Galini serves honest, wholesome Greek cuisine.
We came on an evening in December and I think they had a lot of office Christmas parties. We had reservations but even with reservations we had one of the worst seats in the restaurant. We were seated at a table right beside the bar so wait staff and customers were walking by our table all evening. This is hardly conducive to a nice evening out. We asked if we could have one of the booths near the bar but were told that it was reserved. I would ask for a table in the main dining area next time.
All entrees come with soup of the day and a choice of Caesar or greek salad. I had the moussaka and it is probably one of the best moussakas that I’ve ever had. My husband had the rack of lamb and he also was very impressed with his dinner. The portions are very generous.
The pricing is fair for the quality and quantity of food. Service was very good.
We would return but only if we could have a different table.
We've been meaning to try Galini for quite sometime now, and finally visited the other night. We were warmly greeted by the hostess and quickly led to a cozy booth. The restaurants layout is quite neat, and the interior design is rather impressive, our only ambiance complaint was the music, which could have been a little more "Greek." Service was excellent, very attentive. My fiance ordered the Mixed Souvlaki (chicken and beef) beef was cooked really well, and he quite enjoyed the rice, potatoes, soup and caesar salad (awesome homemade dressing.) I opted for the Greek Salad and Homous Dip Appy, great Greek salad, nice, flavorful dressing. Homous was awesome, nice and garlicky. Overall we'd definitely return to Galini when craving Greek!!!
Have been to Galini twice before, once when it had just opened and once about a year ago. The first time was really very good, the second time was not so good. Decided to give it one more try.
The Other Half and I stopped by for supper on a Wednesday. It was quite busy, but we were seated and given menus immediately. I found it difficult to read the laminated menu in the dim light, but the multi-level room itself is very attractive and "modern" rather than blue and white.
The menu covers Greek and steak, pasta, chicken choices. They bring you a small complimentary bowl of soup, which is a nice touch. One this occasion, it was spicy cream of chicken and vegetables. It was not very spicy, and I think the base was powdered. OH ordered escargots (with garlic toast) and chicken pacific - breast of chicken with crab and shrimp in a bernaise sauce. I ordered a filet mignon. Both came with caesar salad, rice, a piece of roasted potato, and vegetables. OH said the chicken was very good, lots of it and tasty. I found my filet to be "liver-ish" tasting, which was odd. It was tender and done as I asked, but I found the strong taste unpleasant. A small basket of pita pieces and another piece of garlic toast came as well. Half litre of red Tsantali and that was our whole order. As we were on our way to a play, we did not have time (or room) for dessert or coffee.
Value...? Bill for two was over $70 - I don't think it was exceptionally good value. Our server was friendly and efficient,
I don't think we'll rush back. It was OK, but expensive for just OK.
This place isn't far from our house, so we get in once in a while. It's got a very interesting design to the dining area: a split level with one floor 1/4-staircase down and a second floor 3/4-staircase up. Very nicely made out, it gives a lasting first impression. All wait staff are deliberately dressed to look pleasant and professional, and service has always been thorough and attentive without being intrusive.
Food is a combination of standard Mediterranean fare -- souvlaki, moussaka, various phyllo-wrapped things, and lamb chops (paidakia), along with some pastas. They also tend to have some other dishes, like steaks, halibut and stuffed chicken that are typical of upscale places. Everything that I've ever had there has tasted between good and excellent (I like their Greek ribs and paidakia). Side dishes are the usual rice and roast potatoes, salads, and a vegetable medley of carrots, peppers, and cauliflower. Portions on the side dishes are not as large as in some of the belly-filling mainstream Greek places, and the dishes are perhaps a bit more expensive than usual (Souvlaki last night was $16.)
With their large drink and wine menu and overall ambiance, it's a very nice place to go for a date.
We attended here last week with a party of three. A friend invited us as she has been raving about how good it is. I can't argue with that. We had not been there for so long that it was a steak house the last time we attended. It is huge, inside, well decorated in a low key classy style. Our waitress was excellent and so of course was the service. I very much enjoyed the food. Proper rice instead of the minute rice gloop so many serve these days. Wonderful lamb chops, and a really nice Greek salad to start. I was surprised that there were not more diners there as this restaurant is doing it right. Will certainly return.
This place does everything right. Whether it is from service to the food, they know how it’s done.
As already mentioned, the interior design is amazing, there’s no question about it. But for a change, my wife and I decided to sit out on their patio. And let me say, their patio is equally as appealing as the inside. The feel is as if you are in a secret garden overlooking the ocean. Unlike the other restaurants here in Langley, you are not immersed in a parking lot, which is a definite plus.
The service has always been exceptional. She was friendly, had a great personality, and just ‘well put together’. It’s hard to explain but all the servers here are beautiful but in a classy way. Even by looking around, you can tell that the staff enjoys working here.
Our server suggested some new items that they featured off of their ‘feature menu’. It’s nice to see a Greek restaurant changing things up a bit. I decided to go for their two-way pork medallions. This was a good combination as each medallion was topped with a fig sauce (wow), and the other with a peppercorn sauce. My wife decided to have appetizers of the Mini-feta burgers and a spanakopita as her main meal. No complaints there, as the mini-burgers were homemade and the spanakopita was made of fresh ingredients.
Overall, we had a great evening at Galini. We ended up spending hours out on their patio, and as an added plus, the heat lamps were turned on, and blankets were given to us as the sun began to set. The portions are great – plenty for leftovers for lunch the next day, and a definite recommendation for all to come try this place out.
This somewhat hidden gem (it's in a small plaza kind of hard to see is amazing. I've been to a few greek restaurants, and so I have an idea of what to expect for food. Souvlaki, spankopita, calamari etc. Anything you eat at this restaurant is amazing. I'm not much of a salad person, more of a fries girl but the greek salad here is amazing! I don't know if it's the dressing, or the cheese but it's solid. The soups they have are pretty tasty too but the best thing is THE RICE! so aromatic, so tender, and just delicious. If you like greek, this is the place to go to. You get your bang for your buck. It's a little classier then a lot of greek places, so nice ambiance and you pay a little bit more for that but it's worth it.
Well, I have to tell you that I have I have eaten at a lot of greek places. We discovered this little gem about 3 years ago and have never looked back. We are regulars, the staff and owners recognize and greet us, and just it just feels like home.. the food is always excellent, the banter is outragous and funny and the experience is nothing less than incredible. I love Galini and I sure hope you will too when you go!
We've seen this place before and heard some good reviews from friends so we decided to try it out.
The inside of the restaurant is pretty nice, doesn't look as big as it actually is from the outside.
It took a while for our server to greet us after we sat down but once we ordered the service was pretty good.
As you probably know, most Greek food plates are the same; in that retrospect the prices are on the higher end for Greek food fare but I definitely felt that it was worth it. We all ordered platters:
Roast lamb platter
Chicken souvlaki platter
I liked how it felt like it was a 3 course meal even though you paid for one item (the platter) because first they served the soup, then the greek/caesar salad, then your platter. The platter came with your usual pita, rice, potato, main item, and mixed veg. Everything was pretty good, no complaints at all.
We decided to get dessert so we shared 2 - the Ek Mek and chocolate mousse. I order Ek Mek whenever possible because no dessert company makes Ek Mek, so I respect restaurants that have it on the menu cuz you know someone actually made it from hand. The Ek Mek was pretty good, would definitely order it again, and the chocolate mousse was your average dessert ordered from some dessert company.
All in all, we liked this place, it's probably the best that we've found close to our house, and we'd definitely come here again for our Greek food fix!!
This is my regular Greek food haunt now that I don't have Greek neighbours anymore. Those were the good ol' days...
To be honest, there are some nights when they seem to have the junior staff only and there are careless mistakes in the cooking but don't let that be your only determining factor.
The service is always good or better. Friendly staff that will get to know you quickly.
The food is usually quite good and the portions will definitely leave you full if you manage to eat it all in the one sitting. The multiple courses with the pauses in between really makes the evening pass quickly.
The ambiance is a little noisy and can be cool but if you are willing to wait you can usually get a booth which can make a noticeable improvement. I always sit next to my other half on the same side of the table when I can.
I always thought the prices were reasonable considering the other factors, and now that I have just been to another place for a company function I am very happy with the costs.
They even added a menu item just because we always needed to ask for it.
For an enjoyable meal and good value this is the place to go. Just keep it to yourself so it doesn't get too crowded/busy.
Galini's has become our favorite family restaurant - You get an unbelievable amount of food for a great price. We've had our family of four eat here for under $100 and that included appy's and drinks., though we always regret ordering the appy's - they're delicious but with the amount of food you get - you leave feeling very very full. Dinner starts with a soup and pita bread and a salad and keeps on going until you receive your entres. I love the Calamari. The Chicken Pacific is wonderful. The menu offers lots of choices and all of them are delicious.
This is honestly one of my favorite restaurants! In the last month alone I have been twice. I was first introduced to Galinis (which is tucked away off of Fraser so never knew it was even there!) by my boyfriend when we first started dating and the food and service was amazing. Our waitress was friendly and chatty and the food was phenomenal! It may sound boring but I have the roast lamb every time I go because I know how good it is and I have never had roast lamb so good and thats saying something after living overseas in Australia where roast lamb is practically their national dish for holidays.
Since that first outing, we have gone for 3 birthdays. Everyone books their dinners there because they are always satisfied. Whenever someone asks for a new place to eat, Galinis is the first place to roll off my tongue. Hands down one of the best places to eat in Langley/Surrey
Not your typical Greek kouzina. Everyone is friendly and content. The food is incredible. Very large portions, so make sure if you are light eaters to share! Best greek salad I have ever tasted! I recommend eating in the lounge area - as upstairs can get quite warm especially on the weekends. Make sure on the weekends to have reservations as it very busy.
great greek place to eat at. Well priced for the quality of food. John and Angela are wonderful as well as their staff. Everyone is always smiling.Its nice to be welcomed back and known here. It is one of our regular restaurants that we go to.
Went there tonight with my husband. Loved the Greek music they played and the decor and layout of the restaurant. Service was nice and fast. The martinis are great, we tried a few different ones and loved them. We had dry ribs for appetizers and to our surprise, they were not dry and crunchy as we expected at all; however when we actually tried the dish, oh my God! the subtle garlic flavor and spices made it perfect. the meat was very tender and juicy, it was falling off the bones.Best ribs I ever had! The chicken and lamb that followed as entrees were ordinary, so we might just go back and have 2 orders of "dry" ribs each(again, the portions are appetizer size). Having finished only half of my entree, I tried their version of chocolate lava cake which was delicious. Thus, overall we were satisfied with our visit to Galini. We'll be back whenever we find ourselves in the Surrey area. (wish they had a downtown location as well)
Galini’s has a lively, warm atmosphere and the servers are very down-to-earth and friendly. I like the way the restaurant is broken into sections; this adds to the warmth and atmosphere of the place. There is something for everyone on the menu and portion sizes are large; you will not leave this restaurant hungry! I’ve been to Galini’s numerous times and given certificates as gifts to friends and family. I haven’t heard one negative comment about Galini’s from anyone yet. There is ample selection and the food is delicious and of high quality. When my parents were visiting from the interior I took them here and they were very impressed such that they still reminisce about the experience to this day. It’s always a pleasant dining experience.
Enjoyed a Saturday night out, mid Nov at Galini's. First time for us. Beautiful decor and very friendly hostess and servers. Top marks all around for the staff. Unfortunately, this is one of those restaurants where the designer gave little thought to the acoustics of the place. It is nicely designed, but full of hard surfaces, and very loud. Add to that, that they choose not to play soothing greek or mediterenean music but rather modern pop crap and everyone ends up yelling just to carry on a conversation. In fact, I would suggest if you are at a table of more then 4, forget about trying to carry on a conversation.
The room also has lots of glass and although it is starting to get cold outside, still isn't quite freezing, more then a few of the patrons were cold. My family kept their coats on as did others around us. To make matters worse, there was a nice fireplace close by and it would have been nice to have it on, but it was off.
On to the food. It was good, not great, but solidly good. The calamari was very nice. The dolmathes were ok, very little sauce which would have rounded it out nicer. The soup was a little pasty and a bit too thick. The greek salad very nice. The shrimps very small and overdone. The puff pastry wrap very fresh and quite fully stuffed. All in all, if the ambience was a bit nicer, we might be quicker to come back. The staff have a great attitude and make you feel welcome. Too bad the room, despite being so nicely decorated is so cold and noisy.
This is one of my husband and I favorite place to dine or experience every time has been awsome. The service is great, the food is fantatic and the Atmosphere is just wonderful.
It's very nice to walk in as a repeated customer and the owner remembers you. Try this place, you won't be disappointed.
My wife, daughter and I had been to this restaurant a few times before and although we found it to be a bit on the pricy side for fairly average Greek food, we remembered enjoying the lamb chops. This time around I had made a reservation and upon arrival we were promptly seated at a very nice corner table by the window. As we were getting settled, another hostess hastily approached our table and asked us to follow her downstairs to a table in that little pit they have. We followed the hostess and after having been re-seated we looked at each other a bit stunned, got up and left. My wife and I are both executives, and having travelled internationally and having been to many restaurants (high and low-end), we certainly understand that some higher-end restaurants prefer to herd families with children into designated areas, but this restaurant is by no means a higher-end restaurant. Needless to say, we will not be going there again.