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Yanni's at Mackenzie Market
3102 State St, Santa Barbara
Phone: (805) 682-2051

Reviews by the General Public

"Home", 10/24/2015
Reviewer: Rodger Dawson from Santa Barbara, CA
Often we go "out" to eat @a restaurant in order to find a change of atmosphere (as well as take a break from our own customary cooking), but going to "Ianni's" is like coming "in" to a place that feels like "home" - not because it looks like home, but because I get to enjoy the informality of home. For instance, sometimes when Ianni finishes preparing the dish (& there aren't several others waiting for theirs) he might sit down with me & chat! Some restaurants are of course more formal, & that may be preferable depending on the occasion, but for simply wonderful true Greek-style tasty food (that I don't have to make, & clean up afterward), Ianni's fits the "bill"!

Neglected, Dirty and Still Open?, 10/3/2015
Reviewer: Vic Tanny from Santa Barbara, CA
These reviews are obviously posted by friends and family. We tried their gyro to compare it with Metropulos. It was not very good, where as at Metropulos every bite was divine. Also the atmosphere, or lack there of was like eating in a filthy storage garage. Even the sign outside advertises an old business no longer there. Not sure how this place stays open.

BEST PLACE IN SB, 9/1/2015
Reviewer: Ariana from Santa Barbara, CA
This is hands down not only the BEST greek food here, and absolutely delicious for any town, it is the best restaurant in town especially if you value local, quaint places serving homemade food. The owners are really nice people, the food is fresh and delicious. They will even make some special Spanakopitas once in awhile that are wonderful and different! Highly recommend!

Great Food Great Hospitality, 1/30/2015
Reviewer: Anna from Santa Barbara, CA
After driving by the Market on a daily basis, I decided to stop after reading wonderful reviews of the food on this site. I ordered the tri-tip sandwich and my friend ordered the tri-tip gyro. The meat was tender, juicy with a hint of smoke not overpowering. They also have pork tri-tip & chicken salad which goes fast. The family is so hospitable and you feel like old friends when you have lunch here. I highly recommend stopping by to have a sandwich. You will not be disappointed.

Fantastic! (Actually 7 stars!!)
Reviewer: Chuck from Santa Barbara, CA
I had briefly forgotten how good Yanni's Gyros are; I decided to pick one up in addition to my usual tri-tip. Yanni does not disappoint (he manages the food at the Greek Festival). Truly awesome sandwiches; maybe the other reviewer is correct - it must have something to do with the cellophane wrapping.... Naah, it is Yanni's excellent deli skills and knowledge...

Reviewer: Chris from Santa Barbara, CA
Hands down without a doubt the best tri-tip sandwich i've ever bought. No idea how i went this long without ever going there, but that's going to change, this is my go to place for lunch now. John (? the owner?) great guy, real humble and real skilled with the food.

Joe really
Reviewer: Penny from Santa Barbara, CA
Yannis has the best Greek food in town hands-down. Yannis tri tip is mouthwatering. Joe must've really had a bad day,maybe he has tastebuds somewhere other than his mouth.

Reviewer: rick from Solvang
We love the food. Amazing. Make sure to add the feta! I drive over from Solvang just to eat at Yannis!

Different experience from Joe's
Reviewer: Chuck from Santa Barbara, CA
I've been to Yanni's a number of times, and certainly haven't had the same experience as Joe. I have NEVER experienced the conditions he describes, and IMO the sandwiches are excellent, as I posted in a previous review. Maybe Joe came in on a bad day, but his experience certainly is NOT consistent with mine.....

Reviewer: Joe from Santa Barbara, CA
Food just ok. Service just ok. The place was filthy dirty run down piles of trash in restroom and dining room floor had lots of dirt and debris.

Really, really excellent tri-tip sandwich
Reviewer: Chuck from Santa Barbara, CA
I usually go to Yannis' for his Gyro, which is by far the best in Santa Barbara, but after reading the reviews below I decided to try the tri-tip sandwich... The positive reviews are absolutely true - that tri-tip was quite possibly the best I have ever had. Thick slices of tri-tip..... I had to go home and sleep it off. Yanni is a great guy too...... I GOTTA remember to go there more often.

Reviewer: Debra from Santa Barbara, CA
My daughter called me on the weekend, and said she just ate 'the best tri-tip sandwich EVER"....Right!! lol Since we all know "good food", I drove a few blocks up by MacKenzie Park, and little did I know what was waiting inside...A HIDDEN jewel!! The owner was soooo friendly and fun to talk to...Ordered the tri-tip sandwich, and yes it is the best around, including Santa Maria!! The special herbs, seasonings, and the method in which he cooks the meat leaves the sandwich tender, moist, tasty, and not to mention the crunchy outside/soft inside fabulous bread!!!! It was so big, I had to split it with my 21-yr old son who feasted on the last 1/2....Now, I find myself craving that special sandwich, but there's lots more awesome Greek food that awaits!!! A+++++!

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