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Takis Taverna

1106 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC V6E1N1
Tel: (604) 682-1336
Neighbourhood: Central

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Takis disappointed on consistency
By Scott Wallace of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, August 28, 2017 - 6:18pm [Dine in]

This is an update of a third visit for consistency checking, and for a new meal of calamari.

Updating an earlier review here and on my private food blog (don't give the address to restaurants...but currently 5, 923 followers).

Initially, I had given them a great review. Really great. But I always suprise with another visit and check for consistency.

In the interest of hoping the feedback is helpful, and not unreasonable.

Very disappointed.

1. The grilled calamari which was highly recommended was such a small portion I really couldn't believe. Plus too salty. Maybe the latter is personal preference, but my husband found it very salty. Haven't tried the fried calamari but he won't go back.

2. THe lamb. I thought it was oddly oily (a huge pool of oil again, dripped outside of the bag and I still had a quarter inch of it sitting in the take-out container. And I weighed it...the bone and the fat were 65% of the meat. The only edible meat, which was delicious, was approximately 1/3 of the what I paid for! This was a seriously horrible piece of lamb.

Felt really bad and hope my initial review is not misleading complementary.

I don't know if I can try it again but we are definitely back to Stephos one more time to compare and I should definitely give Takis another chance.

One positive note, they were very generous in offering an ouzo while we waited for the takeout (which is always quite speedy...but they're not that busy so speed is not surprising).

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No Line-ups Here
By dinnerguests of vancouver (27 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 8:56pm [Dine in]

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.

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As Good As I Remember
By mitchipoo of Westend (21 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 16, 2011 - 12:08pm [Dine in]

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.

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Good Greek without the wait
By nogami of Coquitlam (39 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 20, 2009 - 2:20am [Dine in]

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.

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Close to home, but that's all
By Gilster217 of Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 18, 2009 - 2:49am [Dine in]

My husband and I are on a quest to find the best Greek restaurant in Vancouver.

Takis is close to our house, and that is pretty much the only reason we end up eating there. The food isn't spectacular by any means, and it definitely isn't a bargain compared to other Greek restaurants we've looked at. The food usually takes about 20 to 30 mins to arrive. Often its overcooked and could use more flavor. Portions are mediocre.
Don't waste your time unless you happen to be in the area

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Excellent
By whoelius of Vancouver (23 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, October 4, 2009 - 12:54pm [Dine in]

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.

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Very tasty food!
By WeekendChef of Burnaby (45 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, October 1, 2009 - 3:47pm [Dine in]

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.

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Over-rated
By missymiss of Vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, July 11, 2009 - 10:00pm [Dine in]

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.

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Good food, good ambience, why lineup next door?
By EatsFats of Vancouver (322 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 18, 2009 - 1:52am [Dine in]

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...

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WAY better than Stephos!
By kibbylover of vancouver (27 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, March 8, 2009 - 9:50pm [Dine in]

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!!

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Love,love,love Takis!
By amarie09 of Vancouver (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 18, 2009 - 11:24pm [Dine in]

i love takis, the ambiance, the food, perfect! its a small place with very nice decor, at night they turn the lights down low and light candles, its wonderful; a really nice little laid back place. the service was terrific although it gets busy in there we never felt forgotten. And the food, simply amazing. Huge portions! i recomend the kalamari. deeelicious!

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A Big Ole Slab Of Lamb
By diner40 of Vancouver (95 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 2, 2009 - 7:56pm [Dine in]

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.

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Very satisfied
By wedqcent of Burnaby (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, July 22, 2008 - 6:21pm [Dine in]

I had been here once before with my fiance, and we decided to take his family, who were visiting from France, here for a meal. We came at an awkward time- between lunch and dinner- but our server was gracious and inviting.
The ambiance is of a typical Greek taverna, with the usual Greek music and colours. The food was very good. We ordered two platters- one seafood platter, and one "regular" platter (the name escapes me now, but it had the usual Greek fare like souvlaki, moussaka, rice pilaf, dolmades, etc.) The portions were great, and we were unable to finish our meal, we were so full.
Our server was wonderful. He was proactive in explaining what each dish was, he was patient as we translated for my in-laws, and at the end of the meal, he brought us five shots of ouzo on the house! He said it was a from the owner.
My in-laws were very happy and enjoyed their time very much. It's fast becoming a favourite spot for the two of us, as well.

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not that great..
By onegirl of vancouver (22 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 8, 2008 - 1:27pm [Dine in]

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.

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Great Meal
By pdq of Yaletown, Vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, June 22, 2008 - 12:28pm [Dine in]

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.

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Boring
By epicurian of Kerrisdale (42 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 13, 2008 - 4:02pm [Dine in]

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

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I Miss Taki's!!!
By dessertfan of Burnaby (16 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, February 5, 2008 - 8:55pm [Dine in]

My husband and I used to eat at Takis regularly when we lived in the West End. It was our favorite Greek restaurant. They have awesome Saganaki in particular (they use the real Greek cheese). I also loved the homous, chicken and beef souvlaki, and my husband loved the roast lamb. They also have great kalamari. Plus the atmosphere is homey and the servers are friendly. You know a restaurant has a good owner when the wait staff have been there many years, as had the servers at Takis. It is fantastic Greek food. A lot of people have been comparing it to Stephos in their reviews-- both are good. Both are also head-and-shoulders above most other Greek restaurants (like the one in our new neighborhood - sigh). We will still visit Takis whenever we're downtown.

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Affordable, generous and tasty lunch menu, great service and atmosphere
By Thalia of New Westminster (6 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 28, 2008 - 1:56pm [Dine in]

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.

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Our staff come here for lunch
By advcardio of northshore (15 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 19, 2007 - 9:43am [Dine in]

It's not just me but the staff at our workplace will often either dine in or order take out. All the choices of beef, chicken, lamb were well reviewed...Watch out for the tzatziki it's strong but good.
It's a bit more cozy and relaxed than the greek place down the street.
Good deal for lunch for the portions you are given.

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What's all this Stephos bashing...
By borg44 of Vancouver (10 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, July 31, 2007 - 12:18pm [Dine in]

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.

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