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Yiannis Taverna
Yiannis Taverna

Yiannis Taverna Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://yiannistaverna.ca/
  • Phone: (780) 433-6768
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm Sunday & Monday: 5:00 - 10:00
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Greek
  • Executive Chef: James Anast
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wine
  • Catering: Yiannis will do off-site catering, but some conditions apply.
  • Private Party Facilities: Our lounge can be booked out for corporate functions.
  • Private Party Contact: Tammy (780) 433-6768
  • Entertainment: Belly Dancing shows every Friday @ 8:00 and Saturday @ 7 & 9.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 104th
  • Public Transit: There is a bus stop on the block, and a taxi stand.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is more than ample parking in the rear of the building, there are two impark lots at 104 st and 83 ave. There is some street parking with meters.
A word from Yiannis Taverna
Yiannis serves Greek food that is inspired by traditional recipes and healthy living. Our chef, James Anast, tries to encompass every aspect of Greek cookery, from its inherent healthfulness, to its history and customs in our menu. We are located in our own building on trendy and historic Whyte Ave and have a warm and ambient room that evokes thoughts of the Mediterranean. To further enhance your dining experience there is belly-dancing on weekends and a beautiful Moroccan lounge in our lower floor for you to sip some tasty libations before or after your dinner.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our evening out at Yiannis's . Our server was fun, energetic and good. The food was good and nicely presented. The belly dancer was very entertaining. Drinks and wine were also good, dessert was tempting but we had no room to try any. We'll be back soon!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "My wife and I are not new to this restaurant but we wanted to take our friends to experience the atmosphere, the Greek dishes and the general ambiance of a place we consider to be our hidden gem. A place we can relax after a stressful week and share a fine bottle of wine and have a home cooked meal with awesome service and never feel rushed. This place took care of all those needs and impressed our friends enough to say they would be back as well."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We were in Crete last fall and this brought back great memories of the awesome food."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Would have like to see a kids menu! And the chairs are so light, every time you got up they would fall over,just with your coat hanging on it."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Came here on a Saturday night, they have a 6pm and 8pm seating, due to belly dancing performances. The service was not bad, slow at times, but the food was good, and the belly dancer was really fun... Watch out, or she'll get you with that scarf, and you have to dance. ;-)"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Thanks, again, for another wonderful evening at your restaurant. It is always fun! Great food, great service; no wonder you are our favorite!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Great service, very knowledgeable staff. Would recommend for the atmosphere for sure."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Yianni's does NOT disappoint - Best Mousakka Ever! Keeps me coming back for more every time i'm visiting Edmonton and craving Greek. nomnomnom"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "The restaurant apparently was recently renovated, tastefully done. First time there for myself, my date had been there previously many times. Open Table booking was easy, painless. Waitress was very attentive to our needs, she commented it was a slow evening, for a Friday night. We enjoyed the wine samples, it made our wine choice very easy... The food was excellent, ample proportions, couldn't eat it all... the entree followed two appetizers, shared between the two of us. Belly dancing was an added surprise between 7:00 and 8:00. She was very good. All in all, a nice evening at a nice restaurant."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "I would guess it has been 10 years since I last dined at Yanni's. I was quite disappointed. My date ordered Slow Cooked Lamb to find it was very fatty. I can understand a bit of fat with lamb, but her's had way to much. My moussaka was ok. But quite salty. I had a hard time with the price also. $24 for that dish was overpriced. The waitress was not really happy to be there. I will have a hard time going back. Too bad."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Yianni's has been a favourite of ours for years and now with the new renovations it's even more enjoyable! The food is simply spectacular and authentic. I've never had a dish I didn't like! My favourite is the flaming cheese and the chicken souvlaki (which is not actually on the menu but they will make it for you). The service is fast and friendly. Make sure you go on a Friday or Saturday night to catch the belly dancers. We've hosted many special occasions there and it never fails to impress."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Food was great, tasty, and the plates were a good size. However, I took my girlfriend there for Valentines Day and we were both put on edge from the moment we sat down by the extremely loud music (we had to shout to chat to each other). This was obviously for the benefit of the belly dancer that was moving around between the tables, occasionally smashing cymbal things together. This was intended to be a romantic meal, who wants to sit in a room with music as loud as a nightclub, with some woman banging metal disks together next to your head? It was awkward, weird and extremely intrusive. The food was good, don't get me wrong. But, I left with a headache and if I'm honest... feeling a little disappointed. I will not be going back."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My Husband and I went there for Valentine's Dinner. It was our first time and we were very pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere, service and food. Also loved the dancing."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "My boyfriend and I went to Yiannis for Valentines Day dinner. We had a reservation and got our table very quick. The good was wonderful! It took a little while to get our food but it was super busy and it was Valentines day so the wait was expected. I would definitely recommend this restaurant! Very good!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Had a group of six with one child - very entertaining with belly dancers and the food was amazing!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food wasn't as good as I remember from the past. Some of the slow roasted lamb was juicy and some was dry. What's up with mashed potatoes instead of Greek potatoes. My husband garlic shrimp didn't have any garlic and there was no olive and feta appetizer. This could have been just a bad day (Sunday). The service was good and friendly."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "Had yet another wonderful dinner at Yiannis! Food was great service was good only disappointment was that there was no Bellydancer show at 9 like their website states!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Great night for my Husbands Birthday. It was a family dinner and everyone enjoyed themselves and left full and happy with the whole experience."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Best squid in the city....we always have the mezedes platter. Delicious mix of appetizers. Like the reno's, especially the arabic eyes on the wall. Kinda like the Mona Lisa, but better."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "We had to wait over 50 minutes for our food yet there was hardly any people there when we first ordered. A large group of women came in to celebrate a bday. They were loud and were blowing bday horns and management did nothing about this. We went as a family to celebrate my father's 71 st bday and were very disappointed in the long wait for food and how very noisy it was. We saw a few couples leave upon entering and probably hearing how loud it was. Would not recommend this place."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "we were there for my daughters birthday and everything was awesome. the food, the service, drinks, all was great except for one thing. I ordered the ouzo shrimp appy.....awesome flavour but $14 for 5 small shrimp? i could see that for tiger prawns or something but not average size shrimp. All in all great place to go and eat Greek....good menu selection and the flavours are wonderful."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "I go to Yannis regularly and each time I think they can't get any better - yet they do. We went on New Year's Eve and the food was awesome. Well done, presented nicely and the service was outstanding. We usually take the Mesa for 2 and again no disappointment there. I like how they made the chicken breast into skewers, more flavour in the seasoning. The salmon with the new sauce is flaky and full of flavour. No dried out food at all. The wine was a Greek red and very nice."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "This is the first time we celebrated New Years Eve at Yiannis, and it won't be the last. We had so much fun. There was a party atmosphere. The food and drinks were, as always, tasty.The service was wonderful. Some of us at our table enjoyed the opportunity to take part in the Greek "line dancing" that even went outside. Everyone shared in the countdown and we were given party hats and champagne. All in all, a great evening!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Loved the warm ambience on a cold winter night. Excellent selection for both Greek and non greek food lover's. The portions were very generous. everthing we tried was delicious."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "a great place to try with a group! Fun atmosphere."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Had a wonderful time, excellent food, great entertainment the belly dancer was a lot of fun. The only thing I wish was better was our waitress and her knowledge of drinks we asked for some recommendations and she had no clue but other than that it was a great night with friends and will definitely be back."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "First time I have ever been at this restaurant and I loved it. I have tried a couple Greek places in town and I think this is the best one!"
    Dined on 12/11/2013
  • "We had a 40th birthday at Yiannis. While there were a couple other Christmas parties there, the service was still absolutely outstanding. We really the food, ambience, and the belly dancer! Great place for a larger group. We will definitely go there again!"
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "The platter for four was fabulous, tasty and lots of food. A great way to try many Greek dishes one might not usually order."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "The food was great and the service very good. Around 7pm the music was quite loud but after it calms down and the music level is just right for dining."
    Dined on 11/30/2013
  • "The restaurant was good and we enjoyed our meal of appetizers however I think that the menu lacked some authentic dishes that I had hopped for."
    Dined on 11/26/2013
  • "Made a reservation for a group dinner to celebrate a friend's birthday. We ordered drinks and a few appetizer platters to share - it was perfect. Great atmosphere, great food, great service. The belly dancers lit up the room! Will definitely be back"
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "My wife and I have been married for 11 years now and we come to Yianni's nearly every year for our anniversary dinner! If not for that reason, we've visited for birthdays, or just because it's one of our favourite restaurants in Edmonton. We like pretty much everything on the menu. There's things we order all the time (the Saganaki and Spanakopita are standards for us) but we have yet to order a dish that we would not order again. Reservations are easiest to get before 7, but if you book with a few days' notice, try to get in around 7:30-8:00 so you can be entertained by the belly dancers while you eat. The management and staff are great and the music is enjoyable. Location is perfect too - right in the core of Whyte Ave, close to shopping."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "We have been going to Yiannis Taverna for years and are never disappointed. On our most recent visit, My dining companion and I enjoyed the appetizer platter. We couldn't decide if we liked the calamari or the greek meatballs better. Our server Georgina was polite, professional and made an excellent wine recommendation for us. Looking forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 11/13/2013
  • "Once again we had a fabulous dining experience at Yiannis! Everything was prepared to perfection. The ambiance was comfortable and our server Zoe was friendly and attentive. Looking forward to returning for our company Xmas party!"
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "I have been to Yianni's on many occasions but not since the renovation. It's beautiful, light, cheery and modern. The staff was great! Our server Zoey was a sweetheart, and super attentive to our needs. I purchased flowers through the flower petal link on my reservation, and the centerpiece was beautiful. I love Yianni's and will continue to go for many years and for different occasions. Belly dancing is a great source of entertainment on Saturday nights at 6 & 9. Their Moussaka and fried cheese are amazing! Two thumbs up always!"
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "Thank you for the delicious dinner and excellent service we had the other nite. The food was absolutely delicious and there was lots of it! The service was excellent, we could not have complained about one thing in our group of five. We have been to Yiannis many times and will be back soon. Excellent!!"
    Dined on 10/22/2013
  • "great waiter, food came out quick and was very good."
    Dined on 10/12/2013
  • "everything was awesome but superloud f rom the street"
    Dined on 7/31/2013