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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%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“moussaka” (6 reviews)
“pitas” (8 reviews)
“pita bread” (5 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 21:00All hours
Mediterranean, Greek, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1846 Garnet Ave, Pacific Plaza II, San Diego, CA 92109-3352
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Reviewed 27 June 2017

We (my family of 5, including one child) were on the beach in Mission Bay, suddenly seized with a craving for Greek food. Sadly, really good Greek food is hard to get in the Phoenix area. We looked up on Trip Advisor and found this...More

Thank sherrymaz
Reviewed 23 June 2017 via mobile

Exceptional! Authentic, delicious food. Generous portions and reasonably priced. Our server, Laura was stellar!

Thank Angela K
Reviewed 14 June 2017

I had the beef gyro, it was good, my friend had the falafel plate, she enjoyed it too. It is located in a strip mall, so you have to look for it, plenty of free parking.

Thank rebecarpisces
Reviewed 19 April 2017

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...More

Thank Sa-i44
Reviewed 26 February 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...More

Thank Nancy F
Reviewed 18 February 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...More

Thank darjeelingfan
Reviewed 13 February 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...More

Thank SoCalMare
Reviewed 18 December 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
Reviewed 14 November 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...More

Thank Jennifer J
Reviewed 22 August 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...More

Thank 2Weevils
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$23
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
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
  • Neighbourhood: 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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