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Greek (upscale?) in Vancouver or Richmond?

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. 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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    1. re: fmed

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

      1. re: abstractpoet

        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. 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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      1. re: NoMoreSnuggles

        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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        Kalamata Greek Taverna
        388W Broadway W, Vancouver, BC V5Y1R2, CA

        1. re: grayelf

          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!

          1. re: ck1234

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

      2. 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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        1. re: selena03

          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.

        2. 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!

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

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            1. re: islandgirl

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

              1. re: fmed

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

                1. re: fmed

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

              2. 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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                1. re: Cath666

                  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.

                   
                  1. re: Pocket Bacon

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