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Athens Market Cafe

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11640 Carmel Mountain Rd, Ste 124, San Diego, CA 92128-4628
858-675-2225
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 19
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  • 6
    Very good
  • 0
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  • 2
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  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Always Delicious

The avgelemeno soup is outstanding as are the lamb chops. And you can't go wrong on the typical Greek fare. Friendly service and very accommodating. A lovely place before or after the nearby movie house.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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29 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Poway
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71 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The avgelemeno soup is outstanding as are the lamb chops. And you can't go wrong on the typical Greek fare. Friendly service and very accommodating. A lovely place before or after the nearby movie house.

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Thank HalPoway
San Diego
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

We are regulars to this place and the food is always great. I see the same people there all the time (employees), and to me this is a good sign, as I don't think people would work that for long if the foo wasn't good and the place sucks. The owner is there all the time, and the place is... More 

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Thank slvah2007
San Diego, California
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74 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Food is great, service is good (we sit outside), and it is physically located at the back of a shopping center, and this is a plus, as it is away from the crowd of the other stores and restaurants. Love the gyro, and the soup.

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Thank LeoEgo22
San Diego, California
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

I come from Chicago, where we have an entire Greek Town area that is completely authentic, fun, and delicious. We were really disappointed in our choices in Rancho Bernardo after moving here. However, this cute little restaurant has become one of our family's favorites, particularly when you consider the prices charged in San Diego for the mediocre food you get... More 

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Thank Kathleen C
Marietta, Georgia
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 via mobile

Ordered the vegetarian plate, to go. Amazing. I cannot believe I ate everything. The falafel has a nice tender, not over dry like some falafel, inside and has a great, flavorful spice. The spanakopita was a crispy phyllo with delicious spinach and feta filling. The dolmathes had a great bitter balance to the best moussaka I have ever, ever had.... More 

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Thank Amy K
California
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67 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

There are mixed reviews of this cafe, for good reason. I am Greek, so I am pretty particular when it comes to Greek food. My experience here can be summed up in one sentence: Salt is not a spice. Everything was too salty. I had dolmathes, which lacked flavor or spices - the taste was mostly salt. Same with the... More 

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Thank AZRanger
San Diego, California
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Our Red Hat ladies group of 13 enjoyed a wonderful lunch at Athens Market Cafe today prior to seeing a movie next door at Reading Cinemas Carmel Mountain. We were greeted as soon as we arrived and felt very welcomed. Service was prompt and the staff was very attentive. Our waitress, Lauren, was really spot on in taking care of... More 

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Thank Barbara C
San Diego, California
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158 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I do a lot of reviews on trip adviser. In my regular job booking myself as a family entertainer (I'm a ventriloquist) I travel a lot but 2011-2012 I did a national school tour and I'm finishing up a special national school tour right now for this school year. Then I go back to my normal travel -- which is... More 

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Thank SDEntertainer
San Diego, California
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40 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

This is a local restaurant that our family visits occasionally. We had been here the week before on February 7, before Valentine's day and read on the menu that they were accepting reservations for Valentines Day, so we called the Tuesday prior to Valentine's Day and booked our reservation. Good thing we did as they were packed for the evening.... More 

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Thank beawade
Arlington, Virginia
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

I travel fairly regularly to the Poway CA area but only discovered the Athens Market Cafe a little over a year ago. Wow! What a great find! Don't let its "unassuming" appearance fool you. The food is world class. I've had great greek food all over the country, and even Greece. I would put the food at Athens Market Cafe... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 11640 Carmel Mountain Rd, Ste 124, San Diego, CA 92128-4628
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: 858-675-2225

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Greek
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 - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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