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Athena Grill -- enthusiastic review

Judith Hurley | Apr 17, 200611:35 PM

After querying chowhounds, we had dinner tonight at the Athena Grill in Santa Clara, newly opened for dinner. A totally unlikely location, in the midst of Silicon Valley, largely abandoned in the evening hours. Still the restaurant was far from empty and beginning to catch on . . . the owner's husband commented that they were totally full last Friday night.

And it's easy to see why. Excellent, authentic Greek food, served with grace (table service in the evening) at absurdly reasonable prices. Chumus comes with the bread and pita. Dinner for two including taramasalata, a large Greek salad, two lamb entrees (one loin chops and one souvlaki) with excellent stewed vegetables, a bottle of Boutari retsina, one coffee and one Greek coffee for under $50. Huge portions. The owner bottles her own olive oil near Kalamata, pour as much as you'd like during dinner, and buy it by the bottle for about $12 per.

It's one of those Santa Clara County finds. Warm, charming, delicious and inexpensive, and you'd simply never find it unless you were paying close attention. Thx to the people who responded to my original post, and I hope to see you there.

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