Kisamos is an authentic Greek Taverna in the heart of Steveston. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
Visited here this Sunday past. We were greeted immediately and shown to a table. I remember last time I was here I ordered the snapper, it was outstanding so I opted for this dish once again.
I was not to be disappointed. A delicious , flavorful meal. A rather large portion of fish, tender and absolutely what I remember from before. I love this dish.
The fish came with a generous portion of Greek rice, a nicely cooked Greek potato and some green beans cooked in this fantastic tomato sauce. I am not usually a huge green bean fan but the way they cook these almost have me asking for the recipe.
The service is very solid. Not obtrusive but rather friendly and efficient. In my opinion this is one of my favorite Greek restaurants in the area. Can't wait for my next visit and more of that snapper.
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!
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
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!
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!
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.
And eat here. It is good (for Richmond, at least).
The food was decent as most of us enjoyed our meals- parents didn't like the calamari- and they are knowledgeable about these things.
They have some things going for them that work for families- take reservations, have high chairs and friendly servers. Although it does seem like a family-run operation which sometimes means a bit of a wait for food... but overall, I'd say it is worth it.
I liked it better than the glitzy Mad Greek, as this was a bit more homestyle and relaxed. Will return at some point when I crave greek food.
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.
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!"
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!
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!
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.
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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