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“Fresh....very fresh!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Maria's Souvlaki & Greek Snack

Maria's Souvlaki & Greek Snack
9812 Second St, Sidney, British Columbia, Canada
(250) 656-9944
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Ranked #8 of 76 Restaurants in Sidney
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Victoria
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67 reviews 67 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Fresh....very fresh!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Dropped in with friends on a Sunday evening and was pleased as always with the food. The contents of the universal Greek salad were crisp and flavourful with the light dusting of feta as a topping. As others have commented the lamb is moist with an accent of the Greek yoghurt. It is a school cafeteria style place so prepare accordingly. There is no plate smashing or roving performers of any sort....all they offer is good food which does taste even better with a little retsina.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Victoria, Canada
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80 reviews 80 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Pretty good, could be better”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

I really love Greek food and I had heard this was a good place in Sidney. The food itself was average, and they didn't have the variety I hoped they would have. I love Greek rice and Greek potatoes, which is pretty standard fare at a Greek restaurant, but I didn't see either on the menu. Perhaps this is why they consider them selves a "snack" restaurant? I ordered a veggie souvlaki and a side Greek salad. Would have been nice to know that the inside of the souvlaki was the same as the Greek salad - I have had a veggie souvlaki before and had grilled veggies rather than just a Greek salad inside the pita bread. The prices were pretty fair, and I liked the style of dining - you go to the cash, order and then seat yourself and they bring the food to your table. It has quite a bit of seating inside, which is nice. I really wanted to love this place, but I didn't.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Victoria, Canada
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34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Average Greek food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

I've been to Maria's many times and the food is of a consistently average standard. The Greek salad tastes vinegary and there is very little flavour to the feta cheese sprinkled on top. . If real block feta in brine was used, it would boost the flavour of the salads immensely. The tzatziki was of a bland consistency and obviously commercially made. The meat used is average.

The restaurant is clean and bright and the service is cafeteria style, ordered at the counter then brought to your table.

With a bit of tweaking, this restaurant could be "go to" destination, but the use lacklustre ingredients prevents this. As it is, this restaurants rates as an average Greek snack bar.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Victoria, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Good food, good value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

We go to Maria's at least a couple times a month and the food is consistently good. You go up and order your meal and, when it's ready, they bring it to the table. Can't say a lot about most of the food on the menu as I almost always order the Chicken Souvlaki wrap, it's very good and I see no reason not to have it each time I go! We also order the Caesar salad to share, it's pretty good. It's a casual atmosphere, you can sit inside or outside, the staff are friendly and the food is made as soon as the order goes in and is served without delay. One of our favourite casual restaurants in Sidney.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Expectations fell flat”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

After reading all the reviews we went in with perhaps too high of expectations. We found the food average and over priced for the quality.

We had souvlaki, greek salad, and dolomades. The flavor wasn't as good as we have had at other Greek restaurants.

Staff very friendly.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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