Estia - Philadelphia
Estia - Philadelphia

Estia - Philadelphia

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.estiarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2157357700
  • 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
282 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (171)fit for foodies (162)good for groups (130)romantic (119)neighborhood gem (84)notable wine list (61)great for lunch (50)hot spot (28)great for brunch (26)late-night find (18)vibrant bar scene (15)kid-friendly (14)great for outdoor dining (8)scenic view (8)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    If you love fish and fish that you wouldn't normally find in the US, this is a gem. Delicous!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We went here for my birthday with a group of 6, and we had a wonderful individual table/booth that was set apart- private and special. Food was delicious, service (Greg) was wonderful- very informative and welcoming. Great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disappointed
    aussiemate
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We usually dine at Estia before attending the PA Ballet, and have always enjoyed the dinners. This time, however, the food was sorely disappointing. My husband and I ordered the chilean sea bass. It was served with onions, potatoes and tomatoes which overpowered the delicate flavor of the fish. All both of us could taste was the tomato. It seemed to be high in paste and salt. Also, the beet salad, was not very appetizing. The beets were good, but the accompanying cold mashed potatoes and cold sautéed greens did not compliment the beets. So sorry to have to give a poor review, but that was our experience on Saturday night. We will try it again, but will avoid both the beet salad and sea bass.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Saki was great!
    EmilyVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    'Welcome Home' was our server, Saki's greeting! and it was a wonderful special evening before the ballet! all his food suggestions were perfect! we had the pre theater menu, and it was delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great lamb shank
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Best lamb we've had since leaving a great Greek restaurant in New England 35 years ago.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Greek food
    luv2dine
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Six of us did Fixe Price Lunch menu and it was great. Fish with veggie stew was nicely cooked and Moussaka was overwhelming - nice presentation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Pre Theatre Dinner
    ahphilaVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    The prix fixe theatre menu is a gem. Appetizer, entree, and dessert for $30, and the restaurant is right across the street from the Academy of Music. The fish of the day, the branzino, was delicious. And don't be foolish and virtuous and order the fruit plate for dessert, get the walnut honey cake!!! The cake alone is a reason to eat at Estia.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Date Night Dinner
    jerseykids
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    My husband and I were out to see a concert and made reservations at Estia based on a friend's recommendation. We were not disappointed. In fact, everything was perfect and Estia was a great start to the evening. From the time we were greeted until we departed, the service staff was wonderful! The food was always fabulous. I ordered the marinated lamb chops, which were excellent. My husband ordered the swordfish and was completely happy with his meal. I hope we have a chance to return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Dineouter
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Greeat food, excellent service, reasonably priced. However, rather noisy so I wouldnt recommend for a quiet talk or serious discussion
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding ... as always
    Benven
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We get to Estia every few months and always experience the same exceptional service and attention, and the food is always excellent. Whether our party is twenty or just two, the service from reservations to departure never disappoints. The hostesses always provide the accomodation that we request. The waiters are knowledgable and personable, and the servers are polite and efficient. Most importantly, the food is deliciously unique and well-presented.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice for early dining. Noisy later
    Radnorite19
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    There is a good pre-theater menu, well-priced, and quantities not too large. The server was excellent although a bit too overworked to be readily available. We had a reservation and were first given a table next to a table set for a large party. Knowing how noisy this would be, I asked for another table and was given one with no trouble. The bench seating with pillows was quite comfortable, although in that area, it was quite dark and reading the menu was difficult for older people (us).
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, great service
    pisapie
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    We just returned from Greece a month ago and this meal was the closest thing to what we had during our trip. The service was excellent and it made for a wonderful dining experience overall. It's a bit pricier than what we would normally spend on a regular date night, but we were celebrating a special occasion, so it was worth the expense!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    Michael1
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    One of the best dining experiences. Quiet, romantic, semi-formal - this place makes you feel special on so many levels. If that doesn't - their customer service will finish the job. The food is truly authentic and its quality can be rivaled only by its presentation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Keeps getting better
    DebbVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Being that except for several very large groups the restaurant being others quiet,we were shown the perfect table Our wait person was totally attentive and the arrival of the food timely Only negative is that being that we can not ordered appetizers and wine the cost was over $100.00 for two The food was yum
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never fails to exceed expectations
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    The Estia brand has managed to do something that many restaurant groups struggle to do when expanding; maintain consistency and excellence at every turn. My experience started with two glasses of Skouras Moschifilero at the bar waiting for my tardy companion and let to my table in the window with Andreas as my server. The spread pikillia, Estia chips and Octopodi were all spot on, coupled with Prawns and Lamb Chops for dinner. Washed it down with Mas Belles Eaux and finished the game with some Ekmek and fresh fruit. Attentive, not overbearing service, great food, atmosphere and a stunner next to me at the table made for a perfect evening. Hi-five Estia staff for all your great work!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • estia
    cn71VIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Excellent meal. 3 course pre theater menu is a great buy Loved the calamari and shrimp souvlaki. good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Estia great dining
    Foodie888VIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    We eat at Estia many times a year, especially before the Speakers Series, the food is great as is the service! We had a special occasion dinner in the wine cellar last year, what fun that was!! I have given gift certificates there and everyone has always enjoyed the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Once again great meal
    FamilyOf6VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I needed a special place to take my father who was visiting from Florida. Once agin Estaia was perfect. They gave a quiet table in the corner by the windows. The fish we had was fresh and well seasoned. Dessert was truly worth the calories. It was great evening to show my Dad who raves about Miami's seafood what Philadelphia has to offer. I had a chance to show off Philadelphia's great charm. The wait staff paced things well to allow for an intimate family gathering yet be in a large restaurant. I would go back in minute.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • myrtle
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Estia never disappoints. The food is always excellent, the wait staff professional and very helpful and the ambiance lends itself to the overall experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Brunch before the Academy
    BarbaraManVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    When we told our server we were going to the opera, we received our food amazingly fast even though the restaurant was very crowded. The $18 fixed menu had something for everyone. The bronzino was excellent. We plan to have brunch at Estia before every opera.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    This was not one of our better experiences. The chicken was overcooked and dry, the honey cake and fruit were mediocre. Fruit was not ripe and was pretty scarce on the plate. The fish was good, and the appetizer spreads were nice.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pre-concert dinner
    FracahVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Our party of four very much enjoyed our dinner. Three of us had the 3 courses for $30. special. A very good value and quite tasty. Mine consisted of calamari and bronzino with ratatouille. A friend had the vegetarian platter, eggplant which was really excellent. Dessert, a small portion of cut up fruit was the weakest course. Another friends strip steak was surprisingly good. Service was excellent. We were treated very well, our request for a good table granted. We will return.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • one word....Awesome!!
    linaVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Eaten here many times... and always superb... food is delicious .. fresh and well prepared. Service, decor, ambiance. pace.. it is all great. Our favorite waiter is Tsocki (sp?) Highly recommended
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Cookie
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The food and service were superb. We were seated quickly and the waitress came over right away to give us water and take our drink order. She explained the menu and their fresh fish selections. The food was brought out quickly and prepared perfectly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Estia was good
    Seekingquality
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The menu needs some new items Lamb chops delicious No Barbouni available
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Solid choice but not outstanding
    Bob06
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    My wife loves Greek food and Estia is the top rated choice in Philadelphia on a number of review lists. We were seated in an alcove table near the bar. The acoustics were unusual in that we could barely make our our conversation and also had a hard time hearing our waitress. Instead the bar noise seemed to be funneled into our table. The food was well prepared (whole fish is the specialty) and presentation was nice but the meal was nothing that would make this a special place to visit. I've been to many less decorative and less expensive local Greek restaurants where I felt that the food was better. I would recommend a visit if you like Greek food because your experience might be different but we won't be repeat customers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service
    artvan1
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Service quality is based on age. I am currently in college and it took forever to be greeted by the waitress and had to ask her simple questions about soup/fish of the day.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Greek Food
    Chima
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Unbelievably great Greek food that made me feel like I was back in Greece. Great service along with great food and music.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Arti
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Loved the ambience and the food. Simple dishes, but very delicious. Me and my friend are both vegetarians, they have decent options. I enjoyed the food and the desserts were great too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    xJP3
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Very good food and fast service! The lamb chops and the organic chicken dishes were amazing. plus the fish soup of the day!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A perfect dinner date!
    CMMusic
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Estia was simply perfect! The food, the service, the atmosphere...all perfect. It was romantic, cozy and very much enjoyable and I look forward to going again.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Superb experience. Food was fabulous. Service was great. It was restaurant week and I was so impressed that they still had their same excellent level of service despite the crowd
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of my favorites!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Great service and delicious food! So many appetizing options it was hard for me to chose!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Estia
    Liepschen
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Excellent food, great waiter Saki but even though it was Restaurant Week, it was a little pricey. No bottle of wine under $40.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best restaurant in Philly!
    JadwaveVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Estia is simply the best restaurant in Philly for those who want food prepared simply with fresh, top quality ingredients.. The fish is flown in from the Mediterranean several times a week, grilled and served with the best Greek olive oil and fresh lemon mixture--simple and delicious. And the food is consistently good no matter what season is or time of day.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Underwhelming
    Kais
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I went for lunch with a colleague and had the Restaurant Week 3-course meal: bean soup with 2 beans that was mostly carrots--sent it back; sea bass with roasted veggies--ok but not memorable; and some kind of cake that was just OK. Won't be returning. The service was great thanks to a very nice waitress.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food
    kragar00
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I went here with my wife for our anniversary. It was a little loud, but it was also during restaurant week, so I expected it to be busier than normal. We had reservations and were seated promptly, but it took a while for a server to come by (around 15 minutes.) Once the server did check on us, the service was fantastic. There's not much of a view, but the ambiance is romantic, even if it's a little crowded. The food was amazing and quite filling. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Impressed!
    Foody
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    The food was absolutely amazing!!! It was busy the night I went, so it was a bit noisey but I don't mind it! The server wasn't as attentive as I would have liked but he was still ok. I would definitely go there again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A beautiful place & excellent food
    Howie1132
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We always enjoy dining at Estia. However, it IS expensive. So we went during restaurant week. But when we arrived we decided to order instead from the pre-theater menu; we thought it was a better value than the RW menu. We liked everything we ordered. The reason we recommend Estia to others is that it is the whole package: great ambiance, service and food. I wish it was not in such a high rent location, because then it probably would not cost so much.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go here for ambiance
    Jack
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Great location, beautiful decor, very attentive service. The food is good but not memorable, and certainly not exquisite enough to justify the prices.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet