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About Effie's Restaurant
Effie's Restaurant, a little townhouse located on Antique Row in Center City, is reminiscent of a Greek taverna. Specialties include grilled whole fish, octopus salad, famous lamb dishes, moussaka, and the best Greek salad in town! Join us for dinner to try our new menu items. We feature outdoor seating in our lovely garden area.
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 4:00pm - 8:30pm
$30 and under
Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Everything from our dinner menu is available for catering.
Get off at 11th & Walnut
Banquet, BYO Liquor, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access
Effie's Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Excellent as usual; we both had the special chicken in phyllo dough with mushrooms and a white sauce; moist, large chicken pieces, and an excellent cream sauce. The phyllo was crisp, not too dry and light. We finished off with Greek coffee and their usual desert, like baclava but with a soft sweet cream inside. service was excellent
It has seen its day. Grumpy staff that forget its about the diner and not the restaurant. Answered phone while serving us, food was not hot, restaurant was chilly and drafty, and meal overall was average experience. Many better than averages choices out there. Take one of them.
Very cute place. One waiter but he was on the ball. Very attentive and friendly. Food was delicious. We had the moussaka, the Effie’s chicken and a chicken souvlaki. All were very good. They even bring you a dessert on the house that was delicious. We will surely be back!
Overall, Effie's was a fun experience. However, about 2 hours before our meal, the restaurant called and asked if we could come 30 minutes earlier than we originally planned. We were fine with that and came early to the restaurant, but then felt that they rushed us to order, even after we ordered appetizers.
I made a reservation for 6pm for my family and we felt really rushed. The waiter was rude and told us we had to leave by 8. My family drove from out of town and we wanted to relax and enjoy ourselves but we couldn’t. Food was OK nothing noteworthy and the service was so bad that we will not be going back. The waiter didn’t come over throughout the entire meal to check on us. I wouldn’t recommend.
I had dinner at Effie's before the speaker series at the Kimmel Center. I was seated in the garden which was very nice on a warm October evening. The service was quick and the prices were reasonable. The meat on my gyro souvlaki platter was a little dry and overcooked. Otherwise it was a pleasant meal close to the Kimmel Center.
What a find! I almost hate to write this glowing review because I want to keep it a hidden gem. Food was fresh and beautifully prepared and delicious. Weather permitted sitting outside in the garden and it was lovely and intimate. Service very attentive. I will definitely be returning.
Was very pleased with Effie's. I had wanted to try it there for several years and decided it was time. Was a little apprehensive as to how it would be since I had a group of 12 people but we were set up in a cozy little room in the back - service was excellent - Phillipos, our waiter, was knowledgeable and friendly but not overbearing. They gave us complimentary shots and dessert - a nice bonus. We will definitely be going back.
Authentic Greek food. Service was outstanding considering there was only one server and one cook. The meal was fantastic. I am telling all my friends about this tiny gem of a restaurant and I can't wait to return. I love Greek food and this was one of the best versions I have had in a long time.
Philip, our waiter, and the owner were as pleasant and sweet as can be. Extremely busy Sat night and 8:30 reservation was kept for outside. Kitchen was swamped but we were in no hurry. The three starters we shared among three were outstanding. The Effie's chicken and flounder were just OK...but again, the pleasant atmosphere and attentive staff made up for it. Because we were patient, Philip brought us complimentary baklava!!!! We would defintely go back and try some new dishes!!!
Went here for date night with the girlfriend. We sat outside in the alley rather than the garden but both were very nice. The service was fast even on a Friday night. The food was amazing. The Shrimp Santorini was out of this world good. It was a great little BYO with no corkage fee. Would absolutely come back. Highly recommended.
The food was excellent as always, authentic and a real treat. However, unfortunately it was raining and our reservation was not met due to an overcrowded restaurant. The service was okay but lacking due to being over crowded. Maybe next time we'll do takeout.
It was a fantastic evening. We were on the outside patio which is just a delight. Weather was perfect. It was crowded but tolerable. The food was great The Greek salad is one of the best in town. Hummus dips were great. Lamb chops were good as were the sides. Spouse's pasta dish was very good.
We will be back
Food is very good. Service is very good. Ambiance is warm. Our only issue is the text message we received 15 minutes prior to dining, informing us that their credit card machine was down and they can only accept cash. Normally this isn't an issue, but this is the second time it happened. We dined there 6 months ago, and we received a similar message prior to dining. I would prefer that they be honest from the start, and tell everyone they don't accept credit cards. Otherwise its a bit of a bait and switch that leaves a bad taste prior to dining. Just be aware, that it's something they will do to you prior to dining there.
the place has so much potential - relaxed dining in a comfortable spot. However, the food is mediocre at best. Our Mediterranean dips were dry and inedible. The grocery store hummus has more flavor! My seafood dish was okay but I had to really hunt to find any actual seafood amongst the orzo.
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