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Stepho's Greek Taverna

1124 Davie St
Vancouver, BC V6E1N1
Tel: (604) 683-2555
Neighbourhood: West End

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I will Never Never Never Never Never go back to Stepho’s
By hamidrezav of Vancouver (downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, April 14, 2014 - 2:59am [Dine in]

Do not go to this place. Just moved back to Vancouver after 8 years and decided to visit my favorite restaurant Stepho's!
Going to Stepho's was the worst experience money can buy. Food was cold, the roost lamb was more fat than meat and it was uncooked. The service was horrifying, I was waiting at my table for 30 min and no one came to take our order so I asked about the possibility of ordering my food and the waitress went crazy she said : I have other s#### I need to do man!
I finished my lunch and paid my bill walked out of the restaurant and will not go back ever again! This is how you lose a costumer how actually remembers when food and service was good in this restaurant.
Several of my friends told me about food poisoning cases in the Robson street location.

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I can see why the lines...
By samyama of Brampton, ON (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 4:22pm [Dine in]

The only reason I tried Stephos is because they promised that it's a MUST place when in Vancouver.

Well, I didn't mind the lines if it was going to be this good. It was! Once we got in, I ordered the Calamari and the Lasagna for my wife.

Loved them both! The food is absolutely amazing, the portions are very big and it's cheap! It's impressive how a place like that is so cheap!

Looking forward to trying it again. Staying in Vancouver for 2 months...

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Why do people go here?
By ILOVE2EAT of East Vancouver (70 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 28, 2014 - 8:06am [Dine in]

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!

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Over-rated
By Bokchewy of North Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 31, 2013 - 9:40pm [Dine in]

Only a complete sucker would wait in line for such mediocre food and terrible service. I previously wrote a review for stepho's which was a little mixed, but after having a few more COMPLETELY horrible experiences I think I need to take back my previous statement. It seems like they have changed up the service staff at Stepho's - big mistake.The new servers at the restaurant are so unprofessional that it simply blows my mind that people are willing to put up with it. I have seen numerous people getting up from their tables to get pitchers of water to fill up their glasses because there weren't any servers in sight. Cold dishes, undercooked food, wrong orders, incompetent staff, and dirty cutlery. How many things can you turn a blind eye to? I am now done with stepho's, you shouldn't have to compromise so much when paying for a meal.

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Ups and downs
By Bokchewy of North Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 26, 2013 - 12:05am [Dine in]

I have been going to stepho's for almost 8 years at least once every 2/3 weeks. The food is really good, but there have been times where things were a little off (rice/potatoes/carrots being a little undercooked). It's not the cleanest place, but it's not anything offensive. I have noticed the restaurant goes through periods where it's amazing, simply top notch, but there's also periods where you leave a little disappointed - but I do believe that's because of the expectations you make from having previous amazing meals.
Overall, a great casual Greek restaurant in Vancouver. Have been going there for year, and will continue to do so as as far as I can see.

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It's alright but not worth the wait
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 9, 2008 - 6:25pm [Dine in]

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.

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Good Food!
By n_m of Surrey , B.C. (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, September 27, 2013 - 11:59am [Dine in]

This is cheap food with good taste but a bit too oily. It is decent for the value that is offered at, you are paying fastfood price for greek food. It is definetly not worth the line up! would recommend take out if you live closeby and want something reasonably priced!

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Change of heart
By Bokchewy of North Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 31, 2013 - 9:37pm [Dine in]

I previously wrote a review for stepho's which was a little mixed, but after having a few more COMPLETELY horrible experiences I think I need to take back my previous statement. It seems like they have changed up the service staff at Stepho's - big mistake.The new servers at the restaurant are so unprofessional that it simply blows my mind that people are willing to put up with it. I have seen numerous people getting up from their tables to get pitchers of water to fill up their glasses because there weren't any servers in sight. Cold dishes, undercooked food, wrong orders, incompetent staff, and dirty cutlery. How many things can you turn a blind eye to? I am now done with stepho's, you shouldn't have to compromise so much when paying for a meal.

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Fast, cheap, and good restaurant!
By Food Is Love of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 10, 2013 - 10:48pm [Dine in]

Pros:

* Even though there are many people eating at this restaurant, the Service is good and FAST! FAST!

*The food quality is really good, and the portion, which I really like, is LARGE.

Cons:

*The washroom is really dirty, and the kitchen floor dirty--kitchen should ALWAYS be clean even though the restaurant is very busy. Also, cleanliness is VERY VERY important in any restaurant.

Conclusion:

This restaurant has problem with cleanliness; however, on the other hand, the quality of the food and the service is really good. No wonder why there are so many people wanting to wait and be in line instead of going to a different restaurant nearby. Anyway, I recommend this restaurant to everyone, and if the owner have the chance to see my review, I just want you to know that you should expand your restaurant so that many more people will come in.

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Not so good
By cdnmasser of West Broadway, Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 6, 2012 - 2:39pm [Dine in]

Popped in with a friend for a quick bite, mid afternoon, Calamari and Fried Greek Cheese, and Pita bread. We were seated next to the kitchen/bathroom in an area that was constant traffic area. When the waitress did take our order, we were shocked to hear the kitchen staff only feet away, arguing and raised voices. Whe our Saganaki did arrive it was luke warm and already rubbery. The piece of cheese itself was very small portion. We finished the cheeses before our Calamari arrived and that was a major letdown as the squid was mostly bit ends, all crunch little meat. It was also a sad small portion that was not at all what I had expected. Sadly, the waitress didnt ask or enquire if we enjoyed anything, she dropped the plates on the table and was off. Our waters were refilled by the busser, who also noted the lackj of care. We had just figured a quick snack would tide us over til dinner, but on the way home we had to stop on Fraser St. to buy samosas and aloo tiki. I would not come here if you care about taste or service. It has gone downhill for some time. I would rather pay more and have staff available that are gracious and not rushing around like chickens with heads cut off. Another old fave bites the dust for us.

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Stephos' Return to Form: Great once again!
By Sabzevarian of Vancouver (31 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 8:56pm [Dine in]

Stephos used to be one of our favourite places to go for lunch or take-out, but it went though a rough period for a few years. I tried it again recently a few times and I am very happy with it.

First of all, go for lunch rather than dinner if you can. There is a lot more room at lunch and service is faster - unless you like waiting in lines for dinner (and for the upcoming summer, dinner means any time after 3pm on weekends). Second, you will probably be taking home leftovers. If you are taking the bus home or have a long commute coming, you may want to ask for a second bag or bring your own bag. If the brown bag they have gets shaken around, the grease tends to leak, weakening the bag.... I have had take-out many times and have had this experience with their bags a few times...

Their chicken souvlaki is probably the best out of the meats. The roast lamb is hit and miss - plentiful but obviously not as good as a more expensive restaurant . Kalamari is still a solid, plate filled dish. There are a lot of other great options on the menu and pretty much everything comes in large portions.

Stephos remains a good place for cheap and filling Greek food. The prices have not gone up in the past decade!

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Large portions with little flavour
By bordercollie of north vancouver (267 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, October 2, 2010 - 12:47pm [Dine in]

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.

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quick lunch
By curmudgeon of Downtown Vancouver (100 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 7, 2009 - 11:46am [Dine in]

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.

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Great for Take Out
By lindarose of Vancouver (172 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 7, 2009 - 11:16am [Dine in]

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.

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Not the best...not the worst
By Huge of Surrey (116 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 22, 2008 - 3:46am [Dine in]

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.

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It's OK
By applepie of Burnaby (127 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 20, 2008 - 5:28pm [Dine in]

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.

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Third time's the charm
By kewpiebaby of Vancouver (200 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 21, 2008 - 11:09pm [Dine in]

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!

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Used to be better
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 21, 2006 - 6:07pm [Dine in]

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!

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Great food, not so great service
By azn_msfyt of Delta (194 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 13, 2005 - 2:58am [Dine in]

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.

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What's with the line up?
By melly of Kitsilano (26 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 4, 2012 - 10:01am [Dine in]

I really don't understand why people would line up to eat at this place. I have been here 3 times (2006, 2010, and 2012) and have yet to understand what the hype is all about. The place is cramped and loud. Yes, the portions are big-er and less expensive by maybe $2-$3 at the most compared to other greek places, but you get what you pay for. The portions look big because they fill your plate with rice and potatoes. I would much rather pay the $3 difference to get a good meal rather than the poor quality you get from this place.

A friend asked me and my husband to meet him for Labour day weekend lunch here and we hesitantly agreed. Luckily, we didn't have to wait in line but we were stuck on a table that other restaurants would only use for a party of two and the best part was that it was right by the kitchen. Our friend had the roast lamb, and my husband and I had the kalamari dinner and we all shared a saganaki as our appetizer. The saganaki lacked flavour. I never knew that you could mess up fried cheese, but they did. Our kalamari was the worst kalamari I have ever had. The rings were super small and rubbery and had a weird flavour to it. Also, i think they put dill in their tzaziki which, from my understanding, you are not supposed to do with real tzaziki (it's supposed to be yogurt, cukes, and garlic). The roast lamb, while decent, was very fatty. The rice and pototoes were cheap fillers that I did not care much for.

The only saving grace for this place is that I find the people who work here are nice and friendly. Our waiter Tyler was very attentive and even apologized for having to have us sit by the kitchen.

Overall, I will not be coming back to this place.

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