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.
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..
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 !!
The main is a great place to have greek food without feeling like you're stuck in this shirley valentine, turquoise painted walls, bouzouki sounding, plant surrounding stereotype. In fact the vibe is relaxed, the decor is cozy and candle lit, the service is good and the host is warm. Nice place to see good local acts an good value. I'm extra happy now that they've switched to giving out hot pita bread baskets.... I only wish that they'd change up the menu a bit--it's been the same for years. But hey, they do everything on the menu well---especially pizza, lamb and souvlaki so what more do you want in a neighbourhood eatery.
Went there during the fall. Very uninspiring menu and the guy who was serving us was probably 12. Maybe 13. While the food is the harmless version of everyday Greek which I have had many times are other places, the quality/flavour could be much better. Its really just meh. Find other places to go.
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.
My friend was visiting from Montreal, and so we shopped all along Main for the day till we needed a drink and some food. We popped into The Main, our first time for both of us. It was a Friday night, and the place was bouncing! There was a live band, the bar was busy, and people were animated, happy, eating, talking, the vibe was fantastic. My friend and I got a table right away. Our waitress was very cute, and very fun right off the bat.
Food wise, we started with the Keftethes, which were so good, also the Saganaki and the trio of dips. The food tasted so authentically greek, no shorting out on quality. My friend had the Roast Lamb dinner, he was amazed at the size of the portion and was happy to eat it all---he claims the meat was so tender and falling of the bone.
I had the Main Burger which I was very happy with too. We had a couple of bottles of wine and enjoyed the music, caught up. I would highly recommend THE MAIN, what a great experience and so glad I picked a good spot to take my friend from out of town.
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.
My friend and I came to The Main last Sunday afternoon for a lunch. After standing at the front door (where there was no "wait to be seated" sign) and with no one showing us to a table, we sat ourselves, which seemed completely acceptable given the casual atmosphere. My friend and I then waited for 10 minutes before anyone acknowledged us, so I asked one of the staff members for our server. She rolled her eyes at me and rudely said "uh, yeah" and then came back 5 minutes later with menus. She then asked us "do you want drinks?" and brought us a coffee and a water. We then waited another 10 or more minutes for her to come back to take our orders, meanwhile a table who had JUST sat down was being helped by another waitress, who promptly brought them drinks and took their food orders. Unfortunately for the Main, who lost our business that day and all future days, we left change on the table for the coffee and ventured on to somewhere else for our meal.
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.
My boyfriend and I are regulars here and although I have never left a review for it now is the time. For four years we have visited this restaurant during every month and season. The food is absolutely consistently good. The lamb is like nothing you will ever have tried before. Simply falls off the bone. The service is relaxed and I am sure alot would call it slow. The drink selection is good and they have specials. If you like live entertainment usually after 9:00pm they have something going on during the weekends although sometimes during the week they surpirse you. The kitchen is open late and that can be handy. They never try to rush you into leaving. Unless someone can point out a better Greek restaurant in a great people watching location this is the place I will continue to go to. Love it!
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.
We have been to the main quite a few times since we recently have moved to the area. The food is always good. My husband usually orders the roast lamb (really tender) and I try to mix it up. I really like the mousaka because it's not as oily as I have had it in other places. The kalamari is awesome too. I wish they had a few more deserts on the menu but the 2 that they do have are quite good and as i was told, home made. There are quite a few wines on their list and most of them are served by the glass (bonus!) They also have good beers on tap - storm brewing which is a local beer seems like the popular choice with my husband.
When we are there it feels really comfortable. We try to sit by the windows and watch main street go by. There is a nice patio too for those warm summer nights. We have been there on occasion to watch the local bands that play there and they are usually good. It is nice that they support the local arts scene.
Overall, the food is great, the armosphere is funky/comfortable and the local live music really fits in with the neighborhood. Oh, the prices are good too if you consider that you get a lot of food!
I actually couldn't tell it was a Mediterranean place...I sorta had an idea with the souvlaki and hummous on the menu, but other than that, it seemed more like a burger-and-fries place. I went on a Sunday afternoon with about 7 people, and we were walking by (hungry), and decided to just try it.
The service...oh the service. First of all, there were 3 waitresses working on a busy Sunday afternoon, which I don't understand. Secondly, we literally had to flag down a waitress (like flagging down a cab) to take our order. And then our food didn't arrive for almost another hour. The excuse was that they had a party of 15...which okay, I understand. But two tables around us, who had arrived AFTER we arrived and ordered, had already received THEIR food. There's no excuses for that. Now the waitresses, when they weren't helping customers, tended to gather at the bar together and socialize, and didn't actually look at their customers to see if anyone needed help. To be fair, they WERE nice to us, but that didn't make up for it. Needless to say, we didn't tip very much.
The food was just okay, nothing special. The pricing is okay. I would come back, if only the service wasn't so crappy.
Granted, I haven't been here in at least a year. But this used to be one of my regular haunts, partly because it was close to where I lived at the time, but mostly because I really enjoyed the food, I always recognized faces, and everyone was friendly. The service was usually quite good - occasionally lacking but the servers were always nice, which makes up for a lot. I really enjoyed the mousaka and the lamb, and we used to love hanging out here for the music and late night drinks. They always let us stay to finish up that last drink, as opposed to the places that throw the lights on the second they do last call. Again, people were friendly, and an all-over good vibe.
My boyfriend and I often have trouble finding restaurants to eat at, as he has IBD and cannot digest fibre, while I like the option of having veggies. Both times we have been to the Main, he was able to substitute extra potatoes instead of salad and rice without the server batting an eye. The food is great, there is plenty of it, and service is quick. Any place that willingly substitutes to accomodate C's restrictions is great in my books.
I've been going to the Main at least once a week for almost five years now. After reading the other reviews I feel, with my wealth of experience at this place, that I should clarify a few things.
First of all, to the person who considers themself to be a regular; that doesn't mean you should expect to get things for free. Expecting the waitress to give me extra satziki for free just because I frequent the place often is rediculous. Plus, it kinda makes things a bit awkward don't you think - "hey, do you think you can steal from your employer 'cause I'm in here a lot?" She's just doing her job and that shouldn't reflect poorly on her service. Talk to the owner if you have a serious issue with the pricing. Besides, it's really nice to go to a place where they aren't brainwashed to upsell you on the extras - that's real nickle and diming.
Also, there is only music three nights a week, they used to have music all the time, but that stopped at least three years ago. I have noticed that recently there is an increase in quality of the non-regular bands being booked- and there is no cover charge!
To the not-so-observant-chef-of-12-years; there is no Creole Penne on the menu - it's Chorizo Penne, and no salad with the ingredients lettuce, tomato, and carrots either. Perhaps you should start writing things down before you make a review - you wouldn't be so happy to see a review about your place of employment with such mistakes would you?
Finally, to all those who have been to the Main just the one time or are thinking about it; overall it's a good place to go. The food is consistant, the drinks are cheap, and the service is great too, although I'm willing to admit that it depends on who you get for a server. Let's face it, some people are just better at their job than others. The bartender is the owner's son, and hates his job. It's definitely better to go on a week night when the other bartender works (she's kinda cute).
Go see for yourself.
I've been to The Main a few times for dinner with friends, and lately have been going for the live music on the weekends. They have a good lineup of local talent from indie to rockabilly, one night there was a dude who performed his entire act in a santa claus suit while playing 'the grinch who stole christmas' on a screen behind him! It was quite entertaining.
The food's been decent each time. The roast lamb is very tender, sooo delicious! Good sized portions too.
The service was good, the waitress was really busy but still managed to smile and make us feel at home.
All in all, this is a great place to grab a beer and hang out!
I think the main is a gerat place for a casual meal. The ambiance is better than most Greek restasurants in that its not painted torquoise and blasting bozouki music. The menu could be expanded a bit or mixed up sometimes-- but all in all its pretty solid. They do good brunch too.