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1846 Garnet Ave, Pacific Plaza II, San Diego, CA 92109-3352
+1 858-274-1140
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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San Diego, California
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119 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Many choices on the menu for everyone - they have meat dishes, vegetarian and vegan dishes too. They also have a big variety of Greek dishes, beyond what you might see at a smaller Greek restaurant. The portions are large enough and the food is tasty. The pita bread was hot and fresh tasting too. In our experience the service... More 

Thank 2Weevils
San Diego, California
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Both family-friendly and very attentive service were our experience as we delighted in celebrating our 48th year. As we have come to expect, the Greek repast was fresh and scrumtious. The rosemary potatoes go well with any meal. We'll be back again and again.

Thank James C
San Diego, California
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52 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

I have been coming to this place for over 20 yrs. My recent visit was delicious. Had a variety of appetizers and dinner entrees that I shared with friends. The tazaki appetizer, sagannaki were fantastic, pita very fresh and hot. The spinach pastisito was delicious. Love this place and will be going back again very soon. The only complaint was... More 

Thank robinjk3
San Diego, California
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2016

This is a pleasant, informal Greek restaurant that has been there a long time in Pacific Beach and has a sister place, also very good (Apollonia) in the Costa Verde Center. There's an excellent variety of veg and vegan dishes, good salads, and tasty shrimp, chicken and lamb dishes. Prices are reasonable. Service is OK, atmosphere OK. Lots of parking.

Thank FayeG812
Des Moines, Iowa
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123 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2016

We visit San Diego for a month every year and, since this is my aunt's favorite restaurant, we stop here several times each visit. We have tried several dishes and have never been disappointed. The service is impeccable, the food is delicious, the setting is intimate and has always exceeded our expectations (although by now our expectations of this excellent... More 

1 Thank Nancy F
San Diego, California
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2016 via mobile

Our visiting friends from Santa Barbara were charmed with the fresh, authentic Greek cuisine as we chatted in the cozy dining room. The spacious feeling afforded by the big windows connected us with the couples at the sidewalk tables, where the candles twinkled in the fading light. A charming evening.

Thank James C
San Carlos, Ca.
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73 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

We spent a few days in San Diego and hit lots of good spots. Had some great food in Little Italy, good appys in La Jolla, nice dinner downtown. Wanted to just do something laid back and neighborhood but no more tacos. Checked tripadvisor and settled on Cafe Athena figuring if it didn't work out we were in Pacific Beach... More 

1 Thank ek
San Diego, California
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

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 

1 Thank James C
Lake Forest, California
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015 via mobile

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

Thank Susan M
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 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

Thank xquzme99

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $23
Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Middle Eastern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1846 Garnet Ave, Pacific Plaza II, San Diego, CA 92109-3352
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Pacific Beach
  • Neighborhood: Pacific Beach
  • Phone Number: +1 858-274-1140
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?