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Any good greek restaurant in uptown Toronto?

It seems that there aren't much choice for greek restaurant in uptown toronto, beside the franchises Mr. Greek or Friendly Greek.

I know Danforth offer the best greek food, but I would like to avoid the drive.

Does anyone here has any recommendation for having a decent greek dinner in uptown toronto?

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  1. I enjoy Karbouzi (Avenue Rd. south of Wilson) - always cheerful staff, decent beers on tap, good portions on well-executed standards, haven't had a bad meal yet. There's more of a bar type of thing going on on the second floor, but I've never felt the need to venture up there.

    1. On a side note, if anyone has any places in Mississauga/Brampton/Etobicoke that AREN'T Mr. Greek, Colossus, Souvlaki Hut, or Astoria, I'm all ears

      1. I like Greek Gourmet at Avenue Rd/Lawrence. Great pan fried sole (like candy!) and moussaka. Staff is so nice. Nothing fancy, very basic and family style place. But always good in my opinion.

        I guess this is more mid-town but there you go...

        1. I like Mykonos on Yonge Street just North of the Canadian Tire. Friendly staff, generous portions, great lemon potatoes and a fab mezedakia platter, I adore their Tzatziki, grilled calamari, floured calamari, chicken souvlaki - but I'm not down with their Spanikopita, nor their lamb souvlaki (too chewy!)

          But, I always get the same thing there... floured calamari dinner with a side of lemon potatoes.

          At Mykonos, keep it simple, don't bother with the greek fries or anything that seems fancy. Just keep to the basics and you'll get Greek cooking the way their mama makes it.

          1. A new place opened up at Woodbine/16th called Loui's Kouzina, not bad, very friendly staff. Food was quite good. Same plaza as the No Frills/All Star Wings/etc

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            1. re: Wil

              Just went to Loui's Kouzina a couple of weeks ago. Really enjoyed the food. The food was delicious with large portions. Very friendly staff. We found out that it's family-owned. Apparently they serve breakfast on the weekends. Definitely would to check it out soon. It's great to have these independently-owned restaurants in Markham/Richmond Hill area. The burbs are dominated by the franchise restaurants and refreshing to go to a family-owned one :)

              1. re: aquamist

                Agreed! went there recently. very very friendly staff. and the portions were good. food was good. new go to place in the area for greek food!

                1. re: alienxx45

                  sorry, went on Mother's day and they weren't that friendly at all. Nobody was serving the other clients cause (4 people on the floor) they were trying to figure out how to set the tables for a group of 14. We were a family of 4 standing there for about 8 mins before I went to ask them if they had a table (not once did anyone smiled or said won't be long, etc....) she said to wait cause she might not have enough space. Now having been in the resto biz for almost 20 yrs I could have easily arrange the space (six on each side and 2 at the ends = 14) and there was one table that they could've fit us but no, they were pretty amateurish. After another 10 mins I went up and asked if they would be able to sit us and she said bluntly and in an unfriendly tone, "what does it look like? what do you want me to do ?" I said, I'm not arguing with you and I think you can fit 2 people on the ends and then save a table to fit us. In a resto biz, you have to maximize space to get as many customers as you can. Geez! Anyways, I will never go back and will tell my friends not to go, I cannot stand attitude like that to customers.

                  1. re: rayzer

                    Hmm, maybe they were off that day, I've been there maybe 3 times now and every single time I've had superb service. But honestly, the food isn't spectacular, you can get waaaay better on the Danforth, but it's definitely better than Mr.Greek.

            2. I second Mykonos! Because it's only a half block north of the Canadian Tire, I think parking should be easy. All the food was easily comparable to what you get on the Danforth. The spanokopita was excellent, the pork souvlaki very tender, if a bit under-salted. Good, rich Tzatziki. I found the staff very friendly, and very accommodating to children (take that however you like).

              1. I use to really like Santorini Grill in Thornhill, but haven't been for ages. They served house baked sour dough with a great bean salad and taramosalata as a free appetizer for dinner when I use to go. Not sure if they still do that.

                I remember the grilled kalamari (NOT the fried) was really good. As was the avgolemono soup and lamb souvalaki. I really loved this place, but when they uped their prices (and I was still a student) I just stopped going. You can find them on menupalace.

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                1. re: eco987

                  I agree that Santorini is not worth it anymore. we had a stretch of disappointments there a few years ago and just stopped thinking about it as an option, despite being convenient. The last time we were there the highlight was the fresh-baked bread.

                  1. re: OTFOODIE

                    True, prices have edged higher. I go every once in a while and still really enjoy it. I have found the food to be consistently good. And of course, I have to agree that the standouts are the bread and appetizer platter :).

                    1. re: SMOG

                      We found it to have BOTH gone downhill quality-wise and become overpriced.

                2. The Greek Gourmet at Ave/Lawrence as mentioned is pretty good.

                  We made the mistake of going to the Friendly Greek north of 401 on Yonge. We've had pretty good meals there in the past, but it has gone downhill. I ordered the pork souvlaki dinner.It started with a measily serving of garlic break, followed by a sparse salad made with iceberg letttuce and very little feta cheese or dressing. No cucumber, one slice of tomato. The main dinner had taseless rice and potatoes, each drizzled with a tomato sauce which lacked any flavour. The pork was fatty and gristley. The kids' meals, chicken fingers, had no choice of vegetables, just fries. They even complained about the plum sauce which indeed was tasteless.

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                  1. re: tsupport

                    I would have preferred that the Friendly Greek was better than Mr. Greek, but every time I'm been to one, I was disappointed and wished I had gone to Mr. Greek instead.

                    Another Greek place in the north end that I've enjoyed the 3 or 4 times I've been there is the Happy Greek on Steeles at Alness (1311 Alness) between Dufferin & Keele.

                  2. I really like Laterna on Yonge, south of Steeles. Amazing souvlaki on freshly baked pita. And so friendly.

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                    1. re: Toronto Fastfoodie

                      While I haven't had the souvlaki here before, I wouldn't call this place a greek restaurant. I enjoy it as well, but it's more a family restuarnt that also serves souvlaki. No greek restaurant would have Lasagna on the menu :) (which is really good there!)

                      1. re: Wil

                        Agreed. It’s not a Greek restaurant. It’s Greek run (I’m almost certain), there’s tons of pictures of Greece on the walls, and they make just incredible souvlaki on homemade pita, but it’s definitely not a Greek restaurant. Really good pizza too. Love it there.

                    2. Just had a chance to try Mykonos at Yonge/Davenport this past weekend. It's hard being downtown, there are so few Greek places. We were pleasantly surprised. The service was great. We shared a trio dip appetizer, and liked all three dips very much. I had the village salad with chicken and my partner had the gyros, and we thought it was way too much food. The atmosphere was very nice as well, although too cold out to sit on the patio. Overall, I would for sure go back.