Fine Greek Cusine in a casual Kitsilano setting. Children are more than welcome. Come and enjoy our weekly specials. The most mouthwatering roast lamb in Vancouver.
It was okay but there are far better Greek restaurants in the lower mainland. We arrived for dinner about 5:30. They had patio seating as well as seating indoors. We opted to sit inside. The ambiance and décor is typical of most Greek restaurants – hanging plants, wooden tables and chairs etc.
My husband had a couple of glasses of wine with dinner and I had sangria. The sangria was on special for $4.50 a glass. It was well made and good value. We started off with an appetizer of saganaki. I’m not sure what kind of cheese was used but it did not have much flavor. The cheese did not melt as nicely as it does on most saganakis that I’ve had. Dinner was accompanied by whole wheat pita bread that was brought to our table nice and hot and Greek salad. I don’t think that the cheese used on the Greek salad was feta, it looked and tasted more like parmesan to me – very strange. The salad was definitely lacking in flavour, not very interesting. For entrees my husband had arni psito (roast lamb). It was okay but again not one of the better ones that I’ve had. I had the garlic prawns in butter sauce – 5 prawns for $18.99 (more like an appetizer portion). It was accompanied by a potato that had too strong a lemon taste to it, a massive amount of rice that looked stale and overcooked carrots. Be warned the menu they show on their website is outdated. The prices on the menu last night were about 11% higher than the menu on their website. I think that they are way overpriced for the quality of the food served. We had an entertainment coupon but without the coupon it is just not good value for the money. With the coupon it’s probably what you would pay at other Greek restaurants for the quantity and quality that we had. We would not return because the value for the money is just not there.
Service was decent.
A friend of our who is Greek recommended this place to us. Went there for dinner and got seated right away as the restaurant was not busy. We ordered our drinks and our dinner. The food was very average. Ordered the Arni Pesto Roast lamb which very lemon taste. The bread that they serve was whole wheat. The greek salad was warm so not sure how long it was sitting around. They sure pile up your plate with rice which is cheap. If you don't want the rice then there is an extra charge. Had the entertainment coupon so used this but it was still not cheap. I will not return as there are many other places that serve better Greek food and you don't need an entertainment coupon.
We happened upon this restaurant and it was a good thing. The place was nearly deserted when we arrived, but it was a bit early. We started with the calamari and it was the best I have ever had, the breading was crispy and light not the usual heavy batter. It was delicious crispy and served with a non descript tasting dip. My daughter had the Lasagna, it was hot & bubbly with tons of melted gooey cheese. I had the roasted lamb shoulder, it was tender and flavourful, it came with a very nice rice, potatoes and carrots.
The decor was simple and not overdone like some Greek restaurants, nice tables without tablecloths which was nice because they were very shiny and clean.
The service was prompt and the server was really friendly and polite. The washroom was clean and tidy.
I will return when I'm in this area again.
Came here a few weeks ago. The girlfriend and I have been looking for a few more Greek places that serve Tarama (fish roe spread) that was as good as Ouzeri's (before they closed down).
We sat on the patio outside with the nice weather. Service was friendly and prompt although it was fairly quiet. We started off with the Homous and Taramosalata. The pita bread was toasted which I liked and the Homous was good (like almost every other Greek place I've had it) and the Tarama was light and creamy (I still like Ouzeri's better).
Both of us ordered the Roast Lamb (Arni Psito). Our Greek Salads came first before the mains came. The entrees were very big and both of us had to doggy bag half the plate. The Roast Lamb was 'fall off the bone' tender and flavourful. One of the best I've had. Had it came with the top seared crispy I would be inclined to trophy this.
I'll be coming here again in the future to try some of the other dishes. It's located a little ways outside the core but if you're getting the roast lamb I suggest you park a few blocks away if you're planning to finish the plate to walk it off.
This place is very close to us and we have dined in and have had take out many times. The prices are fair but they charge you for little things like extra tzatziki dip $1, no big deal but still. Anyhow, the last time we came here was for an early dinner. We had a beef souvlaki dinner and the dolmathes dinner. The vegetables and rice are by far the best. They give a nice medley of perfectly cooked veggies and the rice is not greasy, perfectly seasoned and very flavourful.
I've never been when it's been a full house; it's usually anywhere between 5-10 tables.
The service is okay, usually really slow, the servers are really nice but can be forgetful or uninterested. One time we ordered a feta and olive appy; it never came but we were charged for it; it was taken off the bill but there was no attention to detail, she definaltey wasn't trying to pull one over but it she should have looked over to ensure it was right; for her and for us.
The room is big, fresh flowers and everytable, plants everywhere; typical greek decore but above average; it has more 'style'.
I will definalty be back, they have great daily specials and a wide variety of entrees and appy's.
Went there for dinner tonight (Tuesday) with my better half. We both ordered off the dinner special menu. My wife ordered the chicken souvlaki and I ordered the roast lamb. Portions we quite big and the food itself was quite tasty and well prepared. The ambiance is better than your average Greek Restaurant. Our server was pleasant/attentive but not pushy ... hard to find nowadays. Price for the dinner specials were $13.99... in my opinion, worth it for the service, ambiance and food.... I believe they are also are in the entertainment book (but the dinner specials aren't included)... Will be going back
My wife and I were celebrating our anniversary here along with a few friends. I can tell you it wasn't our first choice as we've been once before and the experience was terrible. However we decided to give the restaurant another chance to redeem itself. To no surprise the the restaurant was empty (AGAIN - on a weekend during a peek hour) We should have taken this as a sign and left....
It took a while before we were greeted by anyone so we sat ourselves. Eventually our server noticed and brought us our menus and water. We were never told the specials, the introduction was cold and rushed. It made my wife feel very uncomfortable. We Ordered one of the finest bottles of wine on the menu as it was a celebration. However was later informed they were out of stock. Our server reviewed what they currently had in stock to offer. Our choices were disappointing and frankly I was embarrassed for my out of town guest. We started off with the fried cheese, Calamari and some dips. The food had changed from our previous experience. The Calamari was slightly under cooked and greasy however the fried cheese and dips were delightful. the main dishes where average sized and over prised for the quality of Greek food. We had to ask our server to refill the waters and clear away dishes. The attitude seemed to be careless and dull. We felt VERY unwelcome. We will NEVER go back, as well as informed all of our friends and family to take their business some place worth it.
Upon receiving our bill. I noticed we were charged not only for the extra pita and small tzatziki, but for the first bottle of wine they didn't even have in stock. The server went to speak with a woman who I believe to be the manager. about our bill. As I waited to pay I could she that she didn't seem to be interested in dealing with the situation personally, her attitude was careless and she couldn't be bothered. . By far the worst place we've ever been.
My boyfriend and I had went to Kerkis for some Greek in the neighbourhood, after I read some of the reviews of the restaurant on Dinehere. The service was rather disappointing because the waitress' tone and demeanor was not welcoming or friendly to us (in contrast to the hostess) and she seemed a bit haughty. I overheard her interacting with two men sitting near us and she seemed a bit friendlier to them.
The food itself was average. The Greek salad that came with the meal had way too much cheese in it. I had ordered mixed souvlaki, which was decent but the chicken (one of the three meats) was rather tasteless and dry. The other two (pork and lamb, I think) were delicious. The vegetables served with the souvlaki were mediocre; and I was not impressed that the carrots had a bit of a 'frozen' taste to it. My boyfriend had lasagna, which was pretty good apart from the fact that it was $15!
In all fairness, Kerkis has nice ambiance and has a nice 'romantic' feel to it. However, I think it's a waste of money to go to Kerkis when there are so many other Greek restaurants that have much better food at much more reasonable prices. I won't be going back because it's not worth it to pay $18 for mediocre Greek food.
I went for dinner on Friday, and while it was good, I felt sick afterwards so it's clouding my judgement a bit.
We started with a grilled calamari - never heard of grilled, so we tried it. It was about half a dozen squid grilled in butter. They were whole, as in not sliced like the usual calamari. Didn't like it too much as it tasted a bit on the fishy side, so either not terribly fresh or frozen. This is probably what made me feel sick afterwards.
I had the spanikopita dinner and my friend had the lamb souvlaki. Started with the Greek salad, which was a nice balance of cucumber, tomato, onion on feta. The spanikopita came with rice, potato, and some freshly steamed vegetables. Spanikopita was nothing special, it was likely a frozen variety, and slightly overdone. Rice was good, the potato was good, and the vegetables were probably the best of the dish.
My friend's lamb souvlaki was eaten quickly and without complaint.
Rounded off the meal with coffee and ekmek, which wasn't that exciting.
Service was excellent, she was attentive without being in-your-face, and coffee was topped up without asking.
Ambiance was nice, a big, circular room with plenty of space.
I can't help but to compare with Pallas Athena in PoCo, as the prices are similar. Their spanikopita was superbly fresh and light. Ekmek was to die for. The only problem is they're way the hell out in the boonies for me to go there.
Overall, I found the experience to be just OK. I likely won't be going back as it does seem a bit steep to pay $18 for a spinach pie with some vegetables.
went here today with my boyfriend for dinner. we ordered the calamari to start which was 9.99, and two lamb shoulder dinner for 18.99 each. the calamari was good, nice and hot. the lamb shoulder was huge! but the flavour wasnt the best, although it did fall off the bone. the only thing that impressed me the most was the rice, it was so flavourful and non greasy. the veggies were typical, the greek salad tasted as if it had been made awhile ago....
service wasnt the best all around, lets just say she looked bored. she didnt say anything when she delievered our dishes, which i found really odd. the other server/hostess was really bubbly, too bad we got this server. other than that the ambience there is romantic!
overall, i wouldnt bother going back unless were in the area...
IF the food is good, we can forget about the small portion and high prices, but NO, the food is at best mediocre.
IF the service is good, we can forget about the small portion, high prices, and the mediocre taste, but NO, the service is awful, awful, awful. The waitress was cold, arrogant, and did not seem to want our business -- who is paying who here? The service is so "unforgettable" that we will never go back to this restaurant again.
There are better Greek restaurants in the same neighbourhood where you can get fairer prices, larger portions, and better services. Don't waste your money here.
I have been here a number of times and have never been disappointed. The fried kalamari is always tender and not too greasy. I always order the lamb souvlaki and its always been tasty & good quality. I like that they serve the pita bread and Greek salad first instead of it being on your hot entree. The roast lamb is also very good, not too much fat and always enough for left overs for the next day. Service has never been bad either. Highly recommended restaurant if you feel like Greek food.
The food here is what Greek food is and should be. I imagine this is what you would find in Greece itself.
I was here a long time ago and remember a nice experience. I have been back several times to enjoy nice authentic Greek food at its best.
The prices are a bit high but considering the quality and generous portions I am content on paying a little more.
I almost always order a Lamb or Moussaka dish at a Greek restaurant, they do both very well.
The ambience is cozy but a bit cramped when it get's busy.
Service is good, and when they messed up an order one day, the manager took the meal which came late off the bill as an apology, we didn't even ask. They do Take-out well too, so if anyone is considering that they should just go online for the menu and order for pick up. Great if you are having a gathering at home and don't want to cook.
For quality Greek in Vancouver, Kerkis is at the top of my recommendation list.
I and 5 friends decided to go to kerkis for greek food. Well what a great experience that was. The flavour of the food was to die for. I've been to many greek restaurants on 4th and broadway and their food comes know where near what kerkis serves. And inregards to the October review I don't know what planet your from but you might have had a bad experience ( it happens everywhere you go) but I'm sure you added salt and pepper to your story. Our service was great, the server with a smile she was very presentable as they all are and very cute. We also asked for many changes on our meals and they all came perfect and they did not hesitate to do it for us. Kerkis I beleive is the number one greek place to eat and as I understand dropped there prices to approximately 15 dollars per plate. I don't find that expensice thats everywhere you go. So I will keep going there and so will all my friends. The place was packed and everyone was having a good time.
I tried this restaurant for the first time with a friend the other night. The place was fairly empty on a Thurs night. After waiting a longer than usual time to be greeted by a hostess, she tried to seat us at a table for two near the door (cold and rainy outside). I'd understand if the place was crowded to not waste a 4-top on us, but in a mostly empty restaurant with several free tables in better locations, why ask us to sit in one of the most undesirable locations in a restaurant? Once seated, it took forever for someone to come over to take a drink order. In general, the service was horrible. We ordered from the fixed 3-course dinner special for $17.99 plus one appetizer and yet it took nearly 30 minutes for the appetizer to come out--even the pre-made hummus that was part of the fixed-price dinner special! Once entrees came (mine was a bit cold), no one came to check and see if everything was ok or if we needed anything else. I flagged our server to ask for a refill of my water glass, and it took nearly 15 minutes and me flagging down another restaurant employee to get it. The service was horrible. Food was decent, but overpriced for what it is (the 3-course dinner special is a decent value though). Although an extra appetizer was ordered on top of the one that came with the dinner special, we were still charged for a request for extra bread (we were given 2 small pitas for free and charged 1.50 for one extra pita!) . Little things like that ruin the dining experience for me. I don't think the retaurant would lose a lot of money offering extra bread to its customers, especially if they are ordering more than one appetizer, and it could improve the overall dining experience (not feeling like you are being nickled and dimed). At the end of our meal, when we were preparing to pay, the server approached us to apologize for the poor service (perhaps she heard us making jokes about how bad the service was) and offered a complimentary coffee (after we had finished our dessert, no less!) Too little too late. There was no excuse for the poor service. Oh, and if you try to use your entertainment book coupon, be prepared that it is not valid if you ordered the 3-course dinner special. In sum, while the food was decent, I won't be visiting this restaurant again. There are too many other decent options for Greek food in this city where the experience has been better for me.
This is a nice Greek restaurant and slightly more upscale then the average you'll find around town. Very clean and ambiance is nice, but not too pricey and it was a great casual place to take our out of town guests. Service is attentive and the food is consistently good, though not so out of the mainstream for it's Greek Dishes.
I am a major Greek food fanatic, I have visited almost every Greek restaurant in Vancouver and this is by far my favourite!!
You know how some restaurants something might be good but then other things aren't.. like, ok potatoes but dry chicken.. well everything here is excellent!!
The potatoes are baked in lemon, they are nice and soft. The chicken souvlaki is juicy, big pieces. The tzatziki and pita are really yummy and the greek salad is the best!
I can't rave more about this place. Only down side - it is a little more pricey than most but worth it!!
It is always consistant, excellent Chicken Souvlaki.
I've been here several times. I like to sit on the patio in nice weather. There are simply not enough patios in the city!
The food is overall good quality, although I think it is overpriced. My fav. dish is their saganaki. My friends have told me their seafood dishes are great. Their wine list has some good choices. However, I can buy better baklava many other places for way less dough (bad pun intended).
I think it is best to go here is you are really in the mood for greek and don't mind too much about the price. Also, everytime I go here almost everyone in the place that isn't a server is a senior. I don't mind that, but it really isn't a happening place to take a date if that is what you are looking for.
We thought we'd try this for DOV instead of Maria's Taverna. THe only reason we chose this restaurant over the other because the meal was supposed to come with Tzaziki and Pita bread, and we'd get to order the homous for appetizer along with something else.
Food - the appetizer was ok portion, a bit small, and the main meal was a pretty good sized portion, but it did NOT come with Tzaziki and Pita bread. The bf ordered the Roast Lamb dinner, and it did not come with tzaziki and pita bread. He asked for some tzaziki on the side, and we were charged extra for the tzaziki! Very upsetting since the menu did say it was supposed to come with it. Anyways, the lamb as ok, really fatty though, if you like a lot of fat in your meat. I had the veggie moussaka, which tasted pretty good.
Service - It was great when we first got there, but once we got our main meal, it took us 15 mins after we were done eating for someone to come take our plates away and then we had to wait another 15 mins before we were served our dessert.
Value - DOV is a good price, but their menus are a bit pricey. You can get cheaper value elsewhere for greater value of food.
Ambiance - it was pretty good.
I doubt we'll go back on a regular night, probably only for DOV. Next time we'll make sure they DO serve Tzaziki if stated on the DOV menu.
My friend and I visited this place last night for Dine Out Vancouver. I'm new to the area and she told me this was really good Greek food. She also told me she found out about it on this website so I thought I would sign up to see what else is out there. I was really suprised to see that their last review was not so good. Not good at all actually. We had the DO special which included 2 different dips with pita for an appetizer along with the roast lamb and chicken souvlaki for dinner. The portions were beyond what anyone should be eating in one sitting. The chicken was a good size but my roast lamb was huge. I had to get it packed up. The dinners were really tasty and surprisingly the vegetables were too. We both got the same dessert but I can't remember the name. All I know is that it was really light and creamy. It had some sort of crust with custard and cream on top. The service was also good. They were really busy for a Wednesday night and the girl still managed to be attentive. Overall I thought my money was well spent. I will be going back.