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The Greek at the Harbor Kitchen Nightmares

Chef Gordon Ramsay visits The Greek at the Harbor in Ventura, California.

The Greek's owners husband and wife Makis and Lynn Mikelatos have been running the restaurant since 1994.

The restaurant was successful in the 90s but Makis is tired and the standards have dropped, with this the customers have also dropped.

Their son Aris wants to get more hands on in the restaurant but his father won't let him.

Gordon arrives and is impressed with the busy location.

He meets Lynn and Makis and sits them down to talk about the restaurant and discovered 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.

Gordon meets server Demetri and orders calamari, sampler platters and moussaka, he says the food is greasy, "dreadful" and an embarrassment to Greece.

The chefs just say they are doing what they are told by Makis.

Gordon arrives for a dinner service and starts with a kitchen inspection and discovers everything is pre-cooked and reheated.

The food goes out quickly to the customers but the customers send it back just as quickly.

Gordon speaks to Aris and he tells Gordon that his father is tired of running the restaurant.

The source of the tension between father and son is discovered by Ramsay.

At his graduation party Aris said that he did not want to work in a restaurant and wanted to make something of himself, this insulted Makis.

The air is cleared and Aris becomes more involved.

They cook a dish together with Makis teaching Aris the dish and Gordon likes it.

The restaurant receives a makeover, removing the disco balls and the menu is also revamped.

On relaunch night, Aris is in charge, it gets off to a shaky start with substandard food getting through to the customers but he pulls it off for a successful relaunch.

Gordon is impressed with the way he quickly stepped into the role and importantly, the customers love the food.

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 August 2019.

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  1. So glad to see this one still open!

  2. Me too!! Greetings from Holland

  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.

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

  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

  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.

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


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