Success Magazine

Reviews ~ Lori's Picks

September 2010 Issue, Page 51

Best Greek Restaurant, and 3rd Best New Restaurant
in Albany, for 2009

We have a bit of the Aegean right here in the Capital District at Athos Restaurant. Authentic Greek cuisine served in a lovely atmosphere, with all the warmth and hospitality of the Greek culture.

Athos has an attractive ambiance that typifies classical Greece. Clean lines and subdued colors are the backdrop for the furnishings, lighting, and artwork. From the bar
area to the dining room everything is done in exemplary taste, and is conducive to a relaxing dining experience.

Capturing the culinary "zest of life"

By Capital Region Living on September 29, 2009

From our experiences and knowledge of Mediterranean cultures, we know that food preparation and consumption
are what bring family and friends together. We gather at the table for conversation, celebration and consolation.

The Family Chow


Opa! The Family Chow decided to test out a bit of the Greek lifestyle with a trip to Athos Restaurant on Western Avenue in Albany. We had heard that Athos is often busy so Dad secured a reservation as we dressed in our best Mediterranean-inspired outfits and prepared for our culinary trip.

The hostess was attending to a phone call when we arrived, but within minutes, Sophia swept over to show us to our table while making us feel like old friends. We were treated to a large corner booth with comfy cushions and a great view of the rest of the dining room.

You’re thinking spanakopita, souvlaki, moussaka. You’ll find it here, but you’ll also find saganaki, lamb youvetsi and a wonderful array of dips, not to mention homemade Greek desserts, all courtesy chef Harry Hatziparaskevas, a transplant from Manhattan’s acclaimed Ithaka restaurant. It’s upscale dining with casual pricing and ambiance.

The Classics


By B.A. Nilsson Vol. 32 ~ No, 12

My introduction to Greek cuisine took place in Boston many years ago when some college-aged friends and
I made a springtime visit to a buddy at Boston College. Being a pack of eager males, the hi-how-ya-doin’ portion of the visit finished quickly and we went, ineptly, in search of women. There is no reason other than our own patheticness that we failed.

Trip Advisor

Best Restaurant in Albany (out of 269 restaurants)

Open Table Diners' Choice Winner

Spotlight News

Times Union

Athos highlights Greek cuisine, culture

(Albany County, Guilderland, Altamont)
By Dan Sabbatino on Aug 19, 2008

Olympian achievement ~ Guilderland's Athos
creates Greek food of uniformly high quality

By Cheryl Clark ~ Updated 11:20 am, Friday, May 3, 2013

An authentic Greek dining and cultural experience has come to 1814 Western Avenue in the form of Athos, a new restaurant that opened Friday, Aug. 1.

When the server brought a platter with glistening, whole raw fishes to our table and proposed to filet them tableside, we vowed to return to this gem of a restaurant with a larger group. There were just too many choices on the menu at Athos, a taverna about a mile west of Crossgates Mall, for two women to sample without the help of food-hoovering husbands and other backup.

Real people. Real reviews.

Online and ongoing reviews. See how we rate and
what people have to say about us. Here's a sampling...

"This place really is all that and a bag of chips.
We could not find one thing wrong with the place!
Great service, great wine list, wonderful food, good atmosphere." — Danika A.

"It was so good, we ate the garnish." — Jae L.

"Their Baklava is TDF (To.Die.For) - homemade by
the owner; it's krispy, sweet, and dripping with honey."
— Marissa C.

The Daily Gazette

Athos Greek restaurant delivers exceptional

dining experience
"At the Table" by Irv Dean for the Sunday Gazette,
April 25, 2010

Guilderland – Athos, the Greek restaurant located where the Cabernet Cafe once was, is a good place to while
away a couple of hours sampling authentic Greek food –
so good, in fact, you'll want to shout "opah!"