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10444 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 2A2
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Rates:

  • $26 To $60,

Opening Hours

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
Sunday

Restaurant type

  • Fine Dining,

Cuisine type

  • Greek,

Dishes

  • Rack Of Lamb,
  • Moussaka,
  • Feta & Olives,

Features

  • Restaurant With Bar,

Atmosphere

  • Trendy,
  • Casual,
  • Family,

Products and Services

  • Souvlakis,
  • Greek Cuisine,
  • Lamb,
  • Calamari,
  • Hummus,
  • Greek Salads,
    • Spanakopita,
    • Fresh Seafood,
    • Moussaka,
    • Prawns,
    • Fried Cheese,
    • Backlava,
  • more...
  • less...

Specialties

  • Belly Dancing,

Languages Spoken

  • English,

Getting There

  • Faces South -104 St Cross Street - Middle Block,
  • Ample Parking,

Meet the owner

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.”

Read the story of Yiannis Taverna Greek Restaurant

Ratings & Reviews - Yiannis Taverna Greek Restaurant

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October 14, 2018

Excellent food, great service

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 8, 2018

Always enjoy going for Greek food here.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

October 6, 2018

No issues with the service. The host we had was incredible. We will be back!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

October 1, 2018

Everything was amazing. We were sad we had no room for dessert as the appetizers and main courses were fantastic and we ate it all.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 25, 2018

Always fun and friendly.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 15, 2018

On Thursday night we brought our very good friends to Y's for the first time. I have been here several times. We were definitely not disappointed. From the appetizers to the main course every thing was just great for the 4 of us. The rack of lamb was exceptional and the portion was great. To compliment the meal the service from the hostess and our young lady that served us were very friendly, knowledgeable and very engaging. Despite the snow and cool weather outside the night was great. We left very full and content. Thanks

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

September 1, 2018

Amazing as always.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 26, 2018

The meal and service were fantastic as usual. The belly dancer really added to the festive atosphere. Thank you for another wonderful evening.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

August 25, 2018

Everything was very good. We are wondering why we haven’t been here more often. Used to come here in the 1980’s. waitress was excellent. Food was delicious. Thank you!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 23, 2018

We had a wonderful evening - great food and friendly service.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 18, 2018

Everything was amazing, food, service, ambiance! Will definitely be back.....soon!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

August 5, 2018

Very fresh food and good atmosphere. So glad we didn't go to a franchise restaurant

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 4/5

July 23, 2018

Fabulous

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 14, 2018

Delicious meal and ambiance

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

July 12, 2018

Lovely meal at Yianni's. The food was the usual delicious and the service was attentive without being intrusive. Even got to watch a belly dancer for a few minutes! Excellent evening!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 25, 2018

Overall the atmosphere/food was what was expected, slightly overpriced but given the location and what we received it was fine. But the service was definitely lacking. There was some slight miscommunication in terms of what was ordered as I was under the impression that I was ordering some larger plates which would be served family style as opposed to individual dishes directly off the menu. But this is on both of us as I may not have clearly communicated exactly what I was looking for. But it would have been appreciated if the server, Lauren, would have indicated to me at the time that I was likely ordering way too much food, because I was, as I thought it was being served differently. The server was not overly attentive and the food was not extremely quick in coming out, and the restaurant was not busy. But the biggest disappointment was after the meal was done. The server came by after we were done and pointed out that we had a lot of food left over, which is no surprise given I did order way too much, and she asked me if I wanted it packed up to go. When I replied yes she then proceeded to give me some takeaway containers and said I could go ahead and pack it however I wanted. I have never before had to pack my own leftover food to take away from a restaurant, let alone one where I was paying a fairly premium price for quality service. So I ended up setting up camp at a separate table and clearing/packing up the food on my own while the server was nowhere to be seen. She was not even there to clear away the finished dishes. The only saving grace was the hostess, who was very good, came in and starting helping out. She also correctly identified that we were there to celebrate a birthday and informed the server who then decided she should come over and provided some free desserts. But overall the service was definitely subpar from Lauren the server and left a negative impression on what could have been a positive.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 1/5

June 17, 2018

Love this place! Being going To Yiannis for probably 20 years - it never disappoints!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 17, 2018

Thank you, it was nice, we will be back

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 4/5

Service: 4/5

June 10, 2018

The food was amazing!!! Whole experience was awesome!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

June 10, 2018

I have been to Yianni's twice now in the past few weeks and it has been terrific both times -- the food, atmosphere, service, entertainment....I will be back!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 28, 2018

Wonderful experience as always. Food, atmosphere, staff - everything was perfect.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 26, 2018

Average food, bit disappointing.

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 3/5

Service: 4/5

May 26, 2018

Really truly a delight in all aspects. Our waitress was especially classy, helpful and fun. Food was delicious!!!!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 13, 2018

Amazing!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

May 12, 2018

A fan favourite of ours for many different occasions, We have never been disappointed by Yianni’s food, service and ambiance. Highly recommend!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 15, 2018

Nice atmosphere. The food was good but way overpriced: $25 for two meat skewers, a bit of rice, and a salad.

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 2/5

Service: 3/5

April 16, 2018

Yianni's is an Edmonton gem. The food is outstanding, the service is friendly, welcoming and very accommodating. They accommodated an ever growing party of 23 people without issue. We love Yianni's!

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

April 10, 2018

love yiannis

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 30, 2018

Awesome!

Ambiance: 4/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

March 25, 2018

My husband loves rack of the lamb. He had an amazing rack of lamb in Jasper AB 2years that he's never forgotten We've gone to a couple of higher end restaurants here in Edmonton but 1 was awful other one was just OK. I made a reservation to celebrate our wedding anniversary at Yiannis's because they had the rack of lamb on their menu and thought we'd try one more time. We want to say, the rack of lamb at Yiannis met very high expectations. I had the garlic prawns that were huge and delicious.. To make one more accolade, we got our monies worth with the sizes of the meals. We'll be back Yiannis out did

Ambiance: 5/5

Cuisine: 5/5

Service: 5/5

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