Christakis Greek Cuisine
***** 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.
Not many locally owned places left and it’s a bonus when it’s delicious! Great wine, food, service and charming patio. Will be back!
The food was amazing, the service was outstanding, and the musician playing by our table really sealed the deal for making our anniversary special.
Excellent food and service. Our group had four different entrees and each was cooked perfectly And our server was attentive and cordial. Highly recommend this restaurant.
the best greek restaurant in OC! the vibe is great excellent for date night or having a bite/drinks with friends.
the lamb is perfection! the pita is addicting!
wine list is excellent.
it's a hidden gem!
My wife and I are from Astoria, NY and were looking for Good Greek cuisine
We ate here on a Thursday evening at around 8 PM. The restaurant was quite crowded, but we did not wait long for our table. The meal was largely excellent. We had spanokopita (excellent) and calamari (only good) for appetizers. The calamari was fresh and tender, but marred by being oil soaked, probably due to a too low fryer temperature. Same for the steak fries that came with my steak, delicious, but soggy with oil. My wife had the salmon special which was lovely. I had the NY steak special which was also excellent. Asparagus was included with both meals and was young and tender. For dessert, we both had balkava which was much less honey soaked than is usual, making it much lighter. WE had a bottle of a Greek red wine which was also complex and delicious. All in all, an excellent meal. Next time, I will avoid anything fried.
Love christakis. Like going to Europe with such charm and ambiance. And their dolmades are to die for.
We have eaten here before and we were not impressed. However, our grandson selected this restaurant so once again we gave it a try. The appetizers were fine however everyone’s entrées were not hot and the vegetables were completely overcooked.
We have friends who say they enjoy this restaurant however our experience is totally the opposite.
Food was delicious, authentic. Alex was very knowledgeable & professional. Will definitely go back
Excellent food and service!
The servers were amazing and the food outstanding.
Service was great and the food was great.
Great place to go and feel like you’ve traveled to Greece. Cool ambiance with live guitarist. Very consistent delicious food. Love that we live close enough to visit regularly.
The food is awesome. Very fresh and flavorful. I wish I had gotten our server's name. He was very attentive, professional and friendly too. We had the trio appetizer with tzatziki, hummus, kopanisti with fresh pita bread- it was really good. We both ordered the chicken Athenian - delicious!!! Next time we will only get one meal to share since we could only eat half after the appetizer dips. Lovely patio with live guitar music. Very pleasant evening!
We had the Gyros Plate and Pastistio. Both delicious! Eating outside is a must. The ambiance is perfect. Hidden gem for delicious Greek food.
We were one week post Greek vacation and wanted to eat our way back again!
Not our first visit to this wonderful restaurant.
Cool breezes al fresco dining next to the acoustic guitarist.
Lamb chops, pastitsio, pea soup, saganaki, swordfish, sea-salt brownie, etc.
Everything presented and tasted fabulous!
One of our favorites, we returned after months away due to COVID, to celebrate my birthday, and brought some new friends. They loved it. This restaurant consistently has great food, great service and we love sitting on the patio. If you haven’t dined here, you’re missing something special.
Made our anniversary dinner perfect. Even served our dinner on “Special Day” plates. Our entire party had a lovely evening. Server was very attentive and went out of her way to please. Food was delicious!
Excellent as usual!
Great food and service
Great food, great service.
1st time here and will surely be back. Sweetest place I’ve been to in a long time- we have appreciation for good food, music, sound of the soothing fountain, and love seeing the servers smile. Everything we missed via pandemic. The music is a lovely touch- we will surely be back for another date nite;)
It was our 45th wedding anniversary. Thanks for making it memorable!
good food, good service. Can't go wrong. reservations recommended
One o f many good nights at Christakis. Mike and his family / crew really try every minute and truly have the "customer service" attitude down 100%.
Entertaining my Daughter and Husband in from out of state. Welcomed...seated timely and served with talent and a smile. We enjoyed Lamb ( of course at a Greek place! ) Salmon, salads, and appetizers. Too full...but a taste of dessert as well. Left in GREAT spirits, well fed and blessed.
Rarely do you see such consistence in service and food quality year after year. They master the meal. Cool solo guitarist on the patio that's live ambience without over powering conversation. JUST RIGHT...love it.
Thanks Again CHRISTAKIS
It is like coming to a home! Michael and his family/staff really treat us well, we even have a favorite table. Live music outside really adds the whole atmosphere of being in a Greek seaside village.
This was our second time at the restaurant, having discovered it about a month ago. Great food and service. I really appreciate it when my water glass never gets empty. Highly recommended!
We had a lovely dinner on the patio. Jaime was our waiter. He was attentive, friendly, and made sure we had everything we needed though he quickly had several tables to wait on. The food was amazing! It was my second visit and it did not disappoint!
Wonderful Greek Food!! The food is delicious, ambience is beautiful and service is top notch. They had live music with classical guitar music! We went for Father's day and my husband loved his meal.
We have been going to Christakis Greek Restaurant for the last 25 years. I now drive 1 & 1/2 hours each way to eat there. It is by far the best Greek food we have ever had. I have traveled a lot of the world including Greece and trust me that it is an experience to eat there.
Great food and great service. Outside patio was pleasant. Authentic food for sure.
Terrific neighborhood place. Excellent wine list, great Greek food, lovely guitar music playing. We started going there 20 years ago and hadn’t been since Covid . It was better than we remembered.
Always a wonderful experience - superb food and excellent service!
We love this family owned Greek restaurant. Have been coming for over 29 years. We always have a terrific meal and the service is very good. Ambience outside is amazing. Prices are reasonable.
Christakis never disappoints ... the patio is beautiful and is always our first option, but we chose indoor seating last night because the weather was so warm. During the COVID season, we've taken advantage of their wonderful take-out service as well. Portions are plentiful, food always tastes fresh and well-seasoned, our servers are always efficient and friendly. Last night our party of four enjoyed roasted chicken, chicken souvlaki, pork chop, and pastitsio - and the keftedes for an appetizer. All scrumptious.
We had the Moussaka and Salmon dinners. Both were excellent. The Greek salads could have used a bit more tang in their dressing for my taste. Restaurant was busy and service was tolerable, but spotty. The waitress compensated us somewhat with a complementary order of baklava for desert.
I like Christakis, it’ll be better when the intimate environment returns. I felt very disconnected and it’s not their fault the veggies in the villager salad were not quite ripe, right?
We love eating at Christakis! Normally we dine early to avoid the crowds, but we had to make our reservation for 6:30 and the place was BUSY! So, the service was not quite as top-notch as usual, but we weren't in a hurry so it really wasn't an issue. The food was OUTSTANDING as always. Padakai! So good!
Fantastic food, great service and reasonable prices !
Love this neighborhood Restaurant.👍🏼😊
Christakis Greek Cuisine is rated 4.9 stars by 787 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.