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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.

1127 Pine St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Greek

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 4:00pm - 8:30pm

Cross Street:
11th

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 592-8333

Website:
http://www.effiesrestaurant.com/

Catering:
Everything from our dinner menu is available for catering.

Public Transit:
Get off at 11th & Walnut

Additional:
Banquet, BYO Liquor, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access

Effie's Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.2

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

92% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (9)
Neighborhood Gem (9)
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Good for a Date (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Authentic (4)
Cozy (4)
Good for Birthdays (3)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Fun (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Romantic (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Vegan (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
Good for Groups (1)
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 9 hours ago

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

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food5
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

Loved it! Authentic Greek food, warm & cozy atmosphere - And BYOB!

Tags: Casual, Authentic, Cozy, Fun, Good for a Date
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food5
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great sevice, great values, fresh ingredients. Good pre-concert venue.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Fun
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 13, 2018

As always the staff makes you feel at home and are to welcoming and nice. The food was delicious! I would keep going back over and over again.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Cozy, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Casual, Good for Birthdays
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Simple, authentic, and classic Greek food in a cozy BYO taverna setting.

Tags: Romantic, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 5, 2018

It was a good experience. Solid food, solid service. However, no one liked the Greek lasagna. Everything else was delightful

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Delicious food! Nice people!

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 11, 2017

We took family from out of town to Effie's for a weeknight dinner. The food was delicious, the server was warm and friendly and we all had a great time.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Vegan
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food4
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 9, 2017

First time there. Outrageous mussels in mustard sauce. That alone will bring me back. Bronzino fish was spectacular. Will be going back real soon

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 30, 2017

Food was very good and I've been to many Greek places ! Waitress was very nice ! I would highly recommend!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Another great meal at Effie's. Becoming one of my favorite Philly restaurants.

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 24, 2017

We were a large party of 10 people - service was great and the food was delicious! We will certainly be back soon!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Tapas
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 (New England)·Dined on November 16, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 7, 2017

love this place! food is wonderful, staff is friendly and accommodating, and the atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great food and friendly service! The food is authentic and you will never leave hungry. Reasonably priced and BYO too!

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Effie's is always wonderful. We were one of their first customers which the owner remembered. It is always delicious.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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food4
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Always great food and service. One of our favorite places to eat.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Service was incredibly slow. Dont sit in the back. Food was ok.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We were pleasantly surprised when we were seated on the back patio... the atmosphere was cozy and quaint... the food was delicious and the service was fantastic!

Tags: Special Occasion, People Watching, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 16, 2017

The food was really disappointing. We won't be back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 15, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

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!!!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

So attentive and friendly even though busy at dinner time! Food was fresh , delicious and authentic!
Wish I could’ve tried more- we’ll be back!

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Authentic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great find! Fresh, authentic Greek food! We had the whole branzino which was perfectly seasoned and cooked. The salads and appetizers were excellent.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Vegan, People Watching, Paleo Friendly, Quick Bite, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic, Spicy, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 15, 2017

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

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 11, 2017

Food, as always, was great. Wonderful location in outside garden.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 10, 2017

The food is wonderful-like visiting a friend's house for dinner! The patio is charming and the service is impeccable!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on August 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 29, 2017

First time trying Effie's, good food, service just ok, not good, not bad.....

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Best Mediterranean restaurant in the city! The staff is lovely and accommodating and the food is always great.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Super cozy, family-run place. Beautiful courtyard in the middle perfect for outdoor dining on a nice night. Food is very flavorful and delicious, and a really good value. BYO is always a plus!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 22, 2017

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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