Mad Greek Restaurant serves authentic Greek restaurant in a cozy atmosphere. Plenty of parking.
Food: Ordered the roast lamb, chicken and prawn souvlaki, humus and kalamari starter. Kalamari was excellent whereas the humus was just ordinary. Roast lamb was amazing - possibly the best lamb I've ever had. Chicken and prawn souvlaki were amazing as well and still good the day after. Accompanying pita bread was a little bit greasy but still fluffy and good and the rice was some of the better Greek rice I've had but the potato was just ordinary and boring. Mango bellini was very tasty and I'll be back to try the other flavors.
Service: It was an empty Friday night (weird, no?) so we were attended to very well. The only thing I was bothered by was the absent tsatziki sauce in my packed box - how am I supposed to eat souvlaki without the sauce???
Value: It was an average of $20 per plate so it wasn't bad, especially when we both had leftovers. Overall, our bill with tip was $70 which isn't bad but the food quality and quantity did substantiate some of that cost.
Ambiance: Great looking restaurant with Greek accents but not overbearing. I would bring a date here.
Overall, I would return as my mom was impressed with the leftovers alone. A little more on the expensive side but the food quality is really a notch above other Greek restaurants. Enjoy!
We were here for dinner on Friday Night.
My husband tolerates most Greek restaurants. He finds them somewhat repetitious and boring (both the ambiance and food).
He really liked the Mad Greek. I'll probably be able to get him out for Greek food more often now. We shared the saganaki as an appetizer (husband said it was the best he's ever had). It was crispy on the outside but the cheese was nicely melted. He had the Greek chicken and I had the Greek ribs. Both dishes were very well prepared, great flavours and everything was very fresh. We split a bourgatsu for dessert. With a bottle of wine the bill with taxes and before tip was $85.00. A few minor quibbles - we only received l/2 slice of pita bread per person and no tatzika (sp)sauce was served with the meal.
We had a great table by the fireplace. It's a beautiful room, with high ceilings and hardwood floors. If they would turn off the televion sets it would make the experience much more enjoyable. If I want to watch TV I'll go to a pub but if I go out for a nice dinner the TV is annoying.
They had a very attractive Belly dancer that came out at 8:00.
We'll be back. Highly recommended if you're looking for good Greek food in Richmond.
They moved to a new location with better parking? That's what I here, but when we got there, parking nightmare. Very few spots, most of it reserved for the karaoke place next door. We ended up at pay parking a block away at the senior center.
Place is done up very nicely, no surprises or complaints there.
Service, well, we had a large group, so I'll give it the benefit of the doubt for now. Okay friendly, but definitely slooooow. Nothing more to say about that.
Some people have raved about the pita. Huh? Well, to be fair, it was good, but not amazing. I've had better. The calamari was very good, as advertised, very light batter. In addition they also had some sort of roast or fried squid with no batter. I think this was even better. Keftedes, very competent, as were the usual tzaziki, homous, etc. We had a big appetizer plates and were not disappointed
Portion sizes are not huge, but as usual, the Greek food is very stuffing, and you will be stuffed easily. I had the moussaka, and, to be very frank, it may be one of the best moussaka I've had.
Very, very competent place, my only complaint is that there was nothing special to knock my socks off. If you're in the mood for Greek, this is a great place to hit.
Went there and had the Kalamari and the greek cheese dish to share as appies. Very good Kalamari with nice batter and tender squid. As for the cheese, haven't had it many times before but wasn't too impressed. It didn't come with Pita bread so I didn't know if you just eat it by itself. Much better when the Pita bread arrived with the Mains.
Had the Roast Lamb and was very good. Large enough portion and good sides such as the greek salad, rice and spud. Never really eat the spud as it quite big. Good value and atmosphere.
Fresh, fluffy, w/ the right amount of light crispness to the pita bread. Love it! Good, smooth hummus; OK tzatziki dip. Beef skewers are a little too cooked. The rice is okay, good portions at inexpensive prices. The lamb is tender & the ribs taste better than they appeared. The steak is average in the good way. Love the deep fried and the grilled calamari appetizers! They were both made to perfection. Light and refreshing, sweet & juicy, all at the same time. The deep fried calamari had a nice light batter to it. I regret not having ordered calamari during my previous visits.
Spacious dining room. love the high ceiling & classy casual decor. Service is adequate & efficient--depending on the server, can become friendly. Fruit slush drinks are flavourful. Dessert is very standard. I can almost swear the "house special" cheesecake is actually the Gizelle frozen cheesecakes you can buy from Costco for $19.99 for a large box of presliced treats.
The food is more of a 3.5 rating.
Never gave them a try before their move to the current location, but I do like the present decor a lot. Very spacious, good for families, friends, semi-romantic casual dinners (as romantic as bright, lively can be) as it accommodates larger parties very well.
This was the second time we went to Mad Greek for dinner. The ambiance was quite nice, the lighting was just right, and we liked the way the tables were set up, very open and airy.
I went with my family on this particular night. We ordered calamari as our appy. We could see the white on the calamari underneath the crispy coating (which was barely clinging on), and we felt that it was slightly under-cooked. When our entrees came, the presentation was good, we really liked the rice because it was seasoned and cooked just right. I ordered the roast lamb, which was alright, wasn't overly impressed by it. It was seasoned just right, but in terms of the texture, some parts were cooked to perfection, but some parts were a little tough. My brother's medium-rare steak came out well-done, so we had the kitchen redo the steak, and it turned out they redid the whole plate, which we were quite pleased about.
One thing we noticed tonight was that there was this Chinese hostess and she was always looking around, and walking around the restaurant, I guess to see if everything's alright. We started to wonder if she was the owner, then we started to notice a few Chinese chefs in the kitchen (whom by the way my brother recognized as one of his classmates from his highschool). We also noticed when we first looked at the menu that we have to pay $1 extra if we want pita bread with our entrees, and there's no refills for pops (both are quite rare in other Greek or other western restaurants that we've been to). We came to a conclusion that there's a good chance that this "authentic" Greek restaurant might be owned by Chinese.
Food: I ordered the grilled kalamari lunch. pilaf and potato were great, the kalamari was okay.
Service: Our waitress was great. came by every once in a while to check up on us and was nice. although, she could have put a little more enthusiasm into her work!
Ambiance: I love love love the interior! It's so beautiful and nice and comforting and they play greek music and it's just wonderful inside!!
The food was excellent and the ambiance was superb. The staff prepared small finger food, salads and small desserts. The location was perfect and the support, service and flexibility of the staff and management was truely outstanding. This is the perfect location for a small wedding reception for anyone getting married in Minoru Chapel or anywhere in the area. Excellent value too! It was so good we had seperate bridal party dinner afterwards that was truly excellent. Everyone loved the food.
Thank you Mad Greek!
Parking is sparse, but when we walked in, it looked like a great place. The restaurant was about 70% full, so we were hopeful. The seats and tables were nice and we were very well served. The Callimari was hot and fresh, the veggies were great too. However, they lose marks on their Greek Salad and Caesar Salad were not very tasty at all; they were fresh, but flavorless! So, fresh but flavorless in nice clean surroundings is our review.
I've been to the Mad Greek a couple of times now; however, the last time I went I was so disappointed that I won't return. I believe our server was the owner or the owner's wife, but I could be mistaken. Nonetheless, she was unfriendly and rude. My friend that I went with was from back east and was accustomed to the servers yelling out 'OPA' while lighting the cheese aflame (Saganaki). When we asked our server about this custom, she quite rudely stated that she's from Greece and they never do that, and it's not true Greek tradition. It wasn't the comment so much as it was the attitude that I found rude. You would have thought we asked them to cut their arm off.
The food itself was good, but I was quite shocked with having to pay extra for Pita bread! Seriously, how much is an order of Pita bread? Apparently if you order for pick up, the Pita bread is included; go figure?
I've been here a few times. We decided to go last night as we were in the area. I wish I had kept on driving. First, the service was abysmal. It took forever for the waitress to take our orders (it was a Sunday night, it wasn't that busy). Once the food arrived, we were never asked once how the food was or if we needed anything (which we did - the servers seemed to be trying really hard to avoid all eye contact). Finally, after we were done with dinner and waiting with our finished plates, the waitress came around to ask if we wanted more water.
The food - I had the calamari dinner and my partner had the vegetarian dinner. The calamari was oily. The vegetarian dinner did not come with the tzatziki. When we asked for some to go with the meal, we got a blank look from the waitress and she asked us if it were on the menu! I think servers should know the menu! The vegetables were the frozen variety swarming in butter.
All in all, it was a pretty horrible dinner. I wouldn't go there again. I'll try any of the other Greek restaurants in Richmond, thanks.
This place claimed to be rated #1 Greek in Richmond but we found the food to be one of the worst Greek food we've tried. The humus is VERY bland - not garlicy, not very citrus, basically tasteless! I ordered the dried pork ribs - again, barely any taste, and for a whooping $20.95!!
I had a much better dried ribs at a Greek restaurant on North Road (Coquitlam) which was bursting with flavours! It wasn't the one on the order of North Road and Lougheed, but further north of there, along North Road.
My friend ordered the rack of lamb, which they claim they're famous for. He said it's just ok, but nothing special.
We left there, minus $70.00, and feel pretty cheated!
first thought about the restaurant, the ambiance and the environment was superb. it was great actually. nice setting. and then the service was fast and it was good. but then it came to the critical part; the food.
i tried the deep fried calamari and it tasted awful. well not really that awful but the taste was bland. even the dipping sauce had no taste. The entrees was good though. but i had better Greek food than this.
then the bill was waaaay too overpriced for that kind of food.
so overall; i would put this restaurant in rating of 2.5 out of 5.
Had a couple of friends in from out of town and brought them here. There was four of us altogether. We had a very nice table in the back corner, and a great, friendly and very funny server named Gerry. The atmosphere was very lively, with Greek music playing at a good level, and the lighting was nicely dim for dinner.
We ordered the drink specials(they have one every night now apparently at $4.95) which was a good deal.
For dinner we ordered two platters for 2. They start off with tzatziki, greek salad and warm, fluffy pita, which makes for a good appetizer. We also added the saganaki cheese, which was nicely done.
After our waitress cleared the appy plates, she brought out two of the best platters I have seen. Lots of rice and roast potatoes for sharing. We had the one with chicken, prawns and scallops, kalamari and a bunch of othere stuff, and the one with the roast lamb. it was very abundant, and everything was great. We were way too full for dessert, but Gerry suggested an after dinner special coffee, which ended the night delightfully.
Good food, great prices, and depending on the server, great service.
Worth the trip to Richmond.
Wow. I couldn't disagree more with the other two reviews on this restaurant. My wife and I love his place. Food is the typical greek menu that all greek restaurants seem to have but prepared very well with large portion sizes. Try any of the special platters for two and you can feed 3 or even 4 people. All the lamb dishes are great, the souvlaki is amazing, the prawns uvetsi is a fantastic dish. The rice and potato sides are great and the free bread and greek salad is a nice kicker. Drink prices are reasonable and the service and decor are both very nice.
The other reviewer commented that her lunch was expensive, I can never understand why people expect to pay less at lunch. Food costs, labour and everything else are the same price at lunch as four hours later at dinner. To me 9 bucks for lunch is not too much. And judging by the nightly lineups the 80/20 rule is working exactly as described as a send a ton of people there.
I have eaten at the Mad Greek at this location and there previous place over 50 times and never had a bad meal, that is an amazing track record if you ask me. I have even gotten to know Nikos and Rose (the owners) and can't say enough good things about them. Richmond needs more good independent restaurants like this, cheaper, better and friendlier than the chains.
Recommend this place to your friends and try it out if you haven't been.
Mad Greek has a very nice ambience, with a cozy patio and a very high ceiling that makes the place spacious. The decor is decent enough to feel that you are in the company of Greeks.
I planned to have a big lunch yesterday but ended up with just a plate of Calamari appy-plate. I was disapponted and didn't order any futher because my Calamari didn't taste good. It was so greasy and tasteless. Even the tatziki dip didn't cover up the taste. The oil that has been used must be old, stale, or over-used. I wonder how a nice restaurant like Mad Greek be not so keen about what's on the deep fryer? Just to satisfy my cravings and disappointment that afternoon, I just found myself filling up with a soup-sandwich-donut meal at Tim Hortons.
Service must be the saving grace for this place. The petite server has 5-star skills. I chose not to complain about my meal because the server's charm made my mouth shut.
There's always a second chance. I will come back to try maybe the souvlaki meal or just anything but deep fried.
I'm a fanatic for Greek food and wanted to try this place again.
I always order the tarama dip (salmon roe) and it was a bit too salty - but I enjoyed it none the less. The roast lamb was superb with meat falling off the bone, and the mousaka was good too.
Can't go wrong with this place!
Last night family and I went to Mad Greek for dinner. Haven't been to Mad Greek in awhile since they moved to their bigger location but had fond memories of previous locations. Dinner was:
Food: Okay. Had Niko's special which was chicken breast and two peices of lamb. The lamb was good and the chicken was dry. I tried other people's dinner in my group and as usual the calamari dinner was my favorite good, Solid.
Service: Okay. Server did her job.
Value: I find this place a little expensive compared to the other Greek eateries in town. Go check it out for yourself and compare.
Ambiance: The restaurant looks great, had the usual belly dancer and entertainment and it was very good. Outstanding.
Although I found dinner was okay I don't think I am in any rush to return. For the PRICE I can eat the same or better Greek. For the ambiance, maybe if I have guess you I can show off but for dinner out (as often as I eat out) Mad Greek is only okay.
I use to go to the Mad Greek weekly for takeout when I lived in Richmond a year ago. The prices were great and the food was amazing!!! Returning to live in the area, I decided to go back to the Mad Greek for some lunch takeout. They had switched locations.
Here is my bill
Ceaser Salad- 8.95
Zucchini Strips- 6.95
and they made me pay for tzatziki for the zucchini strips- 1.25
Total bill for a casual lunch takeout including tax- 18.17 (pre tip)
The zucchini strips were in the tiniest take out container they had. The salad (which was small) was in the medium half size container and they had the audacity to charge me for tzatsiki!!!! Did I mention that the one word that comes to mind about the ceaser salad is CIGARETTE ASHES? The salad tasted full of them. It was terrible. I threw it out!
For 9$ I can go to Earls and get the biggest, freshest ceaser salad that can feed my husband and me!!!
Upon asking if they had changed their prices from moving from the old location to the new one, they told me that they may have went up a dollar or so. No one in their right mind would spend 18.17 on a salad and a stupid tini tiny appy!
Not only was I STARVING after the meal, but I am thanking god I didn't order anything else. I will never be back.... EVER!!!! The 80/20 rule is going to bring them down. Speaking to friends who were regulars, they have also stopped going due to poor food quality and quantity for the price...
BTW 80/20 rule is that 20% of your customers give you 80% of your profit... and 80% of the people comming into your restaurant only account for 20% of your profits. It is so sad, but poor food and service will bite you in the butt if you tinker with the quality, quantity and prices.
There I am done ranting... anyone have mouthwash?
We were traveling through Vancouver on Mother’s Day with my mom and she picked Greek Food for dinner so we used Google Maps to find the closest Greek Restaurant and it certainly did not disappoint!! The food, the service, the ambiance, the value was FANTASTIC!! Thank you!! What a great touch – the chocolates for our mom – we loved that!
Mom loved the dinner! We decided the next time we travel through Vancouver we must stop in for another meal! We’ll be back!
Thanks! Chris & Ruth
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