Jake and Telly's Greek Taverna

4.6
463 reviews
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In 1997, brothers Telly and Jake Topakas moved to Colorado from Philadelphia and opened Jake and Telly’s Greek Taverna, then simply known as Jake and Telly's Bar and Grill. Though at the time the brothers were relatively young, they were third generation restaurateurs and had gathered much second hand experience and knowledge from their father, uncle, and grandfather about the restaurant business.

They soon noticed that many of their customers were enjoying the Greek specials they were offering over the standard American-style menu items and thus began the transition from a bar and grill to the only full-service Greek restaurant in Colorado Springs.

A few years into the business, Telly and Jake became interested in carrying a better variety of Greek wines and began educating themselves about wine and food pairings in general.
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MB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fabulous meal — my husband had the fisherman’s soup, I had the salmon, and we shared a vegetable appetizer (which was large enough for a meal!) with warm pita bread — everything was perfect!! The service was excellent and the overall atmosphere and the music added to a wonderful evening. We saw many items on the menu that we would like to try — we’re already planning to come back soon. Great restaurant, great food, great staff!!

KL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Always a fun time. Remember to save “room” for the free ouzo shots after your meal!

M
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Haven't been here since 2011 and things have changed....for the worse.

JB
Denver
14 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Visited for a birthday and again you guys didn’t disappoint! Servers were attentive, appetizers were wonderful, and our meals came out perfect! Our celebration was perfect at Jake and Telly’s! See you again soon!

K
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were a party of 8 eating here for the first time. Very good food and great service!

JG
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had been there before, and it is a wonderful restaurant. When you get to meet Jake, he really makes you feel as if you're family. I don't go out too often, but when I do decide to go out, its one of the first places on my mind. If guests are visiting, and I don't know what type of specialized place they like prefer (Mexican food, Cajun, seafood, etc.), I take them to Jake and Telly's because one can never go wrong in that decision. The food is great, the service is wonderful, the dessert is awesome.

BM
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding. Possibly the best Greek meal I've ever had (and that's saying something). Service was fast, the waiters were attentive, and the food was close to perfection.

M
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food. We were all very impressed with the dishes we ordered. Highly recommend!!

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

We eat here often and the food is always exceptional. The service is usually good;however, when we arrived the host gave our table to the couple in front of us, then told us it would be a wait for another table. After being seated, it was a full 20 minutes of no greeting or water. The host then seated another table and brought them waters, so asked if we may also have some water and talk with our waiter. The host said, “yes, it will be a few minutes” . 30 minutes after being seated we finally had a server and waters. I feel the host probably forgot to notify the waiter his section was seated. The server was helpful and courteous during the remainder of our visit, but 30 minutes is a long time to wait for a greeting or food.

NC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, nice place to visit with friends. A range of appetizers and alcart items make a great option to explore flavors.

CB
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places to eat in Colorado Springs. Great food and service. A wonderful family restaurant serving authentic Greek cuisine!

CH
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love your excellent kitchen !

CC
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff were not ready or prepared for our reservation however once we were settled everything else was fabulous. What good food!!

S
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was the best meal we had during our weekend in Colorado Springs! Delicious!

JR
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing restaurant. food and service were terrific.
if you're in CO, definitely go! we'll be back for sure!

SC
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoy visiting this restaurant when we travel to Colorado Springs.

SD
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent all around. Food, waitstaff, atmosphere were all first rate.

J
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Server was super helpful explaining the menu to us and the cuts of meat. We were very pleased with her recommendation. We had the two sangrias and they were good. Our water glasses stayed full all night which was nice. The atmosphere is fun. We loved hearing everyone take their shots at the end of their meals. We will definitely come back again.

OT
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Father’s Day

I
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We hadn't been to Jake and Telly's for years. It was nice to see it was just as good as we remembered. Great menu options and the food was cooked wonderfully.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their outdoor patio is a wonderful place to sit and eat dinner! Indoors usually runs a bit cool so bring a coat.

JK
Denver
99 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

My wife is Greek. She enjoyed dinner. Good job.

s
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food - good service. Always a pleasure to eat there. The restaurant could use a little facelift.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friend reunion! I love Jake and Telly’s.

l
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What excellent food and a lovely experience! The staff here treat you like family--they are friendly, attentive, responsive, and fun. They truly seem to enjoy their jobs and their customers. The portions are huge and well worth the price. The food is amazing. We've been here several times, and have loved every dish we've had. Definitely our favorite restaurant in Colorado Springs!

S
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was good and the service was acceptable. Our server seemed a bit overwhelmed, but only because things weren’t going well in the kitchen... our orders were either incorrect or missing something. The server did her best to make it right though, so kudos to her.

R
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always been one of my favorites. Great service great food great atmosphere

KP
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We used to dine here frequently; however, we had not been to Jake and Telly's for quite some time. We were so disappointed. I thought the food was horrible and expensive. Our waitress was obviously annoyed with us. When asked what the specials for the evening were, she said "they are on the white menu." She did not discuss any of them with us. She did not maintain any eye contact and seemed like she just wanted us to leave. The busboy was very considerate and friendly. Overall, a horrible experience. We will not be back.

j
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I was not able to actually give a review. When we arrived we were informed that there was not a way for our two handicapped guests to get up to the resturant. We were also advised that our reservations had been lost and if our handicapped were to try to get upstairs, we would have to wait. Although I can not give a full review, our first impression was not good. Guess we will not try again or recommend anything. Jerry

t
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place. One of our favorites for any occasion!

H
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

So this is the second time I’ve been here and got to say the service was spot on this time around. We were seated quickly and had the server attentive while not hovering over us. Just like last time though the food was incredible. We got charred octopus for an appetizer and wow, the chef knew how to cook it perfectly where it was meaty and not well done coming out chewy. The gyro meat was superb and honestly this feels truly authentic Greek as they know how to season everything on your plate even down to the greens. So as a having only been here twice I have to say this is definitely a gem in Old Town.

CO
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Not up to par with past dining at J&T’s. I ordered the chicken with wine sauce and was disappointed with the flavor. The wine had not been fully cooked off and over-powered the flavor of the dish. My husband ordered the steak and was not impressed with the cut of beef. My daughter ordered the gyros plate and found it dry. A poor dining experience.

RM
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Since we first came to Jake and Tellys. We havent been disappointed in customer service and food.

AD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent, but unfortunately the food was underwhelming. We ordered several traditional dishes and we felt they lacked flavor. The baklava cheesecake was interesting and had a nice smooth texture and flavor but that was the only highlight.
I can see why so many people like it here, lots of tradition and great service, the food just didn’t pack a punch.

NP
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints! We were here recently with a party of six and had several appetizers, amazing main dishes, and great drinks. The alcoholic drinks are perfection, not too strong but definitely not weak. Appetizers were amazing and delicious as usual! We all ordered different main dishes and all were beautifully displayed and a TON more than we could eat! I love this place and always take out of town guests here.

Tips:
Its packed after 6pm so make a reservation. The flaming cheese appetizer is to die for. Pita bread is the best I’ve ever had...buttery, flaky, warm and soft with crispy flaky edges.
Food and appetizers take a while- which gives a chance for great conversations and drinks. I think it’s better that way!!

OT
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Me and my boyfriend went here on our last night in CO and we have #noregrets. Everything was amazing!!! We tried the Pickle Martini, Mexican Mule, and Red Sangria for drinks and they were delicious. Perfectly poured. For our food we got the Duck (something on the special menu) and the Gyro Plate....it was all mouth watering. Cooked perfectly, seasoned perfectly, and their portions are HUGE so don’t let the price fool you. You get a lot for your money. Best Greek restaurant we have been to thus far. Highly recommend them! The only thing that sucked is we didn’t get to sit on the beautiful patio because it was a bit cold out. Will definitely stop back anytime we’re in town!

MC
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We have been regular customers of Jake and Telly's. Tonight the service from our waitress was some of the worst that I have had at any restaurant. At one point, our waitress brought our wine, poured, and said she just needed to set something down and would be right back for our order. It was about 10 minutes later that she came back. She took our order and asked if we would like more pita, which we responded 'yes'. About 25 minutes later, she brought our entrees and asked if we needed anything else. I told her we had been waiting over 20 minutes for pita. She responded "Oh. I forgot that, didn't I. Huh. Do you still want it." When we tried our entrees, they were both cold. Still no apology, but an offer to order another. Since we had waited 25 minutes to begin with, she said no. The waitress left, never came back, and never offered an apology for anything.

After that, the manager, Elena (sp?) came over and took over taking care of us. Everything she did was awesome including making sure my wife got a different, very fast meal. She kept trying to force more food, dessert, and drinks on us :), and finally told us that our meal was paid for. She was a perfect example of customer service and was genuinely concerned that our evening ended pleasantly.

We will go back due to Elena's excellent service. I don't know the name of our original waitress, but we will not sit in her section again.

C
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jake and Telly's is our "Go To" restaurant, when we want a special night out! The food is always fantastic, the ambiance of the restaurant is great, and the staff are magnificent! Everyone, and everything, related to this restaurant is amazing. Jake and Telly's should definitely be on your list of restaurants to visit!!

LR
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely love the food...every time I have gone...My favorite so far, is the Brizole!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is great, staff is excellent.

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