Pallas Athena serves authentic Greek cousine. Hidden just off Lougheed Highway before the Pitt Bridge.
We went there for our Valentine dinner early on Sunday. The place seemed nice and clean, we were seated right beside a large table with 4 children which was unpleasant with the crying. There were other tables available no where near them but for some reason they felt the need to cram us right beside them, we left our kid at home to have a nice quiet dinner. The service was subpar only the water glass was filled in a timely manner. Drinks took 15 minutes after ordering, dirty plates were left until the next course came. This place was not even busy and our entree's took 60 minutes we just about got up and left. Lets go over the food we ordered calamary to start and souvlaki and baby back ribs for mains. Our greek salad was served first which was blan and the feta had no pieces bigger than a sesame seed. The calamary was tasteless and a let down. The mains finally arrived my baby back ribs were hard to describe except for they were like they were steamed to mush then overly seasoned from a shaker then grill for 2 minutes they were terrible. My wifes beef and prawn souvlaki was extremely small about one ounce of beef tasty enough and the prawns were dry. The rice pilaf was really over seasoned, the potato was ok but only half of a small potato and the green beens were good. When I asked for the bill this took 15 minutes and if it was a minute longer I was leaving without paying, when are some of these people going to realize that if they don't bring the bill in a timely manner or they will not get paid and I will walk out. I don't understand some of the reviews listed below. I will never return here even though I have entertainment book coupons but even at half price it is still not worth it.
Not wholly impressed. I specifically ordered their weeknight take out special, 2 chicken Souvlaki dinners for $24, which was advertised in their flyer that we received in the mail. I ordered on Valentine's Day. Nowhere in the flyer did it state that the weeknight special excludes Holidays. After 5 minutes of arguing, the hostess didn't budge. We ordered, anyway, and the food was okay-NOT the best Greek I've ever had. The hostess was nice enough to include a complimentary dessert, though. But, the okay food combined with the experience, will not make me go back. There are other Greek restaurants in the area, which are far better, like Dinaki's (the service AND food is FAR superior).
As the event planner for PoCoMo Youth Services Society, 2 other societies and PoCoMo planned a dinner fundraiser at Pallas Athena. I had the Greek salad, Kalamari dinner served with rice pilaf, roasted potatoes, mixed vegetables, pita and tzatziki. Everything came in HUGE and generous portions. We had approximately 70 people attended this event. I had noted excellent performance from the staff: friendly and prompt service with a smile!
In addition to the generous portions, the owner of the restaurant offered to cover the cost of the HST and donated a couple of gift certificates in support of our fundraiser. Thank you!
All of us had a great time. Again, on behalf of PoCoMo, thank you and your staff for your generosity, the exemplary service and support of PoCoMo.
Even though we live in Poco it was our first time visiting this great family run restaurant, it's a bit off the main track. What a great experience it was! As others have mentioned the food is excellent. The lamb was the best I have tasted in years. Kalamari and Pita also very, very good.
Our server was definitely on the ball, very friendly and animated, and was passionate about explaining how the food is prepared.
Next time we'll try save room for dessert....
I only decided to write this review due to the fact that the restaurant is now my favorite place to go for greek food within the Tri-Cities area. I have been here aproximately 6 or 7 times with each time being very consistent with the previous. I have only had one sub-par night, and it was still better then other Greek Tavernas in the area. That night was a Tuesday in which only one waitress was on and her inexperience was noticable. I have seen her before, but without the support of the stronger servers she seemed very frazzled. The food is always Great I especially enjoy the ribs and roast lamb and their potatoes are incredible. The restaurant is always very clean and efficient with good ambiance and greek music. I recommend Pallas Athenas to everyone as it is an excellent restaurant.