Eleni's Philoxenia

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443 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 443 People Are Saying
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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
16 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
433 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
1 review
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
70 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
13 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.

HC
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

I've been to this place a few times before, and it was always great. The owner was very attentive, even if things were backed up in the kitchen. The food was always so good that waiting a few extra minutes for your food didn't feel like a big deal.

Jump to the other night - I practically had to tackle the server to ask to order a drink and an appetizer. Then, when it was time to order more food, the server wasn't very helpful when we asked about the menu. Fish of the Day? We don't have any. Mussels or Clams? We don't have any clams, just mussels.

The grilled calamari was overcooked and had a lot of lemon juice, which I do like but am not sure most people would. The mussels were cooked nicely. The beef filled eggplant was very overcooked and lacked seasoning. The lamb shank fell off the bone easily, but the vegetables were also bland.

The main reason I visited this place again was because I booked a reservation for my boss to eat here with a colleague when he got to town, but I came home and switched to a different restaurant. I hope I was there on an off night, but I couldn't take that chance with my boss' visit.

KC
Portland
15 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on a Tueday at 5 pm and ordered off the bar menu. I had the rotini and shrimp with fresh basil and a cabbage fennel salad. My friend ordered the steamed mussels and also had the cabbage fennel salad. Service was attentive and professional. Food was over the top delicious. Can't wait to return.

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

Went to have a drink and light dinner with a friend, staff was very helpful making recommendations and helping to make it a very enjoyable evening. Look forward to returning.......

JT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was
very enjoyable- fresh and tastey.Our server was pleasant and helpful with suggestions.Would go back when next in Portland

JB
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really good Greek food with lots of variety of dishes and daily specials give the diner so much to choose from. Happy hour lasts until 7, so diners can choose from several pre-dinner treats. Portions are large—I had lunch the next day. The wait staff is attentive and make good recommendations as they have tasted everything on the menu. The only downside was the noise level in the middle tables; booths would be quieter.

CC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and the restaurant had a nice ambiance.

OT
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything tasted fresh and delicious. The staff was very accommodating to our dietary needs.

GL
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and friendly staff. We always love ordering the chefs specials.

TW
Portland
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife is a big fan of Greek food, me not so much. Picked this place as a birthday dinner and what a gift for both of us.

TO
Portland
8 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Frustrating that they were "out Of" the local Chardonnay and a couple of dinner items. Busy and food was good but has been better on past visits.

BJ
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

we a are late so had to make changes but always great with fine staff

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