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Nov 3, 2009 10:38 PM

Recommendations for Greek food in YVR

I'm looking for recommendations of Greek restaurants in the Vancouver area. I'm not interested in "average" restaurants. I'm looking for the hidden gems... kind of like Phnom Penh for chicken wings, Long's for salty egg crispy rice and drunken chicken, Peaceful for the beef roll, etc. In terms of Greek food, I'm looking for outstanding calamari, saganaki, kleftiko and souvlaki, etc. I'm not necessarily looking for one particular restaurant to shine for all these items. I'm willing to go to different places to try their signature items/dishes.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. I'd love to hear some current info on Vancouver Greek. I haven't really had good Greek food since Le Grec moved to the West side (from literally next door from where I lived on Commercial Dr - now the Charlatan). Ultimately, it closed. We have a Greek place on Commercial Dr called Bouzyous that is somewhat above average.

    Piato Estofario had some promise of taking Greek food upscale - but opened to mixed reviews. I haven't been.

    Piato Restaurant
    1835 west 4th avenue, Vancouver, BC V6J 1M4, CA

    1. The sweet basil spareribs and roasted lamb at Simpatico on West 4th are outstanding. The rest of their Greek dishes are average.

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      1. re: islandgirl

        My all time fave is Maria's on 4th-not the one in the West End the 4th Ave location.

        Have heard good things about Kerkis further west on 4th

        1. re: Sam Salmon

          I like Panos Greek Taverna on SE Marine Drive, the Calamari is above average and roast lamb, delicious

          Panos Greek Taverna
          654 SE Marine Dr, Vancouver, BC V5X2T4, CA

      2. I like Kalamata Greek Taverna on W. Broadway. Generally everything is great, but the moussaka, calamari and kleftiko are the highlights for me.

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        1. re: ck1234

          Hey ck, glad to hear Kalamata is still putting out good food. We boycotted when they continued to allow smoking after the ban (there were a few places in town that did that and lost my business). It's the only place I thought of recommending as good Greek food is thin on the ground here I find. Apollonia gets raves for its lamb but the SO wasn't terribly impressed -- I'm not a lamb fan so my comments would not be useful.

        2. I love Kalamata and eat there every time I visit Vancouver. The beef and chicken souvlaki are delicious!

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          1. re: J.J

            So that's 3 recs for Kalamata. I haven't been there in over 10 years. I should check it out soon.

          2. Kalamata is one of my favs as well. I love their rice because they mix in carrots and fresh spinach, making it extra healthy =) My only qualm is it's pricey for what it's worth like many greek restaurants. Oh and their garlic prawn is uber garlicky for those who are garlicheads.