Estia - Philadelphia

4.7
5590 reviews
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$50 and over
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Greek
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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Delivery or takeout
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Greek, Mediterranean, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–11:00 pm
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Phone number
(215) 735-7700
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Catering
Visit our website for Catering Options.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
On Locust between 15th and Broad
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Parking details
The closest parking is available at the Park Hyatt at the Bellevue for a daily/hourly fee based on their fee schedule. The least expensive parking is available at Latimer Garage at 1510 Latimer St.
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Public transit
SEPTA (Broad St Line @Locust St)PATCO (Speedline, 15th and Locust)
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Entertainment
Estia features live music every Friday and Saturday night starting at 6pm.
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Special events & promotions
Estia has multiple private rooms to host your event! From 6-180 guests.
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Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Multiple private dining rooms are available. We can host groups from 6-180 guests in a private setting.

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Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Our first seating will be featuring an A La Carte menu from 5-7pm. Also join us for our second seating featuring a $125 per person(before tax & gratuity) Prix Fixe Menu from 9-11pm. Complimentary champagne toast, Live DJ, Dancing until 2am.

Monday, December 31, 2018

What 5590 People Are Saying
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RH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, menu, ambience. Food was very good. Highly recommend

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TM
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Estia has lovely ambiance, very attentive wait staff, and excellent cooks. From an atmosphere standpoint, it's neat to walk off a Philly street and into a quiet haven like Estia. The exposed beams, drapes, lanterns, and hardwood tables transport you "out of the city". We opted for the Theatre Pre Fix menu, to get a taste of "the Greek staples" - spanikopita, moussaka, and baklava. The lamb trahana was also excellent - tender, savory and flavorful. Will definitely dine here again.

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NC
New England
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Our meal here was good. Service was good. I have no real complaints. My fish was cooked perfectly but the veggies on the side seemed like filler. For a 200 dollar meal it just seemed a touch lackluster is all.

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

The restaurant is amazing, from the great food, vast wine list, friendly staff, and ambiance! Our server, Roberto, was exceptional, extremely attentive.

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MG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never fails to deliver - delicious, fresh food, great ambiance, great service. Always a fun night.

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M
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Have taken large groups to Estia and enjoyed the private dining room and the great food; dining with friends is particularly fun. The restaurant was busy but the service was great and the food was excellent. Highly recommend the spanakopita and any fish dish the restaurant has. Our server knew the menu very well and took time to help us make the best choices in wine and food.
We shall be back and soon, I hope

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EE
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came before the ballet and had the pre theater menu. There's a nice selection of choices and the portions were great. We left feeling full and everything was delicious. The service was outstanding and our waiter was always checking up on us. We go out to eat for food and service and Estia did a great job towards both of these. I would not hesitate to recommend Estia for a dinner.

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A
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Completely overpriced, small portions, everything al la carte, food was "OK" with no "WOW" factor at any rate...I'm 100% Greek and this place is WEAK!

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

Helpful Service and excellent cooking makes this a good spot to entertain friends and visitors. At our table we had Tuna, Salmon, and the Lamb Shank. All were expertly prepared and presented.

The only downside was that we were seated near a noisy bar scene--hard for conversation among older customers.

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RC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappointing. Excellent service. Best lamb chops ever. If you're having an elegant date night out near Broad Street, Estia would be a great place for dinner.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Waited 15 mins after being seated for someone to come and even offer water. Maybe another 15 went by before the waitress came. Food was just ok. Dessert was horrible and bland. Way overpriced.

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A
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Estia's is always consistently good. Always enjoy Estias before the Philadelphia Orchestra at 2 PM performance

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SQ
Philadelphia
474 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very delicious 2-course prix fixe lunch. We loved the grilled octopus, seafood souvlaki, arctic char, and more. Attentive and pleasant server. It's a terrific place for lunch and conversation. Background music not too loud.

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MN
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pre-theater dinner of dorado was exceptionally fresh and delicious and others in our party of 4 were mostly happy with their choices. One was the shrimp kabob, another was the regular menu lamb shank, on the dry side and had difficulty getting attention for additional sauce. It came with very little. The 4th ordered pre-theater lamb chop platter and the chops well flavored but too thin making well done overdone. Our table was in a good spot and timing gave us a relaxed get together.

It was a pleasant experience as usual and we will return

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a
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I hadn't been to Estia in awhile and in my absence the prices of the food outpaced the quality. The yogurt dip is delicious and the feta in the country salad is extraordinary but the rest just isn't worth the price. Most annoying was the mini bottle of Diet Coke for $3.75. In all our meals out at fine restaurants, I've seen that only once before (at the Lambs Club in Manhattan.)

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AB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Attentive service, delicious Mediterranean offerings. Delicious zucchini chips appetizer. Halibut cooked to perfection. Warm ambiance.

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TB
Philadelphia
84 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

In addition to their American - style dishes, Estia also offers some wonderful Greek specialties. Sauteed Calamari, Grilled delicious Octopus, lamb, etc .

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was fantastic, and our waiter did his best to accommodate our special requests. The food was fresh and delicious. Portions were appropriate and the prices were affordable.

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BB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food is so full of flavor it’s difficult to pick a favorite dish. The homemade hummus and bread tableside sets the tone for a delicious event. The stuffed calamari was not as tender as I remember it from my previous visit, but the other items (the spanakopita for example) were outstanding. They were having AC condensation issues the night I was there, so that took the ambiance down a notch, but the service was exceptional.

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CK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great prix fixe lunch pre theater. I had fish of the day seared perfectly. Spanakopita is excellent. My wife had seafood souvlaki. Just right amount of food for 20 dollars each.

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NJ
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food here was delicious and the service delightful. Really appreciated the host efforts to seat us at a quieter table on a busy night.

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c
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ester never disappoints. Everything our party of 8 ordered was delicious. Fresh ingredients and delicious appetizers! Top notch service and a great mixologist!

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a
Atlantic City
19 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always go here prior to the theater. They have a wonderful $35.00 theater menu. The servers are very conscience of your time. I always get there before 6pm for an 8pm show. I never feel rushed. House wines are delicious as well. Consistently wonderful

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YA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 2

I was extremely dissatisfied with my experience and hope it was not a common experience. Hence i sent a private message to Estia Philadelphia and hope they respond.

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SM
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went on restaurant week with a bunch of friends. The condensed menu was amazing. Service was very good and friendly. Food was outstanding however the difference in price was made up with the cost of the mixed drinks and wine.

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SC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have had wonderful Greek food at the best restaurants in New York York and Athens, and none of them come close to Estia. The spanakopita, octopus and moussaka are TO DIE FOR.

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d
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is a must do for Greek food. We ate at the bar during happy hour and had wonderful food and great service. The location is perfect as it’s location to the the various venues on the Avenue of the Arts is just around the corner. We have eaten here before and there is never a question regarding our return again.

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AP
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely incredible! Service was exceptional. The food was out of this world!! Can’t wait to go back!

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VF
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful food, service and wine list. Highly recommended!

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KC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I’ve ever had! Amazing food and an outstanding value during restaurant week - would go back in a heart beat!

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DK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went for restaurant week, which when we got there it was very busy, but I gave my name and was told your 7:30 reservation would be near the 7:30 as we were there at 7:00, and was told they would contact us at the bar, as we were going to get a cocktail. 7:30 came and I noticed tables empty, and people coming in were getting seated immediately. I waited til 7:45 at which time I got up and asked the people at the podium, and told them I was not called, and she said to me, Oh, after you are done with the bar and pay for your drinks, then we can seat you. I told her, no one told me that I would have to come back to her, when we were done at the bar. She then spoke I guess to her boss, at which time, I went back to the bar, and my husband paid and then we were seated. It was a bit confusing, but then we were seated at a window seat, at which time again, the girl went to seat us in the back corner, but I told her, I had asked for a window seat and that table was empty the whole time we were at the bar.
Well, it turned out our waitress was wonderful, pleasant and attentive and we would return for restaurant week.

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C
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious. Service was top notch. We arrived really really late and had tickets to see a show and they were so incredibly accommodating even though they were really busy. Our waitress was great she got us out the door with dessert and coffee just in time to make our show. Wish I could have savored that dessert and coffee just a little longer but all in all it was a perfect experience st Estia.

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C
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Estia has become one of our favorite pre-theater restaurants. Good all around.

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JL
Philadelphia
25 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

FOUR OF US WERE THERE AND WE HAVE OFTEN EATEN THERE TOGETHER. EVERYTHING WAS EXCELLENT AND WE SO APPRECIATE THEIR DAILY $35. THREE COURSE PRIX FIXE. WE ALL RECOMMEND IT TO OTHERS. JOHN

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CN
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In general great service atmosphere and food . Fantastic setting made for a special reunion with an old friend

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EW
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great selection of authentic Greek food. The inside is beautiful and there is a parking garage right next door. I don’t think you can get anything bad here- the wine special was very good and only $35 for a bottle.

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SC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an excellent time at Estia. Food was delicious and the atmosphere was lovely. I look forward to dining there again.

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CB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Estia for a restaurant week dinner and it was absolutely fantastic. The lamb chop was perfectly seasoned and moist, as was the chicken. On the pricier side, but worth it

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TP
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite spot to dine before the theatre, especially with the venerable Acadamy of Music just across the street. The exquisite Mediterranean Cuisine is expertly prepared, beautifully plated and served by attentive, friendly staff. While there are many wonderful things on the menu, the lamb chops are a perennial favorite, the best we've ever eaten! Portion sizes are perfect, satisfying but not outlandish. Deserts are also wonderful, always fresh and innovative, but never sickeningly sweet. Great place to go as a couple or with friends.

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D
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding value. I got the $35 pre-theatet dinner. Others had restaurant week $35 meals. Also a bargain and first restaurant week dinner in many years that was very good and worth at least the $35.

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