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“Worth the try bit seems to close early”

Penelope Restaurant
Ranked #486 of 8,641 Restaurants in Toronto
Cuisines: Greek
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Downtown West
Ottawa
Level 6 Contributor
527 reviews
343 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
“Worth the try bit seems to close early”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

We were served by Elena,very noce lady, always a smile and tries hard to provide the service.
We had the grilled ocopus and grilled calamari as entrees and they were both excellent. Especially the octopus miam miam. The beef souvlaki was tender and tasty. Unfortunately unlike the entrees the soulaki presentation was not that great.
Would go again.

  • Visited October 2013
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  • English first
  • Greek first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Calgary, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
198 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“Authentic Greek and not expensive”
Reviewed September 12, 2013

Had some fried calamari, a little on the chewy side. Had Chicken souvlaki served with Rice, veggies, potatoes and Tzatziki sauce on the side. Good but not great. Dessert was very good. Filo pastry filled with custard and drizzled honey on top.

Visited September 2013
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Thank ammarson
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Toronto, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Poor renovation choice - very good food and service”
Reviewed August 26, 2013

I work downtown and often visit Penelope's with friends. I am a client.
I have to say we are all disappointed by the renovation choice.
The restaurant lost the unique Greek feel it carried before.
For visitors I would like to say: We have not been disappointed in this restaurant by the food or the staff so far:)
However if the owners would like to know what their clients think they should consider reading here.

1.English Pub is an English pub and people visiting know why they are there :) They go for the feel of the place and the drink and food it offers.
The same should be for a Greek Restaurant and it is. After the renovation the expected traditional Greek feel of the décor was lost. Instead it was replaced by a style suitable more for an evening club.
It is so beige, bland and sterile that we could not find anything attractive about it but the patio outside.

Suggestion:
Spice up the place with some appropriate to the décor now Greek Art.
Bring back the feel of a Greek place but in a modern version - I promise you it will be highly appreciated.

2.
The food is still the same as well as the menu list. After such a big renovation you would expect at least 1 or 2 new dishes. A new menu list - and I mean it literally. You can clearly see it is needed.

Suggestion:
Bring something new to the menu list.
Print a new and updated menu
3. Tablecloths.
Why on Earth you place paper over tablecloth. With the previous décor..You could say...MMm yea..maybe this is how it is done in Greece In a tavern style of food service and here is imitated..
Yes..but Not anymore.
Suggestion:
If you really really want to keep the paper (which is totally inappropriate at the moment for the look) You should at least get a better quality -something with a Greek style art print on.
It will look better..and if you are aiming at the bistro feel it will be forgiven if you cover it with glass for economical and hygienic purposes..

And LAST but NOT LEAST - You have very hard working staff and they deserve a new updated outfit to match your new place.
Thank you for the good food and service!
A well wisher from Toronto :)

  • Visited August 2013
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2 Thank Valentina M
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Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great food!”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

Excellent location, and incredible food! This is a busy restaurant but our server did an excellent job of taking our order, bringing our food and our bill without being pushy. I enjoyed a great lunch and bottle of wine! This is a must try if you enjoy Greek!

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank Beerlover0426
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Toronto, Canada
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Better avoid!!”
Reviewed August 9, 2013

The worst restaurant in Toronto!!! Got kicked out on Sunday because the kitchen is closing at 8pm, staff was very very unfriendly and beware they'll include the service fee!!
The worst restaurant in Toronto, Better avoid !!

  • Visited August 2013
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