Candia serves Greek food as well as pizza and pasta. It is a cozy inviting restaurant on West 10th Avenue.
I went in for a dinner for one. The server was well-meaning, but a bit rough around the edges. The food was bland. Uncreative BBQ sauce for the BBQ Chicken which was incredibly dry and my lasagna featured soggy noodles and a watery meat sauce. Nothing vile, but I could have made it myself for a quarter the price and put in just as little effort.
The kicker came at the end when I went to pay and they said their debit/credit machine was down. Rather than take my credit card in the hand machine, I had to walk to a bank to get cash. Worst rain all year and I had to walk 2 blocks past my car to pay them. I asked where the sign was or when they planned to tell me and they said there's no sign.
All in all, not a great value. I'm going to put just as much effort into going back as they put into the whole dining experience this time around and we'll see if we cross paths again.
I've been coming here off and on since 2000, and the tomato sauce still tastes the same.... that says something for consistency. The food here IS really good! It's not the place to go when you feel like a salad, or are starting a diet, but the pizza is homemade style, the souvlakia portions are immense and the pastas are simple, tasty and fresh. Sometimes I find the greek rice to be a bit bland... but I realize rice is hit or miss.... it happens.
The service for the most part is friendly and out-going, but sometimes they get a bit busy, so if your someone who like to down your drink glass every 2 minutes, you may have a problem. But if you want to relax, spend an hour or two and eat some deliciously carb ladden homestyle greek goodness, then Candia is the place!
We ordered from this place twice, delivery, never dine-in. The first time, the service was ok, nothing spectacular, and the food and price were decent. However, we did have to wait for a long time- over 40 minutes each time. Tonight was the worst however, when the man who delivered our food to us came in, he was impatient, RUDE, and commented on our 'lousy' tip. EXCUSE ME, if we have to wait over 40 minutes for our food to arrive, and be greeted with NO RESPECT WHATSOEVER, DO NOT EXPECT US TO TIP GRACIOUSLY.
Bottom line is, we are never going to order from this place again.
For those of you who want to be treated like dirt, and be greeted by ASSHOLES when they deliver your food- this place would be right up your alley.
Was reading the previous reviews of Candia Taverna to kill time and I also cannot believe there were negative ones. I have been eating in and ordering out from Candia Taverna for 32 years (that's right 32 years since high school) and have had countless great meals, maybe half a dozen less than perfectly cooked ones but absolutely no outright disappointments. Their version of Greco-Roman food is hearty, flavourful and generously satisfying. I think one time the pizza was slightly overcooked but that's one singed pie in over 500 ordered. My favourite pizza is the flame with fresh tomatoes instead of onions. If you are really hungry go for the greek platter - you and your friend will not be able to finish it but will try hard as everything is delicious.
I have been a loyal customer at Candia for quite a few years now and was shocked at some of the negative reviews! But nonetheless, I am here to discuss the food not the people who review the restaurant.
The roast lamb that I had was superb, and I think I almost died when I had the homemade potatoes! The service was very good and the staff were very happy and eager to help. When I step into the restaurant it feels like I'm stepping into a little part of Greece itself, with all of the wood furnishings and plastic grapes hanging form the ceiling.
Over all it was a great. Oh, and just a little side note for those who don't know; Candia has two managers, one is a Greek man who works in the kitchen and the other is a Greek woman who works out in the front. Just for those who don't really know that much about the little restaurant.
I have lived blocks from Candia for too many years too remeber! I was even on the Candia Taverna t-ball team when I was a kid! I have been eating here for years and years!!! The have some of the best food! The pizza's are always good as is there sluvakai! The humous and calamari are also outstanding! Living so close I usually get my food to go and eat at home, but many a time I have been there with friends and family, and we have always had a fantastic time!!! Try it out!!!
food: pretty good portion given the price. had the special and it was quite filling for around 15 bucks. taste is decent too.
service: very slow, but probably because it was new years. would've appreciated one more waitress though. left us waiting at the door/ordering for quite a bit. the poor girl had to handle more than 5 new tables...
ambience: although the restaurant is a bit small/cramped, the atmosphere was very welcoming and warm. lovely, cozy feeling. love the ceiling decor with the hanging grapes/vines.
I'm not sure what appeals to people about this restaurant, though it does have a cool, funky atmosphere and the prices are very good. Service was excellent as well. Still, I found almost everything quite bland - the potatoes and rice were very plain, with no lemon flavor and no sign of any seasoning at all. The halibut soulvakia consisted of nice, fresh fish properly cooked, but yet again with very little flavoring and definitely not marinated at all. My friend's lamb was excellent, very tender and tasty. Too bad the sides were so plain.
I also had the artichoke pizza, and like everything else I had here, it too was very bland. The thin crust was no big deal. I prefer Apollonia on Fir Street, by the way.
wow i cant believe how bad the service was! it was a young girl, she knew what she was doing but boy did she not know what customer service was. anyways, my bf roast lamb was very good, meat was very tender and felt right off the bone. BUT my mousakka...never again am i going there for that. and the calamari appy tasted as if it was bought frozen and very soggy. other than that ambience was very nice. cute little wooden stalls to sit in.
This is a good restaurant with wonderful ambience. I love their pizza and their spagetti and meatballs. They also serve a wonderful ec mec desert. I would definitely return to Candia for more dinner.
MMM is all I can say about the Pizza! It's just awesome! That's all I can say other than go there to find out for yourself. Nick is a stand up community guy too who coaches soccer. If you have a child that plays soccer, try to get him/her on his team for two reasons. 1) He's a very passionate coach who is in it for the benefit of the children to learn win or lose. 2) He brings food from the resturant sometimes!! hehe
We just went there for the first time to try it out. We stood for a long time by the front door waiting to be seated. A couple came in after us and as we all waited (and were ignored by staff), I asked them if they had eaten here before and if it was good. They said it was good but the service is notoriously poor. A waitress bustled up to us and then said a very curt "EXCUSE me" and headed on over to a table to give them their bill and then dealt with other tables taking orders. All we needed was "Someone will be with you shortly" or "Sorry, we are busy. It will just be a minute". I understand if it's busy or short staffed . Just a little acknowledgement is all I ask. There were 3 different employee's that saw us standing by the front door and did nothing. The people behind us got fed up and left. We lasted another minute or two and then decided to leave as well. They lost 2 tables because no one could be bothered to help us. Very disappointing. Do they want customers or not ?
We had friends over tonight with their kids, and pizza from Candia took 75 minutes to arrive. When I called to check on it after 45 minutes, the server put me on hold while she "checked with the driver," and told me it should be there any minute. When I called after 70 minutes and asked to speak with the manager, I had a long discussion with a woman who turned out to be a server PRETENDING to be the manager. And finally, when I called back after my guests had left and talked to the um... hopefully real?... manager, he said there'd been a misunderstanding, and there was nothing he could do. Needless to say, I won't be calling again.
I'm not going to pretend to give an objective review of this fine establishment. I'm here to say thanks. I've been going to Candia - or 'dia' - for half my life now. A lot of my friends have moved out of town over the years, but whenever any of them return, this is where we congregate. The pizza is the best in town, hands down, no question, forget about it - amazingly soft, flavouful, thin, doughy crusts; incredible sauce; fantastic toppings - simply a pleasure to eat. Comfort food for your heart and soul. If you love pizza, you have to go to Candia before you die. The guys in the back there are miracle workers who've made me happier more times than any other chefs in town. The humous is also superlative, but it's really all about the pizza. The decor is tacky and yet sublime - bonus points if you can find the koala in the front booth - it's a very, very, very cozy space. And the service is fantastic - I can't count the number of times my friends and I have shown up just before closing and they've stayed open just to serve us. It's out of the way up on Tenth Ave, but it's worth the trip, esp. late at night - a neighbourhood establishment for the whole city. Start your own tradition. Thanks, Candia, for feeding me all these years. I owe you.