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Vassilis Souvlaki Greek Taverna

6558 Kingsway
Burnaby, BC V5E1C5
Tel: (604) 434-0626

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Turn Up the Heat
By millar of New Westminster, Vancouver (77 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 11, 2013 - 12:06pm [Dine in]

We had not been here for a long time and I guess we never went in winter, because the room was freezing cold. We asked to be moved to a table away from the window and the draft -- and we had an argument about it. I couldn't believe it, the waitress basically said no because they were saving those tables for larger parties. We insisted and then the manager came over an said "Oh alright". At least we were out of the draft but the room was really cold. Customers were eating with their coats on. I think that should be a pretty clear hint to management to turn up the heat.

Service after that was OK. Food was OK. I had the Lamb shank and my partner had the House special, but the chicken breast was overcooked and dry. At $18 dollars the cheaper lamb shank cut is not a deal. There are lots of Greek restaurants around, where you can actually get a nice cut of roast lamb so I don't think we'll be back.

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not very good.
By genki39 of burnaby (82 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 7:30pm [Dine in]

I came here for dinner with my friend last night. We were seated near the back of the restaurant and it took a while before the server came over to us. We ordered a couple of stellas and the roast lamb dinner. Our server brings us our drinks and seriously within 5 minutes we get our dinners. Whoa! What's that all about? Is everything sitting under heat lamps or in warming ovens? WTF? Well, the lamb was okay but pretty much everything else sucked! The veg (beans & carrots) were cold, the rice was mushy and cold and the greek salad wasn't very good either. The service was almost non-existent, she pretty much came back when we were done, no quality check or anything. To top it off the roast lamb was almost 20 bucks! 18.95 I think. Most other greek places are about 15-16, what a rip-off! Won't be seeing me back in this place!

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Felt Rushed
By doodlebug of vancouver (58 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 24, 2007 - 12:54am [Dine in]

We got there at about 745pm. It was Sunday night so it wasn't overly busy. I'm thinkin' they were short staffed because our server was running around like crazy trying to attend to everyone. It took her a while to get to us and once she did, she was good. My dinner partner had the roast lamb. It is said to be tender and flavourful. I had the calamari dinner. The calamari was bland, the rice is different from what I'm used to at a greek place (had peas 'n stuff in it), the potatos were sliced into medallions (which is also different. I prefer the fingerling potatos cooked in lemon juice and butter!) and tasted deep fried. Drinks were fine. Wine is priced well and was good with dinner. I don't think I'll be back simply because there are better greek places around.

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Go there for the food but don't expect much else
By mmmsteak of Richmond (74 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 7, 2009 - 3:56pm [Dine in]

Vassilis definitely makes one of the best roast lambs in any Greek restaurant I've been to in the lower mainland. Even their lamb souvlaki is delicious (and huge!).

We recently went in for takeout during lunch. When we tried to order the roast lamb, we were told that their roast lamb is not available until after 4:30pm. Huh? Just a month or two back we were successful in ordering it for lunch takeout. I hope this isn't a policy change.

The waitress was polite but not super friendly. The decor of the place looks essentially like any Greek taverna with a few extra touches (like real jasmin flowers).

Vassilis' menu is definitely on the expensive end of Greek restaurants. It costs around $3 more than your average price for any dish. For the occasional indulgence in REALLY good Greek food, it's worth it though. But take note to go there just for the food and don't expect much else.

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Quality Greek Food in Burnaby!
By jezzme of Burnaby (62 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 25, 2007 - 3:23pm [Dine in]

The first thing patrons will notice once they enter Vassilis is that their decor evokes all feelings of the Mediterranean. There is plenty of light, plants, and knickknacks (which serve as conversation pieces) about the large restaurant. The dining area is sectioned off, which provides a little seclusion for a romantic meal, or a private area for larger parties. Alternatively, the partial walls serve as noise barriers within the restaurant - but the cut out portions allow waitstaff to do their jobs.

Vassilis is a little pricier than your "run of the mill" Greek restaurant, but then their food is never run of the mill!

Mr. Jezzme always has the roast lamb here, and he says it melts in your mouth - it does. I usually have the lamb chops, which are perfectly marinated, moist, and flavourful. The portion is large, and I always have lunch for work the next day.

Service is great - they only seem to have one or two waitresses most times I have dined there, but at the same time, the waitresses know how to work it! They are professional, friendly, and attentive, and I always tip accordingly.

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Mediocre at best for the two times we've been here
By leigh of Vancouver (20 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 25, 2010 - 2:25am [Dine in]

My wife and I have been here twice. The last and final time was a few days ago. Both times we had indifferent service. We'll start off with the good stuff first.

Ambiance - It's a neat Greek restaurant with nice decor. Better than most other Greek places.

Now for the bad...

Value and Food are both poor imo. Slightly more expensive than other places. The kicker here is that one time it wasn't bad. The last time? The roast lamb was not as tender and succulent as they claim. We brought to the attention of our waitress, but she just shrugged it off. ( we got some pretty downright nasty glares we when paid and left)

Service - What happened to the service? They didn't even bother to check up on us after giving us our entrees. We asked for water refills, but it was forgotten twice. Plus we got nasty glares when we left.

Overall I wouldn't be back a 3rd time. I chalked the 1st time as an off night. After the 2nd time, forget about it. Go at your own risk.

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large restaurant yet quaint atmosphere
By cherrygirl of vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 17, 2007 - 4:19pm [Dine in]

i love the roast lamb here-tender, moist and fall off the bone! not to mention the spanakopita-very tasty and flaky =) the restaurant is large and the interior is different in various parts of the restaurant so every time i go, it is always a different experience

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Skip this joint unless you like torture
By eyeswideopen of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, November 28, 2010 - 5:20pm [Dine in]

The owner of this place is ridiculous. He stands at the front (with his red ferrari parked out front as prominently as possible) and scowls at his patrons and derides his staff. The service is terrible. You can go for 20 minutes and not even get a hello from a waiter let alone any actual service. You are treated as if you're a complete inconvenience and annoyance to them
We've been enduring the place for about 15 years because we have liked the food for the most part but we now refuse to eat there anymore. I'd rather go somewhere where I'm appreciated. There's another souvlaki restaurant on Kingsway at the Patterson skytrain station that is just a good food wise and a hell of a lot more appreciative and friendly with far better service.

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Not Recommended...
By nbc2004 of vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, November 20, 2010 - 8:47pm [Dine in]

I have dined here a couple of times and will not be returning. I ordered one of the souvlaki platters and was highly dissapointed. The beef was basically charcoal, hard as a rock and black - same goes for the lamb. The chicken was decent.. For the price you pay I was expecting it to be alot better quality. The sides seem reheated. The greek salad has really phony 'feta'. To top it off the owner is not friendly in any way. He scowls and grunts at his customers and for some reason he has built a very arrogant looking glass garage for his ferrari outside of the restaurant....The only thing that restaurant has going for it is the atmosphere.

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Overrated
By wc2010wcwcwc of burnaby (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 26, 2010 - 3:11pm [Dine in]

We (couple and toddler) dine here recently on a friday evening. As we arrive, the parking lot is full but as we enter the restaurant, there are more servers than customers inside. After we settled and were given the menus, we were ready for ordering for 10min before our server comes to take the order. Without apologizing, she qiuckly took the order and walked away. My wife didn't get her water until the food come! The wait was so long for the food and there's no pita offered while we wait (the pita comes with the food together). I had a roast lamb and my wife had a mousaka. It was the fattest roast lamb I ever have in any Greek restaurant and it only tasted so-so. I trimmed out the fat which covered half an appe dish. The mousaka that my wife had was tastly but salty. The potato, rice and veges are decent as any other Greek rest. At the end with the leftover, the server even forgot to pack my leftover roast lamb. Overall, mediocre food, sub-par service, higher price to value. I will definitely pick Minoas any day over this...

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Stay Away
By foodcritic-604 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, May 1, 2010 - 12:14am [Dine in]

Tonight was my second time eating here. Now, I remember why I didn't go back all this time! I was impressed by the fact that we were seated so quickly given it was a Fri night. However, that was the only thing that impressed me all night. We sat down and it took about 10 min for the waitress to come and take our drink order. My girlfriend and I ordered the roast lamb. 10 minutes after we ordered, the waitress comes back to let us know that they ran out of roast lamb. wonderful. It took another while for her to come back and retake our order. Oh and were we supposed to get bread? I think I read that on someone else's review. We didn't get any..hm..We sat down at 8:30pm or so, and our food did not come out until 9:30. The food wasn't horrible but it wasn't spectacular either. The food took so long to come out that it ruined my mood.

For the price you pay, this place isn't worth it. How does a place like this stay in business????????

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The service was horrible
By Vancouver consumer of Vancouver (downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, December 30, 2009 - 6:24pm [Dine in]

I went here last week for a Christmas party. The service was absolutely TERRIBLE. We had a large party of 16 people so you would think the service would be decent, to say the least, especially if they are forcing a 15% gratuity for a large party. Our server was not friendly at all and our food came out cold. One member in my party asked for salt and pepper and our server's response was "we ran out of salt". Umm... what restaurant runs out of salt?! Another guest asked for extra tatziki sauce and our server's response was "you will have to order another meal to get extra sauce".

Another member of my party was asking our waitress questions regarding the menu and then when a different member of our party went to the washroom, an older gentleman said to him "Why are you asking so many questions and hasseling my server". Very rude, especially considering these questions pertained to the menu! Our food was not served all together so a few people in our party received their food when the majority of us were already done our meals. Considering it is the holidays and many people are eating out, you would think that management would staff extra servers but in this case, our server was the only one serving numerous tables, so she appeared very flustered and rushed. You couldn't pay me to eat here again. I've eaten out a lot and eat out frequently and this is by far one of the WORST experiences I've ever had. The quality of the food was mediocre but I've had better for a cheaper amount. Needless to say, my Christmas experience was negatively tainted by the horrible experience.

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Average Greek Food, Below Average Service
By nogami of Coquitlam (39 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 24, 2008 - 7:31pm [Dine in]

I've been to Vassillis twice now - the first was unspectacular, if acceptable in terms of food, with service that was a bit on the slow side.

The second time a few days ago was the deal-breaker. While the food is still acceptable for Greek fare, the service and speed are definately sub-par. Ordering 2 mains with no appetizers took almost 60 minutes. Getting the server's attention to order dessert took approximately 15 minutes, plus another 15 to receive the dessert.

Following dessert, we waited another 15 minutes or for the bill, and when nothing was forthcoming, we just walked to the bar and paid there (and since their debit machine has no tip button, the server justs asks what you want to pay).

I won't be going back.

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Miserable owner
By burvan of Burnaby (30 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 25, 2007 - 8:50pm [Dine in]

When this restaurant opened the food , service and decor were outstanding . Over the years it has steadily declined to the point we go out of our way to go to other not so famous restaurants such as Christo's and Minoas that have far better food and friendlier service especially the hosts or hostesses . The owner of Vasillis greets you without smiling or even making you feel welcome then takes you to the table throws the menu down and leaves making you wonder why you want to spend you hard earned money in this establishment . hopefully after diners like us do not come back he will understand that his business is the hospitality business and he should at least attempt to be hospitable even if he does not want to.

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Going down hill
By Tasty34 of Surrey (12 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 26, 2009 - 5:58pm [Dine in]

I went here with my girlfriend for my birthday. It was just two of us and we didn't bother to make a reservation. I had been here a few times but had been a year or two at least since the last time. I remembered it to be a bit pricey but worth it.

The restauraunt inside is nice. The live orchids were really nice. White stucco walls with a blue tinge. The look of the menu is quite sad. The prices on the menu are on the high side yet the quality of them looks like a bad photocopy. Things were cut out and taped onto the menu. Not really professional or in good relation to the prices.

The waitress complimented my girlfriend on her dress which was nice. I ordered a ceasar which was slightly below average in my opinion. I ordered the lamb souvlakia with my girlfriend ordering the mousaka. When the dishes came they were not hot...more on the warm side. The lamb was very nice. Large pieces and tender. The greek potatoes were dry. They tasted like dried out oven roasted potatoes that had been reheated. Not the soft flavourfull potatoe expect. The rest of my vegetables were cool. I ate them fast so they wouldn't get cooler. The tzatziki was very nice. The bread was not. It was whole wheat, cold and a little dry. One of my complaints about whole wheat bread is it can come off a bit dry. Most greek restaurants serve a warmed white bread. Not sure why they coudn't do this. My girlfriend enjoyed her mousaki. Both portions were quite large so neither one of had room for desert and my girlfriend even took some of hers home. We had to wait for our bill for longer than we liked. We even signaled that we were looking for it. Quite slow on the service. We finally got up so we could pay and leave.

I would say skip this place and try somewhere else. You can get similar food that is actually hot for way less money. Two entres and one drink for $50 not good value.

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Very good
By rannathebest of Burnaby, Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 22, 2007 - 1:58pm [Dine in]

In the busy streets of Kingsway this resaturant definelty calmed my nerves on a Saturday evening. I ordered the fried cheese which was very fattening and flavourful. The lamb shoulder was rich although the salad was small.

My wife ordered the spinakopita which was great. Service was good. The ambience was definetely that of Greek style which is a must when I go to any ethnic restaurant. I don't mind paying a bit more if I have a good. time. Probably not worth for someone on a low budget as it is a fine dining restaurant. I can see why it was voted as best for Burnaby.

I will go back again!

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Owner rude, food mediocre, service just plain "odd"
By debby625 of burnaby, bc (7 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 8, 2013 - 1:45pm [Dine in]

I took a buisiness client to Vasillis last night. When I went to the front to mention I'd made a reservation the owner had to be called? The owner then directed the girls to take me to a table. While the owner was directing his staff, I wasn't acknowledged at all and he proceeded to issue commands while speaking with his mouth full, adding in another bite as I stood there (absoultely disgusting) - had I not been meeting someone I would have left just based on this. My guest arrived, we ordered an appy to share - we had about 5 minutes before our meals arrived. My roast lamb was a lamb shank - no big deal there, the rice was over cooked - it was just okay. The server however, kept trying to clear our plates away while were were clearly eating - it was odd and felt like we were being rushed out the door - however, we could clearly see they were still serving new customers. Server was friendly enough - but really unskilled - reaching over us, taking our plates away early - obviously missed basic serving rules. I won't go back - there are MUCH better places to eat at MUCH better value with MUCH better service. I am greatly confused how this place could ever have been voted Best Greek in Burnaby

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Go to this place . . . . if you wanna be treated like garbage.
By dbaxter604 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, December 24, 2010 - 4:20pm [Dine in]

Here are the highlightsShowed up with 23 people got charged for 25 (cause that was our reservation) - didnt get the food for the extra 2 people paid for.

Everyone had to pay on one bill, meaning we couldnt pay seperatly everyone paid in cash which was a huge hassel.

Two girls got yelled and by the owner and telling them to "F" off in greek cause they had to leave early and wanted to pay early. This was acompanied by him slamming his hand on the counter and telling them to leave.

When we took to long to pay a waitress came over jumped into the group grabbed the cash and started counting it out herself.

We got chraged gratuity on the 2 people who didnt show.

Speaking of gratuity we were forced to pay 15% which they should got none.

The waitresses where over heard insulting our group. They were rude un friendly, pushy and made it feel it was a chore to serve us.

When we wanted to complain the owner litterally ran into the back and hid from us.

And lastly when we were in the parking lot discussing where to go next they sent people out to intimidate us into leaving. They gave us alot of attitude and sat there staring at us arms crossed not saying anything just a few feet away, it was very intrussive and after spending $600+ at their place we should be alound to get our plans in order before leaving without being treated like this.

No place who treats people this way deserves your business.

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No saving grace. I could probably make better greek food at home.
By sh0n of Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 14, 2010 - 9:39pm [Dine in]

Where do we start....

I wouldn't call myself a professional chef or even someone with in depth knowledge of greek cuisine. But I can definitely tell if the food plausible or if its good.

I've driven past the restaurant many times and have always been fascinated with the exterior (goes to show by judging a book by its cover). The restaurant looks pristine with its clean white color stucco and homey blue wooden window trims. As you enter into the restaurant you are welcomed by the classic greek interior decoration (seemingly like a greek cottage). It also help's that the owner prides his red ferrari f430 always parking at the first spot of the restaurant.

The hostess / waitress took awhile to greet us and show us to the table. I ended up ordering the lamb dinner.

Lamb dinner came with
- Roast Lamb: this wasn't roasted it was more par boiled and finished in the oven for some color. What was bad about this was that came to the table luke warm and barely had any flavour or seasoning. I suspect this was microwaved and served.
- Greek Salad: mediocre at best as you can't really screw this up
- Pita bread: rock hard and tasted stale
- Greek Rice: mushy rice with absolutely no flavour. It was definitely mass produced and warmed up by microwave.
- Sides of vegetables: Green peas was a sad dish mushy. Potatoes were decent as they were pan friend and crispy. Grill zuchunni - nothing to write home about.
- Tzaki: the only saving grace for the meal.

The lamb dinner was about $18.95 which was on the pricier side given the quality of the ingredients and the way it was prepared.

Overall, go if you enjoy the decent decor and microwaved food. I for one would not repeat or recommend.

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Decent
By Mango45 of Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 17, 2009 - 12:48am [Dine in]

This restaurant offers decent Greek food in a beautiful restaurant with a cozy atmosphere and all sorts of live plants everywhere. There is complimentary bread served (my favourite!) and the portions are generous enough that more than likely you'll take some home with you. Much to our disappointment, we discovered that their rice has MSG, although the staff firmly deny this.

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