For fresh, flavourful and healthy Greek dishes, visit Yiannis Taverna Greek Restaurant in Edmonton. We carefully prepare traditional recipes, and our extensive menu includes salads, soups, souvlakis, moussakas and much more. Please take a look at our website for our full menu.
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.”
This lovely Greek restaurant has an awesome basement bar that is perfect for hosting a mid-sized party. There’s tons of seating so your guests won’t have to stand all night, not to mention all of the amazing Greek delicacies you can order. Be sure to have plenty of the restaurant’s famous dips and pita bread on hand for people to munch on. The atmosphere is hippy chic, so this is best for an informal, fun engagement party.
This loud, friendly Greek restaurant serves some of the best dips and pita bread around. They also have a diverse menu, with many Mediterranean favourites, including saganaki, moussaka and calamari. On Friday and Saturday nights, guests are entertained by lively belly dancers.
This romantic restaurant on Whyte Avenue has plenty of cozy tables for date night and the basement, home to a martini bar called Kasbar, is an awesome place to host a birthday party or a large group. The food is delectable (especially the horiatiki salad) and reasonably priced. It’s also a good place to spot local celebs – I was once seated at the table next to my childhood hero. He seemed to be enjoying his meal too.
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