George's serves Greek food in Steveston Village.
I think after this latest adventure I am going to swear off lamb. I have had nothing but bad luck ordering lamb lately. Actually wanted to visit Kisamos Taverna on Sunday as we visited a few months ago and had an excellent meal. Unfortunately they were closed so my dining partner and I kept on walking down the street with Greek food on our minds.
Came upon George's Taverna. Doesn't look like much from outside, in fact looks a little on the sketchy side.
As it turns out the outside looks like a palace compared to what it looks like on the inside. An absolute dump of a place. Welcome to the 70's, maybe 60's and not in a nice , memorable sort of way. This place is about 20 years overdue for a major reno. My dining partner and I had second thoughts about eating here however the table looked clean and it was starting to get on the late side of dinner hour plus we were hungry so we stayed.
Now to the food. I ordered the lamb souvlaki, my dining partner the roast lamb. Both our meals arrived on sort of old , small white plates. There was your usual rice, greek potato and greek salad. The rice was truly unspectacular. The greek potato not nearly as nice as what I have had at many other Greek restaurants. The Greek salad was just sad. As for my lamb souvalki, the toughest pieces of meat I have had in quite sometime. Gave my jaw a real workout. My dining partners roast lamb was also tough and chewy. It was a greyish fair sized piece of meat that looked like it had been boiled and not roasted. Gross.
Our server was pleasant enough but a little inattentive, had to flag her down to have our water glasses filled more than once. There were two other tables to look after.
To sum up, this is one bad Greek Restaurant. I will never be back.
One souvlaki, one roast lamb and two waters plus another pita they charged me $1.25 for including tip, $40.00
This restaurant is located in Steveston. They have a take-out window set up overlooking their kitchen area so you can peek in and see the staff and who I assumed was George the owner busy at work. I had a chicken donair pita wrap to go. The chicken is spinning around on a donair grill, and was freshly carved for the pita. I requested extra tzatziki, and some added hummus and cucumbers on my wrap and they got my order right without charging extra. My snack was delicious. The pita bread was warmed, with ample chicken and fresh veggies and lots of garlicky sauce. Recommended. I do wish the veggie version of this wrap was priced more reasonably, for essentially salad in a pita it just costs $1 less than the meat version.
I have been to George's before and love the roast lamb special which at $14.95 is the most expensive item on the menu but well worth it. There is enough lamb for two meals and it melts in your mouth! My only complaint would be the heavily salted potatoes......I wish chefs would allow patrons to salt their own food as so many people are not into salt these days. Our table also had the chicken ceasar ($8.95)and lamb souvlaki (12.95)which were declared favourable.
The meal took over half an hour to arrive but our server brought us complimentary pitas and humous as the kitchen was so slow. I personally don't mind waiting if the food is freshly prepared and tasty and George's passes that test quite well.
Food: Had the calamari dinner and chicken souvlaki. Chicken was succulent and flavorful and rice was not too salty which is sometimes the case at Greek restaurants. Calamari was good but just a little on the greasy side - needed a minute or two to drain further or placed on a paper towel to absorb some of the oil that was still dripping off. Hummus was fantastic. Potatoes were marinated rather than roasted which I was a little disappointed about but still tasted rather good.
Service: Waitress had a sourly demeanor but was still efficient. She and the owner had great rapport with the regulars which means my dining compadre and I were not going to get a smile from her unless we came in at least once a week.
Ambiance: Some people might find it endearing but I just thought the wack load of things on the walls and in the hanging nets overbearing and tacky. In the daylight, you can see just how a thorough cleaning of the place is needed. Dirt caked along the floors and some walls, dust layered on top of some of the ornaments, and grease encasing the cooking area. There were also several flies buzzing around making the dining experience half eating and half swatting. Place doesn't seem to faze customers though since it was a Thursday night and the place was still packed.
Overall: I would recommend people to come and try the food as it was delicious but maybe try to sit away from the kitchen where most the dirt can be seen with the naked eye.
My friends and I decided to have dinner on Saturday in Steveston. After being giving up on 2 other restaurant because of their long wait time for dinner, we decided to go to George's. The restaurant was not very big and they didn't really have big tables, so our company of 5 had to be seated at a table for 4 with a chair at the end of the table. There were quite a few like that in the restaurant, it's not really a sit-in restaurant.
The prices were quite seasonable...maybe even on the cheap side. $16 for a lambchops dinner entree, definitely worth trying. We ordered a few appies to share, George's fries, calamari and fried mushrooms. They were good, not outstanding, but at least the calamari was done right.
Our entrees came soon after, a little too soon. We weren't finished with our appies yet, so the issue with the small table became quite apparent at that point. When our appies arrived earlier, we ran out of room to put all our plates and platters. Now it was almost like a juggling act, trying to stack the plates to make room for our entrees. Not a pretty sight. Unfortunately our server was too busy to notice to come collect our plates.
My lambchops came, and when I ordered they asked how I wanted my lamb done, and I told them medium rare, so I was expecting it to be somewhat medium rare...since they asked, right? Well, needless to say, it was overcooked, not even medium, more like well-done. And they were definitely under-seasoned. I'm not a big fan of salt, but you definitely need a bit to bring out the flavour.
Probably not going to go back...maybe I might try their donair for take-out sometime.
Service was slow. There's not a lot of customers at the time. No more than 5. It still took a long time for me to wait for my food.
The restaurant is very small, cramped, and a little dirty. I didn't feel comfortable sitting inside. I had to order take out instead.
I ordered wrap. It tasted pretty good. Good enough. The portion was on the small side, I was still hungry after that.
For a restaurant that is too uncomfortable to sit inside, the price is on the high side. Because it's basically like a take out joint. It should be cheaper. And I absolutely can't stand sitting inside that restaurant. It feels like an abuse. A fast food joint has more comfortable sitting than this place.
We went to George’s on a cold, wet and rainy night. We were promptly seated at a table for two by the front windows. After some friendly bantering with George, the waitress got us onto the platform table next to the kitchen. Nice and warm! I’ve always enjoyed this table, I can see into the kitchen and see two feet above the other diners.
We knew why we drove to Steveston: two orders of roast lamb, please.
The plates were overflowed with food. The portion of lamb was like a small roast. The Greek salad, roast potatoes and rice were piled high. Needless to said there’s plenty leftover for tomorrow’s lunch. Left a little room for Baklava.
The other diner at the end of our table’s order arrived after ours. Wow, it looked so good, I wanted to order it as a second dish! OK, I’ll have the pan-fried lamb chops medium rare next time. Can’t give this place a better recommendation than that: I've already made my next reservations.
it was really hot the day i went, and the inside, was even warmer! its really cramped inside as well but luckily there weren't too many people inside at the time. the service was okay. our server seemed very nervous to be serving us and didn't seem super happy to be working. i ordered a chicken pita wrap, and it was delicious!! the orange slice and lettuce garnish didn't really help at all. The orange looked dry and the lettuce was dying. BUT, the wrap was still amazing!
I came here with my better half for dinner [for him] and a late snack [for me]. The restaurant was a little empty since it was past 9 at night.
We ordered lamb chops, which he and I agreed were juicy and tender. Very nice. We also had the scallop appetizer, which didn't quite meet my expectations. It looked and tasted like it came from frozen, and upon examination I wasn't even sure if they were real scallops.
Service was friendly, no complaints there!
Overall it was relatively inexpensive and the atmosphere was nice. The experience went well enough that I would return again when I'm in the area - but I'll probably pass on the scallops.
I have been to George's Taverna several times and I must say the ambience is great. Where I have my reservations is in the quality of the food. Portions are great and prices are good but I feel the establishment uses too much MSG in their preservatives. The food tastes great but when I go home I feel very bloated and heavy. I do not feel like this at other Greek restaurants. The service is a tad too slow. The restaurant is in a good location in Steveston Village.
I was here to try out other greek food than Stephos' on Davie. The place is in steveston village and at the corner of the street, quite a small place but not bad since it's not as crowded as Stephos.
The Souvlaki is around 12.95 up and roast lamb is 14.95. For 14.95 I was expecting a larger portion than Stepho's roast lamb (I think 9.95). I was quite dissapointed of the portion, it's about 90% of Stephos portion but more expensive. The bottom line is the food is not bad almost on par with Stepho's but more expensive. Their chicken donair is very good for $4.95 (to go only but dine in add $1 ). So if you're making a special visit to George's you'll be dissapointed because this place is far! I gave the food rating decent just because for less price you can get the same if not better greek food elsewhere.
Small restaurant located on a corner. There are not many tables inside and not much room to walk either. In summer, 2 people can sit outside on a bench in the small "boat" beside the entry door.
Their chicken schwarma in a pita or plate, covered in lots of tzaziki sauce, along with George's fries, are really delicious. The chicken is tender and juicy and has a lot of flavour.
If you don't like eating in there, try the Take-Out Window on the side.
Also the Navy Bean Greek soup, which has potatoes in it, is very good too.
We went to George's for dinner because we had heard it was pretty decent. Long wait (waited over 30 minutes for entree). Pita Bread served after 25 minutes, but had to remind them to bring Taziki. We hoped after waiting a while, we'd get great food. I asked for beef souvlaki with rare beef (most Greek places manage to cook it rare on request). It came quite well done, and both beef and potatoes were dry. The worst part though was the greek salad - in both of our cases we had green peppers with rotten black holes and spots. We counted eight pieces like this in total. Told the waitress, and she offered no amends except to "tell the kictchen later". Service very slow, waitress on cell phone twice. Will definitely not go back - try Kisamos on the next block, as it has great prices and really good greek souvlaki and potatoes!
This was our second time to George's and it was every bit as good as the first time. The roast lamb was succulent and tasty as was the garlic schrimp appetizer. We were seated immediately (outside at our request) Service can be a bit difficult when seated outside but that was not the case here. Service was fast and friendly without being intrusive. The meals are well presented with plenty of pita served on the side. One word of caution......be very hungry before you go as the portions are very large indeed. You are guaranteed not to go away hungry.
George believes in really generous servings, and they are damn tasty if a tad salty for the more delicately palatted foodie.
The restaurant has a cosy Mediterranean feel to it and plus, the place is in Steveston which is one of my favourite parts of the GVRD.
Great food, lots of it, and a fabulous setting.
If you like Greek food and want to eat the real thing, ethnic cooking as if you were a tourist in a small greek village, visit George's Taverna in Steveston.
As soon as your foot steps inside, you feel as if you have been transported back in time to a quaint Greek village. Looking around, your heart will start to thump because what you see is a lot of heart, real emotion, and feeling that has been put into the small Taverna.
The Owner is proud and his staff loyal and the food, OUT OF THIS WORLD! I was taken into the small kitchen where I saw everyone working, preparing their part of the whole food delight - everything prepared from scratch with fresh ingredients. The aromas were so potent.
For dinner, the Roast Lamb was succulent and tender, the portion was huge - I had to take some home. The staff was helpful and quick to attend to all my wants.
I recommend this restaurant to all - it is so great to see a family run restaurant contributing their passions to the community. Visit George's and support the local small businesses in Steveston.
Been to this place many many times when I lived in Steveston. The simplest and best Greek food I've had in a long time. Haven't yet had anything as good.
The roasted potatoes and the donair are stupendous. Not to mention the hummous!
My boyfriend and I consistently come back to this place because it does take out greek food for a good price. The food is really good, and they always take less than 20 minutes to get everything done. I totally recommend going here. We always get the lamb/chicken soulvaki or the platter, which is always filling. Nice ambiance, looks like you're in a boat.
Food: Our table of six had kalamari to start, and I ordered the roast lamb that came with pita bread, greek salad, potatoes and rice for $15. The servings were generous, and the roast lamb was delicious!
Service: My only beef (no pun intended) with this place was the wait. I hate to say this but when we made our reservations, we didn't expect to wait more than 30 minutes to be seated. However, the friendly and helpful staff were apologetic, tried to seat us ASAP when the next table was available, and fed us with extra pita bread and tzatziki.
Ambience: It's a small restaurant, and the decor is quite interesting because it has a bit of 'Steveston Village' attached to it rather than the traditional Greek theme. There's a huge net on the ceiling with lots of fishing stuff so you gotta see it to believe it!
Price: Usual price you'd expect from a Greek restaurant but pretty big servings.
Although I don't think I'll be going back for a second try, George's Taverna is pretty good and worth a try.
about 6 years ago we had two visits in this restaurant and didn't like it,
so if in Richmond we will go to Kisamos on the same street.
Since Kisamos was closed and we wanted Greek we decided to give it another try.
the place looks neglected and poor.
the food was less than average- you can eat but not enjoy. the Moussaka was OK, the skewers were hard to chew. all dishes came with quite cold rice.
even the part of the kitchen that we could see from where we sat didn't look inviting.
the years just did even worse to this place- never again, even if we really want Greek food