Tastes of Greece
Tastes of Greece

Tastes of Greece

  • Dining Style: Home Style
  • Website: http://www.tastesofgreece.us/
  • Phone: 9494952244x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 9:00pm
    Closed Sundays
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Greek
  • Executive Chef: Elizabeth Gaitanis
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Delivery, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: All items on our menu can be prepared in catered sizes. Additional items exist on a separate menu and special requests can be discussed as well.
  • Entertainment: Satellite TV with Greek music video clips.

    Background Greek music.

    Gianni and Elizabeth sharing their experience and knowledge of the Greek culture, destinations, and history.

    Currently considering live Greek music on weekends.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Niguel Rd
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Tastes of Greece
Our recently expanded family-friendly yet intimate cafe offers an array of freshly prepared creative and traditional Greek delicacies that can be tasted only if one were to visit Greece.
A place to dine and experience true Greek hospitality, come in to enjoy an out of the ordinary getaway.

The cuisine is so vast; it can satisfy almost any palate or diet including low carb, vegetarian, vegan, gluten free.

The family recipes we prepare always begin with fresh products purchased daily from local vendors and Greek distributors in order to create the authentic flavors enjoyed only in a Greek home.

Join us for a memorable experience!

Yia mas!
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Tastes of Greece reviews from OpenTable diners
7 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.9
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (6)good for groups (3)special occasion (3)fit for foodies (3)romantic (3)great for lunch (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Surprisingly great find!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We discovered this restaurant through Opentable, and decided to give it a try. We were pleasantly surprised with everything! The food was delicious, and the service was great. We had a great meal and a great time. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bravo!
    MrZouk
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Once again, my wife and I had an amazing dinner at Tastes of Greece! Since we are both of Greek heritage, we are very picky about where we go for Greek food, and this past Thursday night everything we had from their special spin on the classic Greek salad, the delicate zucchini appetizer ( with the best Tzadziki on earth) to the roast lamb entree were outstanding. Not to mention the warm and inviting service that the Greeks do best!!! Bravo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Greek Anywhere
    iheartxmas
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Long, long overdue, but this is my husband's and my favorite Greek restaurant in the county, and probably anywhere! Everything we've tried thus far have been excellent. Over several visits, we've had the Moussaka, Pastitsio (sp?), Spanakopita, Dolmades (meat and vegetarian), Taramosalata, Hummus, Lamb Gyro plate, Vegetarian Chef's Choice, Falafel plate, roasted vegetable appetizer plate, Halibut cakes, among a couple of other things, I believe. All of the dishes have been outstanding. The service and owners/chefs are all down to earth and so friendly. You get high quality food but at a casual, friendly feel, which I love.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Greek food
    Zippywebb
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Our party really enjoyed our dinner here. The food was fabulous. The sea bass flown in from the Aegean Sea was marvelous. Only drawbacks were not much if a wine list and the place was too warm. Either no air conditioning or it was working very well. I'd avoid going on really hot days and next time bring my own bottle of wine. But the food is great and the staff are lovely.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food and Service
    lagunalinda
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My husband and I had an excellent dinner here last Saturday night. He had the stuffed cabbage while I had the mousaka; both were delicious as were the Greek salads that came with the entree. The service was excellent as well. Martin was singing that night which we really enjoyed. A great evening; we will be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Greek Food in Laguna Niguel
    msdl
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Our friends told us about this place. It is easy to miss - a small storefront in a strip mall. Clean, nice - not fancy. Wonderful authentic Greek food, served by a great family who own/ run it. The servers are all local Greek kids - friendly, smart, lovely. It's our new favorite place to go when we are in the mood for Greek. You must try this wonderful place.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 1 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating2
    • Food4
    • Ambiance1
    • Service1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 28 reviews are from the Tastes of Greece reviews archive.
  • Best Greek Food Around
    jbbbop
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    What a pleasant surprise to have stumbled upon this excellent restaurant. Tucked away in a strip mall, the authentic Greek food preparation was something I would expect to find Back East. The owners did a wonderful job of creating a pleasant interior but the real star here is the food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A wonderful find
    rescue08VIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    If you are tired of the chains and want a really remarkable place to go, drive to this wonderful place. A family place as well as a place to take a date. You would not believe if from the outside-but please go in. The feel is just like being in Greece. Every dish we tried on two occasions was among the best we have ever had. The staff is so nice you will just want to chat with them even after dinner. Buy the bread from them!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • authentic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Very small operation with big taste. Previously we'd just been here for take-out. We'll still enjoy take-out but the dining-in option is great!
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Owners are fully engaged,
    LagunaFoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Owners are fully engaged, taking orders and serving good. Unusual location but you step in and are teleported into an intimate Greek dining experience, served by your new friends.Try the Greek pot pie or lamb shank. Take the bone home and your dog will forgive you for not taking them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Greek to love
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    Lovingly prepared authentic Greek cuisine. Personal attention from owners to all diners. Wish we lived nearby to enjoy regularly!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Neighborhood Find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    You'd never suspect a restaurant in a strip mall would be such a wonderful place to dine. We loved Tastes of Greece and will definitely be back. The food was authentic and I loved that the owners are constantly there and accessible. You can tell they really love what they do. Service is just what they do and making people feel happy is who they are.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • What a Gem!!
    TatianaC
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    So thankful a friend recommended Tastes of Greece, the food is delicious, the seasonings are amazing and all dishes are freshly prepared. A must try is the hummus and the spicy cheese appetizer!! oh my it is a taste bud treat!! It is in a simple center and from the outside it seems like nothing, however once you step inside you are transported to Greece... So go and enjoy and say hello to Elizabeth and Yanni!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable
    POMvolunteersVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Food was very good but service was slow (read that under staffed). Still had a good time and will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food is delicious!
    SueB
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    We had the roast lamb and it melted in our mouths! Soooo good! We also had the chicken rolled up with spinach. The chicken was moist and so tasty. The staff is very friendly. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Local Place for Greek Food
    OpenTableManVIP
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    I'm happy that such a place is near my house. The food is authentic Greek, but slightly adjusted for American palates (less butter and fat). The prices are nice - very affordable for what they serve. I still am wondering how they can stay in business - with their prices so low. Unfortunately, some customers compare their prices to Daphne's. That's like comparing prices of Morton's to Sizzler. My only complaint - they're closed on Sundays. But then, it's run by a husband - wife ownership. So, they need a break sometime. I'll be back very often - to support them. It's nice to have such a place in the local community.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Diamond in the rough
    highexpectationsVIP
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    Looking for something different we decided to try Tastes of Greece. Spoiled by the dining experiences when visiting Chicago's Greek town our expectations really weren't that high.Pulled up to a strip center convinced me that this was just going to be another ordinary meal but we were totaly surprised the minute we walked through the door. The restaurant was clean bright and very homy. Our waiter was a young man from Athens and he could have not been better. The food was a delight and the price was more than reasonable. During dinner the owner/chef visited our table and she made sure we were enjoying the evening. I just can't say enough about this restaurant. First visit but certainly not the last. Try it you will thank me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • greek gem
    luv2eatoutVIP
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    very authentic preparation. best greek seafood presentation in orange county. owners are very caring and anxious to please.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful experience
    Mike
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    "Authentic Greek" applies to more than the menu. The care and attention given to the extensive menu is also evident in the unassuming service provided by the owners and their staff. They almost seem embarrassed when asked for recommendations to guide you through the many possibilities of wonderful sounding Greek dishes. Be sure to ask about different dishes and especially the desserts. We overheard descriptions of the sea bass that when we asked about became clear we had to try it. And it was well worth the excursion from our habit of it's Greek so try the lamb. And overhearing about Elizabeth's homemade ice cream led us to discover something even better than the fish. This is definitely a must-revisit restaurant to try more wonderful food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious food - very homey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Delicious food - very homey atmosphere with the family (owners) visiting the tables. We will be back!
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  • Greece in Laguna Niguel
    PatT
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    We enjoyed Tastes of Greece for the food--interesting, not run-of-the-mill, authentic--as far as I could tell; the service--individual, personable, slow-paced; ambiance--neighborhood small, with great use of a small space as well as inviting design choices. The best part of the evening was that we were allowed a leisurely meal, no rush. The baklava was delicious, interesting flavors I've not had before. All in all, a delightful evening that we look forward to repeating.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • If you want Authentic Greek...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    This is the place!!!! We have traveled the world and have eaten at some of the best restaurants, but there are not many in which I crave. The food is fresh, cooked to perfection and served with such gracious hospitality. Don't forget the Retsina. I walk out of this place feeling as I came back from Greece.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family place
    rct1VIP
    Dined on 9/18/2013
    This family-owned & -serviced restaurant is a gem: good comfort food at great prices served by the wonderful couple who cooks for you. This deserves to be your extra dining room...without the work.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Local Place for Greek Food
    OpenTableManVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2013
    A friend introduced me to this restaurant. Run by a husband and wife - the food is amazing. My first experience with Greek cuisine. I'm now hooked. This will now be one of our 'usual haunts' from now on. I'm trying to tell as many of my friends as I can about this place. And, you'd never guess at how good this palce is - based on the location (plane looking 'strip mall', where all other storefronts are not that great).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go for the Greek
    good
    Dined on 8/16/2013
    If you want great authentic Greek food, this is the place to go; they know what they are talking about, and what they are serving. Everything we ordered was great and so was the staff, can't wait to go there again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Gem Hidden in the Neighborhood
    OpenTableManVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2013
    One would not expect to find a restaurant with such great food & service in a 'fast food strip mall'. I would've never gone in here, if not for a friend's recommendation. I'm new to Greek food, but this is authentic, the 'owner' (husband) is a Greek national. Look for the daily specials - there's more than one. And, the desserts are amazing - the 'owner' (wife) is a French-trained pastry chef. The only problem with the dessert menu is, deciding on which one to order.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • didn't keep the reservation
    jkmtstrickVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    We got there and the restaurant faced the setting sun. When we entered it was hotter than anything. I can't stand a restaurant that won't use their air-conditioning. We left with out trying the food. I would be willing to try again, but only in the winter.
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  • Finally-a good Greek restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2013
    This was our first visit to the Tastes of Greece, and it will definitely not be our last. We thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of our meal from the "Daddy's" appetizer to the dessert. My wife ordered the grilled sea bass and really enjoyed it. I ordered the lamb shank and found it both juicy and flavorful. The lemon roast potatoes were a tasty side dish and the salad was super fresh. The owners came over to visit with us a few times and the wait staff was quick and very professional. The overall environment was clean and very pleasant.
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  • Nice Neighborhood Restaurant
    GuestofTheCosmoVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2013
    Good food and great prices are often hard to find in OC. Nice ambiance as well. Good choice for a leisurely dinner
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Met friends here as it was
    littlered
    Dined on 6/29/2013
    Met friends here as it was a good halfway point for all. Added bonus was that the food was great. Will come back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Greek Food
    BobR
    Dined on 6/2/2013
    My wife and I had just returned from a beautiful vacation on the Greek island of Santorini. We absolutely love the wonderful Greek food. When I spotted this restaurant on OpenTable, I made a reservation for dinner. Everything about our dinner experience was fantastic. I heartily recommend this small family owned restaurant to all of you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic & reasonable
    foodies4life
    Dined on 4/18/2013
    Wonderful family run place. Authentic, homemade Greek dishes with a charming Greek atmosphere and reasonable prices. Thursday nights they have a bouzouki (Greek guitar) player. My husband had their specialty roasted lamb plate, which he savored every bite. I ordered the falafel plate. The falafel was delicate and easily the best I've ever eaten. I now know what authentic falafel is suppose to taste like. We can't wait to go back. Great for dinner and lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The owner/chef, Elizabeth,
    3522VIP
    Dined on 3/28/2013
    The owner/chef, Elizabeth, made us feel as though we were guests in her home. People were dancing to the music from Zorba as we sipped reasonably priced wine. Rather than order from the menu we were served the numerous house specialties. Everyone had something different and we all raved about our meals. We shared a variety of scrumptous (and healthy) appetisers and finished with home made deserts including tea/coffee directly from Greece. We feasted, danced & clapped our hands. When the night was over we smiled as we got the bill which was so reasonable we thought it was a mistake. I don't know how the night could have been any better for the 6 of us.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A very pleasant find nearby.
    Hammer
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    A very pleasant find nearby. Reasonably priced; great service; friendly and attentive staff; good food.
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