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Kalamata Greek Taverna

1481 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6H1H6
Tel: (604) 872-7050
Neighbourhood: West Side
  • Cuisine: Greek
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Service: Takeout
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Hours: Mon: Closed, Tue - Fri: 11:30AM - 2PM & 5PM - 9:30PM, Sat - Sun: 5PM - 9:30PM
  • An award winning Greek restaurant on Broadway near Granville.

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Good Greek food - value for the money
By VJB of abbotsford (171 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 9, 2007 - 10:33am [Dine in]

We went here for dinner last night.

The decor is a bit different from most Greek restaurants as the colours are yellow and blue and there are not a lot of plants hanging from the ceiling but it was very comfortable and there was plenty of space between the tables.

Our waiter was very good. He was very sociable yet not intrusive. We had a bottle of wine with dinner that was less than $20.00 (how unusual). We shared a saganaki for an appetizer. My husband had the moussaka, it was very good with a hint of cinnamon to it. I had the kleftiko. It was one of the best that I've had - it was very tender and moist but it was not greasy like it is as some Greek restaaurants. We could not finish our meals as the portions are very large.

With tip our dinner cost $67.00. It was fair value for the money. I would certainly return and recommend it to anyone wanting a good Greek meal in a nice restaurant.

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Best greek on Broadway
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 8, 2006 - 10:34am [Dine in]

Kalamata has really good greek food. I'd say the quality is better than Stepho's but the portions are not as huge. At least you don't have to wait in an irritating line-up! The atmosphere is warm and inviting. The service was excellent also.

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Love the homous.
By foodfanatic of South Vancouver (286 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 26, 2005 - 4:50pm [Dine in]

The homous, chickpea dip, delicious! After a number of takeouts though, it gets to be a bit too greasy for comfort. So I've stopped eating it altogether. Will try again some day. Hopefully, it will be just as good as I remembered or even better! Eat-in, the calamari was a bit too salted. Nothing exceptional.

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Was good but no longer
By sgtoca of Kitsilano, Vancouver (103 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 17, 2005 - 10:37am [Dine in]

Firstly I am disappointed that they did not do lunch take outs which did not make sense as I am a regular. Its a good place for lunch but their food quality has deteriorated through the years. I now much prefer Maria's Taverna when I get that craving for Greek food. Kalamata needs some serious reality check and start to improve their menu and put some effort into their cooking again.

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One of my favourite Greek places
By thecritic of Vancouver (376 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 5, 2004 - 10:20am [Dine in]

Been going here for years. It may be that my taste buds are dulling but it doesn't seem to be as good as it used to (nor winning all the awards it used to either). Nevertheless, the food is still very satisfying. My favourite is the kleftiko; a very large lamb shoulder, falling off the bone.

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Wow!
By ILOVE2EAT of East Vancouver (73 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 23, 2009 - 4:49pm [Dine in]

This is a good place to eat if you have time. . . the food is awesome (I still have the taste of the roast lamb in my mouth!!!!!) . . . the service was a bit slow (took about 5 minutes to be seated). . . the price was a bit pricey at $12.95 for lunch. The meal came with a fair size Greek salad, a couple of small pieces of roasted potato, tasty rice made with spinach, green peppers and onions and a whole wheat pita bread. This place has a decent washroom.

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Decent
By Lanie23 of Vancouver (53 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 27, 2009 - 5:28pm [Dine in]

Have a lot of lunch specials around the $10 range. Meat was flavourable and juicy. Greek salad was tasty though I don't know why it is in such a small bowl. Pita was kind of dry and didn't have much flavour. Rice was decent, pototoes could be more lemony. Overall, decent value for what you are getting but there is room for improvement.

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Great Greek lunch
By millar of New Westminster, Vancouver (77 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 25, 2007 - 2:45pm [Dine in]

Traditional Greek food. We had the chicken souvlaki for lunch. You get dinner size portions and the price is decent. Lunch for two $25.

Service is a little slow, but every restaurant in Vancouver seems to be understaffed right now.

It lives up to your expectations with traditional recipes.

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Group of 13 went for a Bday, Mother's Day dinner
By aquadl of Vancouver (44 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 14, 2012 - 10:16pm [Dine in]

We made a reservation for a group of 13 for a saturday.

Upon arriving, we were greeted and seated quickly.

Glass of water arrived quickly.

Ordered drinks came soon after.

We all ordered off the anniversary menu, $18 for a 4 course dinner.

Most of us ordered the Greek Salad, while a few ordered the Organic Salad.

My dad likes the berry dressing on the Organic salad, the greek salad was not bad either.

Almost everyone had the appetizer of Kalamari.

For the main, we each ordered either the Shrimp, Chicken or Pork souvlaki.

These were slow to come out, but the restaurant was packed and they were doing there best.

Once the mains arrived, they were excellent. The chicken was tender, the garlic shrimp was spectacular and the Pork not bad. The mains came with Lemon potatoes and rice. There was more than enough food for one person, we actually took some home.

There was one mistake, I ordered the Chicken, but they gave me shrimp. I mentioned this to the waitress and without hesitation she said, keep your meal, as everyone already had theirs, and she brought out the missing chicken souvlaki - did not even take back the shrimp.

Now that is GREAT GREAT customer service !!

Dinner ended with dessert, it was a amazing, Hot, flakey filo pastry and filled with custard. It was outstanding.

Overall bill came to approx $245.00, we added a generous tip on top of that.

Overall, food was excellent, service was great and W/C were clean.

We will definitely be back to try this place again !! Highly recommended.

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Very good
By jazmina of east vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 27, 2006 - 11:00am [Dine in]

I really enjoyed my meal there. went there for he first time a couple of nights ago and was happy to have a great greek meal in this city. It was the first one there's alot of crap in this town. The whole wheat pitas, humus, greek salad, lots of vegitarian choices, and my boyfriend and friend really enjoyed the lamb shoulder and chicken. Definitly worth going to I want to go back!

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What is the big deal with this place?
By goonboy of Burnaby (40 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 20, 2006 - 8:39pm [Dine in]

I'm no Greek food connoisseur, but what is the hoopla with this place? Best Greek restaurant in Vancouver? Hardly...Twice the price of Stepho's for marginally better quality and half the portions. I don't get it. Why is Greek food so darn expensive anyways? I know olive oil is expensive and all but...

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Good food but very slow service
By urbandiner of Vancouver (31 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 28, 2012 - 12:18pm [Dine in]

Looks like it's a common thread with all the reviews about this restaurant. The food is very good and not as greasy as can be at some other Greek establishments. The salads were clean and crisp. The lamb shoulder, lean and tender, the moussaka, moist and full of meat and veg. Servings were very ample and included the usual roasted potatoes, rice and pita ( which is not the usual pan fried but baked, beautifully presented warm and soft). As you can read, the food was excellent.

However, the service is incredibly slow and there is no acknowledgement from the staff or apologies about it. In fact, they seem to deliberately not look at you as they pass by so as not to have to answer whether you could order or when you will be getting your order.

Food definitely worth returning for but only if you have lots of time to spare!

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Best greek food in Vancouver!
By peter7 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, June 27, 2011 - 2:11pm [Dine in]

We've been going to Kalamata for years. Last saturday we had another great dinner. Had humus and calamari to start with hot whole wheat pita, the best in town. The wife loved the prawn and scallop souvlaki,
and I as always had the roast lamb. I've tried the lamb at other greek restaurants but it is never as good as the roast lamb at Kalamata. We will always go back.

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Best Greek food in town!
By Dawna of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, March 30, 2009 - 12:57pm [Dine in]

Myself and my family have been going to Kalamata's for years now! It's simply the best Greek food we have ever had! I can honestly say that we have tried everything on the menu and love it all. It's healthy, scrumptious and very affordable! Sometimes when it gets busy you may have to wait a bit for your meal but believe me, it is definitely worth the wait. Relax, wind down have some wine! order any one of their great appetizers to nibble on while your waiting -- I've had them all! everything is amazing. I recommend Kalamata's to everyone! Stapi (chef) takes great pride in the meals he prepares and he is one hardworking, wonderful man. The staff always take great care of us. I would recommend making reservations though, so as not too arrive at a busy time. Lunch time can be very busy, go around 1:00.

If you like Greek -- this restaurant is the place to go. I've tried Stepho's and they can't even come close to Kalamata's. By the way.... who serves Fries with Greek food!?!

Enjoy!!

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I think they're closed??
By onegirl of vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 7, 2012 - 11:57am [Dine in]

I was walking past Kalamata last night, and I had to do a double take... because the windows were covered in the that paper bag kind of material and there was no sign that even said that restuarant used to be Kalamata! no signage or anything! DId they move? Are they closed? what is going on??
I tried calling but the phone keeps ringing?? Kinda sad.. if they are closed, because they really did have great food -- though service was always slow... .
I tried goggling and nothing mentioned.. does anyone know??

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good food, great service by dan
By homerj108 of Oakridge (21 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, November 13, 2011 - 7:53pm [Dine in]

we went as a 4some to the kalamata this week and had a great meal. We were not expecting much, we had the beef slovaki and lamb shoulder, and muskaka. The night went well and the dinning room was about half full. I would return as this is good value and great food.

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Line up here, not on Dave St.!!!
By bonger of Vancouver (23 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 5:03pm [Dine in]

Felt like Greek food, wandered in here by accident because of proximity and saw the Gazat rating so decided to give it a try.

To make a long story short, I was very happy with everything from appetizer to mains.

First of all, Tzakiki was the best I ever had, home made, flavourful and not just "mass made" taste.

Calamari was perfectly fried, puffy, crunch and not oily.

Portions were generous and the roast lamb, beef, chicken all done perfectly (not overcooked, but with good bbq/roast/seared taste and still remaining tender.

Even the rice had spinach instead of typical peas/carrots. Only small criticism is roast potatoes a little small and dry.

Server was attentive and most of all, bill was very reasonable...a little more than what you would spend on Davie st...but you know where the money went.

I was pleasantly surprised and going here from now on.

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always excellent calamari
By I-like-pies of Vancouver (23 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 16, 2009 - 3:20pm [Dine in]

I only go there for lunch and always order the meal size calamari. At $9.50, it's a real steal.

Humungous portions and oh so tender. Not fishy smelling, not hard, not rubbery, but very fresh. Melt in your mouth, but not like pasta -melt- in- your mouth. The plate was so big they didn't even fit the greek salad on there. I remember the greek salad used to be on the same plate. Now,it comes in a separate dish.

The roasted potatoes were done just right and piping hot. The greek bread was also on a side dish too. The greek salad had ripe, fresh meaty tomatoes and a good amount of feta cheese on it.

For $9.50, you can't complain about the meal. Service was very good too, but it wasn't busy at lunch, and they still had two waiters on duty. Not the best of ambiance, but it certainly is better than others.

I notice alot of big groups go there for lunch, as the last time I went there (Feb) there were also large groups, as was just recently.

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Solid
By poulet of Vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 1:19pm [Dine in]

I've been having dinners at Kalamata for a few years now and there's a reason why I keep going back. I always have the avgolemono and kleftiko (lamb shoulder) and can expect a certain standard to the dishes. The rice in the avgolemono is cooked just right--soft with texture and not mushy. It's not watered down and has a perfect balance of acidity from the lemon. The kleftiko is fall-off-the-bone with substantial sides that come with the dish.

Definitely glad they are still in business with the nicer new location that features more natural lighting from the skylights.

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Computers down, everything done by hand.
By bexbyjones of main st, vancouver (17 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 2:30pm [Dine in]

The food is excellent but don't come here if you're in a hurry... it will take forever for your food to arrive and plus the computers/ cash/ whatever is "out of service" so they're doing everything by hand. Hope this gets fixed soon! I don’t understand why it hasn’t been fixed, something like this should take priority. [Oh, also – don’t come in late (like past 9pm) or you’ll be in for another surprise.]

The waiter we had the last time was verrrry nice, he is always smiling and personable. I’ve been here a few times and my favourites are still the kleftiko (spelling????), the spanakopita (spinach pie…), quail, and Saganaki cheese. The greek salad is light and tasty, not too strong. The wine selection is decent although I drank beer. The pita bread is whole wheat and fluffy. It sort of tastes like cardboard, I kind of wish they didn’t use whole wheat. I know it’s healthier and all, but… the quail is my favourite dish. The kalamari is pretty good too, it’s a lot less greasy than most Greek restauarants I’ve been to. Actually everything here is light and tasty, not much grease. It’s a very health-conscious Greek restaurant to say the least. The rice pilaf is yummy, it’s got little pieces of lettuce in it or something, very nice touch.

This is a very romantic place to bring a date. The candle light provides for some pretty good ambience, although not as good as their previous location (which had to be torn down to make room for the Canada Line at Cambie). I’ve also come here for business lunches. A lot of city hall folk come here on their lunch breaks, myself included. The food is very consistent and the portions are quite large. We could not finish what we had and all we had was two entrees.

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