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“Healthy food, great flavors” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Greek Authentic Cuisine

The Greek Authentic Cuisine
435 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4503
831-466-9990
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Ranked #85 of 328 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Cuisines: Greek
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Santa Cruz, California
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Healthy food, great flavors”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

True to the Mediterranean tradition, with recipes learned from his mother, Vasili offers fresh and tasty items on a large menu. He is not only the owner and cook, but all the art work on the walls is his, consisting of dozens of drawings of Greek subjects, mostly portraits. Live music is offered on some nights. I eat here often. It's my favorite restaurant in Santa Cruz.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Santa Cruz, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Delicious! Huge Portions! An entree is big enough for 2”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

The food here is fantastic, best Greek in town. It is a family run establishment so the food and the service is great. The portions are huge, which is great because I go home with dinner for the next night every time I dine here. Try the tzatziki. It's amazing.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“Authentic, full of flavor and character. Highly recommended”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

Wow what a find. We went in to try an authentic Greek plate. They started us off with the chicken, lemon soup....amazing. Then moved to small Greek salads, then the lamb chop dinner which was to die for. Very juicy and full of flavor. Cooked just right because lamb can get chewy or the smell can be over powering if done incorrectly.
Free parking all around, also try the prohibition speakeasy beer or the Hawaiian beer they sell there

  • Visited October 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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Los Gatos
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36 restaurant reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Tasty robust Greek food and atmosphere to match”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

Really tasty food, plentiful portions, boisterous friendly atmosphere, usually crowded, entertainment sometimes, come-as-you-are setting whether beach or concert, what's not to like about this informal place...unless for some reason you wouldn't like Greek/Mediterranean cooking. Good value but not inexpensive. No outside seating, no view (except of kitchen), no intimate booths, bring a family, find your parking on the street or in nearby lots. Doesn't matter. We've been twice and will happily go again....and again.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“The absolute best !”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2012 via mobile

Lamb cooked to perfection,salads are unbeliveably fresh & HUGE! Never a bad experiance or meal. Opa! to Vasili, Georgie, and the whole staff. Try the calamari with skorthalia & a cold Mythos !

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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