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“Greek food at its best”
Review of Trattoria Athena - MOVED

Trattoria Athena
Price range: $15 - $30
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Reviewed April 21, 2013

Having long experienced the Greek eateries of Astoria, Queens, I can honestly say that this little gem of a restaurant is right up there with the best of them. Make your reservation early in the week as it is wall to wall people on the weekend. If you're fond of Greek cuisine, then this is definitely the place for you. My wife doesn't usually get too excited over food, however, this is what she said, "Best moussaka I've ever eaten!" They also use locally grown produce/meats in their dishes. The "specials menu" changes frequently, so you're always assured of finding something to your liking. The wait staff is friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Next time in Brunswick, don't miss this enjoyable dining experience.

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1  Thank SammyKay45
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Reviewed April 10, 2013 via mobile

We went there tonight for restaurant week in Brunswick and had the fixed price dinner and it was amazing. I'm not a usual fan of Greek food but I'll eat here any day of the week .they do a wonderful job and the staff is knowledgeable about pairing what wine with what you like and what you going to have to eat and the overall end
product is amazing. from the minute you walk in the door the staff is wonderful. and the food is better. make sure you avail yourself to the knowledge that way to Dave has about the wine selection. we've been there for several wine tastings and this is the first time we came for dinner and we're sure we'll be back.

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1  Thank Marie A
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Reviewed April 1, 2013

This is a restaurant with a mission, and everyone from the wait staff to the kitchen has bought in, with enthusiasm. They've got a lot to be proud of: thoughtfully prepared food, fair prices, and lovely surroundings. Every step in the process is taken seriously, from selecting and purchasing what to cook, figuring out how to prepare it, and bringing it to the table. Trattoria Athena does not cut corners.

My husband and I arrived late for our reservation and had to wait about 10 minutes for a table. The staff did not stop apologizing and thanking us for our patience. Before we could even sit down, we were each handed a glass of prosecco as a consolation. How often does that happen?

The Greek Italian inspired menu was thoughtful and innovative. Servings were perfectly sized; not gargantuan but generous. No worries here about getting those miniscule portions that have overtaken many of Maine's higher end restaurants.

Finely sliced ribbons of Faroe Island cured salmon filled the plate. The curing process brought out the rich sweetness of the fish. The meat ball appetizer was substantial, homey, but light. The grilled razor clams were sizzling in their shells and very tender. Our waitress explained that the narrow, rectangular bivalves are mostly harvested during full moon tides because the water recedes far enough to reach these elusive creatures. Monkfish on a skewer was perfectly done, crisp outside, tender inside with a lovely lemony sauce, reminiscent of Greek lemon soup. Pasta with lamb and broccoli rabe in a reduced tomato-based sauce was simply delicious.

The staff was gracious and attentive, personal without pandering. Our waitress Nicolina was super charming and gave us an insider's glimpse to the Maine food universe.

Given the care devoted to each dish, this is a bargain and will be a regular stop on our trips to mid coast Maine. We're crossing our fingers that this restaurant won't rest on its laurels. Please, Trattoria Athena, don't ever change!

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1  Thank Darcy C
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Reviewed March 23, 2013

DayD A baThis was one of our favorites. Went there on St. Patricks Day an we were very disappointed. Because the restaurant is small, you are blasted with cold air every time someone enters or leaves (despite the curtain.) There was only one special that night that was a fixed price multi course that one of our party had. He thought it was OK but not great. I had the braised goat entree and found it dry, flavorless and poorly presented with a small quantity of polenta and vegetable. Service was a little slow but i think the waiter may have been new. Overall a disappointing experience. Hopefully just a bad day because we really like this restaurant.

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1  Thank CindyMaine
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Reviewed March 20, 2013

Trattoria Athena is lovely. Comfortable, understated, yet beautiful space; upbeat and helpful staff who attended quickly and cheerfully to our requests without being overbearing or fake-friendly and gave fabulous suggestions and information about wine and food; warm and pleasant atmosphere; and wonderful food, from the bread and assorted spreads to our entrees and and greek yogurt desserts. Great spot for an evening with family or good friends. It's small and cozy, so it might not work for those who want a more private setting, but it was perfect for what we wanted.

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