The restaurant has a very N. American chain-store feel to it which is good and bad in the way that the ambiance is typical wood but also typically boring. You wouldn't even know you're in a Greek restaurant except that it says so on the signage.
The sole server the evening I went a couple of days ago was really sweet. She seems to be the only one working the front but still does so well enough. Seeing as how slow the night was for them, I'm guessing the kitchen is lightly staffed as well.
The pita was surprisingly good! The wild salmon souvlaki was amazingly not overcooked so it didn't get dry like I expected it to. The vegetarian mousaka was surprisingly alright. I found myself eating that thick top layer of moist dough/bread when normally I'd avoid the floury stuff... this time it didn't taste doughy at all so it worked out somehow. The sides are a little off. The mashed potatoes that came with the souvlaki, of course, tasted of potatoes, but with garlic bits/chunks still mostly raw or boiled for the most part. It didn't blend well with the potatoes. Definitely a very different take from the usual garlic mashed if indeed that was the aim. It was more of a stirred in seasoning but of chopped garlic bits instead. The beans were also just broiled or sauteed with what seemed like some tomato paste along with sprinkles of basil. That just seemed to be a little thrown-together without having given it much thought. The beans themselves were fine. The ingredients weren't especially aged or what have you. The almond slices they sprinkled on top were nicely crisp and not a hint of staleness.
I can't see myself going back unless it's for convenience as it's located close to the Silvercity theatre. However, the food is not very exciting, except I do love their whole wheat pita, but I'd much rather try other restaurants even if it means another ~10 min drive away.
I liked their fresh Greek Salad & the huge combination plate. The portions are very decent. It's not a very hip and happening place, but it's close by, yummy and even better, now it's in the ebook! It's not a bad place to check out before or after a movie at Silvercity next door. A greek place with lots of potential. So far so good in my books. =)
Have been drivng by this intriguing-looking restaurant for quite a while now - usually we say, "Hey, that place looks interesting" as we whiz by on the freeway on our way somewhere else.
Yesterday, we were able to investigate, and stopped in for lunch. The interior is very nicely done. It's a made-over fast food restaurant, but it looks very handsome inside. It wasn't very busy, but we were there a bit later (1:00 pm).
As we usually do at a Greek restaurant at lunch time when all the rice, potato and pita are just too much starch, we ordered a four-dip appie plate, a calamaria appie-sized and a greek salad to split.
The dips were OK, but the tarama was a bit of a disappointment. Too salty and not enough tarama in it. The calamaria was a bit skimpy in serving size, even for an appie. It was very tasty and tender, but almost cold when it arrived. The whole wheat pita sounded intriguing, but it was also cold when it got to the table. It was overcooked, with burnt patches from the grill. The salad was "meh", with warehouse semi-ripe tomatoes. Very little onion or peppers, and the dressing was bland.
Service was friendly and prompt, but the food was a bit of a disappointment. We'll go back to driving by this place...
This is where hubby and I go when we have a craving for Greek food. Food is almost always great (a bit heavy on the salt once or twice but not unbearable) and we've always had outstanding service from their team there. I love the calamari appetizer (good for sharing) and I usually order the mixed souvlaki and hubby greatly enjoys the mediterranean chicken. I've had the greek ribs as well and they're tasty,... with leftovers for a lovely lunch the next day. I usually don't have room for dessert but I did manage to save some room for the bogatsa our last visit. ohhhh... so yummy. Beautifully crisp filo wrapped around piping hot custard. Burned my mouth but so worth it! A yummy treat for us. We like the little outside patio area. The traffic noise isn't too loud and it's nice to sit in a covered patio and just enjoy the nice weather.
Service has always been good for us. Attentive and we've never had to ask for more beverages. Maybe we've just been lucky. We had a birthday party there recently and even though there was only 1 server on (Jessica), she handled it like a trooper. Our group + about 6 patio tables and 3 inside tables. Never felt neglected at all.
Would we go back? Yes. It's our go to Greek place.
We've been coming to Kefi ever since they opened a few years ago. The food is good, and the prices are reasonable.
Their roast lamb, while it take a while to cook, is very good. My personal favorite is the deep fried calamari. Portions are large enough to fill even the larger appetites, and all entrees come with Tzaziki, Whole Wheat Pita bread, and Greek salad.
One word of warning. Don't go on busy days. On time we've come on weekend evenings, they never have enough servers. Service slows to a crawl, and a meal for 2 people can take as long as 1.5-2 hours to finish.
The ambiance is nice, and there's Greek music in the background which can get a little loud at times.
Overall a nice place to go for decent Greek food, for reasonable prices. Just try not to go on a weekend evening.
Been wanting to come and try this place since they opened their doors a while back. Finally decided to come here with my family for dinner last week. Cute little restaurant. We were seated right away. Our waitress was friendly and service was good, and our water glasses were refilled without us having to ask. When I go to a Greek restaurant, I always order their lamb chops, and this time was no exception. I found that their lamb chops were overseasoned (waaaay too salty) and they were overcooked, so a little tough to chew, and the rice that came with the dish was a little too oily. My husband ordered their salmon skewers, and although the fish was cooked nicely, it, too, was overseasoned and much too salty. I guess it might just be the style of the chef there?? Prices were a little on the expensive size as well, so we probably won't be back after such a disappointing experience.
We went early as, having been here before, we're aware there are service issues when the place is busy.
We just had lots of appies. All were fresh and tasty and priced fairly. The atmosphere is upbeat with Greek music and sports on tv. Service was very friendly but only mediocre and rated only two stars but I gave it three due to the apparent overwhelming rush of the Valantines crowd. When we left at 7:30 the place was jammed, the waitresses virtually at a run and the customers in for a long liesurely dinner, whether they liked it or not.
I have to say that when I logged on to this website I was surprised to see so many bad reviews for this place. It's one of our favorite restaurants, and we eat out a lot. It's definitely our favorite for greek food. We live in New West and used to live in Richmond. We pass several greek restaurants on the way but we like Kefi the best. We've even brought a lot of our friends here for dinner and have made loyal customers out of them as well. Service is always acceptable, sometimes better than others, but we've never had bad service. I always find the food consistent and well-seasoned. Which confuses me even more... is it bland or is it salty people???
My favorite thing on the menu is the lamb souvlaki. It's very lean meat and a large portion of meat, not like the large portion of rice you get elsewhere. Hubby almost almost always has the roast lamb. He likes it because the top is crisped. When we have room, we get a bougatsa for dessert. The phillo is nice and crispy and the custard filling is HOT. I recommend this place.
I read in these reviews that the food was good but the service, when busy, was very slow!
We went on a Saturday evening at 7.pm (having booked) the restaurant was buzzing and maybe 90% full to capacity!
Almost immediately we had a waitress asking us what we would like to drink and offering menus.
And what a choice on offer!
Our delicious meal arrived without us feeling for a moment that the pace was slow or hurried... just right!
There ability to prepare authentic greek cuisine in house and the use of olive oil where others might use canola gives their food a very distinctive and delicious mediterranean flavour.
Try this... go there and try some of their dishes and about three quarters of the way through the meal, sit back, take your glass, take a sip and as you close your eyes, listen for the surf gently lapping the shore metres away...suddenly your there on a magical greek island.
I promise you won't be disappointed!
First time customer at Kefi and it's solid Greek fair with a slightly more Mediterranean flavour. The general decor and atmosphere with the large windows is nice, however the restaurant can be a bit loud (there was a large group there having a party, which brought the noise level up a bit louder than I would've liked). The food was good, however service was a bit slow (likely due in part to the party, but we often found ourselves waiting for service).
I came here a little while ago so I don't remember the exact names of the dishes we ordered. However the most memorable (or, only things that I remember) about this place was that all of our dishes were way too salty. I know greek food is usually on the saltier side but this was over the top. Luckily the service was good and our cups were constantly refilled with water to wash down the salt.
The prices are expensive in comparison to the amount of food you get. We ordered the pan fried squid as an appetizer which was $10. We were served literally 5 tiny pieces of squid. My eyes popped when they served the dish, I can't believe the server wasn't embarrassed over placing the tiny little dish on our table. The squid was delicious, however at $2 for a bite it was a total rip off.
I'd been meaning to go to Kefi for a long time, so when a friend mentioned he wanted to go out for Greek, we decided to go here. I'd called ahead of time to see if reservations were needed and the girl on the other end said it was recommended, so I made them.
When we got to the restaurant, I almost laughed as we were the only ones in there and it stayed that way for over an hour. But it was nice, as we were able to talk and relax without too much interruption.
The server didn't come over until we'd been seated for a good 20 min, which I thought was a little odd since we were the only patrons there. We placed out orders, and waited. It's a good thing we had a lot to talk about since we hadn't seen each other in a while, but we waited for a very long time for our appies, much less the main course. we decided to skip dessert as we didn't want to have to have another long wait. I understand that everything is made from scratch in-house, but I think it would have been faster for me to make it myself.
Over-all, the food was solid. Nothing extra special about it, but it was well done and we enjoyed it. We had ordered dolmades and spanakopita for appies, I had the Roast Lamb and my friend had Rack of Lamb Paidakia for entrees. Basically it took almost 3 hours from the time we got there until the time we left to place orders, eat, and leave.
The only thing that kinda ruined it was the service and the slow speed. It would have been nice to have the server more interactive with us since we were the only patrons for a while, refilling drinks or giving us an update on our order since it was taking a fair amount of time. I understand it's not a fast food joint, but when you only have two patrons, the service should be better than what it was as there was nothing else competing for their time.
Saw a lot of ads and decided to go for a try. It was ok. I tried a couple of common dishes that I usually ordered Greek food. They were all ok. Like others, the portion was decent but just a bit overpriced. I went a couple of months ago, just shortly after their grand opening. Not spectacular, but ok for average.
I frequent this restaurant often. It's rare to find a REAL greek restaurant nowadays. You can really taste the home cooking in everything. I don't know what they do to the lamb souvlaki, but it's the most tender lamb souvlaki I've ever had. Compared to other greek restaurants, the main parts of the dish are in huge quantities, and they serve less starchy sides like rice and potatoes than most places. Personally I think you get more bang for your buck when you get a big portion of meat, rather than a big portion of rice. My husband likes to experiment while I stick with the tried and true. He gets stuff you can't find anywhere else like Halibut souvlaki and these really good vegetarian stuffed tomatoes.
The decor isn`t typical, and it`s slightly modern with a greek feel to it. Service is always friendly and accomodating and you can usually count on seeing the owner when you go. They can get quite busy on weekends so go early or be prepared to wait a bit for the food. trust me though, it`s worth it!
Went there for lunch and the food was ok... nothing special. You can get the same quality of meal with a lower price in downtown. Potatoes and the risotto were not warm enough. I ordered the roast lamb, and it was just ok. Like I said, nothing special... totally forgettable. Took them a while to serve our food and it was not busy at all. It's a small place, that's why we could overhear other people's conversation. Waitress was hot! I wouldn't go back for the food... but maybe will for the waitress. :)
We have eaten here twice now and will be back again. The last time we were there we ordered alot of food, ALOT! the shrimp, the red pepper dip, the combo platter, the mousaka and a bunch of other things. Lets just say there was a party in my mouth and i wanted to invite no one. all mine! great flavours, great presentation, good prices. i like the decor in there, i would recomend anytime.. far superior food to that place that used to be on the corner of north and lougheed thats now a wings
We had tried to go to a couple of other Greek restaurants tonight but they were either too busy (for good reason) or had closed down and so as a last ditch effort to eat Greek food, we tried Kefi's. I really wish we hadn't. The atmosphere was nice enough but the rice was over-cooked and was virtually tasteless. It was unlike any rice I've eaten at any other Greek restaurant in my life. The whole wheat pita is a nice idea in theory but doesn't work in reality as it was so dry and unappetizing. The chicken souvaki and roast lamb were not bad. The service was okay. I left the restaurant unsatisfied and wishing I could re-think our decision to eat there in the first place.
We had always wanted to try Kefi - it looked like a nice intimate place to eat and we really like greek food. The decor is very simple which isn't a bad thing. However the restaurant wasn't at all busy and the two waitresses didn't seem to be able to serve the 6 tables that had guests. Our waitress didn't even come by to refill our water glasses. The "shared" plate of greek salad was all tomatoes and feta (good thing I like feta cheese)with two, literally two olives on top. We counted three shreds of onion and 5 small pieces of cucumber. They say that all their food is made from scratch so you have to wait for it. And wait you will. You will also be lucky to get what you ordered as there were two incorrect orders brought to tables when we were there. I don't mind waiting but the lamb was so tough that we took the rest of it home to give to the dog. I couldn't chew it and it was unseasoned with no flavour. I guess the contemporary twist on the traditional greek cuisine was having mashed potatoes with the souvlaki. As my dining partner put it - it was mall food court greek food in a nicer setting. I say that is high praise. The wheat pita bread was gummy and over oiled. We skipped the burnt Baclava the next table was having. It took ten minutes to get my leftovers wrapped up to take home. There is nothing contemporary or traditional about the food at all. The calamari at the next table did look appetizing though. Don't waste your time or money on this overly expensive inedible food.
My husband and I decided to stop in here for dinner on a Monday evening. I have wanted to try this restaurant for a while and was delighted when I saw a coupon in my entertainment book for $15 off. The outdoor patio is very nice and private. We ordered the mixed souvlaki and the prawn souvlaki and they were both amazing ... BEST prawn souvlaki I have every had. My favorite was the greek salad. I love feta cheese and they were very generous with it on the salad. We ordered the monday night $5 drink special ... can't remember what it was called but it was a pink blended drink with malibu rum. So good ... waitress actually gave my husband a small glass because there was some left in the blender which was very nice. Our server Dana was super friendly and very attentive. Thanks Kefi ! We'll be back.
I was just looking for a restaurant and found DineHere.ca.
I really like greek food, and tried to find more greek restaurants on this page. Though I found the ratings for this restaurant and I am sorry that I can not agree and we will never go again to this place. Right on Lougheed (to noisy), to expensive and for my taste they have no clue about greek food. Sorry!