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“Good Greek food in a beautiful venue” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Balkan Restaurant

Balkan Restaurant
120 Banff Avenue, Banff, Banff National Park, Alberta T1L-1A4, Canada
403-762-3454
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Ranked #3 of 123 restaurants in Banff
Price range: $13 - $27
Cuisines: Greek
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Maui
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37 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Good Greek food in a beautiful venue”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

We had two gyros and two beers and sat in the bar area at the window. The food was right on and the service was excellent. The decor is pretty upscale yet cozy.

Visited October 2012
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Lethbridge, Canada
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62 reviews 62 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Best Roast Lamb”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

The Balkan has been a family-owned business since about 1984, with the decor updated since my last visit years ago. I had Arni Psito, the house specialty, a classic dish preceded by 2 small rolls with oil/balsamic vinegar "dip". The large lamb shank was "slow roasted" (don't they mean braised?) and served as it should be in an oblong dish with all the meat juices. Very tender and juicy. This is a meat-centric meal, with not a huge amount of accompanyment (rice, a halved roasted potato, some zuchini slices and red pepper strands), but who would want more with this amount of "rich" meat? For dessert, Galactobouriko, a pie-shaped custard between a top and bottom layer of filo, topped with honey and cinnamon. Not bad except the filo was hard to cut through. The staff were friendly and accomodated a table change with grace.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Worksop, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“True Greek food not so sure about the entertainment”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

Visited the Balkan during our stay in Banff. We love Greece and thought we try it out. The food was excellent and tasted just as good as any we have had in Greece, but then it is owned by a Greek so it should be. Staff as usual warm and friendly. We were there for the "Greek night" which turned out to be a belly dancer (Greek? not so sure?), plate smashing and getting the patrons up to do the usual "touristy" greek dancing. Despite this we had a lovely meal. Lovely memory of the Greek owner grinning from ear to ear when my husband wished him good night in Greek! If you want to be there for the Greek night make sure you prebook.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Salem, Oregon
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22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Go on Tuesday or Thursday”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

The Greek food was good, but the real treat was the belly dance/plate smashing show. They have a show on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Just know ahead that the show starts at 8:30 so you can plan your arrival time. We were there a little too early but they were very gracious about us hanging around while we lingered over tea and coffee so we could see the show. Customers are encouraged to be part of the show, but not pressured. Be adventurous and join in!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Great Food & Atmosphere!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

Just ate at The Balkan this past Thursday on greek night & it was great as always! As a Banff local i have gotten to know the places that consistently deliver great food & great service & this is definitely one of those spots. The Atmosphere on Tuesday & Thursday nights is amazing, they have a traditional greek dancer & even do plate smashing! Even though every table in the restaurant was full during our last visit, our service was great & our food came very quick. I went with the Arni Psito (roasted lamb) this past time & it was cooked fantastic, it just fell right off the bone. Working at the front desk of a Hotel people always ask what restaurants to go to & I'm always confident recommending The Balkan due to their consistently great food & service! Keep up the great work Blakan staff!

P.S the house Sangria is highly recommended!!!!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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