Parthenon, a Greek Restaurant, and a Chevy Chase DC Landmark

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Capital Properties DC AB15253

Sadly, Washington DC doesn't have many Greek restaurants to choose from.  We have lots of Italian restaurants, plenty of Ethiopian, a full selection of cuisines from every corner of China, and even several Nepalese. Every time there has been a civil war somewhere in the world which resulted in an embassy closing here in Washington, the chef would open a restaurant somewhere in the city rather than face going home!  But if you have a yearning for moussaka or taramosalata, your pickings are slim! To satisfy that urge for grilled octopus, the Parthenon at 5510 Connecticut is a great place to try in the Chevy Chase part of DC.  

Upper Connecticut Avenue, just three or flour blocks south of the Chevy Chase Circle, is a quiet part of the city.  The apartments and condos were built in the later forties and fifties, which is not a great architectural period in Washington, but Connecticut Avenue is wide here and the trees are tall.  Rents and sale prices are lower than the area closer to downtown.  There is a Safeway Grocery Store across from the CVS and the local bank. The movie theater plays trendy artistic films and the toy store is locally owned.  The restaurants are not trendy, but comfortable and perennial favorites.  People and restaurants seem to stay here for a long time in Chevy Chase, DC because it is a great neighborhood! 


We have been coming to the Parthenon in Chevy Chase DC for years.  We used to take my mother here for lunch since she lived nearby at Knollwood, the Army Distaff home on Nebraska and Oregon Avenues.  My husband and I still like to come here for lunch since we can sit outside under the restaurant's blue awning and watch the people walk slowly down Connecticut Avenue. 

It is a nice place to sip a glass of wine and eat a Greek salad or a chicken souvlaki.  Then we finished off with a cup of espresso and a slice of galaktoboureko! Yum - too bad I had to head back to the office after all that. 

If you want a pleasant slightly rustic Greek meal, you should try the Parthenon Restaurant at 5510 Connecticut Avenue in the Chevy Chase section of Washington, DC. 


Comments (14)

Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Hello Lise Howe 

What a great shout-out for the Parthenon Restaurant in Chevy Chase.  The only downside, it will be so busy you might not find a table next time you go!

Jul 22, 2015 01:07 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I love a restaurant with outside dining.  It's always nice to sit out when the weather is nice and enjoy a meal. 

Jul 22, 2015 02:54 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Lise sorry to hear that you do not have many Greek Restaurants, having lived in Connecticut it seemed like every town, city had a Greek restaurant and all the Diners were owned by Greek I learned to love Greek food and still make my salads with  olives and feta cheese:), Endre

Jul 22, 2015 04:25 PM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Endre Barath, Jr.  When I lived in Williamsburg va it was the same way. Every diner and restaurant was owned by a Greek family. Maybe the restaurants still are owned by Greek families but the food is not greek - except maybe for the salads. Lol. And I love feta in my salad to

Jul 22, 2015 06:23 PM
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

 Good Thursday morning Lise. I'm surprised that DC does not have many Greek restaurants. We've got a bunch of them here.

Jul 22, 2015 07:40 PM
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Very nice shout out for the Parethenon Greek Restaurant.  Nice to frequent a place you really enjoy.

Jul 22, 2015 08:03 PM
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR

I don't know that I've ever been to a Greek restaurant.  In fact I don't know of one in this area.  

Jul 22, 2015 08:24 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Good Thursday morning Lise Howe -

What a great shout out to the Parethenon Greek restaurant.  Thankfully the Albuquerque area has a good selection of Greek restaurant's and yes we frequent them regularly.

Jul 22, 2015 08:25 PM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Lise, this is a nice shout out for the Parthenon Greek restaurant. It brought back  wonderful memories of my trip to Greeece.

Jul 22, 2015 08:38 PM
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Hi Lise.  You comment about an embassy closing and a restaurant opening just cracked me up.  Nice shout out for the Parethenon.

Jul 22, 2015 09:01 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Lise,

What a great shout out for the Parthenon Greek restaurant! I would have expected there to be many choices for Greek food in DC.

Jul 22, 2015 10:03 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for your restaurant suggestion. You should make this a regular weekly series. 

Jul 23, 2015 02:22 AM
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker in DC, MD, VA and attorney in DC

Roy Kelley - Thank you - I will! I am really trying to blog more purposefully this summer and a restaurant or store is part of my plan - Dorie Dillard does such a great job with her blog - she is an inspiration.  I finally got a signature block which you suggested probably a year ago! 

Jul 23, 2015 02:40 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Dorie Dillard does a great job on her restaurant reviews.  Her model is a very good one to follow.

Jul 23, 2015 03:51 AM