Eleni's Philoxenia

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455 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
About Our Name
Philoxenia means ''Hospitality''

Our Menu
We offer many more appetizers than you would normally find on a menu. On the island of Crete friends will gather at an Estiatorio or Taverna and enjoy long evenings of shared appetizers, wine and conversation... lingering over the freshness. We invite you to embrace this amicable custom while we hand make each dish to order.

Our Ingredients
We believe that great food can only come from great ingredients. Whenever available, we serve fresh organic vegetables. All the meat we serve is raised respectfully without hormones: Oregon Painted Hills beef, Carlton pork, Draper Valley free range chickens and new Zealand lambs. The olive oil we use is a very fine, first pressing from the island of Crete.

Eleni's Philoxenia accepts limited online reservations. Please call us if you do not see the time you wish to dine. We will do our best to accommodate your party.
What 455 People Are Saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KJ
London
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We didn't know that Eleni had retired and sold the restaurant to a trusted chef until we noticed that a particular dish was prepared differently. It was absolutely delicious along with everything else we ordered.
We will happily return to Philoxenia as it is one of our favorite places to eat in Portland.

MP
Portland
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food in a nice atmosphere. Not inexpensive, but not outrageous either.

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Service was good but the food was not authentic Greek. Filling but it could have come from anywhere.

EP
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Excellent service. Lovely ambiance. We had a show to go to and they did a great job of making sure we were out on time.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was very professional

SO
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a gem, great food, great service, busy but not too busy. We will be back many times.

GN
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Best Greek restaurant in Portland. Every item on the menu is great. Reasonable prices on bottles of wine.

AH
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The experience was delightful. We dined with friends after a matinee at the Armory, and the restaurant was in perfect walking distance for the theater crowd. We were disappointed in the combination platter. The dips were yummy, but we ran of things to dip in them before they were gone, and the pita was hard and crunchy - not sure if that was intentional. The rest of the meal was delightful. The lamb shank and the arni me filo were fantastic. We also loved the unique wine selection.
The staff was gracious and efficient, if not a little too attentive at times. We kind of got the feeling towards the end of our meal that we were being encouraged to leave, though not impolitely, for sure.

CD
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Quality fresh food based on traditional flavors. Nice spot to tuck in for a great meal.

YB
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great food. Friday night was busy. The dishes were served as they came out of the kitchen so our party had a serious gap in serving. It may be better when they are less busy. If there is only a couple of you going to the bar is definitely a fast and efficient option to get the same great food with much less waiting

RB
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything I had tasted good, really enjoyed the appitzers.

TR
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Eleni's is a wonderful place, warm and inviting. The staff are super friendly and knowledgeable, and the food is lovely.

AS
Portland
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely LOVE Eleni's. The food is outstanding and everyone there is really nice. When we go we usually get a bottle of wine and a handful of "small plates" to share. It's an experience and due to our ordering a few different times, timely. But we love it and always expect to spend about 2 hours there enjoying ourselves.

OT
Portland
9 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

service was poor,difficulty getting waiters attention for ordering. food was mediocre, ok but not memorable

LS
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We loved this high quality place so close to the Armory where we have season tickets. Great choices, the small plates are BIG which is lovely. Very excellent food. It took a bit long to get our food though, which can be tricky if you are going to a show. (the only reason I did not rate the service as excellent) . It worked out though. The waiters were lovely and friendly. The rabbit sublime.

r
Portland
12 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always nice place to go to eat; have never been disappointed in the food. Reasonably quiet so that one can converse across the table.

t
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is my girlfriend's favorite Greek restaurant, and one of her overall favorites, in all of Metro Portland. I made a reservation to take her for her birthday. We had a great time, eating wonderful food, and sharing great conversation. It was a bit noisy, but I'm guessing that's because others know of this great place, too. I cannot wait for us to visit again.

k
Portland
20 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and service at this casually appointed restaurant. The only downside is the noise level.

JB
Los Angeles
37 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and great food at a very reasonable price. Highly recommended!

B
Portland
17 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

A good Greek restaurant. Definitely will be returning

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent! Every dish was delicious!

E
Portland
435 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We began with a couple of salads. The one made of thinly sliced cabbage & fennel was truly outstanding. For entrees, we had shrimp, a meat pasta dish and a vegetable pasta dish. Each one was very, very tasty. We finished with baklava, which was also delicious. The service was also excellent and very friendly. We have always enjoyed Eleni's, yet the food and service are even better than in the past. Try it or try it again!

RZ
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For elegant dining, Elini's is one of the best values in Portland. Seafood, salads, wine - all wonderful. Small plates and large plates make sharing and tasting fun. Love Elini's!

h
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was very good, great flavoring and seasonings. The special salad of the day was amazing. We also had very good service and all of us would go back recommend friends!

LP
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Great Greek restaurant in the Pearl District. Highly recommend. Been looking for an authentic Greek place locally and this is it!

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, professional and knowledgeable staff who care about the experience.

P
Pittsburgh
71 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate at Eleni's while visiting our son who lives in Portland. What a great restaurant! The ambiance is bistro-like and very comfortable. Our waiter was excellent in explaining in detail how each dish was prepared. We had the lamb shank (outrageously tender and flavorful), the rabbit (very tender) and the lamb & vegetables baked in philo. The Greek wine was reasonably priced and a great accompaniment for our dinners. We will definitely return to Eleni's when visit in February and our son is planning to bring friends here to eat.

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

Everything was amazing! Food, service, price, ambiance-- were all top notch. My new favorite restaurant in PDX!

SH
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Home made comfort food - best kept Portland secret.

NM
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant in Portland! The food is amazing, the service is fantastic and always smiling. I prefer to go earlier in the evening, 7:30 on a Friday is pretty loud because of the beautiful tall ceilings, I personally prefer 4:30/5pm any day of the week. It's just hopin later on is all. Freshly made amazing food.

R
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Our waitress was knowledgeable about the food because we tend to order the same things . We are not familiar with many of the items on the menu and she helped us put together a very nice array of different choices. The food quality and preparation was outstanding! The Moussaka was AMAZING!!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Cozy place with amazing food! Would definitely come again.

C
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and staff. Always enjoy visiting Eleni's.

r
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. It was busy so we had to wait for our courses but the quality of the food made up for any complaints.

MW
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I loved the fresh Orzo with the braised lamb, it was wonderful. I ordered the feta filo, and it was good, but it wasn't really what I was expecting. It was kinda like ricotta? Lovely server and service there.

c
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 2

Large table of women created and overwhelmed the inadequate wait staff.

OT
Tahoe
171 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Great wine values, food tastes authentic

EV
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and our waitress Rose was very good and helpful.

KW
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! I would definitely recommend it!

l
Portland
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly one of the best meals I've had in Portland. We had a great experience and everyone loved each dish brought to the table.

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