Epsilon

4.4
242 reviews
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$30 and under
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Greek
Epsilon Restaurant is located in the heart of downtown Monterey. For the past 25 years we have been incorporating the freshest produce, seafood and meat from Monterey into our authentic family recipes to create a variety of succulent dishes such as Lamb Shanks, Dolmades, Moussaka, Grilled Octopus and Greek Salad. Known as one of the world's most healthy, nutritious, and delicious cuisines, our Greek delicacies will transport you to the islands. Let us welcome you to our Greek oasis to experience our beautiful and tastefully unique Greek cooking and the warmth of our culture. Reservations accepted at lunch are call in only.
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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food outstanding and generous portions. We love Greek food and Epsilon does an excellent job presenting true Greek food. Hostess and staff very friendly and attentive to two out of town visitors.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Chris is very warm and welcoming, and everything was great! Thank you for helping to make our daughter’s graduation special!

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M
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was amazing. Unfortunately service was very rushed; it was obvious they wanted to turn over the tables quickly and allot less than an hour for each table from sit down to check

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PP
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food
Ample portions
Excellent value

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RF
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place has amazing greek/Mediterranean food
The employees cheerful, and very customer service aware. We celebrated a birthday and graduation. This is our 2nd visit and we found it as awesome the second time as we did the first. You don't want to kiss having a dinning experience here. The food is delicious.

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Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service food everything was perfect.
Our server was very helpful with menu advice and explanation and she was so amiable
We will be back definitely

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hummus, calamari, Moussaka, Gyro's the perfect food

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 5

Food compared to other restaurants Ibarra serving same fare was more expensive and much less flavorful

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VM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Good food. Portions too large for reasonable diners.

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s
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the food and service. Though the restaurant was crowded, we never felt neglected or rushed. A delightful evening out.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food

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LH
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We just got back to our hotel after visiting Epsilon for the first time. We went purely based on the yelp reviews and it did not disappoint!! Chris and his crew took excellent care of us. Even though the restaurant was very busy, we were promptly greeted and our food was timely. The lamb shank and pastitsio was some of the best food we've ever had. Chris suggested wine and beers for our meal and they were delicious! But the best part was the homemade baklava a la mode. Oh. My. Gawd. To die for. We will be back! Loved all of it!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great! We will be back.

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Miami
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice cozy atmosphere. Owned and run by a lovely, friendly family. I highly recommend!

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DM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Way too expensive for average food. I have to say that the salad was better than the actual meal.

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l
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Epsilon Love this place! It is my first stop every time I visit Monterey. I had the special of lamb ravioli tonight. Their Retsina wine is fabulous and not too sweet. Their bread appetizer is the best ever!! You will want seconds.

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Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The French cut lamb is perfection. Great seasoning but, it was tasty and still juicy inside. I am a keto fan so the mixed grill offered lots of tasty proteins grilled well.

The restaurant is small, very friendly, and street parking was easy. I recommend this restaurant for adults, it is both a nice casual spot or it could be romantic night out for two.

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Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The restaurant has undergone a physical transformation with beautiful high ceilings and a newly discovered window and the service was professional and courteous. It was the food that was disappointing. Have not dined at Epsilon in over a year and was eager to return for good basic Greek cuisine. We did not find the quality of the food nor the prices commensurate with our expectations for good ethnic dining. Perhaps the usual chef was not working in the kitchen...food was lukewarm and the
mousaka exceedingly disappointing. It was a soft small mushy portion served with generous sides. Even our baklava was not the delicate warm dessert we had experienced in the past and it tasted slightly stale.
Will I return? We have not decided but would like to return to the restaurant we enjoyed dining at for
good Greek cooking in the past.

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GB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants on the Monterey Peninsula! The food is delicious. Best Greek salad anywhere.

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MR
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was wonderful as usual. I really enjoyed the Nemea.

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O
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve never had a less-than-stellar meal here. The Greek salad with the grilled chicken thighs used to be my favorite but that was before I tasted the lamb shanks. So delicious. I’d recommend both. Alas I’ve never saved enough room for dessert but other diners’ sure look good.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Our reservation was checked three different times and my phone was even taken to the back for approval before being seated in an almost empty restaurant. We ordered promptly, but as the restaurant quickly filled our service became almost non-existent. The food was good, but not worth the poor service.

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LR
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We make the 43 mile drive here frequently. One of our family winter traditions and we love it here

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S
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Lamb shanks delicious!

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c
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good Greek dishes, all very tasty. Moderate prices. Pleasant service. Beware that some prices online and on the printed menu may be out of date.

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FF
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Had some issues with our reservation, but overall had a good experience, the staff is friendly, and food is delicious!

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F
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food all around. The Saganaki appetizer is always fun, they flambe it table-side so quite the show. Also, the Fasolia Gigandes were perfect, rich sauce, beans done perfectly, it was simply superb. The hummus was also nice and creamy with good flavor. Honestly, every dish we had there was delicious, will definitely go back again.

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KA
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing, my husband and I went here to celebrate our wedding anniversary.

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KB
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great meal. The atmosphere of the restaurant was energetic and inviting, but no so loud we could not hear our conversation. The food was excellent, authentic (based upon our repeated trips to Greece over the past 30 years) while at the same time showcasing Monterey’s local produce. Our waiter (I’m sorry, I cannot remember his name) was a joy. He was fun, engaging, and knowledgeable. We will definitely be back.

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SK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m a local and this is my favorite restaurant. Excellent food. Nice ambiance. Experienced waitstaff and a wonderful owner.

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SE
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Good authentic Greek food and service in a pleasant local setting.

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CM
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Fantastic service. Very attentive waitstaff. Good food and generous portiions. I highly recommend the vegetarian appetizer platter and, of course, the baklava

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E
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 2service 1ambience 5

We really wanted a great GREEK restaurant and this seemed to be the place. Very pretty place and friendly staff. Only complaint is that they should have told us when we made the reservation that the grill was not working. That eliminates a lot of choices so we chose to leave. Will try it again though.

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FM
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Greek food and drinks with exceptional service.

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s
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Portions are very large. Perhaps cut down on this. Owner was very pleasant. Perhaps carry a few bottles of very resiny retsina for those of us who don't care for the wimpy stuff. Moussaka was just ok, not the best I've had. Lamb shank was quite good.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing! The atmosphere was authentic and so was the food. The owner, Chris was very kind and hospitable! You can tell he takes pride in every detail. Patty was our server and she was very knowledgeable about wine pairings and made some great recommendations. The baklava is a must have! Highly recommend! Next time we are in town we will absolutely be back.

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SS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is great! Fantastic and very accommodating service and delicious food! Will definitely be back!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Food quality wasn’t good for a traditional Greek restaurant.
In the combo appetizer platter- Dolmas tasted like they were from a can, the gyro meat was like the frozen prepared meat, 1 falafel was cut into pieces then refried
The Greek fried potatoes were frozen fries topped with feta, was expecting homemade potatoes with Greek seasoning

Very disappointing because I am very familiar with Greek food and it’s flavors.

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HC
Dallas
420 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service, and ambience were all fantastic. As a native Greek, the food is authentic and delicious. I highly recomend this restaurant.

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R
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Food was just ok as well as service. The waitress didn't know the menu, so was unable to answer questions regarding the food.

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