Estia - Philadelphia
Estia - Philadelphia

Estia - Philadelphia

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.estiarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: (215) 735-7700
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
    Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Greek
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please call for details.
  • Entertainment: Estia features live music every Friday and Saturday night starting at 6pm.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: On Locust btwn 15th and Broad
  • Public Transit: Septa & Patco
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Discounted rates for guests who park in the Bellevue parking lot, located adjacent to Estia
A word from Estia - Philadelphia
The stunning restaurant, which is first of its kind in Philadelphia, will transport guests to the Greek Islands with an atmosphere reminiscent of an inviting Mediterranean home & a menu of authentic specialties, simply prepared, that represent the best of Greek cuisine. The restaurant specializes in whole grilled fish which are flown in from the Greek Islands, the shores of Morocco, Tunisia, & Portugal. Guests are able to choose from Estia’s expansive display & watch chefs cook their fish to perfection over a charcoal grill in the sparkling open kitchen.
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Estia - Philadelphia reviews from OpenTable diners
353 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (214)special occasion (207)good for groups (170)romantic (130)neighborhood gem (109)notable wine list (77)great for lunch (67)hot spot (34)great for brunch (32)late-night find (17)vibrant bar scene (17)kid-friendly (13)scenic view (10)great for outdoor dining (7)Show More
  • Estia - a pre-theatre gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    There is a $30 Prix Fixe theatre menu -- excellent choices. Our party of 7 enjoyed all dishes we ordered. the service was a bit off this visit but I have been to Estia previously and both food and service were good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • meerkat15
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    Location, location, location. And great menu; great food; great service and balanced portions The theater prix fix is one of the best in Philly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-theater dinner
    Regina
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    I would like to see more choices -- it's been the same for several years. I'd recommend for $30 cost and convenience to major venues.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressive and creative menu
    CookEVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    What an evening! The menu for starters was so impressive - we decided just to order lots of little plates rather than entrees. We shared an order of langoustines, which were sweet and flavorful and a dreamy start. Then had an order of octopus - tender, and seasoned to perfection. The fried kefalograviera cheese was nice, and the fresh fried anchovies were great with arugula salad. We finished with spanikopita, then dessert. Service was attentive - lots of plate clearing the minute you're done- made us feel a bit rushed. Could be because we just ordered all of our starters at once, and they came out too quickly. But overall, an absolutely wonderful dining experience, and a place to come back to again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy cold weather lunch
    Concierge
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Estia is spacious, but warm and inviting - a great place for a leisurely lunch with friends on a cold winter's day. The food is refined, but classic Greek obviously prepared by a talented chef. My simple Greek pasta was delicious and more exciting than this simple dish ishiukd be. Wine selections include a number of delightful Greek wines that should be tried. The service is perfectly attentive without being intrusive. The wait staff is very knowledgeable about the food. We awarded bonus points for not being called "you guys", not being asked if we were still "working" and not having plates whisked away the moment we set down our forks - not a lot to ask, but in short supply these days.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Portions have shrunk!!!!!!!!!!!
    Wasafan
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Service was excellent at the table. However at the bar it was as though the bartender was doing you a favor by serving you. Food taste good but portions are entirely to small for the price. They have changed their portion size significantly. I have had many dinners at Estia but this one changed my mind about the place.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The server was extremely friendly, attentive and considerate. The food was excellent in taste and presentation. The restaurant was crowded the Saturday night we went and to compensate for a delay in getting our entrees, we were provided with a generous complimentary serving of mussels (which were delicious).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Their fish is delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    For appetizers, we ordered the dolmades (stuffed grape leaves)- which were amazing! Highly recommend their fish as well. The salad portions are big- so it is very filling.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice place, could use some work
    mmmmhmm
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    good food, light on portions tho. The ambiance was enjoyable. dessert was very tasty, but also on the small side. waiter was nice, but recommended the wrong dish which made my dates meal less then perfect. She started to ask about one lamb dish and he quickly cut her off to recommend another lamb dish, but it was the wrong one. She liked it okay but it wasn't what she'd been waiting to get...
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So much good food...so little time!!
    Amaka
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Wonderful food!! Great service! I come here at least once every time I visit Philadelphia, sometimes twice in the same weekend! The lamb, octopus, spanakopita..all superb. Really nice, polite wait staff. See you next time, Estia!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    Great ambience and food. Outstanding service from a waiter with good recommendations. Only downside is the high prices.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business Lunch for 7
    Birthdaygirl
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    This is the perfect spot for a business lunch, we were seated in a corner away from traffic and were able to have private conversations without distraction! Great server, showed up when we needed her but did not come by too often. Nice variety of lunch items. Our guests were from CA and Chicago and this restaurant shined! Great example of an excellent menu, atmosphere and service! Thanks Estia!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Only game in town
    MitchdishVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    There aren't too many restaurants where you can go for an early Sunday supper. Estia is one of them. The service was great. One of our dishes did not come out well done enough so the manager had another meal prepared, took if off our bill and sent some dessert over for us. It is very unusual for a dish to come out of the kitchen and not be perfect but the manager was very solicitous. It's the quality of service we'd like in every restaurant but don't get. We'll keep coming back. It's one of our favorites.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BuntzVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Fine Greek food, nice environment and great service combine to make for a lovely dinner. Four of us enjoyed the bargain pre-theater menu and easily got to the Kimmel Center in plenty of time for the performance. Tough combination to beat in Center City.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    RichSVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    A great choice for pre-concert or pre-theater dinner. On a recent Saturday, my wife and I enjoyed an impeccably prepared dinner. Our choices were from both sea and land, paired nicely with Greek wines. The desserts are awesome. Foster was the best server we've had in many years of Philadelphia dining. A+.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre Fixe theater menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We ordered from the Pe Fixe theater menu. Waiter was very good. Food was good: Calamari - tasty, but a little chewy; Moussaka - creamy with an abundence of potatoes; Chicken - juicy and nicely seasoned; dessert - light and tasty cake and nicely ripened fruit. Overall a good meal, but not memorable. If I returned, would probably try some of the fresh fish....looked very good.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pre theater
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Best place for pre theater dining. Very pleased with my fish and vegetables. The waiter got us in and out in an hour so we could make it to the show on time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • First time...
    BazkapVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Estia's bar and table staff are above board--personable, knowledgable, and graciously accommodating. The theatre menu introduced small but adequate samples of Greek cuisine, perhaps a bit dumbed down in accordance with a much lower price than typical Estia fare. Lamb and seafood were near perfect. If price is no object, do go. We'll return to explore grander seafood offerings.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sure bet
    Gigi
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Great Greek Food, great service and wonderful ambiance. Highly Recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for upscale Greek dining
    Dean
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    A great dining experience for those looking for Greek food in an upscale restaurant. Fantastic timing between dishes and very attentive service!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, but ...
    Bill
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We enjoyed the food and service - ranged from satisfactory to very good. However, we felt taken advantage of by the otherwise very good waiter. He said that the 1-lb lobster looked small, so he changed it to 2 1/2 lbs - an increase (we saw when the bill arrived) of $45. When I agreed to a glass of Greek red wine, he selected one at a price that I would ordinarily pay for a bottle of wine. Hence, I'd recommend this restaurant for mostly very good food but be careful to order specifically what you want - do not leave it to the waiter.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • high end greek cusine
    Brooklyn123VIP
    Dined on 11/3/2014
    Always enjoy Estia....food is high quality and consistant. Love the village salad....feeds two...we're local and this is one of my faves.
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  • Before the Symphony
    AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    This is the second time we ate at Estia before a Sunday matinee at the symphony. And we are coming from Baltimore! The location is excellent, and the food is terrific. The prix fixe is a great value. Good thing we made a reservation, though.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    waiter not enthusiastic after we declined alcohol....dinner too salty...bread was old
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The food was excellent but very overpriced. Dinner for two (with a $48 bottle of wine) coming in over $200 was a bit steep.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Excellent as expected
    DanaluvVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We return year after year and are never disappointed. As season tix holders for Kimmel Center at the Academy we choose Estia for not only its proximity to the theater, but for its splendid seafood offerings and Greek specialties and impeccable service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Estia was great for our octet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    It was quiet enough for us to engage. The theatre menu provided great three course choices. A woman who knows Greek food said it was spot on. The service was attentive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food at a very high price
    Tellitlikeitis
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Good, but expensive for what it is. We are visiting for the weekend and love Greek food. Made a reservation based on the reviews. Have to say food was good - not great and it was expensive for what it was.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    This place never disappoints. The Estia Chips are to die for and the eggplant is the best I have ever had. Great pre theater price fixed menu, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner Menu
    AEM2247
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    The atmosphere and food are wonderful and even though one knows going in that it is expensive, the Theater Menu offers excellent choices, three courses, and is only $30!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Estia, my love
    FoodieFox
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    My husband and I have eaten here before and we have always loved the food, but this time was over the top! The grilled octopus appetizer is so good, tossed in a light vinaigrette with capers and red onion. The 14-oz N.Y.Strip steak was one of the best steaks I've ever had in any restaurant, tender, juicy, and cooked to perfection (medium rare, and it really was medium rare!) My husband had a "country" salad, which is basically a Greek salad: cucumbers, olives, onions, peppers, feta, and gorgeous ripe tomatoes! It's late October! He also had the dover sole which was divine. One of the best meals we've ever had in Center City Philadelphia. Oh yes, ask the waiters to recommend a Greek wine. Our waiter, David was incredible!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Experience!
    dinner4two
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Took two close friends here (in town from Indiana) and we talked about the meal and our experience for the rest of the weekend. Cory, our waiter, was fantastic and gave great wine recommendations. Our food (tsipoura and fagri with various sides) were impeccably made.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutely outstanding food
    Belial
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We were visiting our daughter in college in Philadelphia. There is essentially no decent Greek food in LA so we wanted a really good Greek restaurant, and based on some quick on line research we came to Estia. Everything was outstanding, and among us our orders ran the gamut of the menu - chicken (kotopoulo), lamb (arni youvetsi), fish (tonos), steak, and vegetarian (papoutsakia), plus multiple appetizers and wonderful baklava and a very fine galaktobouriko for dessert. The noise level was high for what we came for, but then we weren't in a big party for a festival. Service was helpful and friendly though there was a bit of a too long wait at dessert time. Relatively pricey but very well worth it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous dinner
    MaryJ
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We were wowed over and over again at Estia! Our waiter was knowledgeable, the atmosphere dark and sparkly at the same time, wine list got us off to a great start. The octopus appetizer is the best I've ever had, followed by giant African prawns. The lamb chops were tender and cooked perfectly. Coffee and dessert continued the winning streak. We went back again two night later so we could have the octopus again! And they have Tito's Vodka!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • consistently outstanding
    elaineVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    My "go-to" restaurant, always great food, an extremely accommodating staff and a beautiful atmosphere. Very authentic Greek food. I always leave looking forward to my next dinner there. Although it has many tables it always has an intimate feeling. Can't imagine a thing to improve upon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good first experience
    Svbd43
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Never tried this restaurant and yet it is right in the neighborhood of the Academy of Music and the Kimmel Center - a perfect choice for pre-concert dining, and a welcomed change in enjoying a Greek menu. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • hungryVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Terrific as always. The crab cakes are superb! Such a peaceful oasis -- with good food and nice people!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ariannaVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    The food was good, portions attractive in size (not giant as if one had come for the calories) and the traditional Greek food was not stuffy at all. the service was good, the waiter pleasant, all in all a positive experience. Arianna
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Theater menu is wonderful
    MarciaCQ
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Served quickly, the theater three course meal offers delicious, varied choices. I can never resist the lamb shank,but my spouse loves the bass all delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good restaurant
    Stan
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Went to Estia for the first time. It was very nice- good food, service etc. We will be going back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.