Open for Lunch & Dinner. Eat in or take out service.
This new place on Lonsdale is where the old bagel place used to be. Inside looks pretty nice with your usual greek motif. Visited during lunch and they have a pretty big selection. Had the lamb shank and it was pretty good, a bit dry on some pieces. The usual greek salad, roasted potato and pita. Agree with the other comments that rice should and normally comes with it. Overall not bad for $12. Will try the roast lamb next time. Good service and pretty quick.
Symposio location used to be westcoast bagel and open the first of July. They have made this once bagel local, modern, spacious, and comfortable to place to enjoy lunch or dinner. I decided to check it out for Lunch and ordered Homous with Pita bread and Roast Lamb Kleftiko. The homous came out first, which was excellent with warm crisp pita bread. My roast lamb was tender, came with greek salad, potatoes with Tzatziki. My lamb fell off the bone, had a great taste and couldn't finish my plate, so I have leftovers for later.
I found out the owner, use to own Mythos on Lonsdale and Medina in West Van, and the construction changes was a done very well. As for the service, I found the two waitress were friendly enough, but one lady ignored tables around her, not paying attention to people wanting to ask questions. I like to think it will improve in the coming weeks. The owner did walk around, served tables, asked how my meal was and made the suggestion for the lamb.
I liked what I ordered, saw a variety of dishes pass me, and many people were raving about their meals. I will be back to check it out again.
Our usual dinner gang was looking for some Greek action and I saw that reviewer bc made a positive review of this place. That was good enough for me.
The restaurant was nicely decorated and extremely clean, including the w/c. Service was good. Our water glasses were kept full and there were two quality checks. My companions had roast lamb, lamb souvlaki, prawns souvlaki, and chicken souvlaki. I had lamb kokkinisto (roast lamb with penne pasta and savoury sauce). We also had a great calamari appetizer with fresh hot pita bread and tzatziki. All the food was really tasty, and the moderately-sized portions were packed with flavour.
Our only real quibble was that the souvlaki dishes and the roast lamb came with potato but not rice. No rice was expected with the pasta dish, but the other dishes would have had it at any respectable Greek place. We were informed that rice was $2.50 extra. When one of our party complained about this, we were comped one serving of rice. That was nice, but maybe they should not cheap out on this inexpensive food item. So smaller portions and lack of rice reduces the food rating to 3 stars.
Value-wise, it wasn't cheap, but not outrageous either. A good choice for a little uptown North Van Greek.
Talked my friends into going to Symposio on Friday evening at 6:30 pm for my birthday dinner, they would have preferred Mythos. As it turned out I should have listened to them as the service and attitude of the chef/owner was terrible, the worst I have ever experienced.
We had reservations and arrived at 6:30 pm, the waitress took our drink and dinner orders within about 15 mins. We received our drinks about 7:00 pm, but no sight of food, not even the humus and pita. By 7:30 pm we were getting very hungry and called one of the waitresses over to ask when we could expect our food, we were told by the almost non-English speaking waitress that ‘kitchen was busy – not her fault’. We tried to explain that we had 2 diabetics at our table and could she at least bring the humus and pita. Keeping in mind that the restaurant was only about half full the whole time we were there. About 15 minutes later another waitress brought salad, humus and pita bread, again we asked about our main meal and said we had arrived at 6:30 pm, it was now close to 8:00 pm. Finally, about 8:15 pm we received our main meal. I will say the food was good, the attitude and service of the waitresses was bad.
Shortly after finishing our meal, close to 9:00 pm, the chef came over to our table, we thought to apologize for the long wait for our meal, but OH NO, the reason for his visit was really to ask why we complained about the delay in the food. That waiting an over an hour is standard in a good restaurant and that since the food is so good it’s worth the wait. We mentioned that our concern was that there were 2 diabetics at the table and if we were told that the meal was going to be delayed we would have gone elsewhere. He then went on about did we think that the front part of the restaurant made him money – NO he said. If it wasn’t for the take-out orders he would be out of business. We reinterated that all we wanted was our salads or pita and humus so that we could start our meal and he said we should have told the Maria. We said that Maria had not been up front for a while and we told the other waitress. I then said is the customer no longer right and he barked at the top of his voice – the customer is never right, I am the only one right. I am owner of this house and I am the only one right. Our mouths just dropped open and we were speechless. Word of advice for this pompous chef – you better never lose Maria.
Needless to say we will never go back to this restaurant or order take-out.
Went here on a Saturday night with a friend. We made reservations, but did not need them. The place was nowhere near capacity. A lackluster greeting and we were waved to a table. Suddenly, a large party of 10 appeared and were greeted as if they were family (maybe they were?). For the rest of the night, we were ignored as the other party was served faithfully. The food was okay, but did not include everything that was described on the menu (the potatoes were missing from both our dishes). I had the vegetarian dish which was only $1 less than the lamb version my friend had. In the end, we had to ask for the bill, although our plates had been cleared long before (and no one asked if we wanted coffee or dessert). We will not be back. There are many, many other Greek places within walking distance that are better.
Went there recently on Saturday night. It was very busy, but the service was prompt. I had calamari dinner, which was excellent and not greasy at all. My husband's lamb shank was very tender. Very creamy Zatziki. In addition to usual selections they offer some unfamiliar (to me anyways) casserole dishes too. Will go back again.
Ordered take out from here last night: A tzatziki appetizer, a roast lamb dinner and a calamari dinner.
On the positive side, the Greek salad and potatoes were really good. Potatoes in particular had a great crunch and soft middle. Top notch.
On the negative side, the tzatziki was quite bland. It was more like greek yogurt with some cucumber shredded in. No garlic. Not to my taste at all.
The calamari was good, but the portion was small.
The lamb was at best average, the portion very small, and for the $18 something they charged, was very poor value.
Neither dinner came with rice, which was fine I guess, but meant the presentation fell short.
We don't have a lot of good Greek options in North Van, but I won't be returning to Symposio anytime soon.
As a Greek Canadian, I'm very particular about the Greek food I eat at a restaurant. There are now three Greek restaurants in North Vancouver City, and Symposio is the best in terms of taste ('ousia') and value. My fiancee and I have been there four times since it's opened and we've enjoyed consistently excellent food and service each time. They can be very busy at times so as with any great place, patience is a must, but very much worth any minor wait you may experience if you show up without a reservation. They also do a nice take out of all their menu items. For years I've told people that the best Greek food in the Lower Mainland can be found on the North Shore and I've brought many a foreign visitor to North Van to experience Greek food at the other two more established Greek restaurants in NV City. Symposio now tops my list for 'Best Greek Restaurant' in the Lower Mainland. The chef/owner has been associated with other fine Greek restaurants over the years and this is now his signature 'estatorio.'
Yia sas and 'kali xpovia' :-)