Kypriaki Taverna serves Greek and Mediterranean cuisine in a family friendly environment.
I've dined at Kypriakis once every couple of months for about four years.
There are two things me and the boyfriend order at Greek restaurants: lamb chops (for me) and lamb shank (the boy). These are two of the best dishes at Kypriaki. Both dishes come with salad, pita, tzatziki, potato and rice, and are just delicious! I usually pack some away for my lunch the following day. The boy *tries* to do that with his lamb shank, but usually ends up finishing the entire thing simply because he can't seem to resist!
Fried calamari is really tasty here as well - flash fried for maximum tenderness and served with tzatziki. The kitchen is open, and is always fast in preparing calamari to ensure freshness.
The dolmathes at Kypriaki are filled with meat, and never sour, which I've experienced at other Greek restaurants.
We've also tried their platter which is a deal - it could almost feed 3 people!
Kypriakis has been around for a long time. No wonder, as they consistently serve great food in a sexy setting!
Delivery service is very poor. Ordered at 6:30 on a Sunday evening, called at 7:30 to see if order left yet, we wanted to add something to order. We were told the order had left 5 minutes ago. Called back 30 minutes later to see where it was. We were told 10 more minutes. Asked to speak to a manager was told he didn't have time to chat after waiting on the phone for ten minutes. Hostess in a rude and sarcastic voice said they'd give us 25 % off when it arrived. 8:25pm order finally arrived. Food was stone cold, sent it back. This was the third time ordering using delivery, every time either the food is cold or food missing. Remembering you pay $4.00 for the service. Never again. Customer service poor, management is seriously lacking in customer retention. New restaurant facility but it's your delivery service that needs an overhaul.
I usually don't dine-in but I get their delivery on a fairly regular basis. The roast lamb dinner is always cooked perfect (albeit fatty). The portobello mushrooms in the port cream sauce are also a big winner. Salad, rice, potatoes are always flavourful and the food is consistent.
I can't speak for the seafood, since generally I think if you want really fresh seafood, either hit a seafood or sushi restaurant.
Was here once or twice over 20 years ago... ventured back on the suggestion of a friend.
We shared the Vegetarian Platter (just under $35) which was comprised of dolmades, moussaka (minus meat), humus w/pita, roasted potatoes, Greek salad, etc.
The portion of the platter was ample - it was too much for us to eat it all so we took the leftovers home. The quality and flavour of the food was very homemade which is good if that's the calibre of cooking you're looking for.
The service was good. The ambiance a bit cramped and dingy.
Overall, just an ok sort of place. Not the best Greek dining nor the worst.
Since moving to Vancouver last fall, we’ve had trouble finding a nice, reasonably-priced place with good food and portions, and now we’ve definitely found it! Our reservation was on a Saturday night around 8:30, and we were warmly greeted and seated promptly. There were only a few other diners when we arrived, but it got busier later. Even so, the service throughout our meal was attentive, but not rushed.
The restaurant is small and nicely decorated, with a quaint ambiance reminiscent of a local Cypriot taverna. The menu is not huge, but has a good selection of appetizers and entrees, including a nice variety of vegetarian choices. We had the Feta and Olives and Dolmades for appetizers. The Feta was excellent: fresh and firm, accompanied with Kalamata olives. The Domades was among the best I’ve ever had, served piping hot. Both were served with pita bread and Tsatziki. The pita was leavened a little more than the classic style, but soft, served hot from the oven and replenished on request.
The main courses were served with Greek-style rice (with diced carrots, a nice touch), one lemon-roasted potato (halved), and a small salad of tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, and green pepper topped with crumbled Feta cheese (a little too much for my taste, but to each their own). Our party of four had chicken souvlaki (2), roast lamb and the Greek-style ½ chicken. The portions were generous (none of us could finish), and the food was cooked perfectly. Presentations were basic, but nice (although the plates could have been bigger!), in keeping with the rustic style of a genuine Taverna. The roast lamb in particular was absolutely delicious, literally melting in your mouth.
Dinner for four with two appetizers and two glasses of wine came to $117.00, including tax. The restaurant is open for lunch, with a very reasonably-priced selection of dishes, including a platter for $19.99 that looked like it would easily serve three.
We’ll definitely be back to Kypriaki Taverna, and will recommend it without hesitation. It was altogether a wonderful dining experience!
Each to his own, I suppose... but reading the reviews has me scratching my head.
To begin with the greeters at the door have always made me/us feel welcome. Unlike many places, the seem genuinely happy to have clients walk in.
The service has always been terrific. In any event, I go there to enjoy the experience... not be rushed out the door. A bit of a wait allows you to sit back, relax, enjoy yourself before dining.
Taste: Perfectly delicious. The roasted potatoes are perfect. Their souvlaki (chicken) melts in your mouth and is again, delicious. Spinach Pie... great. Can't report on seafood... i don't touch the stuff... but Kethedes are delish... as is anything I have tried there.
Price: So, I;m spoiled. I love the prices at Stepo's on Davie. I love their food and the taste of their food. But if I am on the North Shore and don't feel like fighting the bridge traffic... this is my second favourite (quantities are less than the other one I mentioned with higher pricing... but it's still a place to go).
Came across reviews on this site and figured I would try this place as I drive past it so many times living in North Vancouver. The food was outstanding - had the roast lamb and it melted off the bone. It came with rice, pototaoes, tsaziki, pita bread and salad. The portions were huge so I was glad I did not order starter as for the first time in years I asked to take the leftovers home and enjoyed them the next day in a pita pocket. My husband had the chicken slovaki and it too was huge portion and so tender. Will be back to try the seafood for sure. We enjoyed the Greek house wine and all in all great value and great food at reasonable prices.
We have been going here since we first discovered it a couple of years ago. The ambience is just beautiful, with the little lights and authentic music and decor. The food is amazing, and may seem a little expensive when looked at on the menu, but when your food arrives, you realize that that price is paying for potentially two meals -the portions are VERY generous! The food is also amazing, full of flavor, and a great value for the amount that is given. The waitresses are also extremely friendly, and welcoming! I've never been disappointed!
Delicious food - nice potatos, saganaki, lamb & halibut with tomato sauce. Good service and a really cute & cozy dining room with greek style decorations that are not too over the top. Would recommend it entertaining family of friends.
I really like the ambiance of this restuarant, However, I will not eat there again! On the last two times I ate there, the food I ordered was cold. I figured it would not happen again, so I went back another time and yet again, the food was luke warm. It is unsafe to not have food cooked all the way through. Yikes! That was a few years ago that I was there, maybe there is a new chef now that cooks the food properly?
We moved "into the neighbourhood" from another area within North Van. The food was really great...the level-of-garlic was not overly offensive (as it often is at Greek restaurants...where you can't talk to your friends and family for a week after the event). It is a beautiful little place...looking much like an old house...quite romantic. The service was friendly and fun. We will definitely go back soon.
An outstanding dining experience. We had no reservation but did not have to wait long to be seated (Friday evening around 6pm - but by the time we left at 7:30, there were people waiting to be seated). I had moussaka, and my friend had roast lamb. Both dishes were served with rice, greek salad, potato, tzatziki sauce, and bread. Often there's one part of a meal that is disappointing, but here there was none - the food was really great (especially the lemon potatoes!). The tzatziki sauce was perfect, not too strong. We also really enjoyed the ambiance and there seemed to be many waitresses so service was good. The decaf coffee was full-bodied and had a nice taste...unlike the decaf coffee in some other places which tastes like paper. We look forward to perhaps returning for our wedding dinner.
On our visit to this restaurant I was expecting more because I had read some great reviews about the place. I ordered the seafood platter but hardly recieved any seafood for the price and also thought the menu was really limited for selection. The servers did not seem friendly. My preconceived notion of this restaurant was upscale but the servers were wearing exercise pants. Lastly, as I stepped outside the door after paying my bill I was splashed from the traffic.