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Effie's Restaurant

4.5
4.5
672 Reviews
$30 and under
Greek

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.

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Booked 15 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Greek, Mediterranean

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Thu 4:30 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (215) 592-8333

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Effie Bouikidis Schweich

  • Catering

    Everything from our dinner menu is available for catering.

  • Neighborhood

    Center City

  • Cross street

    11th

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Get off at 11th & Walnut

  • Additional

    Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Popular dishes

Menu

Family Style Appetizers

  • Tzatziki$6.50

    • Hummus$6.50

      • G Dolmades$6.50

        • Meletzanosalata$6.50

          • Grilled Feta$8.50

            hot peppers, tomatoes

            • Patates$7.00

              french fries, lemon aioli

              • Saganaki$8.50

                lightly floured and seared kasseri cheese

                • Spanakopita (2)$10.50

                  spinach, scallion dill, feta, phyllo dough parcel

                  • Thessaloniki$16.00

                    tzatziki, hummus, meletzanosalata, olives, feta, dolmades

                    • Mussels Saganaki$12.50

                      sauteed mussels, feta, spicy mustard sauce

                      • Fried Calamari$13.50

                        lightly flowered

                        Last updated: February 1, 2022

                        What 672 people are saying

                        Overall ratings and reviews

                        Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                        4.5
                        4.5 based on all time ratings
                        • 4.5Food
                        • 4.4Service
                        • 4.2Ambience
                        • 4.4Value

                        NoiseModerate

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                        1. M

                          Moneill

                          Philadelphia

                          10 reviews

                          5.0

                          10 reviews

                          Dined on August 24, 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          This was my first time there. It was a perfect outdoor setting to have dinner with a friend. The staff was attentive, the weather was perfect, and the food was really tasty. I will definitely go back with friends. It’s also nice that it’s BYOB so we could enjoy our favorite wines as well. Highly recommend.

                        2. J

                          Jenlfried

                          Phoenix

                          28 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          28 reviews

                          Dined on August 24, 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          I love Effie’s! I love the family that runs it and the people who work there. This restaurant is in my old neighborhood and I miss it terribly. Highly recommend for a date night, family or friend get together. I also live that it’s byob.

                        3. DS

                          DavidS

                          Pittsburgh

                          7 reviews

                          5.0

                          7 reviews

                          Dined on August 19, 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Was in the are on a girls trip and this was very close to where we were staying the food and service was EXCELLENT.

                        4. LC

                          LisaC

                          Philadelphia

                          8 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          8 reviews

                          Dined on August 17, 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Love Effie’s I’ve been going there fo 20 years and the food is delicious and reasonably priced. Plus, it is a BYOB making it perfect. Love the patio dining section,

                        5. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          New York Area

                          3 reviews

                          5.0

                          3 reviews

                          Dined on August 7, 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience3

                          Delicious food, excellent service.

                        6. MF

                          MichaelF

                          Philadelphia

                          71 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          71 reviews

                          Dined on August 6, 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                          The food is always delicious and authentic. Never disappoints! Love the Thessaloniki platter!

                        7. s

                          staceyk

                          Philadelphia

                          13 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          13 reviews

                          Dined on August 4, 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          A delicious neighbor restaurant. The food was excellent and the service was exceptional. Can’t wait to go back. It’s a true gem.

                        8. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Houston

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on July 31, 2021

                          overall5food4service5ambience5

                          Great BYOB, wonderful food, incredible value, gorgeous space. Definitely will be back!

                        9. c

                          cmomtennis

                          Philadelphia

                          31 reviews

                          5.0

                          31 reviews

                          Dined on July 31, 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          We have dined at Effies quite a few times over the years. I ate there with friends when they first opened. The food is fantastic ! Looking forward to a return trip.

                        10. d

                          dgzport

                          Minneapolis

                          33 reviews

                          5.0

                          33 reviews

                          Dined on July 24, 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                          Pleasant outside seating. The service was great and the food was wonderful! Warm pita bread and olive oil before our meal. Greek salad was delicious and we loved our entrees. My husband had the lamb shank and I had the chicken souvlaki. Both were well prepared, delicious!

                        11. MB

                          MBE1

                          Philadelphia

                          35 reviews

                          5.0

                          35 reviews

                          Dined on July 24, 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Although a longtime favorite of mine, this was my first time dinning in the outdoor garden. Great atmosphere, and wait-staff was excellent as usual. Menu varied enough to accommodate vegetarian diet of my dinner guest. Would heartedly recommend this great neighborhood venue for casual dinning. Looking forward to return visits throughout the summer!

                        12. N

                          Nicole

                          New York Area

                          14 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          14 reviews

                          Dined on July 24, 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Delicious, authentic Greek food! We had a great time. Have been before, and will be back.

                        13. MH

                          MersadH

                          Philadelphia

                          5 reviews

                          vip
                          2.0

                          5 reviews

                          Dined on July 23, 2021

                          overall2food2service1ambience1

                          Poor service all around , been to many Greeks a s this is one of the worst.

                        14. UP

                          UntamedPalate

                          Charleston

                          3 reviews

                          5.0

                          3 reviews

                          Dined on July 17, 2021

                          overall5food5service4ambience4

                          Effie’s is a relaxed, casual BYOB with authentic Greek food. Servers are friendly and laid-back, the patio is an escape from the hustle of the city and the food never disappoints.

                        15. p

                          phylit

                          Philadelphia

                          139 reviews

                          vip
                          3.0

                          139 reviews

                          Dined on July 2, 2021

                          overall3food3service3ambience4

                          The Greek salad had no dressing. Don’t remember it that way. Everything was flavorful but entres cane out during the appetizers. Staff seemed kind but inattentive. Did pull awning out before rain. We were asked to leave at 10:00 because they had to close. Food was ok. Have had better there.

                        16. MP

                          MelodyP

                          Austin

                          3 reviews

                          4.0

                          3 reviews

                          Dined on June 30, 2021

                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                          My husband had the veggie pasta which was delicious. I had the veggie stuffed peppers which were okay, too much oregano for my taste. We sat outside and enjoyed the evening. Chair cushions for the metal chairs would be helpful.

                        17. R

                          Rosey

                          New York Area

                          20 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          20 reviews

                          Dined on June 29, 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                          Everything was perfect. The food delicious as always. The service was prompt snd courteous. The ambience was also great despite the heat

                        18. PA

                          PeterAPHL

                          New York Area

                          44 reviews

                          vip
                          3.0

                          44 reviews

                          Dined on June 23, 2021

                          overall3food3service4ambience2

                          The fact that Effie's is BYOB should appear noticeably on their website. The ingredients of the small Greek salad were excellent, but each ingredient is all by itself in a small bowl that cannot be mixed together and there is no dressing of any kind. The moussaka my wife ordered came to the table lukewarm and had to be reheated. My salmon was well flavored but overdone.

                        19. j

                          jstgrls

                          Baltimore

                          8 reviews

                          vip
                          4.0

                          8 reviews

                          Dined on June 22, 2021

                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                          Very good food at a fair price.

                        20. D

                          Diner9

                          1 review

                          3.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on June 18, 2021

                          overall3food2service4ambience4

                          Outdoor seating was nice and quaint. Would be interested to dine outside again. The food honestly was not great and not very "greek". Our entrees were bland, dry, and very simple. Not much flavor at all. Loved the outdoor seating, service was good, but unfortunately was disappointed with the food

                        21. NB

                          NeilB

                          Philadelphia

                          23 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          23 reviews

                          Dined on June 17, 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                          Enjoyable dinner

                        22. MS

                          MattS

                          Philadelphia

                          15 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          15 reviews

                          Dined on June 8, 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Everything was perfect. Food was delicious, service was extremely kind, and ambiance is so quaint.

                        23. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Philadelphia

                          14 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          14 reviews

                          Dined on June 3, 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Lovely meal in their back patio area which is cozy and romantic. Impressed with how fresh their ingredients tasted. Always love their muscles.

                        24. c

                          coki

                          Philadelphia

                          6 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          6 reviews

                          Dined on May 28, 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                          Ease to reserve a table, food, service, pricing -- all excellent. A great place for a relaxing dinner out.

                        25. K

                          Katy

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on May 27, 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Exceptional evening at a wonderful restaurant! We will be back!

                        26. BG

                          BenG

                          Philadelphia

                          9 reviews

                          4.0

                          9 reviews

                          Dined on May 26, 2021

                          overall4food4service5ambience5

                          Cute hideway restaurant. I felt like I was in Greece. The food was delicious and the portion sizes were generous.

                        27. CM

                          CMCM

                          Washington DC

                          6 reviews

                          5.0

                          6 reviews

                          Dined on May 25, 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Excellent food and ambience - they were pretty busy and seemed understaffed but it was obvious they were doing their best and making sure everyone was taken care of in the end. Will definitely be back!

                        28. B

                          Bill

                          Philadelphia

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on May 22, 2021

                          overall5food4service4ambience5

                          Food is always very good and very tasty. Outdoor patio was nice and cozy and quiet. Will be back.

                        29. OT

                          OpenTable Diner

                          Philadelphia

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on May 19, 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          The outdoor dining was on a charming side street, so no foot traffic from pedestrians during our meal. The food was outstanding. Best spanakopita I have had in a very long time.

                        30. l

                          lovegoodfood

                          Philadelphia

                          15 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          15 reviews

                          Dined on May 19, 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          We sat in the garden and it was lovely. The food was excellent!

                        31. M

                          Monterey

                          San Francisco

                          7 reviews

                          1.0

                          7 reviews

                          Dined on May 17, 2021

                          overall1food3service1ambience3

                          Open Table confirmed reservation but when we got there, restaurant was closed Another party also got there same time we did and they also were surprised that reservation was accepted but restaurant was closed!!!!

                        32. L

                          Leila

                          Philadelphia

                          3 reviews

                          vip
                          4.0

                          3 reviews

                          Dined on May 15, 2021

                          overall4food4service4ambience4

                          Food was delicious, ambience was idyllic and unpretentious, service was prompt and friendly. We would definitely eat here again.

                        33. CW

                          CarolW

                          Philadelphia

                          2 reviews

                          5.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on May 15, 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Another neighborhood gem in the Wash/West section of Philly. We discovered Effies taking a walk and so glad we did. Friendly staff and the food was awesome, we definitely will be returning on our next trip to Philly.

                        34. CC

                          ChristinaC

                          Washington DC

                          2 reviews

                          5.0

                          2 reviews

                          Dined on May 14, 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          We have always had a good experience at Effies! The staff is very nice and the food is very good.

                        35. h

                          hutchjon

                          San Francisco

                          17 reviews

                          5.0

                          17 reviews

                          Dined on May 13, 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                          Reserved an outside table for two. We arrived a bit early but were seated anyway. The calamari appetizer was one of the best we ever had. The batter was light the oil used to fry must have been very fresh. Our entrees were very good. The braised lamb was tender and flavorful and went well with the firm rice and tender pears. Our server was busy, but attentive and pleasant. A great time overall.

                        36. JS

                          JenniferS

                          New England

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on May 8, 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience3

                          Food and service was excellent! I wild rec to anyone who lives Greek food!

                        37. J

                          Jenlfried

                          Phoenix

                          28 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          28 reviews

                          Dined on May 6, 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Love this little neighborhood restaurant. They really make you feel like you’re family and you’re over at their house. Service is fantastic along with the food. Love that it’s byob too!

                        38. S

                          Shauna

                          Philadelphia

                          1 review

                          1.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on May 1, 2021

                          overall1food1service1ambience1

                          Horrible experience. We are cool people and also ones who have or are currently working in service. We love to party too and have fun w our coworkers. However try servicing the calamari wo a 45 minute wait and sub par Greek salad. We literally found the waiter twice and asked for check and went back after waiting another 20 mins to pay him. It’s quite funny actually, we could have dined and ditched just from the anti climactic service, and food however couldn’t do it. Lol It’s byob and they continuously slammed the table on their beautiful mosaic tables. Had a heater they never bothered to turn on and we sat outside. Lmfao won’t be back. Ever.

                        39. CR

                          CathyR

                          Baltimore

                          1 review

                          5.0

                          1 review

                          Dined on May 1, 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Awesome people..awesome food..just like mama used to make!! OPA!

                        40. J

                          Jenlfried

                          Phoenix

                          28 reviews

                          vip
                          5.0

                          28 reviews

                          Dined on April 24, 2021

                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                          Been coming here for years. Perfect neighborhood restaurant with option indoor/outdoor. The outdoor area is so adorable. The service is great and always friendly. The food is consistently delicious. And I love that I can bring my own wine. Highly recommend.

                        Safety precautions

                        • Cleaning & sanitizing

                          • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                          • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                          • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                          • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                          • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                          • Contactless payment available
                        • Physical distancing

                          • Limited number of seated diners
                          • Distancing maintained in common areas
                          • Extra space between tables
                        • Protective equipment

                          • Waitstaff wear masks
                          • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
                        • Screening

                          • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
                          • Staff is vaccinated
                          • Staff temperature check required

                        FAQs

                        Effie's Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 592-8333.

                        Effie's Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 672 OpenTable diners.

                        Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

                        Make a reservation

                        2 people

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                        Booked 15 times today
                        Google Map for Effie's Restaurant

                        1127 Pine St Philadelphia, PA 19107

                        Dining areas

                        Additional information

                        • Cross street

                          11th

                        • Neighborhood

                          Center City

                        • Hours of operation

                          Dinner Tue–Thu 4:30 pm–9:30 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm

                        • Cuisines

                          Greek, Mediterranean

                        • Dining style

                          Casual Dining

                        • Dress code

                          Casual Dress

                        • Parking details

                          Street Parking

                        • Public transit

                          Get off at 11th & Walnut

                        • Payment options

                          AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                        • Executive chef

                          Effie Bouikidis Schweich

                        • Additional

                          Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

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