Pasparos Taverna has been serving authentic home style Greek cuisine in North Vancouver since 1974.
It's the Saturday night before Thanksgiving and the wife, #2 son and I are thinking a restaurant break before the big turkey cookoff. We haven't had Greek food for a while and it's been a decade since we visited Pasparos so off we go. It's about 5:30pm and there were only a couple of occupied tables so no reservations were needed.
Greek atmosphere abounds in Pasparos...the traditional blue and white paint, tiles and plants, and Greek music in the background. Get's you in the mood to break plates or shake your belly.
We ordered 3 Russell Cream Ales, a rich malty beer with a slightly sweet hop finish. Wife and I ordered roast lamb, son ordered lamb souvlaki. We started with a fried calamari appetizer. The calamari was very good, a thin light battered version with a rich tzatziki sauce and diced red onions. They make the tzatziki with a high fat Greek yogurt which makes it delicious but very rich and filling. The roast lamb was fork tender and delicious while the souvlaki was nicely charred. Each came with Greek salad, lemon rice, roast potatoes, and tzatziki. All was very good but noticeably light on traditional Greek seasonings (lemon, oregano) which was slightly disappointing. The platters were too much for us to finish so there was no room for a sweet finish to the dinner.
Overall the food was good, the service was excellent (prompt and not intrusive) and the decor easily conjures up a nice little Greek dinner fantasy. Cost was $99 plus tip for three.
I've eaten a lot of greek and the first thing that surprised me is entrees only consisted of potatoes, greek salad, and the item. I'm used to getting pita and most often rice and perhaps some other veggie. Now I know that I need to order pita separate. The greek salad (lots of cheese) and potato (tough on the outside because it's really roasted) were very good though. The deep fried Calamari was average. The menu did have some interesting items on it.
Service was alright. I'd actually give it a 3.5. All male servers that night which is interesting as the greek place I worked in was all male servers too. Wonder if it's a traditional thing.
Ambience would have been 4 but I deduct 1 because smoke wafts into most of the restaurant from the patio. I really have no desire to go out for a nice meal and have to breathe in that crap. The place was loud and lively and the mulit-level layout interesting.
The main reason it doesn't get 4 stars is because of the smoke and that the value was a bit out of line with other greek options available. A "large" pop was $3 and if that was a large I'd like to see what the small looks like. While the entrees are priced fine the lack of extra with them reduces value. If you don't mind this then no problem. I'd give it an overall 3.5 stars.
I'll probably be back but I prefer Manolis in Burnaby or Cosmos in White Rock.
It's been a couple of years since we've been to Pasparos Taverna. We were there on Friday night and had a fabulous meal in the courtyard. It's easy to imagine being on vacation in Greece with the sun beaming down and sipping a glass of wine. It was busy but the tables are nicely spaced so you can get lost in your own little world.
The food was very good. We shared the garlic prawns to start. There were six good sized prawns and we dipped pita bread into the garlic butter. My husband had the half chicken and I had the Greek style ribs. Both were very well prepared. The chicken skin was nice and crisp but the meat was moist. The Greek ribs were nicely seasoned. The entrees came with potato, rice, a carrot and green beans combination and Greek salad. The only issue I have with the food is that there was a $3.00 charge for the pita bread. It was very good pita bread but most Greek restaurants provide the pita at no additional charge. Wine prices were very reasonable.
Service was decent. Wine and water was topped up and our waiter did quality checks to ensure that everything was okay.
I loved dining in the courtyard. It was so airy and light. It was a great evening. We would definitely return.
Went there on a weeknight and it was fairly busy. Had the gilled stuff calamari to start and it was quite good. Also had a sample of the fried calamari and a bit overcooked but had a very nice taziki sauce with it. Lamb shoulder was a good portion and was quite tender. Normal sides were just OK as the rice seem a bit undercooked. Good all around food. A bit on the loud side and prices a bit higher than other greek rest. Nice efficient service.
I was here on Wednesday with another friend when we ordered the assortment platter for two
includes daily vegetables, greek salad, satziki and pita
Roast Lamb, Moussaka, Deep-fried Calamari, Dolmathes, Spinach Pie and we added the Humous to our order. When we ordered the platter, the platter we thought was hugh, We could have another two people joining us. I also don't think either one of us was that hungry.
My friend doesn't eat Roast lamb, and I don't like Calamari or Greek Salad, so we traded and had leftovers for the next day. I love their humous, I think its the best in any Greek Place i've tried and order each time I eat here.
Our meal was great, no complaints with anything, and our server was friendly.
If in the area, and want to eat dinner, you won't be disappointed.
This is Greek done right; I've had a Greek girlfriend, I've been to Greece a few times. This tasted, looked, smelled, and *felt* like a number of the side-street tavernas I visited in Piraeus and Athens. For those thinking that "true" Greek is some sort of snobby cuisine that requires a ridiculous tab, you've got it wrong!
That said, this place isn't cheap; it's fine-dining, although not "high end" fine dining. Prices vary greatly, depending on the item ordered, though everything is quite worth it. Genuine Greek with no alterations is what you'll receive; keftedes (stuffed meat balls), dolmades (stuffied vine leaves), and roast leg of lamb so beautifully done you can literally "cut" it with a spoon are especially excellent.
Service is friendly (most of the servers I've ever had *are* actually Greek) and attentive, with recommendations and a superb wine list always ready.
This is an excellent restaurant to take a significant other to, if you want a fine ethnic dining experience, without absolutely breaking the bank; perhaps the best Greek restaurant in Vancouver.
I've been to Pasparos several times. What a fabulous place. Food, decor, service - all first class. It's all been said before, so it doesn't really need repeating. Now my only gripe is the damn awful cutlery they give you. Do they hammer it out of scrap food cans in their spare time? Eating would be even better if I didn't have that awful cutlery digging into the palms of my hands. I'm definitely going back - but I'll conceal my own cutlery in my pocket........
In the area with out of town friends and stepped into Pasparos. Nice ambience, nicely greeted by several staff. Sangria, fruity. Deep-fried calamari with nice thick tzatiki, yummy. Elioto dip, nice too, like tapenade in yogurt(?), very creamy. Everyone enjoyed their meals, which were quite substantial and three of us had leftovers. Vegan moussaka was nice (although the vegan bechamel maybe not a fav except for a vegan), spanikopita platter, generous with dill and nicely flavoured, not just a heavy hunk of spinach. The roast lamb was well-received, and I had the Fricasse, lamb in avgolemono sauce and 2 artichokes, excellent. No complaints about the rice. Retsina, good, and they carry a greek beer as well. Their ekmek was presented differently and was sweeter than I expected but very nice. Plenty of coffee and water refills. I would say that pricewise a little higher than a some places, so that that might be an issue, but, like this visit, if I had friends in town and wanted to be sure everyone enjoyed their meals and left happy? I would go here, for sure. Very pleased all round - oh and the bill came with little squares of baclava which were just the right size for the sweetness. A nice touch.
Easily my favorite greek restaurant in North Van, or anywhere else for that matter. Consistently excellent cooking, great ambiance, and top notch service make my visits always enjoyable. Highly recommend the lamb and dolmathes for the rich flavours. Tzatziki is superb, as it does not overwhelm the other flavours of a particular dish. Best avgolemono soup in the city. Simply outstanding all around.
Despite the fact there is a huge Greek population in Sydney, Asustralia, every time my brother (who lives there) comes back to visit the North Shore he has to go to Pasparos. Says he just hasn't been able to find anyplace anywhere near as good in Aus. After our large family gathering there a couple of weeks ago I can see his point.
It's very rare to see much variation in Greek restaurant menus but Pasparos does seem to offer a changing variety of specials. We stuck with the traditional items though. Had a dinner for two - which consisted of a large platter of roast lamb (concur with rustygull below), calamari, moussaka, dolmathes (all very good), and a so-so spanakopita. Plus there was a second plate of Greek salad, roast potatoes and veggies. With the tzatziki and pita that came as a starter - this was more than plenty for two of us and our 10 year old.
even after calling before hand to see if the kitchen would still serve us if we arrived at 10pm, we were reluctantly seated upon our arrival at 9:50pm, and intentionally made to feel unwelcome throughout our entire 40 minute stay, in spite of being extremely cooperative and even polite under their blatant rudeness.
Pasparos - dont admit us into your restaurant only to make us feel like the shittiest part of your day, whats the point?
Greek family operated probably since the 70's. Thye always make you feel like you belong in their home. Sit you down, make you feel welcome, bring on the roast lamb. Great seafood platters, kalamari, chicken, mousaka - jst great food, ambience, price and welcoming staff. Food is always consistant and good value. Have dined here many times over the years and have always left with a smile.
Pasparos Taverna has, in my opinion, one of the coziest and most ambient Greek dining rooms in North Vancouver, perhaps even the Lower Mainland. The restaurant is situated in a heritage house on bustling 3rd Street in Lower Lonsdale. Once inside, you can almost imagine yourself being transported to a Mediterranean village.
Pasparos has food to match the atmosphere. The usual dishes - calamari, salads, souvlaki - are reliable and very tasty. A particular stand-out is the roast lamb entree, which is incredible!
Perhaps my only qualm with Pasparos is that it can be pricey vis-a-vis other Greek restaurants, especially if you add a couple of appetizers and drinks to your entree. On the other hand, this is delicious food in a wonderful, cozy room. Rest assured, we'll be visiting Pasparos on many more occasions!
There is a reason this restaurant has enjoyed it's long term success. The owners ( Greg and Katya are still at the helm I assume ) are professional restaurateurs who offer well prepared, aurhentic greek food at prices, which to me, represent good value. The ambience has always been cozy and welcoming and the service attentive.
I moved to Yaletown years ago and I miss these guys as this is one of the 2 best Greek restaurants on the lower mainland, with Mythos being the other.
On a day trip across the Burrard Inlet, my fiancée took a recommendation from one of her friends and stopped at Pasparos on Saturday.
We were seated after about a minute of waiting, even though there were more spare tables than engaged ones, and I immediately noticed a discomforting chilly breeze on my arm. I was next to a patio door which didn't shut properly, leaving an inch gap. Of course, I should have asked to be moved but I'm clearly not intelligent enough to exercise such wisdom on an empty stomach.
I went for my usual Greek favourites - avgolemono soup and roast lamb - while the good lady picked the saganaki to start, followed by the Heirino me Thamaskina from the specials menu.
My food was glorious. Absolutely glorious. Just a few days earlier I'd been to Taki's downtown, which had served me the best avgolemono soup I'd had in Vancouver, and then Pasparos just went ahead and gazumped it with an even better soup. It was magnificent. The lamb followed suit, as did the accompanying potatoes. The salad and rice were both lovely. I was delighted.
My fiancée reports that her saganaki was also of the very highest order. In her main meal, the meat was tender, the sauce was a pleasant, sweet plum sauce and she enjoyed it. For her taste, the rice was a bit too soft. We got the same rice and for me it was perfect so I suppose it depends on how you like it.
We washed our food down with a shared pitcher of sangria. That was okay. It was just sangria and nothing special; perhaps a bit tart for my liking. Sangria should be fresh and inviting. It was okay.
The service was very, very good indeed. The young man was soft-spoken. I was amused when my fiancée asked him if her choice of main meal was something he'd go for and his cute reply was that although he'd never had it, he knew it was good.
Including the tip, our bill was $100 and I found this somewhat steep given the table and where I was sat. Two stars here at dinehere.ca means "decent", and that's how I rate the value. I certainly didn't feel we were ripped off. The food was exceptional and every bit as satisfying as the brilliant Taki's in Downtown Vancouver. I would recommend Pasparos to anyone on the lookout for good Greek food.
I have been looking for a good Greek restaurant but the downtown Vancouver reviews are so mixed that none of the restaurants I've read about appeal to me.
I had to attend a meeting in North Vancouver last night, so I checked out Dine Here for restaurants close to the Lonsdale Quay and found Pasparos. I asked my husband about it as many years ago he lived around the corner on 4th, and he said some people love it and others don't. He remembers going a few times and said it was good.
Anyway, it was amazing. From their website I had decided before I arrived to order the appetiser plate for 2 for just myself, as I wanted a little of everything. I received two meat patties, two dolmades, two spanakopitas, a couple of chunks of feta, a large mound of calamari and some lemon, a couple of pieces of warm, sliced pita and a huge serving of very thick tzatziki. I've seen references in recipes for "Greek yogurt", so that must have been it.
I don't eat a lot, and figured that an appetiser plate for two would be enough for me. However, the amount of food was such that I basically ate half the meal, except for the calamari. Because the calamari was deep-fried I figured I'd better eat it all since it wouldn't keep well. It was all so good.
Service was great, although I could have used a fillup of water toward the end. I couldn't have anything alcoholic to drink because I was working, but as far as service goes the waiter first offered drinks, checked twice on my meal and afterwards brought me the dessert menu and asked if I'd like coffee (I'm a water and alcohol girl). He arranged to have a cab called after I finished to take me to my meeting.
I was there at 5:15 p.m. so the place was pretty empty. Greek music played, not too loudly. I sat in the atrium. I love the blue and white of Greek decor.
I didn't notice it at first, but by the time I arrived at the meeting I could really taste the garlic. When I commented on it to people, though, they said they hadn't noticed. I eat chopped/minced/ crushed/sliced garlic pretty much every day, but here I really noticed it.
I took the remainder of the meal with me and set the container over ice in the bathroom sink at the Hotel Vancouver (I know, I know, I reached a new low) and ate it for breakfast this morning. The meat patty and feta tasted even better, if you can believe it. The spanakopita was pretty soggy, but that was to be expected.
A tad on the expensive side, I thought. I rated it a four for ambiance, but I was there by myself - in those circumstances something like that is hard to rate. It would be nice to go here on a date, though.
I'd certainly go back. However, I haven't been in North Van for six years (other than driving through), so if I were back in town I'd probably choose a different restaurant just to try something else. If I lived in North Van, though, I'd be a regular.
Perhaps my ratings are considered biased as I do work at Pasparos - and although I can justify my high ratings, I do not wish to seem like I am promoting or advertising Pasparos.
One thing I can say from an insider point of view is that they listen to their customers' opinions and take them into serious consideration. The cutlery issue mentioned - so true - not the nicest cutlery in the food industry! Pasparos read this review, agreed that it was time to do something about it, and now have new shiny and attractive cutlery... sometimes all it takes is the right person to say the right thing at the right time. :) This website is great!
I've tried them all and this is simply the best Greek in town. You feel as if you're in Greece as you sit inside their whitewashed atrium like dining area. The taramasalat is superb. The slow cooked lamb is excellent. Garlic prawns are excellent. I love to take people here for a special and very different meal. The prices are reasonable and the wait staff are always friendly. I try to avoid Fridats because of the belly dancer but the food is always reliable.
Returned to P's again and brought out the family. The place was busy! BUSY as in packed and people waiting at the door. They had are table ready, and even though they were busy, the service was great, and always came by to see how we were doing - filled our glasses with water, coffee -- cleaned off use dishes we were done with, didnt need to go out of my way to ask for anything service, because they came to us first. Great service, and very consistent! I never seen such a busy place be so organized! GOOD JOB MANAGEMENT! GOOD JOB STAFF! Even the manager found the time to sit and ask how we were and made us feel like family!
The food was warm, tasty, and fresh! the Homus and Ztaztiki was creamy, fresh. the lamb chops, wonderful! the calamari, awesome! over all a job well done, not only am I becoming a regular, I recommend anyone going to North Van to consider dining here to see for themselves!!
I like great food, hands down. I don't need it to be super-fancy, just done right, authentically and with obvious care for the person who will ultimately eat it. Certainly found those things at this great greek place.
Here's my story: In town on holiday/business, wanted to take the ferry to the north vancouver to enjoy the views of the city. Found this restaurant on another website, and was initially attracted by the menu, and the 30+ years its been in business. Figured it had to be good.
In the end, my wife and I walked out saying that that was the best greek food we've had outside of Greece, and that even if we'd been in Greece, it would have been memorable. It was that good. My wife ordered the appetizer and dinner specials, and I had the skewered seafood, and everything was done perfectly, down to the presentation, the warm fresh bread, the service, the wine (love greek wine!) and we ordered some sort of dessert that Id never had before, (kind of like tiramisu, don't remember the name). Plus, servings were well fitted to my big-man appetite:-)
Anyway, great food done right in a nice comfortable and attractive atmosphere, great service, overall a great night out, enough so that Im sitting here in my hotel room reminiscing... Lets put it this way; I took the time to write this review, and Ive never written a restaurant review before.
Man, I love this town.... can't wait for my next meal!