Yiannis Taverna
Yiannis Taverna

Yiannis Taverna

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://yiannistaverna.ca/
  • Phone: 7804336768
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Yiannis Taverna reviews from OpenTable diners
51 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (31)special occasion (26)neighborhood gem (21)great for outdoor dining (20)romantic (17)fit for foodies (16)hot spot (13)notable wine list (10)scenic view (9)great for lunch (8)great for brunch (3)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • great experience
    Melcanada2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    the renovations that Yianni's has done are outstanding, great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Keep coming back
    kitkat
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Always a favorite, on my list for food cravings. Many great dishes, moussaka, kalamari, prawns to name a few. Definitely a gem for mediterranean flavours.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Belly dance
    good
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The belly dance was too short. The food and services was very good. No complain.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BettyJean
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Our waitress was excellent. The food was average. Disappointed that they did not have the wine that I requested from their wine list.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Leni1
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    As always, Yiannis never fails to please! Thanks again for making a special occasion memorable.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • benYEG
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Service is really great but food is too pricey for what you get. Gap between the very nice atmosphere and the food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good menu for sharing
    Nicetoeat
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sea Bass
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a gem!
    Jamila
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good service
    Jammin
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Glorious Greek
    Leni1
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • overthetop
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    we had a great time ... our friend from england has been to greece a few times and said the meal was great
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Feast!
    JayCee
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love this restaurant!
    Jamila
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    This is an anniversary tradition for 22 years now! Always amazing food, fantastic service, and terrific ambience. Highly recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great!
    kitkat
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food but expensive!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food was great! The price was high, too high! I hope the price was lower.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • B day dinner
    Franjo
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    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:)
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Father's Day Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No complaints!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/9/2014
    Food - very good quality. Recommend for an evening out on Whyte Avenue.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Dinner with Friends
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Atmosphere, Decent Food
    MattVIP
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 29 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service3.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 255 reviews are from the Yiannis Taverna reviews archive.
  • Awesome
    Petr
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • treated my mom
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Loved the food and the entertainment!!! My mom loved it. Thanks.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Susan
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Great service, great food, great restaurant. Clean, friendly and a great atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Opa!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Beautiful day, sat in the window, sipped wine and ate great food. This is my friend's restaurant, and I love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food and time
    Yegemjay8
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Liked the food and the belly dancer who was so friendly to the little girl in our group and showed her how to dance :)
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great experience
    Leni1
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My hubbies bday
    Sally
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining Experience....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Taste of Greece
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    We were in Crete last fall and this brought back great memories of the awesome food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • With kids
    bday
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun Experience
    wkndincalgVIP
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    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. ;-)
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Thanks, again, for another
    Leni1
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Thanks, again, for another wonderful evening at your restaurant. It is always fun! Great food, great service; no wonder you are our favorite!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Service.
    spike3563
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Great service, very knowledgeable staff. Would recommend for the atmosphere for sure.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Yianni's does NOT disappoint
    food4thought
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favourite restaurant in Edmonton!
    DineInYEG
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Show
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I would guess it has been
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good food but extremely noisy
    BritMark
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic