A restaurant in what appears to be a large 2 story house that is full of old world Greek charm, inside and out. The dishes are rustic, simple, and full of mediterranean flavor. Family staff is always friendly and ready to help. Across from Central Park. Free parking at back.
Went here on a weekday and it's a bit tough to get to if you are going East on Kingsway. It looks like an old converted house. Seating is upstairs and place could use a makeover as the decor looks about 15 years old. Ordered the calamari to start and the portion size was quite small but price was under $10. Medium size squid and done very well, nice and tender. Had the roast lamb for my main and the portion was quite large but a bit on the dry side. Flavor was good. The sides were a bit of a throw in as the greek salad lacked feta and dressing, rice was just average as well as the veggies. Service was a bit lacking as they just dropped off a jug of water versus filling the customer's cup. Value as just OK as the roast lamb was approx. $18. So many other places to go to and try, not coming back.
The grilled baby squid was tasty and tender. The souvlaki was a bit tough, but on the whole, both dishes we ordered were pretty good. The ambiance was nice too, lively music but not too, too loud. The only thing I wasn't too happy about was the server. To be fair, she did take our order, bring our food, bring the bill, did everything she was supposed to do, but she was very, very cold. I thought a smile would have been nice. After all, she's in the service industry and a little friendliness won't hurt.
I have lived near Minoas for many years .. despite it's proximity to my family home and current home - I don't dine here after several meh meals over the years.
The house is pretty, well decorated and would make an excellent dining venue if the service, food and prices were better.
The food is a soggy mess. In my last visit (my husband INSISTED on trying it even after my protesting) we ordered calamari. They were expensive, a small portion, served cold and were soggy.
I ordered the roast lamb. It was served "wet" like it came out of hot water in a pressure cooker. My husband was unimpressed with his entree as well.
My husband had called ahead to have make sure that there was room and inquire about making a reservation. The person on the other end would not take his name and simply said, "there is plenty of room." We arrived less than 15 minutes later and were required to wait for 20 minutes to be seated!!!
The server, a female in her mid thirties to early 40's, never smiled once.
There are much, much, better Greek Restaurants in Vancouver. I would drive the extra distance to some of the wonderful places along Broadway (e.g. Athenes, Kalamatas) which offer much, much better value and better food.
The house is pretty, but the food, service and value at Minoas isn't!!
It's actually been quite some time since we ate here, but that's because we chose not to repeat. So I might as well write a review as that probably says something.
I remember the experience to just be OK. Nothing great, nothing too terrible. But I really love greek food, and even if it's mediocre, I'll probably be happy with it. So I just remember this being an average place. Knowing many better places there just wasn't much reason to repeat. But I don't think you will go too wrong here.
I went to Minoas for lunch the other day and thought this place used to be better before. Our server wasn't too friendly, maybe she had a bad day. Even when we made a joke, her smile was as cold as the day. When she served our plates, her concentration was elsewhere. We never made eye contact. The portions of the lunch were ok-sized, but I can find better value elsewhere. The moussaka, I have to say, is really good.
There are two good things in this review and i'll get them out of the way before the review. 1) The lamb chops was perfectly cooked. Tender and juicy. 2) the vegetables in tomato sauce was delicious.
With that out of the way, here we go. The restaurant needs a refresh. The chairs were wobbly, the table surface and the menus were sticky. The decor are dated. Maybe their food could help me get over that. But nope. The food made it worse.
The greek salad. Half a cup of vegetables drizzled with olive oil, a little bit of cheese, and water. Yes, there are quite a bit of water left on the saucer. At least you know they wash the vegetables. In hindsight, i should have save that salad to go with the lamb chops.
The calamari. $9 and i'm still looking for the other half of the portion. There are less than 30 pieces of squids there and those are small pieces. And the taste, oh the funny taste. So bad. It looks and smells like calamari but there is a weird taste there. As if they re-use the oil from previous night. And it's bland. Even the tzatziki sauce is also bland with a weird consistency. It looked like it's been sitting in the fridge for more than a day.
The lamb chops as i have wrote were perfectly cooked. Such a waste because it was so so so salty. Thank goodness for the vegetables in tomato sauce. I used it to flavour the bland rice and that helped with the salty lamb.
As some has said the service is lacking. No smile and no energy. I could see that some of the servers are at odds at each other. Even when you try to pay, you feel like you are bothering them.
The three of us had dinner here last night. Eventhough there was nothing wrong with the place or the food . . . we found it to be very pricey, and this is using the Entertainment coupon.
I had the Roast Lamb which was very tender, once you found the meat fighting the fatty stuff. Not enough tzatziki. Loved that the pita bread was cut into small trianlges! I found the plates too small with too much stuff on it. My husband had the lamb chops which looked very good. And my daughter had the Calamari . . . awfully small portion for the price we paid. The rings were very large compared to other Greek restaurants.
The restaurant had the old rustic feel to it. It was fine and felt very comfortable. The service was there . . . not overbearing or anything. I felt sorry for our waitress, I assume she is the grandmother . . . running back and forth!
In total we spent $60 after the coupon. Would have preferred to have gone to another Greek restaurant for that price.
Food - Excellent. I've been to Minoas about a dozen times and each dish I have tried ranges from good to great to phenomenal. My personal favorites are the lamb souvlaki and the spanakopita. They go pretty heavy on the garlic, so make sure to bring some breath mints with you.
Service - Ranges from okay to mediocre. Once had to wait 25 minutes from the time I asked for the cheque to the time I actually received it. Always the same 2 or 3 waitresses around - none of them smile. Ever. No really. Ever.
Ambiance - Nicely decorated building. Very cool greek artwork and pictures displayed throughout.
I am a telus employee and have been dining at Minoas for 25years now since they opened in 1986. (Original home of the current owner/managers (Thats definelty original) I have had a numerous lunches at Minoas and have enjoyed it everytime. My favourite is the Vegetarian Moussaka. Portions are decent and there is good value for the money. It does get very busy so it is always a good idea to (pre-order) when coming with a large group as my lunch hour time is tight is very limited. They seem to always pull through though!
I always appreciate the final touch of sampling Georgia's cookies as it adds that personal service experience
Must try Minoas for yourself !
The unfortunate location of Minoas surely doesn't do it any favors - you can barely see it from the street, as it's tucked away in an almost backroad. The Greek food here is for the most part fairly bland and tempts you to ask for some ketchup.
It should be mentioned that by beside this restaurant, is the "boot", the Brian Canfield Center, or more commonly known as the TELUS building - the workplace of several thousand employees. It's saying a lot when Minoas isn't usually frequented by TELUS employees(unless a vendor takes them out for lunch and just wants a quick walk across the street). In fact most TELUS employees would rather cross Boundary Road and order sandwiches from the overpriced place right beside Starbucks.
When TELUS employees would rather stomach the absolutely atrocious cafeteria food, instead of strolling barely 5 minutes over to Minoas for food that costs the same, but lacks flavor - that should tell you something.
I came to this taverna with my mum a number of years ago. I fell in love with the cozy, homey place. I find the food comfortable as in home sweet home. I've brought my children, who are now teens, & friends; we've all had fun and enjoyed time there. The calamari is my daughter's fave, she's had it at several places & knows her fried squids. One friend rave's about the mousaka & claims it's best she's had. My son love's the portions, he's actually full when we leave. Myself, my usual is lamb souvlaki with an extra skewer & for added comfort i get avgelemano, which is a chicken & lemon soup with the right mix of spices & herbs. Right from my first visit the family staff were easy to get to know. I was welcomed & made to feel at home & was anticipating my next visit. I've been to many greek restaurants around the lower mainland and they don't measure up to Minoas taverna. I continue to frequent this taverna and have & will go out of my way to dine there; it's always worth the effort. Next on my birthday I will purchase a couple plates to smash and holler: opa!! On the weekends are belly dancers too! The rooms are filled with lush plants & there's a cozy old rustic wooden floor that speaks to you if you listen. 2 thumbs & 2 big toes up for minoas taverna. See you there.
The best thing about Minoas is the atmosphere - inside an old house that's been transformed into a restaurant. It's very quaint and comfortable, there, although we were lacking in lights. Blue christmas lights were strung up overhead, and our tables were lit by candle-light, but it was still a bit dark for reading the menu.
The service was good. They seemed a bit rushed, because the restaurant was full, but otherwise, they were friendly and helpful.
The food there, was lovely. I had my first spanokopita, and it was tasty! The lamb kebabs were yummy, although a little dry. The pasta, apparently, was also tasty, with a good amount of sauce. I always order lamb at Greek restaurants, and while I've had better, this was still good and tender.
I wouild go back there again, to try a few other dishes. This is a good place for a cozy dinner with friends or for a date.
Like the previous reviewer wrote: the food is on the pricey side, the waitresses were not as friendly as they initially seemed to be, and the bus boys were much friendlier.
We used our groupon: dinner for 2, we chose the roast lamb deal, where it gave us calamari, 2 roast lamb, 2 small lasagnas, greek salad, and your regular fixings of 1 pita bread, tzasiki, hummus, rice and potatoes. When I purchased the groupon, nwhere in the coupon or the internet said that if we were to go with 3 people, the 3rd person HAD to buy their own entree. As the 3 of us were small eaters, we decided to share the groupon. When the waitress found out, she gave us a huge frown, "read" the groupon out loud to me, where then she went...."ohh, I guess it doesn't state that you must buy your own entree, but that's our policy". I told her, if that was the case, they should have said it on groupon or told me when I called them to make the reservation for 3 and was using the groupon. She then frowned more and said, "I'll let it go, but that's our policy."
My husband said, we should just order something else in case they do something to our food. I told him that they wouldn't, but we decided to order a side of skewer for my toddler son anyway. (4 small prawns for 6 dollars is not a good deal either).
The lamb was the only good part of the platter that came. Other than that, all else was just average. The waitress checked 2 times if everything was ok at the beginning of the meal, and never came back again. We had to flag another waitress down for more water and the cheque. My husband had to go to the counter to pay because they took too long to come back with the machine.
Overall, I think there are better greek restaurants out there with better tasting food, pricing and service.
I come here all the time, whenever I'm craving greek food, and am always satisfied. The portions aren't too big, and the price is very reasonable. My favourite things to get are the kalimari and the shrimp souvlaki. The food is always fresh and delicious. When I compare it to other Greek restaurants I have been to, I realize how good this place really is. I especially love the house the restaurant is in. It makes me feel cozy.
All around, this place is great. This place has a good balance between quality and quantity, unlike some Greek restaurants which give you a lot of food, that isn't any good. I definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for great Greek food.
Went there tonight, five of us. Three of us had roast lamb. and one of us had chicken&lamb souvlaki 15.95 and the other had chicken&lamb wrap, I think about 15.95 also. The roast lamb was on special for 13.95 today, so we asked if we could use the ET coupon for that, the elderly waitress said can not combine coupon with special. So we asked if we could pay full price for two roast lamb and use a coupon for that and get one the special price and use 2nd coupon for the other two dishes. She said okay. We had two coupon's for $10 off 2nd plate. But when the bill came, she charged us FULL price 17.95 for each roast lamb and just apply the coupons to the total bill. She can see I wasn't too happy about that. She only compensate by giving us 3 coupons $8 each, to use for next time we go there and wasn't going to adjust the bill. I am not impress as everyone gets this coupons anyways when they go there so nothing special about it unless you want to go again.
The souvlaki is overprice with just two sticks of meat on it with 3 pieces of meat on each one. The roast lamb had a good flavour but not tender enough. One of us had a glass of wine, for 5.99, I guess that's cheaper then most restaurants. The greek salad was not cold enough and a bit oily.
Even with coupons, I think it's still over priced. Not sure if I want to go back anytime soon. Had better and cheaper at other Greek Restaurants.
Went for dinner last night...my friend had the chicken souvlaki and I had the lamb. The portion size of the roast lamb was pretty big...it was very tender and had great flavor. I would definitely recommend it. My friends chicken souvlaki was just ok, it was a bit on the dry side and didn't taste very souvlaki-ish. Both of our rice pilaf was overcooked and too soft. Our server didn't seem very friendly and she didn't smile...she kind of just threw the greek salad on the table...
It was a great deal with the entertainment book coupon, might I add...don't know if I would go without the coupon.
My family and I have been going to Minoas for years! The food is delicious, the portions are generous and the service is exceptional! The Chronakis family (the owners) always make us feel welcome, like a part of the family! I've actually gotten them to provide buffet-style catering for a couple of small family gatherings the last two years. They've gone above and beyond each time! The most recent example: I called them on a Wednesday asking them to provide catering for a small family gathering that Saturday. Alex and Anna were very helpful and accommodating. I initially said that I would pick up the food at 6:00pm Saturday, but after my family told me that would be too early, I had to call Anna back and move the pick up time to 7:00pm Saturday. She said though it would be very busy that it wouldn't be a problem. The food was amazing (the Roast Lamb dinner and Chicken Souvlaki are big hits with my family!!!) and the portions were very satisfying! Anna even called me the next morning to see if everything was okay (how's that for genuine service???). I thanked her and Alex for their help in making our family gathering a memorable one and that I would write them a positive review so, here it is!! Thank you again Alex, Anna, Georgia and the staff at Minoas!!! We will be back real soon!!
This restaurant is very special to me and my wife. It's the first restaurant we went to when we were looking to move into the area, which we did. At the time, we were vegetarian and we liked that we could choose from several delicious dishes such as the vegetarian mousaka or souvlaki.
And it's where we had our wedding party, shortly thereafter. It was fantastic. And it was the first time I had their lamb shoulder, the kleftico. That was so delicious I could barely believe I hadn't had it before. So tender, moist, and flavourful. And lots of it. That is my favourite dish there now. I highly recommend it.
Additionally, the service is special. We have only lived in the area for two years but we know them and they know us. They are very friendly to us and we love going there, and enjoy the service at Minoas very much. The food is delicious, the prices are reasonable, and the service is exceptional.
I just went to Minoas my staff for our annual Christmas party and it was a great success once again. We ordered from a set menu with starters of Yummy calamari, and homous "garlicky" just the way I like it....We had a choice of different souvlaki, moussaka(meat) or even a vegetarian option. I couldn't resist having my favourite Kleftico (crispy lamb shoulder) that must have been cooked in the oven for hours and that must be the reason why the meat falls off the bone...They were very busy and we waited a little longer than usual for our food but I am sure the main reason was they were booked solid with a line up do to other Christmas party bookings as well.
Minoas! I will see you again very soon!
We visited as a party of 9 and chose this place because it was the closest Greek restaurant to the majority of our group. We called before to make a reservation and asked if they charge a mandatory tip because of a larger party and they replied that there wasn't such an obligation (and was not written on the menu). However, when the bill arrived the waitress added onto the bill with a pen by hand a mandatory 15% tip and told us that because we had a large group that this was required. She crossed out the total on the printed bill and wrote the new total herself with a 15% tip. I thought that was a bit awkward.
We would have glady tipped properly anyway if the service wasn't so bad and plus, they had told us over the phone that there wasn't supposed to be a mandatory tip. As soon as we pulled out the entertainment coupon I could see the frown on the waitress' face as if they disliked their own promotions. She hardly checked on us at all and it wasn't even a busy night, it was a weeknight and there were 2 other tables to serve. She didn't smile at all and was not friendly.
I ordered the greek ribs and my boyfriend had the mousaka and calamari appetizer. The calamari was awfully small for its price. Overall, the entree portions were ok and the food was not horrible. We've had better taste elsewhere though, and for a lower price and bigger portions as well. This was rather expensive even with the entertainment coupon. I didn't think I got what I paid for even with the discount.
We will not be returning as we didn't really feel welcome by both the waitress and the owner (older lady always by the counter). The bus boy cleaning up tables was friendler than them.