Kellari Taverna

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$31 to $50
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Greek

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Kellari Taverna is located in the heart of New York City, three blocks from Grand Central Station, Times Square and the Theater District. The dining room decor evokes a subterranean wine cellar designed with contemporary elegance. Kellari features the traditional Greek taverna specialties, such as grilled whole fish, prime chops and meats, and an eclectic selection of contemporary Hellenic savory appetizers ("mezedes") created by our Executive Chef. The Kellari dessert menu includes innovative specialties such as warm sokolata with goat milk vanilla ice cream as as well as traditional favorites such as Baklava and Galaktoboureko. Kellari Taverna offers an extensive international wine list featuring a large selection of Greek wines.
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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service2ambience3

The restaurant was not busy at all. Maybe 5 tables at most. After being seated and the waiter pouring our water, he came 15 minutes later to take our order, only to tell me at that time they were out of 2 of the entrees. We then wait another 10 minutes to place our order. Our appetizer was delivery within 5 minutes of our order and entrees showed up 10 minutes later. Considering I ordered the chicken, makes me believe the chicken was pre cooked as it was very dry and tasteless. The best thing about the evening was my company and the wine.

D
New York Area
91 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful restraunt, delicious food and perfect ambience for a Sunday brunch. We arrived slightly early and the waitress explained they weren’t open yet but we could be seated if we wished. We did and shortly were offered a drink. Thus the hospitality began. Soft music playing as we were graciously served a delicious brunch.

JB
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

60 th Birthday celebration. Told waiter immediately we had theater plans at 8, and we needed to be paid up by 730. That didn’t happen and we had to run to the theater.
Food was delicious.
Later that evening our credit cards got charged 5 times each. Between 5 of us.
Several had been cleared up, by the time we called.
The manager was very apologetic. It was a mixup
With the waiters input

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food

b
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

i have been dining at kellari since it opened in 2005. i bring family and clients. i am never disappointed..

K
Los Angeles
18 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Large party. Food fantastic. Unfortunately we had one server who was handling the back half of the room including a large party even bigger than ours!

L
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Waiter was nonexistent after taking the order. Never stopped by after food was served until time to bring the check. There was a problem with the order and waiter never. Came back to acknowledge. There were only 4 other tables being served. Place was quiet. Aside from the poor service food and ambiance were good

JC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A last minute grab but beyond expectations, food, service, ambiance...fantastic!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Get the saganaki

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

This is an extremely bad restaurant. You cannot sell fish by pound, $40-50 per pound, which is not fresh. My whole fish was clearly previously frozen. It was mushy and tasted bad. Maybe they are targeting people who have no idea about how $60-70 fish dish is supposed to taste. So called truffle fries were terrible. Tasted as if they were made 2 days ago and reheated in the microwave oven. The worst price to quality ratio I have ever experienced. Go to Avra instead. You will spend the same amount of money and have a great meal. Cannot even say how much more better the meal will be because you cannot compare things that are not comparable.

AM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Went for lunch in early January which is slow time of year. Place was maybe half full and waiter would come and go for lengthy periods of time. Had salmon which I ordered medium rare and it came out raw and cold. Very mediocre meal which wasn’t overly expensive, but still not worth it. Won’t be back.

IH
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

I didn't care for the taste of my lamb shank. The mashed potatoes were cold.
The service was unexceptional.
I was quite disappointed.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Was great except we were seated by the door and it was very drafty and cold every time someone opened.

OT
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best sea bass I’ve ever eaten!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Rude blonde hostess.

DS
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Kelari has turned into one of our goto places.
Love the salads and the fresh fish

JA
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

New Year’s Eve lunch. When the three of us arrived we were the only people in the restaurant. A few minutes later a group of 4 show up and are seated at the table right next to us. The restaurant never filled up. They should have sat them at least a table away. Anyhow, that’s not the issue. Service was though. There are bread plates on the tables but no bread was brought out. When our appetizers came out they collected the bread plates. When we finished with the apps they brought out hummus, olives and radishes but no bread or bread plates. We had to ask to have bread to brought out and when it was our main course arrived as well. Our waiter was not on his game. Food was good service was horrible.

l
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was friendly, energetic, and accommodating. He made an excellent recommendation for my dinner and I loved it. We've been here before and are always satisfied upon our return. A great alternative to the rest of the theater district fare. A bit pricey compared to others but well worth it.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Service staff was confused and confusing

PK
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Our second visit. The restaurant was much busier than the first. Service was a little slow with 40 minutes from sitting to arrival of appetizers. A number of menu items were not available. Which of course were the ones we planned to order. Food was excellent. Still a great place to dine. The Octopadi dish is fantastic.

EC
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We had a Travelzoo voucher and we sat at the bar area. Initially, we sat at the bAr but the hostess asked us if we cared to move to the adjoining table area. We did and it was very comfortable. Our waiter was on break and the bartender came and took our order. He was very amicable. Our experience was very good, but we noticed a certain pressure on the part of the bartender whose shift was ending and was anxious to leave. All in all, we were happy. The food was good, the wine, very good and the restaurant is beautiful!

TM
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great Christmas Eve dining experience.

S
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Sunday Brunch would have been great except for absentee service. The restaurant was not crowded. Water refill required multiple requests. My son finally got up to get pitcher at station behind us. Pita bread refill was never received after requesting three times. Long hiatus between appetizers and main. Request for 2nd round of drinks was essentially forgotten. On a positive note, when the food arrived it was good. Crab cakes and poached egg done very well. Good grilled calamari.

R
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our head waiter (from Bulgaria, I forgot his name) was wonderful. He was very attentive aahsmade our visit memorable. Every course of food was delicious. The restaurant has a lovely ambience. We will definitely be returning.

OL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

My boyfriend and I came here for brunch on a Saturday. We stood by the hostess stand for about 10 minutes before we were even acknowledged. They seemed under-staffed and the hostess was also waiting tables, but we weren’t even acknowledged by the bartender or any of the other servers. After we were seated and received our food, we didn’t see our server again until it was time for the check.
The food was very good, though. We had the crab cake appetizer, which was nearly entirely crab meat with very little filler and the sauce was delicious. My boyfriend had the pancakes, which came with 2 large pancakes that were cooked very well.
Overall, the food was great but service was lacking.

AP
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Business luncheon with one colleague. Due to the busy holiday season, we had to wait for a few minutes but were seated in the requested area. The restaurant is attractively decorated for the holidays. I was disappointed that one vegetarian entree was not available as the only other option was a quinoa bowl. My colleague and I were pleased with the quick responsive service and the quality of the food.

m
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waited a bit for our table, but were given glasses of champagne for the wait. One of my favorite go to places

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Big breeze in dining room on a cold winter day but wonderful experience overall.

KH
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place.....it is so hard to find a good place in Manhattan that has comfortable seating, good food, and isn't too noisy. I've been to corporate events here and came for dinner with family and its great every time. Will be back again. And the hostess Mel is awesome.

MB
Fayetteville
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good atmosphere. Octopodi was cooked perfectly and delicious. One piece of bread and very small amount of hummus provided:( Lobster risotto rice was crunchy, which I know can happen but not at $40 price tag.

MS
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Kallari Taverna os one of my husband and my favorite restaurants. The food is always fresh, delicious and beautifully presented. The Pre-theater dinner choice is a very good value. Our waiter and other servers did a great job of taking care of us and our guests. We will look forward to our next meal here.

F
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Kellari in quite a long time. I had a friend with me who had never been there and I was nervous about whether she would like it. When we arrived, we were both instantly taken by the atmosphere. It was like a restaurant in the Mediterranean. It was very festive! The food and service was wonderful. My friend enjoyed it too. I look forward to returning.

CH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We stayed way past the normal hour for lunch. The staff could not have been more courteous and kept making sure that we had enough water and coffee.

Although it is a large restaurant, it was designed in such a way so that you can talk and be heard without straining. The food is consistently very good to excellent and even when busy the service is excellent

. We also enjoy the sister restaurant in Englewood New Jersey

NY
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Salmon not cooked well. Messed up orders. Wait staff not around much

a
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It’s holiday and it was jammed should have expected
Service was good but long between courses
Lots going on and pre theater
Food was good waiter did his best

F
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I usually like this restaurant,, but this time the service was not up to standards. No tray of olives, etc. until after appetizer was served and I asked what happened to them. No wine list. The wine guy tried to sell a $95.00 bottle to us, until I complained that we'd prefer something less expensive. And the food was just O.K.
I bought friends from out of town, but would not do that again.

a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

One entree (of seven) was not served until 15 or 20 minutes after the other entrees were served. There was no explanation and a minimal apology.

MC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Fish was overcooked, one of the quests didn't get what he ordered (ordered Lamb got Cod) but didn't want to wait for them to make his dish. When they didn't have the wine in stock we ordered they pushed other wines based off price point not taste. Just an overall very disappointing meal.

C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around. Such attentive and stellar service, delicious food and a pleasure to experience.

RR
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a terrific experienced at Kellari Taverna. The food was fantastic, our server was helpful and attentive. The wine selection was terrific. The Kellari Chips were incredibly good as was the calamari. My husband had the Halibut about which he raved. I had the lobster risotto and could not finish my portion after too many appetizers!

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