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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Daily 4:30PM - 5:15PM 9:00PM - 10:00PM

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H
Miami
57 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding in all aspects of dining out! A little pricey!

P
Denver
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service and very accommodating of a party of 10.

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

Excellent food and close to the theater district. Highly recommend it.

N
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was lovely as it always is when we dine there.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

On behalf of my guests, this restaurant was not great. Prices was high and service was pretty bad.

o
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 4

The chicken was so dry we almost choked. The fish was okay but way overpriced since it’s sold by the pound ($44.95) and you don’t eat the head and bones. Also everything is a la carte so we ordered vegetables which were very boring pieces of cauliflower and zucchini. Not even garlic and oil. The service was friendly but slow and the ambiance
Was pleasant especially because we were seated in the back away from the bar. I would never recommend this restaurant.

CS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

This is the fourth time I have eaten here. We ordered from the pre-theater menu. The food was not up to standard for Kellari. So I was disappointed.

OT
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food friendly staff

CD
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic authentic Greek cuisine. Owner/host, Nick was excellent. Well worth a visit and repeat visits.

LB
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

This restaurant is overpriced for the amount of food you get. My halibut was bland and felt more like a fish stew with carrots and celery. Paid 23.00 for a small Greek salad that was no big deal. Octopus appetizer was very good. Air conditioner was not working. We will not be returning.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary
Food and service and care by manager/owner? Very pleasant

RB
New England
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice experience, great food, service and atmosphere.

m
New England
17 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I would want to return and try dinner. The Saturday lunch menu was limited and included several breakfast/brunch items (omelettes, benedicts, french toast) that didn't quite satisfy my lunch craving for Greek. I had the grilled octopus (not terribly flavorful but at least not overdone) and my daughter had the quinoa salad (also acceptable but a bit boring). Disappointing but perhaps worth another look.

RR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

BEWARE if you have show tickets.
Good atmosphere & all of the food was excellent. Initially the service was ok, not great. But after the entrees were served our waiter never came back. They did seem understaffed. Had to ask 3 times for the check & when it still did not arrive I had to go find the waiter near the prep area. It was almost 10 more minutes before the check finally came. BEWARE if you have show tickets & ask for check when entree arrives.

L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is always awesome but on a hot night the AC wasn’t working making the meal not as enjoyable as prior experiences. They offered complimentary dessert but it was so hot we declined and left for a bar with AC. Even our waiter was dying! The food and staff always good but for a $500 meal it should not be sweltering hot!

DM
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was exceptional... Staff was knowledgeable. Atmosphere romantic and clam... Manager was on the floor greeting everyone..

Z
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

This Kellari experience was not as positive as in the past. What was good was being seated. We requested a quiet area and one with limited air conditioning. Those requests were nicely heeded by the host/hostess and seating was.

Once seated, service was immediate without offering us an opportunity to settle in. Service was so immediate that there was not moment to digest the salad before the entrees were in front of us. From there on, there was not a wait person to be found. We would have have had tea had a wait person answered our need. By the time he came around we needed to leave for theater, so (sigh) no tea, which would have been lovely.

p.s. I always have a whole fish when I am at Kellari. On this visit the fish was dry.

MR
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent food and ambiance and value

HS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very good food, especially the cod and salmon, and service.

DC
Greensboro
9 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kellari was a wonderful surprise ! Lovely interior, excellent food, helpful wait staff. We would love to return and recommend others try this unique restaurant.

DL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, great food, and the drinks were amazing.

ED
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined at Kellari Taverna many times. It is always a pleasurable experience. We took our 12 year old grand-daughter for her birthday. She was treated like a princess.

T
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always a pleasure. Excellent Greek/Mediterranean cuisine. Have been coming here for over 10 years because it’s just that good.

SF
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love Kellari! Always excellent food and the service is fantastic!

OT
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration. Joanna was wonderful she gave us a glass of Prosecco in honor of my sister’s birthday. Food was great as usual. Service was fabulous and beautiful ambiance.

JB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A gem we keep returning to for its excellent seafood, comfortable and charming decor and outstanding service.

OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, wonderful service.

OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great service and warm ambiance. We were able to talk comfortably and enjoy the setting. Highly recommend.

PC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Service could be better. Server was in the rushed to clear the table while we were still eating our dinner. Not happy with this.

AS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We came for the Restaurant Week lunch but ended up ordering from the Business Lunch, both prix fixe, lot of good selections on each. I had the vegetable croquettes appetizer and risotto with tuna. The risotto texture was perfect; the rice had a distinct lemony flavor and the tuna was perfectly rare. Couldn't finish it all but still made space for the molten lava cake with goat milk ice cream, nice tang to offset the deep chocolate. Server was fine, not outstanding, got a couple of things mixed up but fixed them.

OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great! And they made sure we got to our theater on time. Food was delicious

VL
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food! Everything was very fresh & delicious! Definitely recommend it!!

CO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Terrible wait. Ran out of dish that we were eyeing on. Lamb shank. Waited forever for the meal.

A
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Found the restaurant on Open Table and took a chance since I love Greek food.
Great location to the theater district as We had a show and we were staying at Midtown Hilton.
Pretty room, ate at 5:15 so not crowded at all. Told waiter we needed to leave by 6:30 and we had no problem.
Skimpy dips with choice of bread, but tasty. Yummy calamari appetizer and big fresh salad. Fish selections tasty. Prices high but we chose the pre theater option with two choices and that seemed right! Nice Greek bottle of wine.
All in all I would definitely go back pre theater.

k
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

I have been here many times before they renovated this place.
Came here for business lunch today and everything was so bad. I don't think I will be back.
Just happy I didn't bring my clients here.

Ordered
Grilled octopus-salty and chewy

Lamb shank -extremely salty

Kotopoulo-ok

Shrimp risotto - risotto was undercooked and too salty can only finished half.

K
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Typically, Kellari is a winner, but this last trip was plagued by very slow inattentive service (our waiter disappeared after taking our order), and food that was mediocre. We were delivered the wrong food, but by the time it arrived we had no choice but to eat. Although i ordered the fish of the day, the cod came to the table. It was a thin pice from the tail, folded over, and since the skin was left on inside the 2 halves, it was soggy and very unappealing. This was a business lunch so there was no room for "sending it back:".

H
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made a late reservation since we decided to go there at the last minute and were thrilled to get in. We sat at a high-top in the bar near the door. We loved the location and could see everything going on in the restaurant. Service was excellent and the food as always, was delicious. Yes, it is expensive but we will return!

NY
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food we ate was of excellent quality and truly delicious; however due to restaurant week, there was a reduction in the available selection. Although I understand the kitchen running low at times, I think they should have been better prepared than to lose two thirds of the menu by 1:30 PM

EW
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. Consistently very good. A little loud though.

DM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Great location and great food but the service is spotty. Waited a long time for a server and we were left without drinks several times.

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