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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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March 23, 2017

It was a quiet Wednesday evening in the restaurant but the food was simply amazing and our server was the best. We asked her for recommandations after we decided our appetizer and main course and she suggested exactly what we picked and it was great! After trying the real deal last fall in Greece, their food came real close to what you get in that fantastic country. We'll be back!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 18, 2017

Our first visit and it was amazing, delicious, fun. We'll be back most definitely.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 8, 2017

A wonderful dining experience. Our server was incredibly friendly and kind to our table and made great recommendations. I would definitely visit again.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 18, 2017

We had a lovely romantic dinner on Valentine's Day. As always the service was outstanding and we thoroughly enjoyed our Greek feast. Yiannis is our favourite restaurant because we are always confident we will have a wonderful experience.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 16, 2017

Wonderful friendly waitress who was very attentive. The food was absolutely fantastic try the chicken soup it is delish! I would go back to this restaurant again it was a wonderful dining experience.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

February 11, 2017

The service was good. Food was tasty but I had the chicken Slovaki platter and found it was a very small amount of chicken with lots of rice and salad. Friend had the lamb and said it was good.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 5/5

December 17, 2016

Great spot for our group! Thanks!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 17, 2016

I and my business partner (a lady) came to have our company's Christmas dinner. Despite the Friday afternoon, we were promptly seated to a very nice location with a view of Whyte Avenue. The food (slow roasted lamb and lamb chops) was served in a reasonable time and it was delicious. It was a bit pricey but part of it was due to live entertainment (flute music and belly dancing), so it was well worth it. The music was engaging but did not prevent us from hearing each other. The service was very courteous. This is a very nice place that I would definitely recommend.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 12, 2016

We had such a lovely time. The service was fabulous. The food, as usual, was outstanding. We were especially pleased because the couple that came with us had never been to Yiannis and they loved it and will be back. Thanks so much for a wonderful evening.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 11, 2016

Excellent service. We tegualrly dine on this restaurant and we have been very happy with the quality of food and the service! Slow roated lamb is an excellent choice here...

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 11, 2016

We had a nice night. The atmosphere was lively and fun. The service and food was good.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

December 10, 2016

This is the second year I have taken the employees of our company here for our Christmas celebration and appreciation dinner. The food never disappoints and the service was great. The dancer was really good to come to our table with young women and one young man. It was enjoyable and the restaurant is a great location on Whyte for everyone to get to. Thanks again.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

December 7, 2016

Calamari, shrimp and Saganaki apps great. All our meals were generous servings and delicious. Service was relaxed and welcoming.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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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