Effie's Restaurant

4.5
635 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 635 people are saying
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vipJenlfried
Phoenix
22 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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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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Amanda
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little BYOB spot! Food and service were fantastic!

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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.

JD
vipJD63
Philadelphia
3 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!

CG
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
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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MatthewS
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MB
MylesB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

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vipfoodiefamily
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden gem! Fantastic authentic Greek food!

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SheriW
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
3 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
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

OT
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!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Not a great experience. Food was mediocre, very unorganized, ambiance was kind of strange. Won’t be returning.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Amazing food

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Night our with family.

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anthonys
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything is what my friend told me it would be. Low key and affordable, tasty food

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite place in the city. It always feels like home. I try to get a different place every time I come in, and I’m never disappointed. I love it here so much !!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent date night spot. Great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

$12.5 for a plate of hummus with 3 small dollops of flavors, $14ish for octopus salad that had SEVEN teensy pieces of octopus; waay overpriced. Effie’s Chicken looked good but was too salty to the point where I couldn’t taste much other than salt. Plus the entrees came with what I’m pretty sure were canned peas as the vegetable (the mushrooms that came with the chicken also seemed canned). Baklava also tasted old and was mushy. I certainly understand restaurants are trying to cut some corners and save money during these times, but the whole meal was a bit disappointing. Happy to at least support a quaint local place during trying times, but there was much left to be desired.

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vipDebbc
New York Area
366 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love it here
It’s cozy
Food excellent
And COVID-19 conscious
There are plenty of choices

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GenS
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food, & ambience for outdoor dining.

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MRosZonas
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is doing an AMAZING job keeping things clean and safe during a pandemic. Their food is, as always, absolutely outstanding and the staff are friendly, gracious, and thorough. My partner and I had an delectable dinner out for my birthday -- the best Moussaka ever -- and a fantastic dish of lamb. Every meal we've ever had there is stellar. Please do whatever you can to support them -- whether take out or in-person outdoor dining. They are an absolute gem.

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vipDebbc
New York Area
366 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has become a new favorite restaurant for us
We sit in an outside heated garden area
The food and service seems so homey
We feel very comfortable
We’ve already planned our next visit

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vipRoisinF
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere, and it’s a byob!

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vipDebbc
New York Area
366 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had been here in several years
I cannot say enough how attentive the staff was to our needs
The menu had several items I had never had
We were not disappointed
We will definitely be back

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MichaB
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Waited over an hour before we had to find our server and ask to order our entree. We were seated outside next to a storm drain which smelled of sewage for the entire meal. The table was so dark we couldnt read the menu without using our phone lights. The server came to our table a grand total of 3 times. And two of those times was only after we went to the front desk to ask to order and to ask for our check

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Ktrot
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Food was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Effie’s was great! The little courtyard patio in the back was small but cozy, and the food was phenomenal! Hostess and waiter were so friendly and helpful. Highly recommend!

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StuartF
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eating in the garden at Effie's was a delightful experience that was complimented by the superb meal.

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Amazing
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Quiet, homey, and amazing good! One of my favorite spots.

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 635 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.