Located on 6th Street just west of Congress, Athenian Bar and Grill is a family owned Greek restaurant that specializes in the details, where ambiance and authenticity are served up in every carefully thought-out bite. Anil Simicia, Athenian’s energetic owner, can always be found somewhere in the restaurant overseeing the tiniest details – while Mom works in the kitchen preparing baklava and Dad creates his specialty, the best Greek potatoes this side of the Mediterranean.
The Ambiance at Athenian Grill
Every detail of Athenian’s dining room and menu create the sense that you’re enjoying lunch or dinner in an intimate restaurant somewhere along the Mediterranean shore. Hand-painted blue arches envelope the bar and a large chandelier made up of bubble-like glass spheres add to the tranquility of this harmonious setting. Daily Happy Hour specials and live music on Athenian’s large outdoor patio make this a place to check out any time of day. So be sure to think of Athenian Bar and Grill the next time you’re looking for some place special – and go get your Greek on! !
Lunch at Athenian Grill
Athenian stands apart as an Austin lunchtime favorite, when the area behind the bar opens up for patrons to walk through and order selections of chicken, beef, and lamb gyro roasting on tall vertical spits. These tender roasted meats are used to make salads, gyro sandwiches, and combo plates with nothing on the menu above the $10 mark. This quick, delicious lunch has Austinites lined up every weekday but still manages to get customers back to work on time. Except on beautiful weather days, when many choose to stay and enjoy the outdoor patio well into the happy hour.
Dinner Menu at Athenian Grill
At night, the energy of the restaurant changes from the busy lunch to a quiet, romantic atmosphere. With a full wait staff, wine menu, and a several entrees to choose from, Athenian Grill's evening feels more like fine dining. Standout dinner dishes include the Trio Kabab – shrimp, beef, and chicken spiced and grilled to perfection, served off the skewer with traditional Greek favorites made from Simicia family recipes – and the Spinach Chicken, roasted and served with fresh spinach sauteed in a unique blend of herbs and olive oil. The melt-in-your-mouth sea bass is also a dish that should not be missed, and a wide array of tasty vegetarian dishes ensure that there is truly something for everyone. All authentic Greek spices are handmade with love on site by the Simicia family, as fresh fish, meats, and poultry are delivered daily.
Signature Dishes on Athenian's Dinner Menu
All dishes are served with Feta Salad
Souvlaki Lamb A delicious mix of marinated lamb, together with fresh Greek spices, on a skewer. Served with a rice pilaf and tzatziki. $16
Lamb Chops Three lamb medallion broiled and served with Greek potatoes and steam vegetables. $18
Talopia over Pasta Fish of the day and shrimp broiled. Served with Greek potatoes and steam vegetables. $15
Sea Bass Broiled sea bass, served with steam vegetables, and Greek potatoes $18
Trio Kabob A mix of marinated lamb, chicken, and shrimp all charbroiled together with fresh Greek spices on a skewer. Served with rice pilaf and hummus $17
Spinach Chicken Our very unique roasted chicken and sautéed spinach in olive oil, and herbs. Served with rice pilaf and hummus. $15
Athenian Chicken Pasta Penne pasta with fresh vegetables. With white wine sauce topped with chicken. $14
Mousaka Traditional Greek casserole, layer with eggplant, sliced potatoes, ground beef, and béchamel sauce. Served with steamed vegetables and tzatziki $15
Greek Sampler A variety of our dishes, roasted chicken and gyro, mousaka, dolmades, spanakopita, and rice pilaf. $18
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