The Greek - Gastown

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Opening their first location in the spring of 1984, Helen Babalos & Thomas Makris brought us Anatoli Souvlaki. They had a dream of combining the food of Greece with great service to add some Mediterranean style to the North Vancouver restaurant selection. They opened in the sleepy neighbourhood of lower Lonsdale and lived above the restaurant to ensure the quality and service. They were able to create a North Vancouver staple, a successful thriving restaurant based on faithful patrons and a reputation that has been passed through generations.In 2011, the family-run restaurant was taken over by their sons Alexi and Iani. In 2015, the brothers, alongside their cousin Daniel Bergman, expanded on their parent’s dream by opening The Greek in Yaletown, with a focus on mezze-style dining. Now open in Gastown. The Greek is a reinterpretation of the North Shore's iconic Anatoli Souvlaki.
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MS
Seattle
109 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Nice experience, but not the most amazing Greek food. Staff was nice and they didn't rush us at all.

BC
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dinner and service. They easily accommodated our extra guest and the food was delish! Highly recommend.

J
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Great food, bad music later in the evening, waitress was a little too eager to remove dishes with food still on them. Was asked if I wanted another drink with a tone like 'why wouldn't I?' and she seemed a little displeased when I said no.

VP
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Food was excellent & beyond great! But the service...needs help. Hard to get a servers attention. I needed water refilled but hard to get attention. Forgot an appetizer I ordered. What’s needed is a strong restaurant manager to be visible & keeping an eye on things. The young girls working there seemed inexperienced.

H
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anatoli Souvlaki has been my favourite restaurant, hands down, for over 15 years. This place is Anatoli Souvlaki reimagined and taken up a notch. It's the same food we all know and love, but elevated. We love coming here for lunch or dinner and the service is always great.

OT
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 1

Hadn’t visited the gas town location before and was looking forward to trying it. Unfortunately, the music was so loud we weren’t able to stay for our meal as planned. The noise level was more suited to a nightclub than a restaurant - which doesn’t really work if you are trying to have a business dinner.

r
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent location. Great food ambiance and service. Will definitely go back.

P
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a modern vibe on classic Greek restaurants. The food was excellent and the ambience made for a enjoyable evening out with friends.

A
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great experience at The Greek in Gastown for my birthday this year. All the staff, but especially our server, made sure we had a great table, speedy service and answers to all our questions. My partner and I order much smaller meals these days. We shared a small calamari plate for appetizer then the Country Lamb Platter. More than enough food for the two of us on that platter. Luscious, juicy slow roasted lamb with just the perfect amount of mint on top. Roasted veggies still had a little crunch. And crispy outside, creamy inside Greek roasted potatoes are always my favourite. We sat on the balcony in their charming, airy space. And did I mention the prices are affordable? Loved it.

OT
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyable place for appies and sangria. Nice location in Gastown. Service was friendly.

TB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always have the best time @The Greek! Food, service and ambiance are all fantastic!!

B
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting friends. We live in California and were in White Rock for a week.

OT
Vancouver
64 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was exceptional but the service was really slow.

HE
London
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was absolutely amazing! Great flavours and perfect portion sizes. The only thing I found was that the music was just a few notches too loud. As a group we found it quite difficult to chat to each other and found ourselves shouting across the table.

AW
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had lunch with a few friends. Was easy to change the date of the reservation. Service was good, came back often to refill the water glasses and the food was good.

l
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic room and amazing food. The service was adequate but took very long to be visited at our table. This was made right by the owner who visited our table by bought the first round and a appie on the house. Everything was a 5 out of 5 apart from the server.

Go check it out!!!

OT
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

The food was ok. The calamari was not crispy. The Greek salad was good. The waitress packed the Greek salad, calamari, and the fava bean purée mushroom in 1 container. The food became 1 big mess after. Terrible waste. I had 3 container to carry home because they don’t give you paper bag. We were told because of the environment. But yet they provided unnecessary paper straws when most people are perfectly fine sipping directly on the glass. It was an ok experience

SA
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food, the service, and the atmosphere. Will definitely go back!

NH
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Country Lamb was fall-off-the-bone phenomenal. Service was great. Would come again.

C
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The music was pretty loud. I think because we sat next to a wall that made it worst.

b
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We enjoyed the family style. Food was enjoyed by our group of 6.

B
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

phenomenal food and service. Highly recommend for any occasion.

d
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

service and ambience are great. food was very average. we tried prawn, chicken, pork, and beef souvlaki. the chicken was probably the best as they use thigh meat. prawn skewers were bland and all the other meats were dry and tough. we also ordered the octopothi and it was extremely difficult to chew. not sure if it was over cooked or that they did not freeze the octopus first. calamari and keftedes were just okay. rice and potatoes were good. we went during the 40% off food special in april so price point was okay with the discount. . however i am not inclined to pay full price for average food.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Simple and bright dinning atmosphere!

OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

I don’t understand why restaurants have to play the music so loud at 7:00. Sure later maybe. But when I meet a friend for dinner I like to be able to have a conversation without screaming. I guess it’s ok for those who spend dinner on their phones. Won’t be back. Food was ok but not good enough to put up with the noise.

d
Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Large portions and good variety of entrees to choose from. Different presentation of dishes and we were pleasantly surprised by unique twists. Great for sharing are various platters.

OT
1 review
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice location and good food as usual

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

It was way too loud. Hard to talk or hear my friends. Great venue tho and good food.

S
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Yes I recommend Food is perfect as always.
Unless music is so loud we cant hear each others. Servers not quiet good enough and they look very serious and upset.. We did appoinment for 7 pm via open table but they called us they dont have space for us and they change our Reservation to 8:30 it is okey no problem we will still continue to go there just because food is from Home ☺️

PK
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

If you like high quality Greek food (not an oxymoron) consider The Greek - Gastown. It has the high quality traditional food similar to the North Vancouver location but a similar funky vibe to The Greek Yaletown. Fine flavours in a casual environment, can't go wrong.

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Super disappointed we were late to be seated, then asked to leave within about an hour, and then even had our plates and food cleared early because a larger group came in and just stood and watched us and we were asked multiple times if we were “going to be leaving soon, ok good” did not feel welcome whatsoever and what is the point of having a reservation if you are going to allow 40 people to stand in the waiting area? This was all before 10 pm, our reso was for 8, we got sat and served for 830 table cleared by 930.

JS
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely time! We sat right beside the window with a great view of Gastown. Delicious, authentic Greek food!

N
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing staff, beautiful room and the best greek food I've ever had!

H
Calgary
75 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

This was our first time at this location and it was just as good their other ones. I always order their Sangria which is super tasty.

I recommend sharing their Platters but this time I tried their braised lamb with risotto. The risotto was a little salty but their lamb was delicious!

Looking forward to coming back!

DB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service, light airy space, flavourful dishes. Some tables a little close together. The halumi caprese salad and the fresh calamari were delicious. I will return for sure.

s
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Atmosphere was very relaxed. The staff was very friendly and welcoming. Our friend was late and they were quite understanding. Although the food seem limited what we chose was quite good.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Hair in my food

AP
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

lamb done badly, upstairs way too hot, yaletown way better

V
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We got the lamb youvetsi, it's SO GOOD! The lamb shoulder is braised perfectly, so soft and tender, the orzo is delicious, seasoning is well balanced, and the overall medley of flavours just keeps you wanting another bite.

I only ate this dish for the first time a few hours ago but I already can't wait for my next visit...PLUS it's reasonably priced for a Gastown location of this food quality! Even though they just opened about a month ago, this place has quickly made its way into this foodie's favourites places to eat!

The service today was decent as well, although the waitress we first had seemed a little standoffish, but the waiter who served us after was friendly!

We went before dinner service, around 4 PM, so the noise level wasn't very high since there weren't other tables around, only some people at the small bar that's available.

I would presume with a full house that the noise level would be much higher, since it's a casual dining type of place.

VC
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good place and excellent service !
Food is delicious
Thank you

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