Apollonia Greek Bistro
When it comes to good Greek food, Apollonia Greek Bistro is the place to be. Located in Costa Verde shopping mall, this place used to be called Aesop's Tables but is newly renovated and renamed.
Apollonia is a reasonably priced (entrees are $12 to $15), medium-classy restaurant serving up fresh and tasty Greek food. It has:
- an extensive wine selection,
- a large selection of appetizers,
- various Greek soups and salads,
- standard Greek sandwiches and entrees (entrees can be chicken, seafood, meat, or vegetarian),
- limited choice of classic Greek desserts,
- a kids menu ,
- take-out and catering services.
The decor is quite nice: the lobby is large and offers a "Come On In" feel. The room is dimly lit with warm shades of red-wood. The tables are well separated from one another. The walls are amply decorated with Greek paintings and sculptured slabs depicting scenes from ancient Greece. If anything, it might be a bit too "faux" Greek.
A separate dining area allows for private functions and decreases the noise level when the restaurant is full. Large screen TV available within this semi-separate dining area. Indoor and outdoor seating available. Bathrooms are clean and modern.
Service is good, though it can be slow during busy hours and... the restaurant often quite busy. If you can, get reservations, especially if you are a group of more than 6 people. Crayons and a color sheet available for kids
Summary: Apollonia serves up great tasting food in an memorable atmosphere. Price is very acceptable given the quality of the food and ambiance. Service can be slow depending on when you go. It's a place where you can take your visiting guests, family, girlfriend, and business colleagues. Very nice.
Location, Parking, Hours:
8650 Genesee Ave
Costa Verde Shopping Mall
(beside Bristol Farms grocery store)
San Diego, CA 92122
Sun - Thur 11 AM - 9 PM
Fri & Sat 11 AM - 10 PM
see Apollonia menu
go to web site Outdoor and underground parking is plentiful courtesy of the shopping mall.
What else is there to do?
After eating at the Apollonia, you can walk around the Costa Verde mini mall. There are a few highlights here:
- Bristol Farms is a high end grocery store
- BookStar is a chain bookstore
- A Nite in Town rents evening gowns and tuxedos
- Infusion of Tea is a specialized tea shop
If this isn't enough for you, cross the street and enjoy the shops at the University Towne Center Shopping Mall.