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The Grill

American, Diner
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171 College Ave, Athens, GA 30601-2804
(706) 543-4770
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 am - 11:59 pm
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Marietta, Georgia, United States
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

NEVER, EVER eating here again. What a nightmare of an experience today, between the lack of customer service and refusing to take back a raw chicken sandwich arguing with us that it is cooked and just pink from the lighting in there. Then not offering anything else and not wanting to remove it from the bill. The manger did not... More 

Thank Ginger D
Athens, Georgia
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's a great place to just hang out when the family is pulled between college, high school, part-time jobs, and Full-time jobs. The food is great and so many choices, something for everyone. We really enjoyed the antiques, and atmosphere, not to mention , a great location to walk off the calories after the meal. My only request as a... More 

Thank family2collegeandmom
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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151 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

Good food, quirky servers, great college atmosphere. Saw it compared to the Varsity, but must respectfully disagree. Completely different vibe and food. Stop in, think about the fact that this is a college town and what this would be like if you were a kid in school. You won't be disappointed.

Thank Hubbynfather
Athens, Georgia
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38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016

The best diner in Athens! Killer burgers: Big, full of flavor, fresh toppings, and made the right way. The feta cheese dressing is to die for!!! I use it for my fries, and its the best fry dip I have ever had! I also recommend the chocolate malt milkshake. They make them old school and you just don't get stuff... More 

Thank sawall_chuck
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66 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

Stopped in while shopping for a midafternoon snack. LOVE the burgers and fries....and the milkshakes are classic.

Thank GaGirl96
Level Contributor
47 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2016 via mobile

Two words are required: feta fries. They are amazing. They are good at all hours but especially the late night ones. I don't understand why they aren't on every restaurant menu in Athens. They are wonderful. Also, really good milkshakes. There's a veggie wrap I usually get to justify eating lots of feta fries. As you can probably tell, I'm... More 

Thank Rebekah T
Athens, Georgia
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130 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2016

This is exactly what the sign says - The Grill. Burgers, sandwiches, french fries, chicken fingers - you get it. But they are pretty good and the service is o.k. Definitely feel like you have stepped back a few decades with a working "pull your co'cola" machine at the door. Of course, instead of 10 or 25 cents, it's $1.25.... More 

Thank JohnB57Jonesboro
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36 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2016 via mobile

Not much difference between the Old Varsity located a few doors down on the corner and this place. Still you can stop by quickly to get a cold iced tea in the summer.

Thank S H
Statham, Georgia, United States
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2016

My husband and I made the decision to have breakfast at the Grill this morning after spending the night downtown. It had been years since I'd eaten breakfast here, but I recalled that it was pretty decent. Not this time. The staff was attentive and prompt, and the coffee was piping hot, but the food was just strange. I ordered... More 

Thank Susan B
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85 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2016

If you attended UGA or love Downtown Athens then you have ventured into The Grill. The decor is vintage and fun and the food is classic greasy diner food. The burgers are great as are the chili cheese fries. You don't come here for a 5 star experience, but you do come for a good burger after a Bulldog win... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $10
American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
12:00 am - 11:59 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 171 College Ave, Athens, GA 30601-2804
  • Location: United States  >  Georgia (GA)  >  Athens
  • Phone Number: (706) 543-4770

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