Christakis Greek Cuisine

4.8
406 reviews
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***** VOTED BEST GREEK RESTAURANT IN OC BY OC WEEKLY (2016)

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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LB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in town visiting family and planned a last minute date night. Not knowing the area well, we used OpenTable to find a recommendation and discovered Christakis. We are NorCal foodies, and can say with confidence that Christakis is a hidden gem.

We dined outside on the twinkly lit patio, that is very romantic, and kept warm with plenty of heat lamps. In the center of the patio is a beautiful fountain.

The owner, Mike, selected 4 delicious items for my fiance and I to share:
Starters: Saganaki, a half order of Keftedes
Salad: Villager's Salad
Entree: Rack of Lamb

The food and wine (Merreville Pinot & Saldo, a new wine from Prisoner) were delicious. Mike is so warm and welcoming, and took great care of us. We will FOR SURE be back.

Tip: Be sure to request the patio.

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RN
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

A delicious meal, and fantastic service (thanks Austin!). Food comes piping hot, and quick too!

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LN
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always and enjoyable dining experience! The wine tasting dinners are an especially delightful pleasure, my wife and I have attended allbut two since they started. Another thing we enjoy is going there Sunady afternoon for lunch. The Corfu Salad has gyro meat is filling andnot to be missed if you like lamb. I highly reccomend this restaurant!

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic as always. The service was outstanding!

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OT
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was our 24th anniversary, and wife wanted moussaka and a Google search led us here. The service was outstanding and friendly. I had the christakis combo. The dolmas were like expected. True dolmas. Then i started on the two lamb chops. I ordered medium rare. The first bite, and I wanted to order a full rack. They're that good. We finished with our waiter bringing us a baklava with a candle on it. Very nice touch. We'll be back.

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B
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our 3rd visit and the food, wine, and service were great

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The owner was extremely gracious . We were sitting outside and it started to rain . They took no time to rush us inside and seat us even though it was a private party going on. The rack of lambs was awesome and they treated us very well

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AC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is excellent, service is outstanding, and music was lovely!

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JS
Orange County
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and ambiance. Background live guitar music really made it a great experience.

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TD
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great service and very nice ambience! Loved it!

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GM
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oh what a great evening! Mike really took super care of my wife and I for not only did he suggest an excellent wine for our meal that evening, my wife received a special "plate" for her meal too since we were celebrating a special happening! Mike also gave us a few sugar cookies to celebrate as well and he was so gracious to put us in a table we requested too. Thank you again for such a wonderful evening Christakis and Mike too and we plan to return soon for another amazing evening and meal :-)

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CC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Alex was a wonderful server. Atmosphere was a bit noisy inside dining room because the lovely guitarist was a bit loud so it was a bit hard to hear. We were also seated close to the kitchen and service station. My lamb solvaki was a bit too rare even though I asked for medium. The lentil soup was wonderful and our desserts were delicious! I’ll be back!

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JE
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a rainy evening and so several diners that would otherwise have chosen to dine on the patio were moved to tables inside.

The entire staff worked to make sure everyone was well taken care of. Service was excellent and the food was fantastic. We tried the calamari appetizer and the salmon and tilapia main courses. Michael recommended a great Chardonnay and it was a terrific evening where a less experienced staff might have not been able to pull it all off.

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PS
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. Always a pleasure to dine there. The staff is the best.

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BF
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is great, especially the lemon soup, the lamb chops, and the moussaka. The service is always excellent and very responsive. The music is an added bonus for the enjoyable environment.

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GC
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful atmosphere and engaged staff. Classical gutarist aded a nice touch to the ambience. Food was authentic and portioned correctly. We had the chicken souvlaki and avgo soup (just like Yaya use to make!). Pricing was appropriately scaled to the quality of food and service. Have recommended to friends and family. Opa!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it. Food was delicious. Service was on point.

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P
Orange County
19 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We just love this restaurant. The staff is always attentive but not overbearing.

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AV
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Have been here many times for dinner. This was first time for lunch with my co-workers. Love the atmosphere, feels like I was in Santorini. The service was impeccable. The host knew us immediately and our table was ready waiting for us. I had to change the time twice. Did it on Opentable, quick, hassle free. We ordered the the dolmades and calamari for appetizers. Dolmades was slightly salty but perfect with the lemon sauce. Main courses were lamb, pork chop, and mousaka. All tasted good. The pork chop was juicy, grilled to perfection, no burned pieces. So was the lamb. I'd recommend this place for a romantic dinner. They have a guitarist playing live music. The restaurant itself is situated in a lovely old town square with boutique stores around. The lamb chops for dinner is a must try.

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CC
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

What a mistake! On the recommendation of a 4.2 star rating we went for dinner on Valentines Day. What a disaster. First, they offered a special menu that had zero entrees that were Greek. Average plate price was $40. A got the basic prime rib dinner which included an extremely fatty piece of meat, a small baked potato and asparagus. There was no salad or bread service. Others ordered Chilean sea bass and sliced rack of lamb. My prime plate was served cold. The baked potato was half cooked and so cold that the butter wouldn't even melt in it. The asparagus was the same. The sea bass came burnt on the bottom but was not detectable until you moved all the sauce that was slathered on it. No one could believe the lamb ribs were served. The bones were burnt black and the meat was dry and tough. We watched food being served that no cook in his right mind would let come out of the kitchen. The tempo was frantic with plates coming out and going back. What could have been a beautiful Greek dinner was a fiasco. My opinion... stick with what you do best.

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OT
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service and food. This is a favorite of ours. It is nice that they usually have live music ti set the atmosphere of a great dining experience

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J
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Gracious host, great location, fun evening. Need a better cook. Chilean Seabass was over cooked and tough. Mentioned it to waiter. Changed my plate to lamb kabob. Better, but I think they rushed it.

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RT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Good ambience and live music. The service was very quick and attentive. I highly recommend it!

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AT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love our date nights here. Great food, great service and live music.

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s
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall a great place for dinner, the food very good

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MF
Orange County
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic lunch on the patio. The restaurant wasn't overly crowded and we were able to chat without shouting about the crowd.

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JW
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Of all the Greek restaurants in Orange County, this is our favorite. It is "small" and cozy. The food tastes great......like my mom made; especially thee tarama salada. We just celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary here.

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JJ
Orange County
15 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice menu. Lots to choose from.
And what we ate was delicious.
Well prepared and presented.

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DB
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Christakis never disappoints. It's not a budget dining experience, but it's worth every penny. Everything here is amazing. Even better when you sit on the patio. Authentic cuisine, 5 star service, and by far the BEST rack of lamb you will ever find. E-V-E-R !

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely phenomenal. The food, the service, the atmosphere..beyond all expectations. We will be returning over and over again!

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VM
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This spot is a sure thing. Everything is amazing - from the hummus to the feta with olives to the meatballs or the saganaki. And that’s just the appetizers! Love this place - the food, the staff, the wine, the music and the overall feel.

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J
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and great service. The dolomades were fabulous as was the lemon/chicken/rice soup. Others in the group enjoyed tilapia

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S
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great patio. Lovely food

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OT
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s absolutely delicious! Great atmosphere with hanging white lights and live music. Patio with heaters as well. Owner and servers treat you very personally. We love the place for date night, out with couples or with kids. Wine choices are great and yummy desserts. Hummus is the best!

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MV
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We gathered for a friend's birthday. He thoroughly enjoyed it as he has many times before. All were very pleased with their meals. Serve staff was attentive even though they were setting up for a huge birthday dinner. I have been to Christakis many times and will be back..many more.

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LO
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We make the drive from Irvine for almost all special occasions. Delicious fish and other food. A small restaurant with a nice ambiance.

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B
Orange County
63 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated our anniversary and had a wonderful meal. Food was terrific (we had the mini rack of lamb), and first started with a Saganaki appetizer. Finished with Galaktabourikos for dessert. This was a perfect night at one of our very favorite restaurants.

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SP
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Michael & Sarah are ALWAYS there to make sure our meal is as delightful as possible! We have brought many new guests there and to a person they walk away very happy and wonder why they haven't been there before!! Christakis is the definition of a "FIND" of ever there was one!
Steven Estrada

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NB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is hard to find a family-owned establishment these days and this place is great!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect

Delicious dinner

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