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“Tardis”
Review of Columbia Taverna

Columbia Taverna
Ranked #41 of 329 Restaurants in Great Yarmouth
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Greek
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Good for: Groups
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Suffolk, United Kingdom
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81 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
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“Tardis”
Reviewed 17 June 2013

A great little taverna. First the bad points. It is difficult to park close to the restaurant because of parking restrictions. Only residents can park in the surrounding strets before 6pm and all the residents are home and parked after 6pm. As others have mentioned the waiting area is cramped but our table was ready so we didn't have to use it. It is a little dark when you first enter but your eyes soon adjust. Nevertheless it is worth these minor hassles. The taverna looks like a small street corner pub but has extended into a couple of houses on one side without altering the outside appearance. The staff are all that you would want restaurant staff to be; cheerful, helpful, knowledgeable, and not too obtrusive. We opted for the lazy, hungry option. "The Meze". We really shouldn't have had any lunch or breakfast that day before our meal! From the salad through the cold dips and seafood to the fried seafood and lamb and beef it was delightful. Not realising how many dishes were coming we asked for, and received, some more bread to go with the dips. We should have asked for less dips! A really good evening out. The Meze, three beers, three J2Os less than £50 for the two of us. I last visited this place nearly 10 years ago and it is just as great.

  • Visited June 2013
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“Easily the best restaurant in Yarmouth.”
Reviewed 26 May 2013

First of all the very sad minority that have given poor and terrible reviews on this restaurant are dilluded and obviously rarely stray away from the usual Pizza Hut or McDonald's.

You will not find another restaurant in the whole country, let alone in Norfolk, that can cook you a steak on a real charcoal grill with quality local ingredients and at such great value. They serve many authentic Greek dishes with heart and passion. The main dishes are very cheap and then you have the choice of adding any vegetables you wish at a small charge. This way is brilliant as you are not obliged to pay £25 for a steak and get everything included that u don't necessarily want. If u want just steak and chips or steak with salad u order it the way u want it and save more than £10 compared to other top steakhouses. I am of Greek origin myself and you won't get any closer to Greek food without being in Greece. I very often have the set meze when I can't decide what to have as all the dishes are amazing. They bring you a taste of everything from seafood, kebabs, chops, dips, vegetables, vine leaves the list is endless and for £16 a head! Trust me you won't get as much quality freshly cooked food as you will with the mere and for such great value. Very friendly service from a family run restaurant that values their customers and their food. I love this place and if u don't you need to get out more ;)

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Georgio84
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UK
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63 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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“Very nice place to dine”
Reviewed 21 May 2013

Meal very good, Service excellent, Staff all very helpful.
Overall a great night out and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. 2md time there and must say there was only one small problem, which was the entrance or waiting area when waiting to be seated. It is far too small, a little uncomfortable and you are continually having to move around a small tight counter just to allow others to be seated or served. Difficult if more than two of you. Because of all this moving around and if busy - which it was, you can get missed by the staff and may be served out of turn. This could make for a damp start to the evening and spoil all the hard work by the staff. However I enjoyed our time there and the meal was very nice.

Visited May 2013
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Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom
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“StephCLayton-Boardley”
Reviewed 21 May 2013

I am a regular Customer at the Columbia and I love it! I have never had a bad dining experience there and never get bored with it. Love the ambience - it is so relaxing. The service is always good. Its my favourite Restaurant and I cannot fault it!

  • Visited May 2013
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“Atmospheric, good quality food, real sense of being invited into the owner home without feeling intrusive”
Reviewed 19 May 2013 via mobile

It does seem as though you've entered a very welcoming family home. The restaurant is very dimly lit and full of family mementos. They were more than accommodating of us, 3 adults & one baby, on Wed night without us having made a booking.
We opted for the meze and as only one of us eats seafood they were only happy to change parts of the menu for additional options without further charge. The food arrived promptly and we could see through to the kitchen and saw that all of the meat and fish dishes were prepared to order. All dishes were exactly how you'd expect home cooked Greek food to taste, well seasoned, tender meat, tasty fish and more food than we could eat! The staff were attentive without being intrusive and made a fuss of our 9mth old which she loved. They even didnt seem to mind the mess she'd made on the floor with all her food. Well worth a visit, we highly recommend trying the food here

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Josham121
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