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Stepho's Greek Taverna

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

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Why people like this place so much?
By Iva of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, May 5, 2009 - 2:21pm [Dine in]

I am sorry and with all due respect, but I really do not get it. First time I went there, waited in the lineup, got sick after (don't think I should start describing). Decided to try it again, waited in a lineup, got sick again even though I ordered a completely different dish! Third time I got persuaded by a friend to go, did not get sick but was not impressed with my meal.
I honestly think quality of food they serve is not that great. Large poritons, good priced or not, I will not go there again.

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Definitely worth the long wait in the rain
By lilmisswongy of vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 14, 2009 - 9:46pm [Dine in]

We arrived at 6:45PM on a Saturday and found the wait to be of a reasonable duration i.e. 10-12 mins. However arrive after 7PM and you're in for a long wait, esp. if you've got a party of friends. Waitresses/waiters came to take our order witin 5 mins of being seated which was good, because we knew what we wanted from the menu displayed in the window whilst we were waiting in line. A tasty Dip/Pita appetiser arrived almost immediately, and the main course (chicken pita and lamb souvlaki) was almost instantaneous. We like a quick n easy meal, but I'm sure others like to take their time dining. Service was average to good. Not brilliant, but I could see it's because it was extremely busy. I would definitely return.

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wow all that bad?
By doald of westend vancouver (25 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 12, 2009 - 4:10am [Dine in]

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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Horrible. What's happened?
By Klpgolden of North Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, March 4, 2009 - 2:13pm [Dine in]

I had dinner here last night. Poor me !!!! I have been to Stepho's many times for years, and I have never been so dissapointed in the Service, but most of all the quality of food. My guest and I both ordered the Calimari dinner and it was really gross. Hard, chewy, dry... ugh ! Watching the staff pig out on their dinner from our table is also really gross. We sent our Calamari back and had to wait about 15mins. for our Beef Souvlaki. It was tasty, but we couldnt believe our eyes at how small the portion was. We actually had to order another side of Greek Salad !!!! The server wasnt friendly, helpful or accomodating. It will be the last, very last time we eat here again !!!!

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The best lamb I have ever had - outstanding! and an incredible value!
By adanacandy of West end (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 27, 2009 - 10:03am [Dine in]

I recently moved to Vancouver (West end) and wondered why there were always lineups outside this place -- so I thought I'd try it out. Man was I impressed. I had the absolute best lamb I've ever had - I mean it was unbelievable, so moist and tasty. I also ordered the starter meatballs, and they are a meal in themselves, and also very, very good. The servings were huge. It's interesting to see this kind of situation in today's 'make as much as you can' climate. This restaurant could easily raise it's prices quite a bit and still have the place full. But for some reason they keep prices reasonable, servings huge, and the food incredible. I'm not sure why they haven't bumped up the prices - they see the lineups and know they could. I salute them for providing the community with this fabulists restaurant at reasonable prices... way to go! Thank you, and I hope you don't change a thing for as long as you are able.

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Quality VS Quantity
By kibbylover of vancouver (27 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, February 26, 2009 - 10:50pm [Dine in]

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...

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Huge portions!
By liquid_k of vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, November 20, 2008 - 11:14pm [Dine in]

Not going to go on and on about Stepho's, but one thing I have to say is that the portion size just blew me away! Considering where it's located, the prices are very very reasonable for the amount of food you get, and the service is prompt and friendly. Sure the food isn't 5 star gourmet, but I enjoyed it enough to pack what I couldn't finish and that should say a lot. The location is central and now I know why people line up out the door and down the block to get in on the weekend evenings!

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Small Price, Lots of Rice
By Lee-G of shaughnessy (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, August 21, 2008 - 10:57pm [Dine in]

My experience at Stepho's Greek Taverna began with an hour long line-up with a few friends along the side of the restaurant. The place was packed and when we stepped inside the restaurant (hoping to be seated at a table),we were asked again to wait in this little space which was awkward and uncomfortable. Then, 25 minutes later, after sharing an uncomfortable bench with 4 other people, we were finally seated. After that our server brought us waters and asked my underaged friend if she wanted an alcoholic beverage to start...without even asking to see an I.D. So, we started with waters and then we ordered dinner. We looked at the menu and everything seemed like a bargain. I ordered the small size slouvakia dinner which was around the range of $8. Then, the food arrived around 10 minutes later which we thought was a reasonable time frame for the dinners to be prepared. We saw the food and then understood why the dinners were set at such an inexpensive price; they basically gave all filler foods (breads, rice, etc.) and a small serving of a protien item(i ordered the lamb). Three-quarters of the plate had mounds of rice, which turned out to be dry, and pita bread, which couldn't even fit on the plate and kept on slipping off onto the table(which in my mind was not very good because anyone could have touched that table cloth). The lamb was alright, but not the best i've had. Also, I do not recommend the prawn dinner. My friend ordered it, and was still hungry at the end of the meal. Overall, I wouldn't come here if I was in a rush, but if you want cheap, Greek cuisine that makes you full(on pita bread and rice), this is the place for you. For the rating, I gave this restaurant a 2 for an "okay" experience.

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Why bother?
By trudster of North Van (8 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, June 23, 2008 - 12:42pm [Dine in]

I have never had a good meal here. Dry chicken long waits and really so-so in all ways. There are so many really great restaurants in Vancouver it always amazes me to see Stepho's ranked so highly when the food is so inferior. I have visited several times and have friends who have had the same really mediocre experience.

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Best as take-out...
By lovingoodfood of Collingwood East Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, May 27, 2008 - 11:10pm [Dine in]

Nobody in Vancouver and I mean NOBODY can beat the price and quantity and taste of the lamb dinner from Stepho's... the briami is delish...
My recommendation: call ahead and order for take-out... then go home and enjoy it in peace without the long lineups and the noisy tourists...

There's enough food to have dinner and save leftovers for both the next day's lunch and dinner... seriously... two to three meals for each lamb dinner you order...

And it's all under $10!!!

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Great everytime I ate there!
By bling of Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 7, 2008 - 10:25pm [Dine in]

Food: The rice is always oily but overall the food is delicious!

Service: Solid

Ambiance: The restaurant is quite small and stuffy. Every time you come out of the restaurant, you smell =p

*** As most people already know there are always long line ups outside of the restaurant. It is the most popular Greek restaurant in Vancouver! The prices are cheap and they offer huge portions.

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Everytime i go it gets a little bit worse
By captainSafety of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 17, 2008 - 9:58pm [Dine in]

the food is on and off depending on the day you go and the service has gone way down. I agree with a previous post that you should get take out. the portions are also shrinking and overall i have stopped going out of my way to eat here. I live in surrey but would drive out there to eat at stephos. now i find that the food is either just good or ok. I could never finish a full portion of the 2 skewer chicken souvlaki until my last few visits. All that being said the food is still worth getting but worth waiting for or going out of your way to get.

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Get the food to go!!!
By aleem of Ireland (7 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 17, 2008 - 3:42am [Dine in]

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 :-)

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Okay, not superb
By spoonfuls of Kitsilano (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, April 4, 2008 - 2:02am [Dine in]

My friend and I waited outside for about 30 minutes - though it was to be expected. They had heaters outside the restaurant, since this is how it usually goes. I had the Spanakopita first. The phyllo was extremely tough, I had a hard time picking it apart. It was tasty though. They served two huge pieces, which I had the mistake of finishing before my Calamari dinner arrived. The dinner was HUGE, and I had to take 2/3 of it home in a baggie... unfortunately, the grease leaked out of the styrofoam box and soaked the brown bag in grease.. I am a huge calamari fanatic, and here, it was average. I've had better at Olympia on Broadway (where service is spotty).

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We're not all sheep - there's a reason for lineups
By yummyvancouver of Vancouver (5 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 4, 2008 - 12:21am [Dine in]

Lining up at Stepho's is a rite of passage for Vancouverites - it's something that everyone has to do at least once.

I remember my first time - I was so famished that I just stared at the couple at the front window savouring their lamb plate. It's like a cruel show and the anticipation just makes your hunger multiply by the second.

Stepho's is great - good solid food, the best rice and potatoes, fresh Greek salad and their Lamb plate is one of the most tenderest meats I've ever eaten - it just fell off the bone and melted in your mouth - agh! Mouth watering yumminess!!!

On the downside - i have experienced some inconsistencies throughout my 8-10 trips to Stephos. The skewers are sometimes dry and the food comes out semi-warm - they definitely have their on days and off days. One thing for sure is that the quantity never changes and for the amount of food they give you, the value is hard to beat!

Food: Awesome! Inconsistencies are there but still better than your average Greek place.

Service: Fast and furious - it feels like they don't get a break and some of them forget to smile at times.

Ambiance: Love it! It has the buzz of a busy eatery.

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assembly line
By ilike2eat of Richmond (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 22, 2008 - 2:00pm [Dine in]

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.

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As Good As Expected
By freakish_freak of BC (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, November 3, 2007 - 10:37am [Dine in]

I've been living in Vancouver for about a year, and have been hearing about Stepho. I only got around to eat there about two weeks ago. It was awesome that three days later, we went back.

We ordered the Lamb Chop, the Lamb Souvlaki, the Greek Lasagna, and the Pita Bread. Everything was great, even the rice was so good. The Lamb Chop is my favorite, it was soft, but did not feel overcooked. The second time around, we ordered the Lamb Chop again, and while it tasted as soft, the portion was somehow a bit smaller, perhaps cause the bone was bigger. But either way, both times, we were really happy with the food.

The service was fair. I understand because there were a lot of people, it was hard to be really attentive. But the servers were as attentive as they could be. We weren't waiting too long for the food or for any other thing we asked. The restaurant, both times we went there, was packed! It was a bit noisy, but that was to be expected, given the little space and the fact that they also play music. The music's really nice, I must say. The other slightly negative I find is that the lighting is too dim.

All in all, Stepho is absolutely recommended.

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Great Greek Food
By restauranthunter of vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, October 10, 2007 - 2:46am [Dine in]

I have to say, Stepho's is probably the best Greek restaurant in Vancouver in terms of value. There are other fine Greek restaurants but they all overcharge for what you get. I don't know how this place charges so little for such huge portions. But it's not just the quantity but it's pretty tasty too. Some of the below reviews say the souvlaki wasn't good but I enjoyed mine every time...especially the chicken. The spanokopita is excellent as the phyllo crust is nice and crisp. The roast lamb, lasagna and the barbecue chicken dinner are very good. The clams are very good too. Make sure you save some pita bread to dip into the broth.

Some reviewers have complained about the calamari and I too have tried it when it was good and bad. My friend and I talked to one of the cooks there and he claims it depends on the supplier. The pregutted and cleaned calamari does not taste good as it's too mushy. However, I've been lucky lately as the calamari has been pretty good. Maybe there were a lot of complaints.

All of the above mentioned dishes are good but the best is the ribs. It's not on the menu as it's only available as a "special of the day" which is on Sunday and Thursday. I've tried it only handful of times as it's always sold out....dammit! It's so good. The meat falls off the bone easily and it's very juicy. The sauce has a little kick to it which makes it even better. Makes you drool, doesn't it?

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Fill me up!
By mmmmmm of Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 2, 2007 - 4:51pm [Dine in]

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.

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Good 'fast-food' Greek
By BCfoodie of West End, Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, April 25, 2007 - 11:27am [Dine in]

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!

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