Maria's Taverna

4.3
119 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Greek
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  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Casual
  • Authentic
Welcome to Marias Taverna a family owned and operated restaurant, where great food and good times come together. Located in the heart of Kitsilano, Vancouver our Restaurant offers Fine Greek Cuisine in a Charming Atmosphere. We Hope to See You Soon!
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KK
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 5

The restaurant was traditional looking, nice ambience.
Food was tasty.
Service was poor, we were a party of 8, one person was served and we had to wait almost 10 minutes for the rest of the meals, which were delivered 2 at a time over the next 7-8 minutes.

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CG
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful meal at Maria's ... great service. The staff all worked together a a team, even the owner. The Dine Out meal was delicious. Fun to talk with the other dining patrons ... one group was celebrating a birthday, fabulous place for a party! Thank you to Maria's ... a favourite neighbourhood restaurant.

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EC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The lemon chicken rice soup was delicious
Generous portion of tasty lamb kleftiko; beef Slouvaki also good but a bit too salty for us.
Overall great food if you like Greek cuisine

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JA
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I have already recommended Maria's to friends after our dinner outing on Friday night. We will return.

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ND
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We ate here, after getting recommendations from family. We had the dine out menu. We chose the Orso chicken soup, lamb, and baklava. Everything was served in a very timely but friendly manner. We were offered pita bread while waiting for our first course. Overall, the food was very tasty, portion size plenty, in fact I was able to take home a portion size sufficient for lunch the next day. We were very pleased with our food, and service..also a quiet place with nice ambiance. We would highly recommend.

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SD
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

Really good family- based Greek food

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OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Good food, good service with reasonable price

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b
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

It is difficult to find such a good local restaurant....best lamb chops in Vancouver along with numerous other great selections. Service by Bruno was exemplary. A place we could enjoy frequently.
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NO
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food and service! Definitely a neighbourhood gem.

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PP
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Service was amazing; efficient yet unobtrusive. Owner very obliging and seems genuinely appreciative of our patronage.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The Host was super cool. They put effort in to accommodating us on a busy night. Didn’t feel rushed. Our server was nice and laid back. The interior is really well done. Very glad we decided to eat there. Food was awesome.

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PN
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great greek food - all the classic dishes. The lamb souvlaki was tender, and there wasn't too much rice. I only had a taste of spinach pie in the appetizer platter, which was very good. I need to go back and try it again.

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MM
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

It has been a while since going to Maria's and reminded that it's a great little restaurant. I had the Moussaka and came with potatoes and Greek salad. It was delicious and perfect comfort food for the rainy night that it was. My fellow diners had the chicken souvlaki and baked spaghetti. They do more than just Greek like pizza too. Both liked their meals and ate it all! We also had the grilled garlic shrimp as appie which were just okay. Needed to be grilled I think and more oomph! But all was delicious and would definitely recommend. I've also had the lamb shank here and its sooo good but you need a big appetite for it as there's lots of meat.

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ME
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Such great Greek food!
Lovely little bistro.
Tender, flavorful meats and sauces

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E
Minneapolis
26 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The restaurant person did not check me in for my points. The food was enjoyed.

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PE
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

The Greek food here is consistently the best for many years. We had not been to this restaurant in about 5 years and they apparently have had a change of ownership in the last year or so but we found the food to be every bit as good as it ever was. My wife and I both had the Kleftiko and it was superb - the meat was literally falling off the bone and the flavor of that meat was extremely good. I know a funny yes of the word extremely but really it had so much good flavor, was juicy and very tender. We like Greek food and eat at a number of other Greek restaurants in the Vancouver area but this was just better than the rest.

The restaurant ambiance can also be very good but on the night we were there it was pretty noisy with lots of kids mind you we were eating there at 6:00 PM so maybe not too surprising. The service was OK but not as good as the food. The overall value is excellent I think.

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J
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our family has enjoyed Maria’s Taverna for at least 15 years. It’s winderful. The food is delicious, and the service is impeccable.

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PP
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Since Athenes closed we were looking for a good Greek alternative. This is it.

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DN
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

Cramped restaurant was very crowded when we arrived with a large group of 11. Only two servers on duty, which was really only-one-and-a-half, as one appeared to be only doing table setup and clearing. Other server took 20 minutes to even ask if we would like appetizers, then another 20 minutes to take our entree orders, at which time the appetizers had just started to arrive. Server's attitude was cool; never got the impression that she cared whether we were enjoying our experience. Took another 50 minutes to get the entrees (so 90 minutes from when we came in), but they all arrived at the same time, all were hot, and the food overall was very good. But, need more servers on duty during busy times, and better service overall.

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DC
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Hello
We booked a reservation for Maria’s Taverna through Open Table. When we arrived, the restaurant had no record of our booking. Even after showing the hostess my phone confirmation, this resulted in a less than adequate table location. I would suggest that you communicate to your partners at Maria’s Taverna, that, they keep better track of their online reservations. We’ve used Open Table before and were very pleased with this service in our past few visits.

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D
Montreal
10 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Horrible service, server got order mixed up, brought wrong orders to the table.
Food was average. I’ve been to much better Greek restaurants in Vancouver. Maria’s was a huge disappointment.

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B
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We shared the Maria’s platter for two with a variety of seafood and meat. It was absolutely delicious. Great ambience, personable service in a warm relaxed atmosphere.

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E
Vancouver
57 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Very nice place, with a cozy family atmosphere. We were 2 and ordered a sharing platter: it was huge, I am pretty sure it would have been enough for 4 people. We liked everything, ate a lot and also brought something home.

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LD
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Old school Greek food - very generous portions - in a casual but comfortable setting. Lamb souvlaki was tasty and tender, humous was a hit with us garlic lovers.

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MM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 3

I had made a Reservation earlier in the day and we were almost told when we arrived there was no room. We mentioned we had made a reservation both online and by phone. I was certainly a bit surprised!
There was a large party in at the time, getting all the attention.
They did move a couple and make up a table for us.
Then we sat there for quiet sometime before we finally decided to ask to get some table service., since we once again had been forgotten. I waved over for some service to one of the young ladies and she then mentioned us to the waiter. The poor waiter who finally arrived to take our orders, looked like he was done for the night.
Luckily we enjoyed our meals but I will not be rushing back to celebrate anymore Birthdays, sadly anytime soon.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We enjoyed a delicious beef souvlaki meal - the meat was so tender.

Service was attentive and overall we had a very nice time.

Good value, too.

We’ll definitely be coming back!

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MS
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic as always - great food, atmosphere and service!

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AW
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Maria's never fails to score a perfect TEN.
Parking, if not available on Broadway, can be found within easy walking distance; and

Once you enter the restaurant, you know you are in good hands.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere and welcoming staff. Food and wine were amazing, we will definitely be coming back!

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V
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

It was only mid May at 6 pm, and the restaurant was already so unbearably hot as to make us simply want to finish up and leave. Too cheap to install air conditioning?

We ordered a calamari appetizer and then a seafood platter, which also has a lot of calamari. Good service would have meant that the server would remind us we were doubling up on calamari and suggest a different appetizer.

No wonder there are always tables available in this popular part of town.

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JD
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

This was a mother's day dinner - everything was delicious - and the dessert was to die for -
I will return for a very good Greek dinner - highly recommend.

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MS
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Even better than it was 20 years ago! Excellent food, atmosphere and service. We will definitely go back.

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N
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had a really nice dinner for four last Saturday at Maria's Taverna. We were celebrating my son- in- laws birthday and it was a perfect place to do so. The menu offered a broad choice of Greek and Italian dishes and appetizers. Everyone thought their dinner was delicious, from the souvlaki to the lamb shoulder and many choices for pizza. The dining room is attractive and modern and seems perfect for small groups. The whole room seats about 60. The new owner was welcoming everyone and making sure the customers were happy. The servers were great and saw to all our needs.We decided to do another family party here in the summer as we thought Maria's Taverna would be perfect for a big family occasion. They even have a couple of highchairs.

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

That was worth the trip to get to Maria's Taverna. Food was expected as good as in most, if not all, reviews. Lamb chops were so tender and delicious. Servings were adequate. Staffs are attentive and conversant. Place is small but clean and authentic. My son and I enjoyed the foods so much. Will be back again for sure when I'm in the vicinity.

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c
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

I would go back for just the potatoes! and the lamb jobs were so juicy..

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TW
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Great food, good ambiance, great service. Good place for casual business dining meetings. Good value for the money.

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D
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Genuine Greek food and great atmosphere. Recommended.......

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S
Vancouver
20 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Very enjoyable dinner. Special birthday for my Mom. Our server Lori was exceptional having gone way way out of her way to make this dinner a success. We were all very touched.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Good reliable quality food. Large servings. Consistent Greek menu.

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D
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2017
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Family went here with my in-laws hoping for good food and good service and we were not disappointed. All of the food we ordered was delicious and portions were generous. We will definitely return.

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