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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
  • "Service is really great but food is too pricey for what you get. Gap between the very nice atmosphere and the food."
    Dined on 8/27/2014
  • "We spent a good evening at Yiannis Taverna ordering and sharing some of the appetizers. It was a good way to enjoy a variety of savoury dishes."
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "Tried the catch of day, whole sea bass, for $24. Very good value. I have returned 3 times for it. You get the whole fish, eyes and all. If you like seafood, this is a delicacy for sure."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "This is such a nice neighborhood restaurant, When you don;t feel like cooking. You can get that home cooked tatse. We usually go on Sundays, and the crowd is nice too."
    Dined on 8/24/2014
  • "We were a party of 16 on a very busy Saturday night. Our service was awesome, and the food great! We didn't wait long for anything and were very happy with our experience."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Once again we spent a beautiful summer evening dining at our favorite restaurant! A table close to the open window is our favorite - you can see all the action on Whyte Avenue, while still enjoying white table cloth dining. If the weather changes we are safe! The wine selection has really grown over the past year, and the food remains consistently good. We enjoyed moussaka and malbec. The Ek Mek for dessert is irresistable. Dining at Yiannis always feels like an event - summer or winter. It is an easy way to travel to Greece. The owners, Tammy and Jim, are attentive and make you feel welcomed. The service was outstanding. Thanks, again."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "My husband and I enjoyed a late night dinner here and were very impressed. We tried the house specialty rack of lamb, and the recommended moussaka. Both were wonderful. We also loved the wine pairings. Service was excellent. Will be back!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "we had a great time ... our friend from england has been to greece a few times and said the meal was great"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Our party of 4 enjoyed the entree sampler and everything was delicious. There was so much food we had enough for a meal of leftovers the next day - excellent value. Love the saganaki too!"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "This is an anniversary tradition for 22 years now! Always amazing food, fantastic service, and terrific ambience. Highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Enjoyed my meal tremendously! The rack of lamb was perfectly prepared and my bottle of red wine was served at correct temperature. Good wine list and tapas menu too."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "The food was great! The price was high, too high! I hope the price was lower."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Super service etc.... Food was ok. Salad fresh chicken good....steamed veg & chicken....potatoe - standard Greek food. That's the problem.....so very predictable. Fantastic atmosphere for a party crowd:)"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "We went with a group of 12, aged 15-88. All enjoyed the excellent service and food. Looked like it would be a fun spot on the evenings when they have belly dancers!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Food - very good quality. Recommend for an evening out on Whyte Avenue."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "Had a wonderful evening dining at Yiannis - our server Zoi was very attentive, and informative with menu questions. The belly dancer show was entertaining and got the place jumping - it was a fun night!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "Was walking down Whyte and decided to try this place somewhat on a whim, after reading pretty good reviews of it. It was a very vibrant atmosphere, and it was nice that the restaurant was open to the street on a beautiful day. Thankfully there weren't any mosquitoes! The service was pretty average, but the food was fairly good (to be honest, some of it was no better than Opa, but I like Opa!). The flamed cheese was delicious though! "
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Great atmosphere,excellent service. menu was sufficient and had enough to chose from.Wine list was the same. Location of the restaurant was great and the inside decor was rustic. Recommend this restaurant to anyone who likes Greek."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Loved the food and the entertainment!!! My mom loved it. Thanks."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Great service, great food, great restaurant. Clean, friendly and a great atmosphere."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Beautiful day, sat in the window, sipped wine and ate great food. This is my friend's restaurant, and I love it."
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "Liked the food and the belly dancer who was so friendly to the little girl in our group and showed her how to dance :)"
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We have been enjoying Yiannis for many years. Occasionally we have tried other Greek restaurants and then wondered why we did. We always come back to our favorite: Yianni's! The location on Whyte Ave. is perfect; you feel like you are in the heart of Edmonton. The decor is chic, yet warm and inviting. The food never disappoints. We enjoy the meal for 2, or for 4. The wine selection is terrific. The greek salad is a family favorite. If you like Mediterranean food this is the best place in town. Oh, and the cheesecake is soo good."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "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