Athenian / Seattle

1517 Pike Pl Seattle 98101
Opening Hours
Sun 09:00 - 16:00
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat 06:30 - 20:00

The Athenian was first opened by three Greek brothers, about 1909. Starting out as a bakery and a luncheonette, it was one of the first restaurants in Seattle to be issued a liquor license, for beer, in 1933. The sign over the front door is the original one, hung there over a half century ago. From a bakery to a tavern and then to a restaurant, the Athenian’s story is typical of the growth opportunity of our country. Throughout it’s history in the Pike Place Market, the Athenian has been the crossroads of people from all over the world and a haven for those who have found their homes and futures in the Great Northwest. We sincerely hope you enjoy your meal and that you will come back often to enjoy the wide variety of delicious food and beverages we offer.

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Tips from the Net @ Athenian
Victoria Watson en
This place has a great atmosphere and spectacular views. The staff was friendly and we had a nice visit. The reason it didn't get 5 stars is because of our food. After reading the reviews I decided to try. Not really sure what the hype is about- IMO the food is just average. Not bad but not as good as people rave. We ordered a starter, mussels/clams, and the Norwegian salmon. All were just okay. Wasn't impressed. Presentation was nice but taste majorly fell short. Again, just my honest opinion. GooglePlace - September 2017
Catherine Latz en
I had oysters on the half shell and the Pacific NW Salmon lunch special with nectarine salsa. Both were fantastic. They also had a pretty good local and regional beer selection. It's on the pricier side, but worthwhile and understandable for the location and view. Not unreasonable and they have great lunch deals (not sure if they have these on the weekend too). The view was gorgeous and my waitress was super friendly and happy to give me tips and recommendations about Seattle's food and beer scene! GooglePlace - August 2017
Jamie Gardner en
If you are looking for somewhere to eat around Pike Place, THIS is the spot! I eat at the Athenian as a Seattle-area resident, and not a tourist, and I think that says something about the caliber of the restaurant. Many other Pike Place locations are tourist traps with crappy food, and they are able to survive because it doesn't matter as long as they continue to get new tourists who won't end up returning anyway. The Athenian is not one of these places - both the food and the service are great. The restaurant is a great option for not only lunch or dinner, but also for breakfast! There are also amazing views that have improved even more now that there is the Great Wheel, and every seat is a window seat! GooglePlace - August 2017
Danielle Mott en
Food was hot, delicious, and only took 10 minutes to get our food from the kitchen. We ordered a cheese burger, a traditional breakfast and a bowl of clam chowder. For the amount of food we got, the price was not bad at all! Our server Michael was attentative, friendly and super funny. We sat at where the bar stools were, we watched Glenn make the salads, oyster dishes and shrimp cocktails right in front of us. He was also funny, cracking jokes with Michael and other servers as they walked past. Overall, my family and I would highly recommend eating here! GooglePlace - July 2017
Mark B en
Pretty good breakfast fare inside Pikes Market. Great views of the pier and water. Classic Eggs Benedict hit the spot. Great service and reasonable prices. Foursquare - July 2017