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Good to excellent Greek restaurants in Vancouver city limits ?

A spin-off from this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/855859

We seldom eat Greek nowadays, perhaps due to a combination of the city's increasingly diverse offerings as well as the Greek restaurant scene that appears (to me) dormant.

Places we *used* to frequent but no longer visit for a variety of reasons (some now closed or changed owners):

- Kalamata
- Maria's
- Panos
- Apollonia
- The Main
- Romios
- Simpatico
- Acropol
- Takis
- Ouzeri

I'm not including the Roman-Greco pizzeria genre places like Olympia, Gigi's etc.

Never been to Nu, nor Bouzyous (Commercial Dr). Am I missing any obvious gems out there ?

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  1. FWIW- I've heard that Rosie's on Robson does a killer kalamari.

    1. Well...I would love an update on Greek here too. I sort of gave up a few years ago. I've been to both Nu and Bouzyous...they are "OK."

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      1. re: fmed

        Are there any that you'd recommend that are better than "OK" ?

        1. re: fmed

          Bouzyous is no longer Bouzyous - new management/owner, I believe, now called Saloniki Greek Taverna. I used to avoid it, but finally went a few months ago - the place was packed, and they have live jazz by evening on weekends. The halibut souvlaki was great. Not sure how it would rank in the big picture of Greek restaurants, but for a neighbourhood haunt, I will continue to go back.

        2. A place I've been meaning to try, (and recommended by a Greek friend of mine) is Symposio Greek Taverna on Lonsdale. From what I hear the service is very friendly (family run), food is authentic and good quality.

          1. So no decent greek food in Vancouver?

              1. How about Summer in Greece on Burrard? I've heard its the skata!

                1. If you go to Montreal or Las Vegas - Milos. Their lunch special is amazingly cheap ($20 for 3 courses), while dinner is excruciatingly expensive.

                  If you go to San Francisco - Kokkari Estiatorio - Seriously one of the best fish dishes I have ever had. Roasted whole branzino. Every dish we had was above and beyond anything any greek restaurant in Vancouver has to offer.

                  Those are actually GREAT greek restaurants IMHO.

                  The greek restaurants I've been to in Vancouver are all plays on each others menu. One is slightly better than the next but they are all on a quite similar level. Some a little bit cheaper with bigger portions (Stepho's). Some a little bit more expensive and with similar food.

                  I haven't been to or heard of any that are too different from the rest. All of the ones I have been to on that list are on a similar level.

                  1. Maybe it would be easier to identify specific "good to excellent" Greek dishes that are worth seeking out at particular restaurants?

                    For example, I think Simpatico does a great job with their Sweet Basil Spareribs. Olympia Pizza (on Broadway) does fabulous Greek Ribs (dry rub with herbs and lemon).

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                    1. re: islandgirl

                      great idea IG ----- we have a fav greek place when we go up to Gibsons Landing, a small town on the Sunshine Coast - Leo's Taverna - and it even comes down to who is cooking that night - but the best hummos and the best taramasalata - halibut roasted - braised lamb - decent kid pizza with wh wheat crust (thin style)

                      but not the best lemon egg soup (avgolemono) - sadly - that restaurant closed when those folks moved up north.