Apollonia is a well kept Kitsilano secret. This family-run cafe serves up all the traditional greek favorites.
We were in not much position to do much other than grab and eat and by default, it came to this place as it was nearby and no line up. We called in ahead for the goods and came by to get it.
Hey, what do you know? It's actually nice inside! (Or maybe just the lighting...). The staff seemed reasonable friendly and efficient, I don't think there'd be an issue there.
The menu & prices were pretty much standard for Greek places around town.
The surprising bit came when we actually chomped down on the food. Nice! Aside from being quite tasty & well done, this is maybe the first time that I can say a Greek meal was "light" and didn't weigh down on my stomach. We had the keftedes dinner, very juicy, surprisingly. Usually hard for ground meat grilled stuff to get to what I would consider juicy. The roast lamb was a reasonable portion size and hardly that fatty, but moist and falling off the bone done. No complaints about the salad or dolmathes or rice. I might rate the potatoes a bit on the dry side, but taste wise it was good.
My only complaint, as I alluded to before, the menu is fairly "standard", nothing too unique and I'd bet a small spectrum of what Greeks really eat back in Greece. However, it was well done and reasonably priced and I would return for sure the next time I get a hankering for Greek food.
For years, Apollonia has been receiving outstanding reviews. I live in False Creek, and I have eaten here many times over the past fifteen years. My conclusion: it is reliable and just above average.
Try Bouzyos on Commercial or Mythos in North Van for great Greek food. Try Apollonia for good Greek food, if you are in the area or have never been here before. The moussaka is standard (made in a baking tray rather than a ramekin) and the dolmas are only okay. The souvlaki and lamb dishes are quite good though.
This is a family-run establishment, which means that the service can be a bit slack sometimes. The service staff is helpful, but they are often a tad too casual for my liking.
I apologise to Apollonia if I am being a bit harsh, but I do not want diners to eat here and expect the spectacular.
This didn't have the family-oriented feeling that you get at most Greek restaurants (which I love...) but it's still quite good.
The food is simple, and strangely enough not in extravagant portions (that is often the case with Greek fare!) but still priced similar to other Greek restaurants.
The server didn't really have much enthusiasm and was not as friendly as I would have liked. Not much ambiance, and food was good, but average.
I can not say enough good things about the food at Apollonia! There were six of us dinning and we all had something different. After seeing and smelling all the food I wanted to ask my server to just bring me another order of everything to go! All I can say is just go there and find out for yourself how tasty food can be. Your tastebuds will thank you for it.
After eating here a few times and thinking it was really good, I was informed by our waitress (who was vegetarian and very nice) that in fact, their roasted potatoes, which we loved, we NOT vegan-friendly — even though we had been assured the times before that EVERYTHING we had order used no animal products at all. I think because the waitress was vegetarian she took our request more seriously and found out that the potatoes are cooked in chicken stock. So long Apollonia, it was nice knowing you :-(
One of my friends wanted greek food so we headed for Apollonia. Well, what can I say, it was well worth the visit! It’s clean, quiet and cozy, and we were seated right away. The chef’s platter is great for sharing, as the portions are generous. I especially enjoyed the chicken souvlaki. I was pleasantly surprised by the baclava, it was not overly sweet. Both the menu and wine list are extensive enough to merit a second visit. They also have delivery, in case you feel like eating at home or anyplace else.
We went to Apollonia for dinner on a quiet Sunday evening (it was 7:30 already when we arrived). The restaurant is relatively small with a ambiance that is more elegant than most other Greek places in town.
Our little one had saganaki (It was smelling so nicely when we entered the restaurant, that he asked the friendly waitress, and wanted nothing else after learning that it is pan fried cheese)
My partner and I shared a Niko's platter - I always try the roast lamb in a Greek restaurant and my partner likes squid. We both love moussaka, so the selection on the platter was a 100% fit.
The food was very good. Every part of our dinner was made fresh. The lamb was roasted to perfection. I only wished that it had been a little more seasoned. I missed some cinnamon in the moussaka and also some more spices for the Greek potatoes.
Service was excellent. From the first to the last minute we were treated with genuine and authentic friendliness. Cutlery was exchanged in between appetizers and entrees, which I found remarkable for a Greek restaurant. Our water glasses were never empty. And our little one had lots of fun 'helping' the waitress with the bill.
Too bad we move to Europe soon, for this place would have been one to come back to for sure!
My wife and I walk past this restaurant all the time and always say we should try it. The takeout menu looks decent and the photos of the food on the website looked good. Tonight we decided to finally try it and ordered takeout for pick up. Our order consisted of a large greek salad, spanakopita, roasted potatoes and a chicken skewer. When I arrived at the restaurant I went to the back counter/till to pick up our order and was almost run down by a waitress who didn't bother to greet me let alone look at me and told me she would be there in a minute. Another woman met me at the counter and asked what I had ordered. I mentioned some of the items and she went into the back to look. My wife had originally placed the order and told them my name and let them know that her husband Michael would be picking up the food. The woman came back and said she only had an order for Michelle. I told her my name was Michael and she told me it would have been easier if I had just told her that in the first place. Not a huge deal but as a paying customer I would expect a hello, smile or some type of appreciation for my business. Not blatant rudeness. I brought the food home and related this experience to my wife and we decided that if the food was good we would go into the restaurant and eat in and give it another chance. Well...the food was terrible. The greek salad was tasteless and had hardly any feta on it. We had noticed on the takeout menu that you could order extra feta for another $1.75 which we thought was strange. The large greek salad is $9.95 so maybe they should consider just including an acceptable amount of cheese to the cucumbers and tomatoes. The lemon roasted potatoes were good but the spanakopita was not edible. Seriously, we couldn't eat it. It was bland and soggy and had no resemblance to any spanakopita we had ever tasted. All in all it was so disappointing on every level that we felt it necessary to write a review to warn other innocent, hungry potential customers to steer clear and spend their hard earned dollars elsewhere.
When we eat out we often order calamari, a favorite of my SO, and apparently Apollonia makes one of the best. I don't disagree: it has a light crispness very deliciously complimented by the optional tang. Fresh bread and butter are complimentary. Their rack of lamb or steak dinners, which come with generous portions of rice and greek salad, are prime examples of juicy and savory grilled meat. Seating further in offers a warmer ambiance (candles included) than the window spots that face deserted lots. Staff are attentive. Would return.
We ordered 2 keftedes dinners and 2 dips. The delivery was on schedule but they entirely forgot to bring the rice and potatoes for the dinners and the tarama dip! Just imagine trying to have your 'dinner' with out the key sides. The saziki looked strange and tasted stranger. The tarama was soaked in oil and tasted like it was mixed with salmon puree. This place used to be so good. Too bad.
I went to Apollonia for lunch. It's a nice little spot with a decent lunch menu. The food was average for the price although drinks and deserts seemed overpriced. Service was slow. My friends like it there and I will probably go back. I wouldn't go out of my way but if you're near by, it's a solid choice for lunch.
Hard to beat the combination of fresh, tasty Greek food at such reasonable prices (probably because they are a bit off the beaten path).
Nice atmosphere, attentive service & generous portions of excellent food. Highly recommended.
Went for lunch to this place yesterday with a couple of clients. We got there right at noon and there was only one other person in the restaurant. We were promptly seated and given water.
It felt like the heat wasn't even on in this place. It was freezing in the restaurant!
Anyway, I ordered the lamb souvlaki which was good. The lamb itself was nicely prepared, not over cooked and juicy. The greek salad was just ok and the rice and potatos were the same. A decent meal, but it certainly didn't blow my mind either.
One of the other girls had soup and the tzatziki appy and she said it was good. The bread that it was served with looked like slices of french loaf, not pita, but it was fresh, so that's a big bonus. There was plenty of dip to go along with the bread. She said the soup was good too, although it didn't really look super appealing as far as I was concerned.
The third person with us ordered the calamari lunch and like others who have reviewed this place, she said it was very good. Quite crispy and not at all greasy. It came with the same potatoes and greek salad that my meal came with.
Lunch for the three of us including taxes, tip, one cup of bottomless coffee and a tea was $48. Not bad, but not super cheap by any stretch.
I would go back here again, but it's not my absolute favorite Greek restaurant.
I love Appolonia whenever I am need of a Greek food fix.
Service is always polite and the ladies who serve you always seem to remember you and what you ordered the last time you were there.
I see a lot of regulars whenever I dine there which is a very good sign.
I think the appetizer platter with the spanikopita, keftedes, calamari and the dolmathes feeds 2 easily and is such a good value.
I have ordered the souvlaki, the appetizer platter, steak specials and the regular chicken entree and have always come away very happy with the meal. On a cold day, it's great comfort food as you just want something warm, filling and sticking to your ribs.
My friend orders the gin and tonic there every time - for some reason, she claims it's the best in town.
I like how the restaurant is quiet and doesn't play loud music like some other Greek restaurants in town. After a while, the loud music really gives you a headache.
We had the unfortunate experience of ordering delivery from this restaurant. We were told it was an hour wait which was fine however when our food had not yet been delivered after an hour and fifteen minutes we called to see what had occurred.
Whomever was on the phone did not seem to care that they had lost our order and went ahead and blamed us for not calling earlier. Seriously? No apologies - nothing. The food at this restaurant is good but it's not good enough to put up with rudeness.
Great food! Great family service! , better than any stuffy 5 star! Great Ambiance!
This place has and will continue to be around for a very long time. I give it my highest recommendation! and suggest to anyone that if you visit and like food you will be very happy with this well run family Greek restaurant!