Casual greek food at cheap prices. Always a line up down the block. Nothing on the menu over $12.
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.
We have only gotten take-out, so can't really comment on service or ambiance. Calamari dinner is awesome price for a very large portion. One of the best calamari's I have ever had. Not too found of the "Greek Salad". Rice and potatoes are very good in flavour but sometimes are too greasy. Its very good, have gotten take out quite abit and when I get a craving for calamari this is the place I go to!
PS I don't think I would stand in line for it though! Get take out!
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.
There's nothing in this place that leaves me wanting to come back again. Sure, the food's good, but you can get the same quality from almost any take-out Greek place. It's not that easy to screw up good Greek.
The ambience? Well, you're crammed in there. You wait in line only to be cattleherded through your meal as well.
My suggestion? About two doors down to the east is a GREAT Greek (Cypriot) place called Takis. The food is higher quality, the room is a lot more quaint, the service is respectable, and the price isn't that different from Stepho's. The difference I guess is that you wouldn't be carrying styrofoam home with you.
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.
I really don't understand why people would line up to eat at this place. I have been here 3 times (2006, 2010, and 2012) and have yet to understand what the hype is all about. The place is cramped and loud. Yes, the portions are big-er and less expensive by maybe $2-$3 at the most compared to other greek places, but you get what you pay for. The portions look big because they fill your plate with rice and potatoes. I would much rather pay the $3 difference to get a good meal rather than the poor quality you get from this place.
A friend asked me and my husband to meet him for Labour day weekend lunch here and we hesitantly agreed. Luckily, we didn't have to wait in line but we were stuck on a table that other restaurants would only use for a party of two and the best part was that it was right by the kitchen. Our friend had the roast lamb, and my husband and I had the kalamari dinner and we all shared a saganaki as our appetizer. The saganaki lacked flavour. I never knew that you could mess up fried cheese, but they did. Our kalamari was the worst kalamari I have ever had. The rings were super small and rubbery and had a weird flavour to it. Also, i think they put dill in their tzaziki which, from my understanding, you are not supposed to do with real tzaziki (it's supposed to be yogurt, cukes, and garlic). The roast lamb, while decent, was very fatty. The rice and pototoes were cheap fillers that I did not care much for.
The only saving grace for this place is that I find the people who work here are nice and friendly. Our waiter Tyler was very attentive and even apologized for having to have us sit by the kitchen.
Overall, I will not be coming back to this place.
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.
After dining at Taki's the night before because there was a huge line outside of Stepho's, I was disappointed.
I mean it is not a bad place to eat, I ordered the BBQ chicken breast for like $10 and it came with 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts and the usual Greek accompaniments. It was okay for the price, but I was alone and only ate one of the breasts.
The atmosphere was very busy, the decor could use updating and a little bit of a clean up. Otherwise, if you are looking for a really goo bargain and not too concerned about quality go here... Oh ya and wait in a huge line...
I think the answer to it is, the location, the huge portion and the price.
FOOD: not bad, huge portion, good to shares with friends.
Service: they are always busy so not that attentive, just so-so.
Would recommend to friend for a try. I still go back sometimes when I want Greek food. Since there are many greek rest that are too expensive for the small portion they provide.
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.
We usually end up at Stephos weekly since we live close and it is the BEST comfort food imaginable. Initially we would order differently with my wife choosing the roast lamb and I being intoxicated by the meat lasagna, a delicious combination of lamb and beef in soft noodles covered (and I do mean covered) in cheese. Amazing meal. After our fifth (or so) visit, my wife was lured over to the lasagna and was trapped.
Our variety now comes from the appetizers (there is NO chance we'll have room for dessert sadly). The saganaki is great and my wife loves the salads (although olives, onions and tomatoes are my least popular foods so I pass).
We almost always end up with the same waiter who is excellent, fun and very helpful. He turned us on to the Tollo Italian wine (I suspect him of being Italian as well) and it is not only good but cheap as well. Every time is a fine dining experience.
If only there weren't those pesky line-ups it would be exquisite but the secret has been out for years now and it's a popular spot. I'm getting hungry reading this and as a matter of fact plan to go there very very soon (within the hour). Stephos forever!!!
I really don't understand why people line up 30,60 mins for this place.
Yes, food is not bad, portions are big and price is very reasonable. But that's about it. Everything is premade, food is at most good for the money.
People giving this place a 5 star rating has obviously not been willing to spend $3-$5 dollar more for real souvlaki.
Service is so-so at best but one thing good is place is always busy and lively.
On an absolute level, compared to higher end Greek places, it's 3 stars for food, & 5 stars for value.
Go here is you are a poor student, but forget the hype, don't be a silly sheep by following the crowd to eat pre cooked lamb
There are 2 other Greek restaurants in the vicinity there, go pay $2-$3 and you'll know what I mean.
I ordered roast lamb to go, and asked for vegetables only - no rice, salad or bread, so get this, I thought if I didnt order rice,bread or salad he would naturally give me more vegetables, but NO just the usual portion
And the lamb was not nicely marinated nor did it have a nice outer crust, and was not tender fall off the bone
It was quite fatty also
Last time for me at Stephos....
I've been here several times now to have the roast lamb house special and it never disappoints. Friends have tried other dishes but they don't really compare to the lamb and can be hit or miss.
Believe it or not there are times when there aren't people waiting outside the front entrance, and that's the time to go to Stepho's. Great lamb for a great price!
Stepho's is overrated by many because you get your buck's worth. However, when they say the food at Stepho's is incredible, they've obviously never had great Mediterranean food. The service is terrible, which I usually don't mind at a restaurant if it's good. However, during my last 4 visits I'd say the average wait time for the server to take an order was about 15 minutes, and the food took another 40. An hour to get your food. If you add in another 30 min (being generous) to the wait time, that's an hour and a half before you get your food.
It may sound like an exaggeration but it really isn't. They always to prioritize take outs before dine-ins. Yes, sure, many of the orders may have been ordered before the other customers who were seated. However, if you are taking orders beyond the restaurant's capabilities to provide food fast enough, it really makes you question just how much the restaurant prioritizes their money over customer satisfaction.
Long story short:
Dine-in at Stepho's if you have at least an hour and a half to waste, to eat mediocre food with bad service
Get takeout at Stepho's if you don't have at least an hour and a half, and to eat mediocre food with good service