Panos is a Greek restaurant near Fraser on Southeast Marine Drive.
My wife and I have visited Panos several times since September, and I must say that it is always a pleasant experience, especially since the beginning of January - there used to be a very rude waitress, but we haven't seen her around lately. I couldn't disagree more with the previous post - Panos is a casual and small restaurant (family owned and operated, if I understand) - you are paying unbelievably low prices for top quality food and service. I would hardly expect the staff to serve in their Sunday best for a $14 entree.
To us, Panos is a place where friends meet over wonderful, inexpensive food. The fact that the staff is always warm and friendly is testament to that. Our server is usually Johnson, a Japanese fellow I think - whom always gives us excellent service and has a knack for picking out good wines. We had a bottle of Bootaree ($27 I think) which was the perfect compliment for our dinner platter for two.
This place is always packed, and at times the service can suffer a little, but this is completely understandable considering there are only two servers for the whole restaurant. We've been served a couple of times by two other women, and both of them were fantastic. Be careful if you visit Panos - it might just become your favorite hangout
They always tote the roast lamb - usually it is juicy and tender and absolutely wonderful, but it has been a little overcooked a few times. for $13 dollars one can't complain.
My experience here was fantastic. It's tucked away in a corner, so you would assume that many people don't notice it - but as I soon learned, many people know about Panos. This restaurant has been thriving because of the fantastic word of mouth thats been passed around!
When I visited the restaurant was completely full, but the server sat us within 15 minutes, and took our orders ahead of time - our salads and appetizers were delivered to us as immediately after we were seated - good thing, the aroma in there is mouth watering.
Our server was friend, charming and efficient - he went over the menu, while we were waiting and recommended the kalamari and a starter, and the signature roast lamb as an entree - and I'm glad he did. The kalamari was flavorful and tender, the roast lamb juicy and fall off the bone. Simply delicious. The best part is that the food is an amazing value. I eat greek cuisine a lot, and I can say that everything is at least 4 -5 dollars cheaper than most places. I can picture myself visiting this restaurant at least 2 or 3 times a week.
The ambience is great - even when its packed, its cozy and comfortable and not too congested. I recommend this restaurant to EVERYONE. simply fantastic.
We have been going to this restaurant for many years. We always order the same thing - the seafood platter for two - and always enjoy it. Great little place but we absolutely will not be back all because of the rude server. She said she is new, has only worked there for six months. Just a few examples of her behaviour - we had to ask for serving spoons, and received a lecture when we gave an entertainment book coupon, apparently this is a hastle for her. We left a moderate tip, definitely not extravagant, but more than she deserved. However, with her sense of entitlement evident, she called out to us as we left, complaining about the tip. We plan to call the manager, I don't expect anything to come of it, but owners/managers need to be made aware of how their servers' rudeness hurts their business. I do like this place, but the server's rude sense of entitlement left a bad taste in my mouth. Though the tip may not have been to her standards, neither was her service up to my standards. Her rudeness tells me I overtipped. Shame on her for ruining a nice place. I can't recommend this place.
we were a group of four and we came with our entertainment coupon. i believe this restaurant is owned by a chinese man. when we walked in he very nicely greeted/seated us and gave a full speech about his menu. he explained to us that the roast lamb is fall off the bone tender. as well since i always get bad experience at other restaurants i asked him about his moussaka. he said you've got to try it to see for yourself.
we ordered calarmari to start, very nice batter and it was hot! i cant wait to go back for them, they were delicious. i ended up getting the mousakka and it was so yummy! the guy said the roast lamb was fall off the bone but it was wasnt, it was really chewy and it had a hard texture. the portions we're worth the price and service was amazing.
during our dinner, the guy who greeted us sat down and ate dinner with his girlfriend. kinda thought that was weird...no staff room? and the cook kept going in and out to chat with his friends/family? i mean if you own this restaurant shouldnt you keep it more professional? all in all we had a great experience and would def. come back.
We were referred to this place by some friends, so we decided to give it a try. When you drive by, it doesn't look like much...but once you walk in the doors, you feel the whole greek ambiance. It's nice, cozy and clean.
The staff was great. There was only 1 waitress working that night, the place was completely packed, and yet, we were not left unattended.
We ordered appetizers and the roast lamb dinner. Appetizers filled us up, so when the dinner came, we could barely touched it. The dinner itself was very large in portion, and the lamb was literally, fall off the bone, tender and delicious. The prices were very reasonably for the size of the entrees.
We will definitely be going back.
Well I've driven passed this restaurant many times for many years amd always figured it was kind of a whole in the wall. After reading some solid reviews, my wife and I gave it a shot and we were thoroughly impressed. The service/server was very good. She was delightful to deal with, and the food was outstanding. From the amazing saganaki (authentic, not mozzarella like some use) and also the crisp, tender and tasty calamari, to our mains and dessert, the full dining experience was quite pleasant. Good portions and fair prices as well, we will most definitley become regulars.
We arrived during peak dinner hours, made a reservation before hand, had nice table in the back reserved for us..4 of us for dinner, relatives from europe
Very romantic setting. We were a bit overwhelmed because it was entirely empty when we arrived, but the whole restaurant filled up within 30 minutes, and then there was a lineup out the door. During daylight hours, before they put the candles up I thought the decorations looked over the top, but I understood as they put the candles on as the sun went down. overall it was very romantic and cozy feeling.
We saw one waitress bring roast lamb to another table, and it looked like a miniature football on a plate. The smell from it was delicious and I must certainly order it the next time we eat here..but that was not what we ate.
Our server was friendly and knowledgeable, my only complaint is that he only came to refill my water twice during the whole service. He recommended we try the meat dinner platter because we had a coupon and we would get the most value out of it. Everything on the platter was delicious, and even though it says a platter for two, it was enough, with one more entree, to fill four adults. The lamb chops were very moist and flavorful, the beef souvlaki was above average, but not sensational, but the moussaka was by far the best moussaka I have ever eaten. In germany, there is a huge market of greek restaurants and I have eaten at dozens of restaurants, and this restuarant still makes the best moussaka. It was creamy and tender, yet firm and very very tasty. There is no other Greek restaurant in Vancouver that can cook as well as phanos.
Dinner for four, with the coupon was around 38 dollars. We felt like we were ripping the restaurant off, so we left a sizable tip. Value wise, only Stephos is better, but we all know that stephos is all about quantity, and not quaity.