Effie's Restaurant

4.5
653 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 653 people are saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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MatthewS
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on June 2, 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.

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coki
Philadelphia
3 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.

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Katy
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipBenG
Philadelphia
4 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.

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CMCM
Washington DC
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!

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Bill
Philadelphia
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
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.

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viplovegoodfood
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Monterey
San Francisco
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!!!!

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Leila
Philadelphia
1 review
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.

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CarolW
Philadelphia
1 review
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.

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ChristinaC
Washington DC
1 review
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.

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viphutchjon
San Francisco
16 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.

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JenniferS
New England
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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

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vipJenlfried
Phoenix
23 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!

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Shauna
Philadelphia
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.

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CathyR
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipJenlfried
Phoenix
23 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.

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Amanda
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little BYOB spot! Food and service were fantastic!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience5

They were out of just about everything on the menu- octopus, hummus, lamb chops. Chicken was over cooked. Service was very slow.

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CatN
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I love the simple and reliable cuisine here. We took our kids for a very early dinner slot and enjoyed the courtyard. I haven’t been here in ages and am so glad it is still around. Great service. We got a bunch of things to share and enjoyed. Courtyard is not large so I’m glad we finished up and cleared out (mostly) before the non-toddler parties arrived for their own lovely dinners.

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vipJD63
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was OK, Service was very slow. Best thing we ate was the Greek Salad and the Pita bread. The rest of the food was just OK.

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vipsimeon1835
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Hadn't been to this restaurant in 15+ years, but when we saw it was still around thought we'd give it a try. We've been living in Center City 25+ years and love small, BYOB places. While the food was ok, the prices were not in line with other restaurants of similar menus. I ordered the Branzino which again was ok and cost $36.50 ! I could have had the lamb chops at the Capital Grille for less than that. The hummus was bland although there were 3 different types. The octopus salad was good but again not special for $16.50.

There are too many choices in CC for the price that are much better. Also, we did not experience a great level of service either. Not trying to knock the restaurant, just saying our experience of it.

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centercitypatron
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The environment was gorgeous and the food was delicious. I didn’t know what to expect from this small, charming restaurant but I was pleasantly surprised by their courteous staff and impressive menu. Their courtyard space is small but eloquent and a perfect environment for any occasion.

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vipLisaG
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding service, delicious fresh food, a neighborhood staple! Will return!

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vipCanadianGuy
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I picked it before I realized it was BYOB and I almost changed reservations but I'm glad I didn't because there was a wine shop located on the walk to the restaurant. We picked a great wine and had an amazing meal. I couldn't even eat it all. A very friendly place that gave us great memories of our vacation to Greece pre-COVID. Highly recommend.

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GQzz
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food, staff was great, overall a wonderful experience. Planning on eating here again

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vipMatthewS
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was superb. Service was outstanding. Will definitely return.

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MylesB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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vipfoodiefamily
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden gem! Fantastic authentic Greek food!

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SheriW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really loved Effieys. I would recommend and I will be going back soon.

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RosieT
Key West
4 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great dinner here. Loved the courtyard- so cute!

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vipJazzdrums
Philadelphia
61 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food in a neighborhood atmosphere. They did a great job making one feel comfortable during the pandemic. It's what you would expect from a local restaurant you would go to when visiting in Greece. Authentic and very good.

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Meghan
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Very bad service - we were ignored from the moment we arrived and didn’t have a designated waiter. We had to stop a passing waiter if we wanted anything (including to order our meals). We also were seated next to the patio door which they used a garbage bag to cover to block the draft wind... the bag was flapping uncontrollably and loudly the entire meal. Also, my husband received the wrong meal, and it took them 20 minutes to prepare a new one. We did not receive an apology or even an offer to correct it on the bill. Worst customer service I’ve ever experienced. The food is good, but not worth the experience.

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KitRoberts
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the outdoor patio, the food and that it's a BYO restaurant!

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vipAnon
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Back room was cold and loud but food and service were good.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Very cozy! Food was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great spot for order a bunch of appetizers, salads, and plates to share. Fresh and delicious Greek food. BYOB is a plus.

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CookieCat
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently delicious food and excellent service!

FAQs

Effie's Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. Effie's Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 592-8333.

Effie's Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 653 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.