Athens Family Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 2526 Franklin Pike

    Nashville, TN 37204

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  • 615-383-2848

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While on that side of town yesterday I passed Athens looking for a good Chinese restaurant. After not finding any I turned around to try Athens being in the mood for something ethnic anyway. After spending more than I planned I took my to

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★★★★★

While on that side of town yesterday I passed Athens looking for a good Chinese restaurant. After not finding any I turned around to try Athens being in the mood for something ethnic anyway. After spending more than I planned I took my to

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My husband and I stopped in Athens. I have celiac disease and cannot have anything with gluten so I don't really like trying new places. But the owner, Muhammad, was so accommodating and went over all the ingredients with me, and

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★★★★★

My husband and I stopped in Athens. I have celiac disease and cannot have anything with gluten so I don't really like trying new places. But the owner, Muhammad, was so accommodating and went over all the ingredients with me, and

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It is in the top echelon of Nashville Greek restaurants along with Kalamata's. Athen's Family Restaurant is lovingly managed by a hands-on lady and is a sole location. The ambience is nice, but functional. The waitstaff is professional, but personal. My favorite dishes are the lamb souvlaki --primo, and the suzukakia meatball dish with just the correct portion of cumin. It's Greek American and there is a moticum of American comfort food

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★★★★★

It is in the top echelon of Nashville Greek restaurants along with Kalamata's. Athen's Family Restaurant is lovingly managed by a hands-on lady and is a sole location. The ambience is nice, but functional. The waitstaff is professional, but personal. My favorite dishes are the lamb souvlaki --primo, and the suzukakia meatball dish with just the correct portion of cumin. It's Greek American and there is a moticum of American comfort food

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It's been awhile since we've been to Athens to eat, but we stopped by this evening because we were on that side of town. The place was virtually empty when we arrived, but soon afterward a huge party filled several nearby tables.

(Based on the reviewer below who complained that they were slighted based on ethnicity, I have to say - the restaurant discriminates against all kinds of people. The large group received lots of attention and frequent refills. Our glasses were empty. We asked for a refill which never arrived from our waiter, but later another employee asked if we needed something more to drink.)

The food was great as always, but the service was the absolute worst I've ever had there. Our waiter was not one of the ones taking care of the large party, but he never once asked us if our food was alright. In fact, nobody seemed that happy to see us there, in stark contrast to our previous experiences where the friendly staff made the experience one we wanted to repeat.

The food is good. The dolmades I had was excellent. The three potato cubes in the bowl wasn't really a side of potatoes, but I was stuffed from the stuffed grape leaves and the green beans so I wasn't really that hungry for the potatoes.

My suggestion - go for the food, but don't expect to see the old warmth and charm which used to exist there.

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★★★☆☆

It's been awhile since we've been to Athens to eat, but we stopped by this evening because we were on that side of town. The place was virtually empty when we arrived, but soon afterward a huge party filled several nearby tables.

(Based on the reviewer below who complained that they were slighted based on ethnicity, I have to say - the restaurant discriminates against all kinds of people. The large group received lots of attention and frequent refills. Our glasses were empty. We asked for a refill which never arrived from our waiter, but later another employee asked if we needed something more to drink.)

The food was great as always, but the service was the absolute worst I've ever had there. Our waiter was not one of the ones taking care of the large party, but he never once asked us if our food was alright. In fact, nobody seemed that happy to see us there, in stark contrast to our previous experiences where the friendly staff made the experience one we wanted to repeat.

The food is good. The dolmades I had was excellent. The three potato cubes in the bowl wasn't really a side of potatoes, but I was stuffed from the stuffed grape leaves and the green beans so I wasn't really that hungry for the potatoes.

My suggestion - go for the food, but don't expect to see the old warmth and charm which used to exist there.

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The staff was terrible both times we went. They seem to be racist against interracial couples. My husband and I are a caucasian/latino couple. The first time, a waiter took our drink order and never brought them, another man had to ask us what we ordered and he went and got it. There was a party of 4 sitting close to us, 2 couples, all caucasian, they had the same waiter as us. He was very attentive to them, and also very friendly. He seemed to want nothing to do with us. There was barely any interaction at all other than to get our drinks, and food (which took forever). The second time we went at a different time on a different day to give it another chance, and yet again, We were the only people who were ignored the whole time. There was a caucasian couple, and a african american couple. They were both treated very well. But we received no refills, no checking if we needed anything. They literally threw our menus on the table, took our order, and gave us the ticket. No interaction in between, no clearing dishes, they didn't ask if we wanted anything else or dessert. They were unfriendly. The food is good, but not good enough to deal with being treated badly when everyone else around you is being treated well.

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★★☆☆☆

The staff was terrible both times we went. They seem to be racist against interracial couples. My husband and I are a caucasian/latino couple. The first time, a waiter took our drink order and never brought them, another man had to ask us what we ordered and he went and got it. There was a party of 4 sitting close to us, 2 couples, all caucasian, they had the same waiter as us. He was very attentive to them, and also very friendly. He seemed to want nothing to do with us. There was barely any interaction at all other than to get our drinks, and food (which took forever). The second time we went at a different time on a different day to give it another chance, and yet again, We were the only people who were ignored the whole time. There was a caucasian couple, and a african american couple. They were both treated very well. But we received no refills, no checking if we needed anything. They literally threw our menus on the table, took our order, and gave us the ticket. No interaction in between, no clearing dishes, they didn't ask if we wanted anything else or dessert. They were unfriendly. The food is good, but not good enough to deal with being treated badly when everyone else around you is being treated well.

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This is my favorite place to eat in Nashville! It's got a very big city feel, the food is excellent and they are open late! I love the tzaziki!

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★★★★☆

This is my favorite place to eat in Nashville! It's got a very big city feel, the food is excellent and they are open late! I love the tzaziki!

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Having seen the show on the Food Channel spotlighting this restaurant, we went right out to try it. No one greeted us at the door and we had to ask other customers what the seating policy was, then search out someone to take our name. It took forever to be seated, which I take as a good sign, usually. My wife said, "This place is filthy," which for a man means it's OK unless he's a neat freak. The flies were in abundance. The food arrived about 40 minutes after we ordered and it was very good, though I must say it was not any better than the cheap Greek place near home where you're served within five minutes. After paying the bill, we heard a scream. I looked and some poor little girl was crying in horror because a very large beetle was crawling across their table. Dad tried to play it down, but she was sobbing, "I want to go home!" I don't care what you have to spend, AFR, but spend it and clean that place up and place a big ad telling me or you have lost a customer.

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★★☆☆☆

Having seen the show on the Food Channel spotlighting this restaurant, we went right out to try it. No one greeted us at the door and we had to ask other customers what the seating policy was, then search out someone to take our name. It took forever to be seated, which I take as a good sign, usually. My wife said, "This place is filthy," which for a man means it's OK unless he's a neat freak. The flies were in abundance. The food arrived about 40 minutes after we ordered and it was very good, though I must say it was not any better than the cheap Greek place near home where you're served within five minutes. After paying the bill, we heard a scream. I looked and some poor little girl was crying in horror because a very large beetle was crawling across their table. Dad tried to play it down, but she was sobbing, "I want to go home!" I don't care what you have to spend, AFR, but spend it and clean that place up and place a big ad telling me or you have lost a customer.

Pros: Food tasted excellent, courteous staff

Cons: cleanliness, speed, cost

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Xian H.

This place hits the spot. It's my default 'no-frills' brunch go-to when I just want to eat something that makes me feel good and I'm too tired to try to be more creative.

Pros: Nice, decent-sized portions of both Greek and American dishes and warm, friendly service. The perfect remedy for a wicked hangover. I'd recommend for breakfast: Eggs Florentine (or any of their poached eggs for that matter) or the Greek Breakfast. And if you stick around for dinner try the Pastichio. Closest thing to a diner in Astoria.

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★★★★★

Xian H.

This place hits the spot. It's my default 'no-frills' brunch go-to when I just want to eat something that makes me feel good and I'm too tired to try to be more creative.

Pros: Nice, decent-sized portions of both Greek and American dishes and warm, friendly service. The perfect remedy for a wicked hangover. I'd recommend for breakfast: Eggs Florentine (or any of their poached eggs for that matter) or the Greek Breakfast. And if you stick around for dinner try the Pastichio. Closest thing to a diner in Astoria.

Pros: good staff good food

Cons: it get crowded on weekends for brunch.

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Carly M.
Nashville, TN
6/28/2010
I have eaten here multiple times and each time they get 5 stars. We live nearby so it's very convenient but we would drive here for the food, service and value.

The place is usually pretty busy except for the slower times (between breakfast/lunch and lunch/dinner) on weekdays. Even when it's packed, the tables turn quickly enough that we've never had to wait more than 10 minutes or so. The service is always fast and excellent. They are very attentive and always get our orders right. The place is sparkling clean, there's ample parking and they serve breakfast all day. The food is delicious and fresh and at very affordable prices. The menu is pretty large so there's a great variety to choose from. This is one of our favorite place to grab breakfast or a casual meal.

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★★★★★

Carly M.
Nashville, TN
6/28/2010
I have eaten here multiple times and each time they get 5 stars. We live nearby so it's very convenient but we would drive here for the food, service and value.

The place is usually pretty busy except for the slower times (between breakfast/lunch and lunch/dinner) on weekdays. Even when it's packed, the tables turn quickly enough that we've never had to wait more than 10 minutes or so. The service is always fast and excellent. They are very attentive and always get our orders right. The place is sparkling clean, there's ample parking and they serve breakfast all day. The food is delicious and fresh and at very affordable prices. The menu is pretty large so there's a great variety to choose from. This is one of our favorite place to grab breakfast or a casual meal.

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Normally wouldn't complain about spending fifteen dollars for lunch, but the fact that this establishment was given even a dime out of my pocket made me so sick I almost purged the three bites of food in my mouth. I ordered the
Lamb Suzukakia,
and it was one of the worst meals I could ever remember having.

The rice was cold and completely tasteless.

The "greek vegtables" were some old, brown, slightly pickled looking canned vegtables slopped onto the plate that tasted like they had been heated up at 5-6am and were dumped into a hot well and continued to cook for the next 8 hours before they were served to us, strong taste of vinegar.

The "meatballs" were very oddly shapen, and had obviously been frozen in open air. The center of the "meat ball" turned to mush when it was cut into, and if i wasn't in a restaurant full of people i would have spit it back onto the plate. The sauce that was on them was some sort of red, highly acidic sauce that was practically inedible, with a sprinkle of some old "fresh" parsley that looked like it had started to turn.

The only thing I was able to eat was the warm pita bread that was brought out. All of the other meals at the table looked equally disgusting, I don't understand how anybody could ever give this place "5 stars", you should be ashamed of yourselves.

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★☆☆☆☆

Normally wouldn't complain about spending fifteen dollars for lunch, but the fact that this establishment was given even a dime out of my pocket made me so sick I almost purged the three bites of food in my mouth. I ordered the
Lamb Suzukakia,
and it was one of the worst meals I could ever remember having.

The rice was cold and completely tasteless.

The "greek vegtables" were some old, brown, slightly pickled looking canned vegtables slopped onto the plate that tasted like they had been heated up at 5-6am and were dumped into a hot well and continued to cook for the next 8 hours before they were served to us, strong taste of vinegar.

The "meatballs" were very oddly shapen, and had obviously been frozen in open air. The center of the "meat ball" turned to mush when it was cut into, and if i wasn't in a restaurant full of people i would have spit it back onto the plate. The sauce that was on them was some sort of red, highly acidic sauce that was practically inedible, with a sprinkle of some old "fresh" parsley that looked like it had started to turn.

The only thing I was able to eat was the warm pita bread that was brought out. All of the other meals at the table looked equally disgusting, I don't understand how anybody could ever give this place "5 stars", you should be ashamed of yourselves.

Pros: A roof over our heads, air conditioning

Cons: The food, sanitation, and cost

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Ordered Mousaka:
Tiny portion of mousaka. Rice was uncle bens with some tumeric and no flavor. Vegetables were overcooked and bland. Food was cold and the mousaka looked like it had been frozen and thawed.
Also at the table:
Gyro Plate:
Overcooked strips of processed meat and a pile of the same rice but a small salad that looked a bit wilted and certainly was not appetizing.
Lamb Suzukakia:
Same crap rice and bland vegetables. Looked like overworked meatballs in an oblong shape with canned sauce of some sort.

Underwhelming appearance of food, cooks were slovenly and loud. The owner, I assume, was on the line stuffing something in his mouth and then continuing to touch items that would be served. This place just sucked. As a chef I may be a bit harsh, but I usually give points for effort or affordability in this case there was no effort and eveything was grossly overpriced. Just not worth the time or money. Actually pretty nasty!

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★☆☆☆☆

Ordered Mousaka:
Tiny portion of mousaka. Rice was uncle bens with some tumeric and no flavor. Vegetables were overcooked and bland. Food was cold and the mousaka looked like it had been frozen and thawed.
Also at the table:
Gyro Plate:
Overcooked strips of processed meat and a pile of the same rice but a small salad that looked a bit wilted and certainly was not appetizing.
Lamb Suzukakia:
Same crap rice and bland vegetables. Looked like overworked meatballs in an oblong shape with canned sauce of some sort.

Underwhelming appearance of food, cooks were slovenly and loud. The owner, I assume, was on the line stuffing something in his mouth and then continuing to touch items that would be served. This place just sucked. As a chef I may be a bit harsh, but I usually give points for effort or affordability in this case there was no effort and eveything was grossly overpriced. Just not worth the time or money. Actually pretty nasty!

Pros: Nice server

Cons: Small portions, overcooked vegetables, not clean or fresh

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I really love this place it's grate for family's .I eat there every day !!

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★★★★★

I really love this place it's grate for family's .I eat there every day !!

Pros: the service is so good ask for ashley best server in town!!

Cons: N/A

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We apologize that nashvilleguy37211 had a few bad experiences in our restaurant. We just wish that he would have said something to one of us while he was dining with us. We buy all of our meats and poultry from the farms in Franklin Kentucky fresh and we butcher it ourselves.Our coffee is a special blend that is made especially for our establishment. It is brewed with filtered water. To all of our customers we always try to satisfy all of there needs to the best of our ability.

CHEF ADEL ELOSTTA

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★★★★★

We apologize that nashvilleguy37211 had a few bad experiences in our restaurant. We just wish that he would have said something to one of us while he was dining with us. We buy all of our meats and poultry from the farms in Franklin Kentucky fresh and we butcher it ourselves.Our coffee is a special blend that is made especially for our establishment. It is brewed with filtered water. To all of our customers we always try to satisfy all of there needs to the best of our ability.

CHEF ADEL ELOSTTA

Cons: We do not serve kofta or shwerma

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This was once great place to eat. But our last few meals have either been forgettable or borderline disgusting. They have always bought the cheapest cuts of meat, so we always avoided the lamb shank or kabobs- (in Athens these are gristly and flavorless). But the kofta was always tasty and the shawarma was succulent; the lemon chicken soup was a delight. The kofta is now mushy and overcooked -- and so salty! They cannot even figure out how to make scrambled eggs and bacon. The coffee is like dishwater and the toast is stale. We have dined there since the week it opened-- but never again.

Chef Adel's effort to make excuses for his appalling restaurant is pathetic. He should close this awful place and work for a REAL restaurant . He needs the training, believe me.

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★☆☆☆☆

This was once great place to eat. But our last few meals have either been forgettable or borderline disgusting. They have always bought the cheapest cuts of meat, so we always avoided the lamb shank or kabobs- (in Athens these are gristly and flavorless). But the kofta was always tasty and the shawarma was succulent; the lemon chicken soup was a delight. The kofta is now mushy and overcooked -- and so salty! They cannot even figure out how to make scrambled eggs and bacon. The coffee is like dishwater and the toast is stale. We have dined there since the week it opened-- but never again.

Chef Adel's effort to make excuses for his appalling restaurant is pathetic. He should close this awful place and work for a REAL restaurant . He needs the training, believe me.

Pros: Pleasant waitresses

Cons: Crowded space; bad food; indifferent management

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The waitress was very nice and that is about where it ended. When we first sat down we were shocked at some of the prices for bacon and eggs. Reluctently, we ordered expecting the quality to be above average considering the cost. Our bacon came out cold, the toast was stale, the coffee tasted very strange. The eggs were decent but certainly didn't live up to the price tag. Never order the stuffed french toast, as it is basically 2 pieces of frech toast with a straight off the block chunk of philly cream cheese and nasty thick strawberry syrup... it was disgusting. When we mentioned this to the manager he joked about it and didn't offer to take anything off the ticket.

All in all, we consider the $22 the 2 of us spent on breakfast a total waste. Avoid this place at all costs.

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★☆☆☆☆

The waitress was very nice and that is about where it ended. When we first sat down we were shocked at some of the prices for bacon and eggs. Reluctently, we ordered expecting the quality to be above average considering the cost. Our bacon came out cold, the toast was stale, the coffee tasted very strange. The eggs were decent but certainly didn't live up to the price tag. Never order the stuffed french toast, as it is basically 2 pieces of frech toast with a straight off the block chunk of philly cream cheese and nasty thick strawberry syrup... it was disgusting. When we mentioned this to the manager he joked about it and didn't offer to take anything off the ticket.

All in all, we consider the $22 the 2 of us spent on breakfast a total waste. Avoid this place at all costs.

Pros: nice waitress

Cons: quality and price

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I've now visited this place 5 times... 4 of which I was coerced.
There is simply no reason to return after today's visit. The service & meal were so bad that when I pointed it out to the owner, he simply could not argue. In my humble opinion, a Greek restaurant should make an excellent salad without fail. The only near decent thing that I've eaten there was a hamburger. I've only had good service once. Today's service was inexcusable for any restaurant. If I had not been someone's guest, I would have left.
For great Mediterranean food, go to Kalamata's.

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★☆☆☆☆

I've now visited this place 5 times... 4 of which I was coerced.
There is simply no reason to return after today's visit. The service & meal were so bad that when I pointed it out to the owner, he simply could not argue. In my humble opinion, a Greek restaurant should make an excellent salad without fail. The only near decent thing that I've eaten there was a hamburger. I've only had good service once. Today's service was inexcusable for any restaurant. If I had not been someone's guest, I would have left.
For great Mediterranean food, go to Kalamata's.

Pros: Location is convenient for me.

Cons: The "Star" rating that is required here is not deserved.

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Privately owed and has awesome food! They have a huge menu which I've tried most of and nothing on it has been bad. This place is great! We have our weekly office meeting here and the food is consistent and tasty every time. Plus they are open 24/7 Wednesday - Sunday!

The wait staff is always great, ask for Kristen she takes great care of us every week!

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★★★★★

Privately owed and has awesome food! They have a huge menu which I've tried most of and nothing on it has been bad. This place is great! We have our weekly office meeting here and the food is consistent and tasty every time. Plus they are open 24/7 Wednesday - Sunday!

The wait staff is always great, ask for Kristen she takes great care of us every week!

Pros: Parking, Service

Cons: Bathroom & Bathroom sink's water pressure! Becareful or get wet!

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I signed up to just say how much I love this place. Turns out to even be a cook there you must have extensive experience, which makes sense, because the food (even when they're open at 3 in the morning) is delicious.

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★★★★★

I signed up to just say how much I love this place. Turns out to even be a cook there you must have extensive experience, which makes sense, because the food (even when they're open at 3 in the morning) is delicious.

Pros: Price, Quality

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I have been there a few times and the experience changes everytime, I doubt I will go back again. My last experience which was last weekend I found a hair in my meal after a few bites. After finding the hair I looked into the kitchen and noticed that some of the employees were not wearing caps or hair nets, along with not using gloves and washing their hands as needed (at all for that matter). Then I noticed how the female server was rubbing her nose, never washed her hands and continiously rubbed the matter into her red shirt and pants. I will never be back and do not be suprised if you pick up the bill and a pathogen at the same time. I would not recommend any restaurant that does not practice good hygiene. Beware!

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★☆☆☆☆

I have been there a few times and the experience changes everytime, I doubt I will go back again. My last experience which was last weekend I found a hair in my meal after a few bites. After finding the hair I looked into the kitchen and noticed that some of the employees were not wearing caps or hair nets, along with not using gloves and washing their hands as needed (at all for that matter). Then I noticed how the female server was rubbing her nose, never washed her hands and continiously rubbed the matter into her red shirt and pants. I will never be back and do not be suprised if you pick up the bill and a pathogen at the same time. I would not recommend any restaurant that does not practice good hygiene. Beware!

Pros: It smells good

Cons: Parking, Hygiene, Food Quality

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I've been jonseing for a Greek Omelette (G.O.) for awhile; this morning I was determined to find one. I'm a transplant and the G.O. I'm accustomed to eating comes with Feta Cheese, Onions, Tomato, Spinach, & Avocado with Grilled Pita -- It's truly amazing. Although Athen's G.O. came with only Feta Cheese, Onions, & Tomato, they do have something on the menu called an Athen's Special Omelette which lets you have 5 ingredients of your choice. Well, that's exactly how many ingredients I needed to make my G.O. with some Grilled Pita on the side. I marched down there this morning. I've driven by many times but I've been apprehensive about going in based on the location and exterior. The restaurant is small with 16 small square tables and outdoor seating (little metal table sets you find at Zoe's). It was packed, which is a good sign - a small restaurant doesn't equate to having bad food - so I remained hopeful. I told the waitress exactly what I wanted ... first blow-they don't serve avocado ... second blow-they don't serve grilled pita as the bread side for breakfast-wheat or white are your choices. Fine, I'll try it without the avocado and without the pita ... but what do I get instead? I don't like mushrooms, I didn't want potatoes in my omelette ... I decided on having some protein and asked for lean turkey. I waited for about 10-15 minutes before getting my meal. It's a big omelette, but it was flat, heavy, and boring. The Feta overpowered the other ingredients so it was salty on several bites. Nothing like the G.O.s I'm used to. I'm not going to judge the entire restaurant on this one visit - I'm certainly not going to judge the rest of the menu either. I love Greek food and the menu looks wonderful. I do plan to return and try some of the other dishes; however, I am highly bummed over my Greek Omelette. Will anyone in Nashville, Brentwood, Antioch, Franklin, Smyrna, or Murfreesboro please prepare a G.O. the way I like it?? ... still looking...

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★★★☆☆

I've been jonseing for a Greek Omelette (G.O.) for awhile; this morning I was determined to find one. I'm a transplant and the G.O. I'm accustomed to eating comes with Feta Cheese, Onions, Tomato, Spinach, & Avocado with Grilled Pita -- It's truly amazing. Although Athen's G.O. came with only Feta Cheese, Onions, & Tomato, they do have something on the menu called an Athen's Special Omelette which lets you have 5 ingredients of your choice. Well, that's exactly how many ingredients I needed to make my G.O. with some Grilled Pita on the side. I marched down there this morning. I've driven by many times but I've been apprehensive about going in based on the location and exterior. The restaurant is small with 16 small square tables and outdoor seating (little metal table sets you find at Zoe's). It was packed, which is a good sign - a small restaurant doesn't equate to having bad food - so I remained hopeful. I told the waitress exactly what I wanted ... first blow-they don't serve avocado ... second blow-they don't serve grilled pita as the bread side for breakfast-wheat or white are your choices. Fine, I'll try it without the avocado and without the pita ... but what do I get instead? I don't like mushrooms, I didn't want potatoes in my omelette ... I decided on having some protein and asked for lean turkey. I waited for about 10-15 minutes before getting my meal. It's a big omelette, but it was flat, heavy, and boring. The Feta overpowered the other ingredients so it was salty on several bites. Nothing like the G.O.s I'm used to. I'm not going to judge the entire restaurant on this one visit - I'm certainly not going to judge the rest of the menu either. I love Greek food and the menu looks wonderful. I do plan to return and try some of the other dishes; however, I am highly bummed over my Greek Omelette. Will anyone in Nashville, Brentwood, Antioch, Franklin, Smyrna, or Murfreesboro please prepare a G.O. the way I like it?? ... still looking...

Pros: Affordable

Cons: Small, cluttered, doesn't carry avocado

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I have driven past this place for years. About a week ago my sister and I decided to try it out. We are hooked. The deco looked a lil "cheesey" and I was worried. The waitress was amazing. Knew we'd never been there before and made recommendations that proved to be spot on. I had the lamb which was seasoned and cooked just the way I like it. People around us were all commenting how good the food was. The price was great as well. We came back. When we came back the same waitress said "So glad you came back". I was impressed. We had the soup which put the "YUM" in "Yummy". We now are regulars there and are very pleased. The place is a bit small and you are very close to others but you don't even care.

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★★★★★

I have driven past this place for years. About a week ago my sister and I decided to try it out. We are hooked. The deco looked a lil "cheesey" and I was worried. The waitress was amazing. Knew we'd never been there before and made recommendations that proved to be spot on. I had the lamb which was seasoned and cooked just the way I like it. People around us were all commenting how good the food was. The price was great as well. We came back. When we came back the same waitress said "So glad you came back". I was impressed. We had the soup which put the "YUM" in "Yummy". We now are regulars there and are very pleased. The place is a bit small and you are very close to others but you don't even care.

Pros: Great food made right, Best staff I've seen in a while,Place can be crowded but service is quick.

Cons: Too small and a bit crowded.

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I am a HUGE fan of greek food, and was thrilled when i moved to nashville to find a greek restaurant so close to my apt. While the staff is very friendly, the food and ambiance just arent there. I have tried it several times, and just cant get into it. Something about poorly imitated greek food paired with soggy french-fries just doesnt work for me.

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★☆☆☆☆

I am a HUGE fan of greek food, and was thrilled when i moved to nashville to find a greek restaurant so close to my apt. While the staff is very friendly, the food and ambiance just arent there. I have tried it several times, and just cant get into it. Something about poorly imitated greek food paired with soggy french-fries just doesnt work for me.

Pros: open 24/7

Cons: food, ambiance

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My wife and I frequently drive almost an hour from the town we live to try different foods from various nationalities. Although this was not our first time to try Greek food, it was our first Greek restaurant in Nashville. We ate at Athen's Restaurant around 5pm on a weekday, and we were both amazed at the waitress's willingness to help us make a choice from the appetizers, main course, and a dessert. My wife had Pastichio and I had Dalamades. We had an appetizer called Tiropita which was delicious, and for dessert the best Baklava I've ever had. We had many questions for our waitress and she answered all of them without being smart or with a sense of hurrying, as in "I have other people you know." I thought it may have just been this particular waitress, but on the contrary. As other waitresses were scurrying around this small "home feeling" restaurant, we heard other patrons asking their waitresses many questions. And to our suprise, every waitress treated their guests with courtesy and willingness to help exactly the way our waitress was towards my wife and I. To top it off, after we were done with our meal just as we were about to get up to leave, the waitress asked if we would like a to go cup for our drinks. This suprised me because some restaurants will give you refills as you are getting ready to leave and never have the courtesy to ask if you might possibly want to take it with you. We will definitely return to this restaurant as I hear the breakfast is very good too. Also, this restaurant is very kid friendly. I highly recommend this restaurant to families. Good quality food, low prices, great staff, and an atmosphere that makes you feel welcolmed with or without children.

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★★★★★

My wife and I frequently drive almost an hour from the town we live to try different foods from various nationalities. Although this was not our first time to try Greek food, it was our first Greek restaurant in Nashville. We ate at Athen's Restaurant around 5pm on a weekday, and we were both amazed at the waitress's willingness to help us make a choice from the appetizers, main course, and a dessert. My wife had Pastichio and I had Dalamades. We had an appetizer called Tiropita which was delicious, and for dessert the best Baklava I've ever had. We had many questions for our waitress and she answered all of them without being smart or with a sense of hurrying, as in "I have other people you know." I thought it may have just been this particular waitress, but on the contrary. As other waitresses were scurrying around this small "home feeling" restaurant, we heard other patrons asking their waitresses many questions. And to our suprise, every waitress treated their guests with courtesy and willingness to help exactly the way our waitress was towards my wife and I. To top it off, after we were done with our meal just as we were about to get up to leave, the waitress asked if we would like a to go cup for our drinks. This suprised me because some restaurants will give you refills as you are getting ready to leave and never have the courtesy to ask if you might possibly want to take it with you. We will definitely return to this restaurant as I hear the breakfast is very good too. Also, this restaurant is very kid friendly. I highly recommend this restaurant to families. Good quality food, low prices, great staff, and an atmosphere that makes you feel welcolmed with or without children.

Pros: Awesome wait staff,Food's great,Very kid friendly,No Wait.

Cons: None

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My family and I were looking for a good place to eat breakfast last saturday morning and our friends referred us to Athens Family Restaurant. It was our first time dining there is we loved our expirience.and when we ask how come this place is in existance and nobody knew about it ,and here is what we found out.

Athens refers not to Nashville?s reputation as the Athens of the South, but to owner Dina Greek-American heritage and a lifetime of working in family-owned restaurants in Athens and New York City. Transforming a former fast-food chicken building into a sparkling clean white-and-blue salute to Mykonos, Dina her husband chef Adel Elostta cater to American appetites for quintessential diner food from one side of the menu, and fans of Greek specialties like moussaka, pastichio, spanikopita and lemony avgolemono soup from the other. Saturday morning breakfast is especially popular here. her teen daughter and son are typically on the floor or behind the register, and it only takes one visit to Athens before you and your grandkids become part of the family too.

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★★★★★

My family and I were looking for a good place to eat breakfast last saturday morning and our friends referred us to Athens Family Restaurant. It was our first time dining there is we loved our expirience.and when we ask how come this place is in existance and nobody knew about it ,and here is what we found out.

Athens refers not to Nashville?s reputation as the Athens of the South, but to owner Dina Greek-American heritage and a lifetime of working in family-owned restaurants in Athens and New York City. Transforming a former fast-food chicken building into a sparkling clean white-and-blue salute to Mykonos, Dina her husband chef Adel Elostta cater to American appetites for quintessential diner food from one side of the menu, and fans of Greek specialties like moussaka, pastichio, spanikopita and lemony avgolemono soup from the other. Saturday morning breakfast is especially popular here. her teen daughter and son are typically on the floor or behind the register, and it only takes one visit to Athens before you and your grandkids become part of the family too.

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My family and I have eaten at Athens probably 20 times over the last 2 years. We've loved it every time. the owners are there, the wait staff is courtesous and the food, while simple is wonderful. We truly like Noshville but it can be crowded and expensive, the pantry...why wait sooo long and cracker barrel...can I have another helping of lard with that?
if you want a nice breakfast in a small family atmosphere try them but on Saturday because I don't want to have to wait too long on Sunday!!

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★★★★★

My family and I have eaten at Athens probably 20 times over the last 2 years. We've loved it every time. the owners are there, the wait staff is courtesous and the food, while simple is wonderful. We truly like Noshville but it can be crowded and expensive, the pantry...why wait sooo long and cracker barrel...can I have another helping of lard with that?
if you want a nice breakfast in a small family atmosphere try them but on Saturday because I don't want to have to wait too long on Sunday!!

Pros: lots of food at a great price all freshly prepared once you order

Cons: only seats about 50

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Carly M.
Nashville, TN
6/28/2010
I have eaten here multiple times and each time they get 5 stars. We live nearby so it's very convenient but we would drive here for the food, service and value.

The place is usually pretty busy except for the slower times (between breakfast/lunch and lunch/dinner) on weekdays. Even when it's packed, the tables turn quickly enough that we've never had to wait more than 10 minutes or so. The service is always fast and excellent. They are very attentive and always get our orders right. The place is sparkling clean, there's ample parking and they serve breakfast all day. The food is delicious and fresh and at very affordable prices. The menu is pretty large so there's a great variety to choose from. This is one of our favorite place to grab breakfast or a casual meal.

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★★★★★

Carly M.
Nashville, TN
6/28/2010
I have eaten here multiple times and each time they get 5 stars. We live nearby so it's very convenient but we would drive here for the food, service and value.

The place is usually pretty busy except for the slower times (between breakfast/lunch and lunch/dinner) on weekdays. Even when it's packed, the tables turn quickly enough that we've never had to wait more than 10 minutes or so. The service is always fast and excellent. They are very attentive and always get our orders right. The place is sparkling clean, there's ample parking and they serve breakfast all day. The food is delicious and fresh and at very affordable prices. The menu is pretty large so there's a great variety to choose from. This is one of our favorite place to grab breakfast or a casual meal.

Pros: breakfast all day

Cons: very affordable

 

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