Seattle >Food & Dining > Panos Kleftiko Greek Taverna
815 5th Ave N, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810947.626833 -122.347531
Mon 5:30pm-9:30pm; Tue-Sat 5:30pm-10:30pm
Neighborhoods: Magnolia - Queen Anne, Lower Queen Anne, Magnolia / Queen Anne
Best Greek food in town – This restaurant brings back great memories of summer in Greece: excellent food; very Greek service (like you're part of the family); and a small, intimate environment. The only hesitation I have for giving my recommendation is that I don't want to have to wait more time to get a table at this wonderful place.
Low Quality Food & Service – This Greek food & service is suited to a food court . Our salads arrived floating in oil, the sauted vegetables lay coldly in a puddle of butter, while the lamb proved to be stringy and oversalted. The waitress dropped the check with thank you to the patron she assumed was paying the bill, ignoring everyone else at the table. Additionally, it was clear that staff wanted tables turned as quickly as possible. This place may work for Kirkland/Belltown types who want to be proud of themselves for eating "ethnic" but as far as Greek food goes, it is highly disappointing.
cant believe people love the food?? – our server began to take our order then suddenly freaked out and announced she had to leave to "run food," and disappeared mid-order. it wasnt even crowded so i dont know what that was about. the pitas and gigante beans were good, but the baked olives and the chicken dish were unbearably salty and barely edible. the wine was not good, either. i cannot understand how anyone could deem this place the best greek in seattle. i am new to seattle but i refuse to accept this place as the best. my husband and i officially banned it. perhaps the gracious owners mentioned in other reviews need to be there 100% of the time to keep an eye on salt levels and rookie servers.
The best. – That's right. The best Greek food I have had in a loooong time. The menu is mostly appetizers, so we got about 6 to share. Amazing. The garlic. The flavor. The hummus. Dear God! So good. It's a tiny, tiny place, but we were able to walk right in (I think it was a bit early). Got what seemed to be a good table, cozy in the corner, except I kept hitting my head on the cabinet that was weirdly positioned on the wall. Other than that, it was phenomenal. Seriously good. And pretty cheap.
Yum – Fantastic, warm, happy little Greek restaurant in Uptown East. I love this place, one almost feels as though dinner is in Panos' private home. The food is exceptional and the wine wonderful. Expect to wait for quite ahwile though as this is a small restaurant that is very popular.
My favorite restaraunt in Seattle. – The food and service at Panos are both outstanding. The restaraunt is ran by a husband/wife team of first generation immigrants who are very personable and charming. While many people simply order appetizers, their main dishes should be tried at least once. There are a few vegetarian friendly appetizers; overall, though, the dishes tend to be relatively heavy on the meat side (as one might expect). There are many things that set Panos apart from other Seattle Greek restaraunts, but one of the main things is how heavily they spice their food; everything is very flavorful. They also have a unique wine selection with some very appropriate picks for the cuisine.
Close to the best Greek food in seattle – What can I say, the lamb is stunning, the appetizers are to die for (village salad), the owner is very hospitable and everyone I take there or refer to go there comes back and says that they've found the greek restaurant they've been looking for. Being a local Greek, I know most of the local restaurants and this is near the top, enjoy!
So Good We'll Be Back! – Absolutely wonderful! We made choices off the appetizer menu as suggested then shared the rack of lamb. The dolmades and spanokopita were some of the best we've had but the baked Kalamata Olives were spectacular. The lamb was good but next time we'll just choose more appetizers. Get there early because the place is very small and fills up as soon as they open the doors.
Awesome Food, Awful Service – I absolutely loved everything that came to our table, just wish it had been our server every once in a while. We might have bought a "you-kick-back-for-hours-and-enjoy-meals-like-Greeks-do" excuse before we waited 25 minutes to give our first drink order. Couples seated long after us were served several dishes before our own appetizers arrived. The server also liked to interrupt and correct every mispronunciation we made while ordering, which was slightly embarrassing and just plain ungracious. We were held hostage another 20 minutes after requesting our bill. All told, we spent two hours for two appetizers, two glasses of wine and a couple of entrees. Don't expect a deal at $15 for a single, delicious, chicken breast with tiny sides of rice and vegetables. NEVERTHELESS, if you can devote two hours and are willing to endure sub par service in the name of stellar food, by all means go!
Great Greek Dining – Small, cozy Greek Taverna. Try the souvlaki when it's on the menu. The baklava is to die for. Just remember the the service may be VERY slow, so don't go if you're in a hurry.
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