Estia - Philadelphia

4.6
5806 reviews
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The stunning restaurant, which is first of its kind in Philadelphia, will transport guests to the Greek Islands with an atmosphere reminiscent of an inviting Mediterranean home & a menu of authentic specialties, simply prepared, that represent the best of Greek cuisine. The restaurant specializes in whole grilled fish which are flown in from the Greek Islands, the shores of Morocco, Tunisia, & Portugal. Guests are able to choose from Estia’s expansive display & watch chefs cook their fish to perfection over a charcoal grill in the sparkling open kitchen.
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing!

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R
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Arrived for the Theater Menu and discovered it was Restaurant Week as well, so we had 2 price fix menus to choose from in addition to the regular menu. Great choices, food and service and no rush to get to the show (5:30 res and 7:30 show). Would definitely return again.

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MJ
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1st time here, my dining experience was awesome! Highly recommended.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect restaurant !!

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Service was great, food was delicious but thought food could have been brought out a little quicker especially during lunch. I’d definitely recommend trying, the portions were perfect and so fresh.

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SQ
Philadelphia
491 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

I have lunched here many times. I don't think the food during Restaurant Week is a good as the regular times. Normally I think the food is excellent but this time the squid was rubbery, the shrimp was overcooked. The service was very good and it's a nice place, no loud music, very good for conversation.

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ST
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for Center City Restaurant week, lunch on a Sunday. It was not very busy. We got seated right away, server and all staff were friendly. The restaurant was beautiful. Our food was delicious, especially the fish and carrot mash! I would definitely go back!

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OT
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The grilled fish and vegetables were amazing. The bartender paired my meal with the perfect glass of wine. Great meal before a late show at the Merriam Theater.

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M
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Estia was probably the best dining experience (equal to Townsend) we have ever had. Hosts were friendly and not over-accommodating (which can be embarrassing for a guest). They were totally professional! Server was fun, energetic, and knowledgeable. Best octopus and calamari we’ve ever had! Other appetizers were also absolutely delicious! Entrees: Halibut, Lamb chops, moussaka, and shrimp souvlaki. ALL WERE DELICIOUS! And, even though my extremely meaty and tasteful lamp chops were a bit over cooked (which happens), the way the staff handled it was thoroughly professional and timely! WE WILL DEFINITELY RETURN AGAIN AND AGAIN!!

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RA
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Dinner pre-show at Academy of Music. Ordered the pre theatre fix price menu... excellent server, great tasty authentic Greek.... thanks!!

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c
Philadelphia
74 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went after theatre at Academy of Music. Very close, lovely rustic atmosphere. Attentive wait staff. Salads, pita and hummus fresh. Wide selection of fish entrees.

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P
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed magically fresh food with attentive service; the pre-fixe for pre-theatre was perfect for us. We enjoyed fresh seafood and Greek classics!

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K
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service!

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JD
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent which was important since we were headed to a show.

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n
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Estia. It was a wonderfull experience. The food was delicious and the service was very good. We will be back.

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CB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pets are allowed and therefore this environment creates an issue for people with allergies.

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D
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around great place for dinner! This is our pre-theater go-to spot. Always wonderful!

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z
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Recommend 👍

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New England
30 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We went for the pre-theater menu. The food was fantastic, and came out at a good pace. We would not have gone to Estia had it not been for the theater menu, but we will certainly be going back again!

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y
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding! Food and service. Think you are eating in the Greek Islands. Make sure you try the Santorini White wines!

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W
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had requested a corner or out of the way table as my husband has hearing issues. The restaurant is very popular and gets very crowded so it does get noisy. They put us in a booth in an area that overlooks the main dining room and it was perfect and so appreciated!

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G
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

We were a small party--3 persons---and the servers totally rushed us during the meal. The entrees came out less than 5 minutes after we got our appetizer. Then they bussed my colleagues' plates and silverware while I was still eating my entree. Expect better service for the prices they charge. Next time will be sure to tell them to please SLOW DOWN!

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CM
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pre theater dinner was great. Service timely and professional
As always, delicious food!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Overpriced

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great evening but when looking at the theater menus
I did not see or realize the up charge of some of the items

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our current go-to restaurant, and everyone we've taken there agrees. The food is perfect, the service impeccable (and I used to be in this business), and the dining room is arranged such that you can actually have a conversation!

We love it.

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CC
Philadelphia
19 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently fresh seafood creatively prepared. The seafood tower was outstanding, and the whole fish offerings was beyond what I would have expected. Terrific!

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j
Philadelphia
48 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We had dinner with friends before a concert at the Kimmel Center. The restaurant is right across the street from the Academy of Music (same side of Broad), and a short walk from the Kimmel Center. The pre-theater menu offers good choices and is a good value. The pacing was great to enjoy the meal and get out on time for the show. Good selection of wines by the glass. Food tasty and service was great.

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RM
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Picked Estia based on reviews and proximity to the Kimmel Center; early dinner at 5:15, but had plenty of time before a 7pm show. Food is very good, a little heavy, and saltier than I prefer. Service was excellent and let us enjoy a very relaxed meal even given our schedule.

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FF
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had tickets for the orchestra so we went early and had the pre-theater prix fixe. It was marvelous. Both my first course (grilled octopus over greens) and my second course (lamb shank, Greek pasta and a tangy red sauce) were first class. The Walnut cake for dessert was a real treat too. The ambience and service are also terrific.

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OT
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A Philadelphia gem. Top of their game. Among the favorites of our family.

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DD
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

New Years. Good food. Good drinks good music.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I have never had a bad meal there. The food is always great.

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TK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We booked Estia for an early NY eve dinner. The staff was on their game from the very beginning. The ambiance was comfortable and reminded me a bit of my visit to Greece. The menu was pedestrian, there were few accompanying dishes. I had the lamb chops which were done to perfection, but were served naked on the plate w/ some fried potatoes and were very fatty. My wife was not impressed w/ the imported fish varieties (some I could not identify, the waiter was short on conversation and shared little information regarding the menu) and ordered the salmon which was well, salmon. The wine and beer was not very chilled and this may be the Med tradition.
We left feeling "meh" regarding the Estia dinning experience. This was disappointing as we so looked forward to revisiting the delicious food of Greece for a few hours. Not returning next year.

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JD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Beautiful space, great service. Lamb chops were fantastic. Unfortunately, both the fish (halibut) and the organic chicken were well overdone. Would go back for another try.

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MR
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My go-to upscale restaurant in Phila -- never disappoints, after many meals. Every course, every wine is at least very good. Service is outstanding, including a sommelier who takes great pains to find -- even advocate for -- the most appropriate wine. No complaints at all.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Holiday celebration

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r
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual great food great service. It was our second time eating here and will be back again.

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I
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food. The Baklava was outstanding!

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SQ
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I chose Estia as a gift to take my nieces to see the Nutcracker with dinner at Estia. I suggested certain dishes based on previous dining experiences at Estia. My friend introduced me years ago and I have been going since. There really is no other experience. The cuisine is Greek and everything is fresh daily with items flown in from the Mediterranean. It really is a must.

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