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When it comes to traditional Greek food and fun times, the Anast family's Yiannis Taverna has been Edmonton's go-to place since the late 80s. Current owner and cook, Jim Anast, still uses those same recipes his mother brought over from the home country, decades ago. “That’s one thing about Greek people; they keep using the same recipes,” says Jim’s wife, Tammy. “When somebody gives you a Greek cookbook, it could be 100 years old. It’s like a treasure. It’s also opposite from North American food culture, where the food is really trendy. In Greece, they learned a long time ago how to make the best use of the ingredients.”

Greek restaurants attract a clientele who love to enjoy themselves and their meals, and diners can definitely do both at Yiannis Taverna. “Most of the people who come to Greek restaurants are generally interested in the food because it’s not food you can buy in a grocery store,” says Tammy. “Proper Greek food is very labour intensive and has to be made by hand.”

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November 29, 2016

Food was cold and not fresh tasting

Ambiance: 3/5

Cuisine: 1/5

Service: 2/5

November 26, 2016

Awesome! Loved our little server!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

November 13, 2016

Finally we have found a restaurant where we really love to come back. The atmosphere is super, the service is really awesome and the food is just delicious. Really we felt like being in Greece. We will be back for sure.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 4, 2016

There was a mix up with our order. Confusion due to the restaurant having two items with the same name. the lunch souvlakia (chicken) vs the chicken souvlakia meal. Our pre-order sheet included the prices so we thought it would be easy for them to differentiate the two. Some wanted to have the lunch version, some the dinner. We had a large group of 16. they served us promptly and fixed the prices on the meals that were mixed up. Though people were disappointed they received the wrong order (sides were different, one including rice, the other pita instead) the restaurant quickly rectified and adjusted the price according to what was ordered. Excellent atmosphere, service and food! Love coming here

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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