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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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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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Great quality food
By foodmonkey of Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 27, 2007 - 8:50pm [Dine in]

Four of us ate here and we all enjoyed the meal. Appetizer calamari and saganaki were very good. The half-order of calamari was quite big! The fried cheese was perhaps a little too salty but I suppose that's not the cook's fault and I'm sure there's always going to be variation in that. Entrees were all very good and large enough for leftovers. I'm not a huge fan of greek meatballs (too light and airy), but the flavours of all dishes were spot on. The only negative is the bread served with the meal is some whole-wheat pita which was dry and bland. Will return, though.

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By bottomless of Arbutus Ridge, Vancouver (18 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 9:24am [Dine in]

Great kletika. The greek salad is the best I've had in the city, served un-tossed and layed out in the bowl in a pretty pattern.

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Good food, decent price
By Caera of Main, Vancouver (30 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 26, 2007 - 11:40pm [Dine in]

This was our first time dining here, and we were impressed.

The servers are friendly and efficient, although the food was a little slow. My partner ordered first the roasted lamb shank, but was told that they had just sold the last order. They were also out of the quail. He eventually settled on the lamb souvlaki, which was nicely cooked. To our surprise, our waitress managed to find a small piece of lamb shank and included it on the plate. It was excellent; very tender and flavourful.

The kalamari was cooked well and not chewy or rubbery. The cold garlic potatoes were excellent -- tons of garlic!

We'll definitely return, and hopefully they will have more of the lamb shank or quail.

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Smiles are Free
By burvan of Burnaby (30 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 15, 2007 - 8:36pm [Dine in]

Dined at this restaurant for the 1st time since they moved down the block . the restaurant really lacks ambiance as it is very sterile especially for a Greek taverna that usually has lots of plants and atmosphere . the hostess and the servers were the most serious non smiling serving crew we have ever encountered and they looked like they hated the jobs and the people they were serving . the food was descent but really lacked true greek flavours which is a shame as we remember this place much more fondly . Hopefully the owner can buy his staff some happy pills and the hostess and servers start to appreciate the customers who really pay the bills .

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Yeah!!! They are back!!!
By SHJ of Yaletown - Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - 10:13pm [Dine in]

We are so happy to see Kalamata open again and closer to home too! This is one of our favourites. Need some Greek comfort food? You found the right place. You will know the minute you walk in that it's real food here, made family style with lots of care. PS - Save room for the bougatsa, it's the best in town!

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Owner sold business and now it's going to be a sushi joint
By lowenoize of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 9:42am [Dine in]

Owner sold the biz to a few korean entrepreneurs who are turning it into a sushi joint, but he did say he was looking for another smaller venue in the same vacinity to reopen, so not to worry - you'll get your roast lamb fix soon enough, yum' ; )

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Something special here
By Stanley Park of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, January 29, 2012 - 1:25am [Dine in]

My partner and I decided to try the Kalamata restaurant the other night, and we are so glad we did. We were met at the door and asked where we would like to sit. The restaurant was half full, but we still got our choice of a table towards the back where it was quiet, cozy.
Soon our server came, and we ordered a calamari starter, the lamb dinner and the moussaka dinner.The calamari was perfect, crispy on the outside, and tender inside. No rubbery calamari here !
The lamb was fall off the bone tender, juicy with lots of flavour. The potatoes had a hint of lemon and oregano, delicious. The rice was different, with carrots and small bits of peppers and spinach in it.. unusual and very tasty.
The moussaka was also very good with a hint of cinnamon to it, a spiced meat filling, and a creamy bechamel sauce that was baked to perfection.
We had bougatsa for dessert, a filo pastry with a custard filling. The filo, with a dusting of cinnamon and powdered sugar, was light, flaky, and the custard was creamy, sweet and lemony; a delicious ending to a great meal.
The portions were large, and we were certainly full by the time we left !
Chris, our server, was there when we needed to ask a question, yet never hovering, making you feel like you should rush. I would think he has been there for awhile as he was very knowledgeable about all the Greek dishes we asked about. He was friendly and professional.
Sometimes you have a meal that is more than "just" delicious food. The way it was cooked tells you that there is real care, love and attention to quality going on. Our dinner at Kalamata was one of those meals; there is something special going on here.
Highly recommended.

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Great food and service
By JohnT. of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, November 13, 2011 - 10:25am [Dine in]

Our friends recommended this restaurant and decided to try it. We started with houmus and the artichoke
appetizer with the melted saganaki on top. The houmus was exceptional, smooth, lots of garlic and the right amount of citrus, the whole wheat pita came piping hot. The baked artichokes were really yummy!
We love lamb so we ordered the roast lamb and the lamb chops. They were both the best we've ever had.
The roast lamb was huge and falling off the bone, my wife kept raving about the lamb chops. The rice was was different that we were accustomed with, not just plain but with carrots, little pieces of yellow peppers and fresh spinach, quite a nice touch. The greek potatoes were nice and lemony.
Our server was friendly and attentive without being overbearing.
Our only complaint was that the portions were so big that we had no room for dessert.

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Extremely Rude Owner, will never go back or recommend.....I live in the neighbourhood.
By Brenda Duff of City Hall, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 10:22pm [Dine in]

Arrived @ 7.15.....very busy Saturday. Seated and had drink and food order taken by 7.30. At about 7.45, server came and said the kitchen was busy and it would be 30 minutes before our meal came up. No problem!! At 8.30, the greek salad in a finger bowel arrived!!! Shortly after our appetizer showed up. 9 pm and we still have no main course. We cancelled the meal at this point. The owner/manager came to talk to us....didn't introduce himself, didn't apologize for the delay and told us not to come back!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Return to Kalamata
By DaisyMiller of Fairview, Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 31, 2009 - 6:18pm [Dine in]

After a lackluster take-out experience here a few years ago, I never went back--until recently. With the snow preventing us from going farther afield, we decided to give it a shot again. Besides, as the Rapid Transit Line construction continues to decimate the neighbourhood and send many businesses packing, Kalamata has managed to hang on. There must be a reason.

Service was slow that night because of a large Christmas party combined with understaffing. Oh well. Our waitress was great. At least we kept getting our drinks and water, if not our food.

The calamari appetizer was great--fresh and not too greasy. My spouse had the lamb and commented that it was "the best lamb he has ever had in his life". In reality, likely it was the best lamb he has had in recent memory. I had the spanakopita, and it was also delicious. Everything on my vegetarian platter (potatoes, greek salad, etc.) tasted the way you would want it to taste. Of course, it wasn't fine dining, but it was significantly better than your average Greek food.

1 appetizer + 2 drinks + 2 entrees + taxes = $50. I also had enough food to bring half of my meal home for lunch the next day.

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Needs another cook
By omnibus of Vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 27, 2008 - 1:17pm [Dine in]

Went there for dinner a few weekends ago and also very recently. The greek salad in the beginning and the pita bread are great and generous but the entrees came out terribly slow. Looking around it happened to all the tables. Last time I thought it was just that night but when it happened again last night, it probably happens to them all the time. They really need to get another cook inside the kitchen. I saw only one guy working in there and he was going non stop. Besides the slow coming entrees, everything else was great.

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Overhyped and terrible service
By tamster888 of surrey (13 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 2, 2009 - 2:58am [Dine in]

I chose this restaurant based on the reviews, as I wanted a good greek place for my birthday dinner. We arrived early, around 6pm, and there were only 3 other tables in the place. We still stood at the door for about 5 minutes before the waiter (who was miserable) acknowledged us, even though he knew we were there. After he seated us we waited at least ten minutes for a server to arrive, and she didn't even ask us if we wanted a drink, just if we were ready to order! I was just about ready to leave, but we did order, and also ordered a half litre of wine, which took another ten minutes to arrive. The food was fantastic, I had the spanokopita dinner and my husband had the lamb, no complaints at all about the food. Also the Kalamari appie was delicious!
The terrible service continued when were were trying to get the waitresses attention to pay our bill. (We had tickets to a play, so were on a time limit). She seemed to go out of her way to ignore us all evening. We even contemplated just getting up and walking away, as we were getting tired of saying "excuse me" and getting no response.
Overall, the food was great, service totally lousy, and I thought the ambience was lousy as well. Maybe after dark it's better, but it is old and in need of freshening up in that place. And the fact that it's old doesn't work to make it quaint, just dirty feeling.

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Kalamata Greek Taverna: The culinary love affair continues.
By blissball of burnaby and vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 10:52pm [Dine in]

For the last 20 years, I have adored and enjoyed the lovingly prepared Greek food at Kalamata Greek Taverna. Even when I worked as a flight attendant and tried Greek Restaurants the world over, the authentic Greek cooking at Kalamata was and still is, bar none, the real deal.

Having grown up with a Mama born and raised in Greece, I know delicious, fresh, satisfying, Greek 'Kouzina' (Cuisine). Kalamata Greek Taverna is that, and more.

I will happily drive for 40 minutes to bring the whole family for our monthly culinary indulgence. Kalamata is a multigenerational delight approved by grandma (yiayia), grandpa (papou), our 4 year old, and 17 month toddler.

The ambience at Kalamata is romantic, inviting, warm, lively and celebratory. A mix of Greek soft romantic ballads envelope you as if beckoning you to get up and dance.

We all relish the various appetizers that always brings ecstacy to every one of our senses.

The 'Saganaki' (Greek fried cheese) sizzles; the 'Kalamari' (fried squid) crunches; the 'Garithes Skortho' (garlic prawns) is a visual delight; the 'Sikotakia' (chicken livers) have deliciously smooth velvety centers; and, the "Tiropita" (cheese pie) and Spanakopita (spinach and cheese pie) are freshly baked crisp savoury greek delicacies.

Everytime I order my lamb or beef souvlaki I know it will take at least 15 to 20 minutes to grill it to perfection. That is because it is cooked fresh and made to order: absolutely worth the wait!

Kalamata serves up full plates of food that is welcome news to my husband and I, as the leftovers make the best work lunches, ever!

My toddler and preschooler always express their approval with "mmm, yummm" between mouthfuls of food, all the while swaying to the smooth Greek music playing in the background. My children will literally devour anything presented to them here. The 'Taramosalata' (fish roe spread) packed with omega goodies, is double ordered to keep the peace between our children.

Spoiled is how I feel knowing of a reliable and trustworthy establishment that we all enjoy and love. Honestly, on the occasion that I have wanted to dine on a Monday when Kalamata is closed, I have been so disenchanted with the quality of other Greek restaurants that I would rather go without than be perpetually disappointed.

In my experience, the servers at Kalamata have always been friendly, amiable, efficient and pleasant without being overbearing. Chris, a familiar presence at Kalamata for the last 5 years, consistently graces us with excellent service. In fact, he is sorely missed by my four year old on the rare occasion that we come in on his night off.

From the spectacular food, familiar service, warm welcoming environment, and most importantly phenomenal Greek culinary genius of Stathi and Laura, Kalamata is an outstanding authentic Greek establishment.

Don't take my word for it. Experience it for yourself.

This greek culinary love affair will keep you coming back for more. OPA!

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forget every other greek restaurant, Kalamata's is the only one!
By Donna05 of Vancouver (Killarney) (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, December 23, 2011 - 1:04pm [Dine in]

I have been going to Kalamata's for many years, and every visit has been just as spectacular as my first! The food is to die for, everything on the menu (and I've tried it all) is mouth watering! In fact, I could go for some kalamari right now and I was just there yesterday. I have been there when it has been very busy, and yes, I've had to wait for my food, but so what? I'm out for a meal, I can sip my wine enjoy the ambience and nibble on some pita, if it's a wait, sit back enjoy it will be worth it. Kalamata's does not claim to be a fast food restaurant two people are doing all the cooking, so folks you're better off to make a reservation. The servers have always been polite and have always taken awesome care of us during each of our visits.
I could write a book about the "awesomeness"of Kalamata's, but i will finish with this.... This is the place you should be lining up for! I have tried all of the other Greek places none of them come close. My sister flies in from California and if she's only in for a day, she has to go to Kalamata's because she cannot get greek food like this anywhere else! Authentic, healthy, supreme, great value, great food and great people!

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Very Rude Telephone Manners
By Rainlore of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, December 20, 2011 - 9:04pm [Take-out]

I live in Mount Pleasant and have ordered from this company for 10 years, but I have been increasingly bothered by the rudeness of the man who answers the phone and takes the telephone orders. In the past I have been told that they are too busy to take phone orders. Tonight we ordered and told them that the dinner must be dairy free. We picked it up and on getting it home discovered that there was a sauce on the order that contained dairy. When I called to say that they made a mistake on the order he tried to say the mistake was our fault. He refused to rectify it and said he was busy and had to go. I will never order from this restaurant again.

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weeks days are good
By jkniest of kitslano (8 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 19, 2009 - 3:39pm [Dine in]

This was our third visit at Kalamata ,but never on a weekend. Almost full when we entered and felt good that we are in a right place.
I always go for the roast lamb and my hubby got the the lamb chops which was kind of made in rush and did not taste as good as always,may be because they were very busy and run out of better one.
As our sweet server told us(had pepper earrings!!!) they were really busy and will try to get the food as soon as possible. She was very promt with drinks and was attentive which gives me reason to give more stars on the service than food.
For sure we will return but only on weekdays as always.

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They've moved, but not far
By bergy of Surrey (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, October 26, 2008 - 4:04pm [Dine in]

The Kalamata has moved down the street in the past year or so, and are now in the 300 block of West Broadway. Regardless, the food and service was as good as I experienced in previous visits which were spaced well apart.

My wife and I decided to try the Kalamata again before the Lions game last night, and we were happy we did. We got in the restaurant just after opening at 5 pm and were the second couple there. It gradually filled up with dinners until there were 40 or more people in the restaurant. Regardless of that, the service was timely, non-intrusive and friendly.

The wine list isn't extensive, but they had a nice white wine for less than $20.00 a bottle, a rarity these days. Both our dishes were great, I had the lamb shoulder which was steaming hot, not loaded with a lot of fat, and very tender and well herbed. My wife had the scallop and shrimp souvlaki, and we were both surprised at both the size of the seafood, and the quantity. The accompanying rice, lemon potatoes and greek salad were freshly made and full of flavour.

The calamari appetizer was tender and perfectly done. We are not big dessert fans, but we tried the bougatsa, a phyllo pastry filled with lemon custard and dusted with icing surgar and cinnamon. It was freshly baked, and there was more than enough to share.

All in all, we found the food and service as good this time as every other time we've been there.

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Needs to participate in "Restaurant Makeover"
By critic81 of Richmond , BC (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, September 27, 2010 - 12:26pm [Dine in]

Greek food is a family favorite and we've been to a number of Greek Restaurant in the Metro-Vancouver Area. This one stood out as the worst of our Greek dining experiences.

There is a number of great greek restaurant and this is simply not one of them!!!

The Calamari is PROCESSED, which is an immediate sign of poor quality ingredients.

The greek salad earned them points with a generous portion of feta and very good tasting tomatoes.

The potatoes seemed like they were cooked first thing in the morning and kept warm throughout the day.

The roast lamb was tastless and left a bad taste in my mouth that only a can of coke could take away.

Don't waste your money here!!!

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Out of Lamb
By hansolo of Burnaby (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 26, 2010 - 10:05am [Dine in]

I'm not sure how they could have been out of lamb. This is a greek restaurant, how can you not have lamb. Maybe they only make limited quantities during the lunch hours. I had a chicken souvlaki, the food was ok. I've had better. The souvlaki was a little overcooked and salty. Service was slow and nothing special. I don't think I'll be returning because I value my lunch hours and don't want to spend it waiting for food.

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