This spot draws a diverse crowd seeking a lively escape. The Hellenic eatery recently expanded to support its continually growing clientele, but it is ... More
Stepho's Souvlaki Greek Taverna
This spot draws a diverse crowd seeking a lively escape. The Hellenic eatery recently expanded to support its continually growing clientele, but it is still packed at peak times. Richly painted walls, dark wood furniture and light fixtures set the stage for a loud and social meeting place. The environment is welcoming and the servers are outgoing. The portions, meanwhile, are large. The lamb and souvlaki platters overflow with roasted potatoes and rice, while the Greek salad is one of the city's best.
We made a reservation for 7pm but we arrived at 7:30. The server told us that the table would be reserved for us for 2 hours and since we were late half an hour, we would still have to be finished by 9pm. We said okay. We found out that they were seating us at a table for 6 even though we had 8 people. A few minutes later, he dropped by to ask if we were ready to order, we said not yet. A few friends arrived later and were still looking at the menu when the server came and asked again. He said he wanted us to quickly order cuz we had to finish dinner by 9pm. When we were almost finished dinner, another server drop by to ask if he could take away some plates, we said we were still eating. Then a friend saw that the server was still standing nearby looking at us, as if they really wanted us to finish off quick so that they could seat other people. I've had much better service at another Greek restaurant in Burnaby, which offers the same great food, if not better, at pretty much the same prices, as well as much better service. Needless to say, I'm not crazy about their food and definitely not satisfied of their service.
My husband and I have eaten at Stepho's for over 15 years and always had the greatest food and service. Well, today was a different story for me. I ordered the calamari and moussaka as usual -- every time I go there. When the moussaka came to the table, I immediately noticed it was burnt all around the edges, but decided to give it a go anyways. I could not even cut through the entire pie to the bottom layer (and I didn't need a new knife either). I asked the waiter to provide me with a different piece. He came back and told me the cook said only the corner piece was burnt (yep, burnt) and the rest would be OK as I 'dived' into the rest towards the center. He said that the cook had also said that a different piece would be the same. Pardon me, but isn't the customer always right! It was definitely burnt. I can bet if a male person had sent it back there would have been no problem to send a replacement. I decided not to argue, but once again reiterated to the waiter that IT WAS BURNT. I left Stepho's with a "sour taste in my mouth" -- no pun intended.
This restaurant came recommended to us so we ordered pickup. Without a doubt it was the worst. The calamari was so dried out and tough not fit for human or pet consumption. An order of lasgna was discarded because was awful. The pita was stale, the Greek salad tasted tinny. In other words we would not recommend this place to anyone, we cannot believe it has such high ratings. Discusting, they have their nerve even charging anyone for the mess we got.
We had squid, moussaka and souvlaki:
Squid: Was "dry".. Was this deep fried a second time? But wait... this was just the start.
Souvlaki: No tomato or lettuce just lots of onions and the meat. The taztziki was okay but the rest was for dogs, honestly.
Moussaka: WAY overcooked and in some places BURNT. This was horrible.
SERVICE: Absolute disaster. They refused to give us any discount, even after the waiter talked to the manager. They basically had a "you touched it, too bad" kind of attitude. How the hell does a place like this stay in existence?!
In short, dont waste your time, or money. It's not worth it at ALL. absolute worst greek food in vancouver. Cheap food isn't cheap when it's garbage.
This place is awesome!!! Food portions are massive but the the bill is tiny! I think almost all items on the menu are under $10. Half the time I can't even finish a full plate because they give you so much food!
The only downside is the lineup to get seated. Lunch and dinner times are crazy but the more you wait the more hungry you get and the more food you eat!
I was introduced to stepho's when visiting vancouver about 7 years ago. 1/2 my reason for regular vancouver visits is to hit up stepho's. When we are in town we eat there at least 1/2 the nights. Seriously, it is such a treat. MMMMMM...I have another visit coming up in a few months, can't wait!
The food is excellent and the portions are awesome. I have stopped going to other restaurants where I like the food, but because Stepho's offers great portions, food and prices I no longer want to spend my money elsewhere as I feel as if I am getting ripped off.
The staff are outstanding also! I just love this food, and in total I spend in travel time to get there and home about an hour and a half to two hours. It is worth it!
amazing food. its the local's fav spot for greek food. leave lots of time to stand in line, somtimes the lineup is a block long outside the resteraunt, that alone should speak for itself! portions are enourmous, and the prices are extremely cheap. i highly recommend!
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