Casual greek food at cheap prices. Always a line up down the block. Nothing on the menu over $12.
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!
Had not been in years, so I thought I'd try it.
Put up with the line up, got a table and ordered chicken sovlaki.
Food was so so, and the line up guarentees a steady supply of patrons.
Washroom was in dire need of attention (very dirty).
It is a mystery that this place is so busy, can only be the low prices.
Not the best Greek food, by a mile, just cheap.
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.
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
After reading all the positive reviews about this restaurant, I decided to take my mom there for lunch.
My first impression of the restaurant was not great. It was 2:30 pm and the restaurant was not incredibly busy, yet there was no one to greet us upon our entry. There were a couple of waitresses who passed us by, but no one offered us a table. Anyways, we decided to seat ourselves a table close by the door.
Once we were seated, the service was much better. A friendly waitress prompty provided us with menus and took our order.
The wait for the food was lengthy (around 20 minutes) but well worth it. I was quite impressed with the portions and the taste of the food. At 9.95, my platter consisted of a large piece of roast lamb (larger than the size of a clenched adult fist), roast potatoes, greek salad, rice, stewed beef, and a piece of flatbread/pitabread. The lamb was cooked almost to perfection - it was crunchy on the outside and juicy and tender on the inside. I went into the restauarant quite hungry, and still had to pack half of my platter home.
Overall, Stepho's is an excellent restaurant for those looking for value!
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.
I've been to stephos a few times now and I've always ordered the lamb, can't go wrong with it. Portions are huge and I never finish so I save half for the next days' lunch. The only downfall i could think of is the lineup....geez, usually takes 1 hr, there was one time where i waited 30 mins but that's rare. I also got tired of waiting one time and went a few stores down to the other greek restaurant (i heard it's the same own) but food is about $1 more but i think it's ok, compared to having to wait 1 hr just to get a table. Service is alright, never had a problem. Although i was sitting outside the patio area and the restaurant next to them had their back door open with a sign that says (come in we're C*NTS)....not very appropriate but I guess it's not really stepho's fault!
I wanted to go to Stepho's because of friend's comments that it was inexpensive and good. I also wanted to go because I ALWAYS see people lining up to get in.
I'm not a patient person at all and so I thought a quiet night like a Monday might help my chances of getting in pretty quickly. There was still about 14 people in line when we arrived - so perhaps an indication Stepho's does not have a quite night. We waited about 15-20 minutes.
Once seated we had our drinks orders taken quite promptly (within 10 minutes) with our food orders taken soon after. We observed the HUGE portions that were served and the many doggy bags that were being taken so we decided against a starter.
It is a good thing we did not order a starter as neither my friend nor I finished our mains of roast lamb and lamb chops. Usually I would expect 2 lamb chops but here I got 4 piled on top of a whole lot of sides - including roast potatoes, salad, vegetables, pilaf and with pita on a side plate. Both mains were cooked how we ordered them - medium to well done and were juicy and tender.
The service was the right amount of attentiveness - I had my reservations that perhaps they hovered to quickly turn over the diners but this did not seem to be the case with us or anyone else - and we received our drinks and food orders promptly.
Ambience - partly it is what you pay for. If you want to pay more then you might expect more by way of design. It has a homely, Greek family esq feel to it. I did find it slightly too dark though my friend found it pleasant.
Overall a good experience. It doesn't hit the ball out of the park, but then with what we paid I wasn't expecting that. (We paid $40 for lamb roast, lamb chops, half krafe of wine and tip)
I have been a long-time customer of Stepho's. Two weeks ago, I went with a group of 7 for a special occasion. There was a lineup as we went during dinner time. However, we had people volunteering to line up ahead of time so we all didn't have to be there at the same time.
I ordered one of my favorites - the lamb slouvaki. My other favorites include the calamari dinner and the spanakopita dinner (not on the menu but you can order it). I also had a cosmo to go along with my meal, which was pleasant.
The waiter was funny and charming. We really had a great time there and the food came out at the same time for all of us. Overall, it was a good dinner experience as always!
I am sorry and with all due respect, but I really do not get it. First time I went there, waited in the lineup, got sick after (don't think I should start describing). Decided to try it again, waited in a lineup, got sick again even though I ordered a completely different dish! Third time I got persuaded by a friend to go, did not get sick but was not impressed with my meal.
I honestly think quality of food they serve is not that great. Large poritons, good priced or not, I will not go there again.
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.
i used to frequent this place occasionally as i used to work near by and im sorry to say but it's not as good as it used to be. i know my rating for stephos is "solid" across the board but it used to be excellent. now the portions are smaller and now charge you if you want to sub out the greek salad for the Caesar... and the Caesar tasted like something that came from a fast food joint. i had the roast lamb, which was fine but the portion was definiatly smaller then what im used to seeing. before i couldn't finish a roast lamb from Stephos but this time i polished it off and wasn't full as expected to be. maybe it's the recession but stephos is no longer a good bang for it's buck
Sorry guys.... I just don't get it. The wait is WAY too long for food that I think is "decent".
It's over rated and I think partially because of Stepho's location. The fact that he throws a handful of fries on the plate is (I think) deplorable. I think Stepho's appeals to the young hip crowd that hangs around the west side of the city. If You want authentic, great tasting, everything on the menu is perfect food. Try Kalamata's you won't be disappointed. I highly recommend making reservations. I tried Stepho's once (only because we were in the neighborhood) and really didn't like it at all, have not been back since and will only go to Kalamata's. I don't have to wait in the rain, I don't get served fast food and I walk out of there happy very satisfied and usually so full that there is enough to take home for a midnight snack.
Honestly people..... Stepho's is not everything it's cracked out to be.... please.. try Kalamata's.
We arrived at 6:45PM on a Saturday and found the wait to be of a reasonable duration i.e. 10-12 mins. However arrive after 7PM and you're in for a long wait, esp. if you've got a party of friends. Waitresses/waiters came to take our order witin 5 mins of being seated which was good, because we knew what we wanted from the menu displayed in the window whilst we were waiting in line. A tasty Dip/Pita appetiser arrived almost immediately, and the main course (chicken pita and lamb souvlaki) was almost instantaneous. We like a quick n easy meal, but I'm sure others like to take their time dining. Service was average to good. Not brilliant, but I could see it's because it was extremely busy. I would definitely return.
It has been a while since I have dined at Stepho's, probably close to two years now. But when ever I drive by the restaurant, I can't help but think about there tender juicy lamb; just barley hanging on to the bone. The price is incredible for it's taste and portion. My friend who never eats lamb was even extremely tempted to give it a taste. The line ups are just ridiculously long, I think the owner should really expand or open another location as this join is way too small for such a crowded part of town. During the summer on a nice warm day with some friends I wouldn't mind waiting over half an hour outside but we only see a limited number of those days here in Vancouver. Note, they do have lamp heaters outside for those who are waiting.
The lineups are too long to wait for the kind of food they serve. The food is fresh and cooked well, but not really worth the wait. Some of the side dishes which come with the entree's are not too good, but makes the plate of food look bigger. Service is friendly, our waiter gave us free dip and pita after we ordered because he could see we looked really hungry and tired. Amazing value for Greek food.
This place is not as good as it was five or 8 years ago.. but that may because they haven't raised their prices since then...
The only thing I would order is the roast lamb or the vegetarian lasagna... the wine is never very good - and the calamari is too dry... Despite the big portions and tasty lamb/lasagna dish, I think I would rather go to Taki's...But for the price, you won't feel disappointed or ripped off :-)
MY MOTTO FOR THE RESTAURANT: If you want to pay cheap and each cheap food( $10 instead of $14 for a Calamari dinner), by all means go to Stephos.
THE FOOD: Most people get excited by the large portions. Guess what? You will get a large heap of rice, which cost the restaurant 25c extra. Your plate will look very big as a result. I dine mostly at Greek restaurants, all over the Lower Mainland. I have never tasted such dry, hard to chew squid. The Greek salad had unripened tomatoes, and cucumber. I felt as though the veggies were plastic. No taste in them.
THE AMBIANCE: My eyes got tired very fast. The restaurant has dimmed lights so you cannot see that it needs to be renovated.
THE SERVICE: Nice, but if you stop ordering, they want you out and the waiter will keep bugging you if you want anything else, until yo ask for the bill.
We had reservations for a B-day party. Could not put the tables together, as it is very tight in there. Also half of the guests had to stand around the other guests' table and wait until a second reserved table was freed..for 20 minutes. When you make reservations, it does not mean you will have your table right away.
I would rather pay $3-4 extra per plate, and eat at another Greek restaurant. This was a bit like a fast food experience. Nothing hip about this place at all.
My experience at Stepho's Greek Taverna began with an hour long line-up with a few friends along the side of the restaurant. The place was packed and when we stepped inside the restaurant (hoping to be seated at a table),we were asked again to wait in this little space which was awkward and uncomfortable. Then, 25 minutes later, after sharing an uncomfortable bench with 4 other people, we were finally seated. After that our server brought us waters and asked my underaged friend if she wanted an alcoholic beverage to start...without even asking to see an I.D. So, we started with waters and then we ordered dinner. We looked at the menu and everything seemed like a bargain. I ordered the small size slouvakia dinner which was around the range of $8. Then, the food arrived around 10 minutes later which we thought was a reasonable time frame for the dinners to be prepared. We saw the food and then understood why the dinners were set at such an inexpensive price; they basically gave all filler foods (breads, rice, etc.) and a small serving of a protien item(i ordered the lamb). Three-quarters of the plate had mounds of rice, which turned out to be dry, and pita bread, which couldn't even fit on the plate and kept on slipping off onto the table(which in my mind was not very good because anyone could have touched that table cloth). The lamb was alright, but not the best i've had. Also, I do not recommend the prawn dinner. My friend ordered it, and was still hungry at the end of the meal. Overall, I wouldn't come here if I was in a rush, but if you want cheap, Greek cuisine that makes you full(on pita bread and rice), this is the place for you. For the rating, I gave this restaurant a 2 for an "okay" experience.
Stepho's is a great restaurant to eat in, you definetly get your money's worth! The roast lamb is my absolute favourite! If you are planning on going, expect to wait in line for a long time, especially during the summer. At times it seems as if they are under staffed so service is not that great but the food is worth it!
Nobody in Vancouver and I mean NOBODY can beat the price and quantity and taste of the lamb dinner from Stepho's... the briami is delish...
My recommendation: call ahead and order for take-out... then go home and enjoy it in peace without the long lineups and the noisy tourists...
There's enough food to have dinner and save leftovers for both the next day's lunch and dinner... seriously... two to three meals for each lamb dinner you order...
And it's all under $10!!!
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