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The Greek at the Harbor Kitchen Nightmares

In this Kitchen Nightmares episode, Chef Gordon Ramsay visits The Greek at the Harbor in Ventura, California.

The Greek at the Harbor is owned by Greeks Makis and Lynn Mikelatos, who have been running the restaurant since 1994.

Located in a popular vacation location the restaurant was successful in the 1990s but Makis is tired having worked for 17 years and the standards have dropped along with the number of customers.

Their son Aris wants to get more hands on in the restaurant and try to turn things around but his father isn’t ready to listen to him.

Makis believes Aris is good with people but he doesn’t work well in the kitchen.

Gordon arrives and is impressed with the busy location of the restaurant.

He meets Lynn, Makis and Aris, sits them down to talk about the restaurant and discovers they haven't made any money in years.

They tell Gordon the more time and money they have dedicated to the restaurant, the more it has declined and it is close to closure.

Gordon is astounded to find out Makis has worked 7 days a week for 17 years straight, without taking any vacation time.

Makis has no plans of handing over the restaurant to his son even though he says he is committed to the business.

Makis rates the food a 10 saying the food and recipes are authentic Greek recipes.

Gordon is served by Demetri and orders calamari, some sampler platters and moussaka.

Demetri is not complimentary about the food and Gordon finds his first dish, the calamari is very greasy.

As he awaits more food he takes a look around the dining room and Gordon finds the decor dated and hideous.

He also notices two misplaced disco balls and the heavy tablecloth is covering a beautiful table.

The hummus is watery and Gordon sucks it up with a straw, the meatballs are cold in the middle, and the falafel is flat.

He finds the moussaka disgusting and demands all the chefs come to meet him by his table.

He tells them the food has been bad and an embarrassment to Greece.

The kitchen staff complain they are Greek but aren't allowed to cook Greek food how they learned to do it.

Gordon arrives for dinner service and starts with a kitchen inspection.

He quickly discovers everything is pre-cooked and reheated.

Marika is the owner's daughter that works in the kitchen at the POS.

The food goes out quickly to the customers but the customers send it back just as quickly with complaints including raw and cold food.

The food along with their profits for the service gets thrown away into the bin.

Gordon speaks to Aris and he tells Gordon that his father is tired of running the restaurant but doesn't want to let go.

Aris starts a presentation of Greek dancing during dinner including spinning a table with his teeth and Gordon watches in disbelief.

They analyze some food sent back and Gordon is brutally honest about how poor the food is.

Makis gets emotional and leaves.

Gordon takes him aside to find out the source of the tension between father and son but gets nowhere.

The next day, he questions Lynn about it and finds out Aris was disrespectful to his parents at his graduation party at the restaurant, years ago.

He announced loudly he would make something of his life rather than work at the restaurant.

Gordon gets all three to sit down together to clear the air.

Aris had no idea how that statement affected their relationship, he apologies to his parents and promises to become more involved.

Gordon is still not convinced of Aris's commitment and he handcuffs father and son, challenging Makis to teach his son.

They do well for a handcuffed pair and make a Greek pasta dish which Gordon likes.

Makis promises to teach his son everything he knows about running the restaurant.

The Design team starts with the makeover and the next morning a new Greek themed restaurant is revealed.

The walls are whitewashed with a contrasting blue decor, Greek windmills on the ceiling and Greek flag shutters.

They are all pleasantly surprised and Makis hugs Gordon.

A new menu is revealed with a modern twist on traditional Greek dishes.

That night at relaunch, Makis oversees the salad station and Aris is the expediter.

Aris starts well and is vocal with food flying out quickly and the customers love the food.

Gordon gives him some feedback and the rush has an uncooked fish dish almost go out.

Aris tells the staff to slow down and focus on the dishes to make sure they are correctly made.

He spots mistakes and corrects them before they leave the kitchen. Makis is shocked at how well Aris is doing.

Gordon is impressed with the way he quickly stepped into the role.

Most importantly, the customers love the food and relaunch night is a success.



What Happened Next at The Greek at the Harbor?

Aris continued to lead the kitchen and is determined to keep up the high standards, the restaurant is packed and Makis is considering retiring!

The Greek is still open and their Facebook page shows regular specials, events and new menu items.

Yelp reviews are mostly positive but reviews from regulars shortly after the show was filmed didn't like all of Gordon's menu changes.

Trip Advisor reviews are mostly positive with the occasional negative review.

Planning a visit? Check out their website for opening hours and more information.

The Greek at the Harbor was aired on November 18 2011, the episode was filmed in August 2011 and is Kitchen Nightmares season 5 episode 7.


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This post was last updated in January 2021.

7 comments:

  1. So glad to see this one still open!

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  2. Me too!! Greetings from Holland

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  3. I am a pinball person, so I go around looking for locations with interesting pinball machines. My searches, one day, took me to Ventura Beach Carousel, which has a few rare and valuable machines for public play. (They are in terrible condition, but that's besides the point.) When I stopped by, I saw Greek at the Harbor right next door and thought that the name sounded familiar. My first guess was Kitchen Nightmares, but I wasn't 100% sure of that so I didn't eat there.

    I later found out that my hunch was right, so the next time I find myself there, I'll give Greek at the Harbor a visit. Not sure what to get though. Greek food is rather impenetrable to me; I have no idea what I'd like.

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    1. so... basically you just needed to say something about nothing? your review was pointless.

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  4. Every show the cook makes food days before reheats it calls it 10/10 quality food and wonders why the resaurant is failing. 95% of these shows, very few actually admit they are cooking crap. This was ok glad they turned it around and the daughter is a hottie

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  5. I'm glad these guys are still in business. The son seemed to be serious about joining the family business so it's great to see that he is sticking to it and the business is benefiting as a result.

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  6. These "regulars" complaining about the new changes are so annoying.

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