I had the Souvlaki (beef shish kabob) $22.99
Papouli s is over priced for the quality of food.
As an earlier review indicated the green beans are fresh out of a can.
While in the Branson area one can not find a better restaurant for the quality and price than the Dobyns Dinning Room at the College of the Ozarks in Hollister,Mo.
My family goes to Papouli's for all our birthdays, engagement parties, special occasions, etc. It's that good. We are very picky eaters and prefer the finer restaurants in town so for us Papouli's is right up there with fine dining in Southwest Missouri (prorated for geographic locale). It's a 45 minute drive from home, but it is always so worth it. My dad always orders the lamb, and his experience is that it is normally good. I get the greek sampler and it's excellent. Their other menu items are to DIE for. Order the baked chicken - but it has to be ordered 24 hours in advance so they have time to slow bake it and season it to perfection to where it just falls apart...perfect. Sometimes I just order the fried eggplant and spinach pie appetizers for dinner...or the Dolmades...they're heavenly too. The seasoned green beans are worth the drive alone. Betsy's margaritas are amazing, one will do you in. Bring a DD! The dining room in the back has large windows that overlook a lovely garden with bird feeders and a huge bronze fountain. Gorgeous. When making reservations, ask for a table by that area. I have been there and sat next to Woody Justice of Justice Jewelers, Don Wessel of Don Wessel Honda, and other Springfield elite. They have the money to eat wherever they want, or to hire a personal chef, so it speaks volumes that they drive way out to Reeds Spring for this restaurant's food. Seriously, it's amazing, and so understated from the exterior.
We were seated after being very brusquely asked if we had a reservation, after a pregnant wait, even though the place was no more than half full and most diners were finishing. We waited a significant time for drink orders to be taken and the waiter apologized for the wait. Entrees were ordered and the lamb was the taste and consistency of very overcooked cardboard with no attempt to preserve its flavor, and given the size of the slices, it surely was leg of mutton, not of lamb. both the waiter and the restaurant owner were aware of the displeasure of this diner, and not wishing to embarrass my wife whom i was treating, I did not make an issue of it, but suffice it to say, the overcooked canned green beans hardly make it as a vegetable, the undercooked and unseasoned rice do not make a starch and the lamb, well, it perhaps died of old age, was properly cremated and then served. All this for $100.00.
Save your money, eat at home, you can do better job.
Don't panic when you come way out here because it is definately worth the while. What wonderful food!! Are you looking for something different - this is the place. Bessie Haldoupis is a wonderful host she is also the owner. She wants to make sure your dining experience is manufique! The gyros are wonderful and the pita bread with feta cheese is terrific. The mousaka was delicious but don't forget the dolmathes (stuffed grape leaves). We had a very nice waiter who has a beautiful accent. The flaming cheese was very good and also entertaining! Remember to call and make reservations. Don't forget to try the galaktoboureko for dessert along with the greek coffee (get sugared trust me) Very strong but perfect with dessert. Note: They have other foods too from gigantic onion rings/hamburgers to prime rib. But why come here for that-think Greek baby because it is worth it!
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