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The food here is delicious and authentic and I loved shopping for various treats after dinner. The night we dined there was lovely live music. Will definitely be visiting Yoleni's again soon!
We went to Yoleni for dinner having been there for lunch several times. We loved the appetizer spreads with pita -- could have made a meal of those. My main course --eggplant with chopped meat and béchamel sauce -- was quite good. One of my dining companions loved his entree but the other two were underwhelmed and one was surprised that the Greek salad had no greens. Our server was very friendly, but although we had told him that we had to leave by a certain time because we were going to a concert, there was a long delay in getting the coffee and dessert we ordered. We were preparing to leave when they arrived. All in all, Yoleni (especially the gourmet products choices) is a great addition to the Providence food scene even though I can’t give it more than 3.5 stars.
Made a reservation for lunch because OpenTable allows it. I arrived with my guests to a fast casual restaurant and not a seated lunch. The food expediter was rude and acted like I had 40 heads for asking her to help me bring the mediocre food to our table. Obviously not her job but considering I was expecting a seated lunch it was frustrating.
I went on a Wednesday night with my sister before seeing a play at the PPAC. The restaurant is in walking distance and I was able to park on the street close by. I was surprised by how quiet it was in there considering it was a theater night. The service was great. Food was amazing. Stuffed grape leaves for an app, spicy meatballs and stuffed eggplant for main dishes. Absolutely delicious. I’m looking forward to going back again! I’m going to spread the word!!
Food was very good. However, front of house service was poor. Not greeted upon entering and host ignored guests - not making eye contact. Unfriendly demeanor. Once seated, took too long to order. Was not waiter’s fault - he seemed to be serving too many tables. He apologized for wait. Food was good but lots of restaurants in Providence to put up with less than friendly atmosphere.
Hiden Gem! We had fantastic apps, tried great Greek wine and the main course was awesome. Very authentic and flavorful! Causal and good prices. The whole experience was great.
Thank you, we will be coming up with many new exciting choices very soon as well!
I am not a picky eater. I tend to like everything I get from any restaurant and this was very disappointing. Lack of flavor, food served cold. I was so excited to try this place, bit it really let me down.
Went there before a concert at PPC. Food was great, service was perfect. Definitely recommend
Short servers & valet did not show up, so difficult to order, get food in timely manner.
The ambience is not your traditional restaurant as it’s mixed with a market place but the decor is perfect & the food is phenomenal. There was a live musician playing, which created a great atmosphere. The service was a bit slower at times but all of the staff was friendly & personable.
I absolutely love their marketplace. Their Greek yogurt is heavenly- highly recommend!
Great service. Nice waitress. Nice upstairs dining area. The meatball dish was outstanding. Loved the octupus app.
The portion size of the salmon quinoa salad leaves a lot to be desired. I asked to see the regular and large plates. I chose the large. I’d hate to see the regular portion. Not a good value at $14.50. This photo is after taking a few forkfuls, including one of the 3 pieces of smoked salmon.
Perfect service, beautiful atmosphere. Exotic flavors ! Perfectly prepared and presented dishes. Overall a delightful dining experience !
Good food. Nice atmosphere. Fabulous , live Greek music.
Excellent all around!
There was one waitress for a full restaurant. She did an excellent job but the wait was still long. He needs to hire more help.
This was our third or fouth visit to Yoleni's but first time going pre-theater. They were clearly understaffed for the large pre and post theater crowds which was very disappointing. We had plenty of time so we were not rushed but the staff could have been more apologetic. The food was good although the hummus was not up to normal standards, we enjoyed all of the other spreads we ordered. We did tell the waiter that the hummus was not as they normally serve, (the color was green vs normal tan) and he said it looked fine to him and that's the color of their hummus. The entrees were good but again, not up to the kitchen's normal standards. We'll most likely give them another try but not pre or post theater... they can't handle the crowds.
Our waiter at station 012 was fantastic. Waited on us immediately, recommended excellent white and red wine and dishes to order.
Before Hamilton - food was excellent, place was really nice they need to work on getting food out faster. Out4 Neal’s took over1 hour to come out. When they did one out food was great
I was delighted upon entering. The place is beautiful. Our res was for 5. We were seated immediately at 4:30. The light through the window reflected from all the glass and shiney surfaces in the room. pictures on line do you no justice. Our food came. Different, delicious well presented. I definitely will come again. Even if it’s for just a drink/cocktail upstairs. Our server got us out in time for the walk back to PPAC. Well done, thank you!
Yoleni's tries. But it's not there. The service was awful. Wrong orders brought to the table. I needed to ask each time to have my water glass filled. Floor-to-ceiling windows are nice, but so are shades when the sun is coming straight into your eyes. I love Greek food and appreciated the effort to be creative. While there may have been a fire code issue (experienced nowhere else) the saganaki was not doused and lit afire. And so it was dry. So was my chicken dish (the right order).
Arrived at 5pm; ordered at 5:10. Appetizer arrived at 6:15. Two dishes were delicious; two were mediocre at best. Service was spotty and we needed to actively seek out the waiter multiple times. Cannot recommend.
Was not busy when we went in. Wait staff were pleasant but the food took much too long for salads and spreads. Not sure why. The wait staff was attentive at least once we got our food. There was a sax player with an electronic music box that was playing a bit too loud for him being right on top of the tables. Also, the tables to the right as you walk in get way too much sun in the afternoon and early evening. They should have shades. The desserts looked great but were way over priced at $9+. Overall a decent place with good value and could be great if they correct a few things.
The food was excellent. Service was slow. Plus, our entree was served before an appetizer. However, both were excellent. We stopped back after the show for coffee and the service was still slow. We ordered Greek coffee; it never came, “a problem with the machine.”
I really wanted to give them a good review, but...I had read of previous reviews where the restaurant knew the patrons had tickets to shows at PPAC and something delayed the food, but I thought we could give them the benefit of the doubt. We arrived exactly at our reservation time, which was 2 hours prior to the beginning of the show. We stated to all that we had show tickets. We put in an order for an appetizer of a Greek meze platter and meals for 4. After approximately 25 minutes, and seeing patrons receiving appetizers who had arrived after us, we asked our waiter where our appetizer was, and he said he would check, and that the dips were still being put on the platter (seems like a long time to scoop some dips) After we finally got our appetizer, another 1/2 hour went by, over an hour after we were seated, he came back to say the ticket had never gone in, they wouldn’t have enough time to make the meals before we had to leave, and he could have our dinners ready when we left the theater. Couldn’t he have discovered that when we had problems with the appetizer???? We cancelled our food order, had a pretzel at the theater and never did get a meal. He did comp the appetizer and wine we had while waiting, so I hate to give him a bad review, but it was a bad situation and not the first time for this restaurant. I hope they get their act together. (We did leave a tip covering the cost of the appetizer since we did get that...eventually).
3 of 4 entrees were wonderful; the 4th unfortunately was over cooked (the lamb).
The service was excellent and very accommodating of timing for our theater tix.
We’ll definitely be back as we want to try dessert!
Dinner menu very specific. No real dinner options with protein for carb-free folks...
The meze platter was great. I enjoyed my Soutzoukakia. Both my teenagers said the lamb with potatoes was delicious. Dessert was worth it- generous portions all around. Will definitely go back. If you're going to PPAC for an event, this is a great spot to grab dinner beforehand.
Yolen’s Restaurant is a fabulous restaurant. We went there before seeing Hamilton at PPAC.
The food was so tasty. We had the grape leaves and two spreads with pita bread to start. The grape leaves themselves were tender and flavorful and rice inside was moist and cooked perfect.
My husband had the Sea Bass which he loved and so did I.
The new manager came to the tables including ours twice to see if everything was going ok.
She was adorable and their new atmosphere with sit down tables made for a wonderful setting.
I’m coming back with friends and recommending it to others to go and enjoy the food.
This was an interesting experience for certain. The good: the food was quite good indeed and they modified the menu to what we were looking for without hesitation. The not-so-good: we were in this place for 2 full hours. It took 45 minutes to get our food and we had arrived being the only people there at that point. We are, and it took another 30 minutes to just get our check. We had no help during our meal trying to get a few things that we had needed, another drink, etc... Recap: food was worth talking about, the service will put this place out of business if it keeps up this way. Disappointed, probably won’t return.
We had an early dinner with friends following a matinee at PPAC. Only minor complaint is that they were not quite ready for the dinner crowd and it took awhile to get an extra order of pita with our appetizers. Otherwise it was great b
Loved it. Would go back. Recommended it to others.
We arrived after an evening show at PPAC. We were charmed upon walking in. The establishment is well laid out with interesting items for sale in one area and the restaurant in another. It took us a little while to find someone to seat us, which seemed surprising because we were one of only 3 parties in the restaurant at the time. Once seated, my husband and I both had the house red wine. It was passable, but not terrific.
To start, we ordered three dips and pita. The hummus and melitzanosalata were both excellent and the kopanisti was also tasty. The freshly baked pita was the highlight of our meal. We had to wait to enjoy the dips, though, because there were no napkins or cutlery at our table and it took us a little while to get the attention of our server to ask for those items.
Since we were not starving, we decided to order two appetizers to share: The Dolmadakia (stuffed grape leaves) and the Ladltryi cheese "Saganaki". The Dolmadakia were fine, but no better than what I can buy at the grocery store. They were served, stacked on a plate, with no embellishment except a slice of lemon. The Laditryi was served alone on a round plate. We found it to be greasy and not very interesting. At $12, it seemed overpriced. In both cases we thought presentation could have been improved.
Overall, we found the meal to be adequate, but not outstanding. Yoleni's looks like it might be a great place for lunch, or to pick up some Greek foods at their shop, but we don't get to Providence very often and will likely try a different restaurant next time we're in town for an evening show.
YOLENIS is a gem. The food is healthy and delicious.
I had the chicken Caesar and one of the homemade desserts. Try the almond dream. It’s wonderful homemade and fresh.
You can share it.
Kind of a strange place. The decor is really cool and they have really interesting products from Greece. Restaurant service is a bit disorganized as it seemed like no one was in charge. I had reserved a table through open table but it’s really more of a self-serve cafe where you order at the counter and then sit wherever. People sometimes bring food to your table but you pretty much get it yourself when it’s ready. Great place to pop in and buy interesting imports but definitely not a “restaurant” feel.
It was Pride Parade night, so Yoleni's was busy-so i would have just chalked the problems up to that if i hadn't read online of similar experiences other times.
We didn't get our food, all cold items needing simply to be place on a plate and brought to us, for a very long time, and then one item was missing. The waiter was very nice, and kept checking, so we don't fault him. The food tasted okay- grape leaves were good; but not good enough to deal with the wait or chaos in the future. We might try lunchtime if downtown, but wouldn't try dinner again, especially if we had time constraint.
It's such a beautiful space, but the service was poor. Our server didn't seem to be trained at all, literally didn't know what I was referring to when I used the word 'chardonnay' and I had to point at the menu. I felt terrible for him, they never should have let him on the floor. Food was just okay. It's a bummer because the space is stunning, there is so much more they could do in that location. I hope they'll improve.
The food was very good but for the second time there we ordered coffee and did not have time for the wait for the waiter to bring it. They took too long to bring even tho we asked several times that we needed to go to the show. We allowed 90 minutes for a glass of wine, dinner and coffee. This was the second time they did not deliver on the coffee but charged us. They need to do something about their staff and the dinner crowd. This has never happened twice at the same place in the greater than 30 years we have been going to plays at PPAC with dinner before.
One member of the table didn’t get their meal u til everyone else was finished.
Here's the thing, if you have never been to Yoleni's it can be quite confusing. When you enter there is no clear indication on what to do. It appears to be self service - ordering at a counter and then seating yourself at a table. We had a reservation and asked if we should order at the counter. We were told to sit and a server would take our order. As we sat waiting for service, those in the know entered, ordered at the counter, seated themselves and received their food all before a server ever came to our table. There was an issue due to the time of day (4pm) and were told that the food on the main menu would not be available until after 5pm (not sure why they accept earlier reservations??). Items we ordered were not available, it became rather frustrating. As it turns out our server was the owner, he offered us some complimentary dips for our troubles. The food was very good, but the execution needs work. Signage might help minimize confusion. The owner did say it was a work in progress. I would go again ...now that I know how it all works :)