An award winning Greek restaurant on Broadway near Granville.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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...
We went for a family birthday dinner tonight, there were seven of us on a Tuesday evening. Had made a reservation, but the restaurant was quite quiet. I was a bit hesitant due to some of the other reviews, but my socks were knocked off.
The decor is a bit cliched, but it was very clean and well taken care of. The waitress was really friendly and gave us very good service. There is a lot of traditional greek items on the menu that you don't find at most of the "greek" restaurants, something there to please anyone.
Four of us had the four course meal for $19 with purchase of a beverage, the other three ordered their own starters and mains. The greek salad starter was nice, not too oily and a nice portion of feta. The pitas were whole wheat and were warm and fluffy, perfectly heated. Those of us doing the meal deal all had the calamari appetizer, which was perfectly cooked, crispy and tender. There was also taramasolata and the marinated artichokes ordered by others. Starters were very good.
Entrees were well timed, coming about five minutes after we finished our starters. I had the spanokapita and grilled artichokes, delicious. The roast potatoes were lovely and the rice pilaf had a bit of arugula tossed in with plenty of carrots and celery, was a nice fresh touch. The calamari and souvlaki had by others looked very nice. One friend had the lamb and said it was by far the best lamb he's ever had, and was a good sized portion. Dessert was bougatsa, lemon custard wrapped in phyllo, again delicious.
I was so pleasantly surprised by dinner tonight I can't stop talking about it. I'm already planning on going back to try some of the other menu items. We had a really enjoyable birthday dinner, thank you Kalamata.
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!
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.
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!?!
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??
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.
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.
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.
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.