Restaurant Review: You can call it a bit of a dive or you can call it an ancient historic sight. This restaurant has been in business since 1989.
Staying true to the small local feel, Zorba’s Greek Restaurant has only one location, so you’ll have to make the trip to Broadway in Chula Vista to enjoy the statues of Greek gods and a bar that features Ouzo. (Psst! not to spark another war with Troy, but your neighbors in Turkey have that same drink and they call it Raki.)
Zorba’s features a hometown buffet replete with Greek specialities we all love. Of course, you can buy dishes A La Carte, but why? Instead, I would try all the delights like an Athenian. My favorites are the Mousaka (a Greek lasagna that includes eggplant, potatoes and ground beef, topped with Besamel sauce), Avgolemono (chicken and rice in a savory egg-lemon broth), Dolmathes (grape leaves wrapped with ground beef and rice) and lamb. Lots of lamb.
For vegetarians, this is a fairly good choice. There’s a good number of salads (including tabouli), lentil soup and a vegetarian platter. Warm dishes include green beans, lima beans, couscous, pita bread and my personal favorite: Spanakopita (spinach and cheeses wrapped in Fillo dough).
There’s also lots of baklava and other desserts.
It isn’t over-crowded and the ambience makes you feel that you’ve landed somewhere at the bottom of the acropolis on a Spring evening when the tourists haven’t yet descended.
The restaurant has a bunch of disco balls on the ceiling, in keeping with their ‘modern Greek’ theme. They also have a live band with a mandolin player stroking authentic Greek tunes. The back wall has a poster of the movie “Zorba The Greek” as well as a modern painting of the three goddesses who asked Paris to pick the most beautiful goddess. His answer launched the Greek and Trojan war.
Note to the men: please don’t launch a war over the goddesses in Chula Vista.
Why do I say that? Because Zorba’s has two dinner seatings on Saturdays and Sundays: one at 6:30pm and the other at 8:30pm. One hour after each seating, the restaurant hosts a troupe of belly dancers.
You heard right.
Local belly dancers show off their stuff at 7:30pm and again at 9:30pm every weekend.
Don’t forget to check out the three naked goddesses right next to the fat little baker statue by the dessert counter. Above your head, a tile mosaic of three buffed Greek men are dancing Athenian style.
Where: 100 Broadway, Chula Vista, CA 91910
Prices: It’s $16 per person for the buffet. Appetizers and Salads range from $6.95-10.95. Dinner specialities range from $15-20.