Casual greek food at cheap prices. Always a line up down the block. Nothing on the menu over $12.
Like others below me Stephos has sadly gone from average to poor and I say that mostly in terms of service.
I will only come here if I can walk in and be seated right away - the incredible long line-ups are ridiculous - many years ago I waited for over 45 minutes and ended up not enjoying my meal because I was absolutely starving by the time the food came!
Food is good but definitely not great. I have memories of melt in your mouth roast lamb and potatoes but the other day it was dry and the potatoes just okay - what happened??!! Portions have also shrunken. Kalamari appetizer is now half Greek salad and half kalamari (a total rip off) and way too many onions. Roast lamb shank was also smaller than I remember :(
Service was TERRIBLE!!! Our server started off okay but afterwards it was other staff that came around to drop food off and bus tables. When I ordered another beer it never made it to our table - and this is how restaurants are supposed to make money??!! Then it took forever to get our bill settled. You'd think they want to turn over the tables as quickly as possible.
Don't think I'd go back to eat in - will probably just order take out and go to the beach like someone previously suggested.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
I love Greek food. I rarely get to come here but when I do, it is simply amazing. I usually have to stick to the tasty but piss poor portions and prices of Opa's. Food: Large Chicken Souvlaki. Big portions and you get 2 skewers and rice with the best tzatziki ever. Service: Pretty quick. Value: Very good. 12 bucks for a big portion that other restaurants don't even give half of and charge way more. Ambience: Pretty small and dark but feels like you're in Greece. Worth the trip to Vancouver. Try it.
I think Greek restaurants suffer from the same fate as some other ethnic fare, such as Vietnamese. They just don't work fancy. It's honest, down to earth food for people working the land, that's hard to dress up and stick a large price tag on.
Stepho's does it all well. They know the business they are in, and they excel at it. The food is as solid as it can be, service sparse but helpful, considering the size and density of the place, and turnover is efficient and quick, but you never feel rushed. No reservations are taken, so you do have to line up if you want in at prime times.
If you have some time to spare, it is certainly a cut above the already decent downtown Greek selections, including one right across the street. The place does not show any signs of being complacent or going downhill.
Big portions of food offered. I have tried most of the menu and its all above average. The service is usually good but there is usually a long line up outside. Lots of value for what you get. Ambiance is solid b/c everyone is enjoying their fairly priced tasty meals. Me likee this place.
Have dined here several times and have always had to wait in the line that snakes outside and down the block. However, I have yet to be disappointed once I am inside Stephos.
The place is packed- and with good reason! Always bustling and noisy but what can you expect with solid food, huge portions, and most plates under $10!
Fairly extensive food menu and a decent drink menu as well. The hummus is a favorite-just the right amount of garlic and the perfect consistency. The souvalaki dishes are a good bet-although the rice is rather bland.
Service is prompt but polite. Looks like the servers hardly have a moment to breathe!
As mentioned, the value is unbeatable. Portion sizes are filling and you cant complain about the cost! Easily dine for $30 (appy and tip included).
Ambiance is lacking any authentic vibe, probably because of the table turnover and the cramped seating.
Have been going to this place for years and recommend checking it out if youre in the neighbourhood
A friend and I went to Stephos this afternoon for lunch. There was no wait and my friend and I were seated as soon as we walked through the door.
My friend and I both had appetizers which arrived at snails pace which we could not understand as the restaurant was pretty much empty when we arrived.
According to my friend, she says her calamari was dry, flavorless and really not all that fresh.
We both ordered the lamb souvlaki for our entrees which came within a reasonable amount of time and was piping hot. Unfortunately, this is where things go downhill.
Stephos has cut there portion sizes. Everything is much smaller than what they are normally known for, no more plates of heaping food. The lamb souvlaki were like little nuggets on a stick; and because the cubes were so small they were overcooked and dry. The Greek salad was a green pepper salad with a little feta on it. Our potatoes looked good but were not cooked all the way through.
I’ve been a long time customer and at one time I would swear up and down that the wait to get into Stephos is well worth it. I would never even consider going elsewhere for Greek food. Now, I would tell people to consider going elsewhere. Stephos in my mind no longer stands out from the crowd. It’s not worth the wait in those long line ups, the food quality has gone downhill and the can no longer sell the value aspect as they’re portions size has diminished. It’s now become another run-of-the-mill Greek restaurant with the hopes of becoming more!
stephos is AMAZING! every one knows, line ups super long every day but worth the wait IMO BUT the last 2 times i went... i got calamari dinner... one time... it tasted like it was frozen... and the 2ed time it was WAY OVER COOKED.
i asked the server if they had a new cook... she told me no.. so i don't understand.
do they freeze pre-cooked calamari now?