Opening on 4th Ave in 1987, Maria’s Taverna has been a hot spot for all your favorite Greek dishes. Small and quaint, the menu is anything but, full of classic dishes like Souvlaki meats and Mousaka, a popular Greek casserole. Spanakopita, a spinach and feta cheese pie is a must try when it comes to Greek cuisine. Salad and potatoes accompany most dishes as well as the very addicting tzatziki sauce, perfect for pita bread. Yes, the menu is big, traditional, and of course very delicious, but you’ll find something more rare and exciting than just the food at Marias; you’ll find her family.
Owned and operated by Maria Tadoglou and her now retired husband, her three children manage the place, truly keeping it in the family. You don’t see many of these types of restaurants these days, especially in Western Canada. Greek culture is very celebratory when it comes to families, so the atmosphere is very friendly. Bringing your own family here is a treat, not only to try delicious meditation home cooking, but to experience the sounds of Greek music and atmosphere.
Every summer, you can also look forward to Greek Days in Kitsilano. This outdoor street fair offers up some of the best treats, eats, and beverages that are all things Greek. Maria’s Taverna has a big part of it, supplying fresh of the grill Souvlaki sticks in a variety of different meats. Attracting thousands of people with music, dance, and activities, the event is not to be missed. Maria’s booth is not to be missed either, constantly lined up down the street, indicating how delicious their meals are.
From Hummus to lamb shoulder, the restaurant brings a truly unique Greek flair to Kitsliano. The cultural dishes are a must try as is the always instantly warming Ouzo, a perfect shot to end the meal. Voted as one of the top Greek restaurants in town by the Georgia Straight, Maria and her family strive hard to keep up that title. Come try it for yourself and experience a little slice of Athens right here in Kits. And don’t forget to shout Opa, a nearly indefinable word that perfectly sums up the atmosphere and lifestyle found here. Say hi to Maria too. You’ll certainly want to thank her and her family after your meal.