The Greek By Anatoli - Yaletown

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Thomas Makris, from the Island of Skopelos, fell in love when he met Helen Babalos. They met at Orestes Greek restaurant in 1974, while on a Greek dancing tour of North America. Soon after their marriage, they had a vision to open a place like no other in Vancouver; a Greek restaurant where everyone is family; where everyone receives a consistent experience created by delicious homemade authentic food and impeccable service. In 1984 they opened Anatoli Souvlaki in north Vancouver. In 2011 their sons Alexi and Iani took over the restaurant and early 2015 they expanded on their parents original dream, in a new venture with their cousin Daniel Bergman, Alexi and Iani opened ‘The Greek by Anatoli’ in Yaletown. ‘The Greek by Anatoli’ focuses on small share plates or “mezze”.
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F
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Liked the food. Liked the vibe. Enjoyed our evening.

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TK
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service...for us, a treat, as quite pricey.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High energy upbeat environment with great service and delicious food. We ordered the souvlaki platter. Plenty of food for the both of us.

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LV
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Hello! I have ordered pretty much the same thing, shared platter, every time I go to dinner here because I absolutely love it! However, I have noticed that the chicken skewers have "shrunken". The pieces of chicken used to be bigger. Additionally, the amount of vegetables that come with it. Again, less vegetables. I'd love to know what happened and why this is happening?
Other than that, I love the taste and ambience of this place!

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OT
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Had a great time. Reserved and were seated promptly. Came on a Friday night and it was packed with quite a few loud groups having a great time. As a couple we might prefer a quieter week night but it did not detract from our experience much. Ordered several different things and really enjoyed everything with the exception of our souvlaki meats. We tried the beef, pork and chicken in a combo and found the pork and chicken to be overdone and burnt for our taste. Our server was excellent and everything she recommended was fantastic including the house red wine which we really enjoyed. Will definitely be our “go to” for Greek food in the city.

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JS
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a great time. The music was great and the food was delish. 😊

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MD
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food couldn’t ask for more, will be back for sure.

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A
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tables were a little cramped but overall the food was delicious and the server was very friendly.

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s
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was excellent however noise level was unacceptable. With tables stacked on top of each other and music too loud to allow easy conversation, the food and the beverage list became the star. But only one lamb dish!! No lamb souvlaki!? And what about goat? The size of the restaurant makes it an intimate venue and the procedure to make reservations on line was exceptionally easy. Parking was a huge hassle not so much because of the unavailability of spots but because of the irrationality of the parking machine instructions. Perhaps suggestions on other public parking areas near by would be helpful. Still, I'd go back and recommend it to others as the positives out weighted the negatives. Much preferred the experience during Happy Hour earlier on a week night rather than on a bumper date night. on a non-date night

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NA
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is so good! Service was lovely! Great ambiance gave me and my girlfriend a great chance to visit and enjoy our meal!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

It was very poor service our appetizers arrived after one entree was served my husband entree came 15 min-20 min after mine had arrived.I had finished my meal by the time he had gotten his,the server did not seem to have any sense of urgency nor did she care are appetizer had not come out after a half hour of waiting maybe because she neglected to come check in with us? I will say I enjoyed my entree though a wee bit cold due to waiting for my husbands to arrive but finally just started without him his came after I finished! We agreed we will give it another try hopefully getting better service as the food was good. Very unfortunate as we were both looking forward to our night out. I realize Saturdays get busy but checking in with your diners goes a long way and taking responsibility and not making the customers feel bad when they are the ones waiting just short of an hour for food is not cool nothing worse than seeing all the tables getting their apps and entrees when they all were seated a good 30 min after us . Paying the bill was another huge wait .

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great night with excellent food! Will definitely come back!

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SA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Too many new staff members on shift + too many errors on orders. AC was blaring so we had to move tables as did the next 2 parties they attempted to seat at the same 4 top. Food was mediocre and wine was only fair. Too noisy and salty. Pass.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had the vegetable Mousaka and Roast Lamb. Both excellent. Service was good and attentive. Well worth coming back for another dinner!

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OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated New Years friends. Always a great dining experience. Delicious food and good atmosphere.

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L
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Birthday dinner. Really enjoyed the food, server great

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RT
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had another great meal here. Country lamb and spanakopita

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KK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was awful

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CE
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a larger group and unfortunately the meals came out a different times, up to an hour apart. One friend waited for her meal after everyone was done eating, so the timing wasn't great. The server had warned us that the kitchen was small, but we hadn't expected that much difference in timing. Otherwise, the service was exceptional and the food was delicious. Probably better to go with a smaller party.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was great. Our female server was fantastic. Having visited for the first time she gave us a rundown of the entire menu and answered each question very patiently. The food beginning with the pita cheese option was insanely good. The Souvlaki platter was fantastic too. All four of us loved the total experience. Will definitely visit again!

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r
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant! My husband and I took my mom who has never been and for a person who is hard to please she absolutely loved it. We ordered the platter and ordered one of each skewer, the lemon potatoes are to die for and rice always perfectly cooked. It fed each of us just the right amount and left feeling good. Enjoyed some wine to pair and look forward to going back sooner than later! Thanks Team Anatoli!

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H
Calgary
68 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

They make their Haloumi cheese in house and it is a must try! I usually order one of their platters as it's perfect to share.

It's a busy and vibrant restaurant....great for groups!

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AY
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Server was robotic and had no social graces... interrupted conversations, didn't tell us the specials, etc. Price point is too high for that kind of service.

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

It was my husband’s birthday and I took him here because he loves Greek food. It’s our first time here so I read a lot of reviews before deciding on this one.

When we arrived, we were greeted within minutes and got seated. We were seated beside the door to the washroom, so I can smell the “febreeze” whenever the door open and closes, but it wasn’t too much of a problem since it wasn’t bad smell. The table was for two people and it was alright.

We ordered food and drinks, they came pretty quickly and were good. The waitress came over once after the food arrived to see if everything was ok. Everything was pretty good till the end when we were about to finish. The waitress asked if we want dessert and we said no because we had other dessert in mind. She left and came back after 5 minutes with our bill. She didn’t say anything but just left it on the table for us and left. We took out the credit card and she came back again with the machine, took the bill and the card and started the transaction. Again, not a word, there was no “how was your meal?” or anything.

I was very displeased, not like we’re being cheap and order one entree to share. We had two appys and one big entree suggested to share plus 2 alcoholic drinks! Normally we tip at least 15% but because of the waitress’s attitude, we only tipped 11% because I feel she needs to understand her tips are earned, it’s not MANDATORY to receive 15%.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Can get a bit noisy, but food is awesome and prices are ok.

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KN
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great cocktails and good food. More variety of the menu (food and wine list) would provide a better experience.

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BL
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Everything was good overall, but felt rushed to finish dinner. We had two servers coming to our table asking to clear the dishes with food on them.

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NC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, nice variety for sharing. Service very attentive. A little noisy fir conversation, but that can happen on a Saturday night, right? Server allowed me to taste a couple of glasses of wine which I appreciated. Overall just a great experience and would definitely come again and reccomed to friends.

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AD
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, excellent food. What more could you ask for.

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V
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Always good food, sometimes s little too noisy

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k
Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time eating here. Really wanted Greek food and my husband and I had heard good things about this restaurant. Great food ... wow! The decor and services was also great too! So glad we came here and I we already talked about coming again soon!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food and service. But very loud and it shares bathroom outside of the restaurant with a bar (ie pretty disgusting)

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JY
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FIRE FIRE FIRE POTATOES

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OT
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We got some recommendations from our server, they were so great and terrific :) They have daily special and happy hour for reasonable price! We will come back for sure :)

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S
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

We were really excited to go to the restaurant after hearing from friends really great things. The evening started out great and the service was good. The only thing that turned us off was the presence of two cockroaches on the wall directly behind us. Fortunately, they came into view once we finished our meal however it turned what was a great experience into a not so great one.

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MG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We arrived for dinner just at the end of happy hour and the server suggested to take advantage of the happy menu by stocking up on the bottles of wine. Great idea! Food was amazing and service was superb.

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YK
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was good and abundant, however the tables were too close to each other making it impossible to walk by or get up to go to the washroom without interrupting the people on the table next to you. Also, it took forever for us to get our food.

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KM
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

First time here & an excellent find. Service was incredible & many of the food choices unique and tasty. Will definitely return

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KS
London
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and delicious food! We went for their taste of yaletown feature. Spoiler: it’s delicious and great value. They really offered highlights from their menu, lots to choose from, but just enough to make you want to come back and try everything. I wish The Greek by Anatoli all of the success so they can continue thriving and I can continue eating there for years to come :)

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m
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was a great service, great food and nice atmosphere!

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