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Kalypso Restaurant & Tapas Bar

1323 Robson Street
Vancouver, BC V6E4A9
Tel: (604) 689-5550 Order Online
Neighbourhood: West End

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Belly Dancing Surprise
By xlee8 of Delta (113 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 9, 2008 - 10:26pm [Dine in]

Food: lemon roasted chicken was really tender was just the perfect hint of lemon. came w/ greek salad, rice pilaf, and roasted potatoes. good portion and value. rack of lamb is also of a favorite of mine.

Service: very friendly and timely service.

Ambiance: was a little loud b/c there was a bday party there. as well, we came on a night that there was belly dancing. maybe we just werent in the mood and were extremely tired but it was a bit loud for us altho the other dinner patrons seemed to enjoy to entertainment

Overall: been here a few times and have always left satisfied. will def return when in the mood for greek food downtown. dont forget your e-book coupon for savings!

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Meager offering
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 20, 2008 - 3:04am [Dine in]

Came here Sunday evening for a later dinner after trying to decide which Greek place in downtown we should try.

Weird they had an employee sit outside on the street at a booth handing out coupons for a free appetizer with entree purchase. It's located upstairs.

The place was quiet with a few people scattered throughout. An eldery gentlemen behind the bar greeted us before a waitress seated us to a table by the window.

Although there were hints the decor didn't "feel" Greek and felt like it was made to flow with the look of Robson St. I thought it was cheesy to have the tables lined with disposable paper placemats on top of a clean white table cloth.

Looking for a lighter meal we ordered the Taramasolata, Homous with 2 orders of Pita Bread and the Lamb Chops between the two of us. We mostly had a waiter table us but we felt rushed as he came to take our orders not 5 minutes after we sat down. He really did only give us a few more minutes to decide before he came back and we placed our appetizers first.

My girlfriend felt the portions for the Tarama and Homous was smaller compared to other places we've had. The Homous was fine although the Tarama was not creamy all the way through. The Pita (albeit toasted) was only halved as we would've preferred them to be quartered. Just nitpicking.

Whereas most other Greek places you can split an entree the portion for the Lamb Chops entree was a little smaller. The 5 Chops themselves were a smidge smaller than other places but they were juicy. We asked medium well but we got medium rare. There was some fat that many others would preferred to have trimmed but I liked it attached. The rest of the plate however was substandard and stingy in quantity and flavour. The rice was nicely done but the grain used reminded me of instant rice. The Greek Salad consisted mostly of cucumber and onion. The potato was bland and was nothing more than a roasted wedge.

Our waiter took until the end of our meal to ask us how our food was. We felt rushed with our meal from beginning to end. I'm not sure if they're inferring that constant table appearances consistutes good service.

Prices are several dollars more per dish compared to many other places without the quality (or quantity) to show for.

Maybe for the unsuspecting person who thinks everything on Robson St. is good I probably won't give this place another try unless I wasn't able to head over to Davie St. or Denman for other Greek eateries. Having a great location and charging just a few bucks enough to make people think they're getting something better seems to be popular nowadays. The food wasn't bad but it was far from good. A tourist sucker perhaps. Disappointing overall.

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Outstanding Restaurant
By applepie of Burnaby (129 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 22, 2008 - 3:10pm [Dine in]

This is very nice place to have a relaxing meal in the middle of downtown. Food is outstanding. I had the calamari lunch this time and really enjoyed the tender texture and just-right taste. Service is not exceptional, but friendly and efficient enough. The portion size is very generous. All in all, a solid restaurant all around. Recommended.

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Would have rather gone to Denman
By MBAK of Vancouver (80 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 23, 2009 - 6:06pm [Dine in]

Food: The food was allright, not bad, but not great.... I found it amusing of how I ordered Homous and it didnt come with Pita. at $6 I assumed it would, and I dont know anyone who ordered homous on their own. For the Homous/PIta it came out to $9, and it wasnt that great...

Service: the server we had wasnt that polite or attentive, and gave off the impression that we were bothering her when we needed anything. Near the end she slow and it took almost 10 minutes for her to bring the bill.

Value: You can get the same quality/quantity from any of the greek places on denman paying half the price, without having to put up with impolite servers... I felt it was ridiculous to pay $9 for homous/pita when it was really tiny.

Ambiance: Good ambiance, especially when they have the belly dancers, but if you're looking for a quiet romantic dinner, try to get a table by the end or edge, so you're not in the middle of it all.

Overall I would probably go again if the food was really good, but it wasnt. That in combination of the rude server and slow service, I dont think I will be paying another visit to Kalypso anytime soon.

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Good Food at a Good Price
By hippixie of Chilliwack (53 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 9, 2008 - 11:55am [Dine in]

Tried this restaurant just by chance and found it to be a good choice. The initial phase was a little confusing but we were seated within 10 minutes. The food was delicious and plentiful for the price. We were served quickly and the wait staff were attentive and friendly. I found the belly dancing entertaining but the music was too loud.
Overall I was satisfied with the meal and service and would go here again when in Vancouver.

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Fine, but not planning on returning
By noshingallday of Quilchena, Vancouver (27 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 10, 2008 - 7:09pm [Dine in]

Greek food is delicious when it's prepared right -- but the experience here didn't leave much to be desired. It was strange first, that they gave us rolls instead of pita bread, but I didn't think their tzatziki was up to par and I did have a vegetarian meal, which was sort of lackluster.

Maybe it was just an off-day for them, but the server kept approaching our table and rushed us to order. I just didn't find a lot to like about this place.

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Outstanding Service
By occdiner of Surrey (25 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 22, 2007 - 9:44pm [Dine in]

Service is outstanding. On a Saturday night with 3/4 full and a large group, they have enough staff to provide service. Great interaction between server and customer.

Ordered the Roast Lamb and Seafood Souvlaki. They were both nicely done. The roast potato is nicely done. It has a bit of a lemon favor. The rice is a bit odd as it is softer compare to other restaurants. The dinner rolls are soft and warm. Having said all that, the price is about $2-3 more than comparable greek restaurant. I guess that's the price you pay to dine on Robson Street.

The decor of the restaurant seems a bit outdated. Raised floor near the window is a good idea as it gives a better view of Robson street. However, not sure about the glass ceiling fit the decor of the restaurant.

Overall, it's a nice restaurant. I would go again if feeling hungry after shopping on Robson street.

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This place is super shady!!
By Pink Snoopy With Jewel of Vancouver (15 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 11, 2012 - 11:36am [Dine in]

I also had the fiasco with the Dealfind voucher ($25 for $50).

No surprise that the food sucks and the owners will cut corners wherever they can. I was just lucky that I did not get sick after because you know a place like this has no problem skimping cost on cleaniness.

We ordered the seafood platter and got a very meh order of frozen seafood.

So when I was ready to pay and be done with this place, they would not honour the Dealfind voucher.

Instead, they only took $25 off the bill and told me to ask Dealfind for a refund.

Basically, they just want to use Dealfind as an advertising mechanism to get us in the door, but by nickel and diming us, there's no way we will return. Heck, I would be really surprised if this place actually stays in business, it might survive past the summer as a tourist trap, but good luck surviving past the rainy season.

It's unfortunate, as I work nearby too and if they were good, I would have found a new lunch place. But since they are so shady, I will make sure everyone I knows also avoids this terrible restaurant.

Props to Dealfind for actually refunding my $25 cost. But I was adamant that the manager write on my Dealfind voucher that they would not honour it so that I could get my refund.

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Terrible experience here
By kting of Richmond , BC, Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, May 11, 2012 - 12:50pm [Dine in]

We had purchased a dealfind voucher for "25 dollars for 50 dollars worth of food", and decided to try out this restaurant. On the voucher it had stated reservations were required, so we called in earlier in the day just to be sure. On the phone, the person was impatient, and did not even bother asking us for our phone number or name before hanging up. When we arrived at the restaurant at 9 pm, the entire restaurant was empty, except for one table so we did not bother mentioning that we had a reservation. As we sat down and mentioned we had a dealfind voucher, the waitress' face turned sour and replied that we needed a reservation to use. We mentioned that we had made one, and she immediately snatched up our menus and said we can only order off special menus. The "special" menu they had only had 5 items to choose from, all priced exactly at 50 dollars, and with only enough food for two people, to ensure you would have to pay extra money if you brought more than two people. We had checked the menu prior to going, and the prices for souvlaki platters were priced at around $12-$14 dollars per person. For 50 dollars, we could have purchased at least 3 platters on a regular day. It seems for the dealfind menu, they raise their prices, so really in the end, you do not save anything. I brought the voucher out and showed her it did not state anywhere that we had to order off a "special menu". She brought the manager out who was very rude and impatient. They were insistent on only allowing us to order off the special menu, even though he could not find anywhere on the voucher where it stated also. The manager assured us that the two person platter was enough for three people. We agreed and decided to go with the "mixed platter". When the food arrived, it was definitely not enough for three people! The platter itself was about the size of two regular portions at other Greek restaurants. Pita bread wasn't even provided, we were given bread instead! At this point, we did not bother to argue so we quickly ate our food, paid the bill and left. During the entire meal, we could see the two waitresses whispering and pointing at our table, making us feel uncomfortable. Overall, the food was mediocre, nothing special. But for the appallingly rude level of service and belittlement, we will never visit again, and will encourage our friends to do the same. We encourage those who have purchased this dealfind voucher to refund it, as if we had been aware that a refund was available prior to this meal, certainly would have done so!

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Greek Food is good
By theschuay86 of Vancouver (32 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 11:01am [Dine in]

I love Greek food. However, this restaurant's Greek food is no better than any other Greek places I've been to. It is a nice location on Robson which is the only advantage it has over the other Greek restaurants. Not my favorite Greek restaurant either. Nothing to complain about except the prices.

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It's alright
By sydney2009 of vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 10:35am [Dine in]

I went here with my brother for dinner, and I think the prices are a bit high for what you're getting. The prawn souvlaki was $20, for example...I ordered the spanikapita dinner, the spanikopita itself was really good, but the rest was small portions, tzatziki wasn't that great. I don't think the value is all that good for the money.

I agree with the other poster about service, our waitress tried to take our order seconds after we sat down, we hadn't even looked at the menu yet. When we said we weren't ready, she hovered at an empty nearby table looking at us, and came back literally 30 seconds later "ready?" It was almost funny...the restaurant was not even busy so they shouldn't have been in such a rush. The waitress was not really very friendly either, but there was a guy who came by to ask how the food was, really smiley, so that made up for it a bit.

I would probably try other Greek places before I came here again.

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The BEST VALUE in Vancouver
By TaylorMae of Seattle, WA (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, October 16, 2006 - 5:37pm [Dine in]

Everytime we are in Vancouver we stop at Kalypso. We have never been disappointed. The service is always the very best and the food is prepared to perfection. When friends visit Vancouver we always send them to Kalypso and they too always find the same results. The roast lamb is excellent.

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Yet another bad Greek restaurant
By nbo of Vancouver, BC (9 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, October 2, 2006 - 2:39pm [Dine in]

The food here is below average. I am very surprised by the positive reviews. Calamari was good but definitely not fresh. It was luke-warm and obviously reheated in the microwave. The tzatziki was the worst I have had. No cucumber or garlic flavour. Tasted like plain yoghurt. The rice was disgusting – at first I thought it was just undercooked – but then I noticed there were brown dried bits of old rice. I let the waiter know and he apologized - he said the kitchen mixed the old scrapings from the bottom of the pan with the fresh rice. The potato had very little lemon flavour. My spanakopita was fairly good but overwhelmed by black pepper. My boyfriend said his lamb dish was fine but bland. The bread was fresh and tasty but I happen to prefer pita. I would not eat here again. I recommend Taki's Taverna on Davie or Santorini's in Coquitlam for more flavourful and fresh Greek food.

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Great food but ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE SERVICE!
By dtsai99 of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, July 13, 2006 - 5:51pm [Dine in]

I have to say the food is pretty good, but if you have a group of 8 or more dont come to this place. We had a group of 12 for a birthday party and we all sat down about 7:50pm. The waiter was too busy with other tables, so did not even come and take our order about 8:45pm. Then the waiter come to tell us at 9:30pm that they ran out of roaster lamp at 9:40pm-almost one hour after we order our meals. In the meantime, people were starving so we ask them to serve the bread and taziki source that came with out meal. But they said they ran out of bread so gave us only portion for 6ppl. The sad thing was that the waiter confirmed that they ran out of bread but bread were still being served at other tables of 2 people-the waiter outright lied to us! we asked again and the waiter said it is not that they ran out but they dont have enough so they can only serve 6 ppl portion to our table of 14, even though it was part of our dinner course. Well the dinner finally came at about 10:20pm and 3 of the 14 weres were messed up-we were too hungary to wait any longer so we just ate the wrong orders. It was an absolutely HORRIBLE place to organize large party as the restaurant does not seem to have enough staff both in the kitchen and around to serve a large group. I will NEVER ever go back again, even considering the fact that the food is pretty good!

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Succulent Lamb!
By dubble07 of Burnaby (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 4, 2006 - 10:00pm [Dine in]

Their roast lamb shank, with toasty roasted Greek potatoes and tangy yogurt satziki sauce, is my favorite. It truly has to be the best town. The portions are generous so be sure to bring a healthy appetite. For a lighter lunchtime meal, I would suggest that you try the Aphrodite Prawns Pasta dish. Be sure to leave room for dessert, because they make a Creme Caramel that will knock you out! They have a very polite and consciencious staff. I was particularly impressed by how well they attend to elderly and disabled diners who may require special attention. Really nice people - Really nice place - GREAT FOOD.

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The Best Roast Lamb In Vancouver!
By psaropoula of Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 27, 2005 - 7:31am [Dine in]

And that's not all that's excellent at this very popular eatery on the bustling Robson strip. The many mouthwatering dishes they offer are prepared with homestyle care and attention using the freshest ingredients [you can actually taste the freshness!]. The staff is courteous and friendly. The owner is a gentlemen's gentleman who greets you with a smile and see's to it that you are comfortable and well treated. The Kalypso is well known [and well loved] by Vancouver locals, as well as the many visitors from around the world who return year after year to savour the Kalypso dining experience. The live entertainment on the weekends which features bellydancing is a bonus.

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Good food, good service.
By yumyumsigsig of Burnaby (15 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 21, 2010 - 10:38pm [Dine in]

My second visit to this restaurant had reinforced my previous favourable impression of this Greek Restaurant. From the dishes we ordered, this restaurant has demonstrated again the quality of its foods and service. This time I ordered a seafood entrée with mussels and prawns. Both tasted great, especially with the sauce. I also appreciate the warm and crispy pita bread, with olive oil and vinegar dip. The waitress was friendly and attentive. Overall, it is a very nice restaurant.

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Overpriced, good for tour groups
By Zanzibargirl of Yaletown, Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, December 2, 2006 - 8:35pm [Dine in]

I have the feeling that this place caters for tourists especially with the guy in the outfit out front giving out appetiser coupons. I ordered the Kalypso chicken which is a chicken breast covered with four bbq prawns on a stick, rice, and potatoes. The prawns were good, the chicken was nice, I didn't bother with the rice which looked like Uncle Ben's. Our server was pleasant and just the right balance of attention and giving us space to talk. The food was overpriced for what we got, quite a lot of starch. I would expect pita bread for the dips rather than rolls, although they were served piping hot. I ordered the baklava for dessert and got a single small square for $4...which seems a bit much to me. It was decent, but I doubt I would go back.

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Needs a lot of work
By amb77 of Downtown Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, October 14, 2011 - 8:22pm [Take-out]

The food was not very good...I had the calamari dinner...the calamari was frozen, not fresh and quite rubbery, I've had better calamari at a fast food chain restaurant. The greek salad was ok. My husband had the lamb shoulder which was passable, but bland. The potatoes were reheated and definitely not fresh or cooked to order. The rice was mushy and bland. The tsatziki was also bland...I've had better from a grocery store. The only reason we ordered there was because of an entertainment book coupon...would NOT order food from there again...even with a coupon!

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Disappointing All Around
By AnnaMole of West End (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, June 28, 2010 - 3:12pm [Dine in]

Terrible restaurant. Bad food. Bad service.

1. The service was terrible. While we did get water as soon as we sat down, it took quite a while to get anyones attention that we were ready to order.

2. My husband didn't get what he ordered, but no one came by to see how it was, nor did they particularly care when it was mentioned.

3. The food was terrible. The saganaki tasted as though it had spent a fair amount of time in a barn, my spanikopita had no flavor, as did the potatoes.

4. For two people for lunch, our bill came to $65, with no drinks. Very bad value for terrible service and worse food.

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