19 Fifth St NE, Minneapolis, MN | Directions 5541344.989508 -93.253884
Tue-Thu 11am-9pm; Fri-Sat 11am-10pm
Neighborhoods: Nicollet Island, University
Worst Service I have ever had....and the food was just "okay." – My partner and I went there for the fourth time in two years and had found the previous times to be horrible, mostly because the service was slow and bad, but loving Greek food and wanting to mix it up a bit, we tried it "one more time." What a mistake. I don't know where to begin, is it because it took 15 minutes to order a drink (it was definitely not busy) and appetizers, we were never read the specials, that we had to re-order our appetizers, our forks were placed back on the table between courses, and our napkins never reappeared for dessert, or is it that the "Greek Coffee" that was advertised, was made on an espresso machine? No, I believe what perhaps annoyed me most was that I had decided to indulge myself with the most expensive thing on the menu--lamb (remember I never heard the specials). When they brought the lamb out there were four ribs on some delicious orzo noodles, but only one of the ribs actually had meat on it!!! I found one other piece of lamb in my orzo, but you'll notice I didn't say meat--that's because it was an enormous glob of fat. Gross.
Service: We never saw our waitress and she wasn't present in the room to even try and flag down
Food: I have had great Greek food (on Greek Islands and in American restaurants) and this isn't it--to anyone looking for good Greek, try Christo's or It's Greek to Me.
Also, I hate to leave a bad tip and they made me feel uncomfortable cause I had to leave a bad tip and a note, and I used to be a server so you can imagine how it pained me!
cute place with really good food – I was visiting from San Francisco 2 weekends ago and I wanted to try somewhere different in Minneapolis, so I came on Citysearch and found the Gardens of Salonica. Everything that all the other reviewers have said are totally the truth. The dip, the lamb and potatoes, the gyro, and the baklava my friend and I shared were all really delicious. The set up is really inviting and the bathroom is decorated really nicely. The food there was really good.
This small, inexpensive Greek cafe is one of the Twin Cities' most authentic ethnic restaurants. – In Short
Located in a turn-of-the-century storefront on an obscure side street, this family-owned Greek cafe and deli would be a good candidate for obscurity. Instead, everyone from Wayzata to Woodbury seems to know about it. From the pureed garlic with potato to the lima beans with vegetables, the food meets the highest standards of authenticity. The house specialty, popular for lunch or dessert, is boughatsa pastries that come in sweet and savory varieties.
A Real Gem – I can't put into words how incredible this restaurant is. I've never received such top notch service. The food was outstanding, especially the octopodi (unbelievable!), dolmades w/ tatziki and the goat ribs. Don't miss the Greek coffee--it's excellent. Their recommended wine pairings are right on. Try the Amethystos for red--it stands up for itself and is great with the goat ribs. The decor is anything but pretentious with an eclectic mix of art everywhere. (The restroom was even really nice with great smelling soap.) This is a restaurant I will go back to many times and tell everyone I know to go there.
A place not to be missed – It is a little surprise tucked away, The food and wine were good and so was the wait staff. My experience here has been good. If you are planning to have a nice relaxed dinner with a special friend I would definitely recommend this place.
My favorite restaurant in the Twin Cities! – I just can not say enough about this hidden gem. A friend of mine introduced me to it just over a year ago and I've been going ever since. Food is always wonderful. I have not found a thing on the menu that I don't like and since I tend to be a picky eater, that's saying a lot!
The restaurant can be crowded at times, although I've never waited to be seated more than a few minutes. The wait staff is pretty good, although there have been some nights when it was evident someone was new or working on too many table to accomodate as they should.
I recommend the platter if you're with friends and having a tough time deciding on one item from the menu. The tyro appetizer is a delicious blend of feta cheese and peppers served with pita bread- wonderful!
I highly recommend this place.
Take a trip – From the rustic decor and rebetiko music playing in the background to the pure and authentic dishes that make up the menu, Gardens of Salonica succeeds in transporting the diner to an out of the way, village taverna in Greece, where cliches, pretension and tourist preference have failed to reach. Gardens comes closer to the simple ideal of most Greek dishes than just about any restaurant I've been to in the States and Canada. Go for the fish plaki, artichokes and lamb with egg/lemon sauce or a couple of bougatsa. The Greek wine selection is also noteworthy. Top it off with a greek coffee and the figs(if in season) or a galatopouriko dessert.
Wonderful Greek! – One of my favorite things about greek food, and how I can always tell if it is going to be great or not is if they make the Tzatki (cucumber sauce) right. Well, it is phenomenal here, and they make the gyros truly taste all that more fantastic!
One appetizer they have is a marinated smooth feta cheese that they serve with red roasted peppers and warm pita bread. Oh, it just melts in your mouth and is outstanding...
I really love this place. I have never had bad service, and if I were too, I don't care, cause the food makes up for it!
Love the Food - Hate the Owner – Comparing notes with friends, we were shocked to learn that we were not the only ones who had a story to tell about the owner of Gardens of Salonica. Not only experiences of his berating the staff to tears, but also customers! I wanted to add my two cents to the other reviewer who shared their negative experience.
We are very conscious of where our money is spent, and it will not be spent at this establishment. Which is very sad for us, as the food is wonderful and there is not another eatery in the Twin Cities like it. I miss it.
Lemons & Garlic – If you think Italian is the only Mediterranean food you need to check this place out. Everything is great! The specials are really good and I would definitely suggest it to impress a date as it is very different and out-of-the-way.
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