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About Effie's Restaurant

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.

1127 Pine St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Greek

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 4:00pm - 8:30pm

Cross Street:
11th

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(215) 592-8333

Website:
http://www.effiesrestaurant.com/

Catering:
Everything from our dinner menu is available for catering.

Public Transit:
Get off at 11th & Walnut

Additional:
Banquet, BYO Liquor, Fireplace, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access

Effie's Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (16)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
Casual (9)
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Authentic (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Pre/post Theatre (7)
Cozy (6)
Romantic (6)
Good for a Date (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Healthy (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Seasonal (2)
Tapas (2)
Vegan (2)
People Watching (2)
Tasting Menu (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Vegan
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 5 days ago

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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·Dined 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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 26, 2017

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

Tags: Quick Bite, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

We were a large party of 10 people - service was great and the food was delicious! We will certainly be back soon!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Tapas
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 (New England)·Dined 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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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 8, 2017

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

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 5, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

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

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 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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 (Philadelphia)·Dined 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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 22, 2017

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Service was incredibly slow. Dont sit in the back. Food was ok.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We were pleasantly surprised when we were seated on the back patio... the atmosphere was cozy and quaint... the food was delicious and the service was fantastic!

Tags: Special Occasion, People Watching, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 19, 2017

What a find! I almost hate to write this glowing review because I want to keep it a hidden gem. Food was fresh and beautifully prepared and delicious. Weather permitted sitting outside in the garden and it was lovely and intimate. Service very attentive. I will definitely be returning.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 16, 2017

The food was really disappointing. We won't be back.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Was very pleased with Effie's. I had wanted to try it there for several years and decided it was time. Was a little apprehensive as to how it would be since I had a group of 12 people but we were set up in a cozy little room in the back - service was excellent - Phillipos, our waiter, was knowledgeable and friendly but not overbearing. They gave us complimentary shots and dessert - a nice bonus. We will definitely be going back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Authentic Greek food. Service was outstanding considering there was only one server and one cook. The meal was fantastic. I am telling all my friends about this tiny gem of a restaurant and I can't wait to return. I love Greek food and this was one of the best versions I have had in a long time.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Philip, our waiter, and the owner were as pleasant and sweet as can be. Extremely busy Sat night and 8:30 reservation was kept for outside. Kitchen was swamped but we were in no hurry. The three starters we shared among three were outstanding. The Effie's chicken and flounder were just OK...but again, the pleasant atmosphere and attentive staff made up for it. Because we were patient, Philip brought us complimentary baklava!!!! We would defintely go back and try some new dishes!!!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Went here for date night with the girlfriend. We sat outside in the alley rather than the garden but both were very nice. The service was fast even on a Friday night. The food was amazing. The Shrimp Santorini was out of this world good. It was a great little BYO with no corkage fee. Would absolutely come back. Highly recommended.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

So attentive and friendly even though busy at dinner time! Food was fresh , delicious and authentic!
Wish I could’ve tried more- we’ll be back!

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Authentic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Great find! Fresh, authentic Greek food! We had the whole branzino which was perfectly seasoned and cooked. The salads and appetizers were excellent.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Vegan, People Watching, Paleo Friendly, Quick Bite, Tapas, Neighborhood Gem, Comfort Food, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

The food was excellent as always, authentic and a real treat. However, unfortunately it was raining and our reservation was not met due to an overcrowded restaurant. The service was okay but lacking due to being over crowded. Maybe next time we'll do takeout.

Tags: Authentic, Spicy, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 15, 2017

It was a fantastic evening. We were on the outside patio which is just a delight. Weather was perfect. It was crowded but tolerable. The food was great The Greek salad is one of the best in town. Hummus dips were great. Lamb chops were good as were the sides. Spouse's pasta dish was very good.

We will be back

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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·Dined on September 11, 2017

Food, as always, was great. Wonderful location in outside garden.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on September 10, 2017

The food is wonderful-like visiting a friend's house for dinner! The patio is charming and the service is impeccable!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Food is very good. Service is very good. Ambiance is warm. Our only issue is the text message we received 15 minutes prior to dining, informing us that their credit card machine was down and they can only accept cash. Normally this isn't an issue, but this is the second time it happened. We dined there 6 months ago, and we received a similar message prior to dining. I would prefer that they be honest from the start, and tell everyone they don't accept credit cards. Otherwise its a bit of a bait and switch that leaves a bad taste prior to dining. Just be aware, that it's something they will do to you prior to dining there.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 29, 2017

First time trying Effie's, good food, service just ok, not good, not bad.....

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·Dined on August 26, 2017

Best Mediterranean restaurant in the city! The staff is lovely and accommodating and the food is always great.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Super cozy, family-run place. Beautiful courtyard in the middle perfect for outdoor dining on a nice night. Food is very flavorful and delicious, and a really good value. BYO is always a plus!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 22, 2017

the place has so much potential - relaxed dining in a comfortable spot. However, the food is mediocre at best. Our Mediterranean dips were dry and inedible. The grocery store hummus has more flavor! My seafood dish was okay but I had to really hunt to find any actual seafood amongst the orzo.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 17, 2017

The outside seating area is very quaint and beautiful. The mixed seafood with orzo was really tasty. I would recommend to anyone who wants to try something a little off the beaten path (even though it is on pine street).

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Effie's is a great neighborhood gem -- Greek food. Its one of my "go to" places downtown. Everything is fabulous, from the Greek salads to the seafood and the traditional Greek dishes. AS a BYOB its an excellent value. And on the off chance that you are a vegan, ask them to make you a special roasted vegetable plate. They are incredibly accommodating.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Cozy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on August 1, 2017

One of my favorite spots. A true hidden gem.

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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 29, 2017

The food was good, not great. The service was the problem at Effie's. There was a large party inside and we were outside. We ordered two appetizers and one entree. They brought one appetizer and then our entree, completely missing the second appetizer. The woman's excuse was, "sorry, the large party inside is killing us". That's not an excuse as I'm sure they booked that large party well in advance to staff appropriately. Also, ANY decent restaurant would typically say let us bring you the forgotten appetizer and it's no charge. Nope, they brought it afterwards and still charged us for it. Cheaper National chains would do that but a Mom and Pop place doesn't? Unacceptable. So with bad service and decent food, I'd recommend another Greek restaurant. Even through it's technically Cyprian, Kanella is a FAR superior place to eat.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Had a great meal here. Tzatziki was good but the pita was amazing. Both my wife and I enjoyed our entrees. I little tight squeezing in but by no means a deal breaker. Would come back again.

Tags: Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on July 27, 2017

We have never had a bad meal at Effie's. Greek cuisine done in a homemade and loving fashion, this restaurant is the result of hard work and special care by its owners. It has become a Philadelphia landmark and the outdoor dining reminds you of an an out-of-the-way place in a tourist spot on a Greek island. I wish the Greek music was a wee-bit louder to add to the ambience! Thank you again for a wonderful dining experience!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Casual, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on July 25, 2017

I had a lovely dinner at Effie's in their outside terrace and had an absolutely perfect three-course Greek dinner. I particularly enjoyed the Shrimp Santorini and the cozy atmosphere similar to a true Greek taverna. Thanks for such a great dinner!

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Effie's was a pleasant surprise! When I made this reservation, I was hoping for some, "authentic Mediterranean" fare, but Effie's exceeded our expectations. Julia wanted a shrimp dish, but asked if could be had without the chopped tomatoes. Our server told her that the dish was tomato based, but instantly recommended an olive oil based dish that wasn't on the menu and was wonderful. My braised lamb shank was among the best I've every had with a great "gravy" that was robust without being overpowering. This is a small restaurant with several tables in a small, enclosed, outdoor area, some tables on the street, just off Pine and indoor dining up front. This BYOB is a really intimate and inviting. Effie's was a truly pleasurable dining experience.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 15, 2017

A bit of a disappointment, especially the fact that they only were able to take cash even though their website says they take credit cards. It would have been nice to know before we ordered. This is not the first time this has happened. They are happy to tell you where the ATM is though so you can go get cash.

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