Effie's Restaurant

4.5
667 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 667 people are saying
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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cmomtennis
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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.

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dgzport
Minneapolis
31 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!

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MBE1
Philadelphia
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!

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vipNicole
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

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

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UntamedPalate
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 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.

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vipphylit
Philadelphia
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.

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MelodyP
Austin
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.

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vipRosey
New York Area
15 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

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vipPeterAPHL
New York Area
42 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.

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vipjstgrls
Baltimore
8 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food at a fair price.

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Diner9
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

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vipNeilB
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyable dinner

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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
12 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
24 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
24 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
17 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!

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 667 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.