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All reviews gyro lamb mixed grill salad authentic greek prices are very reasonable tender slice
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Reviewed February 14, 2022

The food was unexceptional to say the least. The Greek salad was not your traditional Greek salad at all, no Greek olives , tomatoes and cucumbers were soft and mushy, minimal feta and iceberg lettuce. The lamb kabobs were warm, the pita bread was cold,...it should have been warm and toasted. The tzatziki and hummus were flavourless. No rice or roast potatoes which are common at all the Greek restaurants I have been to, which is a lot, including in Greece. Very, very disappointing, will definitely not be back. It’s too bad because the location is great.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed February 5, 2022

This place doesn't look like much and the prices are very reasonable, but the food and staff make it a five! Our waiter was friendly and enthusiastic and sold me on trying the Greek wine, which was a new taste for me. The food came...quickly and was fresh and delicious.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed December 16, 2021

You'll have to be on the lookout for this nice little Greek place in the corner of a strip shopping center on East Palm Canyon Drive near the heart of Cathedral City. But the food is worth the search. This seems mostly a take-out place,...but they have a clean, nice little dining room decked out with tasteful Greek artifacts. We especially enjoyed the Zorba Combo (a $20 mixed grill of tender, delicious gyro slices, both beef and chicken, plus small lamb and chicken kebabs, very good tzatziki and a huge Greek salad - easily enough to share). We also had Mousaka ($16), which was good, but not the best we've ever had. And delicious Spanikopita ($9). Thick, strong Turkish coffee accompanied delicious homemade pistachio baklava. This is not a "fancy" place, but service was very friendly and fast, and the food made a nice, easy after-movie dinner.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed November 22, 2021

We ordered 3 entrees of Gyro plate tonight, take out, and it was absolutely awful. Chicken tasted like nothing, pita bread was soft and not charred. Salad was not Greek at all. There was NOTHING Greek about this dinner whatsoever. What a disappointment and a...total waste of money.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed October 22, 2021

Very good portions---got the Zorba's mixed grill and the pastichio ---unbelieveable amount of mixed grill meat on the Zorba's --- we will go back for more !

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed June 11, 2021 via mobile

A hidden jem of deliciousness! We had the spanikopita, falafel and gyro and it was all amazing. Service excellent and very friendly. Plus super reasonably priced. If you love Greek you will enjoy the ambience and food!!

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed November 4, 2020

We ordered food to go and it was quite good. It was ready when we arrived and all tasted quite good.

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed June 12, 2020

If you want to eat raw chicken and risk your health, this is the place for you. Customer service is non-existent. Disgusting establishment and should be shut down by the health department. See photo.

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed March 14, 2020 via mobile

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..

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed February 15, 2020

Santorini's is a nice little place with great food and personalized service. The owner and his son were very gracious and did a great job answering our questions.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 7, 2020

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

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed December 29, 2019

We stopped there on a drive down 111 and were not disappointed. We highly recommend the lamb gyro-very tasty. The service was quick and professional. We look forward to our next meal there.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed September 16, 2019

Very good food and Excellent service. Wine was a little low. Good selections of Greek food and Great specials. Great deserts. Great gifts in Greek and Turkish items. Plenty of parking.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed July 12, 2019

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

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed June 6, 2019

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

Date of visit: June 2019
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It is next door to the dollar store, in the mall. There is also a Mexican restaurant couple doors down. Think not, but not sure what was there before.
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I don't think so. They been open for few months.
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Santorini Gyro is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4