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What is Montreal's Best Greek Restaurant?

derekjen Nov 29, 2009 01:39 PM

5 friends and I are in the mood for greek. What is the best restaurant? No fast good joints please. Thanks!!!

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  1. UnConundrum RE: derekjen Nov 29, 2009 01:50 PM

    Probably everyone will say Milo's is THE best, and I won't disagree, but it's expensive. If you're looking to impress, that's where to go. We had a very nice meal at Faros last night. We like to order 3-4 appetizers instead of a main, because there are so many things we love :) We've also enjoyed Philinos and Mythos in the past. Mythos is the largest of the three and I think Philinos has the most active bar. Faros is the smallest and no bar that I noticed. So, I'd say Faros is the quietest of the three as well and I think maybe Philinos the liveliest.

    Hope that helps

    1. thehotplate RE: derekjen Nov 29, 2009 03:15 PM

      Milos is definitely the best, but if you aren't willing to pay top dollar than there are two better options:

      1. tasso - a new greek mezze place on st. denis

      2. jardin de panos - delicious greek byob restaurant where 5 can easily eat for just over 100 even if you go the whole 9 yards with multiple appetizers to share, main courses and dessert! a personal fav is their chicken kebabs that have a lovely lemony marinade on them.

      Hope you enjoy!

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        souschef RE: thehotplate Dec 4, 2009 09:36 AM

        I went to Jardin de Panos once last summer. It just did not do it for me

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          thehotplate RE: souschef Dec 7, 2009 12:52 PM

          if you compare it to all the other byob greek restaurants in montreal it is an absolute gem! i would argue that it is the best option if you're not wiling to foot the milos' petite poeme

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            souschef RE: thehotplate Dec 8, 2009 05:58 PM

            I really disliked the food there, and was annoyed that I had to drink my wine from one of those water glasses that they have. I am not a wine snob, and do not expect Riedel stemware, but draw the line at thick water tumblers.

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              hungryann RE: souschef Dec 8, 2009 06:59 PM

              Actually those "water tumblers" are typical wine glasses in Greece used for the house wine. It is very typical of the local taverna and Jardin de Panos tries to replicate that. It's not because they don't know any better; it is a casual BYOB and I think it is appropriate.

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                bigfellow RE: hungryann Dec 9, 2009 03:25 AM

                Typical in most of Europe I've found.

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                  The Chemist RE: bigfellow Dec 13, 2009 04:55 AM

                  ditto. I kind of like it.

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                johnnyboy RE: souschef Jan 23, 2010 11:40 AM

                Jardin de panos felt to me similar to any other "brochetterie" type place.

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              eoj RE: souschef Sep 23, 2010 01:19 AM

              Yeah, I was underwhelmed by Jardin de Panos when I went. It was 1980s type food to me ... brochettes with the same blah rice on every plate kind of thing. When I brought it up on this board before, people said they mostly recommend it for the nice terrace. I certainly wouldn't recommend it for anyone who likes Greek food and it wasn't that cheap either. It seemed to me like it was only a good restaurant for the very unadventurous.

              Probably the best Greek food I've had in Montreal was Philinos and even that was mostly just that it was good seafood and a convivial atmosphere. I don't remember them having a lot of the yummy little appetizers, which I enjoy most at Greek restaurants I've been to in other cities.

              Philinos Restaurant Bar
              4806 Av Du Parc, Montreal, QC H2V4E6, CA

          2. keelo RE: derekjen Nov 30, 2009 09:55 PM

            Parthenon, on the corner of Van horn and Cote-des-Neiges, next to the Petro Canada, HANDS DOWN. Quality food does not always necessarily equate to expensive pricey dishes, especially in this case. Family run joint and everything is cooked with the most important ingredient... LOVE.

            1. porker RE: derekjen Dec 1, 2009 01:26 AM

              Just another thought on Milos.
              Yes they are very good, but they are almost exclusively geared to seafood. Not necessarily a bad thing, but frustrating for someone, like my wife, who doesn't like the stuff. Remaining choices are grilled veggies, salads, and filet mignon.

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                souschef RE: porker Dec 3, 2009 07:04 PM

                I really enjoy Milos, but dislike their lack of flexibility. The last time we were there we asked if within the $75 tasting menu we could have a crab cake instead of the main course choices (beef filet or halibut). They would not accomodate our request.

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                  BLM RE: souschef Dec 4, 2009 09:44 PM

                  Isn't it the norm for tasting menus in restaurants('no substitutions')?

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                    souschef RE: BLM Dec 5, 2009 03:21 AM

                    It may be the norm, but when I ask for an appetizer for a main course (i.e. cheaper) I expect them to be pleased to do it. Their crab cake is far superior to the halibut - and the waiter agreed that this was the case.

                    I have asked for and got substitutions at Europea on their $50 table d'hote (sea bass instead of salmon, with a price adjustment).

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                mtlmaven RE: derekjen Dec 4, 2009 06:51 PM

                I would go with Philinos. I have enjoyed every meal I've had there.

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                  wilmagrace RE: mtlmaven Dec 7, 2009 07:31 PM

                  i have been to all these restaurants and do not consider any very special as a typical greek restaurant although milos does its speciality of fish very well and philinos has nice ambience and some good choices. Parthenon has not served me tender souvlaki on the two times i went and although the jardin in back of panos is pleasant i am not taken up by souvlaki /kebabs or standard appetizers as great greek food. I used to like the home cooking of the greek restaurant on jean talon, so many choices, great lamb, horta, beans, veal etc but it closed down. Having been to Greece several times i have not found comparable food in Montreal but perhaps someone else has discovered some bijou to share with us.

                2. Richelle RE: derekjen Dec 7, 2009 08:18 PM


                  I hope to go there myself, a restaurant, Lesley Chesterman reviewed herself. Perhaps it would be a good place to start!

                  Good luck!

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                    rakeypakey RE: derekjen Dec 9, 2009 06:19 PM

                    I'm surprised no one mentionned Panama???? On Jean Talon. I am married to a Greek and have been to Greece numerous times. Panama is the closest thing to a Greek taverne we have here in Montreal. It's kinds hokey looking but well it looks like they do in Greece. The fried zucchini and eggplant was AMAZING.... as well as the other pikilia we usually order there - keep in mind for the poster who didn't like the wine in water glasses, that they serve it like that at Panama - as well as every restaurant I ever ate at in Greece.

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                      superbossmom RE: rakeypakey Dec 10, 2009 01:44 AM

                      Chic and elegant Ella Grill on Amherst would be my recommendation ; not tavern greek but the food is fresh and simple.

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                        soultana RE: superbossmom Dec 11, 2009 06:41 AM

                        I am greek, and i have been to all these restaurants and more. Milos is considered the best, but yes its pricey. Their lunch menu is a bargain though. So far, No one mentioned Mythos. I think you get the best bang for your dollar here. Group menus are aweome, and food is always good from my experience. I also agree with panama and Phillinos. Both just as good. Another great little gem is tripoli which noone has also mentioned yet and has been around for ages! they opened up a new location in west island now too. Ellounda in Ville st.Laurent is also pretty good, and has parking!! :) I don`t think you can go wrong with any of these restuarants. If you want something hassle free, and you are not too familiar with what to order, i would go to mythos and get a group menu. you will not be disappointed. Sunday night, i am trying a new restaurant in laval..called thea..heard good reviews so far, but i can let you know about it once i`ve tried it if you`d like.

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                          humbert RE: soultana Jan 3, 2010 04:00 AM

                          I would like to know about Thea, looks nice from the outside!

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                            psquared RE: soultana Jan 3, 2010 08:23 PM

                            I love Tripoli, great food and pretty authentic. Thea is good, I went to the opening and the food is great as are the drinks. I'm Greek too and I'd say Milos, Mythos, Philinos, Panama, Elounda all have decent Greek fare.

                            Anyone ever been to Orexi? I think it's on Bernard ave. I have yet to try it.

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                              carswell RE: psquared Jan 5, 2010 12:05 PM

                              «I'd say Milos, Mythos, Philinos, Panama, Elounda all have decent Greek fare.»

                              I'd add Faros and Molivos to that list.

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                                hungryann RE: carswell Jan 5, 2010 12:24 PM

                                Milinos?? Do you mean Molivos?

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                                  carswell RE: hungryann Jan 5, 2010 12:28 PM

                                  Yep. Correction made. Thanks for the catch. Sorry for the brainfart. First day back after the break and all...

                      2. StellasDad RE: derekjen Jan 4, 2010 06:57 AM

                        I never have to cross a bridge when the craving for greek food hits me. Located in Laval, you have the following places that rate high on my list:

                        - Village Grec on Samson. If you have a huge appetite this is the place for you. Food is always delicious and has never left me disappointed

                        - Atomic on the corner of Souvenir and 100th avenue. A small family run business, this is the place for large meat platters such as quail, chicken, porc and beef. Jimmy is always in a good mood and ready to customize an order for me

                        - Marathon on the corner of Cure Labelle and Notre Dame. I love their doner and tzaziki sauce. Weither you do take-out or decide to dine in, waiters are courteous and kitchen is very clean.

                        So you see, I'm surrounded by great greek restaurants. Although I heard of Tripoli, I have yet to dine there.

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                          hungryann RE: StellasDad Jan 4, 2010 02:32 PM

                          Nostos also opened a take-out counter at the old Marathon take-out location, so you can add to your greek food arsenal.

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                            humbert RE: StellasDad Jan 5, 2010 12:11 PM

                            All of these are great, dont forget Chomedey`s huge Greek population!

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                            aladylobster RE: derekjen Jan 5, 2010 12:25 PM

                            Anyone know if Faros is BYOW?

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                              carswell RE: aladylobster Jan 5, 2010 12:26 PM

                              No, it's not.

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                              meninthekitchendotca RE: derekjen Jan 24, 2010 10:12 AM

                              My girlfriend and I recently went to Zante on Blvd St Laurent (a new family favourite) and I've got to say it was very good, esp as far as St Laurent fare goes, relative to price.

                              We started with a mixed appetizer plate(Fried thin eggplant and zucchini, and saganaki with tzaziki), then we shared the crabcakes appetizer(granted not as good as Milos, but definitely in my top 5 - very meaty, not much filler at all, but it would benefit greatly from a dash of lemon), and after that we had the grilled octopus appetizer(also very nice; fresh with a tangy vinaigrette) with the grilled veggie plate(zucchini, red onion, eggplant, peppers)...I would definitely recommend....3 big appetizers and a grilled veg plate to share + a pretty decent bottle of Kouros = $110+tax/tip for the 2 of us: definitely a repeat.

                              Also, there hasn't been any mention of Symposium on Parc ave:

                              This is very, very good place, nice atmosphere even though it's downstairs....really has the whole greek 'taverna' vibe down pat, right down to the owner, who's quite the character- he's been known to have his patrons tend the bar, and cook some of the food(present company included)!

                              The food(whether you cook it yourself or not) is very, very good- pretty standard fare, but prepared perfectly, nothing fried is too oily, fish is always fresh(snapper was really, really good) and the grilled octopus remains one of my favourites in town...Just sit down, and let him take care of you- the menu is just a suggestion ;) very, very fun place for a date, or a group of friends...prices may vary, so be sure to tell him your budget first ;)

                              Bon Apetit!

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                                MarcMTL RE: derekjen Mar 25, 2010 01:45 PM

                                I like Philinos on Parc and Tripolis in Parc Ex for a great red snapper, greek salad and potatos(but not on the weekend).

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                                  twiddle504 RE: derekjen Apr 6, 2010 10:01 AM

                                  1 answer 2 locations.....PANAMA.... try it!!!!!

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                                    Jasper1 RE: derekjen Apr 6, 2010 10:33 AM

                                    Does anyone know what happened to Trinity on Drummond? I haven't been there in a couple of years (some good and some bad experiences back then). Are they closed?

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                                      ios94 RE: Jasper1 Apr 6, 2010 12:13 PM

                                      According to their website it say "we would like to apologize for the time it's taking to reopen due to our renovations".

                                      Renovations? The place is brand new.
                                      Who wants to eat at a Moes establishment anyway.

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                                        westaust RE: ios94 Apr 6, 2010 12:22 PM

                                        they've been closed for renovations since late december 2009

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                                          ios94 RE: westaust Apr 6, 2010 12:38 PM

                                          If you read the 2010 Resto Closings thread, there are rumors of other issues. It seems strange that a new place would need "renovations".

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                                        JohnnyGe RE: Jasper1 Apr 6, 2010 04:39 PM

                                        On the street, word has it that Trinity is done with over $1M in losses. The ownership group is trying to figure out what next to do with it.... so who knows?? Queue de Cheval 2? Stay tuned....

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                                          lola999 RE: JohnnyGe Apr 7, 2010 07:50 AM

                                          According to montrealinfo.com:

                                          Due to unresolved disagreements with the condo association and the landlord at its current location, Trinity restaurant will apparently be moving to a new location very soon. The Greek restaurant, currently located at 1445 Drummond, is considering a new space in the same area of downtown. Confirmation of the move should be made very shortly, with the aim of being up and running in time for the Grand Prix.

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                                            carswell RE: lola999 Apr 7, 2010 04:39 PM

                                            You might want to take the montrealinfo.com report with a grain of salt. They're also claiming that the Gare Jean-Talon SAQ outlet (395 Jean Talon West) is closing because of poor sales. All the SAQ and wine-business people I've spoken with say it's because Loblaws didn't renew the SAQ's lease.

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                                              everyonelovessushi RE: carswell Apr 7, 2010 07:02 PM

                                              Is there a more invisible SAQ than that one? I shop at that Loblaws often and the SAQ is as invisible as the Chapters (remember?) that was part of the original complex. I've played with my kids by the interior entrance to the SAQ/ Chapters store (long ramps are fun for kids) for 10 years and the traffic seems very low. Nothing scientific but "Loblaws doesn't want to renew the lease" surely is about the SAQ probably putting a choke hold on them for a rent reduction on a slow store. Battle of the Titans!

                                              2925 Rue Rachel Est, Montreal, QC H1W, CA

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                                              keelo RE: lola999 Apr 7, 2010 09:42 PM

                                              This can possibly be true, the parking garage always smelled like food and deep fry oil, (not that *I* would mind), but I can see it as being a problem for other people with the smell of food seeping through the walls into their living rooms.

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                                                derekjen RE: lola999 Aug 3, 2010 01:43 PM

                                                Trinity is pretty expensive! Although I did meet Rafael Nadal there.

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                                            i_could_eat RE: derekjen Apr 8, 2010 11:48 AM

                                            Hello! i saw this thread and HAD to put my $0.02 in! OUZERIis easily my favourite Greek restaurant on the island! it's greek so don't go for some intimate quiet stuff, instead, try and get a table in the main area and enjoy the high ceillings, bottle decor and windows a plenty. now the food: the lamb is cooked well, although i've noticed a bit of inconsistancy in the cooking it's always good, the sampler entre is perfect if you're 4 or so, then just keep that sampler thing goin with the FLAMBE FETA WITH UZO; trust me! The staff is lively and there's a good selection of moussakas. the menu has it all and i won't go into detail as i haven't sampled it all but all i've sampled; mainly the lamb and moussakas, is GREAT!

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                                              derekjen RE: i_could_eat Aug 3, 2010 01:42 PM

                                              Ouzeri is one my favs!

                                              4690 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2J2L3, CA

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                                                buspirone RE: i_could_eat Aug 3, 2010 02:15 PM

                                                Had a terrible experience at Ouzeri a couple of weeks ago. Went as a party of four with no reservation. Walked in and asked how long a wait for a table was (it was a fairly busy Friday night). We were told that it would be 15 min. One of our party was fairly hungry and asked if they were sure that it would be 15 min, since he was not willing to wait too long. The answer we got was "Well its not my fault you didn't make a reservation" in an extremely arrogant tone. It was so offputting that we just left at that moment and ate elsewhere.

                                                So the food might be good, but the attitude was certainly really poor.

                                                4690 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2J2L3, CA

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                                                  reelection RE: buspirone Aug 3, 2010 03:55 PM

                                                  Not that it would excuse the snippy reply, but I'd be curious to know how exactly the question was asked. I can't imagine getting such a rude reply unless the employee felt like he was getting some attitude from your party? From a service standpoint it is immensely frustrating for a group to waltz in with no reservations on a busy Friday night and complain about a reasonable wait time...

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                                                    buspirone RE: reelection Aug 5, 2010 10:25 AM

                                                    No attitude was given. The question was asked in a fairly reasonable tone, knowing full well it was a busy Friday night and that it was very possible that they might have not been able to accomodate us within the requested time frame. If he had just said "sorry, I can't really guarantee a table will be available soon" we would have just said thanks, we'll try some other time.

                                                    Sad, I remember eating there years ago and liking it a lot. Fortunately there are many great places to eat in the area.

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                                                      blondee_47 RE: buspirone Sep 22, 2010 12:25 PM

                                                      stopped at Panama last night for chicken and pikilia and salad....that chicken is addictive.

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                                                rakeypakey RE: derekjen Sep 23, 2010 04:54 AM

                                                Has anyone been to Rodos (on Parc)??? Just wondered as it hasn't been mentionned here. Or well I'm pretty sure it hasn't, I could have missed one post!!! We're having my daughter's baptism there on Oct 3 - I'll give you all a review afterwards. We went to Jardin de Panos, and the Greek restaurant on Fairmont (I think) corner Parc... and Rodos and Rodos was the only place where the guy was welcomming and seemed to want our business. I mean we're bringing 30 people on a Sun afternoon - what restaurant wouldn't want that??/ Jardin de Panos was the worst - took forever to talk to someone who knew what we were looking for (quote and info etc.) and then their menu was very very generic. Our fixed menu at Rodos is an ouzo appertif w/ fried calamari, eggplant and zucchini, taramasolata, tyrokafteri, skordalia and Greek salad. Then choice of grilled salmon, chicken or lamb chops with white/red wine and then coffee (as we're bringing a cake). $50/person. (I apologize for my Greek spelling, it's my husband not me who is Greek)

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                                                  hungryann RE: rakeypakey Sep 23, 2010 09:32 AM

                                                  I've went to Rodos several times for work related functions with groups of 30-50. Sometimes they have been great and as good as any Greek restaurant in Montreal and other times , it's been so-so, not because of the food but more the delay in between services and the small portions served . I believe though that the latter problem was due to to poor planning from our group than a restaurant issue. You should be fine if you make clear to them how you want things to be done.

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                                                    carswell RE: rakeypakey Sep 23, 2010 09:54 AM

                                                    Have gone a couple of times since the turn of the century, most recently about 18 months ago. That night we were a group of eight or nine and, at the friendly staff's suggestion, ordered "family style" dishes as opposed to individual plates. Food was OK: nothing exceptional but nothing objectionable. Same could be said about the wines. As I recall, it was a Thursday evening and we were the only patrons in the resto. I left with the impression that they're a remnant from Park Avenue's Greek glory days, doing what they've always done but maybe lacking the drive or, these days, the means to do better.

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