Candia serves Greek food as well as pizza and pasta. It is a cozy inviting restaurant on West 10th Avenue.
I've been to this place many times before on and off. Don't know why I don't patron here more often....Maybe I like hamburgers too much, but anyways.
Last week I came here with a friend of mine.....the décor I find is great. It's a little crampy, so wouldn't suggest coming with a large crowd.....but a few friends would definitely be great. It was pretty busy when we came, so after a few moments my friend and I just went up to the front and asked to be seated, which was fine (Hey, it's not White Spot, Milestone's or Earl's) it's an independently owned restaurant.....they don't need to impress us by having some hot hostess waiting at the door to seat us.......not all restaurant owners have excess money to hire staff members that are not required (Just good service and good food is what I am looking for)
Anyhow, we were seated and since we were two we sat at the two seater table by the wall, but later on a lady (owner?) asked us if we would like one of the bigger centre tables regardless if it was just us. We gladly accepted (Good Service there)
Shortly after we ordered. I ordered chicken fettucini with alfredo sauce, and my friend ordered a large souvlaki dinner. We shared a saganaki. The saganaki was ok. I guess in order for it to be good, you have to pretty much eat it right after it comes off the stove. I guess by the time it gets to your table it hardens, but I notice that at all Greek restaurants when I get Saganaki (not the restaurants fault....guess just the way it is) So I guess I won't be eating Saganaki ever again at a restaurant.
Anyhow, main dishes.....OH MY GOODNESS. Flavourful Fettucini. oh and it came with a choice of a salad (I chose ceasar) both were fantastic and for only $14 and BIG portion. My friends souvlaki was BIG....yes, it was a large but wasn't expecting that size. I think it came with 2 souvlakia if I remember correctly.....I finished my food, but my friend had to take theirs to go......My friend actually complained that they even put TOO much rice (but hey, better than not enough I say)
This is certainly a place that I will be coming back to more often.....cheap prices and good food. I mean really. You HAVE to try this place and DON'T tell me that you don't like it.
Ordered many a pizzas from there and always very good. First time dining there on the weekend and a bit of a let down. Ordered the lamb and the portion was quite large but underseasoned. Maybe I should of asked for some Tzazaki dip but I shouldn't of needed it. Pasta was ordered at our table and it looked OK. Maybe just stick with the pizzas.
The seating is really uncomfortable as it us more like bench seating, pretty up right with little leg and elbow room. Stick with delivery.
Candia is a gem of a restaurant. The interior is like the inside of a boat (minus the oars) and very cozy. Maybe a little to cozy for a big guy like me. The pizzas are awesome and the Greek dishes are all uniformly good. The platter for two is a belly-busting array of savoury Greek treats. It usually takes 3 to finish it. I find the appetizers are pretty much the usual things, but the drink specials are always interesting. I generally have a glass of retsina, so I can get into the whole restaurant ethos.
It isn't so much any one thing as a combination of good food, a unique atmosphere and decent (if sometins hectic) service that makes this place a winner. I've never had a bad meal there in over a dozen years
I have been going to this place for years. Since my days at UBC. It has good pasta and pizza. It's always busy except last night as we went just at the start of hockey game. We had the pasta and it was good again. I think there pasta is bit more than other places around $10 but it good. They have lots of other Greek food also which is good. Good home cooked meal and service is not bad. Overall, a good place to go.
My boyfriend and I ALWAYS go to Candia's when we're looking for some hearty and tasty pasta. This is THE PLACE to go to if you're looking for a filling meal in a restaurant with good service and great decor. I always look forward to getting their baked ravioli and their spaghetti and meatballs. I think this will be the ONLY place we go to in Vancouver for pasta!
This is my favorite Greek restaurant in Vancouver. Massive portions, which makes the typical Greek restaurant prices worth it. The size will fill you for dinner and then lunch the next day. It has a nice atmosphere, lots of wood. Feels like a Tavern. Service is mediocre. Really close to UBC (5 Min bus). Problem is, I don't live nearby :( or I would go more often.
Nestled in sleepy Point Grey Village, Candia Taverna is hard to beat for a pre-movie nosh (unfortunately the Varsity Theatre just down the block is becoming a victim to money-hungry condo-builders, but that's another topic). I love the grape vines hanging all over the ceiling (OK, I know they're plastic, but they really do add to the atmosphere). I love their roast lamb, and if you ask them to cut down on the salt, they'll abide by your wishes! Sometimes when they have salmon souvlaki on special, that goes down a treat! We have had the same woman serve us on several occasions, and she has been by far the best server we've ever had anywhere - super-friendly, and knows how to talk to the kids. My only minor complaint is the lack of garlic on the garlic bread. Dipping it in hummus will make up for that, though! We order pizza from Candia a few times a month, which sometimes can be touch and go...I think it depends on who's making the pizza. Sometimes it's really great; other times, it's too salty. Sometimes when I walk by there on my way home from work, the wonderful smells from Candia really get to me, and I curse the fact that I have to make dinner when I get home! Opa!
My husband and I often get take out from Candia. Portions are decent for the price - not the cheapest, but not overly expensive either. My husband often gets a pizza from there and I usually have the calamari. The calamari is very well seasoned and tender, while the pizza is good (not spectacular). One thing I do agree with other reviewers is that I do find their service to be quite curt. Even when you are waiting to pay because their cash register is not working, they are not friendly nor apologetic. That is probably the reason why we always do take-out.
Food: We had the beef (small), lamb (large), and chicken thigh (large) souvlaki. All souvlaki came with Greek salad, rice, roasted potatoes, vegetables, tzatziki, and garlic or pita bread. We also had the bbq ribs and Lasagna. It was all very delicious!! The beef was tender and moist. The chicken thigh were flavourful and juicy! I didn't try to lamb but my friend was very pleased with it. The Greek salad was fresh and the rest of the sides were pretty good too. The bbq ribs were really tender and full of sauce; it was really good! The lasagna had a little cinnamon tang to it; which I loved!
Service: It was a Friday night so it was pretty busy. We were seated after a 5 to 10 minutes wait so it wasn't too bad. I did feel a little bit rushed to order though. The lady came back a couple of times with very small intervals in between to see if we were ready to order. The menu is not a small one so considering that it was our first visit, I wished she would have "backed off" a little to give us more time to read over the menu. But other than that, the rest of the evening was good. I suppose the lady/waitress was used to "speedy" service since our food came quite quickly. It was nice and hot so that's always good.
Value: The small souvlaki were $13 and the large ones were $15. The ribs and lasagna was $16. For the portion size we got, it was an excellent value! And the quality of the food was really good! I packed half of my meal home for lunch the next day. The large chicken thigh souvlaki came with 3 medium sized thighs! I would definitely return; maybe during a weekday.
Ambiance: It's a very "homey" feeling that we got. The place is full of decorations on the walls. The seats were mainly wooden booths and they were a tad cramped. I felt I was far too close to the table but there was no way to move back since it's a nailed down booth. That's really my only "complaint" about this place, not the most comfortable seats.
we right reviews based on usually dozens of experiences at one restaurant. I have eaten at candia likely
twenty times. Alright, it's old school with cramped wooden seats with fake plants(i think) everywhere.
The service is average at it's best and one waitress we compared to the "soup nazi" and friends were actually
intimidated by her. At the end of the day, I must voutch for the food, in my many trips the soup,ribs and lamb
are outstanding. So we return. Oh, old fashoined twenty once beer mugs to. Im in one this one.
Not what you'd expect for a Greek/Mediterranean restaurant's interior, more like a kitsch 70's ski lodge, but I liked it, even the plant pot dripping on me. Added to the small, cosy atmosphere.
Big hearty portions of very well flavoured food, be prepared to get doggy bags.
Candia is a very good greek restaurant that also serves pizza and pasta. The menu includes are the usual Greek dishes plus dolmades (stuffed grape leaves with meat) as a entree item. The entrees are very large and delicious. The food quality for the Greek dises was very good. I would recommend this place to others. Did not try the pizza or pasta dishes.
The seating can be a little cramped when sitting in the two seater booths but the ambience is very good. The customer service is top notch and the restaurant has a nice home away from home feel. The servers are polite and provide good service.
We visit Candia every couple of months. We typically order the same thing; grilled seafood and BBQ'd chicken with spag. For the kids we order an appy sized calamari. There is so much food we share our meals with the kids. The seafood is a nice blend and always cooked perfectly... Yummy! Great to have a Greek seafood dinner that is not deep fried. The portions are so large after sharing and eating there is still enough to have for lunch the next day. The calamari is cooked the way it should be...just enough batter and tender not chewy. The spag comes baked and the chicken seasoned. All meals come with salad, choice of Greek, caesar or tossed.
Been here for the umpteenth time and the food is usually "middle of the road" but today it was a little "off the shoulder". It started well enough with a very nice Kalamaria appetizer, fried perfectly and a good size portion.
Unfortunately the roast lamb came out luke warm so towards the end of the meal, the fat had congealed into blotches of cold grease that stuck to the meat and the rice.
We also had the chicken and the beef souvlaki. The sides were the usual good sized portions but I think they've cut back on the meat portions since my last time there.
I'll probably come back again but I hope this is not the beginning of a trend downhill.
I have been here several times and I have never been disappointed. The food is muy yummy, though certain dishes can be a bit oily. Very large portions of good food at a decent price makes me a happy eater. The service is very friendly, though sometimes a bit inattentive. The inside of the restaurant looks like it is either the inside of an old old woodem ship or a forest. It is a very cosy atmosphere that makes you feel welcome every time you step inside. Very good choice if you want to dine out a Greek restaurant. The fact that they deliver (and deliver fast enough to keep the food warm and tasty when you get it) is definitely welcome.
Decided to try Candia after reading some reviews. Portions were a good size but they should be for the prices. A little pricey for what you get. The chicken souvlaki came with 2 smallish skewers, the usual rice (which was not very flavourful), greek salad, potatoes and bread for almost $16. Kalamari was ok, not very fresh. The pizza was good though. Did not think it was worth the price.
I've been here several times and find that the food quality is usually excellent, though it does tend to vary. The roast lamb is the best I've had, but the kalamari could be better. For the price point, the convenience of short or no lineups, and the nice atmosphere Candia's is a great restaurant and worth a trip if you love Greek food.
After many years of coming to this crazy looking dark place which you would think the food is going to be not so good, or that it was probably once a fish and chips place (these where our comments years ago) and who's idea was it to start serving greek food. I have to admit the visual appeal of this little dark place with its fake flowers on the small tables is really kinda confusing... then you taste the food and you know why they have been there for years!
I always set out with a plan to have something different on the menu as there are so many choices and they always have some great options for specials and also to try something from the desert menu, but I never seem to get there :) I am in love with the Roast Lamb on their menu, even when I have already told myself you ARE trying something else today it never happens, our server comes to the table and I before I know it I have ordered the Roast Lamb (even though I had decided on something different).
The Roast Lamb comes on this plate with rice, potatoes, and veggies not to mention bread and salad, and its piled high. The lamb, is moist and tender and falls apart... did I mention not my husband or I have EVER finished this in one sitting, they have always ended up packing it up for me, him, or both of us! This is how much you get.
This is a hidden gem for the westside and we return frequently.
I only have bad things to say about this place. My bf and I purchased the Entertainment book to try out all the different places in Vancouver and we have been happy with all our visits, until tonight! The place is definitely cramped with the seating set-up just as we had read in other reviews. But people also said that the food was good. It was not. My lamb sovlaki was decent but my bf's roast lamb was too dry. My favourite side-dish with Greek food is always the roast potato but all I could taste was salt and my bf said the same. The roast veggies was also too dry and definitely over-cooked. Our server looked like she had a super bad day (and maybe she did) but we were afraid to even talk to her any further than to ask for the bill. By the end of the evening, we decided it was a good experience but we would probably not return as nothing enticed us. When we asked for the bill we presented the coupon to receive $13 off and our server gave us the most po'd look. I'm not sure if there is a rule as to when the coupon is applied, before or after tax, but we have always had coupons applied before the tax. Our server charged us the full amount with tax and then deducted $13 off. When we questioned her about it she got very defensive and said "That's how it's always been here and we do the same to all customers." I didn't want to question her further so we decided to just pay the bill as she had requested, without tips. Needless to say, we are definitely NEVER coming back to this place again.
We went for Sat night dinner and were thorougly impressed with the food. We had the halibut and scallops souvlakia, and it was DELICIOUS. I never thought halibut on a stick could taste so good! The flavours were wonderful and the seasoning was just perfect. Even the complimentary garlic bread was very good. Each plate came with potatoes, rice, and a side salad. We both got the small size (one skewer), and we were both very full by the end of the meal (I ate everyhing on my plate). The salad was fresh and refreshing, and the potatoes were just about perfect.
The only complaint I have is about the service that night. We had to wave someone down to give us the menu. AFTER we ordered, we had to ask for water, and even then, we weren't able to get water or the waitress' attention. Our meals came, and we asked for water again and it finally came. So service was terrible, but the woman said they were short-staffed. I don't know if that's true, but the food was so excellent so I think I will go back again to see if the service improves.