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Maria's Taverna

1037 Denman Street
Vancouver, BC V6G2M4
Tel: (604) 681-8500
Neighbourhood: West End

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Just okay
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 21, 2008 - 11:47pm [Dine in]

It was a Friday night, and the girls and I were hungry. Not happy with our choices on Davie for that night, we walked down to Denman. We decided on Greek at Maria's.

Surprisingly, on a busy night, we got a table right away. We each ordered our food and waited. And waited.
Luckily, time passed by faster with good conversation and the wait wasn't entirely unbearable. The service was not excellent, but was not bad either.

My order of greek meatballs were okay. A little too soft for my liking. Everything on the dish was just "okay", nothing special.

Ambiance, like everything else here, was okay.

In my opinion, for the price you pay here (between $12-15/dish), there are better choices elsewhere.

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Try the avgolemono soup!
By bozlee of Tsawwassen (102 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, January 24, 2008 - 12:23pm [Dine in]

Maria's on Denman Street does not look great from the outside...another large stereotype Greek restaurant with bright colours and loud Greek music. We decided to have a quick meal there this week and was surprised that the DOV menu for $15 was available to all patrons. Well, the avgolemono soup was the best I have ever tasted, a blend of chicken, egg and lemon with a perfect texture. The other appetizers were tzatziki or homous with pita. The main courses were either chicken or prawn souvlaki or spanakopita with the usual greek salad, rice and roast potatoes. Good portions but not very exciting. The Baclava for dessert was not made on the premises but it was fresh and a good way to end the meal. The DOV 3 course price was great value but I doubt if I would return for the regular menu prices except I would pay anything for another bowl of that soup!

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Melt In Your Mouth Lamb
By diner40 of Vancouver (95 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 19, 2008 - 11:11am [Dine in]

Went for lunch here yesterday because the friend I was with wanted Greek. We both ordered the lamb souvlaki and I must say it was very good. Sometimes I have found the lamb at Greek places a little on the over cooked/dry side but this was cooked perfectly. The meat was tender and just the way I like it, a little pink in the middle.
The meal came with those lemon Greek potato's , although my portion of potato's was smaller than his, potato envy. The meal came with that signature Greek rice. I swear there must be a big Greek Rice warehouse around where all Greek restaurants go for their weekly rice trips because no matter where I have eaten Greek Rice it is always exactly the same. Pretty standard stuff.
Despite being the only diners in the entire restaurant for much of the time we were there the service was okay. The server didn't dazzle us with overly attentive service then again she was pleasant enough but had a bad memory. We asked for separate bills when we ordered , when the bill came everything was together on one.
Lamb lunch with a glass of pinot grigios $20.00, I'll be back for the lamb.

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Not too good service and poor quality for the price.
By Sempai-mj of Mintreal, qc (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, August 6, 2012 - 9:12am [Dine in]

Went there on my first visit to Vancouver, the wines are not categorized properly, Sauvignon listed under Chardonnay.
My wife ordered trout from their menu, after 5 minutes the waitress came back and said no trout, she then chooses salmon steak. Twenty minutes passes the waitress comes back and tells us no salmon, my wife then chooses spinach pie dish, the waitress come back in 5 minutes and tells us they found some salmon.
I ordered lamb souvlaki it was over cooked but was just ok, my wife received her salmon, a tiny steak from the tail part of the fish along with a tiny fillet from the tail as well, it didn't look too good for the price.
I won't go back or recommend this restaurant.

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Good but not as good as 4th
By 360 of Vancouver (31 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 2, 2012 - 8:57pm [Dine in]

We had the charbroiled calamari, which I am glad warns you that it's not fried (unlike another place). It came out in small intact pieces with an onion-oil sauce. Hot and tasty. The sauce reminds me of baked escargots. It is a bit expensive for the size, but decent price imo and it's a good change to typical fried calamari which you can get practically anywhere. Then had the lamb shoulder & lamb souvlaki. Like its sister restaurant, the Greek salad had enough cukes, peppers, feta cheese, and dressing. The olive was quite salty, but so are most olives from a restaurant (except Olive Garden but those are like pizza olives). The cukes were peeled here so customers avoid eating stiff peels, which I have never seen done anywhere. The meat of the shoulder was tender but the souvlaki was a bit tougher. Both were a bit more on the salty side than the 4th ave location. Also, the shoulder wasn't hot enough. The rice was a decent amount, firm, and well seasoned. The potatoes were a bit salty, but cooked enough. The takehome containers are alumnium, which again have never seen anywhere else. Very smart. Service was prompt, responsive, friendly and not overbearing. Honestly, the only rival of Maria's is Appollonia who also occasionally makes salty food.

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Not a Good Choice for Take out or Delivery!
By wolfgang rao of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, December 9, 2011 - 11:11pm [Delivery]

Do not get your hopes up if you decide to call either of the two Maria's Taverna's restaurant's for take out, either on a pick up basis,or for delivery. You will be provided with a ready for pick up or delivery time that is entirely fictional. If you order for pick up, particularly at the West 4th location, you will be told that it will be ready in 15-20 minutes. When you show up you will be told that the food isn't quite ready yet--and you will wait for fifeteen minutes more while they cook it! It is abundantly clear that they do not commence cooking the meal until you show up to pick it up and pay for it! This is the procedure even when the kitchen is not busy and the restaurant is empty! Delivery is even more problematic! Wewaited two hours for delivery tonight, only to be told a different story on the two occasions that we were bold enough to call to enquire about what had happened to the 45 minute time estimate. On the first occasion we were told that the driver had just left and would arrive soon. One half hour later we were told that the order had been transferred to the other location, that the restaurant was "very busy right now--and they wouuld look into our order when they got the chance". It was already over an hour late at that point. At the two hour late mark, the restaurant just hung up on us once we identified ourselves as a late order and not a new order. When we called the owner at the west 4th location to discuss the matter, we were told that they would be happy to send out a new order--but could not explain what happened to the original one made two hours previously, nor could they confirm for us that we would not be charged twice for orders we did not recieve! It became abundantly clear that this restaurant did not care about our wasted evening, nor our continued custom! Save your evening, and your blood pressure, and take your custom to a place that cares about it!

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Skip the dessert.
By imissdumbledore of Sunset, Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 8, 2009 - 10:27pm [Dine in]

I went here for Dine Out 2009 with some friends. We started with appetizers; my friend and I respectively went for pita with hummus and tzatziki, while my other friend had the soup. The pita was warm, and the spreads were delicious, full of spice. Sometimes I find that the taste of yogurt overwhelms tzatziki, but mine was just scrumptious. My friend and I were given a small basket of pita to share between us without replenishments, which was the only downside of the appetizer.

Then we received the main course: chicken souvlaki with Greek salad, rice, and roasted potatoes. There was a TON of chicken on our plate. I also liked that they removed the skewers beforehand, as it can be a bit of a struggle to remove the chicken from them. The chicken was so moist and tender that we didn't even need to cut it with our knives. It was crispy on the outside and juicy and bursting with flavour on the inside. And the potatoes were delicious, with just a hint of lemon.

Finally, dessert came. I was rather underwhelmed by my choice: Maria's Special Dessert. It tasted like one of those desserts one could make from a box-- a soggy wafer/cake-like base topped with flavourless custard and whipped cream. My friends had the baklava but couldn't finish it because it was too sweet.

Our waitress was nice and attentive, constantly filling our water and checking on us, despite the large number of people there. I'd definitely go back, though I'll skip dessert next time.

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rude servers
By scootergirl of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, September 29, 2008 - 11:13am [Dine in]

Don't bother coming to this Greek place as there are tons of Greek restaurants nearby which offer better service, food and value. The price for a souvlaki here is $15.95 and you get only one small skewer and very tiny sides. The servers are rude, and he actually yelled at us! And to top it off, he added a gratuity charge of 15% on the bill. The ambiance is terrible. It's so dark that we couldn't even read the menus. I will never come here again.

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great greek with no lines
By Martini_Man of Vancouver (31 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 9, 2008 - 8:09pm [Dine in]

I've been here a couple of times during the summer...

The lamb was
amazing, the saganaki was as excellent and I've tried the greek
meatballs which were also outstanding. The service has always been
fine...

I find the prices average and fair, this is not exactly upscale,
but a nice place to go for some great greek food...

The atmosphere was standard for a greek restaurant... It is definitely worth a try...

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Just needs a little work
By ButterBall of Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 1, 2009 - 1:46am [Dine in]

I've been here twice and it's always been busy. The decor needs a little bit of work but the service is pretty good. The waitress was kind enough to seat us at the bar, even though we were ordering take out, and the waiter behind the bar was keeping us entertained with his jokes. Food took quite awhile, but that was to be expected since they were pretty busy. The only complaint I have about the food is that they use way too much salt. Twice I've ordered from them and twice their food comes out too salty. I love salty foods but that was way too much, even for me. Their prices were reasonable.

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A Greek Restaurant without Balsamic vinegar...Enough said!!!
By asudbury of Vancouver (east) (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 31, 2011 - 9:40am [Dine in]

The calamari had burnt batter, and was served with less than an oz. of tzatziki sauce (maybe two packets of ketchup worth at the most). The portion was big enough for the price, but was not good. When we politely asked for our bill because we wanted to eat our mains somewhere else (overpriced everything), we were charged $2.50 for the bread we didn't even ask for, and $1.25 for the extra tzatziki sauce we needed less than half way through the calamari because they had given us so little.
They removed the charges, but we will never go back. Very rude service by the gentleman server there.

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roast lamb highlight
By myrtle of west end (6 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 22, 2008 - 11:50pm [Dine in]

Decent prices, service, food, ambience.

Went there on the suggestion of an acquaintance. If you are looking to go out,( but not 'out-out'!) for greek food this could be the place for you.

The following dishes really stand out: the non-breaded kalamari were excellent, so was the roast lamb. In fact- my boyfriend made the point of saying that of all the greek food that he has eaten in Canada, that this particular dish tasted the most like food he ate while in Greece.

My lamb souvlaki plate was only average, i have had better at other Greek restaurants.

The pita was served warm- a nice touch.

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Mediocre
By Natalie of West Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, September 5, 2008 - 12:53pm [Dine in]

Great location, cute place...but very unremarkable food and disinterested service. This really feels like a tourist location. The restaurant seems to advertise quite a bit, and this leads to people being are lured in, but I get the sense that the staff never expects you to return. Given the many excellent choices for Greek food nearby, including one right across the street, I won't be back.

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How do you solve a problem like Maria's
By Localz of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, July 28, 2008 - 8:50pm [Dine in]

Whenever I have a craving for Greek food, I just want to head down the street to a local spot, right? To be honest, Maria's has great roast lamb, and most of the food choices are very good quality. Every other aspect, just doesn't cut it! The service is slow, the staff don't know the menu, or how to sell - they just aren't well trained. It is obvious that they don't respect the industry, have poor standards, and have NO passion to be sharing their food and culture with the city. It is scary to think of the countdown clock and the upcoming opportunity we have - Maria's - please - get it together!

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worst dining experience
By Sid of westend, vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 26, 2008 - 4:10pm [Dine in]

This was by far the worst dining experience I've ever had in my life. The food was ok but the service was horrible. The worst part of our dining experience was when we asked for a manager at the end of our meal. Apparently there was no manager on site and when our waitress found out we wanted to talk to a manager she came fuming down to our table and started getting mad at the fact that we would even want to complain about the horrible service we just got.

It was a busy Friday night when we got there so we decided to be patient with our server at first but it took 20 minutes for the wine we ordered to get to our table and another 15min for the appetizers to finally arrive. When I asked why the people behind me already had their main course when we were there before them, our waitress explained that a fuse blew up on their printer (which doesn't explain why we were the only ones still waiting for our food and why it took so long for the wine to reach our table). Then she continued to ignore us when we kept trying to get her attention for more sauce for our appetizer. The bartender finally noticed us after we held the sauce container up in the air and got the sauce for us. Another 20 minutes passed before we finally had our meal. I was given the name of the manager and was told to call the next day but each time I called the person on the other end kept saying that there was no manager and that they would take my name and number down and call me back, but they never did.

I wouldn't have mind it so much if the food took long as long as the staff was courteous and that the manager would actually talk to us. I've eaten at alot of restaurants in my life but this is by far the worst treatment I've ever recieved anywhere. Our waitress was rude and had no customer service skills whatsoever. I would never consider going back there again and I just wrote this review to warn people about this restaurant.

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