About Epsilon

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.

422 Tyler Street
Monterey, CA 93940
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Greek, Mediterranean, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Mon-Fri- 11am to 2pm walkin only
Dinner: Sunday & Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm

Cross Street:
Franklin

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(831) 655-8108

Website:
http://www.epsilonrestaurant.com/

Catering:
We provide off site catering for 50-150 people. Please call us for sample menus.

Parking Details:
Also City Parking garage is available 2 minutes from the Restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Petros

Private Party Facilities:
We provide a lively setting for graduations, birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and corporate events. Please contact us for more information.

Private Party Contact:
Chris: (831) 601-3370

Additional:
Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Wine

Epsilon Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.0

value

4.3

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Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (14)
Authentic (11)
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Creative Cuisine (7)
Good for a Date (6)
Comfort Food (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Fun (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Business Meals (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Healthy (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Romantic (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Cozy (2)
Live Music (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

We went on off season night so it was slow everywhere. With that said the food n service was outstanding. We will deffinently go again

Tags: Healthy, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 13, 2017

We wanted something different after days of vacation eating salmon and pasta and pizza. The Mediterranean food at Epsilon fit the bill! The staff was extremely friendly and the food was authentic, plentiful, and yummy. We will definitely return on our next visit to Monterey!

Tags: Casual, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 9, 2017

We've eaten here several times in the last five years and the food is always very good. The service is particularly congenial, the waiters/waitresses are friendly and they offer free tastes of wines. The portions are general and the décor is lovely. It's a place to have fun!

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Tapas, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

There were 3 of us. The servers were enthusiastic. We asked for taramasalata, a favorite, and were told they didn't have it. They recommended an excellent wine, a Dry Creek Zinfandel, and we wound up ordering 2 bottles. We had tzatziki, a garlic cucumber dip, and spanakopita, a spinach pastry, for appetizers. The tzatziki was excelent and came with delicious pita. The spanakopita was larger than we've had at other Greek restaurants and somewhat dry. They also served a dip made from bread , oil and garlic, which was good and served with a nice bread. Our entrees were lamb shanks (they are usually small so I ordered 2) which were huge and kind of tough though served in a very tasty sauce; moussaka and pastitsio which were just OK. The entrees came with green beans in a tomato sauce and a rice pilaf, both of which were very good and a cold bean salad which somehow felt out of tune with the rest of the entree which was, of course, served hot. There portions were very generous. We wound up taking home 3 doggy bags but we were too full to try dessert. All in all, I'd say it was just OK.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

So much food! We ordered the mixed appetizer, dinner size, and two of us could not finish! Owner and staff were all friendly and provided excellent service
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Tags: Paleo Friendly, Fun, Vegan, Authentic, Casual
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great authentic Greek food. Very generous portions. Wide variety on menu. Small place but big on good and service. Friendly owner checked on tables from time to time. Be sure to make reservations.

Tags: Healthy, Fun, Casual, Authentic
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vip
 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Simple and casual Greek cafe with good food. Dishes were well prepared and tasty. Service was prompt and friendly.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great service except the hostess failed to register our opentable reservation. Large servings, good value. Loved all the sides that came with the entree.Food fairly authentic, moussaka was a little bland but husband's lamb kebab was very good.Would return.

Tags: Comfort Food, Live Music, Casual, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Chris, the owner, is personally involved.
Good quality Greek cuisine at reasonable prices.

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·Dined on October 5, 2017

Appetizer was good. Fish Very bad. Gyros okay. Portions big but i woudnt go again

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Amazing food, amazing service- loved every minute!!

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Epsilon is consistently excellent! The best Greek food in the area. Our party of 5 had a wide range of delicious items- lamb kabob is outstanding, the pastistio was fabulous, yummy Spanakopita, Greek salad, chicken kebab, gyros- all so delicious. The service is excellent and the prices are reasonable for very generous portions. I highly recommend Epsilon!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Excellent food. True Greek style and flavor. Waitress was wonderful

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 10, 2017

We enjoyed the ambiance and we had an excellent, attentive, knowledge server. However, the food quality was mixed. I had two appetizers, the grilled octopus was excellent, but the hero meat was dry and perhaps overcooked. My wife's lamb chops were OK, but were served on a plate that was overflowing with sides, not attractive and so closely packed that it was hard to cut the chops. I would go back, I like different ethnic foods, but I don't think my wife would, at least not for awhile.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

It was terrible !
We had a resrvasion which they didn't really respect - means we had to wait 30min .
Awful service . Rude .
There are so many other options ... don't waist your time on this one .

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 (Orange County)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Absolutely wonderful restaurant. Incredibly friendly and accommodating. Probably the most authentic Greek cuisine I've enjoyed outside of Greece. Epsilon is a welcome escape from the schlocky and awful seafood places on Fisherman's Wharf. The portions are enormous so when you're ordering, share an appetizer and share an entree, which comes with salad and vegetables. The combo platters -- meat or vegetarian -- are an excellent way to sample several of Epsilon's specialties. I can't recommend Epsilon highly enough!

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 20, 2017

The restaurant is small but very pleasant. Delicious food and lots of it. I had their special which was chicken kebab with grilled onion and peppers, served with their delicious rice pilaf, green beans, white bean salad, choice of Greek salad or avongelo soup and bread with skordalia (sp) dip. Oh, so good! My chicken was large chunks of chicken breast cooked to perfection. Moist and flavorful. My only complaint was that some of the bread was stale, but there was a second chunk in the basket that was fresh. The owner, Chris, is out on the floor greeting and serving. Super nice guy.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Outstanding authentic meal. We really enjoyed our server and the great meal! Food was spot on Greek authentic. We will return.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on August 18, 2017

The food, service, and ambience were all fantastic. I highly recomend this restaurant

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 (London)·Dined on August 12, 2017

This is not Greek food as we expected ; strange side dishes were brought to fill us up. Over priced too

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·Dined on August 7, 2017

It was great, we went back for a second meal the following night!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Casual, Fun
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Epsilon remains one of our "must stop at" destinations on day trips to Monterey. Each time we visit I ask the owner to open up a franchise in San Jose, we'd be weekly visitors. It's a family place, kids adored, food impossibly good and just thoroughly satisfying all around. Maybe if enough people ask we can convince them to open up for lunch on weekends...

Tags: Worth the Drive, Authentic, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on August 3, 2017

Excellent meals but quite expensive. Great service warm and very friendly

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on July 17, 2017

One of the best Greek restaurants ever!
Great staff too. Felt like I was dining at someone's home.

Tags: Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Very tasty Greek food! We were looking for the special Greek soup and this place had it!!! Of note not every restaurant in Greece offers this soup.
I am vegetarian and there were plenty options for me on the menu.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on June 25, 2017

This restaurant although having nice service falls short in the food!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Wonderful romantic spot with fabulous Greek cuisine! The food is so delicious and at a very moderate price. The mix grill is our favorite with delicious french cut lamb chops, grilled prawns and gyros, it comes with greek salad, rice pilaf, white beans and lentils and sourdough bread, everything was so fresh and a great idea to share as you get to try a bit of everything! The service is excellent as well as the ambiance! We loved and will return!

Tags: Casual, Cozy
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Fantastic food... GINORMOUS portions! Authentic Greek cuisine :)

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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Loved it from the moment we arrived. Humble, outstanding service, reasonably priced (very), great food, and very personable.

One of our all-time favorites! Chris and his staff work like an all-star team!

Respectfully,
Adam W

Tags: Healthy, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (New England)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Our dinner was both fun and good. We asked for a wine recommendation and got a wine tasting. The food was very flavorful and the service was friendly.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 6, 2017

Fabulous food and atmosphere. Chris is amazing. Food is amazing and lots of it! Go hungry!

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 (Portland)·Dined on March 31, 2017

Lovey staff and excellent, authentic, food.

Tags: Fun, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 31, 2017

We always stop here when in Monterey or Carmel. Friendliness, warmth and Greek decor always lift our spirits and make us feel like we are truly on vacation. Location is just one block off Alvarado and 2 blocks from Portola Plaza on Tyler. Love that we can walk and find a place that is not packed with tourists.
Food is good, reasonable and you can make a meal of small plates from the appetizers - great variety. If you go with friends, you can actually have a quiet conversation - noise level is moderate.
Wait staff, especially Rose, makes us feel like regulars even though we come only once or twice a year.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 30, 2017

Food was fair but a beautiful restaurant with an attentive staff

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on March 10, 2017

A meal at Epsilon is a like a meal with family. The food is delicious and the service is warm-hearted, hospitable, and welcoming. Always a memorable experience!

Tags: Good for Groups, Cozy, Casual, Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 10, 2017

This was a fun place to go pre-concert with friends. The staff was warm and friendly, each meal exceeded our expectations in flavor and portions and there were unique, Greek items on the menu. Would highly recommend it!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Authentic, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 31, 2016

Great food and great ambiance. We celebrated NYE there and had a fantastic dinner.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2016

Surprising Greek atmosphere and food in during my family vacation trip in Northern California.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2016

Great place to go before a show. Service was quick and easy and the Greek food was fantastic.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 26, 2016

Had Greek Salad with chicken thighs. The chicken was barely edible. Did not finish the meal. The chicken tasted like it had been saturated in pure lemon juice; very strong, difficult to eat.

Tags: Casual
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