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The Tantalus Restaurant

4.2
50 reviews
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$30 and under
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Greek
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The Greek cuisine has been profoundly influenced by more than 3,000 years of history. Food, traditions and lifestyles of modern Greece are inexorably tied to early Greece as reflected in the people’s diet and outlook on life. Tantalus is a Greek Restaurant with a exceptional menu, friendly service and relax ambiance. Come and enjoy specialties as Lamb or Chicken Souvlaki, Gyros, Mousaka, Dolmades, Spanakopeta, Sea food and Vegetarian dishes. We hope your experience at Tantalus Restaurant will be enjoyable. It is our pleasure to serve you and we look forward to seeing you soon.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Greek
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(425) 391-6090
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Issaquah's Gilman Village Shopping Center
Additional
Delivery, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout
What 50 People Are Saying
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4.2based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.4
service
3.5
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Quiet
83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on February 15, 2018

We both had a lamb dish and both were amazing! I had the lamb shank which just fell off the bone and melted in my mouth. My girlfriend had Paidakia. It was cooked to perfection and the spices were perfect. Great place!

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Great food coupled with warm and friendly service

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4.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Thank you for a wonderful evening. The atmosphere was terrific and a very attentive wait staff. First time at Tantalus restaurant and I will return.

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2018

We have had many meals here, always wonderful. We have brought friends and out of town guests, they love it too!

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2017

Love the food and the owner. Such a great gentleman

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5.0Dined on December 14, 2017

Greatly enjoyed our dinner here. The food was delicious and served promptly. Service was great. Best of all, loved the quiet atmosphere so we could have a conversation without shouting across the table at each other. We will definitely return.

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4.0Dined on November 17, 2017

THis is a quite good Greek restaurant. None the items we had were particularly interesting or outstanding. The service is excellent, and I can recommend this place but the cuisine is not special based on our sampling.

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4.0Dined on September 30, 2017

My wife and I are recent transplants to area from Bellevue where food options abound. Trying out Issaquah for closer options, we chose Tantalus for Greek options not available elsewhere on Eastside. Great favorites, Saganaki (!! Yum), Gyros, Dolmades, Mousaka, just like we like. Very reasonable price and parking. Little rustic room, but hey, this isn't Bellevue. :-)

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5.0Dined on September 13, 2017

Fabulous as always. Consistently good...been enjoying for many years.

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5.0Dined on September 9, 2017

The restaurant is great. Have been there many times and always good. Friendly staff and good food. One warning is to call for a reservation and they told us that reservations through Open Table often don't get to the restaurant.

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4.0Dined on August 4, 2017

My wife and I had a craving for Greek food Friday night, and we were not disappointed. My wife had the leg of lamb, while I stuck with the gyro. The gyro meat was thick and succulent...best I've ever had...and all the other accoutrements were great. The leg of lamb was perfectly done, and very flavorful. We topped our meal off with dessert (baklava and something that sounded like "Galactica"), and they didn't disappoint.
This review wouldn't be complete without mention of the superb service, beginning with the attentive and gracious owner down to the young and enthusiastic wait staff.
All of this made for a very pleasant evening, and I would recommend Tantalus for authentic Greek food any day!

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5.0Dined on July 25, 2017

Great food and service was very welcoming. My only suggestion would be to have some music playing very lightly in the background as this would have added to the ambience. Certainly a place I will return in winter on those cold nights where this food would be ideal

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2017

Food was good, service was terrible however. Apparently they were under staffed. The server sat us outside and then forgot about us for half an hour. Then we kept having to go look for him for drinks. But, we'll try it again some other time. Maybe it will be better, I hope so because we love Greek food.

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3.0Dined on April 1, 2017

Not a lot of ambience here, but the food was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2017

Fantastic food. Great service. Creatively prepared and served. Rich dessert---one good for two to share.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2017

We love this restaurant. I wish they were busier, and yet we're always so glad to be able to get in. I hope they never leave!

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2017

The owner waited on us and explained the uniqueness of Greek food compared to other Mediterranean foods. We asked him to serve us a family style meal. Start to finish including wines. He did all the work and our group of 5 had a chance to just visit. The food( lamb, chicken, beef, very fresh Greek salad, olives, pits bread, hummus and a Greek version of babaganoosh(sp). The wine was appropriate for each course. Coffee and desserts. Two and one half hours of great food and service. We could have been in Greece😄

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2017

Great food all freshly prepared. It was quite noisy making it hard to talk, but it quieted down some before we left. We really enjoyed the food. I had the Olympus Plate which gave me a taste of several dishes. All were good.

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2017

We have dined at this restaurant several times. Indoor seating all year, outdoor seating when the weather cooperates. Food style is Greek and very good. You can find for $15 to $20 per person. Located in a quaint shopping center of old houses relocated to Holman Village. Plenty of free parking on site.

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5.0Dined on January 6, 2017

Love coming here for dinner, dessert and to listen to the band!

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2016

Encouraged by friends who are regulars, we made the trek to meet them there for dinner. What a treat ! The staff was very efficient and friendly but a bit slow..our fault, we told them we wanted to visit when they asked if we had play reservations at the theatre.
I would highly recommend this restaurant to everyone. I wish we had had room for dessert !

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5.0Dined on November 19, 2016

We've been here a few times. Each time, the service is amazing with special care and advice, and each time the food has been very good. We enjoy Greek cuisine, and this place does a great job. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone. Last time we went with our 11 year old, and the server ensured he'd he happy with what he got by asking questions and making sure he'd try things. Full points.

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2016

Great food and very cozy atmosphere. Manager Abdulatif was super nice and welcoming. Only thing better than the food here was the manager.

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5.0Dined on October 15, 2016

Excellent Mediterranean food. This is the place that remembers you and makes you part of the family

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4.0Dined on August 22, 2016

After watching the movie, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, we craved for some Greek food. We came here on a quiet, early, weekday, evening dinner. Seats were wide open. The decors inside are outdated. They have to remodel this restaurant to be more appealing and enticing to dine. The service was excellent. The food was done right. Kebabs were tender, not dry. We forgot to use the coupon or the Passport card. Perhaps, next time.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2016

I've been to Tantalus many times when visiting my sister in Issaquah. The food
is always delicious, the service excellent, and the ambiance inviting and quiet
enough to hold a conversation. I look forward to returning there again.

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4.0Dined on May 30, 2016

Great Med food. Fantastic server and patio dining. Food was nicely portioned and well prepared. Will visit again!

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2016

This is one of our favorite restaurants in Issaquah . The food is always good, the staff works hard to make you feel at home and accommodate your wishes.

This evening, a busy Saturday evening, it was crowded but we had an excellent meal and attentive service.

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4.0Dined on May 8, 2016

A small restaurant in Gilman Village Issaquah. It's been hard to find a good Greek restaurant lately, but this fits the bill. Homey surroundings that one would expect in a small, local place. Good food, remarkable service, authentic.

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5.0Dined on March 27, 2016

My husband, sister and I went to Tantalus for Easter Dinner and
it was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The food was outstanding,
the atmosphere pleasant and friendly, and the wait staff helpful and
efficient. We couldn't have been more please.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2016

Tantalus platter with the roast lamb was fabulous.

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5.0Dined on October 24, 2015

Tantalus has terrific Greek food with traditional dishes that are hard to find these days, along with some fun Greek wine selections too. Great ambience, and the main host who may be the owner too, makes us feel incredibly welcomed and special. After just a few visits, he remembers the kids, our unique orders, and provides the rare, personalized family restaurant experience that is hard to find these days.

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2.0Dined on September 30, 2015

We ate here on a Wednesday evening at 5:30. The service was very good until the restaurant got busier. It seemed they only had one server for the entire room. While he was very friendly it did get slow. Our food was just mediocre - large portions but nothing special.

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5.0Dined on August 28, 2015

The food was fantastic as it has been for years.

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4.0Dined on June 26, 2015

My wife and I enjoyed the opportunity to sample the Greek menu and were pleased with the quality of the food. We have fond memories of our living in Chicago and were hoping to recapture the mood.

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3.0Dined on June 6, 2015

My Southwest shrimp was delicious, my companions calamari was very bland. The desert was way overcooked because they forgot we ordered it and then hurried it

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2015

Found this place on Open Table for dinner after show at the Village Theater. It is a short 15 minute walk up Rainier Blvd from the theater, and the food and service were great, and at a very good value. A great find for picking a place somewhat at random, but we will be back.

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5.0Dined on October 17, 2014

Servings are large. Plenty of food. Staff was accommodating to my garlic allergy.

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5.0Dined on September 4, 2014

A small, hidden treasure. Very quiet with soft theme (Greek) music in the background, fantastic and personalized service, good food and a surprisingly large selection of dining options. We took my mother here for her 89th birthday and she loved it. For quite some time we were the only ones there (5:00 p.m. on Thursday) which resulted in us being pampered. None of us are really Greek food enthusiasts but we wanted to try something different. We just may have been converted! This place just fits into the Gillman Village motif and the prices were very reasonable and not jacked up like some restaurants in the village. A very nice find.

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4.0Dined on June 29, 2014

My husband, a Greek foodie, approved of the food - a real feat since he's really picky about Greek cuisine! The egg lemon soup passed inspection!Kudos to Tantalus! Enjoyed our meal, the service and the atmosphere thoroughly!

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