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Best Greek food I have ever had

Good Morning Nick:) Oh my goodness, the food was so tasty that we almost didn't have enough. There were 8 ladies total and they couldn't believe how great the food was. One lady was married to a Greek man, whom she told us, was an excellent cook. She tasted each food item with a bit of an air of superiority, as if Athens Market Cafe wouldn't be as good. But the look on her face each time she tried one of the items was of impressed surprise at how authentically excellent it was. Lot of raised eyebrows at how better than expected every dish was. The ladies kept saying: "This is so good. This is so good." Made me look like a great hostess! Personally, the spanakopita was the best I've had (better than Trader Joe's & Costco); the chicken was off of the chart flavorful, the grape leaves, both vegetarian and meat were fresh and clean tasting, the gyros amazing, and the, oh, the baklava! You were right. Best ever. Not too sweet/sticky, but just a nice-smooth well mingled blend of flavors. All of it tasted so freshly made and with quality ingredients. Best Greek food I have ever had. I will not go to any other Greek restaurant but yours from now on. Can't wait to bring my husband there. I've told so many people since Friday about Athens Market Cafe, one lady, Fran, that I work with, she is Greek, and was raised in Chicago in a Greek family who owned a restaurant. She said "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" is her life story. She just moved here from Colorado and will shortly be visiting your restaurant to have some authentic Greek food. First though, she was clear to ask if the owners are Greek before she would take my word for it. Of course I told her that you are. Thank you for your follow up to ask how it went:) I cannot gush enough about how amazing tasting and fresh the food was. Five Stars to you and your kitchen! Deb

Thanks so much for the feedback Deb. I'm glad your entire party had a great experience at Athens Market Cafe! - Nick

Exceptionally good!

Hello Nick,My husband & I have been eating at your restaurant for about 22 years and I usually order the same thing of Spanokopita dinner and my husband always orders Kotopoulo chicken. Last night the food tasted exceptionally good! So I told the waitress this and she told me you have a new cook! Well this cook has made the food taste even better!Again I ate Spanokopita which this time was cooked/browned on top more, the potatoes so good and green beans so good!Kind regards,Sheryin

Thanks so much for the great review Sheryin and for being a patron of Athens Market for so many years! - Nick


Booming with taste and environment was so clean! Felt like one of the family! We will defiantly be returning soon! This place is a hidden gem!

Thanks Stacie! So glad you enjoyed your experience at our Greek restaurant. - Nick

Highly recommend

This is one of our favorite places to eat in the San Diego area, and we highly recommend this restaurant.

Moussaka!!!! So good!!!

We have had the pleasure of eating at Athens Market Cafe for years. We have had them cater several times for us too. The food and service is excellent.

Today my husband stopped in for a gyros and brought me home some Moussaka. If you have steered clear of this lesser known food item, you have been missing out! I love this stuff!!! It's so yummy. Not something you can get just anywhere.

And my husband was raving about the gyros. I said it's just gyros! He says, "It's so much better than any other I have had! The meat, the way they prepare the pita, it was just so good!"

Thanks glad that both you and your husband are fans of Athens Market Cafe! - Nick

Treated like family

Great food, even better staff. Every time I go I feel like I am being treated like family.

Definitely coming back

I came here for the first time with my boyfriend and his mom and we all enjoyed our experience here. Our server was amazing! She was hilarious, attentive, and an overall joy. She made sure our table was constantly stocked and filled with drinks bread, which is a HUGE deal in my book since empty drinks is one of my pet peeves. I ordered the gyro sandwich with the lentil soup, my boyfriend ordered the gyro plate, and his mom ordered the beef souvlaki. We ordered the saganaki as our appetizer as well. We all enjoyed our food. Their food here is fresh and their lentil soup is very delicious! I wish I remembered our server's name because she was awesome. Great food, great service, definitely coming back whenever I'm around this area again!

A gem of a place... I did not know of this gem is beyond me! Fantastic service by Nichole who was just helping for the night & food that we are still talking about a week later! The Titpita were outstanding, Pastitso fantastic & huge portions, Keftedes like Yia Yia used to make & the spaghetti with Menzithra outstanding! Can't wait to go back!!!! Now I'm hungry!!!

Great for large groups

I highly recommend Greek Athens market for any special occasion you may have to celebrate. They have a separate dining room that is perfect to hold about 50 people for a lunch or dinner and the atmosphere is cozy and intimate. I was having trouble deciding where to have a memorial service for my mom, and Nick provided the perfect place and it turned out better than I imagined. Nick and his staff set up the seating arrangements so nice, and had extra tables and easels provided for me to use for my photos and memorials, and a TV for my DVD slideshow.

He had wonderful appetizers set up and people mingled for about an hour before we sat down to a delicious lunch. The service for the entire afternoon was perfect. The food server was always there refilling people drinks and she also knew when not to interrupt when people were speaking for the eulogy and other speeches. The food was served promptly and picked up as people were done, and then out came some beautiful fruit platters and Greek cookies to nibble on for the rest of the time while people were sitting.

It was a perfect afternoon and the service Nick and his staff provided made my event so smooth I didn't have to worry about anything. They were already ahead of me on everything that needed to be done throughout the afternoon. I didn't even have to worry about resetting the slide show as Nick was aware of it and kept it looping and turned the volume up or down depending on the noise level of the crowd. He was very attentive to what was going on and responded to anything that needed attention. It was a perfect luncheon for the celebration of my mom's life and I again highly recommend this restaurant for any type of special event.

Catered engagement party

We had Athens cater our daughter's engagement party yesterday. The Greek salad looked amazing and was so colorful. The Spanakopita and Gyros were tops on the list and lots of people asked where we ordered the food. It was so easy and convenient to do business with you. You may get some phone calls soon. I am looking forward to ordering with you again one day - thank you!!

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