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Estia

4.2
95 reviews
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$30 and under
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Greek
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups

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About

Named after a Greek goddess, Estia is an authentic Greek restaurant serving traditional favorites in a friendly and low-key setting. Whether you stop by for lunch, to sip a cocktail and enjoy a few appetizers or to savor a full-course meal, Estia has delicious offerings available.

The main menu reads like a dream and includes such classics as the avgolemono soup, the traditional horiatiki salad and the fabulous cold plates that include everything from roasted eggplant and tzatziki to pan-fried cheese. Choose a sandwich or a main course with fish or meat, or opt for the more traditional mousaka. No matter what you choose at Estia, it is sure to delight.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Greek, Mediterranean, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday - 11:30AM - 3:00 PM
Monday: Closed

Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday - 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday - 5:00PM - 10:00PM
Monday: Closed
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Phone number
(203) 956-0101
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Private party facilities
Estia is a beautiful, and chic restaurant located in a the heart of historic South Norwalk.
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Private party contact
Chris Gavrielidis: (203) 866-3364
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
South Main St
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Parking details
There is on street parking as well as multiple city and private lots in the area.
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Public transit
Within walking distance from the South Norwalk train station.
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Late Night, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.1
service
3.9
ambience
4.0
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Noise · Moderate
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5.0Dined on December 11, 2015

I can't say enough about this restaurant. The food is delicious. The fish is very fresh, the portions are perfect size and each and every dish is just done to perfection!

I've been 4 times now, and it never disappoints. The owners couldn't be nicer and them always aim to please!

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5.0Dined on October 4, 2015

The octopus appetizer was fantastic. The main course of salmon in pesto sauce was also great! Service could not have been better. Will definitely go back again.

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2.0Dined on September 3, 2015

This restaurant need s more customers.

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4.0Dined on August 20, 2015

This little restaurant is a hidden gem. The food is very fresh and delicious, especially if you like homestyle good food. The menu is varied with many traditional Greek favorites all very well prepared. We took our guests there for dinner.Although they live in the area they have never been to Estia and they were thrilled to have been introduced to it. We had the fish , fresh and delicious. and the lamb chops, only the bones were left on the plate. Baklava for desert. What could be better ? ! We will definitely return .

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4.0Dined on July 26, 2015

Our waiter (wish I got his name) really made the meal. He was terrific -- big smile, knowledgeable, helpful. He put everyone in a good mood. As for the food, it was good. My husband and my souvlaki dishes (chicken and pork) were a bit overcooked (and didn't have a lot of flavor) but the appetizers we ordered and our friends' fish and lamb dishes were all good. And the pita bread is delicious. Will definitely go back.

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3.0Dined on July 18, 2015

Service was wonderful. Quite professional and friendly. The salad was prepared well. The only complaint my wife and I had was that the Bronzino was filleted very poorly. Tons of bones. Also the fillet was really small. Vegetables and potatoes were tasty.

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4.0Dined on June 11, 2015

Not knowing what to expect, but thought the menu was interesting we gave Estia a try because we had a meeting in the area that evening. I'm so glad we did ! The menu had many, many interesting and delicious sounding choices . Three people in our party. Among us we had fish, lamb chops and a veal shank. Everyone was very pleased. I only wished we had more time to experience some of the numerous appetizers and salads but I will definitely return.

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4.0Dined on June 5, 2015

Not sure why it's not busier??

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5.0Dined on May 10, 2015

I've seen my fair share of "Greek" restaurants pretending to have Greek food but in the end it was no good. Estia is no pretender. As a Greek I can attest to the food's authenticity because it tasted like my moms's cooking which I love and miss.

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4.0Dined on March 15, 2015

The restaurant was empty, we were a group of 8. The service was excellent and food was terrific! I loved EVERything!!!!

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1.0Dined on December 3, 2014

The good was quite good so I could not figure out why there was no one else in the restaurant eating the whole night.

Our waiter was extremely attentive as well.

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5.0Dined on September 4, 2014

This a great place with excellent service and an extensive menu. The food is fantastic and I look forward to going back. Good Greek wine also! And of course amazing desserts.

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4.0Dined on August 23, 2014

Some of the best food in SONO

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5.0Dined on July 23, 2014

I can't say enough good things about this place. The food is PHENOMENAL! Octopus, stuffed grape leaves, tyrokafteri and zucchini chips are all amazing, and brought to us by a server who really took pride in the place. Really quiet on a Wednesday night, but only made the dinner more enjoyable for us!

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2.0Dined on July 11, 2014

Our waitress was as sweet as pie and tried very hard. Service though was very slow.

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2014

Delicious Greek food and wine. The snapper is excellent. Good for groups so everyone can sample the many menu options.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2014

We enjoyed it so much Thursday, that we plan to return Sunday and bring our friends. The service and food were super BUT the noise level was perfect. We were able to talk with each other while we enjoyed our meal. Wonderful!

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4.0Dined on June 13, 2014

The food was very good. It was nice to see a good number of choices for restaurant week. Most only offer 2 or 3. I would definitely come back. It was too bad they ran out of octopus, I wanted to try it. The desserts were delicious.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2014

The food and service was terrific. Would definitely go back.

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2.0Dined on May 31, 2014

The food was just ok. The moussaka, typical dish from Greece, was acceptable, we have had better ones at other Greek restaurants. We arrived at 6:00 pm, and even though it was a Saturday, the place was empty. The service was good. They charged $10 each for white sangria glasses, which had more ice than anything else.

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5.0Dined on May 28, 2014

We went on a weeknight and sat at the bar. The bartender was marvelous and she was very engaging. It wasn't that crowded that evening but you could sense it was a hot spot. The food was great, the service was fine and the bill was a good value. Try the souvlaki and the flaming cheese.

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5.0Dined on May 17, 2014

Some of the best Greek food we have ever had. Small menu with everything excellent. Appetizer portions are big, so recommend splitting them.

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4.0Dined on May 8, 2014

Been here several times now... was really WOWED the first time, and second time was just as good, which is hard to pull off. This time was slightly different. This place was really slow midweek which means a really quiet atmosphere; but it also should mean amazing service, which just didn't happen... we couldn't find our waitress most of the night. Food was delicious as usual, but portions were a little smaller (octopodi was only one piece, always had two in the past). Got to meet the owner this time, what a great guy! Check this place out if you haven't yet, the food really is incredible!

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3.0Dined on April 29, 2014

It's nice to have a Greek place nearby. Food was good and the service friendly. Some of the appetizers (beets with tzatiki) were so cold that there was no flavor leading me to believe they were made days ago and sat in the refrigerator. On a Tuesday, I understand that, but I'm not sure you want to have that all the time across the board.

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4.0Dined on March 22, 2014

Excellent food and great service.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2014

Came on a rainy Wednesday; it was us and two other groups. Food was phenomenal, service was fantastic and friendly. Keep up the great work and you have a customer for life!

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2014

We went with friends and ordered tapas style; they have so many appetizers to choose from and all were amazing! I recommend two of the cheese appetizers; the goat cheese whipped with pistachios and almonds, and the flambeed Greek cheese(Saganaki)- to die for! Also good were the grilled octopus and the zucchini chips. For dinner we split the lamb chops and the mixed grill for 2-- which is more like a mixed grill for 4! Very generous portions, attentive waitstaff (thanks Dennis!), and you leave full and happy, dreaming of what you're going to order next time you're there!

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4.0Dined on February 22, 2014

My husband and I had an enjoyable early dinner at Estia on Saturday night. Favorite items were a grilled octopus starter and my mediterranean bass. Our server was great and the restaurant is spacious and inviting. We would definitely try Estia again!

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2014

Really good food.

Nice atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2014

Our first tome to Estia, we will most definitely be back. The Greek salad was great, as was the sponakopita, nice large portion. I was also felling adventuresome and tried the grilled octopus. That was just as delicious as the rest of the appetizers. Our main course was the mixed grill for two. We couldn't finish it, there was so much. We passed on dessert, but ere impressed with what we saw around us.
As it was valentines day evening, I would hope that the server we had was just a little overwhelmed. Watching the tables around us, with a different server, the waitress was right on the ball with everything. Our server was just slow on the pick-up tha drinks were empty and then not return for quite some time.
Overall highly recommended!.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2014

We had attentive service and excellent food. Would definitely recommend and we plan on coming back!

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2014

This was our visit to Estia.

Food is excellent as is the service.

Prices are very reasonable.

The owner Carol is very attentive to her patrons.

We will be back again.

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3.0Dined on January 18, 2014

We were a group of 4. We shared the apetizer sample, which was very good. Portions are large and sides can definitely be shared by two to three people. Three of us fish, which was served as a filet, but along with the tail and head, which we felt was not necessary. Maybe this is a Greek custom. We thught the food was fine, but not enough to go back. The restaurant is comfortable and tables are not too close,

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1.0Dined on January 18, 2014

I didn't end up eating here-my husband and I were put off by the rudeness when we walked it. I had made a reservation 3-4 days in advance for 2. We get to the restaurant and are shown the 'only' table for 2 available. Half the restaurant was empty. And it was in THE WORST possible spot. We asked for another table, we said sorry, too bad, all the rest are taken.
I mean, CUSTOMER SERVICE ANYONE?
Its the third time I tried this place. The old is good, but the service is SUB PAR and rude.
They probably only know how to cater to parties of 8 or more.
I hate spending money where people are rude to you. get a clue-you guys are in SoNo....NOT NYC.

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4.0Dined on January 11, 2014

had dinner here Saturday night, enjoyed sitting at the table by the window watching the sidewalk crowd walk by; appetizers were phyllo wrapped feta and eggplant garlic spread, with entrees of mousaka and chcken souvlaki; portions were large and tasted very good; topped dinner off with baklava for dessert; service was prompt and professional, liked the lack of noise so conversation was easy, though it was due in part to minimal crowd; hope more people go, would recommend.

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2.0Dined on January 10, 2014

My dinner at Estia (my first time there) was disappointing. They recently started advertising on cable and the commercial was good enough to get me to try it. Our mussels appetizer was average tasting and did not come hot. some of the mussels were lukewarm. Their tatziki appetizer was good but a small portion considering the price. My friend had a wonderful NYStrip which he raved about and it looked and tasted very good, was cooked the way he wanted and it came with a large mound of squash and a few greek style potatoes. I ordered the swordfish which came in chunks on top of orzo. It was just "ok" . Too many other restaurants in SoNo to try so I probably will not return to Estia.

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4.0Dined on January 3, 2014

We came in on a quiet night. We were a party of 9 and there were only a couple people eating at the bar. The host pointed and said your table is over there. If this was my restaurant, on a night like this, I'd have been fawning over this table. We got water right away but it probably took 10 minutes until someone asked for our drink order. During the mean, no one checked on us to see how it was.

All that said, the food was great. I had the seafood Orzo. My wife's Lemon Chicken Soup was great.

Because of the food, I'll give it a second chance.

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4.0Dined on November 30, 2013

Very good Greek, conveniently located in SoNo. Dourade was excellent, lamb chops were cooked exactly to order. Appetizers were good, but anything fried was a bit greasy. One disappointment: souvlaki available only in chicken or pork -- no lamb.

Staff was very friendly and service was good.

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4.0Dined on November 30, 2013

Excellent Greek food. Very generous portions

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5.0Dined on November 16, 2013

We have regular customers since they opened. EVERY meal has been outstanding. Consistently perfect. Hard to find another restaurant to compete with it. Fish is cooked the way fish is supposed to be cooked!

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