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Stepho's Greek Taverna

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

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Tasty Greek, on the cheap
By frugalgourmet of Vancouver (70 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, January 20, 2008 - 8:45pm [Dine in]

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!

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Good Food, Great Value
By jpcostales of Metrotown, Burnaby (70 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, October 9, 2007 - 10:27am [Dine in]

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.

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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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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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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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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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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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Always Always Always Love this Place!!!
By vanvan of Vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, April 5, 2009 - 6:16pm [Dine in]

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!

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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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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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Very Busy Place
By Spicerum of Kitsilano BC (6 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 31, 2015 - 2:26pm [Dine in]

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.

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To much food
By Savoury of Downtown Core, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, December 10, 2011 - 3:28pm [Dine in]

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.

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Poor Customer Service!
By dinerb of Burnaby Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, June 27, 2011 - 8:03am [Dine in]

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!

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Great Greek Taverna
By opinion of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, March 28, 2011 - 3:05pm [Dine in]

A friend recommended this. The place aims to be a regular family taverna... and that it does well. the prices and food are great. I had the calamari, which was just ok, but good portions and price so no complaints. The lamb was fantastic. I know the dish as kleftiko, but they simply call it roast lamb. It is excellent... other reviewer have pointed out that it is a bit fatty.. I did not think so. It tasted like a very good, slow cooked lamb shank should taste. And at around 10 dollars it is great value, And comes with equally good tasting carrots, salad, potatoes. We had leftovers and I plan to be back!

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What you save on the tip, you will spend on toilet paper.
By canadachris of Vancouver, BC Canada (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 6:22pm [Dine in]

We went to Stephos because my best friends always raved about how good the food was. There is always a line up ..so it must be fantastic....right...??!

We arrived early to avoid line up and were seated immediately. It looked promising. After taking our drink order the server seemed to forget that we were there. When she finally brought our beers we ordered appies. So, we waited for 30 min for Saganaki (the flaming cheese). When it did arrive it was horrible, it was burnt and cold. However,to quote our server "Thats how it comes." I wonder if she would use the same excuse for our burnt pita bread?

Meanwhile every other table that was seated after us received their appetizers AND entree while we continued to wait. At least we were seated at a window, we had the sights of davie street to occupy us :)

When the entrees did finally arrive we had been in the restaurant for at least an hour. We were starving. The souvlaki platters were stone cold and on dirty plates no less. Seeing as how our server was less than attentive we ate anyway.
BIG MISTAKE!!!!
And still our server was nowhere to be seen. Half an hour later with half eaten plates and empty glasses sitting in front of us we had to go to the front to get our bill.
We paid and gladly left. Never to return

We both spent that night and most of the next morning fighting over the bathroom

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Good value for your money
By Tom Johnson of Vancouver, Canada (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, January 4, 2010 - 7:34pm [Dine in]

The food itself was alright, but if your looking for value, then check it out. The only con is the time you have to wait just to get a table, and the lamb could have a little more taste. I love greek food, and their are only a couple places I enjoy; this being one.

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