Casual greek food at cheap prices. Always a line up down the block. Nothing on the menu over $12.
I've been to stepho's a few times over the years, and wanted to see if my opinion change with their roast lamb dish. The price is great for under $10.00, and you get lots on your plate for leftovers the next day.
I still found the lamb fatty, with little flavour and didn't have much taste to it. I did like the potatoes, rice, which you get lots of it, along with this stew and pita bread.
I picked a good time, after the crowds had left and around 1.30pm for my late lunch. I found the place was not too busy, server was friendly and quick.
I don't know how soon I will be back, the food too me was just okay, and only wish they could make a better lamb dish with more flavour and less fat.
This place is all about the hype.
I stopped in for a quick lunch at Stephos on the weekend.
I was promptly seated and given a menu and ask if i wanted anything to drink.
I ordered a small lamb souvlaki (with rice, roasted potatoes, and greek salad). The order arrived fairly quickly (less than 10 minutes).
Everything was okay, nothing standing out as noteworthy... it's decent food at a very reasonable price (ie. value dining).
There was no line-up at the time, I'm not sure the fare is line-up-worthy.
I used to live near Davie Street in the West End and enjoyed picking up items here. I will emphasize that I PICKED UP items as in TAKE OUT.
My favourites are the Spanakopia (you get two big pieces and I find them tasty - if a tiny bit greasy), the roast lamb (again, if you are watching your cholestoro - keep away - but it's tasty). For a lighter choice - I recommend the slouvaki.
Call in the order or order at the counter if you are in the area. Pick up in about 20 minutes. One caveat - for takeout, bring a plastic grocery bag. They pack your order in styrofoam containers and put them into brown paper bags (like the old style paper bags you used to get at supermarkets). It's hard to carry (as the the paper bag is on its side - you have to rest your take out order on your arm or your food will be mussed up). I just bring a couple of old plastic bags from Safeway or ??, plunk the paper bag in their and it is easier to carry.
On nice days, I take me order to Sunset Beach and eat it as picnic.
I have no interest or time to stand in line to dine in. The Restaurant is cramped and noisy - but for a nice Greek picnic lunch on the beach - it is the best value.
I came here a couple of times with a small group of people. Luckily both times we were able to make reservations I couldn't imagine waiting in line for a "cheap" eats place.
It's small, dark, cramped, and noisy. Wait times I've heard can be over an hour.
Servers are good for a place that has high turnover. They are friendly and fairly perky.
Food is OK. Food court quality. Most recently I had the Lamb Souvlaki and Spanakopita. Nothing special that jumps out at you. Their Chicken variety is a bit drier. Portions are big but deceiving.
I'd go elsewhere for Greek it's not worth waiting in line to save a few bucks. The atmosphere is too huried to feel comfortable staying in for while you are trying to enjoy your meal.
It's my first visit there and seeing the long line up outside, I had high expectation before going in. It's one big, busy and noisy place at meal time. We ordered souvlaki (lamb, prawn), calamari and moussaka. Food is decent, but not exceptional. Overall, it's not bad for the price, but it's not so wonderful that I would stand in line to eat there again.
The first time we tried to go to Stepho's we didn't think that on a Thursday night it would be packed, but driving by the lineup was almost all the way to the kinky sex store next door!
The second time was on Saturday afternoon at 3pm! The lineup didn't quite make it to the sex store but instead to the Majestic instead.
The third time was tonight Yay! we only had a bout a 5 minute wait inside so it wasn't too bad.
I was amazed at the prices & after all the raves, I really wanted to try it out. Moussaka for $8.95 & Roast Lamb for $9.95 you can't go wrong. The portions were incredibly large and everything - meat, salad, rice were pretty good. The lamb had a good yummy texture and the rice was tasty.
Our waiter was friendly, attentive but not overly annoying. Food came fast and the turnaround time to get the bill and food packed was good as well.
The only thing that was meh was the ambiance - kind of old and dark but what do you expect for good cheap greek food?
I recommend the Roast Lamb and Moussaka for sure. Everywhere they charge you so much. But Stepho's is super on the price!
My wife and I went to Stepho's for lunch and was quite surprised that we were able to be seated within 10 minutes. I ordered the roasted lamb and my wife order the chicken solvaki. She said her meal was quite good. The chicken was tender and the rice was flavourful. The greek salad was ok as it had too many onions and green pepper....otherwise her dish was very good. I ordered the roasted lamb which the meat came off easily. Not too much flavour as I added more salt and pepper to it. The greek salad was satisfactory and the rice was a bit greasy. The carrot and celery in a stew like side dish was good. My only compliant was that each dish came with pita bread yet the roasted lamb meal did not come with tzaziki sauce. I had to ask the waitress for some and she charged me for it. I found that being a bit cheap. Overall my experience was satisfactory. You get a fair amount of food for the price. I had tried better Greek food but you are paying for it.
I just went to Stepho's last night and though I enjoyed my dining experience, I was a little disappointed at the quality of our meals. I was with a party of six and in our area were 3 other tables. Everytime we asked our server for something, he would always respond, "It's a bad time right now, I'll be back." Even though there were many servers running around, only a handful of them took orders. So when our server was busy and we asked someone else, they would always tell us we need to speak with our waiter for our requests. I also remember the food tasting much better. The rice was pretty hard, almost tasted uncooked. The calamari was overdone and a little bit chewy. On the upside, my dolmades and homous were excellent. The portion size and price remains the same as I remembered years ago. Stepho's is still a great restaurant where value is obviously important to them. Be prepared to be in line outside for a seat!
The line-ups were fun. Especially when they allowed for reservations for parties of 5+ in the past. The food used to have no room for complaint. But after the Nth visit, somehow everything started becoming over salted. It happened in more than one occassion, so being consistently so, I've stopped going there completely.
Really great food at cheap prices! Kalamari was yummy and chicken breast with the bbq sauce was amazing. The only thing I didn't like so much were the mushy potatos which kept sliding into my mushy vegetables and some other mushy type vegetables.
Never had to wait because I always end up going there after the rush hour but the servers were over-worked. Had to on many occasions to get water/drink refills. Waiter was kinda snobbish too. Not my fault that I get thirsty when I'm eating.
I visited on Friday 4 Dec, 2015, (Davie) for dinner. I ordered Roast Lamb, that came to dry and cold. My server (Sandra # 6) was not attentive with her service nor when I informed about the food. Later, I requested a to go box because I had more than half my meal. The box came back with Rice ONLY. I asked about it and I was informed that she thought that I was done. How I told her, if I was done why do you think that I ask you to pack my food and what made you decide that I did want the rice but not the lamb, potatoes, etc? I even complain to the manager who apologized but no compensation was offered. So I paid for a full meal but I really ended up with a small part of it.
This is another one of Vancouvers old Restaurants and looking at it you can see the rundown. Tried the highly recommended lamb which didnt blow me away with the soggy luke warm accompaniments. The place is considerably cheap and you definitely get what you pay for. Not a place if you want to impress some one.
I wen to this place over a year ago and I thought I wrote a review but can't find it. Either deleted or forgot to submit one.
We were here for dinner ... never been here ... always see a line up ... people saying how cheap it is!
That it is!! Cheap!! The calamari is not calamari. The Roast Lamb was very, very fatty. Rice and potato was cold.
Our server seemed nice at the beginning but as the meal progressed ... he got ruder and ruder each time he came back.
So NO ... not going back ... not worth my money ... will never wait in the long line up again ... no ... no ... NO!
Definitely tastes very good and is worth going back for. The regular lamb dish is execellent. The servers are nice and always have an execellent attitude, or "serve with a smile". Often, this place is very busy and a half hour wait is definitely worth it. Worth driving to if out of town to try it out.
I went to Stepho's with a group for dinner (there were 8 of us) and we left full and happy. Three of us shared the Saganaki (fried cheese) and appetizer calamari - served also with Greek salad. The portions were good for appies, and of course, dirt-cheap!! Our waiter was friendly and prompt with the service and managed to have everyone's entrees arrive at the same time. Sometimes with a larger group, there is someone left waiting for their meal, but not here.
For dinner, I had the small chicken souvlaki. Every other time I've been there, I get the Roast Lamb, so when my friend ordered that, I kept trying to steal it off his plate because it's so good! My chicken was very flavourful and cooked well - no complaints. Considering that it was a "small" order, I was impressed that I was actually full before I finished it - I typically eat a lot! I ended up packing the rest to go. I do prefer the lamb, though, and I will be back soon enough to have it again. It's a great value, and I can see why people wait in line! Even the drinks are cheap!
I equate Stepho's to Anton's Pasta Bar on Hastings in Burnaby. Both establishments market themselves as offering extra large plates (more than you can eat in one sitting) of their cuisine.
The value is definitely there at Stepho's. Quality-wise, I did quite enjoy the food - al though I'll be first to admit that I'm not a Greek/Mediterranean cuisine expert. I had the chicken souvlaki and tried some of the lamb my friend ordered; both dishes were very pleasing, especially for the price.
It's a definite recommendation if you're in the downtown neighborhood. I've heard of long ques at this place - if this is the case, I'd try another place as there are several good value + quality restaurants on the Davie stretch.
When my friends came from out of town, I brought them to Stepho's because it's an iconic restaurant in Vancouver. After dining there they were impressed by the great value. I like their roasted lamb and calamari. It's not the best Greek I've ever had, but it's pretty decent and so much cheaper than most Greek places. I noticed in recent years they have reduced their portions a little, but it's still more than filling!
The restaurant is small and always cramped, and it's nearly impossible to bring large groups there unless you want to split into several tables. In the summer it's very hot inside, no AC. The servers are always friendly but food can take a little bit to get on the table.
If you've never been, you should definitely give it a try. Be prepared to wait up to two hours in line on a busy night. Personally I'm more inclined to shell out a bit more money and eat somewhere where I do not have to wait for so long.
This place is hugely popular, as you all probably know. Here is why: yummy food, massive portions, low low price. Did you guys expect a michelin star meal for 10$ and with the knowledge of how much food they pump out of that kitchen?
Please! They do what they can and they do it well. I have enjoyed my meals there very much.
sometimes to brochettes are drier, I admit, but forgive and forget. Its still good.
I wonder why everyone feels like they should be getting gourmet food here. Its a family style greek place that will fill you up, give you leftovers, and won't cause you to descend into debt. smile or get out of line.
How can you beat $7 for a small souvalki, $10.45 large souvlakia, $9.95 for a huge, juicy roast lamb or an $8.85 vegetarian lasagna served with an enormous dome of cheese?
pThe quality is the same from more expensive restaurants. Maybe you get a bit more of a refined ambiance from a pricier Greek places, but is it worth the extra $5 for the entree? You see boys and girls, that is the reason why there are line-ups outside nightly.
The lamb souvlaki was tender and pink on the inside. Yum!! I was allowed to choose two skewers for my large souvlaki so I also had the chicken- which was also well seasoned and tender. The greek salad was fresh, although cut quite chunkily. The potatoes were cooked to perfection - to too fluffy and not too zesty or greasy and the rice pilaf was tasty and not overly greasy.
We arrived at 5:20 and were seated by 5:55 - so the wait wasn't that bad for a Sunday I suppose. Complaints were minor - the pita was burnt on the edges, and the saganaki didn't quite have enough 'flavor" as other Greek restaurants.
Wish I lived closer to the West End, because I would surely return to dine in or get take-out. At 7 Pm, there were about 8 people cued up at the cash register to pick up their take-out!
Well worth the line-up!
Checked out this place for the first time with the family a couple weeks ago. Very inexpensive menu, and a much larger restaurant than the exterior would have you believe.
Food - Tasty greek food, incredibly large portions for the price. The pita bread, calamari, rice and greek salad were fairly good, but my lamb souvlaki was noticably chewy.
Service - Attentive wait staff. Not very friendly, though requests were serviced in a timely manner.
Ambiance - Pretty basic. A few plants, some greek photos on the walls. Our table was in a fairly dark corner.
Recommended overall. Good food for a good value, though you may want to try something other than the lamb souvlaki.