Trocadero is a casual family dining restaurant offering authentic Greek and Italian cuisine.
Came tonight with a friend of mine for dinner. Upon arriving, we were seated immediatly, but the restaurant was really busy so waited a few minutes for service. Our waiter came, and my friend and I ordered.
I ordered a ceasar salad to start and for entree I ordered a lasange and a coke to drink. My friend ordered steak and spaghetti and a beer. They had brought out my ceasar salad first, and WOW! was it tasty....I never knew a restaurant could make it so flavourful, I really enjoyed it. about 10 minutes later our food arrived. My lasange was delicious and my friend reported that his steak and spaghetti was pretty good too. We both agreed that the food was flavourful and was really good.
The service was really great. The staff is so pleasant and friendly, and it seems that they enjoy being there
Good Work Trocadero!!!!!!
Food was okay. We had hummus with pita bread which was a winner. Ran out of pita so we ordered more for an additional $2.00. Also had a large 14" Trocadero pizza $23.95. Pizza was fine. Restaurant is a little old but had a charm to it. Place is very large and spacious. Plenty of street parking. Including us there were only 3 or 4 tables being occupied. Service was the downfall of the evening. Long wait for someone to take your order. Long wait for coffee. And most annoying is asking for the cheque and waiting 5 minutes for it to come and another 5 minute wait for the server to pick it up and then another 5 minutes for them to come back with the visa machine. Let me pay up front and save myself 10 minutes. Food worth a return but the service had better improve.
I went to Trocadero late yesterday night and I was meaning to go before because it has been there for so long. I'm so glad I did! Although you can find a better deal elsewhere, I didn't mind paying the $12-18/entree. My friend had the chicken souvlaki which she finished everything down to the last grain of rice. My other friend had dinner before so she had a snack of zucchini sticks (awesome! nice and crispy with great sauce) and a side order of greek roasted potatoes (6 halves for only $2.75!) I had their famous pizza. The sweet 16, and i made sure to get a medium so that I had some left overs. The crust was so crispy and crunchy.
Apparently this place has been there for 20 plus years, and i hope they will stay around for much longer. I will def return!
If you order any of the above, you can't go wrong. Good portions, good price, good taste and you
always leave full. A great place for big groups and just a quick bite before or after hockey games. Always parking nearby and it's often open late so you can have your yummy favorites! =)
Our usual small group dined here before the long weekend came to an end; we walked into a large and tidy space with 2 other occupied tables. The decor leans a bit towards the family restaurant look, with tvs and top 40 music going.
We ordered what would be our usuals, as we hadn't had that in a while. The homous was the biggest surprise and probably the best we've had. Ultra creamy with a strong, penetrating roasted garlic flavour that doesn't sting the tongue. The saganaki was fairly typical though some would balk as it does have a bland taste and texture akin to tofu. My friend's roast lamb was marvelously done, with a strong lemon and mustard flavour, perfectly seasoned and the familiar juicy, fork tender meat. The only qualm would be that I found the meat to be on the leaner side, though a personal preference. My girlfriend split the calamari entree. Lightly battered with the coating actually sticking to each piece it was tender and well received. What nearly stole the spotlight however were the roasted potatoes and the tzatziki side. The lemon flavour penetrated almost into the center of the potatoes while the tzatziki was a bit of a twist, it used shredded cucumber and had a fantastic whipped consistency. I am not a tzatziki fan and I ended up using all of it. We were hoping to finish our meals off with some baclava but alas they had run out and wouldn't be making it until the next day - good to know!
While the place was quiet for the most part, the service was friendly and on the ball, yet without the burden of constant checkups because it wasn't busy. I really liked how our server eyed the tables and made sure appetizers were finished before they brought out the entrees since it's normally a pile up at the table. We even got a bunch of goodbyes from the kitchen as we left.
I thought it was humourous to see the kitchen staff a few asian cooks, but I would definitely come back without hesitation.
This place took me back to my early days when I made a living saving for school working in a few places just like it. So it right away felt very familiar.
It looks like your typical family run business that tries to cover a few ethnic specialties at once (greek, pasta/pizza, steak, etc.) but comes up a bit odd on some of them because it's not focused enough.
I ordered myself an interesting pizza I had a craving for (anchovies, capers, garlic). I have to say I was quite happy with it, satisfied a craving I've had for quite a while. It just worked really well on their pizza. I think if I had ordered something different it might not have worked as synergistically. Personally I find the crust a bit dry, though I'm sure some will love it like that. Overall I'd give the pizza 4 stars.
The wife ordered the Kalamari. I'm not sure I'd really call it greek food, this is where the fusion comes in. The greek salad is just tomato and cucumber and an olive. The only side is tzatziki and garlic toast. No roast potato or rice. So it's not your typical greek fare, but it tasted fine enough. I give it 3 stars. I can actually get a better Kalamari plate at Pita King in the mall for half the price.
Service that evening was quite good, speedy, timely, and warm.
I'd actually give the place 3.5 stars if it let me. I can't give it higher as I've eaten at much better places that I would reserve 4+ stars for. Once place I worked at which is long gone was very similar, Dorian's Greek Taverna in Richmond. I've yet to find anything as good for food as it was. I miss that place like mom's home cooking (well what I imagine that must be like as my mom was a terrible cook).
I will probably return, mostly based on the service.
Mrs. C and I took some friends to Trocadero because we wanted to try something different. The Trocadero is a building in London originally built as a restaurant in 1896. I don’t think this place compares, but it is cavernous and nicely appointed, if a bit dated. We were seated at once by the friendly host. Service was generally good, so no complaints there. The menu is pizza, chops, and pasta, so if you want vegan it might not be for you.
Most of us had the roast lamb, which was a generous portion and had the usual sides. It was tasty, but not outstanding. The humongous pieces of garlic bread were a nice touch. One of the group had lamb chops which were much better than the roast lamb, and another had the ½ chicken which was reported to be good. The place was clean, including the w/c. There was a mixed crowd, mostly families. There are numerous TV’s so if you like sports with your food, it is a good place to be.
All in all a good experience, and not too pricey. I might take my mom here.
I haven't been here for a while. I thought it would be a good little place to try again after a decade or two. Very surprised at the outcome. Absolutly loved it.
We ordered the calamari appetizer, which the menu said it was the "specialty". Indeed it was wonderfully done. Lightly battered it was not stuck together at all.
I have ordered the beef souvlaki. I have asked for garden salad as I didn't like greek salad. It was over dressed, so they were not cheap on the dressing. The beef souvlaki was perfectly cooked for me, with a side of wonderfully cooked potatoes and rice. I wasn't a big fan of the rice, as I didn't like that strong frangrance coming from it, but I'm sure it was an acquired taste.
My friend had the roasted lamb. It looked very tender and very filling for a good price.
Overall, wonderfully done. Will be going back for sure!!!!
Ordered a medium pizza and got a small one. They punched it in wrong. There was only one other couple in the restaurant so how this happened I don't know. The upside was the pizza was not at all as we remember. It was burned and tasteless. The crust was inedible. The lasagna was ok but had virtually no cheese which is the essence of lasagna. Both were expensive compared to other places. There's no point in coming here again. Too bad, it used to be great.
We brought my mom there for her birthday and the food was great and the service was fantastic!
I ordered the lamb and it was cooked beautifully! the meat was just falling off the bone and it was nice and tender. My brother ordered the calamari and it was one of the best calamari we ever had! it was not that oily and the batter was good and had the perfect amount.
The waiter was very nice and outgoing and some of people behind the cashier were very nice and funny.
It is very welcoming and delicious! We are definitely coming back and we highly recommend it!
Went in tonight on a whim after passing by many times. I don't like the inside much it feels a bit like a cafeteria or a RCL. The staff were very kind and genuine (it's a family run business). This isn't the same 4 points I'd give Le Crocodile or Chill Winston for service.
The food was good. It might have been a touch overpriced, but it was good. My vegetables were a bit cold, my roast lamb was one of the better ones I've ever had in Vancouver. If you live in the neighbourhood, it's one of the better places to walk to.
I like my pie. thin crust brick oven its marcello's for me. Old school, thick, delicious, slightly crispy on top ........ then its Troc's for me. I really enjoy the food at this place, and, I have taken more than one well travelled, used-to-good-food client here ( along with friends), and every one has been back or asked that I take them back.
the calamari is great ...especially for deep fried which I dont really like, and i'm dying to try their steak and lobster, as back i the day.... it was pretty damn good.
the place is family owned, slower paced, and downright enjoyable with a group of friends.... and a few pitchers of beer. I may be biased as i'm from the hood, but I do NOT eat crappy food, and this place has got the mojo...
and, if you get a pie, try their special as they've had the damn thing on the menu since I was a kid, but if you dont... its still going to be good.
My family and I have been coming to this restaurant for over 10 years. We generally know the family that owns it through my extended family. As a university student I saw a groupon for the place for 15 for $30 worth of food for 2 people, 2 groupons may be used for tables of 4, and thought this would be a great place to treat my parents and brother to dinner. Upon arrival, the restaurant was quite empty, but it was late on a Thursday, and the waiter sat us. We showed the waiter the groupon and he told us that "Oh I am sorry but you cannot use two because you are a family" So I at first appologized and said sorry, I did not see that in the fine print. He said well no it isn't in the fine print. That is where I went on to explain that he cannot change the terms of the groupon and discriminate because we are a family. So I went to say well this is my coworker and his wife and this is my boyfriend, because if we were 4 strangers we would be aloud to use two..... he started getting defensive and said but I can see you are a family. I went on to explain that it is there job to tell groupon what they would like printed on the groupon add. If it had said not available for families of 4 only two separate couples, I would understand. He kept blaming groupon, and said "I do not care about your personal life", and "are you done?" At that point we decided to leave. I have never been so disrespected by a restaurant like this before. I also have taken it up with groupon, and they said that I was right, and that Trocadero would have to tell them to put that into the add. Unfair, rude, and discriminating towards a family to get more money out of our dinner. When yes we had $60 dollars to spend with the groupon, but the bill would have most likely come close to $150.
I am retracting all recommendations to this restaurant that I have made to friends and family over the last 10 years.
Me and my friends came here before the Lions Game at Empire Field and were treated to outstanding service and food. I had the salmon and my friends had the pizza. The owner and waitresses checked in on us numerous times, to see if we were doing ok. Also, the owner took the time to tell us the story of his autographed Canucks jersey. My friends and I highly recommend this restaurant to everyone.
I've been a regular at Trocadero for some time now. The family that runs the restaurant is always warm and welcoming, and never too busy to have a chat with anyone that strolls through the doors. Though I normally stick to my bread and butter while eating Greek (roast lamb, of course), I decided only recently to try their steak and spaghetti. Perhaps I have harvested a stereotype with steak at Greek restaurants- but Trocadero managed to break those. The cut of meat was delightfully flavourful and cooked to med-rare perfection. The spaghetti with meat sauce was generously portioned, and again, left nothing to be desired in the taste department. To fully compliment my experience, the waitor insisted I have not only a beer, but a shot of Ouzo on the house- now thats service! I highly recommend Troc's to anyone that loves Greek food and great people!
OK, fist of all the food is delicious, served in large portions and it's really authentic Greek cuisine. I totally recommend the roast lamb (fabulous!), the baked lasagna with meat balls and the kalamari appetizer (it's all really good but those are the items that I order over and over because they're so yummy). Second of all the wait staff are very attentive and genuinely nice. The staff knows all the regular customers by name and often you can often see the owner/chef and his brothers and sisters (who all work there) shaking hands or hugging customers they haven't seen for a while....it's a family place with a lot of heart.
Sure the decor isn't going to win any awards (but it's not bad, just comfortable), but hey, you go there for the wonderful food (or maybe you get the great pizza or greek food delivered when you feel to lazy to cook). This is a family restaurant and the nice thing is they're really accomodating...so you could bring your kids and have a family meal or you could have an awesome large party celebration and they can easily give you a reservation for 30 people (make a reservation first though, of course).
What I love about this place is they will do their absolute best to make you happy...if there is ever a problem they will fix it right away. Try this warm family place out, it's totally worth a try.
We decided to meet friends for dinner here because it was central for all of us coming from different parts of the city; we were a group of 7. We did not linger; we ordered our entrees for dinner quickly once everyone arrived; everyone was there by our reservation time. Two pitchers of water were placed at our table since no one ordered drinks and we poured our own water. The entire hour and a half we were there, the waiter served the pitchered water, two baskets of garlic toast that came with our meals, the salad that came with our meals, and the entrees. Oh yes, he also replenished one pitcher of water once and checked on us a couple of times. When we received our bill, 15% tip was hand written on and added to our tab. Okay, we normally and gladly tip between 15 and 20%; we are especially conscientious about leaving a very good tip if we were in a large group. We did not feel like we were a large group (not fussy, messy, demanding, or overworking the wait staff--in fact we asked for nothing--not even an extra paper napkin!); we were not told that we meet a minimum large group size on the phone when we made the reservation; we were not told we were a large group when we ordered and tip will be added to our bill; and no where did it state on the menu that we must tip 15% minimum. This place is a family style restaurant/pizzeria; we thought we knew what to expect when we decided to come here. We have been here many times, but not within the last year and a half. We found the rice watery (in a puddle of water), the seasoning of the vegetables and starches bland, and the meat too salty on some dishes. This place use to be better; we were disappointed. Returning? None of us were impressed; we can over look the okay food, but the expectation that we must pay a mandatory sum in tips for literally putting our food on the table is a bit much.
The Trocadero is where we go when in need of some comfort food.
I get the baked lasagna and my partner gets the baked ravioli. The food is always, hot and gooey. Exactly what the doctor ordered after a long day.
Service is friendly and pleasant. An overall nice, casual, dining experience.
We took our family with friends (12 of us) to this place.
Service was fantastic - very friendly and great place for kids.
Food was awesome. The mushroom appy is to die for!
The greek music (bazooka?) and entertainment was great - even the staff participated in the fun!
ps. you can even watch the canucks play!
While hunting for a Greek cafe I read the reviews and decided to try this place. What a big mistake. Perhaps they had a better chef in the past but now it is terrible. The calamari was prepackaged, and the tzatziki sauce lacked imagination (maybe it was from a bottle), the fried mushrooms were good. Greek salad lacked zest and the choices of salad dressing for the regular salad was laughable. My leg of lamb was juicy but again lack the flavour of the mustard sauce, the roasted potatoes had no spices, the peas were old and hard - if you buy frozen peas to serve at least buy quality. The rice was okay. My friend's ribs and chicken dish was smothered in a sauce that came from a bottle - boring and lack of flavour. I hope their pizzas are good because serving this style of meal will bring about the end of this cafe.
PLEASE HIRE A CHEF and get rid of the can opener cook.