Losing Dinner Reservations is NOT cool

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With my cousin from Nova Scotia living in Vancouver we thought it would be best to set up sort of a triple-date Robyn and I, my cousin Steven and his girlfriend Theresa, my brother Connor and his girlfriend Kristin with some dinner and comedy. Robyn made reservations for Stepho’s Greek Restaurant on Davie Street in Vancouver. Some people say you cannot make reservations, but you can for 6 people or more. We were all pretty glad we had reservations for Stepho’s because they always have a really long line up; I have heard people wait up to 3 hours to just get in for dinner.

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When we got to Stepho’s just a bit before our reservation time of 8:00pm we found out that somehow the Hostess did not have an entry for our reservation, Robyn mentioned she called in a week before and was told there was no problem making a reservation for 6 people. The Hostess talked to the manager and he said that they had no record of Robyn calling in with a reservation and told the Hostess to have us wait in line. Wait in line? The line up was at least 50 people long! The Hostess was pleasant, apologetic about the loss of our reservation and tried to seat us but said we would have to wait 25 minutes at least because another group had been waiting for over an hour. Perhaps it was time to look elsewhere for food.

We looked across the street and saw a restaurant on the corner of Thurlow and Davie called Characters Taverna. Characters Taverna offers a mix of Greek, Indian and Italian food and luckily they had an outdoor patio which was a great bonus over Stepho’s and they had available seatting.

I looked over the menu and even the prices were a bit more than Stepho’s and I had troubles making up my mind with all the choices they had to offer. With not wanting to wait all evening Robyn and I decided to share two entrees. I picked Butter Chicken (yes it’s not a true Indian dish) and Robyn went with the Calamari dinner.

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My Butter Chicken was quite tasty though it was a bit odd being served with Greek Salad and rice Pilaf. It had enough taste and spice to keep me happy.

Robyn’s Calamari was typical of other Calamari I have tried and unfortunately I forgot to take photos of it. It was cooked without being too rubbery or too greasy and I find that Tzatziki is never bad. My brother Connor had Chicken Souvlaki, my cousin Steven had Chicken Vindaloo (which he was impressed with), Theresa had the mild Butter Chicken and I am not quite sure what Kirstin had. Everyone seemed to enjoy their food without complaint and being out on the patio added to the experience. The staff and manager were quite friendly and helpful and wanted us to be happy. Robyn even got extra Tzatziki without paying for it.

After the food and a couple drinks we headed off to YukYuks for some laughs.

If you are looking for some good selection of different types of food while looking for some good patio action I suggest heading over to Characters Taverna over on the corner of Davie and Thurlow in Vancouver. Where else can you go where you have a choice of Greek, Indian and Italian and sit outdoors?

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11 Comments

  • Raul
    Jul 14, 2008 @ 08:45:33

    Losing a reservation is a big NO, NO. Damn. Sorry to hear about that!

     
  • Tyler Ingram
    Jul 14, 2008 @ 08:47:43

    Yea we were all looking forward to eating there too. I’ve read how they aren’t the best Greek in town but for the cheapest Greek in town they are pretty darn good. Though I have been wanting to try it out for sometime. To be denied something I want is not a good thing. ;)

     
  • GusF
    Jul 14, 2008 @ 13:57:14

    You should try Takkis, down the street from Stephos. You might wait, but I think the food is much better. I usually get their Calamari dinner. YUM.
    Glad you enjoyed Characters.

     
  • Alison Shepherd
    Jul 16, 2008 @ 08:15:40

    Well it seems sometime losing a reservation can be a good thing. You can try a place or something you normally wouldn’t

     
  • Tyler Ingram
    Jul 16, 2008 @ 10:03:07

    That is true I suppose. I was looking forward to trying out Stepho’s though!

     
  • Roshan
    Jul 20, 2008 @ 20:08:53

    Photos looks tasty. And butter chicken is Indian – I should know!!

     
  • Tyler Ingram
    Jul 21, 2008 @ 06:56:19

    Why is it always separate from other Indian dishes then on menus I see? At Characters it was below and outside of the listing of Indian dishes on the menu. I thought it wasn’t a true Indian dish, if I am wrong then so be it! I love it nonetheless! lol

     
  • Roshan
    Jul 21, 2008 @ 09:38:09

    Not sure. It’s a Punjabi dish as far as I know. Maybe the way that they make it in certain places are an offshoot of the original recipe. But, all this talk about Butter chicken is making me crave for some. I haven’t had it in ages.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Butter_chicken

     
  • Tyler Ingram
    Jul 21, 2008 @ 10:55:26

    Thanks Roshan for proving me wrong! I’m glad that it is an Indian dish and not one of those dishes said to be of a particular ethnic food (like pizza etc) lol

    I’ll be making Butter Chicken again on this Wednesday :)

     
  • Clickhero
    Jul 24, 2008 @ 01:20:18

    Tried Stepho’s for lunch on Monday. I’ve always had a fondness for the place from way back but this time the service was lacking. Granted, it was busy but after getting our table, it took awhile to get our water and order in. The food was still good and the price right but we never got our bill. We just left the money on the table. Maybe it was good that the reservation was lost. That way you were not subjected to bad service.

     
  • Tyler Ingram
    Jul 24, 2008 @ 08:12:12

    I have recently heard that they seem to rush people more and more now and the service hasn’t been all too great. The manager of Characters was quite accommodating and helpful when we showed up after we left Stepho’s. I would still like to try Stepho’s though and see what the hype is all about. Though I think the hype is the low prices though.