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Main, The

4210 Main St.
Vancouver, BC V5V3P9
Tel: (604) 709-8555 Order Online
Neighbourhood: Riley Park

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By CaptainNemo of Vancouver (97 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 7, 2011 - 12:33pm [Dine in]

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.

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Good food outshines mediocre service
By FoodMan99 of Surrey , B.C. (66 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 5, 2011 - 7:35pm [Dine in]

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.

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Disappointed again
By makan of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, November 18, 2012 - 11:52am [Dine in]

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!

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Late nite consistent
By foodiephil of Richmond (65 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 5:27pm [Dine in]

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.

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pretty good..
By genki39 of burnaby (82 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - 10:40pm [Dine in]

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.

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Alternative Entertainment
By LordofFoods of Vancouver (55 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 25, 2007 - 2:01am [Dine in]

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.

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Good lamb chops.
By louielobster of Glendale (53 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 1, 2007 - 2:40am [Dine in]

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!

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re:dining here November 20th
By yvrguy of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, November 24, 2011 - 9:11pm [Dine in]

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.

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Not bad...
By me_hungie of Marpole, Vancouver (33 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 31, 2009 - 1:18pm [Dine in]

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.

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Made That Much Better with Music
By adstolte of East Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 21, 2006 - 1:08pm [Dine in]

The Main is a fairly mediocre greek place, save the fact that they have excellent live performances. I generally go after dinner for drinks, some music and some excellent ambiance. It's not your typical greek, family owned joint - it's more like a chill bar that happens to serve good food. The prices could be better - but I like it.

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Blech!!!!!!
By Reet of Vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 28, 2012 - 9:55pm [Dine in]

Came here recently with a group for lunch. Upon entering I was searching for an excuse to leave the group I was with. It has a musty smell and grimey feel to the place. A notch above McDonalds would probably accurately describe the place.....in that they bring you the food. They have a very small brunch/Lunch menu. I ordered the chicken souvlaki pita with fries. Not sure how a place could screw up fries but these barely saw the hot oil and the souvlaki was tasteless rubbish. Four or five small pieces of chicken and a few tiny bits of tomato. It was supposed to come with tzatziki. If it was there it wasn't noticeable. Someone else had a Greek salad and said it was more like an onion salad. Out of the eight of us I didnt see a meal I would come back for. Perhaps some things are good but I have my doubts so cannot figure out WHY the four stars..

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Mmmmm
By mackenzie_jen of South Van (21 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 1, 2009 - 4:04pm [Dine in]

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.

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Great Greek Food
By foodies4life of Kits (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 15, 2010 - 11:22am [Dine in]

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!!

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I Still Love This Place
By kitsrentals of vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 14, 2010 - 4:12pm [Dine in]

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!

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One of the best restaurants in Vancouver
By PepperPhd of Vancouver, Mount Pleasant (5 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 7:43pm [Dine in]

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.

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Excellent Greek and Nice Atmosphere
By MainlyDiningOut of Vancouver - Main St. (3 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 24, 2010 - 11:41pm [Dine in]

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.

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Not as great as it usually is
By flyfisher of vancouver (main) (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 14, 2010 - 9:47pm [Dine in]

The Main is consistently one of my favorite restaurants along Main street. You get a good size portion of quality food for a decent price. My preferred meal is the Roast Lamb which is served with Greek salad, roast potato. My girlfriend ordered Kalmari dinner. After you order your meal they give you some pita bread with tzatziki sauce. Well tonight we got bread but no tzadziki? Then once we received our meals both of our meals had no dressing on the Greek Salad? When my gf asked if we could have some tzadziki sauce the waitress informed us that there would be an additional 1.50 charge. Ok well fine? I have have been to the main probably 5 tines, this being the only time i felt a bit upset by my experience. Overall worth going back.

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Always The Main
By van_city_diner of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, April 24, 2010 - 10:39pm [Dine in]

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!

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Average at best and that's being kind
By foodhunter of vancouver (27 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 13, 2009 - 11:54pm [Dine in]

Based on the great reviews from others, we decided to try the place out...but our experience was totally underwhelming. With all the restaurant choices in the area, I can't figure out why this place is still running.

The calamari appetizer was bland and was served with a tiny bit of sauce which ran out a third of the way through. The shrimp souvlaki was made with real shrimps, that's to say, they were the little ones rather than the usual jumbo ones so they were dry. The roast lamb was totally over-salted, I could feel my blood vessels constrict as I ate; someone must have double salted the thing.

The waitress was pleasant but after our meals arrived, she was nowhere to be seen for the longest time. Trying to get the bill was also a challenge as the staff appeared to be more concerned counting the day's receipts than serving customers. They were sifting through stacks of what appeared to be customer bills; probably calculating their share of the tips or something.

I guess by now you've probably figured out we won't be back...you're right !!

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Great good, great live music
By browntown of Richmond (23 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 17, 2008 - 9:33am [Dine in]

FOOD:
- 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).

Service:
- No complaint all was well and we were well attended to.

Ambiance:
- 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.

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