Casual greek food at cheap prices. Always a line up down the block. Nothing on the menu over $12.
* 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.
*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.
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.
I ordered roast lamb to go, and asked for vegetables only - no rice, salad or bread, so get this, I thought if I didnt order rice,bread or salad he would naturally give me more vegetables, but NO just the usual portion
And the lamb was not nicely marinated nor did it have a nice outer crust, and was not tender fall off the bone
It was quite fatty also
Last time for me at Stephos....
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.
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.
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!
I've been here several times now to have the roast lamb house special and it never disappoints. Friends have tried other dishes but they don't really compare to the lamb and can be hit or miss.
Believe it or not there are times when there aren't people waiting outside the front entrance, and that's the time to go to Stepho's. Great lamb for a great price!
This is the worst Greek food I ever had. Had calamari, saganaki and greek salad and all except for half of the saganaki ended up in trash. The food in this place is an insult to Greek cuisine. Greek food should be flavorful but Stepho's calamari is rubbery, Greek salad is simply sour and saganaki tastes like cheep mozzarella melted in canola oil....zero flavor. Did not try other dishes and are not planning to. I will definitely not go back and would not recommend it to anyone. I really don't understand were the good reviews are coming from.
Absolutely amazing food. I had the spanakopita which was outstanding and I had the chicken pita dish with fries. Everyone i dined with was impressed with the food. We are from calgary and a local recommended the food here. However, the service was lacking. The tall bald gentlemen with round glasses was continually rude to the table. When I was talking to him he looked at me blankly and rudely asked who I was talking to. He forgot some of our drinks, brought out a dirty wine glass and threw out our left overs when we asked them to pack them up. Worst of all, when I made a comment to the manager about our experience, our waiter came back to the table and made a confrontation in front of my guests. He asked what he did that was so horrible that we had to go to his boss and complain. When we tried to explain our problem he got defensive and yelled at my sister. I suggested we pay and leave, but my guests were slightly upset. They had loved the food and was looking forward to our left overs. They talked to the manager again and he gave them a free meal the next time we come, but from this experience, I would hardly think I should come back. The manager was great and apologetic, but the server was very unprofessional when we criticized his work. I would have liked to see a better resolution to the issues we had brought up. Thank you for a great dinner, but our experience was ruined.
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 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.
Well worth the line-ups. Abundant GOOD Greek at very inexpensive prices.
The Keftes are often dry but the roast lamb, all souvlaki's, mousaka are all awesome! Calimari is good too but abit salty.... I like salty typically.
Roast potatoes are nice and moist, not roasted uncovered which dries out the outer layer.
One of my favs.... but hate the line ups.
Amazing food, I always get the lamb platter it's phenomenal. Servers are wonderful and prices are out of this world. Love it! Worth the wait in line, goes by quickly anyways.
The food comes out very quickly so if you're really hungry and need a goo place to fill up you won't have to wait longer than 10 minutes for sure.
I am not Greek (3rd generation Canadian) and I love this place. The lentil, the roast lamb (very expensive though), the sauces and the bread are all top notch and filling. Sometimes I think I want to order another lamb plate. I bring my wife here too but it is a little too expensive so mostly friends meeting and special occasions not to mention because of the fanatstic meat and marination they are always busy so beware.
My favorite thing on the menu is the lamb souvlaki. It's very lean meat and a large portion of meat, the large portion of rice like you get elsewhere. Wife like the roast lamb. She likes it because the top is crisped. Food was ok but quantity was quite a lot. I was there at lunch.. busy as usual. I enjoyed it Worth it to try if you like garlic.
We buy take out food from Stepho for dinner probably once or twice a month for years. But after tonight experience, I will NEVER go there again, and will never suggest anyone to go there. We ordered food as usual tonight. At the time of pick up, I provided the pick up number. Usually, they will repeat the info back, but they didn't this time. After we got back home, find out that is not what we ordered. We call them back right away and wanting to exchange it. The pick up person, and he said he is the manager, Billy, say that they won't let us exchange, because if we take the food back, then it is garbage. I understand that would be garbage, but I really don't like the wrong order that they have give us. And this is the first time I heard that restaurant gave out the wrong food, but won't take it back and provide the right one. I don't even mind to waste my time and gas to drive back to exchange for what I ordered. Then the "manager" Billy even say that we cause him to be yell by another customer because we took the wrong order. Come on, it is his job to make sure customer get the right order, and he is blaming customer for his mistake. Instead of admit for their mistake and say sorry, the "manager" Billy keep insist that he followed the company policy and repeat the info, but he didn't. I have to admit he "usually" do, but not this time. This is the worst customer service I have ever experience, and will not go there again.
I've been to this place numerous times with friends and families for many, many years and to be honest the food is pretty good, you get a large portion for a decent price. I do understand,as they are really busy with long line-ups, that they need to enforce the everyone-is-here-before-we-can-seat-you policy, I really do understand that! But twice, I've ventured out to this restaurant with my own family, young children in tow, leaving with quite a bitter taste in my mouth...fuming to be exact and vow to never come back again!
The hostess was outrageously rude, and she did specify that she was told to do this under management. The amount of people waiting for a table was building up in the restaurant so she told everyone to go outside and start forming a line. Fair enough! But all I did was ask if I could stay with my two young children inside as it was starting to rain that afternoon, not even disturbing the other seated customers and not even close to their tables, and this was their waiting area at the front entrance. Yet, she told me I should take my kids to the car and wait instead! WOW...I don't think I have ever come across such treatment from a restaurant...so I left for another restaurant. I didn't need to be a paying customer and be treated like that. The second time I went was already with hesitation because of that incident and certainly it was the same hostess and that poor customer service shone right through once again. There was only five tables occupied in the entire whole restaurant! My husband dropped me and my children off to get a table first and he went to find parking, and this is in the downtown area. Yet the same hostess greeted us, yet again with her poor customer service skill, extremely, extremely rude, and told us she couldn't seat us until everyone was there and told me to call my husband! That was it, I will never be subjected to such degradation and have to pay money for it. Management needs to retrain their hostesses (or it could just be this one bad apple) but the attitude needs to go!
I liked the food here but can't say I was impressed. Was recomended by a friend of mine (he RAVED about it) so maybe my expectations were too high. The food was good, the service was okay but I doubt I'll go back anytime soon as it was just your typical greek food which was compareable to other similar establishments....
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.
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.