Kisamos is an authentic Greek Taverna in the heart of Steveston. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
It was a nice sunny day in Steveston, and we decided to drop by Kisamos for lunch to see if we could get a table because the last few times we tried to go there during dinner they were packed. They weren't busy at all, with only 4 or so other tables. We were greeted nicely and got a table right away. We didn't take too long to order, I went with the calamari plate and my wife went with lamp chops.
Then we started to wait while our two kids got fussy.... Luckily the server brought some small pieces of pita which were warm and tasted good.
Eventually, about 25 minutes later, I noticed that the lamp chops were at the window, but they sat there, waiting for the calamari so they could be brought together.. Food all arrived finally after about 30 mins. Quite a long wait given that they weren't busy, but I figured they had to cook the lamp chops... So we started to eat.
Greek salad - Cucumbers were definitely not fresh, a bit mushy. Not enough feta, and the tomatoes weren't too fresh either.
Rice - Was just ok.
Potatoes - Were somewhat overcooked, but not horrible.
Lamp chops - These were actually not bad. Not overcooked, and seasoned nicely.
Calamari - Biggest disappointment. They were a bit mushy, and almost tasteless. They should have been the star of the dish. Some of them even seemed a bit underdone. I would have complained, but we had waited so long for our food and we had to leave so I just left the food and paid the bill.
We have been to Kisamos many times in the past and have always enjoyed the food. This trip, however, left me feeling sick to my stomach due to the mushy calamari, so we won't be returning. The best thing we ate was the pita bread.
Came with a friend of mine tonight, I ordered a Calamari appetizer with "tarama" (fish roe) and my friend had the dinner with salad. When we went in we were seated immediatly....it was a nice cozy feeling in the restaurant dim with nice lighting, it was very clean.
When our food came out we were pleasantly surprised, this was the best calamari we have ever had (lightly battered and full of flavour) and we have been to several Greek restaurant (and this by far had *THE BEST* Calamari.) the bread was nice and soft as well. I was dissapointed though that they didn't have a side order of french fries on thier menu....it would had been the perfect meal (but we went to McDonald's later to have our fix on fries)
Our waitress was attentive for the most part. I had to flag her down once, but that's ok.
Really though, it was great food and service and I am happy we came
Not sure what people expect from a small diner tucked away in Steveston but I took my family there for a birthday meal and thought it was above average. The starters were the best, calamari and taramasalata with both white and brown warm pita. Yum!! Mains were average, the moussaka was good but the chicken dishes a bit rubbery and way too much rice. greek salad was good. Very poor selection of wines by the glass. Greek white wines are equivalent to high grade gas although slightly cheaper.
Stick to Heineken!
Been to all the major Greek Restaurants in the lower mainland and I would have to say that in terms of taste and quality of the meal, Kisamos is my favorite. Their Kalamari is SO tender and their Roast Lamb is amazing.
Now, being a bit of a food critic, I have had moments at the restaurant where the food quality didn't meet my expectation. But that happens. I don't base my reviews on the bad moments. As for service, its a hit and miss along with the ambiance. Not sure why the service level goes up and down, but the food generally is what I am there for. Otherwise, this is my place to go when I want Greek!
We had an enjoyable double date here recently and the food was terrific.
We enjoyed their calamari appetizer immensely - the squid was soft and flavourful and not too greasy. Their roast lamb was also juicy and tender. Their portions are very generous. The saganaki [fried cheese] appetizer came late, and although it was delicious we were too full to finish all of it.
Service was a little slow at times when the restaurant was packed, but the server was quite nice and we knew it was really busy.
The restaurant is a little place so it could feel a little crowded and sometimes a touch noisy, but really the food is what makes it all worth it. We lingered till closing and they didn't rush us out.
Kisamos does not deserve the previous poor reviews! We have been frequenting Kisamos about once every two weeks for the past 18 months. The food is always fantastic. I can't really comment on the ambiance because we have dined in only twice.
Our favourites are the roast lamb, calamari, and any souvlaki. The roast potatoes that come with the meals are so addictive I gladly break my self-imposed low-carb rule again and again.
We choose not to dine-in because they are usually very busy and the takeout is very convenient. They are very thoughtful to make the calamari only when you arrive to pick-up your order. This minor wait is worth it.
Sometimes service is slow but they appear to be doing the best they can. It is not easy trying to find good staff anwhere these days, so people should cut them some slack at this great family-run restaurant.
The decor could use some freshening up too, but that does not stop me from strongly recommending everyone to give Kisamos a try!
We are a family of 3. My wife and I grew up in Richmond and had dined at Kisamos several times in the past without any complaints. We were entertaining a guest from overseas and decided to go out for Greek. We were a group of 8 adults and 2 children and an infant. We made a res for 630. We usually go to Felicos on Alexandra, which has always been very reasonable and satisfying. Unfortunately this time we chose Kisamos.
Pros: The roast lamb is very tender, good hearty portion.
Cons: The Greek salad is bland, lacking zest (dressing), too much onions, skimpy on feta. The souvlaki was dry, 1 avg size skewer as opposed to 2 skewers and predominantly rice. Wine by the glass is limited mostly with only Greek labels. Chose not to have a glass because of selection.
Pros: The (other) servers appeared to be cheery and attentive.... Except Ours..... Our server was a woman in her 50s. I thought I could feel assured that she had experience in family dining.
Cons: Overall our server was dismissive, condescending and irritable. To start we had to wait about 20mins until we finally had to call her to ask for water, even after most of our group had already seated. My wife ordered a saganaki appetizer. It arrived with no bread (we assumed pita would follow). While the saganaki got cold we had to call her to ask for bread. She murmurred a terse reply to the effect that the bread is an accompaniment with the main meal. This didnt make sense to us as saganaki is eaten with pita and should be served together. She turned away before we could finish our reply and came back with 5-6 small pieces of sliced pita and no apology or apparent sense of culpability.
My sister in law had her infant in a bassinet. Upon realizing that the bench seating was too narrow, she placed the bassinet beside her on a chair at the corner of the table. We planned a seating arrangement (so we thought), that would not impact the servers and patrons accordingly. We asked for another chair and our server replied with a rant about the seating arrangement and went on about the details of our reservation. The place is not particularly spacious but as a group we were ``making do``. The server then again turned away muttering under her breath. If she disapproved of the arrangement she made no effort to suggest a better plan. There were a couple more similar exchanges. We were made to feel as if we were unwelcome and burdening our server. We resorted to flagging the other servers instead. We are a family group, none of our requests, other than pita with saganaki and another chair were out of the ordinary. We all have bad days when we are short tempered and curt, but there was no effort or sense of professionalism in her attitude. We received our bill and discovered a gratuity added on. Our server explained that this is their practice with groups of 8+ guests.We asked the other server to send over the manager. A small conference at the desk followed and a person (of apparent authority) who may be the manager or owner appeared from the kitchen. To our surprise our server was sent to deal with our complaint. We chose not to rant on and cause a scene. at that point we could only assume that the actual owner or manager chose not to deal with us.
Everyone but myself and my wife paid the gratuity.
Pros:In general most Greek restaurants are a good value, dinner portions are a good size and doggy bags are inevitable. The dishes at Kisamos are a hit or miss but if you crave a roast lamb, theirs is very comparable.
Cons:Some dishes are $2-3 higher than other places but understandable as it is located in the village.
Pros: Steveston is a community we grew up with. It has developed immensely through the last 2-3 decades and yet it is still a charming family oriented community. Much the same should be said about Kisamos. It is long standing in its location and as quaint mom and pop resaturants go, you can overlook the dated furniture, decor and utensils as long as a sense of hospitality and charm is maintained.
Cons: We obviously did not feel the love this time around.
As a family, we choose to go out to dine, instead of cooking at home, mainly for convenience. Our choices can be limited so when we go out in a large group we have to be careful in choosing a restaurant suitable for everyone. We were so disappointed in our experience at Kisamos. We are not obtrusive people yet we were left to feet as if we were. We can deal with the fact that a single person can turn us off (or vice versa), but if the management was dismissive also (from the bottom to top); then how can we be motivated to go there again
We still have most of our family and friends living in Richmond and in Steveston. It is inevitable we will be invited to Kisamos in the future (since to our knowledge it is the only Greek rest. in the village). We will definitely have to think twice about dining there again, even to the point that we have to dissuade our friends and family.
Other Fave Greek restaurants:
Stephos, Cosmo, Felicos
Food: We ordered the Moussaka and Chicken Souvlakia. They were both very good! The Moussaka was very rich and creamy. I just tried a small portion of it; just enough because it might have been too rich if I had more than half of it. The chicken was tender but needed the yogurt because it could be a little dry. The side of rice was flavourful and moist; unlike some other places where it may taste like cardboard. The Greek salad were fresh and tangy.
Service: We were greeted immediately by a young lady. We were seated near a big open window. She told us to let her know if we get cold but the window is opened because it gets really hot if it's closed. I felt it was thoughtful of her to let us know that we had the option to close the window. I really liked the mid-day breeze on a warm summer afternoon though! Another middle-aged lady came to take our order. Originally we wanted to try the Kisamos Chicken because it has to be good if it's named after the restaurant or vice-versa. But apparently it takes 45 minutes to make!! So we opted for the Moussaka instead. I would like to come back on day to try the Kisamos Chicken, maybe we'll call in advance to order.
Value: Moussaka was $15 and Chicken Souvlakia was $14. Obviously there are cheaper Greek places around but considering the fact that it's in Stevenson, I would consider it very acceptable.
Ambiance: This place is nicely decorated. Very simple and has this family feeling to it. I felt very comfortable here. Washroom was clean so it's all good!
Went for lunch today. Prices are decent, but I wouldn't say it's good value. Their prices are right on par with many other greek restaurants.
Arrived before the lunch rush. The lone server seemed uninterested with a "hi how many?" then and "are you ready" No? okay... there was no "would you like anything to drink while you decide?" Order is taken, drinks arrive, food arrives, then the restaurant gets busy.
Owner (?) comes out of the kitchen to help in her apron, classy. It took about 10 minutes from the time the last person finished their meal for our plates to get cleared and another 10 minutes to get the bill. We took our cards to them in the bar to get them run through after waiting another 10 minutes. If I was busy I think I'd like to get the customers out as quickly as possible, not delay them.
The food? Was ok. Pretty fresh tasting, but nothing outstanding. The rice and potatoes had a curious sort of neon yellow color reflective of chicken base or mustard.
Okay for Stevestonites... Not a place to go out of your way for.
After giving Kisamos a second chance, I have to say although the prices are cheap, but food is dissapointing. I ordered roast lamb both times, with both times being waay to salty. The second time I ordered, I was told that the lamb gets pre-marinaded, and the chef cannot control the salt content (how about not adding that much salt in the marinade?). Anyways, my sides were all pretty good, standard rice and potatos with greek salad fare, and since I like my starches, I survived both meals. However, if you like greek roast lamb, try Stephos on Davie in Vancouver for a even wallet friendlier option, or almost any Greek place in Burnaby.
The calamari was good, tender, tasty, but the plate could have been served with less amounts of onions!
The lamb came doused with a sauce of some sort, this is highly irregular of any lamb dish to come with any type of sauce covering it, I wasn't thrilled by the experience, however they were polite to replace the portion with another, the waitress explained that it was an "au jus" poured over the lamb, most of my Greek friends would "scowl" over a sauce poured on a fine piece of lamb, a tad salty, perhaps it was the au jus!
When the restaurant gets busy, it gets loud, and it can ruin a romantic dinner for two.
My rating is a 2 out of 5.
The deep fried calamari at this place is heaven. Salted just right, tender (not rubbery) and "light". Simply heaven from the 1st bite.
I agree with the previous ratings, the cook could have held back on the onions, or used a less pungent onion, such as a sweet onion. But the dish, with the greek rice, potato and salad was definitely well-worth the calories.
The roasted lamb dinner was just as good. It's one of their signature dishes, with more than 25% of the patrons ordering this dish. The lamb was tender enough that one did not necessarily have to use a knife. Great thing about the lamb: more meat, than bone.
Service was less attentive than usual, but I was more focused on my food than the service. For me: It's "just bring out the dishes, top up my water, leave me be, and I'm a happy camper!"
the shrimp and avocado croissant sandwich - it is divine! I've only been here for lunch, roughly 3-4 times(so far) and everytime I visit, I don't order anything else because i'm not willing to give up something that tastes this good. You know that food network show "The Best Thing I Ever Ate"? I think i've found it. The sandwich is packed with shrimp,perfectly ripened avocado,lettuce and tomatoes, which complements the sauce that gets spread onto the buttery flakey croissant. I'm not sure what ingredients they put into this sauce but it is down right yummy. Order comes with a generous portion of greek salad. I haven't tried anything else on the menu..and you know why but maybe some day. One thing that they could improve on is the ambiance but it's ok for now. Will be back soon.
My son Hans works with a BC fishing fleet, their home harbour being Steveston. I called him last night asking him for a restaurant suggestion in the area. We were on our way to Vancouver with some friends visiting from Germany. He told us to go to Kisamos and we did not regret it!
After arriving in Steveston we walked a couple of blocks and most of the restaurants were empty, except Kisamos. I was glad I had made a reservations from the ferry terminal.
We were greeted by a very friendly young lady and guided to our table, the last free table in the restaurant. The server was very friendly and attentive. Our food was served promptly, even though the place was full.
We had Lam, Chicken and Pork Souvlaki, Mousaka and a vegetarian dish. Dolmatakia and serving of melted greek cheese as appetizers. There are many greek restaurants in Germany, but I have never had Dolmatakia or cheese that good before, and we all eat often in restaurants (4 stars for the appetizers).
The rest of the food was very good (solid) and the portions enough to please any hunger.
I can recommend the restaurant and would go back anytime.
Love love eating here. Whenever I come here, I always order the souvlaki and never get to finish it due to its enormous quantity. My mom always orders the lamb roast and both of us take our left overs home after the meal. I even got my bf hooked on the souvlaki and he claimed it was indeed the best Slovaki he ever had. I also ordered the rice and chicken soup and also found it pretty delicious.
thought id share a little about my experience at kisamos. kisamos is a quaint small place in stevston. ive been there many times and recently went there again. Got to say that its too small for the amount of people that they sometimes have in there. Its too cluttered. I prefer restaurants with a little more space.
The service has been okay there. They used to have a long time server there who was the best one ive met. She was full of energy and really open and good at connecting. the other servers seem pretty frazzled most of the time.
The food is pretty good. For a good price, we get a huge plate of food, souvlaki, rice (which is ok), potatoes (which are so sofy and yummy) and greek salad. Their hummos is AWESOME....very tasty and fresh.
All in all its a pretty good place. The kids like it. The food is probably what makes it the most, service is ok and ambiance is better when not so crowded.
I've been here about twice now, the first time i went was about 4 years ago and then again recently. The second time I went, i found that their signature Roast Lamb is really worth its value. It's SO good and you can barely finish it. The atmosphere is nice too, except when I went there was only one server so it was really slow. It seemed like the server did accommodate to the customers that well. But overall, the food is pretty decent, and one of the better greeks places i've had.
My wife and I have been going to Kisamos for several years and we find that the food is consistently good and we particularly enjoy some of the hidden jewels on the menu. The taramosalata (dip made of fish roe) is the best I have had in Vancouver. The broiled keftedes (meatballs) are perfect with a touch of lemon, amongst the best I have tried. My review of Kisamos, just like everyone else's is highly subjective! Try it for yourself.
That said, some of the comments here astound me. I worked in the restaurant industry for 30 years before retiring. Restaurants reviewed on this website deal with thousands of people per month, there are bound to be mishaps and its usually those with a grievance that will go out of their way to post a review! Also, as another commenatator said, Kisamos is not fine dining! Those expecting to pay less than 12 bucks for an entree while expecting to recieve Michelline star treatment should give their head a shake. Some critics here, who think that 10 buck entrees are not cheap, expect the world because they are parting with 10 loonies! Would they take a pay cut at their own job and offer more in return? Of course not, their sense of self entitlement only applies to others and not themselves!
I have been eating in the above restaurant since it opened many years ago bringing approximately 40 visitors from the UK and the States as well as many local friends to enjoy the food and atmosphere.
I ate there last night and was insulted by the staff after I made it known to them that there was a plastic piece in my daughter’s food.
When I asked if this warranted a discount, the waitress said it was ‘a clean piece of plastic. Its not like it was a hair.” I was further insulted when they offered us a 50 cent discount from my bill, which I refused. I asked to speak with the sister owners and they refused to hear my complaint.
I duly paid my full bill and was very unsatisfied with the way we were treated in this matter.
This is not the first time I have been treated like this at Kisamos, but it will definitely be the last. I will not set foot in that restaurant again, and I encourage everyone to go down the street to Georges.
We were seated as soon as we came in. However, our server didn't get back to us until 15 minutes after. Upon the server's recommendation, we ordered the lamb chops and moussaka. I also ordered tea for myself. When my tea came, I opened the tea pot and saw that the water was dirty. I brought this to our server's attention and she replaced it with another one. Again, the water was dirty. I am not sure if it was the water or the tea pot. After 3 replacements, I gave up and ordered a bottled water instead. Besides, instead of being sorry, our server looked annoyed.
After waiting for 30 minutes, we were quite disappointed when our food came. While the portions were quite huge, the food didn't taste good. The moussaka was too dry, while the lamb chops were bland and overcooked. We requested for a medium-rare doneness but the lamb was served well-done.
I felt I wasted my time and money eating at this restaurant. I would never go back and I would definitely not recommend this to any of my friends.
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