Bouzyos is a family-friendly Greek Taverna that boasts a menu of Greek classics and live entertainment on the weekends.
Had dinner here with my family two weeks ago, and it was a little disappointing. Firstly, their deep fryer was broken, so no kalamari for me. I ordered a baked prawn and scallop dish, it came with a greek salad and some rice. One of my dining companions ordered lamb chops rare, and he repeated it that he wanted it rare. Others ordered the roast lamb and soulvaki.
When the food arrived, the lamb chops came first, and they were well done. When my order came, it did not have any prawns. When we complained about the prawns, I was given a little dish of prawns, which was actually pretty good. The rice itself was of a poor, tasteless quality. The greek salad was relatively fresh, but it was very plain, it has large cubes of tomato and cucumber, with one olive and some feta cheese. A little boring and not quite bite sized. My baked scallop and vegetable dish was pretty decent, but it couldn't save the poor sides.
Service was friendly but multiple mistakes were made on our order. One of the plates was missing sauce, two plates were missing prawns and no matter how the meat was ordered for 3 of the dishes, it all came out very well done.
The value/ambiance was fine, but maybe a little older feeling than most restaurants.
Would not return again.
I came here for dinner so that I could take advantage of my Entertainment book coupon. I'm always uneasy about how to present the coupon, because I think it has a big impact on the service you receive. Luckily, the server didn't not care at all that we were using a coupon. However, I don't think the service would have been any better even if we weren't. There weren't too many tables aside from us, but she was never around for us to ask for the bill or to process our credit card, etc.
For our dinners, we ordered a chicken souvlaki and a moussaka.
The good: the moussaka had a nice taste, although the bechamel was a little too rich and they removed the wooden skewer from the souvlaki so we didn't have to.
The bad: the portions were a tad on the small side, especially for the price tag and the rice was beyond horrible. It could only be described as a bland "watery" mess.
Oddly enough, the best part of the meal was the mocha!
Came early on a Sat night and they were not that full, only a few tables. Tried 2 of their dips with Pita and the Hummus was really good. They have the usual Greek fare but tried their special that night, lamb shank. Pretty standard which is good and came with usual sides. Tried a piece of the souvlaki and it was good as well. Service was quick and efficient, place is fairly bright and understand they have greek nights with music and dancing once a month. Overall, not bad.
A group of four went out to celebrate a friend's b-day... He's just moved back to BC and was hankering for some decent Greek food. He had fond memories of this place... After reading the previous reviews, I was a little hesitant... I should have told him to go to Greektown next time he's in Toronto...
Food: Portions are quite generous... You won't leave here hungry but I have to agree with other posters... I usually associate Greek food with lots of herbs, garlic and tangy citrus - very savoury... the roast lamb for which they are "famous" for wasn't as good as I could have made at home... If it's not better than homemade, why bother going out? It was upper shank cut which isn't the best cut in the world... We shared vegetarian dolmades which weren't bad.
Service: was pretty good... Our server was quite friendly and accomodating... We chatted her up as we were leaving...
Value: Prices could be lower and portions smaller and/or quality better... For me quality of food is more important than quantity...
Ambiance: A pretty good "faux-taverna" Greek look... but you get the feeling the restaurants best days are behind it...
I have been going to this place regularly for a couple years now and have never been disappointed. All the meals I've tried from the mousaka to the stuffed kalamari (my favorite) have been great, huge portions and never have I taken someone there who was not happy with their meal/snacks/drinks. There is always a drink special on and on the weekends they usually have a band in and a belly dancer performing around the tables. I never hesitate to recommend it to anyone.
Not once were we asked if we would like something to drink. Steamed vegetables consisted of rapini, plain with a lemon wedge and served on a side plate. Tasteless. Our plated food was almost thrown/flopped on our table, and the waitress just walked away. When I inquired about the charges of the bill for clarification, there was no courtesy shown, and she responded with "whatever" and went to adjust the bill. Will never go back again.
Like the other reviewer, I found the menus were difficult to understand.
4 of us had dinner here last night. Two of us had lamb chops, one had roast lamb and another had chicken souvlak. I found the lamb chops a bit overdone and not as seasoned as I would like. Potatoes, rice and salad were all quite standard. They were very skimpy on the tsatsiki....and it was full of onions with very little yogurt. For appies we had saganaki, calamari and spanakopita. All were fine. Service was good and washrooms were clean. Not the best Greek but not the worst.
Walked in to this restaurant yesterday,with two ladyfreinds. Two of us had roast lamb,one had the mousaka.Waitresses were very polite and friendly. Roast lamb came with caesar salad on the same plate as the lamb,and I have never liked that concept,..however it was a nice salad,crisp romaine and a tasty caesar dressing,fresh shaved parmasean cheese.The lamb was very good! And the roast potatoes were nice too.Mousaka was average,so I was told..but the lady that rated it is VERY hard to please,so I would rate it as good..lol.All in all a nice atmosphere,nice staff and good food.
Dropped in out of the wind and rain. Pleasant ambiance. Good service. Food On COLD plates. Flavours not stunning - New York steak and grilled calamari. No hassles. Worth considering if you are in the area.
My boyfriend and I chose to come here because I love Greek food and we had the Entertainment Book coupon for a buy one get one free entree.
The food was really unappetizing. He got lamb chops, and we were surprised at first at how many they give you (5 or so), but they ended up being thin, rubbery, and full of fat, so he only got a few mouthfuls out of the whole mess. I had the chicken athena which was decent, but I wouldn't have it again; it wasn't what I expected from the description on the menu.
The service was the worst part. The server was rude and didn't ask us how our food was, she never refilled our drinks (which took 20 minutes to get in the first place). We left without tipping.
The other part that was unpleasant was the live music. We happened to be right next to the person who was playing, and it was distracting and irritating.
We will definitely not go there again.
Went here on a Friday night; even though we saw the reviews here we decided to give it a try as we saw positive reviews elsewhere. This was a mistake! The atmosphere was quite nice- nicely painted walls, arched passways, tasteful paintings, and a great belly dancer to entertain. However, the food was just awful- I've had better food cooked at home and even at food courts. I had a beef, prawn and scallop souvlaki for $17. The rice was way too salty, and the roasted potato looked fried but was soggy, and had no herb/lemon flavor. I should have known better and just went to Kalamata instead of experimenting with new places. The service was just average, so it's not really worth it for me to come back and try again. I did not find the home-style feeling that was described in a review I found elsewhere either.
I went a few weeks ago to check this place out.
The service was great and the ambiance was cozy until the kitchen made the restaurant so smoky you could see clouds forming in front of you, Would have been nice if someone opened a door but otherwise the servers were great.
I ordered the lamb special and my boyfriend ordered the stuffed kalamari.
Both the roast lamb and the kalamari were fantastic.
However, the only side that was any good was their tasty greek salad.
The potatoes were nowhere near as lemony as ones you would find in many other greek restaurants.
Rice was mushy and bland. I rarely add salt to my own cooking and NEVER add salt to restaurant food... except this one time at Bouzyos.
The only way I'd go back is if they changed their rice and potatoes. The amazingness of the rest of the meals didn't make up for the boring parts.
We used to live around the corner from here and ate here quite regularly. The food (usually one lamb and one eggplant) is very tasty and is the standard by which I judge other greek places. A little greasy, but fully flavourful.
It's got a patio and beer, which is a rarity on that end of the drive.
Some management policies are stingy e.g. only 2 pita breads included for free when 3 $8 dips (which all "came" with pita bread) were ordered.
I've read the reviews on here and am surprised because we've only been once but we had a great meal. I had halibut which was well prepared and really tasty, but the outstanding dish for me was the gigandes, amazing. Just wanted more and more of them. And I really enjoyed the potatoes and rice too. The service was fine, there wasn't much ambiance, but it was a Sunday night so probably not unusual. Would go back for sure!
Went on a Friday night at around 9 PM with a friend. The restaurant wasn't too busy but busy enough.
Food: Ordered the roast lamb and chicken/lamb souvlaki. Both were fine. Rice and potatoes were alright, but they're better at Kalamata.
Service: Good. Considering we got there about less than an hour before closing, we didn't feel rushed and our waitress was friendly. Entertainment coupon was accepted easily and service didn't change.
Value: Just a bit more expensive than other Greek restaurants but still fine.
I'd go back but not in a rush to.
Went to Bouzyos with a small group. We had a pretty good meal, except that one of the party asked if he could have a souvlaki mix (half chicken, half beef). The waitress described a half portion of each meat, and obliged, and we went on with appies. We were sitting very close to the kitchen window, and heard the waitress arguing with the cook about the half chicken and beef skewer (how it should have been half and half, not two full skewers). Anyway, she brought out the food, and there was a full skewer of chicken and a full of beef. We thought this to be a mistake, that they had accidently cooked two full skewers. This was fine, but when we got the bill, she charged for an extra skewer at $10, making a souvlaki mean $26!! When we brought this to her attention she LIED and tried to say that's what she thought we asked for, even though it was her who had described the half and half portion to us in the first place. It was very strange. We didn't argue (and she wouldn't look at us) but called the manager the next day. Bouzyos gave us a nice gesture, a gift certificate. We returned a few weeks later with another group, and one of the calamari plates had three pieces of plastic in it. We showed it to the waitress, who talked to the kitchen and said that it was NOT plastic but off the calamari. Another lie - the three pieces all had vertical lines like the top of a blister sealed plastic bag, and perforated angles edges! This propensity not to own up to problems is a shame at Bouzyos, because the food is pretty good!
After our little incident with Marcello, we decided to stop by Bouzyos.
The wait staff was friendly, and they were all very attentive. Ours took the orders almost right away.
An old man came to us and started talking to us about the neighborhood. It wasn't long before we realized he was the owner of the restaurant. On our way out, he introduced us to his family, who was also dining there.
The food was quite reasonably prepared, and came in generous portions (it was our first meal of the day, and I don't think we'd be hungry until next morning).
Unless you know the owner or the chef, chances of them coming out talking to you is not very high. We were impressed by the owner's gestures and, on that alone, we were more than glad to go back for future visits.
Just went here for dinner tonight (fri nov 30). Got in at about 6pm so there was no wait, but after 7pm, the place started filling in quickly.
There was two of us and we each ordered the roast lamb and one clam appetizer. Clams were nice, decent portion, slightly more salty then I wanted however good overall. The roast lamb came with rice, potato, greek salad and a generous portion of lamb. Everything was fresh and the lamb was very tasty. I use to not eat lamb until I came to sample the lamb at Bouzyos.
The hostess was prompt and seated us almost right away. We only had to wait 2 minutes while they got our table ready. Our waitress was attentive and always smiled. Came around a few times to see how we were doing.
Ambiance was nice. It has a comfortable feeling to it. There was a live performance which wasn't bad. Last time was a belly dancer, this time around was a couple singing.
It's worth a try!
Now this is my very first review of not just this place, but any place in Vancouver and this world.
No kidding. I was inspired by my experience at Bouzyos Greek Taverna to join Dine Here and become a food critic.
This place is a Commercial Drive staple. I never understood why. I never saw the reason why they were in business for so long, and to that my once a year visit in hopes of possibly seeing a change goes unrewarded.
Rumor has it that a new Chef was there. Rumor had it that a new menu was in place. The web-site clearly makes reference to this. So, with this I now venture for my annual test of the only Greek restaurant on Commercial Drive.
My experience was mixed.
First - in terms of the menu, For appearance sake - what a crock of a menu. Can't make out a single thing. Syllablized Greek wording? This is the best this Chef could come up with? I am not a real food critic. Just a guy who takes his wife out to a place a few times a month. My point is - why make it so complicated? I just want to read the menu, make a decision and move on. I don't want to spend 15min of my time trying to decipher the language.
Now. for the harshness I've projected to the Chef, now I'll soften up. The food was fine. Ok, not the best. Certainly not overly memorable, but it was enjoyed. There was nothing that we ordered that we didn't finish and nothing that we regretted. To this I say good job.
Why will I never go back? No value. When you apply the cost of our dinner to the food and factor in the low professional service you have a recipe for a wasted entertainment dollar. Yeah, I haven't even touched on the service as there are so many things off here I'm not sure that I'm allowed to post such a large review here.
Truly a shame is exactly how we felt here. We thought it was going to be different.
We were a group of 8, of this 7 were disappointed and 1 liked this place. The ambiance and service were good. The food was another story. The calamari was tasteless and limp as if it had been steamed. The roast lamb had good texture and doneness, but FLAVORLESS, we fought for the lemon slices to add extra zip. When you've enjoyed the pita bread the most, you know there is a problem.
The place was busy and it had us wondering if these people knew what good authentic Greek food was like. But, then there's still a market for Canadianized Chinese food. To each his own I guess.
Another disappointing aspect was the cheezy lounge act they had that night. C'mon, who wants to listen to Neil Diamon, James Taylor etc. with your meal, wouldn't it be more appropriate to have GREEK music.
The cost is slightly on the expensive side, I don't mind paying more if...it's worth it. This was the first and last time I visit this restaurant.