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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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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.1

service

4.4

ambience

4.1

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

75% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (9)
Good for a Date (9)
Worth the Drive (5)
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Comfort Food (5)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Casual (4)
Romantic (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Fun (2)
Healthy (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Business Meals (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Cozy (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 4 days ago

Astoundingly good food. Excellent for vegetarians dining with carnivores. The dolmakides were phenomenal. Service was friendly and familial. Loved it.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on February 7, 2018

The waitress was very pleasant but the food seemed pre prepared.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 27, 2018

We haven't been at Epsilon in several years and were really craving Greek food. Having had a friend from abroad visit that stayed in Monterey, we were excited to meet there and have a fun night.

A guest picking up a to go order informed us that the place was under new ownership for about a year now and informed us of their preferred choice, the Gyros Sandwich...

The space is nicely decorated and we were excited to see musician set up in the corner.
The server was a bit snippy and was more than obnoxiously trying to rush us into ordering. Am I at Denny's for a 15 minute lunch!? Even after informing her we'd like to order a bottle of wine and ease into our dinner with some appetizers the pestering would not stop. Our wine order was questioned three times and all in all the service experience was sub par!

Now comes the food... appetizers as well as all of our entrees, were mediocre at best. Considering the price point (and I am very aware of the highway robbery going on with rents, so the blame is not on the restaurant directly) the food should be delightful to outstanding. One should want to eat more, and want to come back... not send back half eaten plates and unanimously agree that there won't be a need to come back for many years!

On a completely different note... the musicians we looked forward to enjoying were about the worst we have seen in a long time. Albeit having at least 5 guitars set up, this whole scene seemed comical. Just like in the comedy movies, you want to give them some money so they would STOP!! Practice in your garage at home not in a restaurant!

Sorry to report that the entire experience was a big flop... The space is great and in a great location, but the food needs to be improved upon. Majorly... and get a real musician or just drop that act.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Best Greek Food EVER! Highly recommend!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Delicious food from the Mediterranean.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Huge variety of flavors in one meal! Very well done. We'll come back!

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 19, 2018

First of all, great attentive service! The food though (and to me the most important part), was severely lacking in taste and quality. I ordered the grilled octopus meal and it came out looking like a Mexican plate, with instant looking white rice, peas on top, cold navy white bean salad and cold pickled green beans. The octopus was a over-cooked and dry as such, I did ask and receive some EVO which made it more palatable, but I left the rest of the food alone. Too bad as I was craving some authentic style Greek cuisine.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Decent atmosphere, but very loud. Menu included most classic Greek items, but food was all very mediocre: salad dressing on Greek salad heavy on vinegar; fish roe dip too salty & smothered in red onion; grilled octopus had good flavor, but portion was small for the price; green beans cooked to death; lamb chops thick & not tender; & Sauvignon Blanc barely drinkable. We wanted to like this local stand-by, but were extremely disappointed & can’t imagine how it has gotten the good reviews posted!

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Great food,ample servings and friendly staff. We will definitely return!

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Good portions & very tasty

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 (Savannah)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Excellent meal. The only down was to discover cinnemon in the rice and no way to do at without. I can't stand cinnemon and it is everywhere... The rest was perfect.

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 29, 2017

I have been to this restaurant many times and am never disappointed. The food is consistently fresh and delicious. The portions are generous and you can eat your own or share their wide variety of appetizers. I recommend the gyros plate, sandabs, spanakopita, grilled octopus, dolmas, and lamb shank! You won’t be disappointed!

Tags: Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Romantic, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 27, 2017

This was our first visit to Epsilon in Monterey, and we will probably come back. The food , at least for me, was authentic , and tasty. The setting could be improved in my opinion. The staff was very friendly , and their suggestions were good. I recommend !

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Outstanding food, service, and warm family dining room. All of the sauces and seasonings are perfectly balanced and zesty. Very flavorful, not just the salty fried mess we have been finding recently at a lot of other places we go to. Well balanced all around and they have interesting wine parings as well that are off the beaten path. Excellent portions and variety on each plate. We also very much appreciate the vegetarian items as well when we are feeling like guilt free pleasurable food. Worth returning too many times for interesting, flavorful food at great prices.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The appetizers were tasty, the portions were huge, and the birthday surprise dessert was fabulous! The service was very attentive and helpful with menu selections. This was our second time here and the food was authentic and flavorful in a beautifully decorated restaurant.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Great food. Great ambiance. Great service. Our new go to place for dinner in Monterey!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Organic, Fun, Authentic, Casual, Local Ingredients
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Lively place with live music. Alice was a server and she seemed a bit overwhelmed at the dinner crowd. The owner came by often to check on us and the bus person also came by often. Portions were large and food flavorful. The homemade brown sugar cinnamon ice cream was a nice closer. I love that this was authentically Greek and not Mediterranean cuisine. Would come again in the future.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 16, 2017

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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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 8, 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 27, 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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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 21, 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 13, 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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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 11, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 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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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 6, 2017

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

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 4, 2017

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Amazing food, amazing service- loved every minute!!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 27, 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 14, 2017

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

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 9, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 2, 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 26, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 19, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 18, 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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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 17, 2017

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

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 (London)·Dined on August 11, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 6, 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 5, 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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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 2, 2017

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

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