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Decided to try a new restaurant and I am glad I did. Warm, inviting atmosphere and staff were friendly, courteous, and welcoming. Ordered dolmades, pastitsio, and moussaka. Everything was delicious. Lemonade was the best. Definitely will be back..
There is so much to love about Santorini Gyro -- it's a cute, cozy place, the service is efficient and charming, and the food is delicious!
We started with a Stella ($4.50) and a house Chardonnay ($5.50) then ordered a cup of the avgolemano soup...($2.00), the filet mignon kebab ($18), mousaka ($13.99), and shared a slice of the baklava cheesecake ($7.99).
My husband thought his kebab tasted good but was too chewy. He always orders filet mignon because it's usually very tender. My moussaka was fantastic and I ate every bite, which is rare for me. Both entrees were served with a nice Greek salad with several amazing Kalamata olives and tender, warm pita bread. The baklava cheesecake was one of the best desserts I've ever had and it was served with two glasses of tasty tea.
Give this place a try!More
My husband and I couldn't believe our eyes when we spotted it from the freeway: "A Greek restaurant in the desert? Seriously?! Let's go!" Due to the time, we just ordered two dishes to take away: the moussaka, which was quite good, but accompanied by...a terribly-looking pseudo-Greek salad and a small serving of pseudo-tzatziki; and the taramosalata, which honestly is the worst taramosalata we have ever eaten to this day (each year, we spend several months in Greece and are very familiar with Greek food). We were really sad and disappointed; we genuinely wanted this restaurant to be THE BEST discovery in Palm Springs. Upon leaving the restaurant, we thanked and greeted them in Greek, but they didn't reply. I am puzzled by the excellent reviews...More
My wife is Greek American, and we've eaten Greek food - good and bad - from Mytilene to, well, Cathedral City. Since we live in the desert, we were ecstatic to find Santorini, and to read the good reviews. We really wanted this place to...be wonderful.
First, the good: The restaurant is a cute little place, tucked into a shopping center. The waitress was nice to us throughout our meal.
We thought it a little odd that the day's "special," moussaka, was priced the same as the regular moussaka dinner, which was exactly the same meal. Maybe somebody doesn't quite get what a special is, but that's OK. We ordered the lamb gyro plates, reasonably priced, and dolmathes to start - after being assured they were house made.
So, maybe you can fool the general public, but both of us agreed that the dolmathes that arrived did not appear, nor taste, or have the texture of homemade. They very strongly resembled every canned stuffed grape leaf we've ever eaten. I'm not saying they were canned, but if they weren't, whomever was making them back in the kitchen, has done a superb job of making their dolmathes just like the ones in the can.
After that, the gyro plates arrived. The "salad" that arrived with the gyro - chopped lettuce with a couple slices of tomato on top - was clearly long past its prime. The lettuce was browned - not just on a piece or two, but on virtually all of the salad. There's no way whomever was working the kitchen could have put that on our plates and not known it was not acceptable to serve, thus my belief that they just didn't care. At all.
I have my suspicions about the gyro meat as well, as it was the darkest brown gyro meat I've ever seen. Had it been cooked before, and then re-fried for us? It wasn't bad, but again, the gyro came only with a bit of tzattziki and a couple slices of tomato. The gyro flatbread was the best thing about the gyro.
We were disappointed, but we wanted to enjoy our Greek night out as much as possible, so I picked up some dessert (which looked very much like the Philoptichos from our church makes). The waitress, who noted she was not Greek and not from the family that runs the restaurant, gave us one extra piece of loukoumi to make up for our salads (which were not replaced with edible salads, and we were charged full price).
Needless to say, we will never return. It's not a good strategy with a Greek restaurant to provide this inexcusable of a meal to a Greek American and her husband. It's insulting to be served this kind of food, and even more so to have no attempts made at making amends for what was inedible. I've been to other restaurants where they've lied about whether something was house made or not, and even some where they would have been better off serving stuff from a can. But you just don't pile up a bunch of brown lettuce on someone's plate and think you're going to get away with it. Even if the lettuce had been fresh, the salad would have been at best, mediocre. But to serve it the way they did - and then not either replace it, or compensate us for inedible food, was just unacceptable.More
Very good authentic Greek food. The menu is somewhat basic but the food is very tasty and reasonable. We went to another Greek restaurant in Palm Springs where it was absolutely terrible so I was a little disappointed but happy to find this place!!!