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Mediterranean, Greek
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
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Reviewed 21 December 2022

Delicious greek cuisine. I like the roast lamb dish and garlic prawns. Ekmek for dessert is a must try.

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 21 November 2022

Asteras Greek Taverna is a lovely restaurant located in downtown Nanaimo. Judging from the number of patrons in the restaurant, it is a popular spot. It has very nice decor and authentic atmosphere, linen tablecloths, but no attitude. The servers were very friendly, efficient and...attentive. They also have amazing memories; being able to recite all the numerous specials without skipping a beat. The food was excellent with very generous portions (you may want to share mains with your dinner partner). The wine, drink and beer list is modest but has some excellent choices. The menu has lots of choice too so my wife and I will have to return and try some of the other items.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 24 October 2022 via mobile

Was expecting something great from the reviews, but was not impressed. Had the lamb souvlaki which was undercooked and not much of it for $27 (asked for medium and it was served medium rare). Potatoes were very salty. Was treating a friend who ordered well-done...lamb and it was served medium. We both took the least cooked lamb pieces home to cook to our liking. Won’t be back.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 22 September 2022 via mobile

Amazing authentic Greek food in the most adorable converted house. Seafood shared appetizer was amazing. Moussaka delicious. Ouzo after dinner shot perfect! Servers very outgoing, efficient and friendly!

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 22 September 2022 via mobile

Had good friends from Nashville staying with us and knew they would enjoy dining at Asteras Restaurant. We had never met the server Faith before, nor had she served our table in the past. Food was great as always, but Faith made sure that we...enjoyed our evening with our friends. It was like we had known her for years and she went out of her way to make sure we enjoyed everything. I highly recommend eating at Asteras, as well, I recommend requesting to have Faith look after your table. You won’t regret it! Highly recommended!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 19 September 2022 via mobile

Fantastic night, the food was 12/10, our server pleasant, very attentive, and friendly. The place was packed and the service was perfect. It’s my new favourite restaurant.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 17 September 2022 via mobile

If you are looking for charming, lively dining with atmosphere in Nanaimo look no further than Asteras restaurant in Nanaimo's old city square on Wesley. I think the best Greek food we have ever had, service was impeccable as well. If you know when you...are visiting make reservations as it is busy.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 17 September 2022 via mobile

Amazing food and amazing atmosphere! From the outside you wouldn’t even know it was a restaurant from the road, it looks like a cute character house. The Ekmek is heaven on Earth!

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 31 July 2022

Very good meal but found the ambiance needed work - was too loud (music much too loud) and very warm in the restaurant during the heat wave so less enjoyable. It wasn't possible to hear each other talk given how loud the music was.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 17 July 2022 via mobile

Amazing. Amazing. People lined up all night. Food was so good. All of it. Atmosphere is loud. Everyone enjoying themselves. The owner clearly wants to be the best! And his restaurant is the best.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 30 June 2022

The staff went above and beyond for our special family dinner. A small hiccup with our sons food was rectified tenfold. Totally unnecessary but much appreciated. Thank you!

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 27 June 2022 via mobile

Went for takeaway. We were told we’d wait 20 minutes for our order. At the 35 or 45 minute mark we went looking for it. We were looked at as if we had just appeared out of nowhere. Waiter came back to tell us we...needed to wait another ten minutes. But, the order came out right away. Food was really good, but it was obvious it had been sitting there for ten or fifteen minutes (more?). We opened the calamari as soon as we got in the car because we didn’t want it getting cold and soggy….it was cold and soggy (and the batter was just barely not raw). Healthy servings and good flavours and we will go again. But. We had probably set our expectations too high because of really good comments we have been hearing. If we do takeaway again we will stay standing in the doorway and not wait at the bottom of the stairs where there are benches and get ourselves forgotten 😊. While the worker apologized for our wait, they shouldn’t have sent out the soggy calamari.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 13 June 2022

This place has much charm and romance, The decor is fabulous and the food is superb. Waiters are attentive but not overwhelming. we did not have reservations so felt that we were being rushed a bit to make room for the next wave on diners....But this was the only complaint of the evening.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 26 April 2022 via mobile

We dine here every time we visit Nanaimo and are always impressed! This is hands-down the best restaurant in Nanaimo. Call early and get reservations, because it’s always busy — for very good reason!

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 11 April 2022 via mobile

We went on a Tuesday night and the restaurant was packed. I didn't feel any sense of "social distancing" here. Small, quaint, but just too many people to be relaxing and comfortable. Our food was mediocre considering the price. A disheveled, tired looking man came...to our table and asked how everything was, when I inquired who this person was, I was told that this was the owner. Service was good.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Asteras Greek Taverna is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5