About us

About us

A Greek Taverna...

A Greek Taverna... - is more than a restaurant. It's a place where good food and good company are savored. There is no rush to move people in and out; in the Greek tradition, dining is a shared and entertaining event. It's the host's "filotimo" and responsibility to ensure all the guests feel welcome and at home and are treated with genuine hospitality. A typical meal may last hours with neighbors, cooks, restaurant owners, and family joining in with their guests to celebrate life with good food, local wines, and Ouzo.

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Restaurant & Bar

Private Parties

The historic Senator Hotel is the perfect backdrop for your event, with its elegant Victorian lobby decorated with a crystal chandelier and mahogany staircase perfect for mixers that spill into the bar and adjacent restaurant. We have three rooms to choose from: Mary's on First, John Pappas Room and The Bar Room

Outdoor seating is also available. We are located within walking distance from all downtown hotels, Horton Plaza, the ballpark and the convention center.

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“When I die I want one word on my gravestone—‘filotimo.’” — Mary Pappas

The Greeks gave the world philosophy –
love of wisdom, and philanthropy –
love of humanity.

They also gave the world “philotimo” or “filotimo” in Greek. What’s filotimo? It’s one of the most important words to Greeks and impossible to translate into another language.

Greek-born Mary Pappas has the recipe for filotimo and she serves it daily at her San Diego restaurant, Athens Market Taverna.

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    Established in 1974.

    Consistently voted best Mediterranean Cuisine in San Diego

    Our Menu
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    Athens Market Taverna

    Red, White, Dessert & Sparkling Wines

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    Athens Market Taverna

    The home-cooked and healthy Mediterranean menu

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    We have three unique and separate dining rooms

    including a full bar, to provide the right setting for any event

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109 W F St
San Diego, CA


Dinner: Mon - Sat 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Lunch: Wed 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Closed Sundays
Closed July 4th- July 7th 2024
Closed Dec.24th and 25th
Closed Memorial Day
Closed Labor Day
Closed Thanksgiving