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Stepho's Greek Taverna

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

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This is a very Mediocre place
By Rosser of Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 3:36pm [Take-out]

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.

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cheap can be expensive
By alisonblak31 of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 8:54pm [Dine in]

i think that the fact that this place is really cheap catches atention from everyone but the real thing is that its not really good, the food it's not fresh, it has a weird taste and it is definitely not worth it, i end up spending money in something i really didn't like and had to go it somewhere else so, its a no here.

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good fill for a cheap price
By alpha_dog of richmond (61 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 9, 2008 - 5:47pm [Dine in]

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.

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Sound Quality and Value
By diningRL of East Vancouver (65 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 28, 2008 - 10:38pm [Dine in]

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.

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too much rice
By pete66 of coquitlam (56 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 14, 2008 - 7:58am [Dine in]

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..

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Greek is Good
By moussy of Vancouver (60 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, March 17, 2006 - 2:10am [Dine in]

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.

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Can I get more food on my plate please?
By fella of Vancouver (72 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 8, 2005 - 1:17pm [Dine in]

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.

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Nicest greek place in town
By Andi710 of Kitsilano, Vancouver (34 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 26, 2009 - 2:29pm [Dine in]

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.

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Good prices, good eats
By tastytasty02 of Burnaby (44 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 10, 2008 - 10:58am [Dine in]

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!

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What are people thinking?
By got2hot of Vancouver (46 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 17, 2006 - 2:32pm [Dine in]

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.

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A lot of hype about the lamb?
By pallonia of Vancouver (20 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 3, 2009 - 7:22pm [Dine in]

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.

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Not Impressed
By UsedCar of Burnaby (21 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 26, 2007 - 1:08pm [Dine in]

I always see the line ups and finally one day, we walked by and it was early enough that we beat the lineup. We decided to take the opportunity and see what brings so many people in. I honestly failed to discover it.
The lamb souvlaki tasted like mutton, and was not very tender.
The kalamari tasted like it any other deepfried squid. A little greasy. Service was too focused on pumping us through-as The Line started forming almost immediately after we arrived.
I guess people see a lineup and thats enough to bring them in.

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Awesome Greek!
By E10Out of West (12 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 11:34pm [Dine in]

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.

Mmmmmm

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dining out on a budget
By Zeero of delta (13 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 11, 2009 - 7:09pm [Dine in]

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.

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Not the best...
By bre22 of Burnaby (12 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 3, 2008 - 2:59pm [Dine in]

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.

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Pretty good
By Mecca-nism of texas (18 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, July 24, 2008 - 10:28am [Dine in]

I know Stepho’s is a popular Greek restaurant in Vancouver and I can see why. It’s well priced, the service is fast, and if you’re craving Greek food it’s a good place to get your fill. However, if you’re looking for top-quality food than Stepho’s might not be the place to go. I know Greek food well and although Stepho’s is solid, there are better Greek restaurants out there.

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Still going strong
By igobble of Kitsilano, Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 18, 2008 - 5:15am [Dine in]

I've been going to Stepho's for 10yrs and loving it. Still a Vancouverite favourite - if you wanna be like the locals, order take-out or you'll be waiting a long time in line outside.

The moussaka and souvlaki are our comfort food favourites, always large portions, and still as good today as it was when I first started going over 10yrs ago.

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I just don't get it!!
By eugene of Richmond (19 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 7, 2005 - 4:25pm [Dine in]

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.

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You get a lot of bang for your buck
By yummitummi of Vancouver (46 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 4, 2008 - 1:29pm [Dine in]

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)

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Best Greek
By bobo of vancouver (47 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 19, 2006 - 3:23am [Dine in]

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.

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