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Reviewed March 6, 2021

Went there for dinner with some friends excited about eating at this restaurant which some called the Milo’s of Vancouver which is absolutely not true Milo’s of Montreal puts this restaurant to shame. Upon arrival we were told we would be downstairs in the café...when we made reservations we were never told that. The excuses that they used “social distancing” which I truly understand and appreciate but if that’s the case at least advise us that will be sitting in the café the ambiance in the café was dismal - dark cold and our waiter was the bartender, he knew nothing about the meals - but made a great old fashion. We ordered the lamb chops and the amount of fat that was on there, it was impossible to find any meat. We sent it back and they credited our bill for one of the two entrees - talk about being cheap. We ended up ordering another appetizer just so we could fill ourselves up.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Claire Wright, General Manager at Hydra Estiatorio Mediterranean, responded to this reviewResponded March 8, 2021

I am so sorry to hear that we let you down. I have spoken to other guests of your party and would like to personally make this experience up to you. It is clear we failed to live up to our own high standards and...More

Reviewed March 6, 2021

We went to the restaurant for Dine Out Vancouver because the menu sounded really good. Our waiter was exceptional and did make our evening but the dinner was not up to our expectations. The restaurant is supposed to be a 5 star dining experience and...it's not. The lamb chops were perfectly cooked and extremely tender but the visual was not at a 5 star level and the vegetables were flavorless.. The appetizers were pretty average especially the tomato salad which would have cost you $19 on the regular menu - which means to me that this salad should be exceptional and it wasn't. The Greek donuts were good but to put them on top of a cold yogurt mixture defeated the purpose of hot donuts .More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Claire Wright, General Manager at Hydra Estiatorio Mediterranean, responded to this reviewResponded March 8, 2021

Hi Maureen, I am sorry to hear that we did not wow you. We do pride ourselves on offering 5 star food and service and I am sad to hear that we missed the mark on your visit. If you are willing to give us...More

Reviewed February 15, 2021

Upon arrival at the upscale restaurant located on the 2nd floor of a hotel, we we were impressed by the decor and ambience. However, as we were directed to our table by the hostess, we passed by the 2nd floor of the restaurant and made...our way downstairs to a mediocre table by the stairs which was poorly lit and right in front of the door which frequently opened allowing a gust of freezing winter air to breeze by. When we sat down, it took 5 mins for anyone to acknowledge us and when they did, they threw menus down on the table and walked away. We already knew we wanted which was the Valentine's menu so we were ready to order. After waiting 15 mins and trying to catch someone's attention, we knew we were being ignored. It could be that we were the only asian group there or it could be that the waiters were not attentive. Regardless, we were paying customers waiting to order. In the time that we were waiting, we realized that every other table was candle-lit except ours. We had to waive someone down to ask for some light at our table. Finally a young waiter came and asked us what we wanted to order. We told him we wanted the Valentine's menu, but guess what? He said they are sold out....that's right, sold out. After eagerly waiting for the late dinner on a day where it is almost impossible to get reservations, he told us we couldn't order the only thing that brought us into the restaurant. He said he would give us a few more minutes to check the menu. After browsing the menu and looking at the lackluster options, we decided to look elsewhere for hopefully a better experience. Luckily Gotham came in clutch and was able to accommodate us with such a late request on one of the busiest nights. We walked out of Hydra which was fairly easy since no one even noticed we were gone. We ended up having the best meal at Gotham Steakhouse which actually had their valentines menu available. Thank you Gotham!More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Claire Wright, General Manager at Hydra Estiatorio Mediterranean, responded to this reviewResponded February 16, 2021

I am very sorry that you feel this way. It was certainly not our intention and I would like to personally make this unfortunate miscommunication up to you. Please reach out to me directly at gm@hydravancouver.com

Reviewed February 15, 2021

I was so excited when I got the spot for 4 to this place because tiktok hypes it up, eventhough it was a very late dinner for us which is 20:15 on Valentines Day. We got into the hotel entrance, took the elevator to the...2nd floor and checked in with the lady for my reservation. She guided us to our spot which is downstairs. While walking downstair, I was so stunned with the decor so I got even more excited. But then she put us to a spot which was very close to the stairs where servers kept walking around and to the door which was very cold. I dont know if they don't have any other better spots but it was a crappy spot for 4 asians. All white people there expect for us. I didnt feel welcome. I didnt feel special. Another lady asked our reservation name again when we sat down. I was confuse why they asked again when the lady upstairs did already. We sat down. We noticed all the tables had candles lit expect ours. No cutleries prepared. No nothing! Sat there for 10mins noone noticed us. A guy gave a menu threw it on the table, just in case we need it. (They have scan menu too) Didnt even say his name. We asked to lit the candle, no apoligies heard for leaving letting us sit on a dark table. We wanted to try their valentines menu because of the obvious reason. Hello?! Its valentines. We then tried to asked questions about the Valentines menu. Guess what? Out of stock! On the Valentines itself. Again, no sorry. Server wasnt friendly or didnt even try to explain the options we can get instead. I was very disappointed! A very fancy resto with no manners at all. We then decided to call gotham if they have a spot for us instead. I am happy that they have. We left the table. I dont think they even notice. I am happy we left! We ate a better meal and got the service we deserved.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Claire Wright, General Manager at Hydra Estiatorio Mediterranean, responded to this reviewResponded February 16, 2021

Hi Jenel, I have written to you on multiple outlets now. I am truly sorry you feel this way, it was not our intention. Please reach out to me directly to discuss further at gm@hydravancouver.com

Reviewed January 9, 2021

Excellent grill fish, excellent salad. Excellent spread with pitas bread and crackers. Fantastic services. I must come back again.

Date of visit: January 2021
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Claire Wright, General Manager at Hydra Estiatorio Mediterranean, responded to this reviewResponded January 30, 2021

Thanks for the great review! We look forward to hosting you again soon.

Reviewed December 25, 2020

The yogurt platter said it came with fresh fruit, which turned out to be an apple that was brown and mushy on the inside. The croissant it came with was stale. The potatoes our other two brekfasts came with were tater tots! Not what we...were expecting for a "fancier" place for brekfast. Good service, but would not return for brekfast!More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed November 13, 2020 via mobile

Every visit to this restaurant was a treat, the service was on point and every dish I ordered was delicious. We enjoyed a terrific breakfast each morning of our stay at the Exchange Hotel. Not one meal disappointed. We also had happy hour drinks and...eats on one occasion - their a buck a shuck - is best value in the city. The oysters are super fresh and delicious! And their octopus is cooked to perfection!More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed October 24, 2020 via mobile

Wow, a great experience. The service was incredible, food was well prepared, and the drinks were on point. Couldn't ask for more from a restaurant experience on a Saturday night. All is friends got entrees and shared a bit. Each entree was diverse and super...flavourful. Dessert was AMAZING with very authentic baklava. I will be back at hydra!More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed September 30, 2020

We had an exceptional time here at the Hydra. The food was excellent and the service was top notch. The hummus and tzatziki is delicious and the pita is so good. I really loved dining here and I can't wait to come back again. The...cocktails here are insanely good. I definitely recommend stopping by here for some great Mediterranean food.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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HydraGM, General Manager at Hydra Estiatorio Mediterranean, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2020

Thank you for the fabulous review Winston! We look forward to hosting you again very soon. Claire

Reviewed August 28, 2020

Was such a great experience. The food was delicious just like when I was in Greece last year, so good. The manager Mark Featherstone and our server Juanita were amazing friendly attentive, such amazing service. It was so nice to have great Greek food In...an elevated restaurant, compared to most of the other Greek restaurants in Vancouver. Definitely a must go to for Greek food and worth it. I left so Full and very satisfied with everything.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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