Christakis Greek Cuisine
Christakis Greek Cuisine

Christakis Greek Cuisine

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.christakisgreekcuisine.com/
  • Phone: 7147316600
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: European, Mediterranean, Greek
  • Executive Chef: Sarah N. Wallace
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: You are more than welcome to rent out the restaurant for private events. The night of the event will determine the cost of the room fee.
  • Private Party Contact: Sarah Wallace 7147316600
  • Entertainment: The amazing Amir and the fantastic Isamu, both play European music with a certain panache and flair, all while with a comforting sound to the ear.You will feel at home with both of these masterful musicians.

    Wednesday Amir 6 to 9 & Thursday, Friday and Saturday Isamu 6 to 9

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Newport / Irvine
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: You can park in spaces in front of the restaurant or behind. In addition there is a Valet Service for four dollars plus gratuity.
A word from Christakis Greek Cuisine
On April 1, 1996, Yanoula Christakis Wallace opened the doors of Christakis, a restaurant that represented her homeland and the passion she felt towards her culture. Whether you are looking for a quick lunch or celebrating a special event, Christakis Greek Cuisine is the place to enjoy traditional Greek dishes at a reasonable price. Since 1996, we’ve used only the finest and freshest ingredients to create traditional Greek cuisine. Today, the family at Christakis continues to bring the authentic spirit and warmth of Greece to Orange County.
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Christakis Greek Cuisine reviews from OpenTable diners
30 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (22)neighborhood gem (21)romantic (12)fit for foodies (11)special occasion (11)great for lunch (10)good for groups (6)kid-friendly (5)late-night find (3)notable wine list (2)great for brunch (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We were delighted to find this neighborhood gem. We drove to this Tustin restaurant from Newport and had a beautiful lunch. Michael, our server was helpful describing some of the entrees to us. It was well worth our drive, we enjoyed the food. The authentic offerings were a great value. We'll be back to taste some other entrees we didn't order.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • luckyrose
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We enjoyed our first visit here and will return soon. The food and service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome Greek food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Lamb chops were excellent! Service was friendly! You feel like you've come to visit at a Greek family's home
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    Greateats
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    If you like Greek food, you must try Christakis restaurant! The food is delicious and savory. From the appetizers to the soup, salads, entrees and desserts, every course is outstanding. My husband and I dine here at least once a month, and comment after every bite how great the flavors are! We always bring our out of town guests here for a special treat and are never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Family Owned Gem
    TomM
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I have eaten at Christakis 6 times now. Every meal has been very good. The service has always been outstanding and the family that runs the restaurant are fabulous. If the weather is nice I suggest dining on the patio.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Its All Greek To Me
    CoachGVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We have been going to this place for 35 years and the family has maintained the taste , selection and value while striving to keep up the friendly atmosphere. Don't miss this experience. Best greek in Orange County
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great find.
    Tryanewrestaurant
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We went there to try out something new and thoroughly enjoyed the food and dining experience. Just nice relaxed casual outdoor sitting area with water fountain, clean tables with white table cloth, comfortable chairs, and real live acoustic guitar music. I thought it was recorded music but there was a live guitarist sitting around the corner by indoor dining area. Just to top it off the food was really great. No matter how great the ambience if the food is bad I don't go back but this restaurant is worth returning just to try out different menu. I'm not a Greek and don't know much about Greek food other than gyros but walked out of there feeling I got a taste of what Greek is all about.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gent60ish
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    quite good reasonably price for the food and atmosphere definably make reservations ask for outside
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • eileen
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    consistently excellent - couple by couple, we are bringing all our friends.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Rack of Lamb!
    Vasili
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Stick with the exceptional Greek cuisine at this restaurant. The specials were not Greek and not exceptional.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Did not like!!
    Alba
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Food was not good, far from Greek tasting... The music was terrible,so sad... Greek are happy places!!ibwill ever come back norbrecommendbthis place to any body.
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  • Instant Favorite
    mattehawk
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    My wife and I have a short list of favored restaurants that we frequent for any occasion. After finally getting a chance t dine at Christakis, we have a new favorite on our list. The service is excellent, and the staff is very friendly and personable. The food was excellent, and the wine list is diverse enough to suit your any palate. I'm always on the lookout for really good baklava. I buikt a love for it when I was about 4, and theirs is superb. I've been here a few times now, tried different dishes and wines, lunch and dinner, inside and outside, and Christakis deserves the top rating in every regard.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 51 reviews are from the Christakis Greek Cuisine reviews archive.
  • degostallionVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    OK, Food was great..... Service was rushed.... very quiet......
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent Greek cusine
    cadavev
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Since moving to ca from NY 19 yrs ago few Greek restaurant have measured up. This one did food was fantastic. The baklava for desert was not saw dust it was amazing like my grandmother used to make. The Moussaka and soulvaki were excellent. Great service and great prices will drive me back to this restaurant. If you want a good meal this is the place to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • authentic
    Rinka
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Great, authentic greek food in a caring, family, atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    i had dinner a few weeks ago and the food was great. this time, i had the chicken gyro with salad. the chicken was dry like jerky. the waitress switched it out for lamb which was much better. i thought there should be more lettuce and vegetables in the salad.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quality of food
    Disappointed
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Our party had different entrees, but the food was not flavorful at all. It used to be much better than it was on this visit.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First visit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    The service was wonderful... And timing for food delivery was perfect. The food was served so hit, a pleasant change from most restaurants! Lamb chops were so nicely seasoned!! We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Greek Fest
    bfjetsetterVIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Our group of four was delighted by the friendly service and outdoor dining area. The lovely guitar music was a plus, though we understand the music is livelier on the weekends. Overall, the food was quite good. Our personal palates have lots of experience with Greek food and a few items were a bit bland for us, but there was nothing wrong with them. The menu has lots to choose from and we will return without hesitation to enjoy some of the other offerings.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Greek food worthy of the gods
    Mohrys
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    If you love Greek you'll love Christakis! They do EVERYTHING superb but you absolutely must try their house salad dressing - the color and flavor are amazing!! Try it..you'll love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Friendly Service & Good Food
    tw3retiree
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    A very nice little place with very good and friendly service. An excellent menu with good diversity. Some really tasty items. Try the salmon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent
    NodinewhinerVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    With every course and every visit this place delivers. For those of you who don't like the noise and spectacle of belly dancing, then maybe this isn't your place for a weekend dinner. Otherwise, very worth a try.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Opa!
    Tina
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    The food at Christakis is amazing. I had the Mousaka, which was laced with subtle spices and a bechamel sauce that was almost mousse-like in consistency. Lovely flavor and texture. My friend enjoyed the Pastitsio, which he said was the best Greek mac & cheese ever. The guitar player added just enough music to enhance the experience, but not so loud that it interfered with conversation. Overall, a very enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place
    Willie
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    we had a wonderful dinner with impeccable service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Authentic Greek Food
    GreekGirl
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    We visit Christakis' often. The food is always consistently good and very good service. It is a family owned and operated restaurant that values its customers and the quality of the food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice, friendly restaurant
    OTaurus
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    Food was ok but a little bit on the expensive side. My husband & I were not very impress of their falafel. It was very grainy & dry. The rack of lamb was great but I think the best thing we had in their menu was their hummus & pita bread. Service was good. The servers were very friendly & attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    This restaurant is amazing! The food is wonderful - not a bad thing on the menu. The dolmades are the best I've had, the hummus is smooth and flavorful and the baklava is a must have. Just a great family owned restaurant - they are kind, accommodating and attentive. We will be back again and agaim'
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic dinner & wonderful service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    My boyfriend and I enjoyed a wonderful dinner here on a Friday night. They had an incredible guitarist playing nice background music, suitable for the environment. We definitely feel like you get the money's worth of food & the service was great! The Lamb is a must-delicious!!!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service and Food
    BaseballDad
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    We went there to celebrate my parents birthdays. We had a group of 9, and when we arrived, we were immediately seated to a table that that was especially prepared for our group. We were warmly greeted and were allowed to get all situated before service began. Things weren't rushed, which allowed us to enjoy our time together and our meal. The food was tremendous, and have a great wine list to go with their menu. Everything tasted so fresh. Everyone in our group loved it, and all want to come back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Authentic Greek!
    BdayDinner2014
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    I had a delightful dining experience here for my husband's birthday dinner. The pita bread & taramosolata appetizer was incredibly yummy. It was really hard to save room for the main course! Also loved the moussaka; it was perfectly spiced and delicate -- not overly starchy like at some other restaurants. Most of all, we loved the atmosphere. The quiet outdoor patio has a gentle fountain and lots of greenery dotted with soft white lights. The heaters by each table made it comfortable even in January. The service was warm and attentive without being intrusive. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    Chatmal
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Beautiful ambience! Live entertainment really made a girls' night out feel like a special occasion! Everyone loved the food and wine. Those who'd planned to share, didn't because they liked their own dish so much. Our server was very helpful and attentive to food allergies in our group. The fresh hummus was really good, even all by itself. I'm sure all of us will return soon and continue to spread the word!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We Love Christakis!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    We discovered Christakis 3 years ago when we first moved to North Tustin from Atlanta, GA . It is hard to find those 'favorite restaurants' after making such a move so we are so pleased to have Christakis right in our area! We love bringing our out of town visitors and local Friends to Christakis. We often dine here with our 4.5 year old as well. The staff is wonderful and the food is fabulous! We would love to keep it our secret but given how crowded it was on Saturday...I guess the word is out. You must try Christakis!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • new favorites on the menu
    LinOC
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    We've all found our favorite dishes at Christaki's and it's hard not to keep ordering them over and over, but this time, with two members of our party new to the restaurant, we branched out and tasted some items that were new to us. The meatballs were tender and savory and are a new favorite. The avgolemono soup is delicious as ever and the appetizer dips are addictive (the trio of hummus, tatziki, and the red spicy dip). The Greek wine paired well with the various dishes. The service was, as usual, attentive and pleasant. We have to drive half an hour to get to Christaki's, but it's always worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • old school
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    Overpriced for neighborhood place. The food could be more inventive. We found the portions were small.The vegetables (beans)were overcooked. We enjoyed the live music. Atmosphere and lighting were attractive.Menu is tired.We really enjoyed the old vine wine-Altantis from Santorini.Wish the menu was more like the restaurants we encountered on Santorini.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wow bright lights!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    The dining area is very small to begin with...Our table was right next to the kitchen. From our chairs the bright florescent lights of the kitchen blinded us. Let create some ambiance here folks! The food was basic but hit the spot. The night's special of sea bass was cooked to perfection, but wonder if it really was "wild". The best part was, my food came to the table hot. Yea! So many restaurants now a days think that it is acceptable to serve luke warm food. Bravo! My husband the lamb lover said, "i would go again, but I wouldn't order the lamb". Nice waiter. Salad was iceberg. Trio app was pretty tasty. The calamari appetizer was huge and unwielding. The rings were large and tough.
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  • wonderful staff
    cinderoo
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Excellent Greek food with a very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Although I live in Los Angeles, this restaurant was recommended to me and I would like to return again in the future.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great B-day Party
    info4you
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    We enjoyed every minute with our party of 12. Service and food is always fantastic... Enjoy dinning with an international feel. Lunch or dinner, great soups, salads and the best Gyro with the freshest ingredients. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Once again, outstanding!
    LuvNoTu
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    My wife and I dine here fairly often, I come for the lamb she usually gets chicken or something else. We brought a relative who never had lamb as this is THE place to experience it for the first time. Christakis did not disappoint!! As always it was so good I almost do not want to share with others for fear the restaurant gets too popular. In any case it was outstanding and Mike treated us as well as any waiter possibly can. Kudos!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • not special, not really good
    Adventurous
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    My husband and me arrived to the place exited and looking to enjoy a good dinner but we were very disappointed.the food portions extremely small, the salad wasnt special, didnt taste greek. The trio was really good but the plate combo we dont recommend it because the veggies were overcoked, the rice with no favor and the pasta was cold with no flavor at all. We were looking for a nice experience with a nice dinner. We were disappointed on the food quality and portions. The place its nice and the service its really good.
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  • Loved it! We are Greek and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Loved it! We are Greek and finally found an authentic restaurant in the area. We will definitely dine at Christakis again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.