Pyrgos Taverna prepares authentic, quality Greek cuisine.
My husband and I visited Prygos May 25th after many years of not going there; for no particular reason. We were seated right away and it was nice to see the daughter of the man who owned Pyrgos was still there. He had passed away some time ago.
Anyway, we ordered drinks which came right away. While we mulled over what we wanted the place started to fill up, so when the gal came by we ordered to get things started. We had escargots for appies. They were delicious! They're not afraid of garlic, which is a good thing! The dipping bread, though not something I indulge in, was flavorful and entirely wonderful to sop up the leftover goodies. Rob ordered the Greek sampler entree. I had decided on the braised lamb - an unusual choice for me because lamb can be very greasy. It was a little slow in coming, but not uncomfortably so. But it was well worth the wait! Rob was delighted with the sampler and my braised lamb was fork tender and not greasy at all. Accompanied by the usual Greek salad (tasty with REAL feta), seasoned rice (again good) and the de rigeur roast potato which I didn't touch. All together the food was piping hot and as delicious as it smelled! We had dessert - For me, chocolate mousse, which turned out to be a frozen cake which was okay. Rob had their homemade cheesecake. A baked cheesecake served with delicious strawberry compote. It was very good. The night was enlivened by a birthday celebration across from us. Their laughter, a little loud at times, was fun to listen to; though it apparently annoyed some others who clearly have never been to Greece where such occurrences are common! Opa!
We decided that this was to be a new start for occasional dinners at Pyrgos again. They've changed the interior, brightened it up and, with the new tables and chairs, have improved the ambience greatly. If you're looking for more than a family run business with good food and nice people working there, this isn't for you! But if you're just looking for good Greek food, this is the place. Yassas!
We were a group of 12 and there for a birthday party. We arrived at 6:30 and were offered drinks which took 15 minutes to get and it was a hit and miss if we got more drinks anytime soon after that. We had to ask a waitress and I say "a waitress" as we had no clue who our waitress was. It took them an hour to take our order and when our order was finally taken, it took another hour to get the food. So by the time we arrived and received even an appetizer was 8:40...so 2 hrs, 10 mins. We were a minute away from leaving and we were talking about going back to one of the parties house just to order pizza. We had one girl at our table who is diabetic and had her insulin out ready to take it as we were not even offered bread or anything to tie us over till some food came. It was truly unreal brutal service. I have never went on a website like this before to complain as everyone has an off night. This wasn't an off night it was just plain unorganized, brutal service. The restaurant was decorated in greek style, a bit tacky but I get the point...its a greek place.
I do have to admit, when the food finally did show up....it was awesome, but was it worth the 2 hour wait...nope. My boyfriend who is a quiet guy and isn't one to cause any problems was even complaining. When we asked the waitress where our food was she really didn't have an answer except they usually have 4 cooks on but only have 2. If we would have known there was issues that evening, we would have left and went somewhere else. In the grand scheme of things, there are more things in the world to be upset about but I really felt the need to say, in my 46 years of life, this was on the top of my list (and I have travelled a lot) as the worst, rude and uncaring service I have ever experienced. I would like to add...I am a very good tipper ,as I appreciate how hard waitresses do work, as I use to be one. Our meal came to 98.00 and we never tipped a penny. Did I feel bad....not one bit. I will never recommend or go to this place again. I will make sure I go back to Galinis in Langley....now thats a greek restauarant with terrific service and even better food.
This restaurant has gone downhill over the years. Sorry to say but this is a bad choice for Greek food in maple ridge. The portions are getting smaller by the day . They could not get the food out on time Even with a heads up phone call prior to coming in one day before. This was always a favorite restaurant for us but every time we have gone there now it has been very disappointing. I don't think they realize that you need to give a decent portion size to make the customer feel he is getting value and keep him coming back. We had a big group of people and they could not get the food out on time with most of us sitting watching others eat is not comfortable. They had a hard time even serving drinks to people that were waiting . This one was the final straw for us we are not going back anymore.
The exterior of the restaurant from the street has been neglected and appears unkept- it looks like a bit of a dive from the outside but the inside is quite nice and has a nice ambiance to it. The problem I have is that my father and I dined there for lunch (with my 2 year old daughter as well) and we were the ONLY table in the entire restaurant at 12pm, yet every time we needed something or even when we wanted to order, there was no one around and I had to get up and go find the one woman that was working (and I'm 9 months pregnant right now so chasing down the one and only staff member was not my idea of a nice dining experience). Food was very good but the service was the worst I have experienced in a long time.
This restaurant screams Greek from the moment you enter the door. Old hardwood flooring, tile and plaster on all the walls, Gothic Arches and Greek memorabilia give it an old world charm. The waitress even looked authentic. The restaurant had a couple large party's as well as some individuals who seemed to be regulars. The only complaint was, needing a good airing out.
The waitress took a couple of trips to our table before relaxing and breaking open a smile, but was helpful and competent. Our wine was delivered in an old olive oil can partly filled with crushed ice. The Pita Bread and Tzatziki was warm and tasty. We settled on a Combination Plate for the appetizer, which was excellent. A good variety allowed us to taste a little of everything.
We chose Prawns Souvlaki and Calamari for our entree's and both were very well done. Large portions, too much in fact, so that we didn't have room for dessert. A special coffee, was all we could handle.
A very enjoyable evening and interesting ambiance.
service is very bad and slow , it took 20 min just to get soup then a furher 45 min for the main course ,which was by far worst greek food ever. the dinner plate smelled like it was left in the dishwasher for a couple of weeks (stale water smell) chicken was dry ,cold and tasteless, rice was cold . roast lamb was dry .
and on top of all that it was $54 for a greek combo platter,roast lamb dinner,bean soup ,and two soft drinks.
would never return in a million years
Took some friends here from out of town. We wanted something a little different and a little nicer than the average place. Food was excellented, and quite authentic with a nice sized menu to choose from. The decor is very greek, without being tacky, with the traditional colours of greece, blue and white. Very enjoyable evening, and one of the nicer restaurants in Maple Ridge.