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Cafe Athena

#578 of 3,757 Restaurants in San Diego
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1846 Garnet Avenue, Pacific Plaza II, San Diego, CA 92109
+1 858-274-1140
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Thank you for visiting Cafe Athena's website!!! A visit to our Pacific...
Thank you for visiting Cafe Athena's website!!! A visit to our Pacific Beach Taverna is like a visit to Greece, only closer. For those of you who have been to Greece, we hope your dining experience at Cafe Athena is something of a nostalgic reminiscence...Or a glimpse of toothsome delights awaiting those who plan to visit Hellas. Greeks believe that even the simplest meals may become ambrosia when you are in a happy mood. We hope our hospitality sustains your happy mood and we look forward to sharing with you the pleasures of this delightful cuisine.
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Visitor rating
  • 26
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Take it from a local, a great place to eat!

Ignore the fact it is in a strip mall, Cafe Athena has great food! Menu has a wide variety of options for our family which includes a vegetarian as well as someone who does not eat red meat. Highly recommend the avgolemono soup, Greek salad (a large is enough for three adults to share), and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
clenor2013
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San Diego, California
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  • Families with children
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San Diego, California
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

For more than a decade we have treated ourselves to the tasty offerings of Athena. Dependably fresh dishes and servers that treat you like you are the only patrons there make our dining experience unmatched in Pacific Beach. Whether served out-of-doors or in the cozy dining rooms, the large windows make it a Greek Island retreat. The quiet surroundings and... More 

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Lake Forest, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Camping nearby... Decided on dinner out. Our second time...we love this place...Great Greek food and good service! Highly recommend it!

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arizona
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

we don't go as often as we'd like, but no matter how long between visits it is consistently good in every way

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

I love the fact that this Greek place has so many vegetarian options, in fact they include it in the name of the restaurant. We only had a variety of appetizers/tapas that were all more than delicous. All food is of the highest quality and the dessert to die for. Highly recommended!

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Southlake, Texas
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

I had a Mediterranean salad with salmon & it was absolutely delicious. I had a very nice glass of Pinot Noir. And the DESSERT, which I can't pronounce, but 3 homemade phillo dough with a fabulous orange filling was so heavenly, I ate the entire dessert even though I was already full. This is a definite stop when u visit... More 

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San Diego, California
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Ignore the fact it is in a strip mall, Cafe Athena has great food! Menu has a wide variety of options for our family which includes a vegetarian as well as someone who does not eat red meat. Highly recommend the avgolemono soup, Greek salad (a large is enough for three adults to share), and falafel plate. Order the lemonade!

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San Diego
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We really enjoyed a nice meal at Cafe Athena on a recent Sunday afternoon when ten of us stopped in. The staff had no problem accommodating our large group and the quick service made all of us feel welcome. The Hummos and Spanaki Lemonato appetizer dips were outstanding and the Avgolemono soup was delicious! Everyone in the group also enjoyed... More 

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New Vernon, New Jersey
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30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Our family of 5 ate dinner here. We are staying at the Hyatt on Mission Bay and didn't feel like venturing far for dinner (had toured all over San Diego earlier in the day). Restaurant was listed on our hotel's list of Restaurants in SD. It was approx 10 minutes away. We were happily surprised with the place and the... More 

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Eugene, Or
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96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

This restaurant consistently is ranked one of the best in San Diego and for good reason. It's excellent quality food and service - and a good value. The Happy Hour specials are a n especially good value - $3 for hummus or other apps, $6 for a glass of wine etc. There are several bad reviews for this restaurant -... More 

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San Diego, California
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40 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

We've lived in this neighborhood for almost 20 years. We haven't been to this place in at least 10 yrs. We may not return for another 10. The food is alright but the service is terrible and the prices are high considering what's served. For $7.49 we were served a reasonable size dish with the smallest amount of Baba Ghannuj... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1846 Garnet Avenue, Pacific Plaza II, San Diego, CA 92109
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Pacific Beach
  • Neighborhood: Pacific Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 858-274-1140

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 23
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian, Middle Eastern

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

Thank you for visiting Cafe Athena's website!!! A visit to our Pacific Beach Taverna is like a visit to Greece, only closer. For those of you who have been to Greece, we hope your dining experience at Cafe Athena is something of a nostalgic reminiscence...Or a glimpse of toothsome delights awaiting those who plan to visit Hellas. Greeks believe that even the simplest meals may become ambrosia when you are in a happy mood. We hope our hospitality sustains your happy mood and we look forward to sharing with you the pleasures of this delightful cuisine.
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?