Effie's Restaurant

4.6
473 reviews
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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.
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AL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I enjoyed my dinner out, the food was good and service was ok because it was Saturday night at 7 pm, peak time.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect dining experience

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Miami
27 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding, as always...one of our favorite places in Center City.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great!

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, atmosphere, and service! Feels like a hidden gem, not touristy at all.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful, homey atmosphere to enjoy authentic & delicious Greek dishes. Make reservations b/c it's small. Food was expensive but very good. Attentive service, overall great 1st experience!

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MF
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It never fails to live up to my great expectations. The mussels in mustard sauce is killer. The fresh Bronzino is always excellent . The service is always on time . Thank you for being one of the best restaurants in the neighborhood, night in and night out.

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Chicago
23 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We ate outdoors at a quiet table in the adjacent alley. Authentic family-run place with delicious traditional Greek specialties. Recommend for a low key evening.

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love the character of this place. Tucked away in a cute neighbourhood - family owned and operated. Delicious food!

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J
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was here years ago and remember the food being excellent. Fast forward to about a year ago I moved into the neighborhood. I would order some take out from there time to time - gyro/fries special, greek salad, spanakopita. All delicious. I finally got around to a full dinner the other night and OMG one of the best dinners I've had out in the city in a long time. It was a nice night so we sat outside in the little garden area which set the mood. We were quite hungry and I've had a hankering for Greek food for a while so we splurged. Spanakopita, Saganaki and the Mussels to start. Everything hit the spot. And the MUSSELS! It was a bowl filled with de-shelled mussels in a marvelous sauce. I've never in my life been served mussels like that and couldn't have been more ecstatic. You could eat them by the spoon full! Next was our entrees. I got the Moussaka and my boyfriend got the Lamb Shank. The Moussaka was flavorful and authentic and the Lamb melted in your mouth. It was served over Orzo which was sooo tasty. We were stuffed to the gills and in a state of euphoria when the waiter came out with complementary dessert. I don't remember what it's called but it was a creme/custard wrapped in phyllo drizzled with lemon/honey/powdered sugar. It was soooo good and we licked the plate clean despite our bellies being maxed out. I can't wait to go back. If you're into Greek food, it doesn't get much better and more authentic than Effie's.

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JT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate outside on a lovely evening. The food was delicious and the service friendly!

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DB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super cute local Greek place.

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing and caring staff.

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AE
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Might be my absolute fav spot in philly. Food and service is excellent and best eggplant parmesean i have ever had.

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Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Thank god we finished up our dinner just as a group of cackling 20 something girls showed up and were saying "literally" every other word. Makes me realize eating out is a nightmare unless you go to a high end quiet restaurant

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FD
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was outstanding. highly recommend but make Res early

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SA
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience. Parking was easy to find and free a couple blocks from the restaurant, staff was friendly, food was amazing, and atmosphere was very homey. We were seated upstairs and it was quiet and exclusive. Overall great experience. Highly recommend.

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London
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Good good, hygiene looked poor. Stuck in an out of the way part of the restaurant. Wouldn’t recommend

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l
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre-theater. Delicious. We ate in the front room. Very quiet and pleasant. Wonderful staff.

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JA
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good experience, will go there again. Good variety, excellent specials. The octopus salad was superb. The staff was very friendly.

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f
Philadelphia
31 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful Greek good - just like what I would imagine it’s like being in Grandma’s kitchen. And love the different rooms and variety is seating. Service is always really good too!

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GG
Naples
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really good, neighborhood restaurant. Food was excellent, ambience was casual and friendly, prices were modest -- a good value. Dessert pasty is made in-house and was incredibly good! Alas, no liquor license, so no Greek wine was available, but BYOB is welcome. This will be a go-to choice for me when I'm in Center City.

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B
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious food, attentive server - one of my favorite restaurants.

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LK
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Effie's was a great choice for a girls night out! Very reasonably priced food and BYOB makes it a great option for everyone!

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S
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice cozy neighborhood place

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CR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

LOVED this place. Such a good authentic atmosphere. We stumbled onto this place last minute because we wanted to have something different than the usual. Definitely try the hummus trio, and the moussaka!!!

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AL
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

Loud table next to us and server was curt.

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KS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Effie's is a great spot for a date or a friends meet-up.

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GL
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

So fun! But beware that parties of 6+ need to pay in cash.

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NK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 1

Effie’s has delicious food but the ambience was not what I expected. There were two large parties sat near us and I couldn’t hear myself speaking to the person next to me because of the loud and rambunctious parties. These parties were clearly belligerent (ie has brought hard liquor to a BYO) and when asked if they could turn their volume down, threatened us and called us inappropriate names. I would recommend this restaurant for its food, but not the environment.

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RC
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful family and neighborhood feel
Food always good
Exceedingly popular especially on the weekends
Service exceptional
Good value

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Authentic home cook Greek meal with a simple, quaint and comfortable ambiance, one of our most favorite places in the city! The food is so tasty and flavorful. It’s one of the places I always recommend people to go to dinner, plus it’s byob! we will definitely continue to come back again and again!

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MB
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is my favorite Greek resturant in Philly.
Amazing!!

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MB
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent. Waitstaff service was slightly slow, but the restaurant was very crowded on the evening of 2/23/19. (I've been to Effie's before when it was not so crowded the dog occasionally barked; not sure what L&I would say about having a dog in or near the kitchen area.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Some of the food had gone bad. The taste was poor and the prices exorbitant. In a foodie city like Philadelphia, this restaurant has no place.

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B
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very good representation of how fmGreek food should be with a decent series of specials, and a friendly staff.

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MF
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent. Mussels are outstanding. Fish is always a 10. Love this place

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal & venue for a Valentine’s day dinner with my wife.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Love the food and ambiance! Parking is rough but worth the trouble. Plan on going back soon!

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R
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was outstanding and very tasty. Service was prompt and straight out of the kitchen. Enjoyed the homey atmosphere. Will be back!!

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