Sebastian’s Gyro: Greek heaven on Cincinnati’s west side


Sebastian’s Greek Restaurant famous for gyros

As soon as you step foot into the quaint quarters on the corner of Sydney and Glenway, your taste buds will begin to water. I am of course talking about the titillating sensation that comes from any menu item at Sebastian’s.

This family owned Greek restraunt was first started in 1976, and has been home to quality customer service and their notorious gyro (pronounced year-oh). I have heard about the gyro from many different people and have heard nothing but excellent reviews about it.

Since the very beginning, the Greek restaurant has kept customers happy with their delicious menu items and a close bond to all who step foot in Sebastian’s. I wanted to expand my horizons and get a taste of the Greek cuisine and give my own review of a gyro.

Sebastian’s menu can be found right as you walk through the doors

This mouthwatering combination of sliced beef, lamb, tomatoes, onions, and the luscious tsatziki sauce all piled into a piece of pita bread packs quite a unique flavor. Each individual ingredient adds to the beloved gyro and keeps a balance of flavor throughout each bite of the meal.

The most important ingredient is obviously the meat. The meat is comprised of lamb and ground beef and is slowly rotated. Once ready to be eaten, it is shaved off and dropped directly onto the pita bread. It would be a pretty bland tasting gyro in the absence of meat and Sebastian’s lamb and beef makes up for a delicious taste with every bite. I would argue that the pieces of sliced lamb and beef would still taste good on their own without the rest of the ingredients.

The next best thing that comes with the gyro is undoubtedly the tsatziki sauce. The tsatziki sauce comes from Greek origins and is a mixture of salted yogurt, cucumbers, olive oil, and garlic. This sauce helps to eliminate the dry throat that could be experienced while eating the gyro. Tsatziki sauce could honestly taste pretty good on just about any food within reason, and it almost tastes like a watery sour cream with a few alterations in flavor.

The onions and tomatoes also add flavor to the gyro and spice up the flavor of meat and bread. Although, I ordered my gyro without onions it is a pretty common addition. The tomatoes however, added a little more flavoring and were very juicy, adding to the already unique flavor of the Greek menu item.

A gyro and Greek fries are a popular option to those whom eat at Sebastian’s

Finally, the gyro sandwich is wrapped by a piece of pita bread. Although, the bread does not take away from the rest of the ingredients it also doesn’t bring anything additional to the table. It does make it easy to keep the contents within the gyro all together. The Greek fries were also a great addition to the meal. They are sprinkled with a Greek flavored seasoning and are quite tasty. Even when dipped into the tsatziki sauce the fries still were great.

From the first bite to the last, I thoroughly enjoyed the gyro and definitely could become a frequent customer of Sebastian’s in the future. I can be as picky of an eater as they come, but I enjoyed the gyro very much. On top of the delicious meal, the customer service was nothing but friendly and that alone encourages me to come back for more.

Keep it up Sebastian’s, you’re doing great.