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“It's all about the chicken”
Review of Athenian Room

Athenian Room
Ranked #1,377 of 9,899 Restaurants in Chicago
Price range: $1 - $20
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighborhood: Lincoln Park
Reviewed March 28, 2014

The Athenian Room is an old-school neighborhood restaurant. It feels like it's been there for decades; the phone even rings instead of chirping. I'd heard about the Kalamata Chicken and figured it was worth a try. Three of us went there on a Friday night, were greeted warmly and seated in the crowded dining room. The restaurant doesn't have a liquor license but you can go to the next door bar to get a drink and bring it back.

We ordered spanakopita to split as a starter. It was warm and tasty. A very basic Greek salad came with the dinners and we added a side order of feta. Then the Kalamata Chicken arrived in all its messy glory. It's a crisp roasted half chicken on top of Greek fries, all drenched in a thin lemony vinegary sauce. It was really tasty. The potatoes soaked up the sauce without getting soggy. Magic? Maybe.

One of my companions had the skirt steak which was also drenched in a thin sauce and said it was delicious and better quality than more expensive steaks he'd had. We ended the meal with baklava, the only dessert on the menu, but, when you have baklava, you really don't need anything else. Three dinners with a shared starter and three desserts came in at about $50. Good food. Good value.

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Thank 1864house
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

Chicago has a great Greektown. Tons of authentic restaurants and large menus. Athenian room isn't authentic. I've had the Greek chicken and the gyros. Both are great. However, the menu is extremely small - not nearly as many options found in Greektown. Service is friendly but nothing special. The place is also chock full of teenagers and parents with young children, so it's not too much of a date place. Better for a couple of friends or family. I will always go here when I'm craving gyros, but if I want anything else, I'll head south.

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Thank rosenfie
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Reviewed December 21, 2013

I've eaten here for years. I always get the greek chicken. It's incredibly tasty and a great value for $10 for a 1/2 chicken with salad and fries. Never had anything else to eat here' it's so good!. Place is usually crowded. It's a nice neighborhood place for a great meal at a great price.

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Thank chitownsam
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Reviewed October 15, 2013

I don't get the raves. If you want Greek food, this is not the place. If you're after Gyros, salad or roast chicken a step above fast food, the place moves up to average. I have a couple tests of a Greek restaurant, and this one failed them. Taramosalata ... should be made with potato or bread (or both) mixed with roe providing anywhere from a moderate to a robustly fishy taste. It should be pink to beige, depending on the roe used. This one, nada. It tastes like cream cheese mixed with lemon juice, some olive oil and a little onion; the barest hint of fish flavor. Greek salad ... should have plenty of onion, tomato and olive in addition to the lettuce, and a dressing you want to sop up with lots of bread. Athenian - 0 for 3 on that one too. The roast chicken was dry. The chicken kabobs likewise, and had to be cut with a knife. These are common failings, but not for a 4- or 5-rated place. Service was matter of fact and inattentive. There are a dozen better places to eat Greek food in Chicago and, given that the valet parking at those places will be free, you won't spend more money to get a superior product.

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Reviewed September 11, 2013

We went early on a Friday night so we did not have to wait at all. The hostess was very friendly, the waitress, not so much, but it didn't really matter because the food was so great! The gyro was amazing, as were the fries. We also had a shish-k-bob, which was very tender, and a burger, which was very flavorful (and large!). Prices are great too. We had the baklava for dessert which was also very good. It's a fun, family type place with a bar next door that is connected. We saw other diners going to the bar to get drinks, which the restaurant does not serve. We loved it!

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Thank cindizzle
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