Came here for dinner on a weekday. The restaurant was completely empty when I entered, but a few other customers trickled in during my meal.
I ordered the Seafood Souvlaki and their appetizer platter. The appetizer plate was huge. The calamari was very good. The pita and others were all good. It was so filling that me and my friend were almost full from just sharing the appetizer. The seafood souvlaki was quite good, the prawns and scallops were well done.
The service was fine, but a little sparse considering we were the only ones there for at least 20 minutes. The waitress kept disappearing for significant periods of time.
It was very clean and new looking inside, and the washrooms were quite clean too. Would definitely come back if craving Greek.
Went for lunch yesterday. I had never been before and was surprised by the size and sophisticated ambience of this place at the far east end of Lulu Island. No Greek kitsch in here. The place has a modern ambience with nice glass and metal touches... it would make a great club. Anyway, the food. The menu was traditional Greek restaurant fare but presented minus the excessive oil and overcooking you get in too many 'tavernas' in the Lower Mainland. The food was very fresh and cooked to a tee. Service was also very efficient (not really Greek at all in that regard). Worth a sidetrip, and a great place to start a walk through Foundry Row over to the Fraser for a view.
Opa Taverna has changed their name as of January 2007.
It is now called Thea's Taverna. I quite often pop in for lunch as I work in the neighbourhood. Same great food and consistent service! Great place to pop in for a quick lunch if you are in Queensborough (Wal-Mart) area of New West.
Went to Thea's today, based on reviews here. It is an amazing place in an out-of-the-way place.
You really need to check the map and see where you are going...right on the eastern end of Annacis Island.
It wasn't too busy at lunch on a Thursday. Service was very prompt and very pleasant.
I ordered the Seafood Souvlaki (prawns and scallops), the Other Half ordered the daily special, a Chicken Penne with Alfredo sauce and garlic bread.
The food arrived in a timely fashion. The garlic bread was AWESOME, and that's hard to say these days. The Alfredo sauce was VERY tasty, and the pasta was perfectly done. The souvlaki was excellent, not overly-grilled at all. Came with rice, roasted potatoes, tzatziki, pita, and a very nice Greek salad. The quality and freshness was outstanding.
Well worth the search to find this place.
I have been to Opa a few times now and I have yet to be dissapointed. The portions are huge and well worth the price. I usually have the Roast lamb which comes on a full plate with a greek salad, potatoes, rice and pita on the side.
For appetizers the Kalamari is awesome and if you are with a crowd get the appetizer platter to share as it gives you lots of yummy greek appies for a reasonable price. Great place hidden away the traffic of the city.
A bit of a odd place for a restaurant. Couldn't find a parking spot when I first arrived. Pretty good sign. Circled the block and returned. Ambiance certainly wasn't anything special. It felt a little like eating in a renovated warehouse, a little cavernous. The food was very good though. I ordered the Kalamari for a main. It was a decent portion with well done sides (salad, roasted potato, etc). On the strength of the cuisine, I'll probably be back.
I enjoyed Thea's Taverna, atmosphere was relaxing, nice decor ,food was good (The saganaki was really tasty) and i have to say the services was AMAZING , manager was so attentive and friendly and our server was on the ball and so super pleasant.Thanks You to the Thea's staff, you guys rock!!!!
Having moved into the neighbourhood a few months ago, my husband and I have been trying out the local restaurants and have been quite pleased.....until this place...Place was fairly busy.
Ordered the eggplant dip to start...a greasy oily slick of harsh garlic. Prawns were well overcooked with no nuance of flavor,. i agree with last review, just the standard dishes at very high prices.
Thea's has excellent food and very good service at a very reasonable price. Together the value is better than any other local greek restaurant. The problem is with the decor. This is a warehouse and there is no attempt to hide that fact. They have tried to work with the space by putting a massive bar in the center of the room and spome other interesting design elements but these just serve to exaggerate the enormity of the space. The exposed steel joists and warehouse tube heaters do nothing for the ambience. Even with a full house the restaurant cannot achieve the intimacy is characteristic of a typical greek restaurant. If only they could divide up the room a little and bring the ceiling down 15 feet or so I think that they would go a long way toward attracting some of the people that frequent the nearby mall or live in the area. The food is fantastic, dips are clearly made on site and the flavours complex. The wine list is adequate and the servers are very good at their jobs. Everything is very good and fresh and keeps me coming back for a quick meal but I must admit that when I'm taking a group of people out we head across the river to a greek restaurant that has better decor or is overlooking the river despite the inferior food.
I work in Annacis Island and together with my co-workers we have lunch at Thea's at least 2 times a month.
We have never been disappointed. The salads are always fresh and crispy. The food have always been consistently great and the two waitresses have always been charming.
If you crave for great Greek Food you will not be disapointed.
After getting directions online, I found the place easily (although I nearly lost faith it was really there because the road looked like a dead end!). The Taverna has a whole renovated-warehouse vibe and would make a great place for a party! (A good place for larger groups too given its size.) But on a quiet'ish night, the place really does feel a little empty, especially with the factory-style lights buzzing noisily in the background.
We ordered the sausage appetizer and it was very delicious. The food followed promptly and I loved by prawn opa. My husband wasn't so keen on his spanokopita, but the side dishes (potatoes, salad, rice) keeps our overall rating high.
For dessert I ordered the cheesecake (1 of 3 options), and although I was skeptical at first (didn't look like a traditional cheesecake and kind of on the small'ish side for $5), it was really quite lovely!
All in all I would definitely come back for the food.
When you walk in this place is not decorated like your typical Greek place with tonnes of plants hanging all around. It is very open and spacious with a soaring ceiling. I have dined here on numerous occasions and have always left happy and satisfied. I have found the servers to be warm and friendly each time. The pan fried saganaki appetizer is delicious and the biggest portion I have seen in a restaurant. The spanakopita is also one of my favorites here. Oh and the kalamari too. All the souvlakis are great too. My only complaint is that they don't serve ekmek...
I read many reviews in favor of this place and wanted to try it for a long time.. and finally it happened- and it was excellent- best of all greek restaurant I've had so far in BC. first the decor- as I read the reviews some didn't kije it- I thought it's beautiful and reminded me of big cities restaurants. the acoustic is not so good- but the advantage is that the nearby tables also don't really hear you.
and the food- by far best roast lamb I ever had- looked as if it was cooked for hours. the chicken souvlaky was also very good- all portions are very generous and filling. the moussaka was good- but I had others at least similar in taste.
The service was good- not too friendly not too hostile- and always in the area.
Excellent experience -definitely to be repeated!!!
Came in for the first time on a quiet night,
Service was prompt as should be on a quiet night, server was also very friendly.
The food here was very good. As previous patrons stated, the Kalamari here is excellent. Not rubbery and size of Kalamari was good, not too small as many restaurants try to cheap out by over battering a small piece.
The entrees were standard but had good flavours.
A tasty surprise for a restaurant in the middle of nowhere.
The game was also on from a large projector.
Nice bar and lots of space.
Good place to catch games after work.
Based on the reviews here, decided to give Thea a try tonight. It's definitely a bit out of the way, but doesn't really take long to get to.
We arrived at around 8pm and found the restaurant quiet, only about 8 tables being served - we were seated quickly and service was fast, but also a quite a bit too abrupt for my liking. I made the point of thanking one of the servers a couple of times and never managed to even get a word out of him.
The food was delivered quite quickly, and both the appetizers and the mains were above-average for Greek fare. My GF found her main (broiled lamb) slightly overcooked, but mine (roast lamb) was excellent. Portions were above-average size.
We decided not to spring for dessert - they didn't have a menu, however the server did list a few options for us. Again, I found the service a bit spotty. They have the food to be a success, but being genuinely warm and welcoming is also necessary.
All in all, it wasn't as much as I had hoped for, but it was pleasant, and I'd probably come back.
I took my friends to Thea's Taverna based on the good recommendations here and I was really disappointed.
Food: My $16 seafood souvlaki was one small portion, three scallops and three shrimp. The shrimp were tasteless, and the scallops tasted horrible (but at least did not make me sick). $16 chicken special was only barely adequate. Appetizer plate of four dips were tasty, but they came with only one pita and we were charged extra for more bread.
Service: Even though the place was empty, we got a nasty look from the hostess when we said we didn't have a reservation. Huge place, nearly no guests, and attitude? Not nice. There was only one server for the whole huge room and she was run off her feet.
I definitely would never go to Thea's again.
My boyrfriend and I were looking up reviews on this website and found this little Greek restaurant! As we were driving down the quiet area trying to look for this restaurant it feels like an adventure. The restaurant is really in a dead end like a small paradise.
When we walked in, we waited a few minutes before we got our seats. The greeting was fine and our server came to take our orders promptly.
The interior of the restaurant feels like a huge warehouse with spot lights. It was a little different but interesting.
Our food took a while to get ready (more than 20 minutes) but as soon as the plate comes, our eyes were wide open. We ordered a platter for 2 and it was a large plate of all different kinds of meat and potato and rice and bread. We lvoed the food! We both thought it was actually worth the wait!
I believe we will come back again.
Definitely a weird place for a restaurant...I can see how people who do not live in New West can get lost trying to find this place...
I've been here a couple of times and have always been pleased with the good...LOVE the calamari...good portioned meals, and prices aren't too bad either...the inside/decor definitely doesn't look like a typical Greek restaurant...with a huge bar in the middle of the restaurant, "modern" furniture/decor...and even a projector that shows hockey games on one of the big walls...
Went there the other night. Food was good. The service staff, they all need to be fired! Drinks where poorly severed, our dinners where taken away from us before we where finished. The lamb diner was missing part of the lamb rack, asked a server if this was right she pick up the meal called the other server over and told the her we didn't like it. The sever said in a VERY LOAD VOICE WHATS WRONG WITH IT!!!. Before we could say anything she then said that all the lamb looks that way (FATTY). That wasn't the case the meal was taken back to the kitchen another server brought back the meal and said that it was missing a piece with out saying sorry. I would never go back or recommend it :(
As a long time customer at Theas taverna since they opened in 2004, i have yet to have a complaint. food is always fresh and reasonably priced( the most expensive dinner is $18) service is always good and in a unique setting..... as far as the review below from mike the neighbour, i have never seen the eggplant dip on the menu so im thinking that ur not even talking about this particular restaurant. this just shows you how people can write anything they want online even when its false....... I highly recommend this restaurant.