We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Cafe Athena

Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
1846 Garnet Ave, Pacific Plaza II, San Diego, CA 92109-3352
+1 858-274-1140
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Open now
See all hours
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

66 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Showing 66: English reviews
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
249 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Cafe Athena is authentic and consistently grand. The service is always excellent, but more importantly, the food is always fabulous. This time I had the lentil soup and found that I loved it even more than the Avgolemono Chicken Soup with Rice which is what I always got in the past. The salads, the pita, the sandwiches, the main courses... More 

Thank Sa-i44
Des Moines, Iowa
Level Contributor
142 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
Reviewed February 26, 2017

We stay in San Diego for one month each year and always eat here several times. The food is consistently good, the servings are large and the service is impeccable. We have always been please with our dinner. It's casual yet formal a fine dining experience while wearing shorts or jeans.

Thank Nancy F
Rochester, New York
Level Contributor
33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed February 18, 2017

My husband and I ate here recently while visiting in Pacific Beach. We loved this restaurant, and plan to come back during our stay here. My husband had the half-chicken, and I had the chicken kebob. Everything was delicious and beautifully prepared. We also shared a Mediterranean salad. The vegetable were fresh and crisp and the dressing was wonderful. Our... More 

Thank darjeelingfan
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
181 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed February 13, 2017

We enjoyed a late lunch on a Monday. Restaurant not busy at that time, which was alright with us. Had the Gyro and Moussaka, which were so authentic we couldn't believe it. The wine list is ample and pours appropriate. Would definitely return as it is one of the best restaurants for Greek food in San Diego.

Thank SoCalMare
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
126 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed December 18, 2016

No waiting, friendly service, very good food, nice atmosphere. Very family friendly for larger groups. Large selection on the menu. Best Greek food in Pacific Beach.

Thank Emory B
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed November 14, 2016 via mobile

Wow! We tried them through eat 24, and OMG! They're on our go to list from now on. My BF got the gyro with a side of potatoes, and I got meatballs with rosemary potatoes. We both had the chocolate pudding. Everything that is gf is labeled clearly, and everything they brought us was delish.

Thank Jennifer J
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
138 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed August 22, 2016

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
Level Contributor
20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed August 10, 2016

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
Level Contributor
55 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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
Level Contributor
26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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

Travelers who viewed Cafe Athena also viewed


Been to Cafe Athena? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $23
Mediterranean, Greek, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
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.

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Cafe Athena and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Cafe Athena staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?