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Vasili's Greek Food & Barbque

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1501 Mission St Ste A, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4740
+1 831-458-9808
12:00 - 21:00
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Sun 12:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 21:30
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 14 March 2017

I usually order lamb because I love it and just can't find good lamb where I live. Also we always order taramosalata. The staff kindly accommodates gluten free and brings us veggies to dip instead of pita. Owner Julie White is almost always around to greet us, making sure things are running smoothly and the food prep is top notch.... More 

Thank Ruth M
Fairfax, California
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48 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

I try to eat at Vasili's whenever I am in Santa Cruz. Their Lamb is always great whether you get Arno Pisito, Lamb Kebobs, Souvlaki, or a Pita Sandwich real roasted lamb not processed Gyro meat. Greek Chicken and Fish entrees are also available on the menu. Great Salads and Soups and friendly service. Located on the west side of... More 

Thank RonCo893
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194 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

I ordered the lamb Souvlaki plate and I wasn't all that impressed with it. There was a good portion of lamb meat that was somewhat tender but not very moist and it did not seem to have any seasoning on it. Maybe that's the way it's supposed to be. I opted not to have the rice but asked for extra... More 

Thank Luv W
Beachwood, Ohio
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149 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016

After driving south from Half Moon Bay, we stumbled on Vasili's. Small restaurant. Not fancy but nice. Cook and wait staff efficient and friendly. By hearing conversations, many of the diners are regulars. Parking on this main thoroughfare is at a premium. We parked at McDonald's next door and walked across the street. Wary to suggest a Greek restaurant to... More 

Thank svjanis
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

We stopped for lunch after visiting Natural Bridges State Park. We enjoyed our food and tasted some great new items. The appetizers were delicious! We had spanikopita, lamb gyros, and taramosalata the red caviar. We were traveling with 2 preschoolers so we were pretty hard to handle but the waitress did a great job.

Thank Lorleila B
San Jose, California
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101 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2016

Visited this restaurant on a weekday. Ordered the lamb kabob plate which came with a large fresh salad, which was very tasty, a small amount of rice ( just right for a lunchtime plate) and a type of flatbread which was soft and flavorful. The restaurant is unpretentious and casual. Quality of the kabob was good. I recommend as a... More 

Thank loradan
Palm Harbor, FL
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37 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2016

Stopped in here while driving thru Santa Cruz. The food is very good, although the lamb was a little dry. So much food on my plate I couldn't eat it all. The staff was very nice and the prices were not bad. If I ever make it back to Santa Cruz, I definitely will eat here again.

Thank squirrellygirl
Sacramento, California
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016

My husband, daughter, and I stopped here for lunch on our way to UCSC. The ambiance is simple, casual, clean, and with the appearance that it has been around for a long time. The food was exceptionally good, as compared to other Greek restaurants I have visited. We all had the lamb gyro, although my daughter and I had it... More 

Thank Mjde1229
Watsonville, California
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269 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2016

I am a big fan of Greek food as I always attend the Greek festival in Santa Cruz. I was getting hungry as I was about to leave Santa Cruz. I saw the sign for Vasili's so I gave it try. I ordered the lamb gyro. I did not have to wait long. Boy, the gyro was very good. I... More 

Thank 427BeatleBob
Redwood City
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55 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2016

We needed to find a restaurant for lunch that was close to the UC Santa Clara campus and selected Vasili's because of its reviews. It's a very informal, family style restaurant. The servings were generous, the staff was friendly, and the food was good quality. The location isn't the best as parking is a bit difficult.

Thank DerekGittoes

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mediterranean, Greek
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1501 Mission St Ste A, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4740
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-458-9808

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?