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Taverna Greka Waterfront Restaurant

326 Columbia Street
New Westminster, BC V3L1A6
Tel: (604) 526-6651
Fax: (604) 525-6103
Neighbourhood: Columbia
  • Cuisine: Greek, Mediterranean
  • Price: $$$ ($30 - $45)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Features: View
  • Hours: Mon - Fri: 11AM - 9PM, Sat: 4PM - 10PM, Sun: 4PM - 9PM
  • Fresh, home-made and very traditional Greek dishes are the hallmark of Taverna Greka Waterfront Restaurant. Situated across from the Columbia Skytrain station, the restaurant offers wonderful views of the Fraser River.

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21 years and this is our last time here
By princess123 of New Westminster BC (149 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 8:56am [Dine in]

Wake up TG! You must have spent all your money on renos and now have yo cheap out on the food. We have been loyal customers for 21 years and will not be back. My Greek taverna in Coquitlam is significantly cheaper and better.

First you used to have to wait on a friday or sat night if you had no resos. Not now- about 1/4 full at its peak on a sat night. Waitress was not great and a forgot parts of our food orders and had to be asked again. Then when we said we did not want dessert and ordered special coffees she brought some, forgetting one and the bill at the same time. Maybe we wanted more coffees after but she just wanted to go home. Just bad. The belly dancer was not very good and was bugging all the men repeatedly to dance with her even when they said no. Just because you want Greek food doesn't mean it's ok. To be harassed during your dinner. She couldn't even really dance.

The location and view is one star of this place and still is. The other was the food and now is not. It is over priced, under portioned and bland. The fettucini was huge but just noodles with what tasted like store bought sauce. Some some cheesy appy with veggies was over $10. About a 1/4 cup and came with one pita. The ribs were ok. The spanikopita was ok but slimy and the prawns in the souvlaki were not jumbo juice prawns which they should be for over $21 but small overlooked, almost burnt farmed Thailand prawns that you buy in bags at the grocery store. Terrible. All the dinners used to come with large super lemony potato quarters and enough rice to feed 3. A large Greek salad accompanied it. We got 3 mini roast potatoes two tablespoons of bland rice one pita and some tasteless tzatziki. The grek salad was served in a mini dessert cup. Oh and it cost and extra $1.95 to sub Caesar salad. The view is no longer worth it.

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Good Greek
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 30, 2008 - 2:35pm [Dine in]

I went with some colleagues for lunch here, and it was a great experience. The place is nicely decorated and clean with fake ancient murals and lots of wood. The river view was okay, but the train noise was unwelcome.

Our server was quick and came back often for quality checks and to fill glasses, so no complaints there. The food was standard Greek restaurant fare, and the price was right. I had a pretty good roast lamb lunch for $8.95. My colleagues tried a variety of dishes, and of the other entrees, the meat lasagne was reported to be outstanding.

I'll be back!

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Good Greek food. Great view
By VJB of abbotsford (171 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 6, 2013 - 10:50am [Dine in]

It’s been years since we’ve been to Taverna Greka. I was feeling like Greek food and the idea of having a nice view while having dinner appealed to me.

The restaurant has a great view looking over the river and there is a great deal of activity on the river so the setting is terrific. When you enter you have to go past the bar to reach the restaurant at the back. The bar is very nice lit and if you have to wait for a table you could certainly be very comfortable.

The service was very good. Our waitress was friendly and very efficient. We had a jug of sangria and it was one of the better sangrias. They did not overload the jug with ice so it was good bang for the buck. We shared an order of kefdetes as an appetizer. The plate had 3 good sized meatballs and came with pita bread and tzatziki sauce. The tzatziki sauce was very bland. My husband said that his meatball was very cool and downright cold in the middle. For entrees I had the Greek style ribs ($22.00) and my husband had the rack of lamb ($28.00). The entrees were good. They were accompanied by rice, Greek salad and potatoes. The rice was very bland, the potatoes had a slight lemon taste that was very pleasant and the Greek salad was just your typical Greek salad. My husband’s lamb was perfectly cooked medium rare as he had requested. Overall the food was decent. The servings are very generous.

It was good. If you’re looking for decent Greek food with good service and a great view of the river this is a nice place to have dinner. There are better Greek restaurants around but Taverna Greka offers fair value.

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NYE at Taverna Greka
By princessgaga of burnaby B.C. (120 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 1, 2013 - 8:10pm [Dine in]

I called about 5 days in advance to make reservations. i always think everywhere will be packe don NYE. I was told they were having 2 seatings. 4-8 and after 8. One might assume that after 8 meant there would be ferstivities especially since they wer having "seatings". Made reservations for 8. We arrived a party of 4 and the place was deader than a regular Saturday night. The whole row by the windows was full but the rest of the restuaurant was empty.

Waitress was nice enough. Could have made more of an effort on NYE though I thought. Sangria was not avaiable by the glass or less than 1/2 a picher. I don't know why? Perhaps the bar tender can't divide.

Deep fried zucchini was very greasy, not good and extremety overpriced at $7.50. Homous was good, lots of garlic and chopped onion on top, but only came with ONE piece of pita. It was also a very small portion.

Spanikotpita was very good as usual and not too badly priced as a platter. Prawn souvlaki was VERY overpriced at $21! That's more than I've paid anywhere and it was good by not spectacular. The rice was nice and the potatoes were amazing as always. Caesar salad average and the Greek salad was AWFUL. The tomatoes were mealy (try grape tomatoes at this time of year Chef) and the dressing and cheese tasted bad, like there was something off.

A very small child had a Shirley Temple and they served this HUGE almost pint sized glass of it to her and she couldn't drink most of it. We were charged $4 for that. Not too impressed.

What really surprised me was that the place was basically shutting down at 9:30! There was no entertainment, not belly dancers nothing! On NYE. Weird.

Not a sepcial night at all, but it would have been fine for a regualr weekday.

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Excellent Service
By lauren11 of vancouver (77 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - 11:26pm [Dine in]

We visited Taverna Greka for a girls lunch this week, after hearing good things about the restaurant from a friend. The location is great, right on Columbia street, parking was not a problem, as it was the middle of the week, I'm sure it is a bit more difficult on the weekends. The restaurant features a neat atrium, (with live plants etc, typical of a Greek establishment) overlooking the Fraser river, nice and sunny! The service was impecable, efficient and friendly. Our meals arrived quickly despite the large buisness lunch party in the back room. Value was great, all lunches include rice, roast potatoes, Greek Salad and Pita bread for between $7.50 - $10.00. I ordered the Spanokopita and opted to skip the potatoes and rice for extra Greek salad, the dish was good, not the best Spanokopita I've had but not bad, could have used a little more garlic and seasoning. Others in our group thouroughly enjoyed the Jumbo Prawns and Fasolada Soup. Overall a decent lunch, not the best Greek we've had, but it's tough to judge a restaurant on one dish!

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Their lamb chop lunch is to die for!!
By Food-Goddess of Coquitlam (96 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 1, 2009 - 3:59am [Dine in]

Discover this cozy little Greek restaurant our office first moved to downtown New West. The front of it doesn't look like much, but then you discover a whole new place when you go into their dining area (which has a stunning view of the river!).

I ordered my usual lamb chop lunch, expecting the usual lamb chops, but then came I was surprised when I saw that they used the rack of lamb instead of the usual cuts they use at other restaurants. And for under $10, that's great value! I love their caesar salad as well, with crispy romaine and just the right amount of dressing (although sometimes you do have to ask for them to go easy on the dressing).

The service was great, and the waitress there was very friendly, always with a big smile on her face.

Definitely will be back time and time again!

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Nice Greek Restaurant in New West
By lesmark of burnaby (72 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 6, 2007 - 3:39pm [Dine in]

Ordered the chicken souvlaki and it was good but a little different. It seems there is less chicken that is given to a customer when compared to other Greek restaurants in the Lower Mainland. There were two small cut pieces provided and I still left hungry.

The interior is nice and there is a view of the Fraser River for those who enjoy the view of the Fraser River. I would recommend this Greek restaurant if you had a desire for Greek food and happen to be in New Westminster on Columbia street - although the food was not sensational.

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What a View!
By doughgirl of New Westminster (45 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 14, 2007 - 10:13pm [Dine in]

The first time I dined at this restaurant I was wonderfully surprised by its plentiful seating and the enchanting waterfront view. The Fraser River separates New Westminster and Delta here and between the river and the restaurant are railway tracks and Front Street. I have visited several times and from any of the tables at which I sat, I was happily distracted by 'planes, trains, and automobiles' as well as boats, and, what I think were, sea otters bobbing in and out of the water. There are numerous, gorgeous plants throughout this initimate restaurant.
Menu selection is huge. I have found the platters "for two" can feed up to four. Compared to other similar restaurants that I like to frequent, I like the Tzatziki here best. Tasty food overall though. The 'chocolate dream cake' is one of the best cakes I have ever enjoyed anywhere!
I like to bring 'out-of-town [out-of-New Westminster]-guests' to "Taverna" not just for the food, but because the setting (inside and out) is so unique.

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Always a great choice for yummy Greek!
By dragondrea of Vancouver (46 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 23, 2007 - 12:08pm [Dine in]

I eat here on a regular basis. This restaurant has the best manager/host EVER. When dining here, you must say hello to Kostas--he's the gentleman at the front greeting you and making sure you're having a great time. He really is the heart of this restaurant and keeps the atmosphere warm, fun, welcoming, and pretense-free.

The servers are always very kind and attentive, the decor is lovely, and the food is contsistently fantastic.

Because the restaurant is divided into various sections, you can enjoy intimate dining or large parties. I've been here with a party of 12 and with my partner and the experience has been consistently great. For a crowd, order the appy platters; even when they say "feeds 4", they really mean "feeds 8". In true Greek fashion, the portions are oversized and the food is yummy.

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Every time I go, it seems to get better!
By jettastorm00 of Coquitlam, BC (23 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 9:07pm [Dine in]

I've been to this restaurant a few times and every time I go, it seems to get better. There are little bits of humour (or at least, I find them ammusing) tucked into the quasi-traditional decor.

The servers are very friendly and polite, even with each other. We've asked for changes to the menu (I have allergies) and they have always been nice and accommodating. I like trying different items everytime we go, but I always like ordering their platters to share. The food always tastes clean and fresh.

This place is also kid friendly as we've taken our daughter a few times as well. Before even asking, the waitress actually brought a small plate and smaller plastic flatware out for our baby, so that was a nice touch. She wasn't quite old enough to eat anything, but it was still a nice gesture.

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First time back in many years
By phattass of Vancouver (20 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 13, 2009 - 5:25pm [Dine in]

We had the in-laws visiting, but we are living in an area of town new to us. Rather then drive far to locations we knew well, I thought I'd try some locals spots to take them out to. I hemmed and hawed trying to decide which greek place to go to. I have fond memories from when I was a teen going to Teverna, so I finally picked it over restaurants whose menus I had sampled more recently.

First I called in advance to see if we needed reservations. The friendly and helpful woman on the phone said we didn't but that the window seats were used with reservations. So I reserved and we got a lovely window seat overlooking the river.

The place is exactly the same as when I would come over ten years ago. It's got "old greek" charm. I wished we would have went at dusk for some added candle lighting, but it was still lovely in daylight.

Our service was great and very friendly. The food was good, the calamari was not over cooked and the tzatziki was flavorful. We actually managed to get away spending very little. I was expecting to pay more but was nicely suprised when the bill was settled.

I'm not a big greek fan, but I was very happy with our experience.

I'll return if I have more greek lovers visting.

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always empty
By cucci of Vancouver (24 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 12, 2008 - 12:17am [Dine in]

the dining area for this restaurant is kind of akward, but a handful of restaurants along columbia are drawn up like this to take advantage of the "view" of the river. taverna also has a large dining area on the side that i've never really noticed anyone eating in during dinner time. the price is high for food that is decent at best. craving greek and too lazy to travel to anywhere decent, and you get what you've settled for. probably won't ever go back.

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Downward Spiral
By Gambolling_Gourmet of New Westminster (19 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 19, 2009 - 3:26pm [Dine in]

In an exact opposite from the previous reviewer, for me, each time I went here was worse than the time before -- in all respects, except the view.

I liked the food, although it seems to me that the kalimari is octopus, not squid. And I did quite enjoy the lamb -- though I must say I've yet to have bad lamb at any Greek restaurant.

The service was lousy; polite, but lousy. There really is no other word for it. The first time I went the server took forever, I mean over 20 minutes to come to the table to take my drink order, longer to take my food order, and even longer to take my second drink order.

The last time I went I felt like I was pushed off into some invisible corner and simply forgotten about. Very discouraging.

The value is much like most Greek restaurants, but reduced due to such poor service.

The riverside seating area is really lovely, and the view most pleasant.

I may return, but not for a while.

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Good first time visit
By Zeero of delta (13 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 11, 2009 - 8:51pm [Dine in]

My buddy and I wanted to try a new restaurant and a new location. So we went to New West and I read some decent reviews about this restaurant. I like the location, easy parking since this was a mid week visit. I liked the view of the river and the surroundings were pleasant. The selection had lots of options. I tried the beef patties appy which was good and healthy portion. My buddy loved the appy lamb chops. Unfortunately the saganaki was just too salty for our liking. overall it was a nice time out and good quality food at a nice price. I will be back.

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Not a huge fan
By Murphorn of New Westminster (14 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 13, 2007 - 3:41pm [Dine in]

This place has a nice Ambiance. Not a WOW, need to go back soon kinda place. They do make awesome roasted Potatoes! The food was really good, however, the service does not seem to compliment the food and ambiance. Not sure exactly what it is, something is missing. Feel more like they take your order, bring the bill and yeah whatever kind of attitude.

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Great place to eat
By snk1982ca of North Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 5:30pm [Dine in]

Went here with 4 friends Saturday night and got a table with a view over the river. There was a belly dancer who did a performance, stopping and dancing at every table, adding to the fun of the night. We ordered the Greekj Appy platter for 4, which was delicious and substantial (highly recomend this for groups for a decent price and good variety). I had a spinach stuffed sole for an entree. Unlinke most places that give you a single fillet, I got three fillets covered with a tasty sauce. Of course, there was the typical rice, Greek Salad, etc. that came with it. To finish off, we all had a piece of Ek Mek. What a great dessert. It was hard to finish, because of the sheer volume of food we received, but it was so good. The service was also excellent. Though it's a ways for me to go, I have enough friends that live out in New West, I will definitely go back again and again.

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One of the finest Greek restaurants New Westminister has to offer
By Derekh of Calgary Alberta (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, December 16, 2011 - 7:54am [Dine in]

This family owned and operated restaurant has been serving premium authentic greek food for nearly 40 years. From the moment you walk through the doors you are greeted with a smile, and the view is great! I was with extended family, one of which has epilepsy and one who is 72 years old; we could have been a servers nightmare but our server was one of the most professional I have ever seen. We waited about a minute for the server to arrive, appetizers came within 10 minutes, and the main course once we were finished with the appetizers. The food was some of the best greek food I have ever had, and I wish I wasn't living in Calgary, or I would dine there weekly. I highly recommend this restaurant, and will definately dine there again.

Derek H.
Calgary Alberta

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Great View, Mediocre Eats
By CooperChung of Edmonds, Burnaby (8 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 11, 2010 - 4:41pm [Dine in]

I visited this restaurant last night for my significant other's birthday with 4 other people. We were seated at a table right by the window with a wonderful view of the river. This was lovely. The server was attentive and came to check on us several times while we were ordering which was nice. Our drinks were always full. The food was average. It tasted like greek food you get everywhere else. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. The bellydancer paid attention to the birthday boy which was nice. On the bad side of this review - the place needs some updating in terms of the decor, which is not bad, but not great either. As for the value of the food - it seems overpriced compared to the other places I have been. ie, only one skewer of chicken vs two at other spots. Chicken Souvlaki was $16.99 if that gives you an idea. Overall we had a fun night and enjoyed our experience, but will probably go somewhere else for dinner next time. That being said, I will return for lunch again, as this is more reasonably priced - for the same amount of food!

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It's average with a great view
By smokedmeatlover of new west (9 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 26, 2009 - 1:48am [Dine in]

Let's do the great part first:

The view is wonderful. The restaurant is perched above the Fraser River allowing guests to enjoy a panoramic view (thanks to wall-to-wall windows). It may not be ocean... but it's the next best thing.

Service: Fine. Good enough. I have never been there when it was super-busy... so I can't say more than that.

Ambiance Part 2
How does one describe this? The odor... it SHOULD have smelled like a Greek restaurant, right? It didn't. Each of the 3 times I was there filled my nostrils with the quaint aroma of a just-washed floor. Sorry folks, it wasn't a lemony-fresh or pine scent either. It smelled like a mop, soap and water.

A few moments and you'll get used to it... maybe.

Price: I found it to be higher than I liked... but as I have written in other reviews, I am spoiled by Vancouver's Stepho's pricing.

Food: This is the most important part because it dictates whether or not I block my nose against the mop-smell and pay the extra few bucks to eat there.

It's okay. I can't say I loved it... but can't say it was tasteless either.
It was ok.

Would I go back?

Yes, I would IF I wanted to take someone (for lunch) to a place with a view who fancied Greek food.

Would I reserve a seat there for dinner? No.

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Poor service, digestable food
By selleep of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, July 18, 2008 - 4:44pm [Dine in]

We ordered a simple tzakiki and bread and it took nearly 20 minutes for the appetizer to arrive. It arrived burnt, old and crusty. It took another 20 minutes for the entrees to arrive. The worst part was the service. Our server made it seem like she was doing us a favour by waiting on us. She replied with rude ''mm, hmm'' whenever we thanked her for anything. We waited around for her so we could get the bill and finally another waitress noticed us and asked if we needed anything. We walked right past her as we left and she didn't give us a second look or cordial thank you. The food was passable, but the service was terrible.

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