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For 2
Date
Sat, 4/21
Time
9:00 PM
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Tastes of Greece

4.7
137 reviews
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$30 and under
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Greek
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  • Authentic
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Great for Lunch
Our family-friendly yet intimate and quaint European style restaurant offers an array of freshly prepared creative and traditional Greek delicacies can be tasted only if one were to visit Greece.
A place to dine and experience true Greek hospitality, come in to enjoy an out of the ordinary getaway.

The cuisine is so vast; it can satisfy almost any palate or diet including low carb, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free options available at all times.

The family recipes we prepare always begin with fresh products purchased daily from local vendors and Greek distributors in order to create the authentic flavors enjoyed only in a Greek home.

Join us for a memorable experience!

Yia mas!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Greek, Mediterranean
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Hours of operation
Monday: 4::pm-9:00pm
Tuesday-Wednesday: 11:00am-9:00pm
Thursday- Saturday: 11:00am - 9:00pm
Closed Sundays
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Phone number
(949) 495-2244
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Elizabeth Gaitanis
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Catering
All items on our menu can be prepared in catered sizes. Additional items exist on a separate menu and special requests can be discussed as well.
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Cross street
Niguel Rd
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Entertainment
Satellite TV with Greek music video clips.

Background Greek music.

Gianni and Elizabeth sharing their experience and knowledge of the Greek culture, destinations, and history.

Currently considering live Greek music on weekends.
Additional
BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 137 People Are Saying
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4.5
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4.5
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4.6
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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The food was amazing! The service however, is consistently bad. If the food weren’t so good, we would never visit because the service is brutally bad. No urgency, no personality (on more than a few occasions so it’s not just one server). But, we compromise on the level of service because the food is that good

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Best Greek food this side of Santorini, itself!!!!!!!!!! LOVE this place.

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5.0Dined on February 28, 2018

A 'local, neighborhood restaurant', but much more. Located in a strip mall that has a Subway and Taco Bell, it's surprising - as to the quality of the food. Authentic Greek cuisine that's adjusted to the American palate. And, the desserts are amazing, too. This is definitely not like Daphne's.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

This was the high protein, well-balanced comfort food that we needed after an active day! Tastes of Greece is a place we will likely visit during each trip to the Orange County area. The taste of the perfectly-seasoned food was excellent. The portions were large. The value was better than most places we've visited in the area.

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4.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Took a neighbor, her first time there. She enjoyed the food and wine recommendation from the waiter. He was charming and handsome to boot!

It was somewhat busy at 7-8 timeframe so service slowed down a bit but overall they were attentive and rushing to make sure everyone had what they needed.

Will go again.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

This place is a surprisingly good find in the OC. In a strip mall with only a small sign and adjacent to a Subway, you would never know how delicious and charming it is unless you opened the door and took a look. My family loves Greek food and there is something for everyone, even my annoying vegetarians. The food is freshly made and the menu varied, including sometimes hard-to-find entrees like pastisio. They even have Greek beer and Retsina (a type of Greek wine that is close to terrible on its own but pairs great with Greek food). Occasionally the service is a little slow but the servers are always generous with the pita to keep you from getting too hungry. Not cheap but very high quality for those who are looking for a good Greek fix that far exceeds chains like Daphne's and the generic gyros of So Cal.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Fantastic food, service and atmosphere, highly recommend this hidden gem

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5.0Dined on January 24, 2018

This place is wonderful for some vented Greek food. Everything was delicious.

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2018

Amazing food, just yummy. Friendly owners, always happy to see you. A must try.

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5.0Dined on January 17, 2018

This place is so good and staff is very friendly. Can't wait to go again.

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5.0Dined on January 16, 2018

Try the octopus

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5.0Dined on January 5, 2018

I was surprised to discover it had changed(no idea when) from ok take-out food to a small nicely decorated restaurant with really delicious food, huge menu so we have to return to try more yet I am reluctant to give up the ones we have already tried. My favorite dilemma Another review mentioned their octopus, since I know I love it and can’t find it very often (and also haven’t been as successful as I’d like making it myself) I had to order it. So good! But after giving my husband a taste I had to share my appetizer so next time I want to order it as a dinner(my waiter was nice enough to tell me I could even if I didn’t see it listed).
An absolutely must try, the food is just that good.

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

We love this place and have been here many many times. Last Saturday evening we dined here with friends and had a truly awesome meal. The spicy feta with pita bread is to die for. The octopus is cooked to perfection as is the stuffed chicken with spinach .
Everything is well-made and very authentic you will not be disappointed if you have a dinner here

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5.0Dined on October 26, 2017

Very enjoyable luncheon at Taste of Greece. Good food, good atmosphere. Definitely will visit again.

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5.0Dined on October 14, 2017

We were very happy with our meal. My husband got the vegan combination plate, which included vegetarian dolmas, falafel, fresh peas, rice and hummus. All were *fantastic* with unique flavor profiles; the dolmas, for example, were sweet (perhaps lentils and prunes?), and the peas were perfectly cooked and spiced. I had grilled calamari (which was high quality and well cooked, but not a dish I would get again), served with balsamic grilled vegetables (excellent), and tzatziki (also great). The included greek salads were fresh and well seasoned. Like others, we found the service a bit slow, but left wishing we had had longer to linger rather than that the service had been quicker.

We were also impressed with the homey interior. The owners did a wonderful job creating a space that feels nothing like a strip mall restaurant. The decor was cute & creative.

We'll be back!

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5.0Dined on October 13, 2017

Food is always very and a great value. Family owned business that is successful because they serve good food, good quantities and are authentic Greek food.

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5.0Dined on October 13, 2017

A delightfully charming evening...the service was excellent, the food very good, ambience small, cozy. We were welcomed warmly and had a lovely time.

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5.0Dined on September 25, 2017

Authentic Greek menu and excellent preparation. Service was excellent on a quiet weekday evening. This is a place to go to for Greek dishes, done well. Don't be put off by the location in strip mall on CV Parkway. The restaurant is pleasant and cheerful.

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5.0Dined on September 22, 2017

Great food. Excellent service. Will be back soon. Definitely a taste of Greece.

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4.0Dined on September 16, 2017

A good ethnic restaurant serving authentic ingredients with a local following.
Fairly priced and reasonable quality food. A nice experience.

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5.0Dined on September 16, 2017

Went here for lunch after winning a club soccer game! Great decor and felt like I was in Greece! The service and food were excellent!

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5.0Dined on August 26, 2017

We love this place! Try the spicy feta with pita bread, or the chicken stuffed with spinach. It's all good here. It's a small, quiet restaurant with excellent service and the chef/owner Elizabeth has been classically trained in Greece.

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5.0Dined on July 21, 2017

Always good. I have been to Tastes of Greece many times and I have never been disappointed. It is one of our neighborhood's little gems. Their menu works well with my low carb eating style. And the service is wonderful!

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2017

Have been here several times and the food is always consistently good. Can take vegan and vegetarian friends as there are options for everyone. Service is always professional and friendly.

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4.0Dined on June 1, 2017

Everything was great except the service. We were trying to get their attention to get our bill. waited 45 minutes still nobody even checked on us. It seemed like they totally forgot we are there.

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5.0Dined on May 31, 2017

Over the past few weeks we have introduced 12 of our friends and business associates to Tastes of Greece. Each time we went, my wife and I have tried something different. There wasn't a single dish we didn't like, and every person we brought LOVED this restaurant. All said they couldn't wait to come back. This is a delightful place and a must try!!!

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2017

Thank you! We really enjoy this place.

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2017

Another wonderful night at Tastes of Greece. We brought a couple new to this restaurant and they LOVED it. He had a terrific spinach-stuffed lemon chicken, she and my wife had the fish that they enjoyed, although my wife thought the fish had too many bones. I had the special pork roast that was wonderful. Make sure you save room for great Greek desserts!!!

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4.0Dined on May 15, 2017

Great good charming decor. Reasonable prices I'll be back.

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2.0Dined on May 13, 2017

Wow I had such high hopes for this local restaurant. I had stopped in during the day and was pleasantly surprised how cute it looked when you step inside (it is in a strip mall location next to Taco Bell and a Quick Mart). I love Greek food (My best friend is Greek and her food is AMAZING!) I made a reservation and I did note that it was my birthday. We got there and had to wait but just a few minutes. We got seated and I have some food allergies but I can eat meat and rice. We ordered the lemon soup, so tasteless. I ordered a dish and specifically said no dairy or red onions.....just rice and meat. He brought out my dish and there was big red onions and dairy on the meat. Sent it back......and waited.......and waited.....waited.....husband is almost done with his meal and finally it came. Rice and meat! Yay. Wow the rice and the meat was tasteless. I ate half and boxed the rest and we asked for Baklava and their specialty Greek coffee. They where out of Baklava.....we cancelled the coffee and went home. We won't be back.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2017

Great little gem in Laguna Niguel. Food and service were excellent

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2017

Group of six for a wonderful Greek dinner. Only problem was one couple was sharing their roast lamb dish which they found very salty and returned it. (My wife had the same dish last week and loved it). They asked for the lamb chops, instead, and loved them. They were served with the new dish in 7 minutes. Great desserts! Make sure you save room for one.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2017

Terrific.
Wonderful.
Food and service were great.
Loved the personal details​ to food and service. I tell everyone how great the food is here all the time.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2017

I came here with my husband. We absolutely love this place and would recommend anyone looking for a new place to eat.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2017

Great authentic Greek food - as good (if not better) than any Greektown restaurants. We both had 'specials' - vegetarian Pastitsia and lamb fricassee. It's one of our 'go-to restaurants' for a good meal.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2017

Having read previous reviews on Open Table, we were prepared for slow service. We were seated quickly, our drink orders were taken and served promptly as were our appetizers. I had a delicious saganaki, but because of allergies, my wife had another dish which was excellent. We did have a rather long wait for our entrees, but my lamb chops were worth the wait as was my wife's roast lamb. The baklava desert was served with a berry compote and yogurt and was fabulous. My wife needed convincing to have desert but finally ordered profiteroles covered in chocolate. After the first taste she wouldn't give me any, and said that the next time we come to Tastes of Greece, she would have that as the appetizer (she finally let me taste it). Excellent meal!

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2017

Food is terrific. Service typically on point, however not at all tonight. We are there twice this week alone.Same server. Excellent service early in the week and left more than a 30% tip. Non existent service from the same server tonight. Main course delivered before we received our appetizer and less than halfway through our salad. Appetizer delivered when main course was half eaten, without apology or making up for it in any way. We didn't eat any of it. Ordered the lamb shank only because it is accompanied by a fantastic orzo pasta. Never mentioned they were out of it early on a Saturday evening until the dish was brought to our table. Tonight it was served with potatoes and I wouldn't have ever ordered it that way. We will return, however we will request a table no where near the bathroom door which doesn't close on its own, and provides a gross view of the toilet if you sit at certain tables when anyone doesn't know to close it after use. Waited FOREVER to get our check after asking two employees three times. The food is excellent enough for a return visit, however if the poor service becomes the norm we will spend our money elsewhere.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2017

Wonderful food .. The owners try to make a full adventure out of your visit.. We love it!!!

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2017

This place doesn't look like much since it's in a tiny strip mall with a Taco Bell and Subway, but it's the best Greek food in South OC. They are obviously doing something right because the restaurant doubled in size since our last visit. Definitely worth it.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2017

I don't have enough words to describe how amazing this place is! The food was out of this world- we were so full but couldn't stop eating. We had the meze platter as an appetizer along with Alicen's Spicy Cheese Melt and I loved every single bite! My husband and I both agreed that every time we go there, those two items are completely necessary to order. Then, we shared the Moussaka and the Pot Pie at the suggestion of our server, who was a young girl from Greece, so we gladly accepted her recommendations and she nailed it! They were both delicious. We just discovered this place at the recommendation of my parents and I'm actually sad we didn't know about it prior. The owners were also very attentive and very nice, both stopping over to check if we were enjoying our meal. We can't wait to go back!

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