White Rock's oldest Greek restaurant, located on Marine Drive. Featuring weekend entertainment a heated outdoor patio and ocean views.
Eaten here several times over the years. My family eats here somewhat regular and like it quite a bit and are friendly with the staff. Never seems to be a dissapointing experience.
Food has been good. I found their greek salad a bit bland (I like lots of dressing) but that's probably a personal thing. Everything else I've had is great though. Prices start at about $15 for a Kalamari dinner with most items hovering just under $20. Not the cheapest greek but not too expensive either.
We last dined on a Friday night and they had a lot of servers working, so service was pretty fast. Even with a full restaurant food came pretty fast. Service seems quite personable, when it's less busy many of the staff seem to be mingling with customers in a friendly way.
On a Friday night the place was lively and festive. It's a fairly large restaurant. Lots of lively conversation, I don't think they even bother trying to play music as it would be too loud. A belly dancer appeared for a few songs though.
Overall it seems to be one of the most popular spots on Marine drive and deservedly so.
The moussaka is a must try. It's been a while since I've been here, but all I can think about at the mere mention of White Rock is the moussaka Cosmos serves up!
It's a great restaurant to dine, especially during the summer time sitting out in the patio.
I would definitely eat here again the next chance I get.
I love Greek but I stick to the basics. The beef Souvlaki was good, the potatoes were amazing but the bread was a bit tough. Dessert portions are small but tasty. The atmosphere is friendly, and there is outdoor seating on the beach for summer and a fireplace inside for colder times. I know better Greek places DT, but in the White Rock/Surrey area, Cosmos is reliable.
A very good "Old Standby" kind of restaurant.
Nother super as far as ambiance, food, or service.....BUT...
one can at least rely on getting a good standard of fare.
Kalamari and Souvlaki are the most ordered amongst our group.
The Greek Salad is O.K. but not the most memorable of dishes.
Service is always pretty good...and was again this afternoon when we arrived near 5:30 P.M..
Yes--- this is getting to be a regular "Haunt" for my wife and I as well as friends.
A reliable Greek restaurant with pretty good food and fair pricing. Service can be pretty inconsistent at time. During our multiple visits, my Wife and I will get outstanding attention by our server but other times we're less than impressed by their attention to detail.
Food is pretty good overall. You won't get 5 star eating but you get a decent meal. This is a good place to dine during the warmer months, especially when you sit outside to partake the cool breeze from the sea. Even the ambiance is cozy with plenty of plants, decor and reminders of sunny days on the Mediterranean sea.
I do have ONE WARNING. If you're a straight male, like me, beware of the male belly dancers that frequents the premises on specific days. The last thing I want is some guy's ass jiggling in my face, while I eat my Souvlaki.
Despite my minor quibbles, Cosmo's a pretty good place and worth the time on the White Rock Strip.
I really like Cosmos but the thing is, whenever I go there my appetite doesn't quite match up the extremely generous portion sizes. The one time I got a three course meal (soup, an entree, dessert, and coffee) I went out to the parking lot afterwards and nearly puked because I was so full. That said, the food -is- really good, the prices are very reasonable, and the staff are friendly and good at what they do. So... what am I saying exactly? -- should I fault them for serving so much food? That's silly. They are a great operation and I'll be back again and again, but I definitely need to bring a fierce appetite next time to match their portion sizes. I definitely recommend their dolmades, avgolemono soup, and baklava.
I really love this restaurant. The food is reasonably priced, and it is really what I want when I crave greek food.
The ambiance is really nice, and I enjoyed the last time I was there because a bellydancer came up to my group and we all tried dancing with her! That doesn't happen all the time, but I suggest going on a night when there is a woman there for a bit of fun.
I have never had a bad meal there, I especially love their flavoured potatoes and rice!
After going there for 30yrs. Waited half an hour, before menus came, we ordered, no service, no reason why our food is not here after 2 hrs of waiting!! We asked what is the problem?,no answer was given, no coffee, no service.We will never go back to this careless and uncaring restaurant.DO NOT GO THERE!!! NEWER AGAIN 1111
My husband and I had made reservations here for our anniversary. We were seated promptly by the friendly hostess. Our server had recommended a nice red wine for us which was perfect. It was a busy night and the food did take a bit to be served but we had ordered appetizers (kalamari and saganaki) which were delish!
My husband ordered rack of lamb, he loved it, it was cooked perfectly and marinated just enough. I had the moussaka which was by far the best I 've had,. Our server was so kind as to bring us an anniversary dessert platter and two flaming sambucas on the house. We were pleasantly surprised. Its a shame the review below was so unhappy. We will definitely be going again!
We went to Cosmos to celebrate Mother's Day and a family birthday. We had a reservation for 4pm and when we were seated at the table the waitress told us that we had to be done by 6:15pm because the table was triple booked. We didn't know that our reservation was for a set amount of time and that definitely wasn't explained to us when we booked or we would never have gone there. This was the first time that any of us had experienced a waitress telling us that we had to "eat and go". The whole concept of going out for a relaxing meal was gone. It was so rushed that we weren't even offered tea or coffee and the staff were lined up with their buckets waiting for us to get up so they could clear our table. There was no option to stay and chat over a few drinks. We were basically kicked out. The crazy part is that there were several side-by-side tables that were empty the whole time, yet the staff were rushing us. It's ironic that they were by no means fast at getting us our drinks or food and they didn't even greet us for several minutes when we arrived. We complained to the manager who was absolutely rude. She just left my husband and I standing there while she disappeared into the back. It was honestly the worst service we have ever experienced!
The building decor has potential, but that is about it. The food was disappointing, the special coffee was terrible, and for the high price of the entree, there should have been a Greek salad included. The server not at all personable, therefore, we will not return to this restaurant again.
The last 3 times we had asked for window seats to enjoy the view and was told no even though all window seats were available . We are a couple so maybe window seats are not for couples . My view is first come first serve .
Server was friendly and dedicated . Food was so so . Not a pleasant experience overall .
Decided to have dinner here with my friend from out of town during the summer. We arrived at the doorway and stood there for about 3 minutes waiting for someone to acknowledge we were there. A couple of servers or hostess saw us standing there but nobody came over... so another minute or two of that and we walked a few feet closer to the counter. Still no one said anything to us. Finally my friend stopped a waitress and asked if we could be seated. The waitress said "Oh sorry! Didn't know you were going to eat here." We were like.. okay.. ahaha..I mean.. come on, we were awkwardly standing there for about 5-6 minutes with you guys walking by us and nobody stopped to think Hmmm, I wonder why those two girls are standing there, maybe I should ask them??
I let that go, and we happily sat down at a table outside on the patio, since it was a warm night and the sunset was too beautiful to resist! We put in our drink order, and a few minutes later ordered our entrees. I noticed that the patrons near our table looked really bored and it seemed like they've been waiting a while for their food. The man certainly didn't look too impressed, so I'm guessing that the service was slow that night.
Food: Our food came about half an hour after our drinks. (Sucks for the other customers, because their food came probably 10 minutes after ours did even though we were seated after them). The only thing I didn't like was the squid. Honestly, I've had better calamari at White Spot. I expected that it would be on an amazing-level since we're actually at a Greek restaurant.. but the batter wasn't crispy at all and it was bland. I'd order from Opa Souvlaki over this, any day. (fast service, and tasty calamari for half the price!)
Service and ambiance: Our yummy drinks, girl's heart-to-heart, and our seating in the open patio and warm summer night made up for the non-existant service. I don't remember the server coming back to check up on us on her own free will. My friend asked to have an extra shot of rum in her drink and the server nodded Yes! Sure! Well.. 10 minutes later no-nothing. Friend had to wave her down again, first attempt failed. Second attempt of waving finally got the server's attention, and only 5 more minutes my friend had to wait to get her alcohol fix. Yay! With that said.. we really did enjoy our time there though. The music was a nice touch, the belly-dancing was pretty entertaining.. and the washrooms were very nicely decorated and clean.
Was in White Rock beach recently and I usually go with my girl friends to Charlie Don't Surf or the sushi place close to the pier, but my friends and I decided to try the Greek restaurant Cosmos.
We were pleasantly surprised to find such a beautiful patio that we were able to sit out on. We had great weather and our server was very friendly. Our drinks came very fast and our appy's did too.
The main courses didn't take too long and when they came, the food was outstanding. Our server came back many times to check up on us.
Overall, it was a great experience and I am looking forward to going to the beach again to visit Cosmos again.
I had gone to Cosmos on a Saturday night without reservations. It was very busy, but the hostess did her best to find us a table. We did have to wait a bit, but at least we got a good table.
I really liked the interior of the restaurant, it had a traditional yet modern feel to it, with different pictures, objects, artifacts etc.
Our waitress came after a few minutes and took our orders, she seemed friendly enough and had good knowledge of the menu. We ordered some appies, kalamari was excellent and so were the prawns in the tomato sauce. Our dinner did take a while, but we weren't in a hurry and we worked on our appies. The roast lamb was splendid, it melted in my mouth, my boyfriend had souvlaki which he said was also very good, although the salad had a few too many onions for my liking. They had bellydancers a male and female which was really fun. They came to our table and got the birthday boy to dance. Overall enjoyed this restaurant, will definitely go again!
Good, solid food. The Lamb Kleftiko just melts in my mouth. Souvlakis are also well recommended. Very friendly service. Pleasant surroundings with a good view of the Semiahmoo Bay. Parking on and across the street may be a bit tough to find on weekend evenings in summer. But this does not discourage me.
Will never go back to Cosmos. Our experience was awful. The waitress was in a rush to end her shift. The food was cold and the souvlaki was dry not juicy. I was expecting a treat like Greek restaurant on Davis. Hmmm we were served one branch of brocolli (hard stalk and all) as a side dish come on did they run out of greek salad. There was only a very tiny portion of greek salad on our plate.
what can I say? I've never really been into greek food all that much, but the times I went to Cosmos I enjoyed the food and the service was good enough to keep us from thinking about it, so I guess it's done it's job as a stereotypical "okay place to eat".
my big beef was that the ambiance of the place was non-existent.
nothing really jumped out at you that made you want to go there, outside of the good food and wait staff that had a remote idea of what they were doing.
This restaurant has been in White Rock longer than I have. In the eighties it served up decent greek food, in the nineties it was a bit heavy on the garlic and the oil, early new century not too bad but lacking a bit of ambiance. My husband and I were regulars here in the eighties, we could walk there from our place on the hillside. Just last week we were in the mood for a bit of something different and decided to give the old haunt another go. Well some things only get better with age. No problem getting in without reservations, it was a Sunday at about 6:30. Were seated at a table immediately ... but the service after this point was very slow. Nearly 15 minutes went by before we could place our drink order. We ordered a bottle of Australian red (under $30), which did come quickly after the order. Perhaps we arrived in the middle of a shift change. Placed an appy order for the Kalamari (must have) which was so much better than we remembered it. Only a couple of 'tents' mostly 'tubes', served piping hot with lemon wedges and a generous portion of tzatziki. This came out with two piping hot pieces of pita bread, fresh form the oven and smoking hot. Delicious. For dinner we each ordered an entree, the Kleftori lamb for the gentleman and the Dolmades for myself. The lamb was advertised as a shank but came out as a braised 3 rib rack with a generous amount of meat attached to it. Well received and well eaten, he is still talking about this lamb days later. The Dolmades dinner is very large, six well seasoned perfect little bundles in a nice sauce. (I remove the leaves before eating). Both entrees come with the same sides; steamed carrots tossed in butter, broccoli florets (a bit long in the stalk), rice and roast lemon potatoes. Neither of us could finish our meals - either we are eating less or they have bumped up the size of their portions. So, food was terrific. No garlic breath in the middle of the night or the next day. The service could have been a bit better when we were first seated although progressed toward nearly efficient as the evening wore on. Value for the food is incredible, plan on taking some home with you or split an entree and a couple of entrees. Ambiance was good - they still have belly dancers on the weekends (not Sunday). Place was very clean and recently had some upgrades. Objects of interest in and outside of this place. Will certainly be going back soon.
My husband & I have been long time residents of White Rock & many years ago we used to love Cosmos. However, it is nothing like it used to be. We have been in many times over the years & each time is more & more disappointing. We went two weeks ago with some family that had not been there for some time & really wanted to go. We did not wish to go there but we also wanted our family to be happy. So we went & had a very average meal. At that time we were happy to see that another server from another restaurant had become an employee of Cosmos & were very please as she is fabulous. So tonight we decided that we would give Cosmos another chance. Unfortunately, she was not our server, but that was ok. We wish we had never given Cosmos another chance. It was terrible. I have never written anything online EVER before but this is absolutely warranted. We both ordered the steak & lobster dinners. My husbands steak was cooked as per his request but he noted that the lobster & rest of his meal was lousy. I ordered a medium rare steak & mine came well-done. At this time there was 6 tables with people at them & 5 or 6 servers. The server did offer to replace my steak, however, by the time she came back, my husband had already almost finished & our dinner had already been spoiled. The server said she would talk to her manager & have her sort out the issue for the bill. The server also told us that she is extremely frustrated as this steak issue happens often by the kitchen staff. She did apologize profusely, however it is NOT her fault. It is a management issue. Due to the fact that it is not the servers fault we tipped her our usual generous percentage. She did contact the manager regarding our bill & the manager was only willing to take off $10 for the steak portion my meal. Our bill was $105.00 with tip. I hope it was worth saving the rest of the cost of meal as they have lost a good paying customer for good. We were also one of the loyal customers that come for dinner in the slow winter months. We will never return as there are many other options in White Rock these days.
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