Yianni's is a family owned and operated restaurant serving greek fare with blue and white decor.
I went to Yianni's a few months after it first opened and vowed never to return. Their food was expensive (especially for lunch "specials") and small portions. When the food came, it wasn't hot, but just warm. Service was almost non-existent, only came back to check on us once and never refilled our waters. Even in New West, there are so many other places to go for a good lunch.
This is a great local casual Greek restaurant. Stick with the specials and the Greek signature dishes and you can't go wrong. The Chicken liver appetizer is great. Service is friendly, but if you want something remind them, or they bring you the bill without asking if you want dessert, stuff like that -- nothing major. Food is good, prices okay.
I just went to Yianni's last night with a larger group of friends. We didn't have luck with a casual dinner at White Spot (who doesn't take reservations, and gives away "your table" while you wait for people to show up). Yianni's coped well. They seated us promptly (in an 90% full restaurant - with another large party of ~12!) and moved the remaining free tables around for us to sit together.
We had a baby in our group and the restaurant had a seat for her as well.
The food was hot and came in a timely manner - and all at the same time! The roast lamb was moist, flavourful and perfectly cooked. I wished I had ordered that instead of the more expensive lamb chops (although they were equally well seasoned, tasty, and tender). The rice was slightly bland, but my leftovers were delicious today!
Our waiter and waitress were attentive and informative.
Overall, I was extremely pleased that they seated and dined our table of 8 so quickly and efficiently. After all, we just walked in. My friend also ordered a take out order, which came in about 10 minutes.
Would recommend, and would go back if I was in New West.
Been to this place a lot this year. Anytime we have a craving for calamari in fact. It's that good. The squid is tender, the barter is nicely seasoned, the tzatziki sauce compliments the calamari very well.
The roast lamb is good. Good portion and good seasoning.
The souvlaki is okay. Not bad but nothing special.
The red snapper and salmon are good. Of course being baked, there are times that it's overcooked but that sauce on top makes up for it.
The lasagna is huge! It's three times the size we were expecting it to be when we ordered. Taste okay but it's huge!
A bonus for the restaurant is they have delicious rice pilaf with their entree. It's not dry like your typical greek rice. Almost like they heat it up in a broth before they serve it.
They get a 3 for food but i really want to give 3.5 because they do some dishes very well and some are just average. Nothing bad yet.
Service is a 3. Friendly and attentive enough but not quite outstanding. Sometimes there are only one server there and he/she is tending to other things at the back.
Value wise it's a 4 because there are only 2 dishes on the menu i would deem higher than average. Portion to price ratio puts them at a 4.
Ambiance is typical hole in a wall restaurant. At least it's clean and tidy.
Had my birthday dinner there tonight and was very pleased with the food and pleasantly impressed with the service. I had the roast lamb, which was cooked very nicely with a good amount of sauce and seasoning. The meat literally fell off the bones, and didn't require the steak knife that was brought out with my dinner. My friends also complimented their food (two had the lamb souvlaki and one had the calamari dinner) and each said their meals were very good. The entrees were extemely filling (they all came with rice, roast potatoes, Greek salad, vegetables and Greek pita bread) and all of us were glad that we had not ordered appetizers as it would have been too much food. The waitress who attended to our table was absolutely incredible. We found her to be attentive, without being too intrusive. Even though she seemed to be very young, I would not be shocked to find her working in a high-end, fine-dining establishment! At the end of our dinner, she came to let me know that it was usual to offer a dessert (either Ek Mek or Baclava) complimentary for the birthday person. I requested the Ek Mek and she included extra forks for the rest of the party. We all found the dessert to be absolutely wonderful and we were happy to be able to try it. All in all I enjoyed the meal and will definitely return (especially as I do live in the area now)!
We stopped in for a quick lunch after 'hiking' up and down the hills in New West.
The service was pretty good. Our server was nice enough and her timing was great.
The food reminded me of what you'd get at any other good Greek restaurant. My butter garlic prawns were tasty and generously portioned, and my Greek salad was yummy and covered in feta cheese (yay!). My partner enjoyed his souvlaki, and the nice assortment of vegetables that came with it.
What bothered me was the absence of bread. I'm used to getting a stack of bread with my meal, and we got two pieces with our order. Additional pita is $2.
As for ambiance, well, it's in uptown New West, in a mall. We sat outside, which was lovely on a sunny day.
Our meal was good, but not quite enough to make us go out of our way to come back.
Lamb, potatoes, scordalia - these are just a few of the items that I think this restaurant prepares exceptionally well compared to similar restaurants that I have visited in the New Westminster area. I have been eating at "Yianni's" for years and I am seduced by the food as well as the friendly, accomodating, and attentive servers. I even got married here! I have heard people say that the food is 'expensive', but I think I 'get what I pay for'. Leftovers to take home are to be expected.
Bonus: the restaurant is part of a complex that includes a major drug store with extended hours. So, you get your growling stomach silenced at the restaurant then you have the energy to get some necessary shopping done!
Greek food is not on our list of top 5 favorite cuisines, I doubt it is even on our top 10, but whenever we feel like roast lamb Yianni's is the only place for us. For $14.95 you get a huge chunk of slow roasted, falling off the bone, sweetly caramelized, perfectly spiced roast lamb - you cut into it with your knife and when you slowly navigate the fork to put a little piece in your already watering mouth, you know this is the roast lamb you have been waiting for all your life! Okay, I know I am laying it on thick but it really is that good. The plate also includes rice, potato, Greek salad with bread and tzatziki on the side. I know $14.95 may seem a bit steep, but it's not only the huge portions that make this is a good value but also the fact that it's damn tasty and, for the 100th time, lamb done right.
Besides the lamb, we have tried the souvlaki and the BBQ chicken. The souvlaki is pretty decent, but the BBQ chicken is almost as terrible as the lamb is sensational. Yes, that's pretty bad. We understand that this is Greek not Southern BBQ chicken, so while we did not expect the meat to fall off the bone, we also did not expect it to cling on to the bone for dear life. Tough, dry and just plain awful.
Another thing that draws us to this place is the service. So far we have been served by four different servers and they have all been a pleasure: polite, smiling and efficient. Also the food comes out fast. The minimum tip we leave there is 15% - 20% (more on holidays). The restaurant itself is nice, clean and cozy - everything is blue and white with pictures of Greece on the walls and Greek music playing on the speaker. I am not a big fan of songs playing in restaurants, no matter in what language - but it's not so loud or annoying that it spoils the meal.
So the bottom line - Amazing Roast Lamb & Awesome Service (at least for us).
I went to Yiannis on Saturday night with a friend from out of town. He always looks for Greek food when he is in the city. I had read the reviews of all the local Greek places and decided to give Yianni's largely based largely on the reviews here. The ambience was fine and our server was very good. No fault there at all. The food however was a huge letdown. His Saganaki was a greasy mess (and he was very disappointed that it wasn't "flaming"). I ordered the lamb souvlaki (over cooked) with extra salad instead of rice. I should not have bothered - the salad was bland and lifeless and very poorly presented. My friend's meal ( the garlic prawn dinner) arrived in two plates - one loaded with the salad, rice and an anemic looking potatoe, with the prawns in a bowl on the side. Really??? My quest for a decent Greek restaurant in New West continues.
Food portion size is great, food itself is great. Staff are really nice and friendly.
Only down side, I don't like having to pay for refills on pop. If I am paying $2 or more for a glass of pop, I expect to get refills for free!
Dined here on Saturday night. It was busy with locals as it is in a good location. Food is okay but have certainly had better. The server was very nice but slow on bringing the bill. We won't be returning but instead driving a little further to Gino's in Sapperton
I have been there several times and I love the food. It is really what keeps me coming back. I find the food to have good flavor but what lacks is the service and they usually have not been that busy when i have been there. However you do get a good meal for a reasonable price and the Feta pate is awesome.
I have only one thing to say their food is always outstanding, and having visited Greece in the past. I always compare the food at Greek restaurants to my experience I had with the food in the mother country itself. The roast lamb is to die for. I can't stop thinking about it. I need my fix at least every few weeks. The kalamari and spinach pie are my other favourites. For the quality your getting the price is reasonable.
I have an old friend with whom I get together for dinner about 2 or 3 times per year. About 3 years ago he suggested Yianni's. It was quite good. Friendly staff and tasty food. So, we've returned there ever since. However, just after Labour Day, 2008, we met up there again & ordered drinks and food. There were only about 3 other tables of customers. Then, all of a sudden the loudness of the Greek music went up noticeably. We looked around for a table without a speaker near, but there wasn't one. The loudness of the conversation of the few patrons also grew louder in order to overcome the loud music. My friend commented on how annoying this was. I replied loudly, "WHAT"?! So, we had a chuckle about that & decided to call the waitress over and ask if the music could be turned down. She answered that the new owners liked it. She pointed discreetly in the back corner where 2 men were having a snack & speaking loudly & obviously enjoying themselves.
I asked if it would be possible to just turn down the speaker above our table. She shook her head & I remarked that the ambience should suit the clientelle, not the proprietors.
She shrugged and went on about her business.
So, we finished our meals a little faster than usual and left. It was like a bad headache ending not to have that cheesy loud music blaring in my ears. Because the food is consistently good there, we will go back again, but if that music is turned up again we will get our doggy bags and leave without tipping. That will be our last visit. I hope these new owners have learned a thing or 2 since that time.
Very good greek food,(SOLID) i had moved out of the New West area about a year ago, so it had been a while, a very cozy atmosphere not your tipical traditional blue and white(very modern greek) had the roast lamb still the best i've ever had anywhere and very filling, if you do go with a party of more than yourself like i did you must also try the kalamari, i dont know what they do to it( unbelievable) tender and crispy not chewy like so many other places. Solid can't go wrong food at Yiannis.
If you are looking for hearty, no-frills Greek food, Yianni's is the place to go. They serve some of the best calamari and roast lamb I've tried. Their skordalia (garlic pate) is great and they have an excellent ekmek (custard dessert). Service is excellent and the staff is friendly and down to earth. Prices are reasonable for what you get and they usually have specials. Give yourself a treat and try them out for dinner.
I went here for dinner with my new mother-in-law and was very disappointed. Although the food was fabulous, the service was terrible and because of that, we will not be going back there again. There was only 2 of us for dinner with three other tables of no more than 4 to each. This server could not get our order straight right from the very beginning when she brought us the wrong drinks. My mother-in-law ordered her entree with a soup to start which she didn't get until the entrees where served of which the server got both wrong and we had to wait an additional 20-minutes. The food,when we finally received it was great. It then took the server approximately 15-minutes to give us the desert menu after taking away the entree plates and asking us if we would like to see the menu. At this point, we were the only table left in the entire restaurant. Desert arrived but without the coffees that we had ordered. She explained that she was making a new pot. 15-minutes later, still no coffee. Her explaination ... she was making a new pot. So, you see, we won't be going back and only because of the service. The food is EXCELLENT !
Food in here is good...better then their service, hehe, ambiance is also fine. Actually the waitress is not bad, nice, always smiles, but she's kink of woodhead, it's a lunch time, half full, 4 of us order 2 roast lamps and 2 lamp chops, simple like that, she even made a mistake, taking 2 wrong item(don't know what's it) instead of lamp chop, so we had to wait another 20minutes for the correct one.
I had been to Yianni's a few time before, mostly because it's convenient. The food isn't bad at all and the ambience is nice. But after this past weekend, I will never visit there again. There were only two people at my table(including myself) and the restaurant was half full. As I already knew, the service had been slow in the past but the food was still good. I ordered deep fried calamari meal & my mother ordered chicken souvlaki(2 skewers). We waited at least 45 minutes for our meal, beofre we received our food, we were noticing that people who had came in 10, 15, even 20 minutes or later after us were getting their meals. When we finally did receive our meals, they came with 2 chicken souvlaki dinners, no calamari dinner. I had already waited long enough at this point and I was starving so I didn't want to wait any longer. They offered to buy me a drink or dessert but I declined. I did expect to at least see my meal half price on the bill, but I was charged in full for it. I will never go back there.
The thing is about Greek food, is more often then not for a good dish you're forking out (no pun intended) aprox $14 per meal. Maybe then $8 per appy and $6 for dessert. The one thing I really like about Yianni's and can not stress this enough is that the food is clean. Not too much oil, not over seasoned (could have used more lemon on the dolmathes but other than that) it was reliably good Greek. Maybe more so the way Mom used to make it if you get my drift. The long-time employees are friendly and seem to genuinely want to help you when it comes to either making a reservation or just ordering something.
I'd give Yianni's a 8/10 for good, clean, solid service, food, & ambiance. It's reliable and not too dressy for a night out- but still a pleasant place to dine and enjoy a hearty meal.