The Greek - Gastown

4.3
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CAN$30 and under
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Greek
Opening their first location in the spring of 1984, Helen Babalos & Thomas Makris brought us Anatoli Souvlaki. They had a dream of combining the food of Greece with great service to add some Mediterranean style to the North Vancouver restaurant selection. They opened in the sleepy neighbourhood of lower Lonsdale and lived above the restaurant to ensure the quality and service. They were able to create a North Vancouver staple, a successful thriving restaurant based on faithful patrons and a reputation that has been passed through generations.In 2011, the family-run restaurant was taken over by their sons Alexi and Iani. In 2015, the brothers, alongside their cousin Daniel Bergman, expanded on their parent’s dream by opening The Greek in Yaletown, with a focus on mezze-style dining. Now open in Gastown. The Greek is a reinterpretation of the North Shore's iconic Anatoli Souvlaki.
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.5
Food
4.0
Service
4.2
Ambience
4.2
Value
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and ambience

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alibuto
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

PROs: The food was great, drinks were excellent, and the staff were friendly.
CONs: We were a group of 8 and the mezze style of service is a bit too disjointed. Some people were quite away through their meals before others received their meals. Also, the noise level was a bit too high. The DJ's music was fine, it was just a bit too loud to have a conversation without shouting. We were there on a Saturday night so we want to come back mid-week and see if the noise is not as intrusive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hands down my favourite Greek spot in Vancouver

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Went for a late Happy Hour with friends. Seated in balcony area. Great server and good start to the night!

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SamanthaB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely amazing. Loved the decor and one of my favorite restaurants in Vancouver so far! Server/manager with the beard was amazing and super kind. Was attentive and took great care of us. Will definitely be back and refer others!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Came for dineout and was called and told on the DAY OF the reservation, 2 hours before (6pm on a Saturday), that we would have to vacate by 10pm (our reservation was for 8pm) as it was their 1 year anniversary party. It would get loud around 9.30pm as an FYI too. Firstly, we were a party of 5 and made this reservation around 2 weeks ago. Plenty of time for a warning ahead of time so we could make another reservation. Day of, on a weekend, for a larger party is not acceptable at all. Where else were we supposed to go?

Food took AGES to come out, we had to ask for the dineout menu (it took around 15 minutes for them to come back every time a request was made). Anyhow, I am currently writing this review at 11pm, and our dessert has not been served. It was loud as soon as we arrived, zero attention from the servers (does anyone actually work here?), and it seemed like the hostess had to take on a lot of serving. Our appetizers arrive after probably 45minutes, but alas only 4/5 have come. The 4 of us have finished, before the 5th even gets her order. No apologies were made for this. The manager, although on the floor as well, cruises by with a smile often enough, but no offer of apology for the hour wait in between our starter and main. We barely get our water topped up and every time someone did, only 1 glass would be filled although all were empty. Oh and this whole time music is being blasted by an inferior DJ to the extent our seats are vibrating and chest too. The restaurant should have SHUT DOWN for a party, instead of calling their patrons on the day of their reservation to be told of this uncomfortable dining experience.

I love The Greek for its food, drinks and service (usually). Tonight was just a one off I’m sure, but I don’t think patrons should ever be treated in this manner.

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Carol
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience2

Poor service. Took forever to be served. Ask for dessert and when if did not come asked for bill. Would not recommend this restaurant. They should have been more prepared especially with dine out Vancouver in place. Not sure why baklava which would have been made earlier in the day could not have been served for dessert after main course 30 minutes later. Too bad. Mousaka was good.

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AndyT
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Always great Greek at The Greek. You can’t go wrong with the food. This location is quieter than the Yaletown in my opinion so I prefer it.
Make a reso to ensure a spot.
We did Dine Out so the dishes are a bit smaller but normal share is great.

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AlisonS
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Service was slow but the food was good. We attended for the Dineout festival.

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HanselB
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience4

We were in town for my friends bachelorette and after getting a highly rated recommend we decided to come here. When we arrived we were told we had to give our seat up at 7:45 for a 35 person party and our guests were a bit late, so we made sure to order quickly. We ordered dine out which looked fantastic and the waitress didn’t tell us anything about the timing of it. She was lovely! We noticed them sit other small parties so assumed that the big party hadn’t arrived and so we continued to enjoy our food. At around 8:15, we saw the party arrive and were told by another gentleman (manager?) that we had to move to the bar but only for half an hour. We hadn’t finished our meal and was awaiting our dessert. There wasn’t proper seating for us at the bar and the noise level was so high we decided to leave. It was a very poor ending to what would be a great night. I was very disappointed because it was a special evening. They did comp one of our rounds of drinks however My friend paid for the bride to be’s tab but things got shuffled and I had to pay it again.

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JalynC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience5

We planned on having the dine out menu but when sat they didnt have the menu available. When asked about the DOVF menu they informed me that the menu is available but they didnt want too many menus to choose from for the guest. Found this odd, why offer DOVF menus but not present them to the guests? Weird. The food was just okay Nothing special to be honest. Smaller portions than most greek restaurants. The octopus came out barley luke warm as if it was sitting out for ten minutes. It came on a "sizzling cast iron" plate yet it wasnt sizzling! Everything else came hot. The greek salad is NOT worth 13 dollars. Not only was the portion small for 13 dollars, but they cut the cucumbers in ribbons creating a very WET dish. It was super soggy and it came with significantly less feta than the table below us (two level restaurant) and I could clearly see other greek salads with lots more feta going out to other tables. The saganaki was wayyy over cooked and not worth the price. Being a huge greek food lover, this wasnt fresh food. The service was definitely below average. The server seemed confused when I asked her what the portion differences were between the DOVF and regular menu. Also we were told that if both of us wanted DOVF menu we BOTH had to get it because the kitchen will get confused. Why wouldn't the kitchen be able to handle either menus? Is this not a fully running restaurant? She did remove the octopus from our bill when she saw how cold the octopus was. Overall for the price, portion size, type of restaurant (located in gas town) I expected more from an establishment like this.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very friendly servers. They made recommendations to suit our table. The food delicious

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KatyT
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Good quality food, lovely ambience...would definitely come back again!

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jjcullimore
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have enjoyed two meals at the Greek and have had a wonderful experience both times. The service is excellent and the food very good. Comfortable family style dining but in an energetic and trendy room. Highly recommended for a night out with friends or a family dinner - The Greek is perfect for both.

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Atilla
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience3

I had tried the orinal branch in Yaletown; as a first experience with the Gastown location, the food was average; very salty and fatty lamb chops and lamb shoulder. The noise level was extremely high and we could not hear each other.

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DuncanS
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The dine out menu was great. Really enjoyed the food and service was quick and friendly. Music was a bit loud but overall a fantastic meal

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

I went for Dine Out menu and it was amazing. Get the table order everything and share. I love the octopus! It’s a repeat visit for the food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3Food3Service1Ambience4

Ambiance and food were good, service wasn’t. Our server disappeared after taking our order. No one checked to see how we were enjoying our dishes, no one asked us if we’d like more drinks and water was refilled when we asked for the bill. Speaking of the bill, when we asked our waitress for for it, she disappeared again and the waitress serving the table beside us noticed we were ready to go and inquired if we needed anything. She was friendly and prompt even though it wasn’t her table. Lastly, no one explained what ‘mezzie’ style was. Had we known it was like ordering tapas we would have ordered differently.

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DonnaF
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3Food2Service1Ambience3

We were seated upstairs and it seemed our server kept forgetting we were there. It certainly wasn’t busy. I ordered the octopus and it was charred, WAY over cooked and so dried out. The flavours were just average and pretty far from Greek. I won’t be back.

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GrahamK
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Still keeping up with the great food of their Yaletown counterpart, however, maybe still working out the details on the service as some food items came much later than others and drinks took a while to be refilled. Nice setting.

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LLLL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience3

The waiter was rude when we tried to get her attentions to order some food for happy hours food on the menu.

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vipMosieSays
Seattle
113 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Nice experience, but not the most amazing Greek food. Staff was nice and they didn't rush us at all.

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BCgal
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic dinner and service. They easily accommodated our extra guest and the food was delish! Highly recommend.

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James
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience2

Great food, bad music later in the evening, waitress was a little too eager to remove dishes with food still on them. Was asked if I wanted another drink with a tone like 'why wouldn't I?' and she seemed a little displeased when I said no.

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VickyP
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4Food5Service1Ambience4

Food was excellent & beyond great! But the service...needs help. Hard to get a servers attention. I needed water refilled but hard to get attention. Forgot an appetizer I ordered. What’s needed is a strong restaurant manager to be visible & keeping an eye on things. The young girls working there seemed inexperienced.

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Holly
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Anatoli Souvlaki has been my favourite restaurant, hands down, for over 15 years. This place is Anatoli Souvlaki reimagined and taken up a notch. It's the same food we all know and love, but elevated. We love coming here for lunch or dinner and the service is always great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall1Food3Service3Ambience1

Hadn’t visited the gas town location before and was looking forward to trying it. Unfortunately, the music was so loud we weren’t able to stay for our meal as planned. The noise level was more suited to a nightclub than a restaurant - which doesn’t really work if you are trying to have a business dinner.

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raelk
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent location. Great food ambiance and service. Will definitely go back.

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Pasquale
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is a modern vibe on classic Greek restaurants. The food was excellent and the ambience made for a enjoyable evening out with friends.

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Angysocial
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great experience at The Greek in Gastown for my birthday this year. All the staff, but especially our server, made sure we had a great table, speedy service and answers to all our questions. My partner and I order much smaller meals these days. We shared a small calamari plate for appetizer then the Country Lamb Platter. More than enough food for the two of us on that platter. Luscious, juicy slow roasted lamb with just the perfect amount of mint on top. Roasted veggies still had a little crunch. And crispy outside, creamy inside Greek roasted potatoes are always my favourite. We sat on the balcony in their charming, airy space. And did I mention the prices are affordable? Loved it.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Enjoyable place for appies and sangria. Nice location in Gastown. Service was friendly.

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vipTinaB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always have the best time @The Greek! Food, service and ambiance are all fantastic!!

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vipBusybea
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were visiting friends. We live in California and were in White Rock for a week.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
64 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience5

Food was exceptional but the service was really slow.

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HannahE
London
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience3

The food was absolutely amazing! Great flavours and perfect portion sizes. The only thing I found was that the music was just a few notches too loud. As a group we found it quite difficult to chat to each other and found ourselves shouting across the table.

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AlvinW
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had lunch with a few friends. Was easy to change the date of the reservation. Service was good, came back often to refill the water glasses and the food was good.

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levedes
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Fantastic room and amazing food. The service was adequate but took very long to be visited at our table. This was made right by the owner who visited our table by bought the first round and a appie on the house. Everything was a 5 out of 5 apart from the server.

Go check it out!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience3

The food was ok. The calamari was not crispy. The Greek salad was good. The waitress packed the Greek salad, calamari, and the fava bean purée mushroom in 1 container. The food became 1 big mess after. Terrible waste. I had 3 container to carry home because they don’t give you paper bag. We were told because of the environment. But yet they provided unnecessary paper straws when most people are perfectly fine sipping directly on the glass. It was an ok experience

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SaraA
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the food, the service, and the atmosphere. Will definitely go back!

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NathanH
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The Country Lamb was fall-off-the-bone phenomenal. Service was great. Would come again.

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The Greek - Gastown is rated 4.3 stars by 64 OpenTable diners.

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