Athene's has been serving authentic Greek fare in a lively atmosphere for over 25 years.
My husband and I had both frequented this restaurant in the past 15 or so years, but had not been there for about five years or so due to living on the other side of town.
We happened to be in the area with our two preschool age children and decided to have a late lunch.
There was one young man serving and he was very courteous and professional. We noted other reviewers mention that they charge extra for pita bread. This server asked us twice whether we wanted pita with our meals (without mentioning that there was an extra price). I will speculate that he is required to do this as a part of his job. We politely declined. BTW - regular buns were provided gratis as a part of our lunch and, although not traditional pita bread - they tasted good and hit the spot.
We ordered the deep fried calamaria to start. It was just meh. I found it a bit soggy and not served hot enough (it came within minutes of us ordering it though).
Hubby had the lamb slouvaki. It was delicious. The meat was in large, flavourful pieces and came with rice that was cooked perfectly and did not seem overly greasy. He also had a tasty greek salad.
I had the children split a large chicken slouvaki. The server kindly brought an extra plate on his own initiative (I was just going to use the bread plates - but the extra medium sized plate worked better). The chicken was in large pieces, tender and flavourful.
My entree was disappointing. I had the roast lamb (it goes by another name, but I can't recall it). I did not like the sauce that it came with as it was too salty and took away from the flavour of the roasted meat. I also found it a bit fatty (more so than other restaurants roast lamb). However, my entree came with roasted vegetables which I thought were done very well. They were cooked so that there was just enough firmness, the flavour of the veggies (carrots, broccoli and cauliflower) were balanced nicely with the seasonings. They were not greasy and I shared my generous portion of veggies with my two children - who ate them happily).
We had coca cola for the kids and my husband and I each had a glass of wine. We used an Entertainment coupon and the final bill came to $57 before tip.
The room is casual/elegant. There are linens on the table (but paper napkins). It is comfortable and classic (without the ubiquitous blue/white of many other Greek restaurants). It is not trendy and doesn't try to be. I would feel comfortable bringing my 70 + inlaws here or just enjoying the restaurant myself (I am in my late 30's). It is sort of timeless and ageless. It's a quality that I appreciate.
I will come again if craving a solid lunch/dinner and I'm in the area (I will order the lamb or chicken slouvaki and ask for extra roasted veggies!)
We stopped for a weekend lunch at Athene's.
It was quiet, and the server while pleasant and helpful, seemed distracted. He didn't notice us for several minutes when we entered.
We ordered the spinach & feta pizza, and the roasted lamb platter (with roasted potatoes and vegetables).
The pizza was tasty, and the lamb was tender, lucious and delicious. The roasted potatoes and vegetables were okay, but definitely second fiddle to the roast lamb.
The room is bright, airy, and abounds with hellenic decor.
We've come here several times after positive reviews.
Ambience is what you'd expect out of a Meditteranean restaurant with the local music, blue/white colours and even the popcorn ceiling to boot.
We've had the same server each time and he is unassumingly personable and friendly. He always runs down the specials for the day and is easily called upon without much fuss.
The Lamb Chops are fantastic and probably the best I've had at a Greek restaurant. They are grilled well with excellent flavour and tenderness. It's a little on the leaner side compared to others I've had so it lacks just a tad of its natural juiciness. However still the best I've had. The Lamb Shoulder I've had a couple of times. The first time I had it with a crispy, seared outside which I love. Fork tender but saltier compared to what I'm use to. Second time was without the nice seared exterior but was similarly salty as well. It's probably the way they season it. It's more than tolerable but you can tell that the sodium is there. Portions are good although the sides are a touch smaller. Still we always leave stuffed and usually with a doggy bag.
Prices seem a couple dollars more per dish but compared to the list of Greek places we've gone to lately it seems all the same to me.
One of the better Greek restaurants out there on the whole. Other than the well seasoned Lamb Shoulder it's hard to give their food just a solid. I'd say it rates between solid and outstanding and with subsequent visits I feel it would closer align itself to outstanding for Greek.
We live it Kits and eat out all the time. This one is not one of my favourtites but we attend four times
yearly or so. My experiences have all been consistant. The restaurant is very large and I have never seen
it even 30% capacity. There is no question it is very clean and the food is pretty good. All of our experiences
there have just been allright. My one complaint would be small portions. My opinion, try it with a coupon and
judge for yourself.
Quality, delicious food. The beef souvlaki is tender and flavourful, the chicken is moist and the roasted lamb literally falls off the bone and melts in your mouth. Good size portions. They're in the entertainment book if you have one- definitely worth trying.
I love this place and go frequently. Their food is consistently great, the hummus is brilliant and I will probably die from complications from eating so much of their Saganaki. I have on occasion during busy periods found the veggies to be dry and the potatoes to taste as though they had been sitting for a while.
The service is great and the owner is always warm and concerned with satisfying the customers.
So I visited this place New Years Eve with the GF for dinner w/ our $13 discount from the coupon book.
Arriving at 6pm, the place looks very Mediterranean inside - 2 thumbs up! It was dimly lit, clean and quiet. We were attended to right away by the waiter. It seems like just him and the owner were handling everything up front which was no big deal - our service was decent because the restaurant was quite empty. I could see that in about an hour when it fills up, they will have problems being short-staffed.
So I ordered the kalamari dinner and the gf ordered the chicken souvlaki. Good thing was the food came within 10 minutes. However, the chicken was just a tad bit overcooked, the kalamari was decent but the oil that it was fried in seemed like it was not changed in the deep fryer for a very long time.
Another gripe was that the waiter promised us some free fresh bread to start out first before our entrees came but we didn't get any.. Also, we never got a water refill for the entire hour we were at the restaurant.
These things aren't a deal breaker and overall we paid just $16 including tax and tip for the two meals so I'm not complainig. However, just as we were leaving, a huge party of 15 ppl arrived. They'd be lucky if they got the mediocre service we received.
We have a teenager who is picky about flavour and variety and eats alot. He was very satisfied with his meal. We also have a 10 year old who likes basics and eats like a horse. He was also very happy with his meal. Myself and my husband are just happy to start going out to restaurants with our children after years of picky children and like ethnic foods. We were very pleased with our meals. Everyone agrees, we should go back!
We have had some pretty grotty experiences at Greek restaurants over the last two years and have tended to avoid them. We read the review of Athene's online and thought we would give it a try - we were pleasantly impressed. It's clearly about the owner - he approached us a few times, including as we left and was very polite and nice. We will definitely be back!
The roast lamb was good and there were five chops. Quiet setting very good for conversations.
Very polite staff. The chicken was also good. Very tentative to filling water glass. The bread was good.
Dinner can easily satisfy large appetite. Could cut down on the salt a little and it would be perfect.
With or without Entertainment coupon, food and service is superior. I always order the Kota Souvla, (roast Chicken) and wife always orders one of the lamb dishes, (usually some debate as to which one). We can never finish the plates, just too much but it is lovely warmed up the next day.I honestly believe it is the best roast chicken that I have ever had. Just the right amount of spices on the skin and cooked thoroughly but not dry. Rest of the stuff on the plate is good but I am not a fan of rice or cucumbers. Wife loves hers eats my cucumbers. Wife thinks lamb is one of best she has eaten. Again, properly cooked and not overcooked. Buns are terrible; heaven knows where they get them. Service is good, not intrusive just gets the job done. Ambiance is a bit strange but tolerable. I don't go to a greek restaurant for the plastic flowers but for the roast chicken.
We went for lunch on a Sunday with the Entertainment coupon. The restaurant was almost empty. We were seated promptly and the waitress was very friendly. We ordered the vegetarian plate and lamb. Everything, starting from the bread, was very unimpressive. I came here because I thought, well, what can go wrong with Greek food? I love Greek food! I was also pretty hungry, but the food still tasted really bad and very salty. The potatoes looked and tasted like they had been soaked in salt water. I've never seen a restaurant serve potatoes that looked mushy like that, and I'm usually a big potato fan. My spanakopita was again way too salty and otherwise flavourless. The bread they served looked and tasted like those buns from Safeway. I expected fresh bread. The only okay thing was the side salad. For a better quality meal, I'd suggest Candia Taverna or Panos. The only positive thing about this meal was the nice ambiance.
I had dinner here with my boyfriend and my parents. We ordered the appetizer platter and everything included was good, especially the calamari. It wasn't overly greasy, not chewy at all and there was lots of it.
My father had the mousaka and he said it wasn't the best he had ever had, but that he had had far worse elsewhere. My boyfriend and mother had the chicken souvlaki and they both enjoyed it. I had the lamb souvlaki and quite enjoyed that as well.
I don't recall being asked if we wanted pita bread.
The atmosphere and service were good and we used the coupon in the entertainment book, so we saved $13. I would recommend Athene's.
My husband and I decided to find the best Greek restaurant in Vancouver,and Athene's was a horrible choice to start off with. I've worked in the food and dining industry for fifteen years, so I have some authority and how a good restaurant runs. The servers are unprofessional and uncaring - their performance was inconsistent from what I observed. Several times, our server would refill her other table's water glasses and ignore us completely. We waited 15 minutes before our orders were taken, even though the ratio of servers to table was roughly 1 : 3.
The food was TERRIBLE. I had a roasted lamb shoulder that was tough and salty, not to mention overcooked. The juice from the meat that they poured onto the lamb was thick and sludgy. My husband had a skewer of chicken that was dry and bland. The sauce that we were given was sour and rancid. Our pita was burnt.
Horrible start to our plan, but we will be trying other greek restaurants we've been hearing a lot about such as felicos stephos and panos
We went for dinner to Athene's tonight. It was okay. Not great, but not terrible either. There was one waiter for the entire restaurant, but he was pretty efficient and friendly. We had a coupon and got no attitude about that, which is always a bonus. We had tzatziki, pita and chicken souvlaki. The tzatziki was okay, heavy on the cucumber. The pita was really good and fresh tasting. The rice was a bit greasy, but pretty good. The lemon potatoes were not very lemony and I didn't like them. The chicken, however, was quite tasty. Greek salad came with the meal and was good. NO peppers...always a bonus. Anyway, not a memorable dining experience but all in all pretty good. Would I go back? Probably not, since I only return to restaurants where I am really amazed by the food. There are too many options to go to an okay place more than once.
Just got back from this restaurant and I had to write the terrible experience we had there. We started off with the calamari appy, and our server asked us if we wanted any pita bread. of course we said yes, we said yes not knowing that they actually charge for pita bread! what greek restaurant have you ever been to that charged you $2 for two slices? i mean its only $1 a slice but every other greek restaurant is free of charge!
the calamari appy was yummy, not to oily or thick with batter. it was ok portion for 8.95 (pretty cheap for calamari) I ordered the mousakka and bf ordered the lamb shoulder. it both camed with lots of veggies, potatoes and rice. the veggies were a very good portion, was very pleased with that. the potatoes didnt have that greek flavour like other places do and the rice was soggy and bland. bf enjoyed his lamb and said it was very tasty, my mousakka on the other hand was ok...bechemel was thick, custard like. i have had better elsewhere.
now this is the worse of the evening, we overheard one of the owner servers offer a customer the specials of the day. our server NEVER said her name, specials of the day, refill our water or walk by at all.
btw there is no free parking, ambience is quite nice and the patio was very pretty. we normaly tip very good, but this evening we did not at all
Service: I was there with a group of about 25 a month or so ago and the majority of my party was terribly (40 mins) late. The manager (?) didn't frown once and still treated us wonderfully. The food came in a timely manner and the manager had no problem giving us all separate bills, and also, he didn't charge us the 15% gratuity that other restaurants do, which made me even more inclined to tip him more b/c we were such a hassle. The manager/server was very charming, polite, and attentive.
Food: Once again I found it a bit salty. Portions were good though.
Nice decor and great food. Good size portions and very tasty. Was introduced to Athene's by some friends who live in the neighbourhood and I was really impressed with the friendly staff. We went on a weekend without reservations and we had to wait about 10 minutes or so but it was worth it. The owner is very nice. He came by a couple of times to check on us and to make sure everything was ok. Was very pleased overall and will definitely be back the next time I'm on the westside.
A personal favourite, go regularly and always impressed. Nothing beats their lamb chops though, and that's not saying that anything else is bad by any means. Staff are generally friendly, but the place can get busy on the weekends so if that's the case reserve ahead of time
I was really impressed with this restaurant. So much so that I've been back many times. The food is consistently delicious with nice generous portions. The beef souvalki is amazing and so is their Mousaka and their saganaki. The restaurant is always busy and sometimes you need to wait in-line on the weekends if you don't have a reservation. The owner is Greek and he is someone who cares about the service and he makes you feel as if you are stepping into his livingroom rather then just some restaurant. I will keep going back to the restaurant for sure!