My family and I discovered this hidden gem in the winter of 2013, and have been coming here ever since for various family birthday parties, anniversaries, date nights, lazy evenings when we don't feel like cooking, and as of recently, for take-out (due to COVID19)....We find this place to beats the quality of Greek food found on the Danforth (Toronto's beloved Greektown) and It's close to where we are in the (nearly) suburbs of Toronto.
The ambiance/location: This restaurant is located in North York, Toronto, walking distance from Yorkdale mall and on a bus route. We always drive there and we never have trouble finding parking (seriously this area has tonnes of parking). Once you enter, you're met with typical wooden restaurant tables and booths, with an option for outdoor eating in the summer. The walls on the inside are painted with a background of a greek island, and the music is almost strictly greek (whether traditional, pop, etc). Perhaps some may not like that level of authenticity, but we sure do. Though the mural is nice, and the place is always kept very very clean (including bathrooms, I know that's important to mention), I wouldn't say this is the most beautiful restaurant to go to. Aesthetics, it definitely scores a 3-4 stars.
The service: Always (and when I say always, i mean ALWAYS) very friendly, home-y, welcoming, and relatively quick. We always end up conversing with the waitresses/waiters whenever we go. 5 stars for this category
The food/drinks: The drinks are never something I strongly pay attention to, when I visit places, but we always order wine/beer to accompany our food, and they have a decent selection. Now for my favourite: THE AMAZING DISHES. Each meal comes with a small salad (free) which is really yummy and topped with onions, their own dressing (so yummy), black olives, tomato & feta cheese. If you are like myself, and do not like onions, TELL THEM. They will not tell you that a salad is coming, so since we already know this, I kindly ask them to hold the onions. For mains, I almost always order the any of the Souvlaki dinner and it always, always, always comes out just as delicious as the last time. They come with a side of tzatziki dip (the best i've ever tried) and I find I always need to ask for 2 because I can't get enough of the stuff. The rice that comes with it is to die for, as well as the potatoes. It comes with a lemon wedges which I think adds another level to the taste of the food, though it isn't at all necessary to include. The meat is always done to perfection. As for other options, my father/sister in law and brother tend to order the fish/seafood dishes and everything we've tried so far, has been nothing short of amazing. The only dessert we've dared to try here was the Baklava, which is quite good, however, because the mains' portions are very generous, we almost NEVER have room for it. This category gets a SOLID 5 stars.
TAKE-OUT: Recently we decided to order from Krystos amidst the COVID19 crisis, and I must say that they took good measures to make sure we were safe. Our fear was that, by the time we brought the food home, it may have gotten soggy. Once we heated it up in the oven for a few mins, everything tasted JUST LIKE when we are there sitting in their restaurant.
In conclusion, this place is always, for as long as it exists, going to be a classic family favourite. I highly recommend everyone tries it.More