Casual greek food at cheap prices. Always a line up down the block. Nothing on the menu over $12.
At 9:00pm, waited for about 35 mins. for a table at a place everyone said was the "awesomist!" Though there was a table open for the 3 of us, they wouldn't seat us. We shrugged...
Appy calamari? Puleeze. Not good.
Appy dolmathes? Pretty good.
House wine??? Gimme a break. It was grape juice mixed with vinegar. The house wine at Stepho's is the worst house wine I personally have ever had at any resto.
Dinner... my roast lamb was dry inside. How do you dry out roast lamb? I mean... even if you tried?
The rice had frozen peas 'n carrots in it (they weren't frozen when served to me, but clearly from a Safeway bag).
As Greek goes, I've had better at both Kisamos in Steveston and The Main on Main St.
But that's just me. Just wondering what the hype is anyway...
I ordered take out a couple times and also dined in 3 times past 5 years or so. Doesn't seem to have changed much, food is ok and the price is good. But then again a Mustang is cheap compared to a Porsche for a reason... not sure how good the quality of meats are or if the vegetables are ridden with pesticides from USA.
Service can be decent to poor. Side dips are outrageously overpriced, yes you have to pay for them. Greek salad sides are also too expensive for the poor vegetables and don't ask for a side greek salad with out the rice with your meal... they charge more... silly.
WASHROOMS ARE TERRIBLE, like a third world country.
they have large portions here and it costs just over $10, cant find that kind of value in downtown vancouver so thats probably why this place is always mad busy in the evenings... and i repeat, mad busy.
i think the food here is bland.. their rice just tastes like plain white rice to me and their meat lacks any real taste. strange how that is yet ive kept coming back here, until recently.
the guys that serve here do their job well considering how busy it can get, they take your orders pretty quickly and the food comes out within a reasonable period of time.. but there have been exceptions.
its a loud and relatively small place, hard to get through when there is more than one person standing in front of you.. in terms of the places' cleanliness, ill leave that to the health inspectors to decide.
i havent been back here in a while, probably not planning to because the food does not appeal to me much; however, if i only had $15 and was starving, i would consider it.
We went for lunch here for the first time and ordered chicken souvlaki and the calamari dinner. Found the calamari somewhat tough and chewy, not tender enough, possibly overcooked. The chicken was a bit dry too. It looked like a huge serving as the squid was piled high on a bed of rice but in reality it was just an average serving of squid. It had nice tables and the service was pretty good though. Maybe will try something else the next time..
i went for the first time, and i think it's pretty good, for a person who wouldn't know a lot about greek food. the other greek places i've been to were expensive, small and they tasted the same to me.
we had spanakopita for starters, and it was delicious....very crispy phyllo, and the cream cheese/spinach ratio was good! even the sprite there tasted good.
for the entrees, had the lamb soulaki. you can even share a small! but i tried my boyfriend's beef souvlaki, and i thought the beef was better. the rice was alright, the potatoes were okay too, and salad was yummy. i couldn't finish my plate. you can even pack it to go.
awesome deal. we ate for two under 30 bucks. how great is that?
but lineups are annoying. at least they have outdoor heaters....but you still have to wait a while. the decor is alright....but music was kinda out of place (techno...haha) and service is ok, but they didnt check our drinks too much.
Stepho’s is always good, for what it is; A small hole in the wall Greek taverna, with a really cheap menu. They have great calamari, good souvlaki, and weak service. This is a great place to go if you are hungry, as the servings are ridiculously large. They are lined up everyday for dinner, but it does move quickly. Not sure I would recommend it for a first date, as it s soooo cheap and you will be burping garlic all night.
We live in Kits now for 3 years and have been to a lot of Greek places in the neighborhood as well as in Point Grey and other parts of the city. Yesterday we tried out Stepho's for the first time (we rarely go downtown for dinner).
It was just as good as everybody was telling us.
On a busy Friday night we waited outside for about 25 minutes, another 3 minutes inside and got a nice table at the front (we did not mind other people watching us as we had been looking at others before ;-).
Food was delivered incredibly fast - Stepho's has the advantage of a small menu and a restaurant that is always full + lots of pick-up, so they do not have to wait for orders to start preparing the meals.
The food was very good, just what you expect from a good Greek place. Mousaka was excellent (just as good as on Samos, where we had the best one in Greece so far) and the roasted lamb was very good as well. As starters we had tsatsiki and very good cheese balls (primarily for our 3 year old). With it came fresh and hot bread. All in all as good as you can get with the limited range of Greek food. The retsina could have been a little stronger in taste - we prefer Tsantali here in Canada - but nevertheless we enjoyed half a liter of it with our dinner. A greek dinner without retsina is just not complete.
Ambiance is very nice, too. Just a authentic Greek tavern with all the smells, Greek music, noise and loads of people that you get in Greece as well.
And the best part of it all: The bill came out significantly below $50 for the 3 of us. And the portions are big enough to have another small meal the next day at home. The fact that we had to ask our friendly waiter to take off three glasses of pop that we did not order or drink is our only little complaint about service. (Of course there was no problem getting the $5 off the bill)
We will definitely go back! Best Greek place in town so far!
PS.: I found it incredible that our car was parked second row behind other cars in the back of the restaurant without any problem. I guess the cars in first row belong to employees. So if you spot a space in second row, just go for it, register at the cash inside and enjoy your lunch or dinner.
Waited about 15 mins in the line up which was not so bad considering it was around 7:00pm. The restaurant was bustling inside and all the patrons seemed to be enjoying their meals. Ordered a couple appetizers and the soulvaki dinners. The food was fresh and the flavours were good! Try the meatball appetizer it's pretty good and really filling! I ordered the small chicken soulvaki and it was actually a pretty big portion couldn't finish so I packed it for lunch the next day! Service was pretty good, our food came fast and waters were refilled often. Overall a good dining experience I can see why people line up!
Why on earth do people line up for this place? The food is terrible, there are so many greek restaurants from average to great and this doesnt even make the average on the food side. The rumours of extra large portions and cheap prices are either grossly exagerated, or it used to be like that and the reputation still holds. So lack of quality, and not being any cheaper or larger portions than any other greek restaurant, I see no reason to go here.
The ambiance is like any other stereo typical old and dated greek restaurant, not very nice, but its kinda what you expect.
The service was average, they were clearly more concerned about getting the table back than service.
FOOD >>> Decent. The lamb is overrated. Besides that, ther were just a bunch of almost overcooked vegetables.
SERVICE >>> Decent.
VALUE >>> We were given pretty big portions for what we paid, and the whole reason we went initially was for their supposedly renowned lamb. The half hour line up outside wasn't worth it though.
AMBIANCE >>> We were a party of 3 crammed into a tiny table, squished in next to a huge party of 8. Annoying! As for the decor, the usual: warm, cliche' mediterranean-style restaurant decor.
Went to Stepho's for the very first time last night. Amazingly there was no line up at 6:45pm. After about a 15 min wait we were seated, and luckily at that time we saw the line building outside. We ordered the hummus and pita, calamari dinner, and chicken souvlaki. Hummus and pita was decent but I always like nice, warm soft pita bread. The calamari dinner was huge and seemed to be overflowing. But the calamari sort of looked bland and didn't taste 'fresh' from the stove. The chicken souvlaki was pretty decent, the chicken had a great taste to it and not too dry. I would go back again if there was no lineup. It's good value for the amount of food you get but not worth the long wait.
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.
I have been to Stepho's numerous times over the years, and never ever leave disappointed.
I always start with the Tiroboukes (fried cheese balls) which are incredible!
Usually have the 2 skewer souvlaki or the BBQ pork, which are both always great!
Sure, you have to wait in line if you're going for dinner, but the food taste, quantity, and quality are worth it, especially when you factor in the cheap prices.
Great place to go in the summer as well. Have dinner here, then stroll down to English Bay.
Stepho's will never disappoint!
If you notice a lot of young people out for dinner here; you shouldn't be surprised. This is a place if you're dining out economically. The quality of food was average. If you can afford more, this city has a lot more quality grrek restaurants to try. It is in a good location and the ambience is nice. Its just there wasn't anything we ordered that I would say was memorable.
I decided to give this place a try since everytime I'm driving down Davie St, there's always a line up! We were seated in about 15 mins..not too bad, considering! I had the chicken souvlaki, and at the time, it was tasty...lots of rice and potatoes & salad. About half hour later, I was wishing I never ate it, and I'm really sensitive to MSG, and I could tell it was definitely thoughout my meal. My boyfriend had the Kalamari Dinner - he couldn't even eat most of it, the Kalamari was about 3 minutes over-cooked, but we're not the type to complain...we just shut up and ate it, which we shouldn't have - as we both couldn't go into work the next morning due to a slight dose of food poisoning. If you're sensitive to MSG - if you go, make sure you ask for it without, unless you like it of course. Over all, at the time, not bad.
I agree with the other reviews. I just don’t understand what’s so freaking special about this place that people line up for hours to get in. Is it the mob mentality at work? Maybe they are ALL tourists, sent by the various hotels around town? Or perhaps they are just too lazy to think for themselves. How can such an ordinary place be so packed all the time? Even the waitress are not hot.
The food is fair to ok, even though my friend found a LONG BLACK hair with some fried calamari around it. But I am not complaining about that; in fact I love when the chef puts himself into his dish.
Despite of what you might have heard, the portions are NOT that huge, they are normal size for a Greek restaurant. So do yourself a favour, and don’t believe the hype. Hell, I don’t even wait in lines for clubs, so I don’t see why I should wait in line for a mediocre food joint, considering there are SO MANY OTHER places to go in the downtown core. But that’s just my opinion.
Three people eating to fullness for under $30 is an incredible deal...especially when the food is much better than the local McDonald's.
Their dolmanthes and roast lamb are very good, although I didn't really care too much for their rice pilar included in the lamb entree. The lamb itself was tender and well prepared, with not too much of that "lamby" smell.
Our orders were taken quite promptly and food came out fast. However, our water glasses were only refilled once and sat empty for half an hour until we left.
The ambiance is nice, the restaurant looks small from the outside but is pretty roomy once you go inside. We went for lunch so there weren't any lineups.
I will probably return for lunch since I don't think I'd be willing to wait outside for any extended period of time for the food here. (I agree with previous reviewers who say that there is better greek food at other places)
The service is pretty bad. Snooty at times, so I decided to take my business elsewhere. Bad mistake. I never thought that Stepho's potatoes and rice was anything special until I had absolutely horrible ones.
Having said that, the only dishes I like at Stepho's is Dalmathes to start and roast lamb for main. However, just the 2 dishes kept me coming back. The lamb is tender and succulent. The meat falls right off the bones. Simply well done. One tip for everyone who don't want to wait: take the food to go and eat at the beach 5 blocks down.
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!
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.