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Greek cuisine is all about delicious tasting food that will leave you feeling full and satisfied, and the massive portions that it's typically served in usually help with that. Thankfully for us, Montreal has no shortage of this heavenly Mediterranean food. So, if you're looking to find the best of the best in the city, we've complied a list of the 13 places we consider absolute must-trys for Greek cuisine.
Villa du Souvlaki
5347 Sherbrooke O.
This take out style restaurant in NDG is perfect if you’re looking for a quick Greek fix. They’ve been around forever so it when it comes to fast Greek food, they know what they’re doing. Their souvlaki plates are amazing, and they even have vegetarian souvlaki if you’re into that sort of thing. Pro Tip: Order their french fries and tzatziki, then dip and enjoy. You will not regret it.
Mythos Ouzeri may be a bit more expensive than the typical Greek restaurant, but they give you the full Greek dining experience, including live music. Their fried eggplant and zucchini plate with tzatziki is seriously delicious, but what’s and absolute must have is their Loukoumades - Greek donuts with a honey glaze and creamy yogurt dipping sauce.
This NDG classic is open late, with cheap prices and solid chicken and gyros pitas. And if you’re lucky enough, you may just get to have an encounter with the eccentric George himself. Yes, the same guy that ran for city council in 2009.
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679 Saint Roch
You can usually judge the level of a restaurant’s authenticity by how many people of that nationality eat there, and this small restaurant in Parc -Ex is always filled with Greek patrons. It’s a mom-and-pop owned restaurant and has that homey, Greek family feel. Their Greek sausages are probably the best around, and the house wine is not too shabby.
Philinos is a comfy, casual restaurant with all of the classic Greek dishes. Their house specialty is grilled octopus with onions and red peppers, and it will blow you mind.
654 Jean-Talon O.
Village Grecque isn’t the fanciest of restaurants - it’s more of a “hole in the wall” kind of place - but the food will blow you away. Their portions are huge, so you get your money’s worth and then some. And you can’t go without trying the Doner Pita with gyros - it will change your life.
La Ligne Rouge
414 Jean-Talon E
This small restaurant in Villeray serves everything from souvlaki to burgers to poutine, but what they’re known for is their gyro. The best part is that it’s open late, so you can have a midnight snack of the Greek variety.
Estiatorio Yia Sou
5375 Chemin Queen-Mary
If you want some old school, giant Greek portions, then Yia Sou is the place to go. The restaurant is decked out in Greek decor and in the summer they have a terrace that you can sit out on. Their lamb souvlaki is definitely a must have, it’s flavourful, zesty, and will make your tastebuds very, very happy.
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The original Marathon is in Laval, but this one on the West Island is just as good - and actually gives you a reason to go to the West Island. The chicken pita platter is perfect, and their tzatziki is on point - although you do have to pay extra for it. Weekends are usually super busy, so if you do go, be ready to wait.
228 Bernard O.
Located in Outremont, Namos always has super fresh food that’s simple and tastes amazing. Their big portion sizes good for sharing, and they have lots of seafood options for anyone looking to try some Greek fish dishes. For anyone wanting to try Ouzo, it’s not listed on the menu, but just ask and you shall receive.
This family run restaurant in the heart of L’Acadie boulevard has huge plates at extremely reasonable prices - you can get two souvlaki sticks, salad, rice and fries for only $13.95. If you’re looking for something a little sweeter, try their Galaktoboureko, a Greek dessert with semolina custard in phyllo, covered in sweet syrup.
Phyllo Bar Mélina
Aptly named, this restaurant's phyllo is what keeps you coming back. For those who don’t know, phyllo is a delicious, flaky, wrapped pastry filled with anything and everything, from the sweet to the savoury. Must trys at Phyllo Bar are the Spanakopita, stuffed with spinach and feta, and their Bougasta, with custard, cinnamon and sugar.
1389 Sainte-Catherine O. + 1500 Atwater + 3343 Des Sources + 7077 Newman + More
Kojax Souflaki is another great option for a fast meal on the go. This fast-food chain makes an awesome pork souvlaki and if you just can’t decide on one thing, their Yero trio is an excellent option.
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