Takis Taverna is a family owned Greek restaurant on Davie Street.
Went here for a "quick" bite instead of lining up at Stepho's. When I last ate on this block many aeons ago, couldn't taste anything special about Stepho's and looks like nothing has changed.
I like the interior (is it new?) gives such a nice ambience that seems very fitting for a Greek restaurant. Perfect for sitting around munching and chatting with friends. Thumbs up here.
The food? We went lazy and just ordered a platter.
The service was kind of friendly, a little indifferent ... but most disturbingly, lacked "passion". I mean, they treated us like we were Greek food "newbies", yet didn't even bother to use the real names for each of the dishes. Come on, say it, you can do it "moussaka", yeah, was that hard?
Alright, I'll cut them some slack this time, because the food seemed to be darned good, better than I ever remember it.
Nothing was too greasy, very tasty. Especially the aforementioned moussaka. Dolmathes, very nice, different that the stuff we've usually had at other places. Spanakopita, yes, thumbs up on that too. The "low" might be the chicken souvlaki, but the worst one is hardly near bad in this case.
Value wise, I would say typical Greek, which I've yet to find a place that rates 4 stars in my book. Yeah, we were full, we had leftovers, but still ... when all was said and done, $30 per person, without drinks.
Still, it was damned tasty and I came away happy. If I lived in the area and had a Greek food craving, yup, I would hit this place for sure for some of the "North American" Greek classics. What I'm still looking for is some place with a different and more authentic / home-style menu...
Went here New Years Day for a big lamb feast and was not disappointed. Takis cook up a delicious tasting roast lamb.
A huge , tender portion no knife is needed to eat their lamb.
My roast lamb dinner came with the usual greek potatos that I love and that greek rice that is the same no matter what Greek Restaurant you go to.
My potatos were good but I have had better. They tasted fine but sorta looked like they may of been sitting around for awhile.
My dining partners enjoyed their dishes as well the Calamari and Chicken Souvlaki.
Our server was quick and efficient and gave just the right amount of service.
Takis needs a makeover though, the decor looks very ratty, old and worn.
Went to Takis last night as part of a large group for a friend's birthday, there were about 35 of us and our host had pre-planned the menu. We dined family style with large platters on each table, starting with pita and dip and greek salad. Then moving on to tons of terrific calamari with tzatziki and spanakopita, the calamari was cooked to perfection, nicely breaded and crunchy and not at all chewy or rubbery. Next came the mains, there was one platter with sides of rice, potatoes, carrots and beans and the mains with lambshank, chicken souvlaki, dolmathes and moussaka. The food was amazing, so much of it and everything cooked to perfection. The staff were very attentive, a terrific night all around.
I had the pleasure of dining at Taki’s on Davie Street just the other day.
The good lady and I arrived and were seated after having waited a few minutes. We were both comfortable and despite being quite close to our neighbours, we didn’t feel vulnerable to our nosy dining neighbours as one often can in cramped Mediterranean restaurants.
I picked my usual favourites: avgolemono soup for an appetiser and lamb kleftiko to follow, and also taramasalata, which I was delighted to see on the menu. My fiancée started with the saganaki and then had the chicken souvlaki.
I was thrilled with my soup; it was the best avgolemono I’ve had in Vancouver, hot and tart with just the right amounts of chicken, rice and lemon. The taramasalata was very nice and fresh, too. My kleftiko was excellent. The accompanying potatoes, rice and vegetables tended more towards mediocre than the rest of the meal did, but as a carnivore, that hardly mattered to me. The lamb was soft and cooked beautifully. My lady said her rice was a little on the hard side, but otherwise her meal was excellent and she loved it.
We shared a pitcher of sangria to wash the dinner down, and that was perfect.
We could barely hear the music over the ambient chatter but what we could hear was traditional Greek and that’s always welcome. Every now and then a set of plates would smash and everybody applauded.
Our service was fine. The waiter was happy and non-intrusive without being aloof. I think he was a Cypriot.
The bill came to about $70 and it was the best Greek I’ve had downtown. Maria’s Tavern on Denman is also excellent. Olympus, also on Denman, is very popular but really quite generic and nowhere near the standard of Taki’s or Maria’s Tavern. I’d recommend Taki’s to anybody looking out for a high-quality Greek dining experience with a true Hellenic ambience.
After reading so many good reivews, I thought I'd pop by and see this little gem. Sadly, there isn't much to rave about. I suppose that compared to it's neighbour, the food is better. The chicken souvlaki was the same as every other average greek restaurant. The vegetarian moussaka was utterly disgusting, mushy and greasy & lacking in flavour. The rice came out mushy & soggy as if it had been sitting somewhere for a few days. Service was prompt but a little worn down. Probably won't be going there unless absolutely necessary
We wanted to go to a place without huge line-ups. This was the place.
We ordered the Calamari entree with rice, potatoes, salad, and cooked vegetables. We were surprised that the food looked and tasted like it had been around for days. The calamari had unrecognizable tenderness with a slight bitterness that we all tasted. The potato wedges were shrunken, flexible, and dry around the edges. The carrots were brown where the scraping was not fully complete. The texture of the green beans appeared canned. The salad was warm. We will seek fresher food at a different place next time.
We did a takeout order on a Sunday night after seeing the line up outside. We were hungry and just didn't have the patience to wait in a long line up. The fellow I placed the order with was cool, calm and collected considering how hopping busy they were. The staff was just flying around with plates loaded with yummy looking food. I ordered the beef souvlaki and the hubby had the lamb souvlaki. We were told about 15 minutes so we took a stroll down the street. When we got back, I went back inside to get our food. The staff were just running like crazy to keep up but it was a controlled chaos which was impressive. Several of them zipped by me with a smile and I fellow eventually came flying back to ask if I'd been helped yet. Upon hearing it was a takeout, he went straight into the kitchen to check and let me know it was being packed up right then. Service with a very nice smile. Didn't feel like I was imposing on his work at all. The food? Amazingly pleasant! Good sized portions and tasty. I ate every bite and was sooooo stuffed afterward it was rediculous. I just couldn't leave any of it behind.
Would we go again? Absolutely. I'd love to try the dine-in experience one day but am perfectly happy to do takeout anytime I can.
Get out of that line up a couple doors down and go to Takis. We had lunch at Takis this weekend, and the food is a million times better than Stepho's and the price is virtually the same. The service is way better. They are very friendly here, attentive and sincere.
The lamb souvlaki was absolutely amazing, it tasted so fresh, the perfect amount of gaminess, I loved it. Their houmuos is the best, lots of garlic, nice and lemony too.
Im not a big fan of the room, but Im not with any greek restaurants, they're always too busy, filled with clutter and various nick nacks...but that is a personal thing.
We actually tried to tell people when we left to get out of that line up and go to Takis instead, anyone who makes that choice will be glad they did.
I had been visiting a friend daily at St. Paul's so I ended up trying Stepho's and Takis within a couple of days of each other.
The quality of the food was way better than a lot of Greek restaurants that I have been to in Vancouver. It wasn't just a bunch of slop that was thrown on a plate and was cold. It seemed very fresh and was of MUCH better quality than Stepho's!
The price is good, I mean you won't get the whole Stepho's 3 breasts of chicken in your meal, but it's hot, fresh and good quality.
I got the rest of my meal to go and they even weren't cheap on the packaging like other greek restaurants... It was nice black to go containers, not styrofoam.
I guess the reason I am soo annoyed is that I always saw the line ups and heard the rave reviews about Stepho's and I am just wondering what the @$%#*@& hype is!!
I got fed up with Stepho's so we tried this place tonight. WOW! It's not the best I've ever had, but it was darn good. Service was excellent, portions were healthy. Meat was high quality and very tasty. They didn't stuff the plates with starch and little meat. Also the fried calamari was excellent and huge. Give these guys a try and you'll never wait in that line again.
Taki's Taverna is a great little Greek restaurant on Davie st. Just doors from the popular "Stephos" restaurant, Taki's offers great food without the long line up. For under $15, you can enjoy a calamari platter (grilled or deep fried), Athenian Chicken (really yummy), Roast Lamb or any other great Greek foods. The service is good, and the ambiance is inviting and fun. Try Taki's today and you will return time and again for great Greek food.
Had a decent dinner at Takis the other day - food was well cooked, generous portions and tasty.
My only complaints were that service - while prompt, was a little impersonal. The server didn't really seem all that interested. I understand that he does it all the time, but show a little passion for your work.
I was also annoyed that they added a mandatory service fee on the bill for a group of 5. They didn't have any indication of that ahead of time and I find that offensive.
I would've tipped regardless (and probably included more than their fee anyway). That in itself may make future returns unlikely.
I just ordered pick up from Taki's today and I'm actually a bit disappointed. The rice is dry and lamb is chewy and bland. The Greek salad and carrots are good though. Sorry Taki's fans but, I actually pick Stephos over Taki's for flavour. The quality might be better at Taki's but, IMO, Stephos is yummier.
Takis is a great place for weekend lunch. Dinner is a few bucks cheaper at Stephos, but lunch is the same price at Takis and at Stephos. Takis has no line-ups, pressure, nasty washroom, and bus stop atmosphere like Stephos.
I love the Houmous at Takis, out of all the Greek/Mediteranean restaurants we have been to none of them compare to Takis. We've been here on and off for about six years and its still my favourite Greek restaurant, great for a casual lunch.
I just do not understand why people are willing to line up on the street for Stepho's when this wonderful restaurant is just a few doors down. For a couple more dollars you get better quality food and an overall much more enjoyable experience at Takis.
The service is usually pleasant and helpful, especially Ivon, he is especially attentative.
The mismatched chairs and pillows give great character to the space.
Will definitely continue to dine here.
A friend introduced me to this place a couple years ago, and I've been coming here more often than Stepho's. Whether dining on my own for lunch or with a big group of people for dinner, the experience has been very good and consistent. I recommend the salmon souvlaki, domathes, moussaka, and the hummus. (But even the side salads, rice, and potatoes are nice) The servers are attentive but not impatient, and, on a side note, the background music seems to be better here than at Stepho's. Highly recommended!
Went to Takis for dinner last week... my friend lives in the neighbourhood and said she and her husband go there when they need thier greek fix. So we decided to go.
My friend realized that service had gone way down from when she last visited. We waited at the door for a bit, and had to flag down someone to say 'hello? we'de like to be seated' (it was not that busy). We were seated and given menus and then seemed liked we were ignored? Finally after catching a servers eye, we were given some pita bread (dry) and then asked what we wanted to eat. We ordered our food, and then had to flag someone to order a drink!
Food came out (slowly).. .honestly - i have better Greek food then this..portions were not bad, but quite bland tasting.. it's a small step up from Stepho's but not by much..
Then we waited quite a while for our bill, and again we had to flag someone down.... my friend said she's never had this bad service from them before - perhaps a change in management or ownership?
Regardless my friend got home, and spent the rest of the evening throwing up.. . I don't think we'll be going back anytime soon.
After reading the Takis reviews, almost every one bashes Stephos in comparison. Being diehard Stephos fans for many years we ventured out last night to Takis and got a table for two by the window. The restaurant was full and had the occasional brief line-up. We started with the mussels. At $9.50, the serving size was about 2/3 of Stephos but the preparation was basically the same (garlic, butter, tomato, onion & mussel broth). Although, if you like the bite that hot chili peppers provides, Stephos is the way to go. Also, the mussels themselves were small and dry, not the big plump variety one occasionally gets at some restaurants; however, Stephos is also guilty of serving mussels of the small variety... not sure if it's a seasonal thing or supplier issue.
At $13.50 the specialty half-chicken wasn't so special... reminiscent of the Safeway lemon-herbed whole cooked chickens you get for $7.99. The greek salad was passable, although the tomatoes were not as fresh as they could have been... at Stephos it is rare not to find firm ripe tomatoes in their salads. The rice was not nearly as flavorful and didn't have the seasoning and nice perfectly cooked texture that Stephos rice has. Roasted potatoes were okay, although a tad mushy and without the distinctive mustard zing of the Stephos version. The (small) lamb souvlaki came with the same sides and at $9.95 (about $1-$2 more than Stephos) was 3/4 the serving size. Also, pita bread does not accompany the main dishes but can be ordered for a few bucks more.
The service was quite good considering that the restaurant was full the entire time we were there and there appeared to be only two servers and one busser. Our water glasses were constantly full; only 15 minutes from ordering to receiving food and we were asked if things were okay a few times.
Overall, not disappointed for $40, but would wait 45 minutes for a table at Stephos and a $30 bill before venturing to Takis Taverna as an alternative.
Didn't feel like waiting in the lineup a few doors down, so tried Taki's, and absolutely loved it. The food was good, the service was incredible with a packed house, and I've been back several times with the same results.
We were in the mood for Greek and were headed to Davie but didn't feel like standing in line at Stepho's so after reading the review for Takis we decided to give it a try. The restaurant was packed but we were seated by the window within 5 minutes. The food was outstanding and the waiter was very helpful when it came time to order as we had a few questions. Our appetizer wasn't delivered and we needed to ask for it after our entre arrived but they were very apologetic and gave us the appy for free. The main course took a little while to arrive but the restaurant was packed and it was nice to people watch as we were seated right by the windows looking onto Davie. I definitely recommend this restaurant. We will return.