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“Delightful and Delicious”

Costas Taverna Greek Restaurant and Ouzo Bar
Ranked #11 of 1,074 Restaurants in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $22
Cuisines: Greek
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Costas Taverna is a place to celebrate the simple joys in life... family, friends, conversation and great food.
Reviewed March 4, 2013

The staff were friendly and helpful and prompt with adding my last minute entree request of the 'on fire' cheese when I got food envy seeing it go by. Generous portions and everything was flavoursome. They serve the most gorgeous fluffy pita bread I have ever eaten. I'm sure I'll be dining beneath their starry ceiling again soon.

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TasteMaster101, Manager at Costas Taverna Greek Restaurant and Ouzo Bar, responded to this reviewResponded June 5, 2015

Hi there, CloudPixie! Thanks for taking the time to review us! Glad you enjoyed our high-quality pita bread. :) Thanks again for your review and hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed February 19, 2013

We had an absolutely great time at Costas Taverna in December 2012. I'd been waiting for what seemed like ages for the Teverna to re-open after the devastating Christchurch earthquakes.

We booked in for a large group of 17 people. We sat on 2 tables right next to each other so it was still intimate. We had a great time and a great laugh with the staff and other patrons. The place does seem to attract the right crowd and so the atmosphere was excellent.

The pricing was great, even when we'd bought the first drink for everyone in our party and our own food and drink, the bill only came to $214. We even got some free Ouzo frozen shots at the end which sweetened it even more.

I'm now looking for the next excuse to go back there, weather you take the kids or a bunch of mates, it's a fantastic place.

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TasteMaster101, Manager at Costas Taverna Greek Restaurant and Ouzo Bar, responded to this reviewResponded June 5, 2015

Hi there, RicT85! Glad to hear your party of 17 all enjoyed their evening with us! Also, pleased to hear you enjoyed your complimentary Granita shots. :) Thanks for a great review.. hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed February 16, 2013

There was some misunderstanding about our coffees with Metaxa a side. We come from Holland and we've been in Greece very often (our favorite country). We were delighted to find a Greek restaurant on our last day of holidays. The misunderstanding was solved very well, we appreciated that. The food however, although not always genuine Greek, was really fantastic. My friend ate the best Klefteki and Lamb he had ever eaten. My dish was also perfect.Too bad that we live in Holland otherwise we had come back here very often. Wonderful place, waitresses and food. A beautiful end of our holiday before going back to Holland.

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Thank Johanna D
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TasteMaster101, Manager at Costas Taverna Greek Restaurant and Ouzo Bar, responded to this reviewResponded June 5, 2015

Hi there, Johanna D! So glad to hear that you had an enjoyable meal with us before your return to Holland! Thanks and hopefully we will see you next time you're in NZ. :)

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Reviewed February 3, 2013

Have missed this restaurant dreadfully. Delighted to have it back and better than ever. Great staff, wonderful food and an atmosphere that makes you want to go back again and again. We'll be back next week!

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TasteMaster101, Manager at Costas Taverna Greek Restaurant and Ouzo Bar, responded to this reviewResponded June 5, 2015

Hi there, folifox! Glad to hear you enjoyed everything and we look forward to your return visit. :)

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Reviewed February 1, 2013

A loyal customer for many years, I was over-the-moon at the news of the post-earthquake resurrection of their delightful restaurant, Costas Taverna! How exciting! Welcome back!
Went in with another couple and, much to our joy, not only was it as fabulous as we remembered from our previous visits to their ex-location on Victoria Street, but it was even better! What a stunning, modern design! Beautiful blues and whites and a gorgeous ceiling! Stepping in from the carpark, you would never expect to be transported to such a magical place!
Enough about the environment and on to the food. WOW, WOW, WOW! Between us, for Starters, we ordered the Garlic Pita Bread, Village Pita Bread and the Moussaka Toppers. The Garlic Pita bread, fresh, soft and fluffy.. nice and hot, with plenty of garlic butter melted all the way through! Village Pita Bread, same as their Victoria Street location, was a basket of hot pita bread, with a selection of their home-made spreads! The eggplant spread was the winner.. amazing! Moussaka Toppers.. small, fried and crumbed mini Moussaka's. Very yummy!
On to mains.. we had to order at least one Souvlaki at the table! My partner ordered the Grand Souvlaki Platter, with half chicken and half Greek-style Beef Patties, our friends ordered a Grand Chicken Souvlaki Platter (2x chicken skewers, salad, sauces, pita bread and roasted oregano potatoes) and the Grilled Tiger Prawns. Myself, the Costas Salata. A rather large, filling and absolutely delicious chicken and bacon salad, with pita croutons, tomatoes, cucumber, lettuce, egg and one hell of a salad dressing! The friendly waitress informed me of what it was before I ordered, but it has slipped my memory! Will have to ask what it was next time we are in!
Finished up with a Mini Chocolate Mousse (they have a decent range of Mini desserts, for those that would like to try something sweet, without ordering anything too big.. excellent idea!) and the large doughnuts. I could come back just for these! The sauces were great. Especially the Raspberry/Ouzo sauce. To die for!
Tried a couple of Greek beers at the table, had a few cocktails and walked away from this buzzy restaurant, hugely looking forward to our next visit. Congratulations, Costas! You've done well and we will definitely be back!

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TasteMaster101, Manager at Costas Taverna Greek Restaurant and Ouzo Bar, responded to this reviewResponded June 5, 2015

Hi there, whateverdamnit! Pleased to hear you enjoyed the new Costas Taverna! Thanks for taking the time to review us and we look forward to seeing you next time. :)

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