - some of the best Greek food we have had.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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56 reviews 56 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

"We've eaten here several times over the last few years and ate there last night. The food is delicious and the servings are certainly big enough for another night. The chicken kabobs are scrumptious and are accompanied by rice pilaf and briyani. Both of these dishes are superb also. The pita bread comes with tzatziki sauce that can't be beat.... More 

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Tempe, Arizona
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Very good Greek food at a very reasonable price. A mile up Garnet Street from the beach with lots of parking (which is sometimes hard to come by in San Diego).

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San Diego, California
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48 reviews 48 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

If you are looking for a romantic evening, a fancy dining room, a view, or cutting edge cuisine, look elsewhere. If you want a variety of very tasty Greek favorites at a reasonable price, a well-trained serving staff, and no parking issues, Cafe Athena might just be perfect for you. Our lunch party of seven was pleased with each dish... More 

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La Jolla
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50 reviews 50 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

We took the family out for a Greek dinner & decided to try Cafe Athena in PB. The decore was a little out dated (lots of 80ish oak). Our waitress was very friendly & helpful. We ordered several appetizers to share & then everyone ordered an entre. The eggplant dip was good, the hummus soso, the clalmari (which we generally... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Greek

Description

Voted Best Greek Restaurant in San Diego
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?