BIZNOTE FOLLOWUP: Gyros on Alki Avenue now open

Six weeks after we first mentioned Gyros on Alki Avenue was on the way, it’s open. After a tip from Tina (thank you!), we went down to verify.

The space at 2716 Alki Avenue SW was home to Phoenecia until December 2018 (they of course are now in The Junction). Gyros on Alki Avenue will be open 10 am-9 pm daily, seven days a week. No website but here’s the menu board – click the photos for a closer look – note they have coffee, too:

(There’s also a delivery-site version of the menu online.) The former Alki Cleaners site next door is still vacant; our followup inquiries to the people who had tentative plans for a market have gone unanswered.

31 Replies to "BIZNOTE FOLLOWUP: Gyros on Alki Avenue now open"

  • N January 20, 2022 (2:55 pm)

    Excited to try. On a side note times are changing fast – $17 for a gyro and fries lunch.  Getting pricey for a family to hit up a counter service place these days.

  • AlkiBean January 20, 2022 (3:17 pm)

    Can’t wait to try it!

  • Tina January 20, 2022 (3:44 pm)

    Super good, especially for opening day. The prices might seem a little high, but the portions are huge. I ordered a “kids bowl” – it’ll be 3 or 4 meals for me. Highly recommend.

  • oh well January 20, 2022 (4:01 pm)

    I was looking forward to trying this place, but it is too expensive for me. I will just go up the hill to Gyro Heroes.

    • Neighbor January 20, 2022 (11:09 pm)

      As far as I can tell the prices are the same as Gyro Heroes for similar offerings.

  • Neighbor January 20, 2022 (4:05 pm)

    Had lunch there today.  Happy so far.  I’ll definitely be going back.

  • Darn January 20, 2022 (5:43 pm)

    Yikes!  Too expensive.  Was really looking forward to this addition to the eatery landscape. But prices are sky high.

    • Morgan January 20, 2022 (6:30 pm)

      Sad to say the pricing reflect todays realities of trying to open and operate a small eatery business in Seattle…pricey for me, too.

  • Po'fo'k January 20, 2022 (5:52 pm)

    Eek! That is pricey. We had two falafel pitas in AJ the other day. Nothing more. Take out. $25!

    • James January 20, 2022 (6:20 pm)

      Starbucks and Taco Time are the same basically. You’re going to have to go to McDonald’s for anything under like $12

  • N January 20, 2022 (6:10 pm)

    To be clear, Gyro Hero isn’t much cheaper, still $15+ for the same fries and a gyro. Just the going rate these days.

    • BW January 21, 2022 (2:16 pm)

      It’s not the same at all.  A gyro is $9.50 at GH and $13 here.  The portions here are also smaller and in my opinion the quality is inferior.

  • johnny January 20, 2022 (6:56 pm)

    I think that we have slipped into a mindset in which we believe these prices are normative.  No way… The Seattle area is so expensive for what you get compared to most of the country. I will go out on a limb and bet that these gyros are a far cry from the authentic gyros I get in my home city of Chicago…. The quality of most if this local fare is pretty poor…. But we are never lacking for the Seattle saccharine cheerleader mentality which says “yeah…. we love it” to just about anything…

    • Jimmy Nimbles January 20, 2022 (8:03 pm)

      Gotta establish your credibility before casting that opinion. As a Chicago transplant I ask: name the gyro place in Chicago that captures your high praise.  

    • Chris K January 21, 2022 (12:48 pm)

      Your last two statements are spot on, Johnny.  I have had to readjust my culinary expectations since moving here eight years ago.  I’ll say something is “Seattle good” if it’s slightly better than mediocre.

  • carole January 20, 2022 (8:29 pm)

    I’ve eaten gyros in Greece and Gyro Heroes compares well. Their gyro plate is delicious.  Now if I could just find some really authentic pastitsio….

    • johnny January 20, 2022 (9:59 pm)

      This is exactly what I’m talkin’ about!!😹

      • Jimmy Nimbles January 21, 2022 (4:33 pm)

        Jonny don’t dodge my question! I lay my cards down first. Within the city limits I’d go Greek Isles. The pork gyro is surprisingly good but sells out. If we are talking 1am+ I’d probably go with Gyro King or Five Faces (RIP). In the western burbs Nicky’s Red Hot in Naperville is worthy of an honorable mention. 

  • trickycoolj January 21, 2022 (12:30 am)

    But how do they compare to Kokoras? Those were the best I had tried outside of Germany. Like worth the hassle of getting to Alki from High Point? 

  • BW January 21, 2022 (2:10 pm)

    I went there today.  I love gyros and Mediterranean food but this sucked.  The prices are outrageous for what you get, and all the single-use plastic containers and bags used for takeout and destined to slowly pollute the environment for centuries is pretty disgusting in this day and age.I thought the food was pretty bland.  The only thing I could really taste was salt.  “Greek” fries were frozen crinkle cuts with a small amount of feta on top, no sauce.  Also, no hot sauce available for the plates or sandwich.I hate to sound negative but this is just one more doomed beachfront business.  Go up the hill to Gyro Heroes.  Prices are cheaper, portions are bigger, and the food is better. 

  • Heather January 21, 2022 (2:29 pm)

    The vacant side of this building is set up for a small retail spot. Maybe something cool will go in there soon. 

  • momosmom January 21, 2022 (4:32 pm)

    Again the usual WS welcoming committee has spoken…geez!

    • K January 21, 2022 (5:31 pm)

      Hah, we are truly a cranky bunch!

  • SuperAwesome January 21, 2022 (8:13 pm)

    We just went for dinner. It’s a pretty rough start. Our items were really dry, had no tzatzki sauce or feta. The fries, as someone else noted are just unremarkable frozen crinkle fries. Too bad, it’s a great location a d the inside looks beautiful.  Maybe we’ll try again in a few weeks when they work out the kinks. 

    • johnny January 21, 2022 (10:12 pm)

      You really think that they are gonna work out the kinks?  An opening is an opportunity to show what you can do and wow your new customers.  Sounds pretty sad….  

      • Jimmy Nimbles January 24, 2022 (6:53 pm)

        Third time is a charm — where in Chicago is the gold standard you are comparing everything to? Starting to think you’re dodging the question for whatever reason. My primary guess is that your gyro palette isn’t as advertised. Quit the libel against a new Alki business unless you can back it up. And for the record I went to Alki Gyro and find the Gyros to be pretty good, though I’d dial back on the amount of roughage on it. 

        • Derek January 24, 2022 (7:39 pm)

          I had it yesterday. Pretty meh… nice location. Food was bad. I miss J & J Public House already. That was the best on Alki. 

  • Phil January 22, 2022 (7:25 am)

    Retired restaurant worker here and I feel bad for anyone trying to enter the market these days. I bet most of you naysayers haven’t the slightest clue what it takes to get up and running. With EVERY hole in the wall being torn down to make way for new ugly I believe future prices will be even higher for to go food and through the roof for dine in. Try paying your waterfront rent with $9 sandwiches. Yes the bottom line is your food has to be good but give them time. The person who said openings are the time to show how good you are couldn’t be more wrong. Openings are about ironing out kinks and no matter how well you plan there will be plenty. 

  • Midi January 22, 2022 (8:51 am)

    I wanted to support a new WS restaurant so went by last night and really enjoyed it. Friendly, fast service. Food was good and I’ll definitely go back. I hope others in the community will do the same.

  • jack January 22, 2022 (8:45 pm)


  • NEIGHBORS January 22, 2022 (8:59 pm)

    I very much appreciate the last comment from the former restaurant worker. Collectively people complain and complain AND COMPLAIN (here and in every comments section) about everything. Complain about the lack of restaurants, but be sure to go out of your way to be grossly critical. “ this is just one more doomed beachfront business.” Try something new for once. Be a cheerleader for someone doing something like this. E N C O U R A G E others to support a small, locally owned brand new business to our neighborhood. Ask for more sauce, encourage neighborhood support. Whatever! People read through these comments & make judgements based on your judgements & decide not to try out this restaurant because of all of this negativity. It’s such a shame. The golden rule just doesn’t apply with the masses. I am thankful the building is refreshed & there are signs of life inside it once again. And now, as a side note, we also ate there on opening day and really loved it. Wishing everyone a nice weekend and encourage neighbors to give Gyros on Alki a try! 

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