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Authentic Greek Cuisine. Absolute Waterfront Dining on Emerald Lakes. Gold Coast's #1 Greek Restaurant.
USD 4 - USD 32
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner
Mediterranean, Greek
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 16 April 2022 via mobile

We met up with a group of friends after seeing good reviews. We were in for a surprise. The meals were fairly pricey for what was offered and we noted the 15% public holiday surcharge in addition to a 10% charge to split the bill....For this privilege of splitting the bill the staff could not be bothered to work out the surcharge for each patron but charged a flat rate such that some were charged a larger proportion of their meal than others. In addition we felt that a dessert was charged that was never ordered or delivered. We believe in supporting our local venues and understand that sourcing food might be difficult. However, we each left feeling taken advantage of and do not feel the restaurant should be rewarded. Atmosphere and service was pleasant but patrons beware of getting ripped off.More

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 15 April 2022 via mobile

Whilst the meals were ok, they were overpriced for what you received, mine was 6 button mushrooms that were basically raw in a spoonful of sauce with two slices of bread, I would think this probably would have cost them about $4 cost me $18,...plus a surcharge. We were a group of 12 people and we were aware that there was to be a 15% surcharge for the public holiday, imagine our surprise upon paying to find that each and every one of us got charged $7 surcharge regardless of how much our meal cost. So two items for a total of $22 add $7 for my surcharge, my friend had one meal $30 add $7 for her surcharge. When we queried this we were told that’s what it is and this is the problem with splitting the bill. Even factoring in the card charge which is below .3% in most cases, these guys are making a killing and our whole group left feeling totally ripped off. You live and learn!More

Date of visit: April 2022
Reviewed 5 March 2022

Friends told us about the great food at Athenia. We've been to the Greek islands about 30 times over the years so decided to try out this restaurant for authentic Greek cuisine. And weren't disappointed. Its setting, on the Emerald Lakes looking east toward the...towering skyscrapers of Surfers Paradise was magical. We were there for lunch but the sparkling lights at night would add even more magic to the scene. The table we preferred was outside but under cover and the "girl" who served us couldn't have been nicer or friendlier. The cuisine is authentic Greek so it was easy to order a plate of pide with a trio of dips (hummus, tzatziki, baratosalata - beetroot to you and me) for $16.00 followed by a meze (entree) of Keftedes - two meat balls with tzatziki (cucumber yoghurt) for a more-than-reasonable $18.00 for the two large meatballs that were absolutely deliciously - and filling. Our colleague raved about his Kleftiko (the Greek version of a lamb Osso Buco) which just fell off the bone it was so tender and moist. We had barely enough room for a shared plate of Baklava ($12.00) and Coconut Ice Cream ($14.00). The wine prices were very reasonable and offered good choices in both white and red.. It was a truly enjoyable meal, enhanced by those knock-out views!More

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed 9 January 2022 via mobile

We visited the restaurant Athenia with friends and we’re very impressed by the quality of the dishes we ordered (taramosalata, fried calamari and the signature Kleftiko). Very friendly service. Will definitely return.

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 17 December 2021 via mobile

I went in with a group of my girl-friends, for a Christmas get together. We were served by a very nice young girl, who did everything right taking our order and made sure to cater for my friends dietary need. We asked for the Kleftiko,(...lamb on the bone) and she said she just needed to ask the chef how many he had left as we ordered four. As she walked out the back, we heard screaming and yelling, banging and slamming. She came out to us crying, and told us she had just quit and didn’t deserve anything he said. We felt so bad for the girl and were so turned off this restaurant. Please don’t support this abusive chef and restaurant!!! Disgusting. Fix your attitude.More

Date of visit: December 2021
Reviewed 7 November 2021 via mobile

Lovely to try out this restaurant which was new to us and away from the main hussle and bustle of our local Broadbeach area. Great location and recommend sitting outside to enjoy overlooking Emerald Lakes. All enjoyed our food which had great flavours, favorites being...garlic prawns and slow cooked lamb on the bone, oh and the haloumi chips were d'lish too! Only let down was the service as was kept waiting some time before getting eye of waitress to be offered menus and place drink orders although restaurant owner made up for it at the end of the evening coming by our table to say hi and ensure we had enjoyed our meals which was a nice touch. Would certainly go back again as many choices on the menu we'd like to try!More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 30 October 2021

The owner of Athenia is a very pleasant man. He cooks the best Barramundi on the Gold Coast. It is so fresh, so tasty such generous portion with A huge tasty salad plus sliced boiled potato cooked in a vinaigrette. His staff is also very...Efficient and very polite. The setting on the Lake at Emerald Lakes is lovely. MIREILLE & CHRISMore

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 30 June 2021

The street where the restaurant is situated, is well worth visiting. It really does feel like you’re in Europe. There is though, a strange sense of unreality to the place. Like you’re on a film set or looking at an illusion. After that, Athenia’s atmosphere...was something of a let down. It’s a nice restaurant but feels rather bland compared to the street. Also, the plastic screens made the view over the water rather hazy. Yes, they were necessary due to cold weather but they didn’t stop the drafts or help the atmosphere. I’m sure it’s much nicer on warmer days. Service was quick and pleasant and didn’t start with a list of what wasn’t available (of course the dish I wanted). The Kleftiko and Sofrito were tender and flavourful. The Mousaka was okay but completely overwhelmed by cheese and a runny bechamel sauce (a meat eaters answer to every vegetarian dish). One particularly nice aspect was that the staff allowed us to stay as long as we wanted, even through closing. Overall, I feel we had value for money but this is definitely a better restaurant for warmer weather and busy service.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 2 May 2021 via mobile

Fantastic location and food. Highly recommend calamari and prawn dish. Lemon potatoes too! Delicious Greek food.

Date of visit: April 2021
Reviewed 23 December 2020 via mobile

We recently had our work Christmas party at Athenia and had the most wonderful evening. The owner was very obliging as were the lovely staff. Entertainment was provided as a surprise and was really good fun. Everyone also enjoyed the food. A big thank you...to Athenia.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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5 February 2016|
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Book a table out beside the lake; have a cocktail at the bar on arrival; order something to be served at end of dinner.
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5