Casual greek food at cheap prices. Always a line up down the block. Nothing on the menu over $12.
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.
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!
im not sure if its me or the light in the restaurant is alittle too dark that i'd ask the waiter to turn the light on brighter because one i cannot see my food, two for my own opinion i think when im eating i deserve to have a better view of what im eat other than that the food was incrdible the service was only well respectful and friendly
The calamari dinner is to die for, the portion size is amazing, I usually eat it for dinner and lunch the next day. In the calamari dinner you get so much calamari, so much rice, potatos, bread and tatziki, now the one thing you want to make sure you do is ask for extra tatzziki sauce!!!! I wouldn't wait in line at this place, either go when they not busy or do like me take the food home and eat in your pj's! Their sluvaki is also super good! And you can't beat thier prices!!! Sorry for any spelling errors :-)
Listen, I'm Greek. Many, many generations of Greek in me and when I went to this place I didn't see any of my ancestors at this restaurant.
The lamb was all sinew and gristle. The lasagna contained the ends of carrotts (the root end). I went with four employees from my firm and we all didn't want to finish our meals. The price was great, but you get a lot of big, wet rice for the price. If the meal contained actual content I'd say "well, at least you're getting good sized portions" but you don't. You get over-cooked rice, piled high with cheap cuts of meat thrown on top.
I don't know why people line up for this place, unless they're really on a budget and want the experience of "dining out" but for my money I'd prefer a place like Characters where at least you get food. Stepho's is not worth the price.
I'm really not sure what the allure of this place is. I could understand it 10 years ago when you got a whole plate of food for $5, but now I'm just baffled as to why people are willing to wait in the cold/rain for a long time for mediocre food.
I had one chicken souvlaki take out with pink juice running out of it (they forgot about it so they rushed it), and getting sicker than a rabid monkey the next time I went there (who knows if it was a virus or the food, but after the pink juice chicken, I'm not doubtful) I don't think I can stomach going back there.
If you want good Greek without the wait, the noise, and the harried meal as they try to rush you out the door, go to Kalamata on W. Broadway and Yukon. Probably cheaper than Stepho's now, too.
great value for the serving size, but when i went on a wednesday night, the food came out semi warm. it feels like they make a whole batch in the kitchen at once and serve it a la cafeteria style. this would be okay if they kept the food warm at least, semi solid cold cheeseballs are not very appetizing. the service is non existent, servers don't really give a crap about you and only force a smile when giving you the bill.
No line-ups at lunch; line-ups nearing dinnertime. This is a great place to fill up as the portions are generous. I always order the spanakopita as it gets me in a Greek-eating mood! The servers seem to be trying their best to work with what they've got there - it becomes up to coincidence whether or not better seats are available to be given to you, &c. Some servers are more friendly than others.
I've been to Stepho's more times than I can count, and it's almost always great if you don't mind waiting in the lineup. However, the last time I was there for lunch, it was mediocre because of the appetizers. The calamari was truly awful, hard and overcooked, which was surprising as it's normally great. The cheese balls were not as good as usual, either, but the roast lamb was delicious. I regret not sending the calamari back and tiraboukes back.
Since coming to Vancouver we have heard alot of suggestions about where to eat out. Stepho's was one of them, and I'm glad we went. The food was not high-end by any means but neither were the prices. For the money this place is a deal. The service was excellent, with the food arriving only moments after we ordered it! There is alot to be said about food that arrives piping hot. Our waiter was also quite attentive. What more can you ask for @ $7.99 for an entree! A thumbs up for Stepho's!
I would say this is one of the best known place for Greek food in the Greater Vancouver area, and it's not hard to understand why.
I had a roast lamb, the meat was tender and tasty, portion was huge. Considering how busy it was, specially on the weekend, the service was quite good. There were some delay for my pita to come that I thought they forgot, but it turned out that my server did remember but he was just too busy.
The bad sides are this place is a bit cramped inside and the long line up.
Overall, you get more than you paid for at this place.
I like Stephos. It is good solid cheap and cheerful Greek food. If you go in expecting a fine dining experience you will be disappointed.
Just remember that 2 can leave completely full for $40 or less
Thhis restaurant has great food, reasonably priced, big dishes, awesome ambience. Highly recommended. Careful of the lines for dinner especially during weekends. Lamb and Chicken is good so are the tavernas.
Nice place, good value
By jettastorm00 of Coquitlam, BC (16 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 11:14am [Dine in]
I was in downtown Vancouver with a friend, wrapping up some business and she suggested that we go to Stepho's. She was telling me there's usually a long line-up, but when we got there, we were pleasantly surprised that it was fairly clear. Just one party ahead of us, so that worked.
Our server was nice enough but didn't really do much besides give us our food and refill our waters. Didn't talk or chat us up, even though I tried to engage him... I had to keep trying to flag him down for refills on the water and juice.
We both had the roasted lamb dinner. The lamb was excellent. Meat was fall-off-the-bone tender, the salad was ok (too many white onions), converted rice lacked flavour.
I will be back for the food, NOT the service. Might be better to take out and just eat it on the beach.
I don't go to Stepho's very often, but I guess this was the last time. Line up as usual, but inside lots of empty tables. Are they lazy, not professionals or just the line up is a market? Amazing. Lots of people waiting and lots of dirty tables, empties. Service is the worst in Vancouver. It seems they are forced to serve you. Never smile, or a simple cortesy was made. Food: lamb is not bad, calamari taste like paper, prawns no taste but garlic, and so and so and so. STEPHO'S: I'm done
My girlfriend and I eat here on a semi-regular basis, and the food is always great. We always order the same damn thing, cause we're exciting like that. But really, how can you go wrong with ordering souvlaki? The portions are huge, especially for the price. One large order for 9.95 is enough for the two of us to share. My only complaint is that they sometimes seem a little stingy with drinks, which is bizarre considering the great deal you get on the entrees. Overall, our favourite place to go for Greek.
wow ordered two roast lambs to go one was the a tiny piece and the other was one was bigger but had a huge bone and was 50% fat
there was next no flavour you really cant complain about the price but you sure can if you getting food that you cant even feed to your dog. Now I know why the line ups dont seem to be there anymore.
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