Yummy and fun! Been here about 5 times and have never been disappointed. Seats could be more comfortable but atmosphere is closest to Greek Islands you'll get in PA. Love the spicy feta cheese spread. Gotta get the flaming cheese too! Wait staff is great, probably some of the best I've ever experienced.Review Source:
Beautifully decorated restaurant with delicious Greek food. Â Waiter recommended the grilled Octopus tentacle which was very tender and simply dressed. Â Also enjoyed the beet with feta salad and some of my husband's tzatsiki (sp?). Â Excellent spot in the Lehigh Valley for lunch or dinner!Review Source:
Went here to host a party of 50 after my dad's funeral. The service, food, and atmosphere were very good. All wait staff were friendly and provided quick service, including refills on drinks. They offered three dishes (beef, fish, or chicken) along with tea, water and coffee for a flat fee. We chose to not do an open bar, so people had the option to purchase an alcoholic beverage or soft drink. Todd was very helpful with organizing everything. All went smooth and there were no issues to interfere with our meal. Thank you for making a difficult day a bit easier.Review Source:
The extremely low rating is mainly for the way we were treated by the manager. My party of 4 and I ordered our meals, which took forever to get, I ordered a greek meal while the others ordered steak and veggies. we started to eat and my braised lamb was, just out of the fridge, COLD! The waiter took it back and microwaved my meal. Now I sat while my friends ate. The manager came out with an attitude, as if it were my fault the food was cold! He snatched my check and took $4 off of our $170 check. I'm sad to say I will not be back due to service. I understood the house was packed but its no excuse for poor service!Review Source:
Excellent all around: food, service, atmosphere, drinks. I took a big group of friends who had never been and they were all impressed (and we had a wide variety of special diets and allergies represented at the table). Some of my favorites are the mezes, all of the spreads are very flavorful and I think they have some of the best grapeleaves I've ever tried.Review Source:
Wow. Â My hubby & I stopped in for a late lunch one afternoon on the weekend. Â We were right between the lunch & dinner crowd, so there was no waiting.
We started w/ the 5-dip appetizer which was SOOOOO delicious. Â I'm not much for fish roe, but the Taramosalata dip was insanely good. Â The Tzatziki was so fresh, the Skordalia (garlic dip) was GARLICKY (just the way I like it!), the smoked feta dip (Tyrokafteri) was surprisingly good, & the Melitzanosalata (eggplant dip like Baba ghanoush) was a bit bland but still tasty (a little of the sea salt condiment at every table fixed that right up!). Â We could have just eaten the dips, served with seasoned pita bread, & a salad & that would have been a satisfying lunch. Â My hubby ordered the Pork Souvlaki Platter since neither of us had ever had a Greek dish made w/ pork, & I ordered the Chicken Gyro Platter. Â Both dishes were simply wonderful & very filling. Â The pork was very tender & perfectly seasoned. Â The chicken was juicy, flavorful, & had just the right amount of crunchy, grilled bits on the ends to make it one of the best prepared chicken dishes which I've had locally in a long time. Â The service was a little slow (it was between the lunch & dinner shifts) at first, but the quality of the food made up for this. Â Plus our friendly server kept the drinks coming thanks to their full bar. Â Hubby's martinis w/ Absolut were $10 & my Absoluts & cranberry juice were just $8. Â The food bill alone was just $40 plus tax & tip. Â A bit pricey for a lunch, but well worth it for dinner! Â We will be returning VERY SOON!
Both the service and food was excellent. Â A bit pricey on some items, but it's all fresh and well balanced. Â Ironically, the rice pudding that came with my children's meals was some of the best I ever had and was a nice suprise to the normal kid's menu fare. Â Not an everyday place, but it was definitely some of the best.Review Source:
I recently came to Yianni's for a bridal shower. Our menu was prix fixe for the occasion with a choice of a vegetarian or chicken lemon soup to start. The lemon chicken with orzo was creamy and fresh tasting.
For our lunch entree, we were given the choice of a Greek salad with either salmon or chicken on top. The salmon was cooked to perfection and a huge portion. Fresh feta and calamata olives with a delicious house dressing. I'd recommend this place to anyone in the mood for good Greek food in the Valley.
Yianni's Taverna has everything I want at a Greek restaurant: taramasalata and saganaki.
It might sound like I am easy to please, but it seems like it is really hard to get taramasalata in this area.
Alright. Appetizers covered.
For entrees, just about everything is really hard to pronounce and pretty good. It is difficult to right a review for the things that I ate because I could never spell them and their names were really hard to remember, but they were cooked well and very enjoyable. I remember that I ordered things with a lot of spinach.
Deserts is really quite nice because Yianni's really took the time to think about what was missing in the world of deserts and then they filled that latent need for me: baklava ice cream. They have some deal with a local ice cream bar in Coopersburg that involves, I can only assume, a lot secrets, masks, and code words like 'Fidelio' so that they can get their baklava chopped up and mixed into a batch of ice cream. On second though, maybe the deal isn't so Kubrick, but what it's product is just as weird and wonderfully sinful.
Also, for a place that sells a lot of fish, Yianni's smells really clean, and that's nice too.
Recently I stopped in at the restaurant on July 5, 2012. Â Our party of 3 had never been here since it became Yianni's so we decided to stop here just before 7:30pm after a movie. The restaurant only had a couple tables with patrons and a few people at the bar.
We ordered a large Greek salad and an order of Spanikopita to share. Â The appetizers, Â warm bread, and olives arrived quickly.
We then had to sit at least another 45 minutes after we finished the appetizers waiting for our entrees to arrive. Â
We noticed that a few tables of patrons that arrived after us received their appetizers and entrees while we were still sitting there waiting for our food. Â We questioned this to the wait staff and were told our food was taking longer since one of us ordered Athenian chicken. We were told the food would be out in 4 more minutes. Â An additional 10 minutes passed and we questioned the hostess. Â She said the food would be right out.
When the food Â finally did arrive, the Pastichio was just warm to the touch and the Samos Chicken dinner had no flavor to it at all. Â The Athenian Chicken was fine but the lemon potatoes were nothing other than boiled potatoes with some lemon juice.
Elena (former owner of Gus's Crossroads) came over and asked us how we liked our food and when we said we were especially disappointed with the long wait and that one platter was just warm, all she did was apologize.
Apologies were all we received from all the employees. Â There was no attempt to ask if there was any way to make this up to us.
****UPDATE**** On July 25,2012 my friends and I decided to give Yianni's another try. Â We went during Restaurant Week and we all decided to Â order from the special menu. Â The waiter was very attentive. Â The food arrived in a very good time frame. Â All of our meals were delicious. Â The lobster dinners, which we all ordered, Â were wonderful and the rice that accompanied the meals was excellent. Â All 4 courses we received were well prepared. Â We are not sure what the problem was on our first visit, but this visit was very favorable. Â My rating for this visit overall is 4 stars.
We like Yiannis a lot. We usually eat octopus and grilled whole fish. They are great most of the time. This place has a nice decor, feels like you are actually closer to Aegen sea. The only provement would be a better chopped salad and better- warner bread. These things aside, this place is one of the good places to eat in Lehigh Valley.Review Source:
Being Greek I was so excited to eat Greek food!! When we got there, the place looked nice! We had to wait for a table when there were a bunch open, finally we said we would just sit at a high top. The chairs are wooden and super uncomfortable! We ordered drinks which took forever, and then the waiter fought with me that I ordered one kind of drink when I really ordered another. We got the meatballs and spanikopita for appetizer which both were pretty good! The salad was the best part of the whole meal. I got the pastichio for an entree. It was OK. pretty bland. My boyfriend didnt like his meal at all, I dont reemmeber what he got, but he barely ate it. My family is greet so nothing beats real at home Greek cooking! And this didnt even come close. Service was No good, at least the night we were there. Not impressed.Review Source:
Dinner is great at Yianni's Taverna...
Breakfast, I'd skip it, not the place you'd want to go for breakfast. Â The omelets we ordered were pretty greasy and the 'Greek Islands Omelet' had not a trace of feta cheese, home fries were greasy as well. Â "Yianni's French Toast" must have been an old/stale bread that caused an upset stomach, not a good choice.
Stopped in while driving from Harrisburg to Long Island. Â Coming across 78, you really miss out on some of the cool little towns along the way, but we stumbled onto Yianni's and are quite thankful we did.
We started off with a free flaming cheese appetizer (thanks, four square!), which was quite tasty. Â I had the gyro platter and my wife had the white fish in the tomato, parsley and onion sauce (all in a clay pot), and a side of tzatziki. Â
The gyro platter was solid, while it wasn't the best I have ever had (it was a tad bit dried out), my wife's fish was quite tasty, and the tzatziki... oh, the tzatziki. Â
Over the last eight months I have been on a personal mission to find the best tzatziki ever (or at least within driving distance). Â Today, I found a contender. Â Talk about cucumbery, garlicy goodness... I am tempted to drive from Long Island back to Bethlehem just for another round of tzatziki.
Yianni's might be a little out of the way (if you are on 78), but it is well worth the drive, and quite tasty and beautiful inside (according to my wife, who notices such things).
Dropped in for happy hour to watch a little March Madness and enjoy a Greek dinner at the Yianni's bar.
This time was as good as the last. Â Meredity took good care of me with some Greek Syrah. Â Had Garides Keftiri (shrimp, red pepper & feta in filo) appetizer, Lavraki (whole snapper) as my entre and Loukamades (Greek doughnut equivalent to beignets or maybe sopapillas). Â Greek coffee to polish off the experience. Â Left stuffed.
Yianni's is tucked away off of 378 and easy to miss. Â Don't though. Â The atmosphere is relaxing. Â The furniture was custom-made, imported from Greece. Â Dinner can be served anywhere in the restaurant: bar, lounge area or dining room. Â This is my new favorite when I travel to the area.
This place is the ultimate Â Greek Experience, , Amazing Seafood, The Saghanaki, and Grilled Octopus is the best, Â Surprisingly the most reasonable kids menu I have ever seen in a restaurant of this caliber Â and the Euro Lounge is always a good time.
The best way to enjoy Yianni's is with a Pa-ray-ya Â (group of friends). Cant wait for the outside patio to open.
The food is excellent and very authentic. Â Everything on the menu that was sampled was fantastic. Â This is a place where you need to be patient for the food, everything is fresh so it takes time to prepare.
The parking is plentiful and it is easy to find off of the highway. Â I would definitely go back again.
The food is pretty good here. I can't comment on the authenticity other than the fact that their gyro meat comes off of those giant rotating grill things and aren't from a bag of frozen strips like most "gyro joints" around here. I was actually shocked recently that a local favorite actually uses the frozen meat with all the additives and made no attempt to hide it. Yianni's proudly slices the meat for you from the grill! Huzzah!
Haven't had breakfast here in a while, but it was actually a great place for Sunday brunch. They bring out a great breakfast menu that is separate from their normal menu. The eggs and potatoes are spot on. Pricier than a diner for sure, but nothing unreasonable.
Service has been good.
Parking is a pain but at least they have a private parking lot.
Disappointing! This restaurant came highly recommended. We were looking forward to some great Greek cuisine. Unfortunately, our server was nowhere to be found most of the evening, thus making the service super slow.
I ordered the crab cakes as an appetizer and the braised lamb shank as my entree. Both were quite delicious, however my husband's order of the Greek meatballs and beef and lamb gyro were sub-par. Both were overcooked and dry. On a positive note, their desserts are delicious!
Ill ate there a few times while the food in general is ok and unfortunately the octupus gets smaller every time - this time it was a 1/4 inch tentacle versa a solid peace the last time - at 13.- Â that is not good.
They were busy and service at lunch was very, very slow - they explained they messed up but did not even say sorry - that a big no !
Wow! Â Excellent, Authentic Greek food at its best in a swanky Euro-Mediterranean environment! Â They use the freshest ingredients and the food is sooooo amazing! Â And, the prices are so reasonable. Â I hate to say it, but, they should be charging more! Â But, shhhh, don't tell them that! Â The staff is amazing, too!!! Â I was there the other night, dining along side, who other than the Father from My Big Fat Greek Wedding!!! Â Enough said! Â You have got to check this place out! Â I can't wait to go back.Review Source:
I've been here a few times and it's always been great. I'd reccomend it to anyone looking to eat in the lehigh valley area (which doesn't have many great options.)
Food - flavorful, served warm, lots of options on the menu
Service - attentive, polite, some seem a bit inexperienced, never felt rushed by them but have only been during lunch when the place wasn't very busy
Atmosphere - clean, bright and sunny
Price - very reasonable
At first I was thinking "Oh God not another Greek place". Â Just what the Valley did not need... another Greek diner which you can find on just about any street around here, but, this is no diner. Â Atmosphere was great, food was great, service was awesome and the prices are reasonable. Â It's in bit of an odd location but definitely worth a stop by, especially once the weather turns warmer and you can sit outside. Â If only all Greek places in the Valley were like Yianni's! Â The did a great job on this place.Review Source:
My friend and I visited Yianni's Taverna for the first time this week and were pleasantly surprised by the EXCELLENT service and delicious, authentic food. Dennis, our waiter, was very personable! We couldn't have asked for a better waiter. We even decided to leave him a 30% tip. We ordered the Saganaki, which was delicious, a little too much lemon (would've preferred to put it on myself), but otherwise, it was delicious. For our entrees, we both ordered the Liga Ap Pollo which was a sampler of a few of their popular dishes. The prices were VERY reasonable for the amount of food you get and the quality far surpassed our expectations. I would definitely recommend the Liga Ap Pollo to anyone having trouble making up their mind on which delicious entree to order. You get a bit of everything! Also, make sure to come on an empty stomach! Portions are HUGE! I have nothing but great things to say about this restaurant and I can't wait to come back again! Make sure you check it out!Review Source:
Very good restaurant. Â Everything is good -- especially the appetizers and salads -- fresh, authentic, varied. Â Good wines, if perhaps a bit pricey for what you're getting. Â The service is also very nice and attentive. Â In summer, you can sit out on their deck -- one of the few decent "al fresco" dining opportunities in the Lehigh Valley.Review Source:
The Bottom Line: Excellent and authentic Greek cuisine at very reasonable prices.
I've eaten twice now at Yianni's and each time the food was excellent. Â Since I went with big parties both times, I had the opportunity to try several appetizers and main courses. Â I loved everything I tried!! Â The fish dishes are outstanding as are the traditional Greek fares, such as souvlaki, moussaka and pastitsio. Â The lemon baked potatoes are out of this world.
It's a very busy place, and the service is quite good. Â Lots of twenty-something servers, but they've been trained very well.
The only thing I think they can improve on (but it's really no big deal if you focus on the food) is the atmosphere. Â Very noisy and oftentimes you feel like you're right on top of the next table. Â However, I will say, that if you've ever been to a real Greek Taverna, this is really what it's like....one big happy family. Â Like I said, it's just a personal preference; I prefer to dine with a bit less crowd noise.
My suggestion? Â Turn up the Greek music for ambiance!!! Â The music is rather loud in the parking lot, but once you step inside, it's barely noticeable. Â It simply gets drowned out by the cafeteria-style crowd noise.
But that's just me.....
Next time I go, I plan on sitting outside.
So, if you're looking for superb Greek and Mediterranean style food at very reasonable prices, Yiannis Taverna is the place to go in the Lehigh Valley. Â They are simply the best.
Yianni's has been great every time I've been there. In addition to it being a good Greek restaurant, it's good to even have an authentic Greek restaurant in the area. The interior is comfortable; somewhere between casual and formal, and there's a nice little patio for the warmer months. The staff is helpful and knowledgeable about their menu and the service is good as well. But, the best part of all, the reason to go back - is the food!Review Source:
I went for the first time today & was very impressed with all the new renovations & outdoor patio. The server, Ryan, was very nice & accomodating as were the hostess & staff. The grilled octopus was incredible. Â The Food was very good & the godiva chocolate syrup on the cheesecake was decadent. I look forward to returning.Review Source: