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Effie's Restaurant

4.7
333 reviews
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$30 and under
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Greek
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Greek
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 4:00pm - 8:30pm
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Phone number
(215) 592-8333
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Payment options
Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Catering
Everything from our dinner menu is available for catering.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
11th
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Public transit
Get off at 11th & Walnut
Additional
Banquet, BYO Liquor, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access
What 333 People Are Saying
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4.6
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4.4
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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

I've been to Effie's before so I know what to expect, which is why I go back. The ambiance is low key, unpretentious, which is refreshing. The food is good. On a nice evening the outdoor sitting is a plus, especially because it is on a relatively quiet narrow street with almost no traffic. The service is good too, without being too overwhelming. It's a good place for small groups. And the byob is a big plus.

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3.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Overall, good experience. Effie’s chicken was excellent, the lamb souvlaki was dry and overcooked. The price was high for the quality of food, especially compared to other restaurants in the city.

The outdoor area was perfect for a nice night. The service was unfortunately poor. There was one server working outdoors and it was unfair to him; he was very polite and kind. Like other reviewers mentioned, and even the hostess said, this place is understaffed and takes away from the experience.

Overall, decent. Will probably not be back.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Effie's has great Greek food in a charming atmosphere that almost makes you think you're in a taverna in Athens. The authentic flavors makes me think there's a "yiayia" from the old country serving up her favorites dished to friends and family. When it's warm out, the back patio is lovely.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Fantastic! We ate upstairs, cozy atmosphere, and have a reservation.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Authentic food, ambience and service.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Great food and service liking eating with family!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Great authentic Greek food!

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Such a great BYOB gem. Food was as delicious and it felt like you were at your aunts house.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Food was great. Our server Elly was a delight! Even though the restaurant was clearly short staffed that night, our order came out quickly. My only complaint is that there was no pork souvlaki option.

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4.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Great food, small and noisy

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Effie’s is such a comforting place. The food is soul satisfying, if not particularly innovative. The staff is so welcoming and generous. The prices are low and the quality of the food is high. I mentioned to our waitress that my husband was at home sick and she sent me home with a second dessert for him. You have to love Effie’s.

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5.0Dined on February 26, 2018

I LOVE THIS PLACE! The staff are incredible and so is the food

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

5th time there. Food has always been Aplus.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

The service was personable and generous . We ordered the sharing platter as an appetizer that was more than enough for 3 people and we ordered 2 large entrees (the shrimp dish and veggie pasta. The food was delicious and a great value. I️ am looking forward to going back again soon.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Delicious food and great service

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Pre-theater dinner was served promptly and the food was outstanding.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

My wife and I have dined at Effie’s many times. After shows, when we are just in the mood for some good Greek home cooking. It’s a BYOB which we enjoy. The staff are like the best. We really enjoy our dinners each and every time we dine at Effie’s.

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

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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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Went to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the girl. Everything about Effie’s was amazing. Reminded me of my grandmothers kitchen. Very comfortable space and all food was fresh and homemade. The pita was warm and melted in your mouth. The waitress was the sweetest and even gave us a dessert to compliment our meal.

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4.0Dined on February 8, 2018

We were the only people in the restaurant

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4.0Dined on February 3, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on February 2, 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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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

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

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4.0Dined 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!

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

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

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on December 16, 2017

Delicious food! Nice people!

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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on November 26, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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!

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4.0Dined 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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5.0Dined on November 7, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on November 4, 2017

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

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3.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined on October 22, 2017

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

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