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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EW
Puerto Vallarta
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fun place to eat. The Lamb platter is excellent. We had great service and really enjoyed our meal. We have eaten in the Yaletown location and in the Gastown location and both were great.

OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent lunch. Thankfully, we were able to sit out on the patio as the music indoors was much too loud for us.

NB
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Reservation was made for 5:45 and had drinks at the bar previous to this. Told the front we were all here at 5:45 and were seated. After which for 20 minutes no one came one came around, we went back to the bar to get drinks and then had to go back to tell the front we are looking for service. Aside from that it was a good meal, ambiance and atmosphere.

M
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

Good food but one my guests received a rabbit dish which did not contain the ingredients advertised on the menu. The service was friendly but got less efficient as the evening wore on. The noise level from the DJ rendered conversation impossible without shouting although I was told the DJ did not feature earlier in the evening or at all on Monday to Wednesday.

LG
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We've read the reviews before going. The recommended choices, such as dried zucchinis as the starter and the lamb main course were great. The other two, calamari and spanakopita, were both below average (I really love spanakopita and can distinguish between good, average, and below average). Overall it's a mixed bag. You will fully enjoy it if selecting from the recommended items, but I would not recommend going beyond that list...

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

Awesome brunch!

G
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great neighbourhood spot! Was our first time...food and service (Maggie) were both very good, and the restaurant had a nice lively feel to it. Will definitely be back.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Seated inside by the patio window. The vents were a bit loud but not really obtrusive once we were there.
Food and service were great

d
Vancouver
19 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

thia was as good as the last visit... so I am now assuming this is their standard... I will be back again, and again

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

it was a great atmosphere. very loud. i thought the share plate would be plated separately or in seperate dishes. but it was in one big dish. not bad but thought it would we weird if you came with a potential client etc. otherwise great food.

G
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

My girlfriends and I sat out on the patio which was crowded, not a lot of privacy, but we didn’t mind. Our server was amazing! She was attentive but not constantly checking on us. We ate delicious food, had many drinks and laughed constantly.
The night was perfect right up until the manager came over and asked us to leave since there was a long wait for the patio! Yes, we were there for a very long time, we were in fact still drinking! That really ended a fabulous night on a bad note. Very rude!

OT
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food is always good, however, the protein portions on the platters are rather small.

M
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve been here several times now with several different people and for several different occasions. Every time-spectacular! The food is beyond. The service is fab. Some of their signature cocktails are exceptional
and worth going if not just to try! I’d recommend The Greek to anyone who is interested in eating REAL WHOLE FOOD....!

m
Las Vegas
45 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

A Greek or more like Turkish restaurant in Yaletown. It's hard to find parking even we went at 14:00 although the place had only a couple of tables.

Fair execution of food; nothing to rave about; poor execution on hummus and the tzatziki sauce - both are water down version with no flavor; extremely small portion even smaller than a normal tapas portion. The grilled octopus is $20.00.

Mediocre service.

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Manager is a gem, held down the restaurant and recommendations from staff were on point.

s
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent! Price was extremely reasonable! Will go again :)

H
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quite literally the best Greek food in Downtown Vancouver! I would highly suggest dinner at this place, whether to catch up with friends, swoon your date, or a night out with the girls/guys.

UNREAL!!

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I bring all my favourite people here. In the last 2 weeks I have been in 5 times! Absolutely love the food, the ambiance and the value. (Great happy hour too!) Service is always great and food comes out very quick.

Will be back time and time again :)

y
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food at The Greek by Anatoli was great. The food arrived very quickly and the service was great! The Roast Lamb and the Souvlaki Platter was really good and the portions were more than enough for sharing. Restaurant was very busy but the service was still great!

t
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

First time here and the food and service was great! However, the tables inside were squished very close together which made conversations not very private as noise level was high.

RB
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Good menu and friendly service. Seating is too close together to be comfortable

f
Vancouver
80 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was very good. Good service. Very warm in the area where we were seated

d
Vancouver
19 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

just a fun place to eat... clkse to the stadium so provides a great pre-game meal location... staff are good, efficient and have good sense of humour...

JS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our table was ready right away. Service was attentive (our waitress was super nice) and speedy without being invasive or rushed. And the food was delicious!

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

Best Greek restaurant in Vancouver

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

Amazing as always!

AK
Seattle
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Asked the server to change the seasonal vegetables for a bit of Greek salad and she said sure. I received a very small portion of salad which was the perfect amount with my lamb dinner. When I received the bill I was charged $4 for the salad. It would have been nice to be told that at the time I was asking for the substitute. My lamb dinner was $32 so adding another $4 for a tiny bit of salad instead of veg was insulting and the server did not seem to care.

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

Really nice place, at a great location, serving some actual Greek food! The staff is very friendly and nice. Only gripe I have is, I asked for a pasticio, but received a mousaka, which looked delicious, but wasn't a pasticio! The pasticio did arrive some time later, and it was really very good.

OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Today is Canada Day! I was riding a bicycle at least two hours and super duper hungry. I made a reservation and have been there. There is a line up around 6:15pm and atmosphere in the restaurant is pretty good. We ordered mussels, souvlaki platter, and bottle of wine. Food was great and server concerned a lot. We had a great dinner in there.

CC
Vancouver
14 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Lots of servers but none seemed to know whether they were serving our table or not. Service was very delayed at a time when the restaurant was not even half full. Further training and professionalism seems to be required. Restaurant would like be more profitable if they increased service efficiency.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was good

PG
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

excellent food, the lamb was amazing and the platters were almost enough for four with a couple of sides a perfect dinner

JN
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

I couldn't finish my moussaka as it was a little too salty

TL
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

We made a reservation on the patio. They didn't provide us with on and instead placed us inside and gave a table of 7 the patio table.
Food was expensive for portion sizes and the quality.
Service wasn't great, uninformed staff, slow.

JW
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Let's start with the positives, good location nice decor, our server Maggie was nice. The food was acceptable, calamari good, Souvlaki was well seasoned , the rice was somewhat bland and vegetables varying between over and undercooked. The Moussaka, was good to the taste but somewhat dry in texture. The restaurant was extremely noisy, but that's just our personal tastes. When we ordered Maggie explained to us that they operated a mezze style service and everything comes out as its prepared, we are fine with that however the appetizers came out within 5 to minutes of each other but there was a 30 minuet wait after receipt of my entrée before my wife's turned up, one chap came over to apologize in the interim but to be honest I see this as totally unacceptable.

This is poor kitchen management, in addition there was nothing taken off the bill, as a result I did not tip! And will not return

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 4

I go often but I find the time it takes to take your order and get your first drink takes much longer than most restaurants. Doesn’t seem like anyone is managing the wait staff. This most recent time we actually had to go the host desk and ask for a waitress. That was after 15 minutes of no one showing up at the table. Still love the food.

AR
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

service is terrible, they took almost 45 minutes to bring the food and they brought the appetizer with the food, service was the worst never asked for another drink even our glasses were empty and never took the dirty dishes away from our terrible, will never go back!!!!!

AW
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The Skewer Platter at $31 was a great value; it includes 4 skewers of protein of your choice, rice, lemon roasted potatoes and seasonal vegetables in quantities sufficient to feed two adults following a high protein diet. The beef tenderloin was well worth the additional $1 / skewer and highly recommended! We are visiting Vancouver on an extended stay and shall certainly return.

OT
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Patio was awesome! Really enjoyed my time. Service too (from our server and the host that welcomed us) was 10/10. Would definitely come back!

CS
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food is authentic and delicious. Great atmosphere and awesome service!

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