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US$30 - US$30
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Mediterranean, Greek
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Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed August 30, 2021

Went for dinner there at end of August 2021 with my wife, son and his girlfriend. Was 1/2 to 2/3 full and were seated at a good table near front of restaurant. Our server actually sat us down and from the start seemed abrupt, disinterested...and distracted. No friendliness whatsoever. Not rude but stoic. We ordered a bottle of wine and a high ball and seemed to take a while and when she brought the wine she simply ripped it open and poured away to three glasses right away before even offering tasting??? She didn't even say anything about her mistake?...or did she know? We are not wine snobs by any means and it was fine but almost tacky on the servers part and she didn't seem to care or didn't know. Had she done that with some people they may have just cancelled it. She never re-filled any of our wine glasses and we did on our own but not a big deal. We ordered our meal and again she was looking around out on Whyte Ave and didn't really seem to be paying attention. Asked a question and she said, "huh...what was that?" My son and his girlfriend ordered one of the platters and asked the server if they could swap the calamari for keftedes as he has a seafood allergy. He explained it isn't a deathly allergy but makes him quite sick. She said that would be okay. We ordered an additional appetizer of hummus and pita and they brought out our pita and hummus and then hummus and pita that was to go with our meal. It had two dips with it which were hummus and an unknown pinky white dip. My son took a big scoop of the dip with some pita and then had a weird look on his face? He said he thought the dish had fish in it. We didn't touch it and when the server showed up a while later we asked whether the dip had fish in it. She replied, "oh s**t!" and apologized...kind of. We didn't make a big deal but later I though what if it was a deathly allergy? The rest of the food came in a timely manner. I had chicken souvlaki and found it was chicken thighs which were very tasty but was expecting chicken breasts as that is what 90% of Greek restaurants have served that I have been to. Maybe this should have been pointed out at least on the menu? My wife had the moussaka which she said was delicious. Ekmek for dessert that was excellent. Maybe time for some remedial training on the servers part because other than that it was real good but cant really rate it any higher than 2 due to this performance. Still tipped as not fair the cooks and everyone else get nothing because of her service performanceMore

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed August 8, 2021

I love it! food,servers everything spotless! 5 star experience! Nice selection of wines from around the world. Definitely will be back!

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed July 2, 2021 via mobile

A delightful dining experience on the patio of Yianni’s on Whyte! Our waiter was so friendly and the food and drinks were absolutely wonderful!

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 21, 2021 via mobile

The location and atmosphere are excellent the vegetables were excellent and tasty, the service was very good but three of the five proteins were overcooked, dry and tough.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Tammy A, General Manager at Yiannis Taverna Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded June 22, 2021

Thank you for your review. We are happy to receive constructive criticism and it’s even better to get it while you are dining so we can remedy our mistakes. A lot of people don’t like confrontation so they often eat it and then voice their...More

Reviewed June 12, 2021 via mobile

Was so lovely to get out again- visited on the weekend restaurants opened post lockdown. Beautiful patio , great food variety and service was fantastic. We had the dolmades, calamari, moussaka and chicken. Everything was fresh , well presented and tasted great! Will be back...for sureMore

Date of visit: June 2021
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Tammy A, General Manager at Yiannis Taverna Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded June 22, 2021

Thank you for coming in to Yiannis! We hope you have a wonderful summer and we look forward to seeing you again!

Reviewed February 21, 2021

Dinner for first time after lockdown, so very pleasant. Place was full. Tzatziki was spelled correctly, but it's really more than a bland yoghurt dip. And I'd have hoped for a bit more than broth cooked rice for pilaf. But the beef and pork skewers...were very well marinated and tasty, cooked just right. Ambience very good, as usual.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed January 22, 2021 via mobile

So picture a pandemic that has gone on to the point of complete shutdown of all restaurants, but as we were travelling as a result of necessity, we had to eat. Everywhere was only either a take out or delivery option. We didn’t have much...luck and had some crappy food. Until we ordered from Yiannis. Best food the entire trip. Great lemon chicken soup, dolmetes and Greek salad with superior seasoning on the chicken souvlakis. Everything was packaged perfectly and so delicious. And hot. So good. Don’t be afraid to order. It was wonderful. Best of luck to them to continue another 40 years.More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed August 8, 2020 via mobile

We contemplated going there as there was no one in the restaurant..but after seeing other people saying it was amazing...we gave it a try and glad we did! Excellent service, atmosphere and the food was excellent. Chicken was cooked and seasoned perfect, and the rice...and salad was equally as good and very fresh. We will definately be back.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed July 12, 2020 via mobile

The service was excellent, especially by the owner Tammy. Our table was perfectly placed for safety and atmosphere. The food was excellent. We particularly enjoyed the chicken souvlaki and the rice.

Date of visit: July 2020
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578tammya, General Manager at Yiannis Taverna Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded July 14, 2020

Thank you for the review! We are very happy to hear that you felt safe and you enjoyed the food. It has been a challenging time but we are determined to see this through with our loyal and wonderful customers.

Reviewed March 9, 2020 via mobile

We hadn’t been here for several years after a disappointing last experience, but a Greek woman recommended we try again so... Unfortunately, it was just very mediocre. The fasolada soup was fine as was the Greek Salad. The Taramasalata was also fine. The meatballs were...a cut below fine, with bits of gristle in the meat. The wine (we had a glass of Moscato and a glass of Merlot) was lousy and neither of us had more than the first taste. No one bothered to ask how our dinner was, or why we didn’t touch the wine. Can’t see ever giving them another chance.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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578tammya, General Manager at Yiannis Taverna Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 11, 2020

So sorry that the wine was lousy! We decide the selection with our sommelier and these 2 were picked for their favourable ratings and reputation. It is especially bad luck to have 2 different wines from 2 different countries both be bad. If you had...More

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Emily D
January 24, 2020|
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Lunch starts from around 11:30. Try their web site it has everything you need.
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Betty B
September 26, 2015|
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Response from O7059EArossm | Reviewed this property |
Yes....they have a number of GF items: prawns, homous, tzatziki, keftedes(?) and various salads. The food is quite good, great atmosphere on the weekends, enjoy Whyte Ave, people, farmers' market and the Princess... More
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Betty B
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Response from JoanieTheWolfe | Reviewed this property |
Hello. Many restaurants nowadays have gluten-free options, but I'm not sure about this one. I would suggest you contact the restaurant to get an accurate answer. (780) 433-6768 Cheers!
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Yiannis Taverna Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4