Greek and Mediterranean food at very reasonable prices, in a beautiful and authentic setting.
Another night and another dine out the choice was easy to go with Greek. My gf had come here before and complained about the food, but that was a while back and it was worth another shot so I hauled her here with another friend.
We went a little overboard on the ordering and started with the taramasalata, hummous and the calamari while our server brought us an extra order of pita. Fabulous starters especially the tarama - a light, fluffy spread nearly as good as we've had out. Shuffling the appetizers aside, our friend went with the lamb chops while my gf and I shared the roast lamb. Portions are hefty which coincides with the slightly higher prices, but the food did the talking. The lamb was bone-in tender and not overwhelmed with herbs, but it also had the right amount of fattiness throughout which melted in your mouth and bite for bite, the best roast lamb we've had to date. Our friend's chops were perfectly cooked, but we preferred more char on the outside; a personal preference. All the sides were admirable and not thrown together.
Our server was cheerful, full of zest and was completely on the mark all night. Timely checkups coupled with some friendly, but unforced small talk made the difference.
The ambiance was a little mulled, good for a quiet evening experience. Space is tidy with some charm good enough for a date spot or for a casual night out with the family.
Oh the lamb!
This restaurant has some heart, we love this place!
Its a restaurant that is just being itself. Real people, great food and deals on drinks. Every time we look at our bill we are surprised at the price, especially compared to what you pay elsewhere for much less. And they arn't cutting corners either!
Many times repeat customer.
Again, we write our reviews on many experiences, not just one. We eat here approx four times yearly and
the results are the same. Way above average food quality with poor service to accompany it. Pleasent
ambiance and good size portions. The outdoor patio is great, the food is outstanding, the service (attitude)
is very poor.
Came here after my disappointing curry at the eatery. I was still hungry and was looking for something safe. Greek fit the bill. Its pretty hard to screw up greek food.
Ordered the spanakopita dinner to go with no rice, extra greek salad and extra tzatziki. It was 16 bucks. The order came up quickly and I was on my way.
Got home and yay, they got the order right. No complaints as to taste or seasoning. But really, you have to suck bad to screw up such a simple order.
Just a note for those who get takeout. I had no napkins or plastic cutlery in my bags. No biggie because I was going home to eat but for those who might not be going home, make sure you ask if you need these items.
I would come back here for dinner based on the taste of the food and price. The inside of the restaurant is standard greek looking. Kind of rustic and homey.
Solid food, decor, and service. Good choice for takeout. Will be back to dine in one day.
Feeling like eating Greek food, we decided to call and order from Olympia. I've never really been deceived by Greek food, ever. Sometimes the food was expensive and just decent but still, not bad per say. When we received the food half an hour after (it was fast so fresh right ?), we open those two 35$ packages to discover.... 6 hard pieces of lamb over Uncle's Ben sticky rice, hard-cold-soaked garlic bread, mushy-dried-meat moussaka and tasteless Greek Salad, tasteless because when you cut vegetables, if you let them sit in a container for too long, the flavors disappear... Everything was for sure prepared a long time in advance. Sometimes one or two things can be off, but all of it ?? I mean what was that?
I went to this Restaurant on a Saturday Night, we had reservations for 10 people. It was the absolute worst service. I guess because we had a big party, the server knew the tip would be included, but, talk about terrible... I remember this server too, she has served me before, but, it was the same last time. It's the attitude of "I don't want to be here, and I don't want to serve you". Some of our party were late to arrive, so we wanted to order first, she said "No, it'll just complicate things, I'd rather wait". Ok, if that's not messed up enough, when our party all arrived, she showed up to take our order without even giving them a chance to look at the menu. When my friend(who came late) said "Just take the next order beside me, I need a few minutes", she responded with "I need to take the orders one by one, so that I don't get the orders mixed up". Which was kinda funny, because, she got our orders mixed up anyways, and was asking again what we had ordered. When was wanted drinks she wouldn't even give us a 2nd look. It was a challenge to get any service from our server. And, when she wasn't ignoring us and avoiding eye contact with us, she absolutely could not be found.
I will not be going back to Olympia Pizza. For just average good, on the higher end of the pricing scale, and abosultely horrendous service... why would I go back. I was going to complain to the on Floor Manager, but, it just looked disorganized without anyone running the show. I'll keep it as simple as "I"ll NEVER GO BACK"
I'll admit, I've only been here for take-out, so my service and ambiance ratings are only what I've observed while picking up my food. But this place serves the best lasagna ever. For $11.50, you get the Olympia lasagna, with a layer of sour cream baked into it.
Greek restaurants always serve a unique variety of lasagna that I'm a big fan of, but whoever thought of layering in fresh sour cream is my hero. Just below the top layer of cheese is a nice, if uneven, layer of sour cream. If it sounds off to you, just try it and tell me you're not hooked like I am.
Judging by the lack of reviews and the busyness of the establishment, this is another neighbourhood gem that the locals aren't keen to share. The place is easy to find, kitty corner to the famous Fiction. A second deliberate visit confirmed an earlier serendipitous impression.
The welcome is natural rather than acted. The service is prompt and friendly and teetotallers need not fear hostility. Although the name suggests a Greco-Italian blandness, it's a perfectly adequate Greek restaurant without the hackneyed decor and the Zorba music, The Greek salad is mild and pleasantly seasoned and the souvlakis, available small and large, include a delicious marinated lamb. Worth a moderate detour if you are on the West Side and in need of genuine flavourful food at a reasonable price.
Next time I'll try the pizza: I suspect it is equally authentic, since anchovies are available!
I have been coming to this restaurant on a regular basis for well over six years now. The food, while not fancy, has always been very good - tasty, fresh, and generously portioned. I have a few menu favourites which tend towards the vegetarian, and these include the spanakopita dinner, the veggie moussaka, and the build-your-own pizza with the selection of five toppings. My favourite is probably the chicken souvlaki. I order it every other time I am there and it is consistently good. The chicken is tender and plump and perfectly spiced and goes well with the rice, and the greek salad is excellent with just the right amounts of feta and oregano and big chunks of cucumber and tomato. The pizza is also great. The small is more than adequate for one person and I usually end up taking a few slices home. I love the whole wheat crust and the toppings are always fresh and plentiful. Service can be slow at times but is generally very good. Once or twice the kitchen messed up one of our orders (I think it was the pizza), and they comp'ed us a couple of extra drinks, which was nice. You definitely get a great value here which explains why it has stayed busy while business at some other restaurants in Kits has started to drop off.
The two of us went there for dinner last week on Friday.
Luckily we had made a booking there ... as alot of people were waiting for a table.
Both of us had the small chicken souvlak which had rice, potatoes, greek salad, pita bread with titzaki. The rice was salty and buttery.
We have been there before when service was extremely slow .. but it has improved significantly now.
Very good pizza, solid Greek food, try the Mousaka. Nice, but small patio for the summer. We've been there several times and always experienced very friendly and authentic service (not just the mechanical "how are we doing with the dinner here" every 10 minutes). Our favorite place for pizza delivery in Kits.
I've eaten their baked lasagna for years now and have always wondered what on earth made it taste so good. Sour cream? Genius! Also their pizza is really good the couple times I've tried it, but its pretty hard for me to go and not order my go-to dish. The service is generally pretty decent and the place feels quite warm and comforting.
I've eaten here a few times now. I love the food. And everyone I've gone with has gone home satisfied.
It's not the cheapest place in town for Greek food, but I'm more than willing to spring an extra 2 or 3 dollars for a quality dinner.
Wait staff has been attentive and polite every time.
It's also got the best pizza I've found in town.
I'll be back, many times.
Delicious Food, great value.
Baked Spaghetti is AMAZING
Pizza is wonderful!
Wine is cheap & delicious!
Great value for a family dinner. Not fancy, but enjoyable for a casual dinner out. There aren’t too many places where one can afford to go out for a family dinner anymore.
Would definitely recommend this place to anyone.
I'll start by noting that this is the first time I've ever eaten here.
Started by giving my order, ordered a "Pepsi or Coke, whatever you serve", to a reply 'we don't sell Coke'. Okay I'll have a Pepsi. Just one though, as no refills were offered once to myself or my girlfriend. Our glasses were empty and the waitress only checked on us once, about 2 minutes after our meal came.
Saganaki was the starter. I know the lemon is there for a little flavour, but the wedge on the cheese was almost half a lemon, pre-squeezed by the cook so the cheese was absolutely swimming in it. Was too bitter to eat, had about 2 small bites worth and that was all.
Entree was BBQ chicken and Baked Lasagna. the chicken, while a nice proportion, was smothered in what I assume is their 'house' sauce, which tasted only a little different than tomato sauce. Not flavourful or BBQ tasting at all. The plate the chicken was served on was so small, that the chicken didn't even completely fit on it, so while cutting it, I had to mind that I didn't push it off onto the table. I wish I could describe the 'different' taste the lasagna had to it, but I've never tasted any lasagna like that before and can't think of another flavour or taste to compare it to. I didn't enjoy it, though I just finished it as a leftover for lunch, and to be honest it tasted better re-heated than it did when it was first cooked.
My girlfriend didn't finish her meal either, but we got her leftover chicken and greek salad to go as well. I opened up the container today, and there was the chicken mixed in with salad. I'm no food scientist, but when meat cools I believe bacteria grows, and now that bacteria is all over the salad. Can't really 'nuke the salad to try kill if off. Would have preferred if the meat and salad had been packaged in seperate containers.
Finally, we put our plates over so it was obvious we were finished. The table behind us had 2 seperate waitresses and who I assume is the owner/manager check on them, take their plates, bring their 'to go containers' and the check, without our waitress coming once. When she did, it took about 7 minutes for our leftovers to be packed, and the bill didn't come with it. We asked for it and waited another 5 minutes for it. Put our money it right away...and waited...waited. Waitress didn't come take it so we took it in. Had to stand at the counter for another few minutes as other waitresses served their customers and got their bills processed, ours came and went without looking at us. I finally waved the bill at her and she stated 'oh, I guess I can get change for you if you need it.' Yes. We need change. We needed it 10 minutes ago.
I hate to sound really negative, but the service was terrible, I didn't enjoy any of the food, and it was very expensive for the quality. I will never go back.
As stated above however, this was my first time there, and perhaps I just got unlucky. ?
Came here with my family for dinner.
Food: We started with calamari appetizer, which was was very tender & flavorful. I've had better tzatziki though - maybe not enough garlic in it. Both my parents had the leg of lamb which was a generous portion(no bone) and little fat (similar to roast lamb you get at other Greek restaurants). Came with rice, potatoes, greek salad & garlic bread. Their meal was over $17 each. I had the 8oz size lamb souvlaki with all the same sides. I enjoyed the the tender pieces of lamb, cooked to perfection. The rice and greek salad was great as well. I found the potatoes a bit too salty. Mine was over $16. Bill was a little over $62 including tax.
Service: When she took our order she seemed friendly. Another server refilled our water. No body asked how our food was during the meal. There was maybe 5 small tables in the restaurant including ours and about 4 servers hanging out and watching TV.
Ambiance: restaurant looks clean, maybe recently renovated, dim lighting. Once you go to the washroom, it seemed a bit old/dirty. They need to renovate women's washroom at least.
Overall: I found the food was good, price is on the high side (Kerkis on W.4th is the same quality food and better value & service and you can use an entertainment book coupon). Service was lacking, they were friendly but was not attentive throughout our dining experience. I don't think they even acknowledged us when we left (there were 3-4 of them standing around watching us leave)
I went to Olympia a couple weeks ago after a friend's graduation. We were in a large group but the server was quick and readily filling our drinks and orders. The inside of the place feels a bit old - but the food makes you forget all of this. In effort to continue my non-dairy/vegetarian transition I ordered the vegetarian moussaka. The nutmeggy spinachy flavours made my mouth quite happy, even having scraped off as much of the bechamel sauce as I could. The rest of the group ordered pizza and lamb. The pizza eaters were inclined to agree with the staff that it may be the best pizza in Vancouver - the lamb eater was in happy lamblickin heaven. Great value all around, you can see why it has been there for such a long time.
It's not too often that I come away from a place with a feeling of ambivalence. Even if it's small, something always manages to tip the scale in the direction of like or dislike.
The food here wasn't burnt, and it wasn't cold. It wasn't too bad for the price, but it was pretty forgettable. I had dolmathes, my date had souvlaki. Pretty easy stuff for your average cook.
We sat out on the patio, and the service was polite. But nothing about it makes me yearn to go back.
I have been eating and ordering from this restaurant for years now. I has changed locations and the food is still good. Take home was average and the different cooks make for an average pizza sometimes but overall through the years their pizza is very good.
My wife and I tried this place for the first time yesterday, and were a little dissapointed it was pretty average we had the calamari and humus to start and there was nothing special about it pretty much what you would get anywhere. for mains we had the lamb souvlaki, which was served with a small side of greek salad which was a little dissapointing, some rice which was good and some raosted potatoes which were quite good the lamb souvlaki tasted very good but was a little tough
Our server was freindly, but when we asked if they could turn on the heater on the patio she said it was broken, but did not offer to bring us inside where there were plenty of seats, and was warmer, we had to ask if we could move. Nice decore about 50 seats.
the best part was the double highballs on special for $5.25