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Sfinaki Taverna

4061 Hastings St
Burnaby, BC V5C2J1
Tel: (604) 299-3400
Fax: (604) 299-3044
  • Cuisine: Greek
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Hours: Mon - Thu: 11AM - 9PM, Fri - Sat: 11AM - 10PM, Sun: 3PM - 9PM
  • Sfinaki Taverna serves rustic Greek home cooking.

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Great food
By bordercollie of north vancouver (268 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 20, 2013 - 12:13am [Dine in]

I went to Sfinaki the other night with a friend and had two different meals. We started off with Humous with Pita bread, which was really good. I ordered the roast chicken with potatoes and rice, the chicken had great flavour, melted in your mouth and fell off the bone. I would definately go back for this meal.
My friend had the beef souvlaki with potatoes, rice and greek salad, reported that everyone was really good, she really liked her beef souvlaki, great taste with lots of flavour. We came at a good time around 6pm, and when we left this place was busy by 7.30pm, so its popular. Food was excellent, I plan to return soon.

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Good pita bread, but ...
By applepie of Burnaby (129 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 2:03pm [Dine in]

I have meant to try this restaurant for a long time, and finally got around to it. Their side pita bread is very good, but I am afraid I can't say the same for the rest of the meal. I wish the chef had been easier on salt and let the taste of the food come out more. Service was pretty good, and so was the ambiance. Having said that, we were there for an early dinner and were seated on the side with fewer customers. Towards the end of our meal, when more customers came in, the room started to get quite noisy. I am not sure if I will be returning anytime soon.

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A wonderful Greek taverna.
By priggly of Coquitlam (73 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, December 16, 2007 - 10:30pm [Dine in]

I have dined at Sfinaki on several occasions and have yet to be disappointed. The Greek cuisine is expertly prepared and the flavors are authentic. Especially lovely is the roast lamb which was done to perfection. The salad was excellent. The portion size is very good. The service is attentive and caring. The atmosphere is that of your typical Greek taverna with the wonderful blues and whites of the homeland in evidence. Altogether I would not hesitate to recommend this eating establishment.

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Good Food in Burnaby
By cyberspace of vancouver (88 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 23, 2011 - 9:25am [Dine in]

Went to this restaurant for saturday night dinner. Went there with one of my best friend. We ordered the Arni Pesto shoulder lamb and it was very moist and tender. The serving was large and you would need to be very hungry to finish the meal. It was not a cheap place for Greek food but the food was excellent. The resturant was full and we did not have reservations but we did not have to wait to get a table. I will go back again.

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A bit heavy on the salt
By Vancouver_foodlover of Vancouver (53 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 26, 2009 - 4:33pm [Dine in]

Dropped by this place to try it out when craving for Greek.

Decor was fairly good and place was liked the fact that the place was clean.

Price was reasonable, and portions were sufficient.

Only negative were the dishes we ordered were too much on the salty side. I couldn't finish the potato that was served and some of meat were too salty. If they correct this problem, then the dishes would be ok.

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Thank goodness for Entertainment Book Coupon!
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 17, 2009 - 4:38pm [Dine in]

From the time I first ate at Sfinaki a couple years ago until now, they have given the restuarant a few upgrades. The restaurant itself is still the same, but they've changed all the chairs (leather) and tables and added table decor for a more upscale look. The food is better than before, but unfortunately, the service has slipped.

We waited a long time for everything: to order, our meal, to pay, to get change. Eventhough there were 2 servers on the floor, only 1 did the serving for the entire restaurant. But when we actually got our meals, the food was worth the wait. My boyfriend had a chicken gyro w/ fries and I had the moussaka. Although the portions were on the small side, everything was delicious - especially the dessert. Custard pastry with ice cream and honey.

Yes, food was very good. But the minor updates to the restaurant and especially the lacking service, doesn't justify charging the prices they do. Even with our E-book coupon, our dinner totalled over $35 for 2 entrees, 1 drink and 1 dessert.

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Smaller portions than most.
By jezzme of Burnaby (62 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 2, 2008 - 12:38pm [Dine in]

When I crave Greek food, it is because i want a large quantity of comfort food.

Me and the boy were in the neighbourhood and happened upon Sfinaki Taverna.

We were seated after a couple minutes, and were allowed to peruse the menu for a little longer than expected (it was later found that the hostesses were all in the staff area talking about spring break plans. We considered telling our waitress that we weren't going anywhere for Spring Break when she came to take our order, just so we wouldn't feel left out. :p) but decided on the "Large Eaters Platter".

Since we were expecting a lot of food, we were slightly disappointed when the waitress brought us two salads, one plate of food, and one pita, sliced into sticks.

The salad was excellent; the ingredients were fresh, and there was a nice balance of salty cheese, olive oil, and the flavours of the vegetables. The tzatziki was also really good - nice and garlicky.

The platter consisted of two quails, two lamb chops, and one skewer of each beef and lamb, on a bed of rice. The lamb chops were the best thing on the platter; tender, juicy, with a nice crispy fat cap from the grill. The worst thing was one of the skewers - the meat actually tasted sour!

The disappointment was from the size of the platter - it was named the "Larger Eater Platter", but me and the boyfriend polished it off! I usually divide my plate at other Greek restaurants and take one half home for lunch the next day, but there were no leftovers at Sfinaki. The boyfriend even said that he "wasn't stuffed, and could eat more."

While some of the food at Sfinaki (lamb chops, tzatziki, and salad) were really good, they have to work on giving value to the customer. At ~$50 for a two person platter (no drinks or dessert) of just mediocre food, it's nice to know what Sfinaki offers, but I wouldn't go out of my way to return again.

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Tasty Food, Decent Prices
By jpcostales of Metrotown, Burnaby (70 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 27, 2007 - 2:02pm [Dine in]

Checked out this place the other day with my girlfriend. Nice restaurant conveniently located on Hastings, with great interior and a home-style feel. Recommended.

Food - Spanakopita and chicken souvlaki were pretty good. I especially enjoyed the kalamari appy, very tasty and not at all greasy, just the way I like it.

Service - Friendly service. The hostess was very nice and our waitress greeted us with a smile. Food was served promptly.

Ambiance - Really fantastic. Great Greek decor throughout the restaurant. Even noticed some items from the Athens 2004 Olympics. Nice touch.

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Sfinaki - May 31/08
By sumiln of North Burnaby (34 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 9, 2008 - 2:42pm [Dine in]

We went to this restaurant for my mum-in-law's birthday last weekend. The server was quite rude and literally snatched the menus out of our hands. I often make vegetarian moussaka at home (I don't eat meat) so decided I would try it in a restaurant to see how my own measures up. It was absolutely dreadful, in fact, it was not moussaka but a layer of zucchini, a layer of eggplant and a tepid white sauce poured over top. Quite inedible for my taste. My feeling is that if a restaurant cannot make a dish it should not be offered on the menu. We have been to this restaurant twice in the past and were never overly taken by it but now it is most definately off my list. Cristo's up the street is much nicer and certainly much friendlier.

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First time with friends
By karlamg of Burnaby, BC (10 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 13, 2008 - 11:41am [Dine in]

I lived in Burnaby North for 3 years and constantly drove by this little greek place and never went in. My fiance and I finally went there last month with friends of ours and were quite pleased. The decor needs to be updated, but the waitress sat us promplty and we were given menus. We ordered some appetizers and their hummus was absolutely amazing! I love garlic and there was a lot in it. My fiance had the lamb slouvaki which he said was good and I had the chicken slouvaki. The amount of food you get for the price you pay is really good. A great place to go for greek, I now drive from Port Moody to Sfinaki when I have a craving for greek.

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Another Good Greek restaurant
By theschuay86 of Vancouver (32 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 27, 2012 - 11:14am [Dine in]

My wife and I went there on a very quiet Thursday (maybe 40% capacity). We got a nice seat by a window.

The ambiance was nice. Not too dark like some places. It was also typical to a lot of Greek places.

The menu was also typical to the Greek restaurants in Vancouver. Same dishes, which is good.

The hostess and waitress were great. They seemed in good spirits. They were also quite quick and efficient. Could be because it wasn't busy. They were also quite helpful in making up my mind.

We started with the Kalamari. Maybe a bit worse than other Greek restaurants, but I still liked it. We also got pita bread on the house, which is fantastic at Sfinaki.

My wife ordered the Lamb shoulder. Came with rice, pita, potato, and a salad. A lot of food, enough for her lunch the next day. The lamb was cooked perfectly. The rice seemed undercooked (a bit hard). Overall, the dish was a bit too salty, but great.

I ordered the lamb Gyro. The waitress recommended it to me. It came with salad, rice, and fries. It was just the right amount of food, I was a bit overstuffed. Only $12 there too. Same comments as the lamb shoulder, rice undercooked, and a bit too salty. I loved it. It wasn't too messy either. I usually have the theory that the messier the wrap, the better, but this was surprising good for how neatly it was made.

We also had an entertainment coupon. So the Gyro was free. I would recommend Sfinaki only to those who are nearby (within a 15 minute drive). Not worth a long trek to go here. So check it out if you are around the area.

T. Schuay

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Yummmmmmmmmmm
By Exchange of Vancouver area (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - 3:31pm [Dine in]

Very tasty, good size also for take out and delivery portions, Although they don't usually deliver, we had a unique situation and they were kind enough to accommodate. Made wife happy. We tried the Mousaka and Chicken Souvlaki and both were to our liking. We make an effort to dine in every week!

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We love this place
By sallyrally of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, June 15, 2008 - 1:53am [Dine in]

I don't typically write reviews for food cause i think everyone has different tastes etc but we've yet to have anything to complain about at Sfinaki's.

We're total regulars here and the service here rocks! Sometimes you may have to wait for a table cause this place gets pretty busy, but it's worth it.

We love the kalamari, always good. Then we usually get the roast lamb, one of the best of tried that's for sure.

Bougatsa is our favourite dessert. crisp phyllo with custard on the inside...always awesome.

Not quite sure what the previous reviewer was all about but we recommend this little north burnaby jem to all our friends and always have positive feed back!

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Food too salty
By yumyumsigsig of Burnaby (15 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 1, 2010 - 6:49pm [Dine in]

My son recently told me that the really annoying thing about cooking when living on his own is he puts in the effort to cook, and then if it turns out bad and he has to finish it. By that he meant he put in too much salt in his cooking that made his dish twice as salty as it needed to be. Well, we have a similar experience, except that we didn’t cook it, the restaurant chef did. My wife and I went to this restaurant on Wednesday evening around 6 o’clock. Looking from the outside, it seemed like a nice and clean restaurant. The inside décor looks pretty decent, though not the greatest. We were seated at a table by the front glass window with a view facing Hastings Street. It didn’t take long for the waitress to respond to our order. I ordered an Arni Psito Roasted Lamb dish. The salad and pita bread was quickly served. Everything including the service was good up to that point. Then the main dish came. My whole dining experience was about to change. The roast lamb was tender enough. However, it was so salty that without the rice, it was just impossible to eat. I had to keep drinking water to wash out that salty taste in my mouth. After I came home, I was reading some past reviews on this restaurant. I wasn’t surprised to find that several reviewers had already commented that the food was too salty. I guess I should have read the reviews first before I went.

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Always deelish!
By hello of montreal,quebec (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 9:25am [Dine in]

I've been coming to Sfinaki for more than 10 years and their Greek food is the best in the lower mainlaind! It's no surprise they've been voted 'Best Greek in Burnaby' 2 years in a row now. Among my fave dishes are: keftedes, spanakopita, saganaki, dolmathes, roast lamb, paidakia, kalamari and gyro! So, so, so deelish!!!

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Good Greek Place in N. Burnaby
By Valdemar of Burnaby, BC (38 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - 10:42am [Dine in]

Like many others, I went to Sfinaki based on the coupon in the Entertainment book.

Food: The lamb I had was extremely tender, tasty, and almost melted in my mouth. The dessert was a bit greasy for my liking, but the rice pilaf was great by itself and nothing disappointed.

Service: Adequate and timely, for the most part. When we wanted to pay the bill, it took them quite awhile. Don't they want their money? :)

Value: Not as much food as you get from other Greek places, but more than enough to fill us both up. I don't want to have too much food, either. Good value for the price.

Ambiance: The usual knick-knacks and paintings in a random fashion. What stood out for us was the large amount of vegetation in the restaurant. It was a mini-jungle in some places, and definitely made the experience more interesting and relaxed than other place.

Overall: A good, solid choice for Greek food in North Burnaby.

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Great place if you can afford it.
By acho of burnaby (7 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 15, 2012 - 6:18pm [Take-out]

I haven't ordered from Sfinaki's for about a year but not for any negative reasons though. My wife had a Greek food moment and wanted her lamb dinner and Sfinaki makes a hell of a lamb dinner. The food and service haven't changed but the price sure made me think twice about going greek here. I know prices have gone up and I won't fault Sfinaki for its price changes but damned I be when someone charges for tzatziki sauce after spending more than $50.00 for 3 dinners. I like tzatziki sauce to go with my bread. It's like ordering salad and told that any kind of dressing will be extra. Sometimes the smallest steps can have a big impact on the overall experience. This latest experience will at least push me to look for other Greek restaurants and the Heights have no shortage of them. BTW, it was a take out order and not dine in.

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Excellent Greek food...Authentic!
By mystic21 of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, November 29, 2009 - 11:08pm [Dine in]

A friend told me about this place, but after reading the last few reviews I was a little nervous.

Well I was not disappointed. The food was incredible! The right amount of seasoning and flavour. Large portions too!

The service was excellent and our server was attentive.

The inside of a restaurant is very Greek, and with a lot of plants, but still had a nice feel.

The prices are reasonable, especially for the amount of food you get.

All in all, I was very pleased and will be going back soon.

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I like it here!
By tamara454 of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 11, 2009 - 12:39am [Dine in]

My boyfriend and I live in the area and really enjoy coming here often. The portions are large (not as large as Stephos on davie though haha) but it's enough to fill you up and have lots leftover on your plate or to go. The person who said the portion was small, clearly needs to get appetizers if they know they eat so much!
The only thing bad I have to say is that they need to relax a little on their prices. $18 for calamari dinner there is too much, I think $15 is more reasonable for that place. Even changing your plate to all greek salad, instead of the potatoes and rice, they charge an extra $4 from what I recall. Uhm ok?? Because that is more expensive? Just an excuse to take more money from people who want to avoid all those carbs.
Also, we often get delivery and one time my boyfriend and his friends ordered the $12.95 special on the front of their to go menu, but the lady on the phone said it's $13.95. To avoid argument, he ordered himself and his friends 5 meals. When they received their delivery, you can see that someone made a 3 out of the 2 with a blue pen to make $13.95. Is this a scam to get a better tip??? We have got this often and have never been told that...
All around service has been great, but just keep in mind that they aren't those overly, fake-friendly places that you tend to get from chain restaurants. It's more relaxed but the owner and servers are quite nice, don't take it the wrong way because they aren't acting all super happy and phony. I really like it for a change.

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Better Greek Food Out There
By pinky of Burnaby (5 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 18, 2008 - 4:46pm [Dine in]

Went to this place as it was a central location before we headed off for a night of gambling. We had a coupon, so we thought that we'd give it a try. Two of us ordered their lamb special, while the other two ordered a chicken wrap and chicken souvlaki. I guess ordering the "special" meant that you were getting a smaller than usual portion. Because when my roast lamb came, I was wondering "....where's the rest of it?..."

The food was not bad by any means and the service was nice and helpful (although I did hear a crash of water glasses behind us). One of the poor waitresses didn't practice her juggling routine before going out on her shift.

For the $12.95 we paid for the lamb, I would have much rather go to the other Greek restaurant up further on Hastings. But we had a coupon and were in the area, so it was sufficient for the time being. Not too sure I'd be back however.

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