Seattle >Food & Dining > Athenian Inn
1517 Pike Pl Ste 1517, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810147.608773 -122.340463
Monday-Saturday 6:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Closed Sunday.
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Pike Place Market
Sorry to see a good restaurant go bad – I can't tell you how many people I have recommended this restaurant to over many years. I recently came in and the old menu gone. One favourite was the Greek salad..now twice as much money and NOT the same salad. Food was not very good and much higher in price. I'm guessing it has sold?
I would NOT recommend this restaurant and the management was not obliging. Requested a side Greek Salad and was told "no." After having this for 15 years with my entre??? No my last visit..joy
Amazing food...spectacular view.... – well worth the wait though...Crab cakes and the Athenian seafood bowl is what i suggest. They had something on the specials called "garlic spears" i wasn't brave enough to try it though...the server said everyone loves them. And the VIEW! you have to try this place.....
Trust me on this one. – This establishment is being turned around by new management. The best change, of coarse was the menus. Instead of a 10 page menu of food that hasn't been ordered in years, into a nice 4 page menu that you will find in most places. The food is indeed improved as well, which was important. I feel like this place will continue to get better improvements as time go's on.
do not get the oysters they are not fresh. – We were fornatute enough to have a waitperson that told us that they are not fresh oysters so we did not get them. wWe did get the Crab cacktail and it was wonderful. Nice view, ask for a window seat.
What Happened!!!!!! – I have been living/ visiting the Seattle area for over 35 years and have eaten here many times and today was the worst foodI have ever had. I ordered steamed clams and they came in a bowl of hot water! Very disappointing. I paid a pretty steep price for a small portion. I had crab cakes that tasted of very little crab and mostly bread crumbs, basically just slapped on the grill and then slapped onto the plate. Very unappetizing. The other diners at my table had the clam chowder (equally tasteless), and a beef sandwich that was .onlysemi tasty. Service was ok. This restaurant was one of the markets most recognizable icons and has been such great place to eat in the past, it left me wondering what happened! I am hoping this was just an off day and I am not willing to say I will never come back, so I hope better meals are ahead.
Worst Restaurant in Pikes Place Market – I just had lunch at the Athenian Inn Restaurant. As a local here in Seattle I have tried a good deal of the restaurants in the Pike Place area, and I have to say, this one was absolutely, positively horrible. I went during lunch and was stunned to sit down to a 200-item menu. After about 10 minutes of mulling through their gigantic selection (which is not a good thing, by the way) I selected the Crab Salad Sandwich. What I got back (in less than 3 minutes... also not a good sign) was a lump of cold crab, celery and cheap mayo mixture on two pieces of what had to be thick WonderBread. It was tasteless, the texture was gross, the presentation was horrible, and to top it off it cost about $3.00 more than it should have (the sandwich was around $5.00). My friend, whom I ate with at the restaurant, got a pastry stuffed with cheese and ham, which was also not only tiny but grotesque in presentation and flavor. I absolutely would not recommend this place to anyone. If you are hungry, and there is nothing else open (IE Lowell's right next door) grab some fresh fruit from across the hallway and be on your way. Trust me, you'll be MUCH better off. Someone should buy out this restaurant, gut it and make it a landmark restaurant. Right now it's just a waste of space and an embarrassment to Pikes Place Market.
Since 1933, this Greek-owned Market institution has been offering Seattleites seafood with a side of local history. – In Short
The dive-like atmosphere of this Pike Place favorite harkens back to the gritty days of old Seattle. Grizzled regulars take seats at the lunch counter or the long bar; others sit in creaky wooden booths in the upstairs loft and enjoy uninterrupted views of the Sound and mountains. The menu offers diner classics with a local twist: oyster omelets, mussel soup, clam cakes and salmon and chips, as well as grilled fish from the Market.
Best Lunch in the Market – Pike Place Market has so many offerings to satisfy any taste, but I've found the Athenian Inn to be my favorite. Yes, its usually crouded as is the market. But I've never had any problem being seated immediately. There isn't a better location to enjoy a hearty bowl of Seafood Bisque and a pint of Pike Pale Ale. There is a counter for dining,but the tables provide views of passing ferries across Elliott Bay.
Great location, so-so food – The Athenian is mostly famous because of that movie with what's-his-face, and they're still milking that publicity. This is actually a pretty cool spot, if a little dingy. Good views. Service is very friendly and prices are reasonable, but the food is mediocre at best. The clam chowder tasted like it came out of a can, and the fish 'n' chips looked liked frozen Van de Kamp's. Everything appeared to be pre-processed, pre-prepared generic fare. I guess the tourists can't tell the difference, but if you want REAL fresh fish and chowder, walk across the aisle to the Market Grill, get a blackened halibut sandwich and a cup of one of the best home-made chowders in Seattle. Home-made tartar and cole slaw too.
Traditional food, great location – Located right in Pike Place Market with a beautiful view, The Athenian offers a gigantic menu of very traditional American and Northwest-style foods in a very old-fashioned, attitude-free, giant diner-like atmosphere. Expect to see people smoking and drinking at all hours. None of the food is outstanding, but it's all solid and exactly what you'd expect it to be. Portions are large, prices modest. The staff are friendly and a bit sassy. Many blue-collar locals eat here. For ordinary American food in an extraordinary American location, this is a good choice. Bonus: you can sit at the counter where Tom Hanks sat in "Sleepless in Seattle."
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