Kanella
Kanella

Kanella

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.kanellarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2159221773
  • 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: Mediterranean, Greek
  • 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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Kanella reviews from OpenTable diners
221 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (150)neighborhood gem (148)great for brunch (84)special occasion (59)great for outdoor dining (58)romantic (49)good for groups (34)great for lunch (31)hot spot (21)kid-friendly (8)scenic view (7)late-night find (5)Show More
  • Great Place-not good service
    ChemFoodie
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This is the second time that I have gone to Kanella. The first time I went I loved it all, the place, the food and the service. This time around I was a bit disappointed with the service. I went there for brunch with one of my friends whom I had not seen in months. The moment the waiter came he started rushing us to order. Since we took a bit longer to order our food, he proceeded to say that we needed to order quickly or leave because he had another party of two coming and he wanted to have the table available for them. We ordered our food, but he rushed us out!! Not very nice!!!! I understand it was a Sunday and all restaurants are busy on Sundays for brunch, but it is not the way to treat your customers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food, awesome wait staff!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    As always the food, quality and service are excellent. A definite must!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodieVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This is the best Greek food I've ever had. Each dish is authentically prepared, but has the chef's creative twist done to perfection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I came here with a foodie friend for brunch on a Saturday afternoon. The place was not packed, although I made a reservation because I heard there is usually a long wait for a table. We had brunch, tea/coffee and dessert. Everything was perfectly seasoned, the waiter was knowledgable and friendly, and the ambiance was charming. Can't wait to come here again! I've already told some friends about this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Simply the best
    AbbieVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Brunch or dinner you will not be underwhelmed! You will want to try everything on the menu, BUT save room for baklava and homemade icecream!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • yum!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Had the lamb dumplings and the vegetarian mousaka. Both were delicious! The dumplings were served on sauce of yogurt and oil that had a warm, nutty flavor with just a bit of kick. The vegetarian mousaka was very hearty for being vegetables and not lamb. Perfectly flavored! Such a delicious meal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Greek
    lotusblossum
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Terrific flavors, quality ingredients, good service. Loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • birthday event
    Bibb
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We chose this place for the reputation,the uniqueness of the food, the convenience of the neighborhood and the festive ambiance
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Don't forget - it's BYOB
    pseudandryVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We forgot it was BYOB. For us, it changed the atmosphere and meal we had. Not that we're winos, but it made our meal go rather quickly. Service was fine, but since we weren't lingering over our dishes, it seemed that as soon as one plate was empty, the next one came. The squid and the octopus appetizers were properly prepared and tasty. We got 3 appetizers and one dinner to share. We shared the goat meat platter, and it was plenty of food to share. We would come here again, but because we like Greek food, and that's what we got. Nothing to r.a.v.e. about, but good quality food and preparation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday Meze
    Goblue16
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Outstanding food at a really good price...$30-$35 a person for 10-15 small plates highlighting Greek food at its finest.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lived up to the reputation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Our first time at Kanella did not disappoint! Great food and outstanding service! Tasty Greek food, reasonable prices and friendly atmosphere. Will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best brunch I've had in awhile
    Ajh714VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I've been meaning to try brunch here and so glad I finally did. Everything was delicious.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    MTCCVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We had the octopus and Kanella sampler as appetizers - terrific. My wife had the lamb and I had the snapper for entrees and both were outstanding. Desserts were delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding food/service, but noisy
    Suburbanfoodie
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The food and the service are outstanding. The chef/owner is from Cyprus, so the food is similar to Greek but different enough to make dining there truly unique. The only negative is that when the restaurant is full, it gets too noisy, but unfortunately that is true at almost all of the best restaurants in town. An especially good deal are the price fixe dinners (choice of vegetarian or meat) available on Sundays. We have been there four or five times, most recently with two other couples, and we have never had a disappointing dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ever so good
    TettemerVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Diva
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Good food! Calamari was flavorful, tender and not fried. Will go back for sure.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not as advertised
    nativecypriot
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    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.
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  • Single diner
    Lmkp3VIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    JennSJ
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Food and service were beyond expectation. Would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BC31VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Stop
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Restaurant
    Julie
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprise
    Slgcpa
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great pre-show dinner
    Sharon
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    This is a great neighborhood find & pre show dinner place. Cozy & good food, quick service& good menu. Great idea before you catch a show
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderfully Delicious
    LivesToEatVIP
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic authentic food.
    Scott
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Too much hype
    PQuiz
    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.
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  • food was so so
    DeborahVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    we were expecting authentic greek food. it was just ok and didn't live up to the hype/wait list for a reservation
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    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
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Greek food
    SherzVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • In one word: Lovely
    CarrieLove
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic brunch
    SusanVIP
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awesome!
    Jessica
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great spot
    nicetime
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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  • Festival of flavors
    Lariska
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    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!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    CTMCVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasantly Surprised
    EllandH
    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.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible Sunday Mezze
    2aimemanger
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious
    Tazbubbles
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Enjoyed food ESP never tried before octopus. Beet root salad was delicious. I felt like I was in Greece.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kanella is great Greek food!
    Foodlover
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.