Kisamos is an authentic Greek Taverna in the heart of Steveston. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
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.
This is our favorite Greek place in Steveston.
The baked snapper is my favorite dish here. I love the tomato based green bean veggie side. MMMM good!
My wife loves the Calamari dinner, and all the greek dishes that we've tried, so far, are as authentic as you can get.
Ambience is great with perfect mood lighting and a great selection of greek music from their CD collection quietly plays in the background. Most nights are busy till closing time as families and friends chatter to make you feel like you are right at home as you relax and enjoy dinner. If you are lucky enough to get a window seat, people watching Moncton Street is an added bonus.
Service is all ways friendly, and very good even when it's really busy.
If you like Greek food and you haven't been here -- you don't know what you're missing.
Get there before 6PM or call for reservations.
We have been here many times, and the comments about the poor service are definitely right on. The waitresses (both of them for some reason!) offer a kind of edgy civility when the place is empty, but if the place gets a bit busy, look out. Their mood turns ugly, and you get a big ol' helping of attitude if you dare impose upon them for service.
Having said that, the food is always great, and it is still a good value and well worth it, if you can just grit your teeth and cope with the wait staff...
my friends and i were in the area and decided to try this place out. the restaurant was packed but we were seated in about 15 minutes (table of 8).
my bf and i decided to split the platter and we left satisfied with leftovers for the next morning. the calamares were amazing, even better than the ones we would get in granville island. the meatballs were tender and succulent. the pork and chicken kebabs (??) were okay, a tad dry for my taste. the lasagna type thing they had were great too
other food that our friends had... lamb shanks were good. they were moist and tender. tomato sauce was a perfect consistency
service was alright. kept our water glasses filled, food came promptly.
would return to try other stuff in their menu
While the food is very good, the service leaves something to be desired. When the restaurant is busy, the servers often become rude and surly towards the customers, which is completely uncalled for. It is a very small space, and despite a reservation you will often have to wait for a table. Perhaps this is better suited for takeout.
Wanted to get some Greek and decided this place was worth a try. I'll say it right now that this place needs to get their act together! The ordering of the food was a pain in the butt. We were ignored for 20 minutes before we had to could get anyone to notice us. While we waited for our pita bread, we saw that a table of four that came in later got their order in sooner! Now we are miffed, we waited an upwards of 30 mins to get our order. The pita bread showed up 5 mins before the order came. The food itself was decent, the lamb was moist and the salad was ok. But with the horrendous service, I won't be coming back! It was busy I'll give that but that is not a free pass to ignore your customers!
Being Steveston residents, we tend to eat at Kisamos at least once a month. The food is delicious and very well priced. The roast lamb, at $12.99 is a true bargain, and enough to share with a friend. The fried calamari is crispy and tender, and the salad is big enough for 4. The service is good - the servers have been there for a long time, and know alot of the regulars - so there's lots of kidding and joking around. It's a great neighbourhood spot for good Greek food.
This place is an icon, I used to work there, which I won't elaborate on here. I return often as a customer. I love greek food and eat it often, but make the trip to Kisamos when I am craving it. The homous, roast lamb, and calamri (forgoing sandbars wok fried) are the best in the city, and I always order these 3 dishes. The seating is tight, you will know your neighbors well, but it is friendly. The same people would come in twice a week, and some families would get takeout twice a week, a true regualrs kind of place. Doogie bags are needed, even if you 420 before going in. An appy to share and a meal each, you will have leftovers. The deserts are good and made in house. i will send my grandkids there after I have kids first.
First time here. Had kalamari and saganaki for appetizers and then a chicken foccacia sandwich. The kalamari was great: lots of it and the batter was light and they were crispy. The saganaki -- fried cheese (non-fat, ha ha ha...) -- was pretty good; not the best we've ever had but still pretty good. We didn't leave any in the pan. The sandwich was a monster and came with a heaping pile of caesar salad. Clearly, one is not supposed to eat this AND appetizers. I, however, was up to the task. The sandwich was really good and the salad was nice and cheesy and garlicky.
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
This can't be the Mediterranean diet that they say improves health and longevity. All I see is greasy rice, greasy potatoes, and greasy meat. This can't be real Greek food, can it?
This is the worst type of comfort food around. I can't even begin to imagin how much salt is in this cuisine.
There are better choices out there.
Stay away if you value your health.
I usually don't look at these review sites because i know that it is either the extremely pleased or the disgruntled (*cough see review under this one) that are most likely to post. Being an avid Kisamos fan for years I thought I would see what the 'consensus' here was after my last dining experience there.
This is my favorite restaurant in Richmond. I have been around long enough to know to go to Kisamos after 8pm on a Saturday to avoid the rush. I had the roast lamb, which was cooked perfectly and literally melted off of my fork. My girlfriend had the fisherman's soup. What a value for all of the seafood you get. We split a bottle of wine that was less than 30 bucks (yes we did walk home in light of the new driving laws). Overall an excellent experience, once again!
Two can dine and have wine for less than 50 bucks. What a deal!
My only critique is that the place might need some updating soon...
Stopped in for a 3rd time to see if the food got any better, and as our two previous experiences it was not good. Firstly, the service at a restaurant of this size is virtually invisible. Sitting down was the easy part, trying to flag down our server to order, follow up with more beverages, and finally to get our bill was a challenge. This restaurant is by no means large so you would think it would be easy.
Setting: The table top was clean, however everything else around the table was dirty. One issue we had were the baby highchairs were stored inside the female washroom, and they were dirty!
Food: Ordered a chicken souvlaki, Calamari, Greek salad. The chicken/rice were decent, potatoe over cooked and burned, greek salad had zero dressing on it and barely a scrape of feta. The bag to go should of contained some of the chicken dish and most of the side Greek salad, which was a good amount. We got our left overs, went home and opened our to go package. The chicken was there, barely non of the rice and literally 5 pieces of vegetables from my salad! They threw out my salad when it was all put on the same plate to go. Not cool.
Repeat: No. After eating at this restaurant on a few occasions it is not worth the money. There are many other options. Go to Steveston for fish and chips, avoid it for Greek.
The restaurant has been around for ages and it is always packed in the evenings.
The food is fantastic, esp. the souvlakis. Their yogurt sauce for the souvlakis are the BEST I have ever tasted. It is different from the usual watery variety. The potatoes are cooked to perfection here too. I cannot rave more about the food hear. Some of the other most popular dishes are I believe the lamb dishes.
Service never really stood out for me at this restaurant though. The staff is attentive but never too friendly.
If you're ever in the Steveston area and want to pass on the Fish and Chips, you could try it.
And who would expect fine dining at these prices? Kisamos is a great little family-style Greek restaurant with decent food at very, very affordable prices. Appetizers are good (love the taramasalata) and the souvlaki (the best bet on the menu) are fantastic. The portions are huge. Personally, I wouldn't order lamb (although my husband, who grew up in a big French Canadian family loves the lamb - says it's just like home cooking). As stated before, this is not fine dining, nor does it aspire to be. If you want lamb cooked to your specifications, you are going to have to pay a lot more than $14.99. Stick to the souvlaki and appetizers and you won't be disappointed - and make a reservation - Kisamos is packed almost every night of the week.
I have been here several times but most recently I was served by a beautiful greek girl with a fantastic smile and an incredible pleasant personality. The food was to die for and the service was warm, friendly and enjoyable. I would recommend anyone to eat here it is a truly Greek experience :) The only thing missing is the georgeous Mediterranean views otherwise perfect.
I am a regular customer of this greek restaurant in the Stevenson area and I must say that it is one of my favourites. There are usually lineups as this restaurant is quite busy as it is indeed a small and cozy restaurant. I favourite is the lamb chops which provide super value for what your paying. For around $13 your getting a greek salad, rice, potatoes, and 4 pc lamb chops. That is value right there. Service is standard nothing super also yet no complaints.
First time I went, sat at the table by the door, food was great, just a little windy and cold. I had the spot closest to the door.
I shared a combo for 2, with calamari, lamb chop, meat ball type of thing, chicken and pork skewers, Mousaka (sp?) and a filo dough wrap thing with cheese inside. Calamari was great, lamb chop, mousaka and filo wrap were all good. The meat ball thing was too dry, so were the skewers I must say. They also came with lemon flavoured potato and rice, Greek salad. Calamari and lamb were my favourite out of the meal. That's why I went back the second time.
Second time there, I made reservations two nights before going. 6pm, booth spot. When I got there, the man who greeted us asked for my name and I gave it to him. He asked if we had reservations, I said yes. So we were seated in the booth like I had asked for on the phone (may have been a coincidence?). A few moments later, an angry looking lady came up to us and asked, again, "you had reservations??" As if I would lie about it! I replied, "yes, I called in two night ago." Her attitude and tone of voice left me such a bad impression that I never went back after that. If there's been a mistake, admit it or at least be polite about it, not storm towards your customer and make them feel like THEY are liars.
The food, second time I ordered the same combo since I liked it the first time. This time, however, the Moussaka was only slightly warm.. not hot. Calamari still good, fluffy, light.. everything else was ok. Just wasn't in the mood to enjoy after being made to feel like an intruder, as if my friend and I weren't supposed to be there. If I go back it would definitely not be for the service. Now I see why people have said the service can be really bad when busy!!!
Recommended by a friend to go. I anticipated great things from this restaurant. As soon as I walked it, it had a decent dining atmosphere. But that was the end of it.
We happen to be seated beside another table who ordered after us but for some reason got their meals before us.
The food was subpar. the soulvaki was dry and tasteless, the rice pilaf was mushy and looked like it was sitting in a steamer all day and the roasted potatoes (more like mash). Overall, the food was poor...very.
To top it off, the service was horrible. The server never acknowledged us and passed a fake smile. She didn't bother to apoligize for finally serving our meal 30mins later after we ordered,not that we complained. She didn't give us pita bread which was complimentary and said "Oh, did you want any with your meal?" She messed up 2 other tables as well, and I can overhear another table complaining about the service and negotiating pita bread. Strange how the table beside us ordered after us received their appy and meals within 15 mins.
I'm not sure if she was having an off day or what, but it was the lousiest service I've ever experienced and we felt like second class citizens.
Ok, this is a rant, but honestly, this is a place I will never recommend to friends and family. Period.
Kisamos has been an excellent find for our family and we have frequented the restaurant for the past 5 years. We recommend that you make reservations because the restaurant is always busy which is a good indicator of the excellent value for the dollar. The food is always fresh and consistently tasty and the wine menu offers a good selection at very good prices. Kisamos far outshines the other Greek restaurants in the area. I recommend the Keftedes (Greek meatballs) and the fisherman's soup.
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|2.||Gudrun Tasting Room (18 m)|
|3.||Sara's Old Fashioned Ice Cream (18 m)|
|4.||Steveston Coffee Co. (31 m)|
|5.||Steveston Pizza Co. (56 m)|
|6.||Screamers Soft Serve (60 m)|
|7.||B & P Ice Cream and Coffee (76 m)|
|8.||Moncton Cafe (78 m)|
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