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abstractpoet Jul 12, 2009 04:29 PM

Bay Area hound visiting Vancouver this week, looking to buy a gift card/certificate for a nice Greek restaurant in Richmond or Vancouver--it would be a gift for an uncle who lives in Richmond and really likes Greek food (but hasn't had a lot of it in the area). Something a little bit more upscale with good ambiance would be preferable (but not essential). Good lamb dishes would be a big plus too.

After having browsed the board, I see a lot of mentions of Stepho's, but I don't know if that's a good fit, since one of the main selling points seems to just be its affordability (more to the point, I don't mind waiting an hour in line for good chow, but I wouldn't want to impose that on my aunt and uncle).

Other possibilities I've found include Felicos, Appollonia, and Mad Greek.

Do you Vancouver hounds think any of those fit the bill, or is there someplace better I'm missing that would be better? In (or near) Richmond would be best, but downtown Vancouver is OK too.

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  1. fmed RE: abstractpoet Jul 12, 2009 04:43 PM

    I have not been there and it had been getting mixed reviews (especially when they first opened) - Piato Estiatorio is attempting upscale Greek food here. I have read recent reviews that seem to indicate that it has improve over the last little while.
    http://www.piato.ca/

    Vancouver isn't a good place for Greek food despite the large community. There are a number of tavenas, family style places and Greek pizza joints, however. The only Greek places I have been to in many years is a family style pizza place in my neighbourhood called Sunrise Pizza and a run of the mill Greek restaurant (with belly dancing!) called Bouzyos. Neither are upscale or anything special...except that my kids just love Sunrise pizza.

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      abstractpoet RE: fmed Jul 12, 2009 04:48 PM

      Hmm, well, the website for Piato Estiatorio looks promising. Has anyone been who can comment on their experience?

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        fmed RE: abstractpoet Jul 12, 2009 04:51 PM

        Have a look at the Yelp page: http://www.yelp.ca/biz/piato-estiator...
        Some good reviews there from a couple of people that I think have a good palate.

    2. NoMoreSnuggles RE: abstractpoet Jul 13, 2009 07:34 PM

      Sorry for the lack of helpfulness but I wanted to say that your instincts about Stepho's is right on - avoid, avoid, avoid. The food is not good and I can never understand why people would spend their evening standing in line to save something like $3 on a dish (especially when the greek restaurant without the line-up on the same block Taki's is marginally better and not expensive). I live in the neighbourhood so I guess it's extra-irritating to me...

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        grayelf RE: NoMoreSnuggles Jul 14, 2009 05:52 AM

        Kalamata on Broadway used to be quite good but we stopped going when the no-smoking bylaw came in and they consistently flouted it. Might be worth a shot...

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        388W Broadway W, Vancouver, BC V5Y1R2, CA

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          ck1234 RE: grayelf Jul 16, 2009 01:17 PM

          Just had lunch today at Kalamata after a looooong breather as it stopped thrilling me. Good news is it was delicious today! I had moussaka, friend had souvlaki & we were both very pleased. And stuffed, we waddled out. We both agreed we will return, Was happy to see the food quality up to par again!

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            grayelf RE: ck1234 Jul 16, 2009 04:34 PM

            Thanks for that update, ck, I've missed having good Greek close-ish by.

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        selena03 RE: abstractpoet Jul 14, 2009 09:34 PM

        One of my Greek friends recommends Anatoli Souvlaki in North Vancouver as the only Greek restaurant she would ever dine at. Personally, I have never been there.

        I read a really great review on piato in one of our national newspapers but have not tried it yet.

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          grayelf RE: selena03 Jul 15, 2009 01:18 AM

          I had the same recco from a pal re Anatoli's. We went once and it was decent, but the next time it was bad and OVERPRICED. This was about a year ago so things may have improved.

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          abstractpoet RE: abstractpoet Jul 17, 2009 05:31 PM

          Thanks for all the tips, everyone. I ended up going with Piato--I guess I'll keep my fingers crossed and wait to hear my uncle's report!

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            islandgirl RE: abstractpoet Jul 18, 2009 10:06 AM

            Has anyone tried the new Greek place down on Stamps Landing?

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              fmed RE: islandgirl Jul 18, 2009 10:09 AM

              What is it called? (Is this the replacement for Ocean 617)?

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                ck1234 RE: fmed Jul 18, 2009 10:43 AM

                The place that took over Oceans 617 is now called Branas Mediterranean Grill. I haven't seen the menu yet or been.

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                  islandgirl RE: fmed Jul 19, 2009 09:10 AM

                  Yes, that's the one, Menu looks Greek & Italian. Haven't tried it yet though. It's on the list.

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                Cath666 RE: abstractpoet Aug 17, 2009 03:26 PM

                It's not terribly upscale, but Athena's on west 10th is very good. It was recommended to a friend by some greek friends and every time I've been the food has been good and the prices are reasonable. I've also been to Kalamata, and it's alright, but I prefer Athena's (possibly Athene's....not 100% positive on the spelling)

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                  Pocket Bacon RE: Cath666 Aug 24, 2009 09:34 PM

                  The best Greek restaurant in Richmond (Steveston) is "Kisamos Greek Taverna" .

                  It's a small place, but the food is great, and very reasonably priced.

                  Probably not too useful to the original poster now, but perhaps someone else may be able to find the info helpful?

                  Anyway, it's on the corner of Moncton St. and Third Ave.

                   
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                    grayelf RE: Pocket Bacon Aug 25, 2009 08:06 AM

                    Kisamos was pretty full when we walked by on Sunday late afty, PB and it smelled good :-).

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