The Main on Main is a funky neighborhood spot that specializes in Greek and Mediterranean. The Main also does double duty as a live music venue, with shows almost everynight.
I was a little bit surprised. When I walked in, I was a little skeptical and not sure what I had gotten myself into But I was pleasant suprised by the their Roast Lamb Sandwich, which was pretty incredible. Apparently, it hit the spot quite well.
I had the chicken quesadilla. I wasn't as heavy as most that I have had. A lot of avacado, so it was really good.
Service was quick good. We had a window seat, so looking out the window in the early afternoon on a sunny day was quick refreshing.
I enjoyed eating here... the food was acceptable Greek fare and the value was good. 16-17 gets you a meal with Greek rice, potatoes and salad along with your choice of chicken, prawn, beef, etc. Pizzas are about 14, and although I went with the chicken souvlakai, the pizza a couple tables over looked pretty good. Overall, the meal came out to just over 40 after tip without any drinks tagged on.
The setting itself is ok... it's smaller, but well-lit and homey. The service is lackadasical and dismissive, but overall the place puts out fairly good Greek food while at the same time injecting a bit of flair and originality. The pototoes, for example, aren't exactly standard Greek potatoes, but are seasoned and cooked slightly different. They're really good. The rice also stands out, and the meat is tasty. Nothing spectacular, but definitely worth the trip if you're in the area craving Greek.
I go the Main 'cuz it's open after 9pm, and not a lot is.
I've had only a few things - Fasoulada Soup - excellent.
Roast Lamb? Pretty darned good I have to say. Saganaki? Better than at other places. I like their 4 dips and pita, too.
Pitchers of reasonable beer at 10.95 and drinkable reds at $20? I'll go for that.
The Main's not the best place in town. But it serves food late, and it's nourishing and delicious, that's all I can say.
One thing to note... my friends who've had the calamari say it's TERRIBLE... and this is different friends on different occasions. Just lettin' ya know.
Came here with my buddy for dinner. We both had the roast lamb and a couple of beers. The lamb was pretty good. We sat at the bar and the bartender was pretty cool. The place itself was pretty dark but other than that everything was pretty good. If i was in the area I'm sure I would come back.
Went with a buddy to “The Main” for some grub and felt like having some lamb chops. We weren’t disappointed. Five, nice, center cut, grilled medium rare chops done to perfection. There was plenty of rice, Greek salad and a whole roasted potato added to the plate.
Descent setting and smiling waitress made it an enjoyable experience.
Walked down to Five Points for some beers and my friend and I had a great time retelling our (more than) twice-told tales!
The Main has a stage that features live acts and stand up comedy. Been here a couple of times for dinner as well as just for drinks. They do have quite a few Greek food items on the menu. IMHO, I would not go here for dinner as you really dont know what you are going to get. I had some dry chicken. Although dinner was not gross, there are just so many better choices for a diiner at this price range. Would go if there were some interesting performances and grab a bevie and an appy. But this place is not for me.
We went to The Main several years ago and met with indifferent service, mediocre food, and a haughty manager (owner?) who was indifferent to our suggestion the kitchen needed restraint with the salt shaker.
I returned with a group a few days ago and had a similar experience - the food was cold and too salty, and they had the audacity to tack on an 18% tip for bad service. Never again!
I stopped in last evening for a meal and a few drinks, and thought about leaving before ordering based on the poor service. We waited for a while once entering the establishment with numerous servers walking past without acknowledging us. When we got to the table, the waitress walked past two or three times without taking our order, despite us trying to flag her down. The drink specials were a decent value, but the ones advertised on the board outside (which is what attracted me) were not available. The food was solid, but again when the server came back she asked my friend if she wanted another drink, and left without even casting a glance at me (???). It was very strange.
Went to the Main just last week and really, really enjoyed it. The menu was great as it offered food not found in our neck of the woods (somewhere far west of Vancouver). The calamari was really good (again best had west of Vancouver) so says the husband and daughter and since I have celiac disease, I had the chicken souvlaki skewer with cucumber instead of pita bread. That is not done here at any restaurants in our city. One of the reasons why I like Vancouver restaurants so much, they really know how to accomodate people with food allergies or sensitivities.
I had the Briam and thought it was great. Never had it before. My husband had the lamb and said it was the best he ever had. Also said it was a lot of food. My daughter had the soulaki dinner and enjoyed it.
We liked the atmosphere. The waittress was great and the food was the best I have had in a Greek restaurant. We have a lot of Greek restaurants in our city but there is not the variety on the menu like The Main.
I am looking forward to going back there again next year.
There is something not right with all these great reviews. This place is not that good. Someone may be astroturfing (faking grass root popularity) here. It may be some other anomalous local effect but I smell a rat! I gave this place at least 6 visits. Not one was up to scratch! It was not terrible but not real good value!
I stopped in for a late lunch on saturday and was pleasntly suprised!
Had the white bean soup which was fantastic, lots of quality olive oil made it creamy and rich. The portion sizes were a little small for the price, but then again I'm kind of cheap. Drink menu was good (Strongbow on tap!) and reasonably priced. I tired one of the mojitos that were on speical and it was pretty good. Servers were super friendly, but not "ugh go away" friendly. Nice pub-ish decor. Overall nice little place, I'd go back.
- I had the 4 dip with pita, my girlfriend and I had never been here before so we kept the appy pretty much fool-proof. It was great and pita was fresh and dips were amazing.
- We had lamb-chops for the entree and it was amazing, so fresh and grilled perfectly. The meat was so fresh (unlike most greek places where the lamb has a horrible after taste and effect).
- No complaint all was well and we were well attended to.
- The decor is decent - all other Greek places are extremely tacky but not this place.
- The live music is great and the small little stage offers great entertainment.
We dined here on the 20th of November and contacted the owner and he advised us the chef was on vacation that week which explains why the food was not up to their usual standards. As an update the owner offered to send a gift certificate to try their restaurant again. Certainly this restaurant deserves a 4 out of 5 for service.
We dined here last night:
My wife and I walked in right at opening on a Tuesday at 5pm. Sat at the bar and had a wine and beer in our hands with in 5 minutes. Having never been here before we started off with an appy - if it was good we would order another. The garlic prawns came out and they were very good! So we order the Spanokopita next... it came out - homemade and better than any we had ever eaten before including the ones we made at home.
We had stopped in to jusy try and appy, have adrink and split ...but the appys were so good we decided to stay and share the Lamb Shoulder dinner - WOW...the lamb was falling off the bone very tasty along with melt in your mouth potatoes and a very fresh greek salad with some of the best feta I have ever tasted. My wife made a good point as we were eating - this is not salted down greek food which you some times find out there - it was fresh and very well prepared all of the items you could actually taste their individual flavours!!
We actualy liked the Greek salad so much we ordered a full order of it to go which we will be enjoying tonight at home with our dinner.
Now here is the best part. We had 1 beer, 2 glasses of white wine, a great bottle of red Cabernet - 2 appys and a main along with a togo salad all for????...even with our new wonderfull HST tax for ......ready???
$100 -Really?? - REALLY!!!
They do need to put Blaze's Beans in their Caesar drink as I don't like Asparagus...but I think the bar manager there is thinking of doing it now.
Can't wait to go back and try some of the other items on the menu. Go try it!!
Ive been going to The Main for years, and its still fantastic. I was there twice last week. Monday for $10 pizza and cheap beer and Friday for music. Looks like they have redecorated and its a cool room. Food was solid and service by Main Street girls- down to earth and attentive. A must go!
The Main is one of the best and most reliably good restaurants in the city. My husband, extended family and friends dine here weekly. I live on Main Street and this place is our first choice. The waitresses are REAL, and not fake friendly because it's a restaurant policy. The previous owner Harry had a fantastic and meticulous eye for everything. Ingredients, ambiance, drinks menu, - all fantastic! The restaurant changed hands in 2010 and some things aren't quite as good but overall the place is still amazing. There is a different dinner feature every night and unlike some restaurants, this one is actually on sale! My favorite dishes are the roast chicken, roast lamb, calamari and any of the pizzas. I think I've been to this place at least 50 times.
I ordered the Chicken Souvlaki and my girlfriend got the Kalamari dinner. Both were prepared very well with decent portion sizes. Actually, her Kalamari was some of the best I’ve ever had. I could have used a bit more chicken, but that’s only a minor complaint. The service was very good. The waitress was polite and attentive. The ambiance was great. Even though the bar was crowded and there was a band playing, we still felt we were able to enjoy an intimate meal looking onto Main Street. Plus, the band covered “Chocolate Jesus” by Tom Waits, which was a nice surprise.
Great night out at The Main, yet again. The food is always fantastic - the kalimari dinner, souvlaki (chicken, prawn, lamb whaterver), roast lamb - are always good. Service is sometimes a bit slow, but I've been coming to this restaurant since it opened, and it's always been a fantastic place to bring friends and family for a great dinner out. Thanks!
Okay I live on Main and THE MAIN is one of the places I go. Like most places in town you can only order 1 or 2 items that they make well, the rest is crap. So I order 2 things here 1) the lamb shoulder and 2) the roast chicken. Both are about $16 I think, and if you like lamb or chicken they are good. The roast chicken is 1/2 a REAL chicken with potatoes and greek salad. Mmmm mm and filling. The rest of the menu is crap from what I recall. Their wines also suck haha. The ambiance is sort of picnic bench like, very basic. Sometimes they have live music, but its more of a Pub feel then restaurant. Oh you can also get the Souvlaki which is decent. Essentially potatoes and greek salad - with your choice of meat is what to get here.
Gotta' say their Greek Salad is probably the 2nd best in Vancouver (Nat's is still #1). The food here is always good. Calamari, Greek Chicken, Lamb Souvlaki is delicious. Too bad the service isn't very consistent. My friends and I are regulars here and you'd think they would give us good service and not nickle and dime us to death with little things such as extra tzatziki, more greek salad instead of rice. Having said that, the food is good enough to make up for the indifferent service.