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Vasili's Greek Food & Barbque

1501 Mission St Ste A, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4740
(831) 458-9808
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Ranked #124 of 329 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Cuisines: Greek
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78% Recommend
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English first
Rio de Janeiro
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59 reviews 59 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

I wasn`t expecting to find a greek restaurant in a "surf" environment as Santa Cruz ... nor I was looking for . My wife spotted it as we passed by . We were already late for lunch and starving , and though it was past 3 pm , the waiter kindly invited us in . What a great suprise !... More

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Bradenton, Florida
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211 reviews 211 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

I ate the Wednesday chicken dinner special and was pleased with the delicate lemon flavor. I think it may be more suited to the lunch crowd, but we enjoyed a respite from rich foods and heavy sauces. Parking is very limited both on the property and public sites nearby. We were fortunate to find a spot, but the restaurant had... More

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Santa Barbara
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Lunch on our way up the coast. Good location - right off hwy 1 thru town, so an easy on-off stop. Casual local place. Veggie gyros, pork gyros, and vegetarian plate - all really good! Best part was the sauces - all tasted homemade and fresh. Would go back just for that!

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3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

Can warmly recommend this place for lunch. We passed by on our way to Monterey and stopped for late lunch. Delicious food and great service. Nice prices and even Greek beer. The feta-burger and Greek salad tasted Greece.

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Top Contributor
126 reviews 126 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
159 helpful votes 159 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

We were among the last customers of the day for this funky establishment and it was apparent that the staff wanted to leave. I understand things like that and am usually tolerant. My order was for a chicken dish and it tasted like it was days old. When I mentioned that I was met with a shrug of the shoulders.... More

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Service was very good and we were well taken care of. The Greek coffee was really good and the gyro was good too, lots of flavor.

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Half Moon Bay, California
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72 reviews 72 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

We needed to stop for lunch in Santa Cruz and just didn't feel like going down to our regular favorites...wanted to stay on Mission St. I've seen Vasili's a number of times, but this time we stopped. Excellent Greek food, great waitresses - no complaints!

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San Francisco
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67 reviews 67 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

After visiting the Begonia festival in Capitola, we were looking for a less crowded venue. Vasilis was on the way up Hwy 1 and looked like the likely place to go for lunch. Service was friendly and timely. We ordered a gyro and souvlaki. The souvlaki dish was delicious - chicken marinated in lemon, rice pilaf, pita bread, yogurt, and... More

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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

I am from the Middle East and I personally worked in a couple of Greek restaurants...and I had a lot of Greek food..heck...I even cook some Greek myself...this by far was the best Greek restaurant I found in many states...awesome ...the food was so good my husband almost cried! The place is not fancy..but the service was great and did... More

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Santa Cruz
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

The lamb shank was delicious and tender, it truly simply fell away from the bone. It was served with rice and some sort of canned vegetable medley that had a good flavor but had that institutional size can of green beans taste and texture. The salad was very good, with feta cheese and a tart vinegar house dressing. Unfortunately there... More

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