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The Grit

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199 Prince Ave, Athens, GA 30601-2400
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Juneau, Alaska
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I went for breakfast, and I have always like the Grit dating back to when I lived in Athens in college. The service was poor, the food was mediocre, and the place is really dirty. I got a glass with a lipstick smudge on it, and the server seemed to be catering more to her friends that arrived after I... More 

Thank Haygoodm
Helena, AR
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Veggie omelet great ! Grits OK, needs to do better if place is called The Grit. We are huge foodies that travel all around the world and the costumer service here was TERRIBLE! . We were polite and very patience and got treated bad. First waiter (Joe), snatched menu and got rude after I asked her one question. Come on... More 

Thank pibarn
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As a non veggie person I can say I was more than satisfied. For ten bucks I had the soup of the day and a big plate full of rice and beans. Staff is friendly as well. I would definitely recommend to visit this place.

Thank Matej N
Monroe, New York
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101 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Some vegetarian establishments come with a side of attitude that makes yo feel like you should be honored to be allowed in. Not so here! Warm and inviting with a really awesome atmosphere, cool decor, super friendly staff and really awesome food. Our breakfast was superb - eggs over vegetable with incredible flavor. A must stop in Athens!

1 Thank Michael C
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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152 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

Grit - not very appetizing name. Nor was the food. Oddly uppity for a place that is supposed to be counter-cultural. But, all of that aside, I found the food bland at best and simply bad at worst. Three tries and I am done.

1 Thank Hubbynfather
Atlanta, Georgia
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51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016 via mobile

Our FIRST meal in Athens on the day our FIRST child was moving into his dorm for his FIRST year of UGA was disappointingly awful. Not a pleasant experience for a teary Southern Mama & the rest of our lunch party. We were a party of 6, 3 adults & 3 (Tall, Handsome, Brilliant:) UGA Freshman who have been friends... More 

Thank ElisaGold
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

Absolutely love this place! Atmosphere reeks of Athens, college-town (but in a good way)! I've never had anything here that I didn't love! Favorite is the Golden Bowl with a side of yeast gravy! And the sweet potato fries are a must try! Parking can be tricky, and at peak meal times, be prepared for a bit of a wait... More 

1 Thank DD680
Athens, Georgia
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100 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016

The first time in here, one of my friend has invited me so, I didn't know that this is vegetarian restaurant. Although I'm not a vegetarian, but I did enjoy the food, the service was good and the staff were friendly too.

Thank Ma_2719
Athens, Georgia
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130 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016

The Grit is a neat gem of a restaurant. Comfortable. The service is good. Friendly and engaging. It is vegetarian. As a life choice, I don't know much about being a vegetarian. What I will say is that we were very pleased with our selections. I chose the black bean burger with mashed potato and my wife had the noodle... More 

Thank JohnB57Jonesboro
Atlanta, Georgia
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016 via mobile

The Grit is the essential college town old school eating place that you remember from back in the day. Simple decor, high ceiling, exposed brick, co-ed servers, beer and wine. The difference is in the food. I ordered the special Big Noodle Bowl: rice noodles with sliced yellow and white squash in a mild curry sauce served in a big... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $15
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available
Good for
Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 199 Prince Ave, Athens, GA 30601-2400
  • Location: United States  >  Georgia (GA)  >  Athens
  • Phone Number: 706-543-6592

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