Eleni's Philoxenia

4.6
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468 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 468 People Are Saying
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C
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience4

We ordered many, many dishes, both fish and lamb based. All the fish was old and tasted off in every dish, and some of the lamb pieces in the pastry also tasted slightly spoiled. Its too bad. The ambiance and service was lovely and I would have liked to make this place a casual favorite. Instead, I will not be returning.

P
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

The food was fantastic and very reasonably priced given the quality of food you received.
Only critique is that our waiter was slow in bringing the drinks we ordered and we had to track him down to get our bill since we had another engagement to get to.
Otherwise - highly recommend!

A
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Have been a fan of Eleni's for a long time. Eleni has sold it, but the food was still great. Great flavors and impeccable service.

EB
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food
Will definitely be back for am authentic experience again!

A
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The four of us enjoyed a lovely evening Saturday night at Eleni’s! From the hostess to the wait staff to the chef (who graciously dropped by our table to check in) everything was perfect. The food was delicious. Two in our party had the lamb shank, one had the rabbit and I ordered the surf and turf (lamb steak and two prawns). All was cooked perfectly with nice accompliments. We also ordered the grill calamari and the dolmathakia and we had the sautéed spinach. I would order all of it again. We left happy and full and looking forward to our next visit.

BS
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience1

Noise level needs to be controlled!

EB
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot, you feel like you are in a cool exclusive club. Everything for dinner was delicious, from the dip for the bread to the grape leaves to the mussels. It all tasted home made and amazing. Our server was great, when our food took a little while he took off the corking fee for the wine we brought. Wonderful food and great spot!

RB
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Eleni's was recommended. Great food and good service. 3 wait staff covering all the tables and bar quite challenging.

JS
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Much improved food and menu. A little noisy, but a busy night. Nice decor, good service.

BD
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an excellent dinner there. I had the lamb wrapped in filo dough, and my wife had the chicken wrapped in filo. Although they were very different in taste, they were so well prepared and tasty! We'll definitely be going back again!

DW
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've enjoyed going there many times. They have never let us down.

BM
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are always very pleased when we dine here! The food is amazing as is the service! We always make a point to take visitors here!

NA
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the service was excellent. We had the lamb and the mizithra pasta both excellent.
the even agreed to give us a half salad - still enough for two people.

KJ
London
25 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
14 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

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

ES
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was very professional

SO
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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
Overall4food4service3ambience4

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
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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
Overall4food5service3ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything I had tasted good, really enjoyed the appitzers.

TR
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
10 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

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

LS
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

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
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service4ambience4

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

JB
Los Angeles
39 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

B
Portland
18 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A good Greek restaurant. Definitely will be returning

OT
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent! Every dish was delicious!

E
Portland
437 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience2

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

P
Pittsburgh
78 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.