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Kanella Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.kanellarestaurant.com
  • Phone: (215) 922-1773
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner Sunday: MEZE MENU ONLY 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Dinner: Teusday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Greek, Mediterranean
  • Executive Chef: Konstantinos Pitsillides
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: BYO Liquor, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Catering options are available. Please call for details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 10th Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Kanella
Kanella is a Greek restaurant located in the Washington Square neighborhood of Philadelphia.
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Diner Reviews
  • "It had been about a year or more since our last visit to Kanella. We were once regulars, living a block away. Shame on us. Our return was triumphant. The mad chef greeted us like long-lost cousins. We wolfed lamb dumplings (better than any dim sum dumpling in Chinatown) and sardines and unbelievable octopus. And returned to our old favorite, the whole fish wrapped in grape leaves. Rumor has it that a larger venue is in the works for the cramped, noisy and spectacular Philadelphia gem. Let's hope it's closer to my new home!"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "If you're looking for a true Cypriot mezedes, this is not the place to go. A pleasant tasting menu, but barely a hint of true Cypriot cooking. Baklava was excellent. Service inattentive."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "As a single diner I am often ignored or not engaged. Not the case here at kanella. My server was amazing. Offered recommendations and checked back to see how I was enjoying everything. Great service and great food. Will absolutely be back."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "Food and service were beyond expectation. Would definitely go back."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "My husband and I had an early dinner here on Thursday night. We chose to share 4 appetizers instead of getting entrees. The boureki is always a hit with the crispy phyllo and honey. We tried out a chefs specialty of duck sausage with lobster mushrooms- very tasty, the sausage was soft and flavorful. The chef even came out to our table to ask how we liked it! All in all, I've been here several times and will likely come back again."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "The last dined here, the food was good, but an annoying and intrusive handle-bar mustached waiter ruined the experience. Five year's later we returned to celebrate our anniversary and cap off seeing a great musical. The waiter was accommodating and pleasant; a 360 improvement. My wife had the vegetarian moussaka and I had the vegetable stuffed pepper. Both were melt-in-your-mouth experiences. Very happy to add Kanella to our must return list!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "I have been to Kanella many times. The food is always fabulous and the service is outstanding. The place is pretty small and fills up quickly so, reservations are highly recommended. I really can't recommend Kanella enough. I take out of town guests here and they are always impressed."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Made a blind reservation & by the end of the meal found a real gem. Lamb kafta was fabulous & spouse's stuffed pepper had her smacking her lips. Service was attentive and spectacular. Only thing that spoiled it was a party of 6 that had no "inside" voices - not restaurant's fault. Definitely recommend"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "This is a great neighborhood find & pre show dinner place. Cozy & good food, quick service& good menu. Great idea before you catch a show"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Lucky us, we live just 2 blocks away from Kanella! Consistently delicious and fresh food. Wonderful wait staff! Too bad that they took rice pudding off the menu...it's to die for!"
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "The food was very good, and I was super full when I left. The Cyprus breakfast doesn't look like much, but it tastes incredible and leaves you so full! The dips of the day were also awesome. Servers were very busy but when they came around they were very quick. Good stuff from Kanella, I'll definitely be going back for dinner sometime."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "We were looking forward to this brunch, made a reservation via Open Table, arrived to restaurant to find a line, hostess busing tables. People in front of us (3 top) and behind of us (2 top) did not have reservations, they were both seated before us (2 top). I asked the hostess why and she said "our table was still occupied" why did I make a reservation? Our server was fine, we were not informed of the specials or given side plates like other tables. The food was good, we are disappointed by the overall experience. A bummer because the restaurant is quaint and the chef was invested in his product, he was roaming the floor."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "we were expecting authentic greek food. it was just ok and didn't live up to the hype/wait list for a reservation"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "the food was fantastic from appetizers, main dish and dessert. our waiter was fantastic and it is a byob. can't wait to go back"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We first had lunch here last week (open for brunch/lunch only on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday). We shared everything: watermelon salad (I usually resist fruit in salad; this was spectactular), the 3-dip plate, and the Kanella Platter. More than enough for 3, and very inexpensive. Four days later, we were back with other friends for dinner. Again, the 3-dip plate (different dips daily) and Kanella Platter. 3 of us had fish - Bronzino in grape leaves and swordfish - all were excellent! - and one had the chicken, grilled under a brick, which was one of the best chicken dishes ever. The accompanying vegetables were great. I am looking forward to my next visit. There are a few outdoor tables; it's a BYOB."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Came here on a Saturday night to celebrate my husband's birthday and everything was perfect! The ambiance is romantic but definitely not stuffy. Our server was very knowledgeable and the chef was walking around talking to the diners. This is a level of service that other restaurants should strive for. The food was amazing! One of the best I've had-- it hit every note perfectly. I highly recommend the grilled quail and my husband loved the goat dish. A wonderful restaurant, you won't be disappointed. Oh and its BYOB!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "As always, our meals were delicious - especially the white anchovies with tabollah that wasn't even on the menu. If only the noise level could be lower."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I love Kanella and would eat here daily if I had the money. Terrific food, good service and amazing Greek frappes!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "We were in Philly for the weekend, and I had done some research ahead of time and found that Kanella was highly rated among locals. The traditional Mediterranean fare was excellent and flavorful."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Amazing food, lots of different flavors, appetizer portions are small so you can try quite a few of them. Fattoush salad was delicious , rabbit was great!!"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "I have eaten here for brunch on several occasions and finally made it for an evening date. It lived up to expectations and was delicious. My girlfriend has a gluten allergy and they were more than happy to cater for her. By far my favorite restaurant in philadelphia."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Never knew of Kanella until I read a review in Philly Mag. I had an appointment in the Washington Sq area and decided to try Kanella. The food was fresh and interesting. We had the Dips of the day with warm pita and the Manti. Both excellent.. The stuffed peper and grilled lamb kofta also fresh and well prepared. Desert was yummy! We will definitely be back, soon."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "We have always loved Kanella in the past. On four occasions, the food we ate at Kanella was delicious. So we were looking forward to sampling the Sunday Pri-Fix Mezze special for the first time. But, we were terribly disappointed. The food was mediocre, at best. It felt as though we were being served the week's bad leftovers. The very first dish that came out was served with completely stale bread (at least 3 days old) and the meal went on from there. We are sad that this experience has clouded our appreciation for Kanella."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Enjoyed food ESP never tried before octopus. Beet root salad was delicious. I felt like I was in Greece."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We loved eating at Kanella! The Sunday mezze dinner was outstanding: plentiful, varied, delicious! The staff was warm and friendly and knowledgable about the food. It's a BYOB so the price stays reasonable. Vegetarians and meat eaters both found terrific variety. Desserts were also wonderful: the lemon tart, semolina cake, and baklava were all perfect! We'll return often."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "The food at Kanella is at its worst still excellent. At its best you wonder if the chefs secretly put tincture of opium into it. The service is really good because the wait staff are all knowledgeable and make excellent recommendations. They are also attentive without being overbearing, always a plus."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "We have been to Kanella before and enjoyed our time there. On July 16th we were very disappointed. We were taking friends there who have never been before. The main problem was our service was terrible. Our waiter was extremely inattentive- we had to ask him to take our order, he put our white wine in an ice bucket away from our table and only came by once to ask if we wanted more. When I asked him for things, he seemed to be annoyed. My particular dish, red snapper, I did not like, but everyone else really enjoyed their meals. It was quite noisy and difficult to hear our friends. I would go back to Kanella again, but if we have a similar experience, that will be it."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "I love when so many items on a menu look enticing that it is difficult to decide what to order. I went with the classic Kanella platter and it was fabulous. Excellent falafel and grape leaves. Can't wait to try this spot for dinner!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "I took my parents here who were visiting from out of town. Excellent service and food as always. You can never go wrong. It is a small restaurant and it was loud. The server was good, spoke fast and was loud as well. Keep it up Kanella. I will always come back here for Greek food. If you like or love Greek food like I do - I highly recommend this restaurant. Please be aware it is a BYOB."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Not too busy. The food was delicious. Definitely would recommend. I had heard great things and wasn't disappointed."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Went because it has been on my list of places to go - what a fabulous restaurant. An absolutely wonderful dining experience - fantastic and superb food with a wonderful depth of flavors in each dish, great service, knowledgeable wait staff, a I love the small size and ambience. I will be back and definitely want to try the Sunday chef's meal."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Good place to get greek food that is more of a fusion than you would get in the standard far greek restaurant. If you are looking for that (and that is great food as well), then this is not your place."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "My daughter and I went to the Sunday night Chef tasting menu and we were not disappointed. Mostly, we were too full. Each plate was unique and interesting and the server was helpful in guiding us from the start. He recommended one of us get the vegetarian choice and one the meat and share so we would have all of the tastes. The price was perfect and the outdoor dining blended perfectly with the food. I highly recommend this place and have only eaten there twice but there is more to come."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "One of the best places in town! The dips of the day are always a winner! While the menu is absolutely delicious, the specials are definitely worth listening to! Don't forget dessert! Homemade ice creams and baklava are worth every bite!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Delicious! I picked this to celebrate my husband's birthday and was not disappointed! More importantly, neither was he, which is what I was worried about since I know he likes Estia a lot. It's not nearly as fancy as Estia, but it's still great in its own right. It's a lot less expensive, and with excellent service and amazing food. There were really some interesting dishes and ingredients/flavor combinations. The grilled octopus was delicious. I would recommend ordering more appetizers than main dishes. It's all about the apps with Greek food I feel like anywhere you go. We got the grilled octopus, kanella platter, and Greek salad. Our waiter was great too- cleaning our table and resetting our silverware after each course. Left stuffed!"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "We had brunch on a sunny Sunday. Food was delicious, not too spicy and NOT your grandma's heavy pancakes. Noisy but friendly, not challenging. Excellent coffee."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "Great Greek food! Everything was very tasty. Different and interesting entrees."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We've been there twice in the past year, and they do an outstanding job with fish! I usually avoid swordfish, because it's so often overcooked, but I've had two swordfish entrees that were cooked perfectly. My husband loved his whole bronzino, too. Appetizer dips were great and different than what you get everywhere else (loved the pumpkin and feta). It's a very small restaurant, and thus a bit noisy, but the food makes it a great dining experience."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I went here for brunch with my sisters, who were in town for the weekend. We got a seat outside, which was nice save for the decline of the sidewalk. Our waiter was really nice and attentive, but at the end of the meal he overcharged us by $3, which definitely taints his service in our eyes (even though the matter was sorted out). The fried potatoes were amazing! My sister got the lamb flatbread and it took all of my willpower not to take her dish...and I'm a vegetarian. I had the falafel sandwich which was okay...it tasted nice and fresh. My sister had the cod special, which she said was a little too salty. I think this place is great for meat eaters though--everything sounded so delicious!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Went to Kanella for my birthday and it did not disappoint! My husband and daughter and I had different appetizers and main dishes and ALL of them were marvelous. Particularly recommend the appetizer platter, which I had as my main course. Lots of vegetarian options. Also, the date and chocolate cake is to die for! WONDERFUL dinner and fantastic service! I usually don't rave about restaurants, but this was really worth it."
    Dined on 6/24/2014