$40 for rude service and average (at best) food Unless Dallas is your idea of urban sophistication, El Greco serves mediocre, overpriced food with rude service and tacky decor. My carryout order consisted of lamb kabob with Greek salad, dolma, and fried cheese hors doeuvres. It totaled more than $40 for what would have been $15 at an authentic place in Astoria. The hostess had no carry out menu then glanced at her watch and sighed rudely when I passed the 60 second mark perusing the table menu. The hostess assured me the dolma was fresh when I asked, but its compressed, small wrinkly leaves with overpowering brine betrayed its origin was a cannery, not the kitchen. The lamb was overcooked and certainly not $40 quality. (I ate there on Thurs, Aug 14, 2008.) It is forgivable that top tier Greek in Lawton is as unlikely as first rate BBQ in Queens. But charging high end prices and pretense for mediocre quality is not.
Ok after reading all the comments it is easy to see many of the comments are rigged. Probably by the owner, family, or friends of the family. This place is located next to a cheap motel where unsuspecting, hungry tourist will spend money without a clue.
Most of the time the only cars parked out front are only the cook and the waiter. Now get off your duff and don't get stung. If you don't give a rip, then sit down and enjoy the meal. Plenty of European propaganda written about this place. I had the expensive sampler platter. Only 25% of the plate is good. The rest is difficult to swallow. I eat out twice a day in Lawton for the past 40 years and know better. They may be nice people running the eatery but that is no excuse to feel sorry for them and write about the fine food and wine. It is BS!
I totally disagree with Tom S. I have been to el greco a lot of times and I have never had the impression that the food was pre-cooked the day prior. The food has always been excellent, the waiters have always been very kind and efficient. The place is always cleaned and pleasant! Nobody can put in discussion the service....and believe me I'm very picky about that! Try the greek salad, the feta cheese is incredible! I've tried many dishes and I've always been satisfied! El greco restaurant is perfect for all those who want to enjoy great savory food, maybe accompanied by a good glass of wine!
I would like to start by saying our food was excellent. I have been to El Greco before and tonight was able to take my husband for the first time. We both enjoyed our food a lot!
When we arrived, we were our waitress's first table. By the time we were done with our meal, she had 3 more tables. We sat there for 15 minutes after our meal was finished, silverware across our plates and napkins folded on the table, before she even acknowledged us. We asked for dessert and a box, got them between frantic runs to the other tables and then sat for 20 more minutes waiting for our bill. There was no need for the hectic and unorganized manner of the waitress. She had four tables none larger than a 4 top. I would hate to see her on a busy night! She was very nice and apologetic for us waiting but there was no need for the wait at all.
I would happily give this restaurant 4 stars for food but only 2 for service. This place could be an awesome restaurant if they had properly trained staff.
I was really looking forward to going to this place. My husband came home and said well let's go. We were seated promptly, the server was very nice and took great care of us. We ordered an appetizer that had a little of everything. It was fantastic. My husband is not a real fan of feta cheese, but even he enjoyed this. We ordered the Elgreko for 2 and this is where things went horribly wrong and downhill fast. What arrived was a smallish plate containing greenbeans, rice pilaf, 2 greek meatballs and 2 skewers of ckicken.
The greenbeans must have been cooking since lunch since they had that olive color that greenbeans get when they are cooked too long. The nice touch was the brighter green ones added in later to extend the life of the pot for the dinner service. They may have been fine even with the dual colors but there was taste of vinegar in them that was just not to our taste.
The chicken was so dry it was hard to cut much less eat. The meatballs were in a similar condition. My husband told me he was not aware that greek food needed lubrication in order to make it edible.
I will say that their taziki (spelling) sauce is excellent.
So if you are thinking about trying greek food in Lawton, OK, just save your money or just get the appetizer platter which is great.
I had been to El Greco several times before I deployed to Iraq in 2007 and thought that the food was very good but I think their service and quality of food has really dropped to a low. I dined there last night and even though there was not hardly any business the waitress forgot to bring me a drink I ordered and a straw my wife had asked for. When we received our food it was horrid. The chicken and pork was dry and tasted like it had been pre-cooked the day prior and left to sit in the oven overnight. The gyros meat was like it had sat in a steamer all day and had a bit of a soggy texture. Being stationed in Germany and having been to Athens before I always enjoyed greek food and it has always been one of my favorites but I simply refuse to ever eat at this restaurant again.