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Hydra Estiatorio Mediterranean, Vancouver, BC

Hydra Estiatorio Mediterranean

4.5
4.5
241 reviews
CAN$30 and under
Mediterranean
Welcome back!
The health and safety of our guests and staff is our utmost priority.
As we welcome you back for Dine-in Service we want you to know that we have implemented enhanced measures to our already meticulous health, safety and cleanliness protocols.
Seating capacity reduced by 50% (6 ppl)
Tables and surfaces will be sanitized after each use
Team has completed enhanced training, will be wearing PPE and undergoes daily health checks.
Increased hand washing/sanitizer stations for guests and staff.
Single use and digital menus

Please avoid joining us if you feel unwell or have traveled outside of Canada in the last 14 days (Delivery available)
Maintain physical distancing and obey signage
Follow proper hand hygiene and coughing/sneezing etiquette
Thanks for your support!
Named after the beautiful Greek island in the Aegean Sea, Hydra offers Vancouver’s freshest selections from the sea and local farms. Traditional dishes brought to you with perfect execution at Hydra Estiatorio.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 20 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Greek, Seafood

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (604) 416-0880

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Culinary Director: Mark Greenfield

  • Private party facilities

    Our Beautiful Cabana offers a light and airy socially distant private dining room for larger groups

Offers

  • The Happiest Happy Hour

    Multiple dates available
    Mon - Wed - 11:00 - 15:00,Fri - 11:00 - 15:00
    Enjoy $5 drinks and $10 plates, 7 days a week from 3-6 PM

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What 241 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Vancouver

    Hot Spot

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  1. G

    Grelly666

    Vancouver

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    First time here. Location is great right inside the xchange hotel. Drinks were nice. Food was okay - I definitely need to give it a second try to be fair because the dishes beside me looked fabulous. Our server John was running off his feet with two large groups but he held us own. Final verdict to be determined. I do recommend for others to try.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Todo perfecto. Excelente lugar para comer mediterranean food muy bien ejecutada y servicio excelente. Vinos caros como en todo Canada.
  3. B

    Barnetbob

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 26 September 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Goid food , excellent service
  4. JN

    JeanN

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 September 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience4
    The restaurant is beautiful and we were seated right away at a very small , oddly positioned table.The knife we were given couldn’t cut the meat. Didn’t finish the lamb or beef souvlaki.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My joe favourite restaurant
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Roman was a friendly a very helpful server. He assisted in mail and wine recommendations that were spot on. The calamari was prepared differently than we anticipated, but the best I have had. The lamb chops were worthy of gnawing the bone and the tuna was delicious. We saw new friends at the bar on the way out and were treated to an amazing cocktail prepared by Nyck that he called the Golden Bird.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 September 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    This was the worst experience I’ve ever had at a restaurant. We were taking out a friend from out of town. Food was undercooked, no one attended to us for the first 30 minutes. They forgot what we ordered multiple times and the servers were absolutely awful, they saw us looking around for our drinks/food and didn’t even come by. I don’t know how this place is still up and running. Beyond disappointed.
  8. S

    Steve

    New Mexico

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on 20 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific food and venue. Bright and modern. Lots of small groups. Heart of Vancouver.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 20 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Elegant restaurant close to waterfront. Amazing happy hour choices. Been back twice now and keep going back. Oysters are medium sized, lamb keftedes are delicious, and the pitas with the spreads are my favorites. If you must have dessert, the bougatsa is enough for 3 or 4 people and is not cloyingly sweet. The serving staff are attentive and friendly. You won't be disappointed inviting friends or family here. Nicely posh.
  10. N

    Nabs

    Vancouver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 16 September 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great food and awesome service
  11. T

    Teresa

    Vancouver

    31 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on 14 September 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    It was alright, excepted more in acknowledgement of my uncle’s n birthday occasion like that of the Glowbal chain restaurants. We will not be back!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Maggie was outstanding. Great place
  13. HA

    HaraldA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 September 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Went there for dinne. Food was good (and plentiful). Music level was a bit high. Happy with service and overall style.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 5 September 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Food was not good. Saganaki was warm, I expect it to be hot after being lighted. The grilled octopus was cut in little pieces and served warm also with some greens (I am not sure if this is a special way of serving this dish but not the way I expect grilled octopus to be served). We ordered a whole fish which was grilled. My impression was the fish was not grilled enough. The fish' bone were removed. Unfortunately in a not good way that is an awful lot of bones were left in the meat. The service was not good, very slow and at times the staff did not know where some of the food should go to. It was one of multiple restaurants I went to that I was truly disappointed about in Vancouver but maybe I compared this restaurant to Toronto's Danforth Greek area.
  15. d

    davidc

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 September 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Food very good, staff was generally friendly enough but at times hit and miss, drinks service was behind and took long to arrive.
  16. B

    Becky2011

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 3 September 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    The food was not as good as expected and the service was very rushed and not the best. Would not choose to dine here again.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 September 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Birthday boy
  18. HG

    HoagyG

    Vancouver

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 1 September 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Beautiful room. Quite noisy, partly because of a large group but also because this is another restaurant which has chosen to have a bar in the same space. The servers seemed to be a bit confused at first (perhaps someone was absent?) but settled down after a while and became quite good. Our food was excellent, particularly our main of whole grilled sea bream. Servers were friendly and efficient. Overall a pleasurable experience but we may hesitate to go back because of the noise level.
  19. RT

    RTWRob

    Austin

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on 1 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Creative presentations and delicious food all around. The eggplant mezze (don’t think we can call it baba ganoush!) was really special. The family style dinners were amply sized and suitable for three or four. We will definitely return - even the persnickety among our group of six we’re happy!
  20. L

    Laguna

    Vancouver

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on 1 September 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anniversary
  21. LS

    LeonardS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 August 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Great food. Loud atmosphere. The service was adequate but nothing special. The lamb was excellent as were the oysters.
  22. JW

    JosephineW

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and wonderful well lit restaurant Ambient noise was a little loud at times but overall a great place to take clients for an impressive lunch
  23. RT

    RobertT

    Naples

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 August 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience4
    The service went for okay to horrible. Our waitress was talking care of tables around. Us and never looked toward our tAble. We couldn’t get her attention as we finished our meal. I should have timed it but it was at least 25 minutes with no service. I said to my wife let’s add up what the meal cost and we put the money on the table and walked out. I have never done anything like that. Needless to say we weren’t noticed. What a disappointing evening on what was a special anniversary. This restaurant doesn’t deserve it’s ranking.
  24. c

    courttm

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 August 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Overall a really great experience! The food and drinks were outstanding. The family style portions was just the right amount. The only thing that didn't give it 5 stars all around was the attentiveness of our server. After being seated it look 30 mins for them to come over to take our drink order and then throughout the rest of the night it felt like we were always trying to wave them down to take our orders, clear the table, etc. Seeing all the other tables/servers I believe this was a onetime instance and would for sure recommend to go back.
  25. Y

    Yiayia

    Charleston

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 19 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dinners and cocktails exceeded our expectations. The kitchen pays attention to details when it comes to presentation. Erin, our server, was welcoming and very accommodating!!
  26. SQ

    SusieQ1

    Dallas

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 17 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The grilled whole fish served family style was outstanding.
  27. MI

    MIKER

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 August 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    My wife and I went here for our 45th anniversary which I mentioned when I booked our reservation but obviously no one paid attention because they never mentioned it. After we checked into the hotel we went for a drink and appies at the bar and the bartender was excellent and we had the kalamari which because my wife doesn't like spicy food we had them hold the chillis and it was one of the best we ever had. When we came back for dinner (and the no mention of our anniversary) we were sat behind a big post (so much for ambiance). I ordered the kalamari again for an appy a big mistake as I didn't have them hold the chillis and it was far too spicey and my wife had the spanokipita. The waitress brought mine and when we asked where the spanokipita was she said it was coming (we are sure she forgot it) and a few minutes later she brought it and while it was good my wife said it was a little cold (maybe we should have sent it back but we hate complaining). Next the waitress brought new silverware and just plunked it down on the right side (table setting 101-knife on right side fork on left). The main course I had lamb chops-excellent and my wife had the crab stuffed lobster tail also excellent the only hiccup was part way through my wife ordered a second glass of wine and it still hadn't arrived by the end of the meal. When asked about it the waitress said it was very busy at the bar but it would come soon. We cancelled the wine and ordered 2 Kir Royales which showed up within minutes (brought to us by the bartender we had when we had been in earlier). Next came the bill and I do not like places that recommend what the tip should be in this case just circle 18%, 20%, or 22%. I wrote down 15% and circled that (we gave the barman 20% earlier). This is suppose to be a high scale restaurant and the prices certainly reflect that but the staff are mostly dressed far too casually. One wore blue jeans and t-shirt and was in charge! The owner's pants seemed about to fall off too.
  28. G

    Gigi56

    Sacramento

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 13 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came here on a visit to Vancouver and were glad we did. We sampled many of the small plates during happy hour and they were all delicious. We especially liked the grilled vegetables and spanakopita. Wonderful ambiance and staff too! They made us feel welcome!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From the service, to the food, and all the ambience, this is a spot not to miss. My new favourite restaurant in Vancouver.
  30. MK

    MaureenK

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    It was good but not great. Very expensive. New server who was, well, new. Had grilled octopus, calamari and an entree. I guess I expected to be thrilled but wasn’t.
  31. OM

    OrlandoMom

    Jacksonville

    73 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    73 reviews

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We arrived at 5:30 to take advantage of the Happy Hour. Really fantastic options - so glad we did. $10 bites and reduced drinks. The Berry Bramble (a gin drink) was the featured cocktail. So I like my drinks a bit sweet - this is not sweet in the least. So, if you don’t like sweet, you’ll like it. Ordered the green salad (not Happy Hour), lamb meatballs and lamb sliders. All were very good. The salad was a lettuce and kale mix, with a little cheese and breadcrumbs sprinkled on. The dressing was perfectly paired. The meatballs were a bit spicy and solid and needed a knife to cut. They came in a very spicy and flavorful red pepper sauce (like a marinara but with red peppers), and some smooth goat cheese cream. The dish definitely had a kick. I ate them with some tzatziki which calmed them a bit. The braised lamb sliders were pulled lamb (like pulled pork). It tasted like lamb shanks, which were perfectly braised. They didn’t have a lot of lamb on them, but they were delicious. Too full for dessert! Our server Maggie was very pleasant and efficient.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Excellente cuisine. Personnel très sympa mais dommage que la musique va trop fort !
  33. MP

    MarkhamP

    Toronto

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 August 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    Food was okay but nothing memorable. One of the female servers there was extremely rude. For the prices they are charging, I expect better service. I would not recommend this place.
  34. SH

    SusanH

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 1 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outrageously fresh and delicious seafood. Ceviche a must-try. Salmon with crispy skin was swoon-worthy. Good old moussaka just yummy. The "crudo" appetizer (lean tuna - sort of sashimi?) was fine, but the tuna is a bit lean to pass off as sashimi. Stick with the ceviche and you can't go wrong. The paloma mocktail with rose syrup & petals was not only beautiful and smelled great, but tasted wonderful. Highly recommended!
  35. l

    luvchocsouffle

    Vancouver

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Went for Happy Hour and found it to be a great value. Food and drinks were excellent and service was friendly and prompt.
  36. A

    Atahualpa

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good staff, delicious food, great quality. Excellent choice.
  37. LW

    LindsayW

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We only had one night in Vancouver and this was where we chose for dinner. It did not disappoint! We tried a little bit of everything! The spreads platter was awesome and for all meat lovers the lamb keftedes was an excellent choice. We also enjoyed the green salad, saganaki and moussaka. The atmosphere is great here as well!
  38. KH

    KirstiH

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience3
    The bottle of wine we ordered and that was recommended wasn’t brought to our table until the meal was almost over. Also, it was terrible wine that was recommended. The food was decent though and the waitress seemed like she was doing her best but overwhelmed.
  39. JB

    JenniferB

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service2ambience5
    Our third time here and the food keeps us coming back. We always get the salt-baked fish and it's amazing each time. My husband loves the potatoes that come with the meal. For the first time we were early enough for the Happy Hour menu and enjoyed the bubbles as we were there for a celebration dinner. Two negative changes this time: the brussel sprout portion has shrunk from our two previous visits (lovely, tasty side order), and the service missed the mark this time. I would like to know the difference between the fish, and was told the three options were "All the same, basically. They're all white fish." Previously, we were told whether the fish was best suited to the salt-bake cooking method, oil level, and the firmness of the fish. This time, nothing. Our server was slow and confused, delayed greeting and first order, forgetting our cocktail ("I wrote it down, I just forgot to order it"), and dumping water all over the table each time our glasses were refilled. It was as though we had a temp server brought in from a suburban burger and fries pub. The staff member who filleted our fish was great. So in summary, awesome decor, amazing fish, great Pick Me Up cocktail. We've been in for a birthday, an anniversary, and a celebration, and we'll be back again, hopefully with more refined service.
  40. DS

    DavidS

    Vancouver

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are usually cautious of "on line, best of..." recommendations, but in this case the guidance was spot on. What a hidden gem Hydra is. Excellent staff from the front door to the table service. The menu was exactly looking for, camelari, crab cake, chicken souvlaki and moussaka, all perfectly prepared. Highly recommend Hydra for lunch...now to return for dinner.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Hydra Estiatorio Mediterranean does offer delivery in partnership with Skip The Dishes and Uber Eats. Hydra Estiatorio Mediterranean also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (604) 416-0880.

Hydra Estiatorio Mediterranean is rated 4.5 stars by 241 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 20 times today
Google Map for Hydra Estiatorio Mediterranean

475 Howe Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 2B3

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Pender

  • Area

    Downtown

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Mediterranean, Greek, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    Hotel Parking

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Culinary Director: Mark Greenfield

  • Additional

    Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining

  • Phone number

    (604) 416-0880

  • Private party facilities

    Our Beautiful Cabana offers a light and airy socially distant private dining room for larger groups

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