Cristos Greek Taverna is a traditional Greek restaurant. Pre-orders welcome.
I've driven by here countless times but never thought to try it out until a few people recommended the place. The wife and I went the other night. The outside looks a little old, the inside is nice and has a relaxing feel to it. We shared the saganaki, it was good but I've had better. I ate the arni psito (roast lamb) and the lamb was excellent. The rice and other stuff was just ok. We has a phyllo pastry kind of dessert and it was very good too. Overall it was a nice place, knowledgeable staff and my food was good. We would go back for a nice quiet dinner.
The original plan was to go to the restaurant across the street. When we got there, found out that they close on Sundays. It was already 8pm so don't feel like driving some where else. So what do you do? You pivot and look around. Hmm, a greek restaurant across the street and it's open! So in we go.
Usually it's not a good sign when you walk into a restaurant and there are only 2 other patrons sitting at a table in the corner. But they are open! So we were greeted and sat at a table by the window. The interior looks like any other greek restaurant, blue, fake plants, bronze cook wares/decors on the wall, but this one feels oddly cozy. Maybe because of the wide open layout and the high ceiling.
Menu looks typical. Ordered the calamari which the waiter proclaimed as "the best calamari in town", their "best dish in the house" lamb shoulder, and the chef's new creation, smoked salmon. After those claims, me and the missus anxiously waited for our food so i could call the waiter a liar.
Calamari came. Gone in sixty seconds! How bout that, an honest waiter. Their calamari is now tie as "the best calamari in town" in my book. Would definitely go back for more if i'm in that area. Because the other best is only 5 mins from our home.
The lamb shoulder and smoked salmon arrived on our table. Portion was good, be prepare to pack some leftovers. The rice has good flavour, the potatoes were delicious (which i rarely touch in other greek restaurant), the greek salad is well, normal greek salad (not a bad thing).
The lamb is tender. No knife needed here. Could use a bit more seasoning though. But, above average as is. The smoke salmon should be on the menu!! It's a crime of cruelty to serve that to people and then take it away. The agony of not tasting that would be a torture. Ok, maybe that's a bit dramatic but that smoke salmon will make you say "OMG".
I gave a rating of 3-solid for the food because this was my first time here. Although the meal should get a 4 for food, it won't be fair to give a high mark based on one sitting.
Overall, i would go back. The food was great. The service was excellent. Darryl (the waiter) is very attentive and hilarious. And he ain't a liar.
Went for lunch. Server was really friendly and helpful. THe restaurant like many Greek restaurants was decorated the same and had the plants growing all over the place. Always makes me wonder if they ever clean up there. I never find these type of restaurants, this one included very clean. Had the prawns in butter after the server told me you get two more than on the skewer for hte same price. I found them diapointingly small. The bread was the regular white fluffy pita bread(not a fav). Greek salad was ok and I got extra(although not much) instaedof rice. The potatoes were greasy cold and tasted burnt. They were left on my plate and no questions were asked byt the server. All in all an average unememorable greek restaurant.
Came here for dinner today with my cousin. We started with the grilled calamari, it was pretty good. My cousin had the moussaka I think, I had the arni psito. The portions were really good, my lamb was a bit dry but overall pretty good. The service was very friendly, one of the servers forgot my beer and apologized afterwards and took the beer off the bill, a very nice gesture I thought. A nice dining experience.
Cristo's is right in our neighbourhood. We've passed it numerous times, and finally tried it on a weeknight. We shared a saganaki appetizer (that sumptuous pan fried cheese topped with lemon juice) served with pita, and each had a roast lamb (Arni Psito).
The saganaki was freshly prepared and excellent! It was so hot when it came to the table that we had to let it cool down a bit. The cheese was melty and stretchy, with just the right touch of tanginess from the lemon juice.
The roast lamb was delicious. It was so tender you could pull the bones out of it and eat it sans knife. So much flavour in it! It was served with Greek salad, pita, tzatziki, half a roast potato, and rice.
I *always* love a Greek salad. There's no real way to screw it up, unless your veggies aren't fresh. The boy commented on how the feta cheese on this Greek salad was noticibly better than other restaurants, as it was drier and thus more flavourful. I noticed it too, but only after he had brought it up.
The tzatziki? Great stuff. It actually had flavour! Lots of garlic flavour, gently folded into a creamy base, with shards of cucumber in it. I actually asked to get my leftover tzatziki packed up! The potato was average, and I would have to say that the rice was not up to standard. It was too sticky for Greek rice pilaf. They used a medium grain rice, which was fluffier than I've had at other restaurants. They gave you a lot of it, but at the same time, I didn't really like it. M didn't mind the change though.
Cristo's gets a solid 3 stars out of 5. I'd give a 3.5, but the numbers don't work out. Attentive service, good value (packed up half my meal for dinner tonight!), and delicious food (minus the rice!).
Last Saturday my friend and I decided to go out for Greek food. I suggested Cristos in Burnaby because I had been in the restaurant before and the food was great. My friend came along mostly because I told her that there was going to be belly dancing - and she wanted to see the show.
We arrived at 7 PM and we were treated with a smile at the door. The man wearing a costume from the Greek islands (as he told us) informed us that we were just in time for the show. We started with calamari (to die for) and as the food arrived so did the belly dancer. A very pretty Brazilian girl named Carla entertained us. Everyone was clapping and from time to time all the customers were screaming "OPA" and laughing as the staff kept breaking plates down by the bar.
My friend ordered the lamb shoulder and I ordered the special which was "lamb cigar" or as we were told a meat pie, made with fylo and lamb (rolled like a fat cigar); and all the spices. It was so tasty... from another world for $15 - with rice, potatoes, pitta, Greek salad and satziki. I never tasted such food before and we were told that this food is not made in any other Greek restaurant. Apparently, the owner (Leo - the man with the costume) from time to time goes back to his childhood memories and he creates all types of different Greek dishes. He also prepares and makes Greek coffee for the customers and then he reads the coffee cup - not that we tried that!
Of course, the night was not over. Down below, there was a BD party. The staff sang happy BD and they took the older woman by the bar to break a plate. She just did not want to do it. We heard her saying that she never broke a plate in her life. But eventually she agreed to do it for the "Good Luck!". And then the owner took 2 young customers and danced a greek song with them around the tables. That was fun to watch. Truly cultural!
As we were commenting on the food and the ambience of the restaurant - real wonderful plants hanging from the roof and big flowery plants adding to the floor decor - suddenly the lights dimmed to a minimal and the Greek music changed to a soft loving music by Julio Inglessias. Only the candles by the cables were on. We started laughing because we could not believe the coincidence. Romance in a Greek restaurant. Now, the owner was circulating around the tables, wearing a white lab coat pretending to be a scientist, offering every single customer "test tube babies"; actual test tubes having a small amount of alcohol. That's Greek hospitality he said to give something back to the customers. Wow... that little drink was delicious... Lemoncello and Merlot wine and Cinzano and whatever else.
Apparently the owner dances all the time and he treats all customers like they are his friends. And the server told us that sometimes they sevre small jello shooters for free! I don't know if there is another restaurant that does this but I know that... my friend and I spent a night in Greece. What a night! What a delight!
I have not been here for awhile; this used to be my favorite greek restaurant, but it is just ordinary ( I understand it is under new ownership). Nothing unpleasant just ordinary; nothing stands out, portions are large, but the taste does not seem to be here as it once was.
Whenever I'm out in North Burnaby...I and my friends or associates always come here for Greek food. My favs are the Calamaria or Keftedes (Greek meatballs) dinner or the Mousaka. If one of your friends want to share...I would recommend the Combination or the Cristo's platter for two. Its a pretty good deal and leftovers are guranteed. All in all..good food, good service and good atomsphere.
Wow! Just found out that there's a new owner in town.
Dissapointing Saganaki, the cheese was stiff and had to be cut with a sharp knife and the food isn't prepared in the same manner. It was just a small slab of unbearable sour and salty cheese.
The Hummus wasn't consistent in quality and it was definitely lacking any garlic base! Let's not forget to comment on the pita bread; it was like it was toasted for customers before we arrived, they didn't eat it so they re-heated it again and served it to us! (blah).
The Arni Psito (lamb dish) isn't tender like it used to be, the portions are smaller and the price is too high for what you receive.
For a Sunday evening the restaurant was busy but not like it once was.
My overall experience tonight was hindered by the fact that the food was no longer up to par. Double thumbs down and my toes in my shoes were delivering the same message, "ten toes down"!
After 30 years of wonderful and tasty Greek food - this was disastrous!
We celebrated my wife’s a birthday here, and the staff were very accommodating in every way. All three appetizers were great (must try the CALAMARIA SKARAS) Everyone enjoyed their choice of Entree. I had the GREEK STYLE RIBS, and was very impressed. The cost of each plate suited the quality of the food, and the portions were very generous. We will be back.
Cristo's is our favourite and ultimate Greek Food Fix destination. The service is good, the food, awesome and the ambiance is very Greek with the music, plants and Greek decor. I have ordered various food items, all which were delicious: the spanakopita, the kalamari, the beef and chicken souvlaki dinners. My husband always orders the roast lamb dinner which is cooked perfectly the way he likes, and although I don't eat lamb I must say it always looks so succulent and tender. I have never been disappointed at Cristo's and hopefully they will never change!
Over all a great Greek place.
Service was good and our server was very friendly and helpful. I had ordered the dry ribs and I didn't like them because they were way too dry - but in good fashion I was not charged for them or the alternative chicken souvlaki that I ordered. The Souvlaki was great - fresh, juicy and tender.
My wife ordered the lamb which she said was also perfectly cooked and juicy. The Greek salad was really fresh and the rice had some type of strange (in a good way) flavor that tasted different - I couldn't figure out what the seasoning was.
all in all - a great place
I would go back and I would recommend it!!!
I just love this place. I can't quite put my finger on what it is about it but the service is always top notch, attentive, warm and friendly. I've been here a number of times in the four and a half years my husband and I have lived on Capital Hill. This restaurant is walking distance from my house, certainly a plus. But the $5 topped to the brim Tsantale red or white is very pleasing and Cristos does just about the best Saganaki I've had anywhere! The decor could probably do with a bit of a brush up but I know I really enjoy a place when that sort of thing even adds a certain ambiance to the experience!
the place smelled so good as soon as we walked in the door, we ordered a bunch of small dishes and shared some entrees. started with an amazing Greek salad, the meatballs, spicy and juicy, the shrimp with feta and the calamari with lemon and garlic could not have been better. the lamb was a must, we had roasted lamb chop which was seasoned perfectly, and cooked to tender and soft. we also had these amazing zucchini fritter and the best chicken dish I have ever had with chic peas and olives. great choice of wines by the glass and the service is also friendly. This is our new favorite Greek place and we will be back soon.
me and my family decided to try cristos as the normal greek restaurant that is about 1 minute away was closed. The restaurant was quite full, and as we didnt have any reservations, we had to wait, but no complaint about that. we were then seated with a warm greeting, but our water and drinks did not arrive for about 15 minutes. I had kalamaria skaras (grilled squid). it was extremely salty and rubbery, and i had wished i had ordered the deep fried ones after i had tried some from my brother's dish. The setting of the restaurant was very nice, and when the sun was setting, the atmosphere was delightful and a charming place. although i did not like the kalamari,a the rest of the dish was decent. If i'm in the area again and the other restuarant is closed and i'm in desparate need of Greek food, i'll give it another go, but not with the kalamaria skaras.
certainly my favourite Greek taverna in Burnaby as the food is very solid and consistent .If you love calamari and are not a big fan of batter then try their calamari Skaras which are very delicate tubes of squid cooked over the grill & then served hot in a small skillet with olive oil and lemon . They also have without a doubt the best Saganaki served anywhere . Service is efficient and friendly .
Excellent all around....Great Food, Great Service, Excellent Prices...Quiet and Romantic....
One of my favorite Greek restaurants...Always pleased by everything.
The Staff are friendly and don't bug you, but are always there when you need them.
Try them for lunch...it can't be beat....I think it costs more at Macdonalds
Excellent Value, authentic atmosphere
Can handle small parties and large groups....
While I sadly do not get to visit Cristo's much anymore since I moved out of the area, whenever I do go it's a great experience. The souvlakis are nice and moist, never dry, and the Spanakopita is perfectly crisp, and doesn't even get soggy on the bottom. The place is a bit "kitschy" inside, but the service is generally good, and the the prices are fair. Lunch specials are barely smaller than dinner, and for under 10 bucks you get a meat, plus all the Greek sides (greek salad, a full round pita, tsatsiki sauce, rice and potato). Lunch is a tremendous deal.
I have ordered food for pickup from Cristos 3 times now...and something about the wait staff really bothers me.
Each time I went and paid with Interac™ the wait staff asks me "How much tip should I add?"
I dont understand this...
If I am dining at your establishment, dirtying your dishes, getting food and beverages delivered I will tip you. If service is spectacular I will tip you 20%.
but how dare you ask for a tip when you have done NOTHING.
Needless to say, I am no longer going here...theres a great place down the street.
I live in the area and used to go to Cristos quite a bit. I had not been in awhile and was disappointed on my last visit. I agree with the last reviewer - the food used to be much better. I was not aware there was a change in ownership but that explains the degraded quality. The food is okay but no great. About the same quality as Sfinaki on Hastings but I like Cristos better.
I find a lot of Greek restaurants cut-corners on their food (e.g., being stingy with Pita bread, how much Tzatiki they give you, bland rice, etc.). If you want really good Greek food go to the following: Santorini's (North Road), Taki's Taverna (Davie St), or Sympatico (West 4th). Prices are about the same and the food at each is outstanding. I have been to many Greek restaurants and these are by far the best.