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Messini

Posted by Staff / Listed on October 21, 2007 / review policy

Messini TorontoMessini offers a range of typical Greek favourites including spanakopita, souvlaki and, of course, Gyros. Say you will about the fries in Messini's version, the restaurant certainly has no problem making its signature offering known. Whether it is indeed authentically Greek or not (the inevitable conversation that seems to spawn from a Messini Gyros mention) the Gyros, like the rest of Messini's menu, is filling and delicious, best enjoyed on its Danforth patio on a late summer night

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36 Comments

ddt / March 31, 2009 at 07:38 pm
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Excellent value, great tastes, cool little belly dance performance on sundays.....only problem i had there and will not go back because of was the fellow in the front window in charge of putting stuff in pitas kept wiping his nose with his ungloved working hand, right in front of the take out area...
apetimberlake / April 2, 2009 at 01:33 pm
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^^^oh common.
Juan-aid / April 9, 2009 at 10:38 am
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Messini is a gem on the Danforth. The Gyro is alright...im more of a Shawarma kinda guy myself. Buuuuut I've taken tons of people here for the greek fries...and EVERYONE goes back for more! One of the best appetizers in Toronto!
Deanna / April 16, 2009 at 09:33 pm
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Good gyros but they act like their doing you a favor. Snotty attitude. They should be friendlier considering how much money they're making in there.
apetimberlake / April 25, 2009 at 11:48 am
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Serving drunk greeks at 3 am means you not getting good service.
WHO CARES WHEN YOU ACTUALLY COULD EAT 3 OF THOSE MONSTERS AND FALL ASLEEP 30 MINS AFTER ONLY TO WAKE UP IN A GARLIC HAZE BESIDE A GIRL NAMED TULA.
Tula / April 25, 2009 at 11:54 am
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Good morning.
ronald / September 1, 2009 at 11:40 pm
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Amazing pork gyros/Greek fries/calamari/spanokopita 10+
Kondosouvlis / September 2, 2009 at 04:07 pm
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"Authentic" gyros does not have fries inside the pitta. Period!
Jess / October 20, 2009 at 09:24 pm
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Truly authentic or not, the gyros at Messini are delicious. Period.



Hanna / December 10, 2009 at 01:15 am
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Def like this place. I usually get the chicken stick w/ roasted potatoes, real good! Just a liiiittle too greasy though.
Marty / January 26, 2010 at 12:37 pm
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This place is OK. That is all, the gyros here are nothing spectacular, they fill the gyros with fries instead of meat to cut costs. The price isn't bad for what you get....but I would not go out of my way for a meal here.
Anna / March 21, 2010 at 04:38 pm
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try Folia Grill.
Ina / March 21, 2010 at 04:43 pm
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They're souvlakis are alright.
Cas replying to a comment from Marty / March 21, 2010 at 04:48 pm
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I agree. + the souvlaki was sorta dry...
but i'd be up to try their gyros!
QuiteFrankly / March 22, 2010 at 04:50 pm
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Not very friendly service, and the souvlaki was really onion-y.
LiCo / August 13, 2010 at 09:59 pm
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Their gyros are really good.
Sharon / September 25, 2010 at 10:55 pm
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We just had the chicken souvlaki in a pita and the kebab in a pita. It was alright. Not enough meat, and the fries are ok (would've sacrificed the fries to get more meat if that was an option). Tzatziki was good. Portion is just medium sized and the chicken was actually pretty small. They had a line up so had to wait 20 mins for the order. Should've gone to Louis Authentic Gyros & Souvlaki (right next door!) instead. Oh well. Next time, will go try Louis for sure.
Alek / June 22, 2011 at 12:39 pm
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Rudest people ever. Authentic? Not really. Authentic Greek service is very polite and friendly. Gyros might remotely resemble the "real thing". In reality, the pork is chewy, salty and spiced up with the gross attitude of the people here. Avoid giving them your hard earned $$. (even if it seems cheap on the 1st look).
Patrick replying to a comment from Kondosouvlis / September 20, 2011 at 11:41 pm
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Every Greek friend of mine has told me that in Greece, they put fries in their gyros. PERIOD.
Chris / December 15, 2011 at 09:45 am
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Warning - this isn't a review of the food, but of the ownership.

Went here last night to accompany my g/f, who belly dances. She and 2 of her friends were "hired" by the restauranteur to provide entertainment for a private party. However, after services rendered, the owner refused to pay a single dime, citing that it wasn't right to tease the customers and then leave them all hot and bothered. Excuse me??? Belly dance is an art form, not a strip show. This is a fast food Greek restaurant, not a Gentlemen's Club. The owner is a total penny pinching sleaze bag.

The customers themselves were rude, asking the women for lap dances. Again, these girls are professional belly dancers, not strippers. Ironically, this was a private function for police officers. Ban this place if you have any moral standard.
Shaun / January 22, 2012 at 10:58 pm
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Nothin beats the combo here... 2 Gyros, Greek Fries and a Greek Salad for 15 bucks... Way more then enough food and it's delicious
Cindy / January 31, 2012 at 11:59 am
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Love their food, always go there for great food for a great deal anytime of the day. My top 2 fav pitas are their veg pita or their kabob 1/2 lamb and 1/2 beef love them both; can never complain about their food or service. very busy place with friendly service, and I can never stress enough that their food is amazing!!
David / August 12, 2012 at 12:28 pm
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You can't seriously believe that this is the best gyro in town?? When you are filling it with greasy disgusting french fries in order to not fill the pita with meat and this "elusive" tzatziki sauce that can't be considered a gyro.

In addition, I love when the order takers do not communicate with their line cooks with respect to take out orders and then yell at customers because it is your fault for giving them your money.

lola / December 2, 2012 at 12:03 pm
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ick. tasteless food and crappy service. This is not good food. so greasy
berdjo / December 8, 2012 at 12:39 pm
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look guys i am from montreal messini is a true gem you guys don't know what you have there each time i come over for the taste of the danforth from all the greek restaurant on danforth if the food at messini is okay nothing special why is there a line up to eat at messini trust me the chicken and the lamb gyros are amazing !!!!!!!!!!!
Anton replying to a comment from Kondosouvlis / February 28, 2013 at 12:54 am
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Gyros is served with fries inside in Athens, therefore it is "authentic". It might be a 'new' thing, but nonetheless as in the homeland.
Wojtek / March 17, 2013 at 10:46 am
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Been going to this place for years. Love their Greek fries, gyros and Greek salads! Quick, tasty and affordable food! 5stars
Doris / March 23, 2013 at 11:22 pm
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I was impressed with the Messini on the Danforth but was greatly disappointed with their location on Yonge Street. The service was not good. The tables were dirty and the waitress did not know something so simple as cleaning a table. I did not like the fact that they call out your number to pick up your own dinner on a tray as if it's a school cafeteria. The gyro was dry and tasteless. The fetta cheese was not goat cheese but cow cheese. Anyone from Greece will notice this right away. I asked for meat gyro without fries and they served it on a tiny dish that is the size of a saucer, therefore food would fall off every time I put my fork on it. The tomatoe in the salad was not bite sizes, my jaw got tired from having to open my mouth so wide - since when do people have to cut up their own salad when they dine out? Is it really difficult to have one or two of the girls that work there to take orders and bring the dinner to your table? Customer service is seriously lacking and you at least owe that to your customers. I won't be going again.
Laurouu / April 4, 2013 at 10:59 pm
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I used to go to Messini's like a sucker!
Now I go to the place literally next door. The meat is better, there are never any line ups and the gyros are cheaper/bigger. People in the area consider it one of the area's best kept secrets.
tigerlily / May 2, 2013 at 06:41 pm
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I am from Montreal too, this place is crap! Long lines for cheap, not good, food.
C replying to a comment from Kondosouvlis / July 19, 2013 at 04:13 pm
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Actually...I lived in Northern Greece for a year and anytime I got a Gyros there were fries inside. They may not be traditional...but that's how they make it in Greece
Doodle / February 9, 2014 at 11:21 pm
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Cleverly disguised as a Gyro, the pita is dry bread and tastes nasty, Alexandros is the best on the Danforth, I know because I have lived here for 17 years and I have tried every place here. Amonia family owned nice atmosphere, Estoria nice lamb dinner, Louies dirty, cheap and to many bones in the Gyros, I broke a tooth in 2008 havent eaten there since, Square boys has great chicken souvlaki dinner. Megas used to have nice Gyros but they dont try at all, the meat seems old everytime I have eaten there. ALEXANDROS!! is by far the best, trust me, (for Gyros)
Sam / March 17, 2014 at 04:54 pm
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The absolute worst souvlaki in Toronto. The amount of meat tenderizers is sickening... Literally! Every time we've eaten there we left bloated and sick! No thank you!!!
Lola / March 18, 2014 at 01:09 pm
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Bad bad service. The food is so greasy and tasteless. I can not understand why this place is always so crowded. My only thought is....cheap. Sometimes cheap is not the way to go. Spend a couple extra bucks and go elsewhere.
bob's your uncle / March 18, 2014 at 08:21 pm
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Worst food ever, even worse service. Nice bathroom though. Food order is never right, they always find a way to mess up even the simplest of requests. Owner and management also believe that serving a salad with brown lettuce is acceptable.
n / April 26, 2014 at 10:27 am
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Nick..they don't know

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