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Feb 28, 2011 02:44 PM

Anyoe tried Ikaros in Oakland?

I've been complaining about the lack of Greek food in the area and recently noticed this place in Grand Lake. Anyone have any experiences there?

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  1. How new is it? Just noticed it for the first time yesterday. Dd this used to be dry cleaners?

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    1. re: twocents

      Yelp notes soft opening 2/3/11.

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        1. We are right in the neighborhood and had been watching in anticipation once we saw the sign go up a while back. We went for a Friday night dinner in what I think was their first real week opening, and it was a promising first meal at a new, family-owned place. Some lacks in service as they haven't quite hit the groove. We had to ask for an appetizer that never came, and the waitress dropped pita on the floor (but promptly brought more). I don't know great Greek food, but this seemed right on par for average casual Greek, not fast-food style like some gyro joints. Among the four of us, we tried a decent mix of things. In our group we had a spanakopita dinner, lamb gyro, mezze platter, and something I can't remember. Reports on the food were all happy. The baklava was alright, but didn't quite seem worth the price and I'm not convinced it was made on site.

          The owners and staff were super friendly and tried to be really attentive. We'll be going back.


          1. Here's the link for Ikaros Greek Restaurant. It's been in the restaurants and bars database for some months now. Maybe someone associated with the restaurant put it in with the website and all.

            Ikaros Greek Restaurant
            3268 Grand Ave, Oakland, CA 94610

            1. Tried Ikaros for take out tonight. We were pleasantly surprised.

              Chicken souvlaki (3 skewers for $14 over orzo or potatoes) was perfectly cooked, tender with a nice char.

              Greek Meatballs (Keftedes) were tasty (6 meatball for $7 served over a thick tzatziki)

              Nice sized serving of hummus for $5.50 served with toasted pita. Not the best I've had but serviceable.

              Village salad (greek salad) was slightly under dressed but nice and crisp. Nice hunk of high quality feta helped.

              Mediterranean salad was over dressed, but the lemony dressing was light enough that the salad was still decent.

              All told, not an amazing meal but good enough to make me want to return and try other items.

              They plan on starting delivery in a few weeks.

              The restaurant itself is a beautiful space. And the staff was friendly if disorganized.