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Cafe Athena

1846 Garnet Ave, Pacific Plaza II, San Diego, CA 92109-3352
+1 858-274-1140
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good30%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“gyros” (8 reviews)
“greek salad” (8 reviews)
“pita bread” (6 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
Mediterranean, Greek, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1846 Garnet Ave, Pacific Plaza II, San Diego, CA 92109-3352
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Reviewed December 11, 2018

A great spot for Greek food in PB. Healthy, quick and authentic, this restaurant provides everything you would want in a greek dinner.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Kate D
Reviewed November 13, 2018

After widening our love of greek food beyond gyros on our trip to Greece last month, we began the search for authentic tastes of Greece here in San Diego. Specifically we wanted authentic moussaka, yemista (stuffed tomatoes), and that fresh tzatziki. First glance at the...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank giget8
Reviewed November 6, 2018

The atmosphere inside was cozy and welcoming. We ordered a variety of food to share and sample. Everything was delicious. We plan going back for more meals. Our friend is into wines and brought a bottle for nominal corkage fee. The wine was perfect with...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank rubyhope1
Reviewed October 29, 2018

We spent a week in the San Diego area and this restaurant was our favorite. My chicken dish was very good (so rare to find good chicken!), including the potatoes, and vegetables. The setting is good / casual, and this might be a bit of...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Jeanmarc3
Reviewed October 23, 2018

Tucked in the back of a strip mall in Pacific Beach, Cafe Athena offers indoor and dog-friendly outdoor patio dining. Standout menu offerings include hummus with warm, fresh pita bread, dolmades, salmon dolma, avgolemono soup, grilled veggie wrap, Apollo's Flatbread, and my personal favorite, Imam...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Jetsetztravel
Reviewed September 13, 2018

My friend has been telling me about this place for years and I finally went. Couldn't be more satisfied. Everything we ordered was delicious. The restaurant itself isn't all that glamorous inside but you can eat outside on the patio as well. The service was...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank tfred2016
Reviewed September 6, 2018

The food here is excellent. I've gone twice in the past week. The chicken pita's are the bomb. The service is OK. I'll have to agree with Warrior44 on that one. But the food is definitely worth the visit.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank 958berenicem
Reviewed July 15, 2018 via mobile

Do you need a 20$ snack to share with your lover and a bottle of wine? Yeah, you do. Do you then need to have it every time you come back to Pacific Beach for the next 20 years of your life? Also, yes. Cafe...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank alohalife
Reviewed June 24, 2018

Other than the gyros, nothing else worth ordering. Not as good as its sister restaurant. Service better than average but not as good as very good.The sole waitress covers too many tables.

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Dart59
Reviewed June 15, 2018 via mobile

My server did not seem like she wanted to be there. She was not at all enthusiastic and did the minimum when it came to service. The food on the other hand was fantastic. I would go there again but again it would be solo...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Warrior44
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $23
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Kids
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
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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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