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Athena Restaurant - 16 Reviews - 212 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL - Family Restaurants Reviews - Phone (312) 655-0000

Athena Restaurant

212 S Halsted St (at Adams Street)
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 655-0000
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Athena Restaurant - Chicago, IL
Athena Restaurant - Chicago, IL
Athena Restaurant - Chicago, IL
Athena Restaurant - Chicago, IL



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Delicious Greek food! Affordable prices! Friendly and Fast Service! Beautiful Outdoor Dining! Great Place~I highly recommend! Enjoy! Opa!!! :)


The food was decent, but the service was awful!! It seemed as though the waiter had too much than he could handle and he was very arrogant. He kept making sarcastic remarks that...

LOVE THIS PLACE! 3/22/2012

Delicious Greek food! Affordable prices! Friendly and Fast Service! Beautiful Outdoor Dining! Great Place~I highly recommend! Enjoy! Opa!!! :) more

The best Greek Food I've ever eaten! 12/21/2009

My husband and I went to Chicago as a Christmas present to one another. We were wandering through Greektown trying to decide where to eat when an Greek man saw us looking through the window of his establishment. We were trying to decide if it was too dressy inside for what we were wearing. He asked us if he could help with anything and we asked him if it was dressy inside. He said ""Be comfortable like you are at home."" and ushered us inside. From then on it was one of the nicest dinners I have ever had. The wait staff was professional and courteous. And the food, oh the food was SO good. We had a gyro platter for an appetizer and it was the best gyros I have ever eaten. My husband had a sample plate with a few different foods on it like mousaka. He loved it. I can't remember what my dish was called but it was like a little pot pie type of food with meat and vegetables inside of phylo dough. It was so good! By far my favorite experience in Chicago! Pros: Great food, wonderful service Cons: No cons, it was a great experience. more

Horrible experience 9/7/2009

I went to Athena for lunch today, and, while biting into my octopus was horrified to discover a metal fishing hook. We pointed this out to our waiter, and the manager came rushing over, yelling ""It is the fisherman's fault, not our chef's fault. What do you expect us to do?! Check every piece of fish?!"" He acted as though as I was the ""bad guy"" for mentioning it. Then he called the owner over, who also yelled at us, claiming it was not their fault. No comped food, no apology, no graciousness. ...and somehow, during this encounter, the hook ""disappeared."" Awful experience, and the food was not very well prepared, by the way. Don't bother. Pros: Average food Cons: Terrible Service more

SO VERY SALTY 7/26/2009

The staff was great, but the food was so salty. Pros: Ambience Cons: Food more


We went to Athenas and I was really dissapointed. We had the saturday special loin lamb which was 85 % fat. uneatable. Pros: Outdoor fast seating on saturday night Cons: horrible service more

Didn't even make it to a table. 2/15/2009

Being a first time visitor to Chicago, I was excited to visit Greektown. We first walked into Parthenon and could barely get in the door to ask about seating times, there were so many people. It had to be against a fire code, or something. We were told it would be about an hour. Being pregnant and starving, I didn't think I could wait that long, so we headed back down the block to Athena, where we had already passed and noticed it wasn't that busy. We walked into Athena and were rudely told it was a 45 min to a 1 hour wait. Looking around, there were about 50 empty tables and no one waiting to be seated. We left and went back to Parthenon and were seated in 30 minutes. more

Authentic Greek Cuisine.........Great Food 2/2/2009

I Love this place.....The food is almost a carbon copy of my yia yia's. The staff was polite and even funny at times. My group was very happy with the way we were served. I will come back to the place 100%. Pros: Food, Staff Cons: parking more

Best All Around in Greek Town 9/1/2008

Best Calamari in the City, Hands down. George at the bar is awesome-- he is entertaining and pours well! Try the lambchops, saganaki, and the octopus. Patio cannot be beat when the weather is nice! Pros: Free Valet, Calamari, Bar Cons: be patiet when they are busy. more

Tough to judge, but points go to outdoor seating romantic setting 10/2/2007

It surprises me to see that this once Zagat top rated restaurant can get these mixed reviews by these users. I for one do not know if success has gotten to their head or what. But I for one like this place and find their service is done well. No, I'm not Greek one bit nor do I work or know anyone from this restaurant. I'm just a customer like anyone else. Now, I may sound repeatative to my review of Greek Islands, but me being fairly new to Greek food (with the exceptation of gyros which anyone can get almost anywhere) I can not judge this place by food alone because to me, it's all the same. Although, I can tell you that from here (or Greek Islands for that matter) one of my favorite things to order is the Saganaki and Grilled Octopus. So if I'm giving the same points to this and the other Greek restaurants I've been to, what the deciding factor? For me, if Greek Islands is more family friendly, Athena is more of the date place. I'm not saying it's not a good place for family or large group dining, but for me this place is more of a couple's hotspot than any other restaurant (with the exceptation of Venus which I have yet to try). Also, on a warm summer day their outdoor patio brings a nice added twist to outdoor eating. So, I say you can go anywhere down Halsted Ave. and find the same taste in food, but come here for the romantic ambience. Pros: Outdoor seating, romantic ambience, valet more

Customer 9/10/2007

Our waiter, when he found time to stop by our table, was incredibly hurried and unattentive, to say the least. I got the feeling we were to feel lucky to get him when he happened to breeze by. more

Worst service ever!! 5/2/2006

I ordered a vegetarian Mousaka and the waiter got me one with beef pieces on it. When I informed the waiter about it he said 'it looks vegetarian to me""!!! We could not eat anything here. I would recommend greek island or Parthenon. Athena is a sub-standard restaurant with bad food and worse service. more

Good Service 8/22/2004

Was visiting Chicago with family. We went to Athena and the service was good. The food was decent, nothing bad (just wasn't my mom't quality...but who is?). more

nice patio 7/26/2004

let's face it, the patio is the big draw here. the food and service are about average for an area with so many good restaurants. appetizers shine over main courses. very friendly and knowledgeable staff. great after a game or show -- patio open late. Pros: outdoor seating more

Worst greek I ever had 6/30/2004

They are promt to seat you and that's about it. The reservation hostess in early am was unhelpful, after telling us they don't take reservations for 2 he hanged up the phone and did not wait to see if we had further questions. The waiters are so busy they are very short when you inquire about foods you are not familiar with and the service is compromised. Finally the worst part is the food itself. We asked for a sampler plate, and it was notable for its poor presentation and taste. I am amazed with all the good press for such an unworthy restaurant. more

great greek 1/17/2003

the food here is excellent. great lamb dishes, and the combination plate is also excellent. more

Not so great 11/11/2002

The food was decent, but the service was awful!! It seemed as though the waiter had too much than he could handle and he was very arrogant. He kept making sarcastic remarks that no one thought was funny. Our large party did get seated right away on a Friday night, so that was a plus. Pros: attractive atmosphere, seated right away Cons: awful service, food was not too good more
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  • In Short
    On summer nights, the huge patio is jammed until the wee hours with locals and in-the-know tourists. Inside, the dining room is more subdued. Dishes include cold dips like...

  • 10/1/2004 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Sun-Thurs: 11am-12am Fri & Sat: 11am-1am
  • Payments:

    American Express, Visa, Master Card
  • Neighborhoods:

    Greektown, West Side