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Stepho's Greek Taverna

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

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Nice place, good value
By jettastorm00 of Coquitlam, BC (23 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, September 28, 2011 - 11:23am [Dine in]

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.

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WORST Customer service ever experienced
By fatboy27 of vacnouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, September 13, 2011 - 8:53pm [Take-out]

We buy take out food from Stepho for dinner probably once or twice a month for years. But after tonight experience, I will NEVER go there again, and will never suggest anyone to go there. We ordered food as usual tonight. At the time of pick up, I provided the pick up number. Usually, they will repeat the info back, but they didn't this time. After we got back home, find out that is not what we ordered. We call them back right away and wanting to exchange it. The pick up person, and he said he is the manager, Billy, say that they won't let us exchange, because if we take the food back, then it is garbage. I understand that would be garbage, but I really don't like the wrong order that they have give us. And this is the first time I heard that restaurant gave out the wrong food, but won't take it back and provide the right one. I don't even mind to waste my time and gas to drive back to exchange for what I ordered. Then the "manager" Billy even say that we cause him to be yell by another customer because we took the wrong order. Come on, it is his job to make sure customer get the right order, and he is blaming customer for his mistake. Instead of admit for their mistake and say sorry, the "manager" Billy keep insist that he followed the company policy and repeat the info, but he didn't. I have to admit he "usually" do, but not this time. This is the worst customer service I have ever experience, and will not go there again.

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Meh
By Vancouver Foodie of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 31, 2011 - 12:14am [Dine in]

I liked the food here but can't say I was impressed. Was recomended by a friend of mine (he RAVED about it) so maybe my expectations were too high. The food was good, the service was okay but I doubt I'll go back anytime soon as it was just your typical greek food which was compareable to other similar establishments....

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Always good, but service needs to be improved
By hahaha of Vancouver (downtown) (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 2, 2011 - 9:45am [Dine in]

went out for dinner after work. the place was packed but didn't really have to stand on the line up. we ate here several times, and the food is always good. ordered the roast lamb, which the stewed veggie were a little bit spicier than usual.

service is alright, nothing to really brag about. always ask for your server, not those guys who pour drinks and cleans up, they got no idea what they're doing.

value is excellent, 9.95 for a roast lamb dinner, can't beat that anywhere in town.

ambiance...well, it's an old place, they could use a little reno, but that's the charm of stepho's I guess.

Love the place, a must for whoever comes to Vancouver!

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Never Say No to Stepho's
By gubrakkk of Burnaby B.C (4 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, May 1, 2011 - 1:47pm [Dine in]

No other words for their Lamb Dinner....Awesomeness. I always order the lamb dinner and my boyfriend orders the calamari dinner. We end up always share our food. I've travelled to places outside Vancouver and tried other greek food but I can't find any other that can beat Stepho's

They always have long line up so my suggestion is try to come early or late after regular dinner time.

Price is cheap considering the size of the dish.

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delicious as always!
By bteam of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, February 27, 2011 - 1:07am [Dine in]

we came in for a late night dinner this evening and we were greeted and seated quite promptly (as there was no line at 10pm).

water and menus were delivered to the table shortly after and when we were ready to order, our waitress was back within minutes.

the chicken souvlakia was tender and the lamb souvlakia was cooked perfectly =) the rice pilaf, potatoes, tzatziki and bread were all very delicious =)

my only minor complaint is that the greek salad wasn't at it's best today (as we found the tomatoes a bit squishy and overall it was a bit warm).

other than that, this place has excellent value for its portions of delicious greek food!

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Good value and pretty decent food.
By johnwu89 of richmond (7 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, December 22, 2010 - 11:10am [Dine in]

Food is great for the price and the portions,
The lamb shank is very tender and fresh, but a little on the dry and salty side.
Calamari is crispy outside and tender inside. Risotto is baked and extremely hot when it comes but the flavours are wonderful and different layers of flavours inside.

Service is pretty fast and good.

Good value, try to avoid peak hours to avoid huge lineups. Really, it's huge lineups

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Did they changed their cooks?
By van4ever of vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 8:41am [Dine in]

I remember first time I've eaten in this restaurant it was 5 yrs ago, (moved here from the East Coast I even bragged about this restaurant to my friends and families back home) couldnt believe the portion!!! That was the best roast lamb I've ever had!!! but now all I can say is "poor quality, poor quantity" my guess is people come here 'cause it's cheap (affordable)

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Good sized meals, Hearty, Cheap and Yummy!
By LBG of Vancouver (downtown) (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, September 6, 2010 - 11:55am [Dine in]

The meals are sizey and tasty, service is quick and efficient.
Not the best quality in town, but good value for money.
I recommend the lamb, and the dips are a must too.
Line up can be 30 - 40 mins around meals times which is a pain if you're hungry. However, shows it's good food I guess!

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The Cook Was Unprofessional
By abarratt of North Vancouver District (3 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 31, 2010 - 3:13pm [Dine in]

My husband and I have eaten at Stepho's for over 15 years and always had the greatest food and service. Well, today was a different story for me. I ordered the calamari and moussaka as usual -- every time I go there. When the moussaka came to the table, I immediately noticed it was burnt all around the edges, but decided to give it a go anyways. I could not even cut through the entire pie to the bottom layer (and I didn't need a new knife either). I asked the waiter to provide me with a different piece. He came back and told me the cook said only the corner piece was burnt (yep, burnt) and the rest would be OK as I 'dived' into the rest towards the center. He said that the cook had also said that a different piece would be the same. Pardon me, but isn't the customer always right! It was definitely burnt. I can bet if a male person had sent it back there would have been no problem to send a replacement. I decided not to argue, but once again reiterated to the waiter that IT WAS BURNT. I left Stepho's with a "sour taste in my mouth" -- no pun intended.

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Big Line-up for a reason!
By Vien of Kerrisdale (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 18, 2010 - 5:37pm [Dine in]

Wow this place always have a line-up and it's worth the wait!
The portions are so big and it's so great value for what you get! My favourite dish there is the roast lamb, it is so tender and flavorful! The souvlaki is also good but sometimes it can be a little dry.
The inside is pretty average, like most greek restarant that I go to but darker.
Try to go later in the evening to try and avoid the big line-up! The prices are very reasonable and I highly recommend this place!

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lamb~~~
By Mon061582 of Port Moody (25 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 15, 2010 - 12:45am [Dine in]

OMG their lamb was the best ever. Huge, flavourful, meaty ... I don't eat anything else when I go greek restaurants. Also, their pitas were sweet and soft, unlike other places pitas were tasted heatup and hard. I gotta admit the service is not the best coz whenever I went, they were always packed. Well, under ten bucks for those meals, who doesn't want it? Just have to go a bit earlier. we went 4:30 for dinner, a bit early, but avoid a huge crowd is definitely worth it. If it weren't so far away, I would definitely go more often despite the line ups..lol.

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Not worth the line up
By Scratchy of Vancouver (downtown) (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, June 6, 2010 - 1:13pm [Dine in]

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.

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Woooooow.....
By Picky EATER of West van (6 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 2:43pm [Dine in]

Talk about great food. I went there for the first time with the boys after heavy drinking the nite b4. Omg, they serve you what feels like $50 worth of food for less than a 3rd of that. I loved it. Maybe it was cuz I was dying of hunger but it tasted amazing. Their lamb neck was out of this world.
So juicy and delicious. Their sides were amazing too. I don't know how these guys make money serving
food as such low prices. It's probably their volume of customers day after day and it seems like it just won't die down all day long. Will be back for sure.

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Will not go there again, maybe take out
By tabocat of Vancouver, BC (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 12, 2010 - 11:12am [Dine in]

When we went into the restaurant, we were approached by a very rude hostess who didn't give us any clear directions. They thought we were regulars and we knew the procedures for waiting. The food took a very long time to come, the appetizers came last after the main course arrived. I understand they are very busy due to their low prices. They need to do some renovations to the restaurant, everything looks very old and cluttered. If I come again, it would be definitely be take out. Food is good with large portions, they really need to train their hostesses.

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Incredible portion sizes for the money!
By scylau of Richmond (2 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 26, 2010 - 11:06pm [Dine in]

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!

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decent lamb chops and lamb roast for the budget conscious
By maorikiwi of Collingwood (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 22, 2009 - 6:19pm [Dine in]

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)

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First-Timer
By foodie80 of TriCities (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, August 23, 2009 - 9:27am [Dine in]

After much anticipation (and worry from some ill reviews here) we went to the famous Stephos. A Saturday evening about 6pm.
There was the expected line-up, appeared daunting, but we weren't in it for more than 30minutes.
We sat for almost 10minutes before our drink orders were taken but it wasn't a big deal. I have to admit our waiters lack of knowledge about the wines was a slight drawback. Luckily my guess got us a great bottle.
The food was wonderful. Tasty, Garlicky (I wouldn't expect Greek cuisine any other way), Fresh and Inexspensive. I had the Roast Lamb which was fork tender and a ridiculously huge portion!
Some comments here have suggested this food to be "cheap" and of lesser quality. I dissagree.

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cheap - but not cheap enough
By sbarker of West End, Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, June 19, 2009 - 2:48am [Dine in]

Let's be honest. If you love Stepho's, it's not because you love the food. It's because you're cheap.

First time I came here, I did so because I kept seeing a big lineup out front. I figured they must be doing something right. Since then, I'll come here only if a friend strongly insists. Which happens.

Service:

Let's start with the lineup. I've waited anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours. I eat here with friends though, so it's a good chance to talk if the weather is nice. However, most people in the world are not as patient as I am, and you'll see others in the line getting visually frustrated. And it makes for a consistently uncomfortable atmosphere.

But sometimes it even tries my patience. Consider this scenario: you've been waiting outside for an hour, and you're at the front of the line. The hostess comes out, and asks you "how many?" and you reply "2." The people behind you are a group of 2, and behind them a group of 2. She finds a group of 3 about 20 people back in the line, and brings them in immediately and seats them. I'm assuming the justification is that she has a table for 4, and doesn't want to "waste" it on a group of 2. But for [email protected]#$ sakes, we've been waiting an hour. The group of 3 at the back just arrived. And there's no chance that getting that 1 extra person through is going to make or break the efficiency of the restaurant. It just pisses off the 20 people standing in front of them.

Furthermore, it's not uncommon to see an empty table inside for extended periods. During my 2 hour wait, the table by the window was vacant for about 45 minutes. There's just no excuse for this.

Food & Value:

Once seated, everything moves quickly. You'll get your drinks and food shortly after ordering, which makes me wonder if they actually prepared it prior to my ordering it.

I order the chicken souvlaki. $8. The meat is consistently overcooked to the point where I struggle to get it off the skewer. "Roast" potatoes are so god damn chewy I don't even bother touching them anymore. The greek salad may or may not come with any dressing on it. At least one piece of the pita bread will be scorched to the point of being inedible. I think the rice is my favorite part of the dish. And the greek salad when they remember to dress it.

People rave about the "huge" portions. I dunno. It's about the same as any greek place I've been to. And I've been to quite a few.

For a chicken souvlaki dish, your average greek restaurant is typically $11, so you're saving $3.

Drinks (pop/iced tea) are *not* refillable, and come in tiny glasses. $2 for a half a can of coke? No thanks. Stick to the water like everyone else. I'll give them credit. My water glass is never empty.

Ambiance: Not worth mentioning.

So the question comes. Is it worth it? My vote is: no. Long waits, subpar food, and all you're going to save is about $3. Which means you can have dinner paid for with tip for $10. But for what you get, I think that's too much.

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I do not like this place at all.
By Foodie64 of PoCo, vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 15, 2009 - 2:20pm [Dine in]

My boyfriend and I went for a late lunch a couple weeks ago.

We were seated right away. The place wasn't packed like it usually is.

We ordered some appy's, they took over 30 minutes to arrive. I could not understand how the tables who were seated after us were receiving their mains before we were eating our appetizers!
From the time we were seated to the time we got out main dishes, it was 55 minutes. The server clearly forgot about our order, and tried avoiding us. We finally waved her over and she blamed the kitchen for being backed up.
The food finally arrived, it was hot and not any better than usual.

I will not be back. Can't see this place staying open much longer.

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