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Stepho's Greek Taverna

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

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Really Average food
By Copious of West End, Vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 16, 2008 - 1:24pm [Dine in]

It's always silly to see people line up for this place, knowing full well the food is just average.

Went there for lunch the other day, the plastic table cover was ripped, chair next to me had a huge ripped hole with foam sticking out, dirty cutlery (had to take one from another table), the place was dark and dirty (even for daytime), didn't even want to see what the washroom looked like.
As for the portion size, let's take the popular chicken souvlaki for example. Sure you get a great amount of food, but the quality is just average, rice is really bland, potatoes were good, and you can't really screw up the greek salad, and the chicken was standard....nothing mind blowing. The whole quantity over quality thing induces images of mindless farm animals wolfing down low-grade feed. As for the price/value, well, you get what you paid for.

Bottom line: there are PLENTY of excellent greek restaurants in town, but don't fuel the hype and line up for this one.

Please note a 'two star' rating is considered 'Decent' (average, passable), not 'Poor'.

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What with all the hype?
By bobofrodo of Downtown, Vancouver (18 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 16, 2008 - 1:03pm [Dine in]

Heard lots of great things about this place before attempting to get in the long daily lines.

In the end, it is ok to average greek food served by the bucket load for portion sizes. The chicken souvalki was ok, the calamari was chewy and the rice was bland. If a huge pile of average tasting food is your thing, then you will love this place.

If they reduced their portion sizes, I am guessing that the line ups and hype would follow suit.

Pass!

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Still going strong
By igobble of Kitsilano, Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 18, 2008 - 5:15am [Dine in]

I've been going to Stepho's for 10yrs and loving it. Still a Vancouverite favourite - if you wanna be like the locals, order take-out or you'll be waiting a long time in line outside.

The moussaka and souvlaki are our comfort food favourites, always large portions, and still as good today as it was when I first started going over 10yrs ago.

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My friends made me eat here
By koopa of Burnaby (16 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 3, 2007 - 9:18pm [Dine in]

My 3 out of 5 = Okay'ish ... NOT Solid.
I went on a Saturday around lunch time and we had to wait outside for about 15 minutes which is alright I guess since I've waited around that time at other places such as the Keg, Cactus Club, or even Sammy J Peppers.
The price is okay considering how much you get BUT I would rather pay a few bucks more and get less IF it meant that the food was better in quality and taste.

The spanokapita was good. The lamb souvlaki was CHEWY!! My mouth was EXHAUSTED after eating that. I didn't like it at all. The meat wasn't so flavorful and of course, it took about 5 minutes to chew each piece of meat.

I also do not understand the hype about this place. I think most people are jumping the band wagon to be honest. I've had better Greek food elsewhere.

Over all: 3 out of 5. I consider this an okay place but nothing special and I'm still scratching my head about the hype around this place.

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Ideal for lunch, quick and savory.
By advcardio of northshore (15 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 19, 2007 - 8:12am [Dine in]

Looking for a place to have lunch within an hour, Stepho's can do it. No waiting for a table, service, or your meal.
The small souvlaki had rice over 3/4 of the plate along with a greek salad, roasted savory potatoes, pita bread and 1 skewer of lamb-which was all to perfection.
So much food left over, easy to take the rest home for another meal.
Delish!

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I Still like this place
By shane8585 of Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 4, 2007 - 1:29am [Dine in]

Can't beat the price. Somewhat Romantic with the candles and the house wine is not bad either. I have never been disappointed. worth the wait. My last visit was with a party of six and even with a bottle of wine and plenty of starters the bill was under 100...

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Too much hype, not enough service
By blondie_1200 of Maple Ridge (17 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, May 24, 2007 - 11:29am [Dine in]

I dont know why people think this place is so great. To have to wait outside for 25 minutes is insane, it's nothing special. The food is okay, nothing special. The prices are great. The service is slow, unfriendly and pushy. After going to this place I wish I didnt wait for food I could have got at a pub.

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great deal
By DaGasMan of Vancouver (17 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 19, 2007 - 7:41am [Dine in]

The quality of the food is not the greatest, but its pretty damn good for the price. It just depends on how much importance you place on quality over quantity. The calamari was slightly overcooked, and the batter was falling off the squid. The meatballs were also overcooked, but tasted really good. The roast lamb was also very delicious. The service was very good for such a busy place. My two friends and i waited for about 30min to be seated, which wasn't that bad considering the value...it just made us more hungry...Typical greek ambience...one complaint that I have is that the door would open every once in awhile due to the large lineup and a gust of cold air would come in...other than that, I would definitely visit here again if I had time to wait in line. Can't go wrong with such a large plate of food of good quality for such a cheap price.

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Well worth the wait
By cookie of PoCo (12 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 28, 2006 - 5:03pm [Dine in]

We love Stephos and visit frequently. Huge fan of their souvlaki and calamari and the roast lamb and that veggie stew that comes with the lamb. Potatoes are something special. Awesome Tzatziki. We have always had great service from very busy waiters - yes things are hectic, but I have never felt neglected. And the price and the quantitiy of the food make the wait well worth it.

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This is a very Mediocre place
By Rosser of Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 7, 2015 - 3:36pm [Take-out]

I ordered take out a couple times and also dined in 3 times past 5 years or so. Doesn't seem to have changed much, food is ok and the price is good. But then again a Mustang is cheap compared to a Porsche for a reason... not sure how good the quality of meats are or if the vegetables are ridden with pesticides from USA.

Service can be decent to poor. Side dips are outrageously overpriced, yes you have to pay for them. Greek salad sides are also too expensive for the poor vegetables and don't ask for a side greek salad with out the rice with your meal... they charge more... silly.

WASHROOMS ARE TERRIBLE, like a third world country.

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cheap can be expensive
By alisonblak31 of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 8:54pm [Dine in]

i think that the fact that this place is really cheap catches atention from everyone but the real thing is that its not really good, the food it's not fresh, it has a weird taste and it is definitely not worth it, i end up spending money in something i really didn't like and had to go it somewhere else so, its a no here.

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Left a bad taste in my mouth.
By I know good food of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, August 23, 2014 - 2:16am [Dine in]

Well I'm never going back there TERRIBLE SERVICE! INCOMPETENT WAITRESS!(who was absent for most of our meal) , FOOD was OK BUT NOT WORTH WAITING OVER AN HOUR FOR !
It wasn't as bad at first but as time went on the service went downhill . The waitress messed up our order and missed 2 items we asked for. Entree was burnt and over salted. I was never asked if I wanted another glass of wine. The manager was not in charge, he had no control over his staff. This was the worst way to kick start a weekend! I give it a F for failure.

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Stephos' Return to Form: Great once again!
By Sabzevarian of Vancouver (31 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 19, 2012 - 9:56pm [Dine in]

Stephos used to be one of our favourite places to go for lunch or take-out, but it went though a rough period for a few years. I tried it again recently a few times and I am very happy with it.

First of all, go for lunch rather than dinner if you can. There is a lot more room at lunch and service is faster - unless you like waiting in lines for dinner (and for the upcoming summer, dinner means any time after 3pm on weekends). Second, you will probably be taking home leftovers. If you are taking the bus home or have a long commute coming, you may want to ask for a second bag or bring your own bag. If the brown bag they have gets shaken around, the grease tends to leak, weakening the bag.... I have had take-out many times and have had this experience with their bags a few times...

Their chicken souvlaki is probably the best out of the meats. The roast lamb is hit and miss - plentiful but obviously not as good as a more expensive restaurant . Kalamari is still a solid, plate filled dish. There are a lot of other great options on the menu and pretty much everything comes in large portions.

Stephos remains a good place for cheap and filling Greek food. The prices have not gone up in the past decade!

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Don't get it.
By wannabefoodcritic of Vancouver (37 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 5, 2009 - 3:42pm [Dine in]

I am really, really trying to figure out why people line up here - it must be the value because it certainly isn't the food or ambiance.

Food
It was pretty OK. It was basically OPA but a the potatoes weren't dripping grease and the pita was good.

Service
Our server seemed nice enough, but not the brightest girl. We both ordered lamb souvlaki and for some reason she thought we wanted to share one order. REALLY?! Did you honestly think we wanted to share one plate of food between us? Do I look that broke? Maybe I need to shave or something. To be fair to her, she did bring out the second order rather promptly (e.g. 10 mins).

Value
As mentioned above, it tasted better than OPA for literally the same price. As a result, I'd have to say value is outstanding.

Ambiance
Old. Maybe you have to be trendy to find 80's furniture cool, but I'd rather go somewhere slightly more updated.

Would I return? probably not. Would I line-up? not if it was free.

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Over-rated
By Bokchewy of North Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 31, 2013 - 10:40pm [Dine in]

Only a complete sucker would wait in line for such mediocre food and terrible service. I previously wrote a review for stepho's which was a little mixed, but after having a few more COMPLETELY horrible experiences I think I need to take back my previous statement. It seems like they have changed up the service staff at Stepho's - big mistake.The new servers at the restaurant are so unprofessional that it simply blows my mind that people are willing to put up with it. I have seen numerous people getting up from their tables to get pitchers of water to fill up their glasses because there weren't any servers in sight. Cold dishes, undercooked food, wrong orders, incompetent staff, and dirty cutlery. How many things can you turn a blind eye to? I am now done with stepho's, you shouldn't have to compromise so much when paying for a meal.

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Ups and downs
By Bokchewy of North Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 26, 2013 - 1:05am [Dine in]

I have been going to stepho's for almost 8 years at least once every 2/3 weeks. The food is really good, but there have been times where things were a little off (rice/potatoes/carrots being a little undercooked). It's not the cleanest place, but it's not anything offensive. I have noticed the restaurant goes through periods where it's amazing, simply top notch, but there's also periods where you leave a little disappointed - but I do believe that's because of the expectations you make from having previous amazing meals.
Overall, a great casual Greek restaurant in Vancouver. Have been going there for year, and will continue to do so as as far as I can see.

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Not so good
By cdnmasser of West Broadway, Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 6, 2012 - 3:39pm [Dine in]

Popped in with a friend for a quick bite, mid afternoon, Calamari and Fried Greek Cheese, and Pita bread. We were seated next to the kitchen/bathroom in an area that was constant traffic area. When the waitress did take our order, we were shocked to hear the kitchen staff only feet away, arguing and raised voices. Whe our Saganaki did arrive it was luke warm and already rubbery. The piece of cheese itself was very small portion. We finished the cheeses before our Calamari arrived and that was a major letdown as the squid was mostly bit ends, all crunch little meat. It was also a sad small portion that was not at all what I had expected. Sadly, the waitress didnt ask or enquire if we enjoyed anything, she dropped the plates on the table and was off. Our waters were refilled by the busser, who also noted the lackj of care. We had just figured a quick snack would tide us over til dinner, but on the way home we had to stop on Fraser St. to buy samosas and aloo tiki. I would not come here if you care about taste or service. It has gone downhill for some time. I would rather pay more and have staff available that are gracious and not rushing around like chickens with heads cut off. Another old fave bites the dust for us.

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worst Greek food ever
By zgaga of vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 21, 2012 - 7:06pm [Take-out]

This is the worst Greek food I ever had. Had calamari, saganaki and greek salad and all except for half of the saganaki ended up in trash. The food in this place is an insult to Greek cuisine. Greek food should be flavorful but Stepho's calamari is rubbery, Greek salad is simply sour and saganaki tastes like cheep mozzarella melted in canola oil....zero flavor. Did not try other dishes and are not planning to. I will definitely not go back and would not recommend it to anyone. I really don't understand were the good reviews are coming from.

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Wouldn't Go Back
By Chanishe1 of Calgary (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 7:25pm [Dine in]

Absolutely amazing food. I had the spanakopita which was outstanding and I had the chicken pita dish with fries. Everyone i dined with was impressed with the food. We are from calgary and a local recommended the food here. However, the service was lacking. The tall bald gentlemen with round glasses was continually rude to the table. When I was talking to him he looked at me blankly and rudely asked who I was talking to. He forgot some of our drinks, brought out a dirty wine glass and threw out our left overs when we asked them to pack them up. Worst of all, when I made a comment to the manager about our experience, our waiter came back to the table and made a confrontation in front of my guests. He asked what he did that was so horrible that we had to go to his boss and complain. When we tried to explain our problem he got defensive and yelled at my sister. I suggested we pay and leave, but my guests were slightly upset. They had loved the food and was looking forward to our left overs. They talked to the manager again and he gave them a free meal the next time we come, but from this experience, I would hardly think I should come back. The manager was great and apologetic, but the server was very unprofessional when we criticized his work. I would have liked to see a better resolution to the issues we had brought up. Thank you for a great dinner, but our experience was ruined.

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steady as she goes
By fujiyama of bunaby (5 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 9, 2012 - 12:04pm [Dine in]

man this place has been around for ages and nothing has changed
still busy and you better arrive early or else plan to wait!!!!
the seating is kind of cramp but its not too bad
the servers seem busy all the time but i understand why

good greek food
im a fan of the chicken more than the lamb

very good value for the money, highly recommended!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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