Zesty's

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$30 and under
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Greek
It’s a great pleasure having you here and we thank you for your continued support through the years.

We’ve seen a lot of changes during our time here, and we are very pleased to introduce our new gastropub, Munk & Nunn; complete with a brand new marble bar, state of the art lighting system, and a touch of old world charm. Our custom hand-crafted church pews provide comfortable seating near the bar, and our traditional café style seating is perfect for dinner parties or after work gatherings. If you’d prefer to be outside we’ve got you covered--our sidewalk seating is perfectly shaded in the summer and comfortably heated in the fall.
Our goal is for every guest to enjoy all we have to offer, from our unique and flavorful small plates to our famous whole fish and traditional Greek favorites. Quench your thirst with the coldest beer on tap in Philadelphia, or share a delicious treat from our signature cocktail menu. Once you’ve been here, you will always be considered a friend.
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AK
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Due to CV-19, restaurant was quiet. However, our server was energetic and very helpful and timely. All 3 of us ordered fresh fish dishes which were tasty but a bit lukewarm. Greek salad was amazing. Will definately go back again.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Zesty was so refreshing. The staff was polite and friendly and the owner came out from kitchen to talk to us and welcome us. The food was delicious! We had the salmon tartar and the octopus! Best octopus I’ve ever had. We had crab cakes for the entree and they were divine! Will return and this is my new favorite place for fish seafood.

D
Greensboro
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed ourselves, our server was great however we were too close to the piano player to hear our conversations. The food was great.

R
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We came to Zesty's as a last minute option when our original date night fell through. Expectations were low, as the kitschy and haphazardly decorated space was pretty sparse on a Saturday night at 8pm, but as the food began to come out we were pleasantly surprised. It was delicious! Grilled octopus was tender and well seasoned, our soups were tasty and chock full of meat, spanikopita was filled with fresh spinach and soft feta but a little too much dill, and the shrimp with spinach rice was amazing. Our server was pleasant and extremely knowledgeable, an acoustic duo played traditional Greek songs, and the owner (who was also the chef) came to our table to say hi . All in all a great experience and a place that we will definitely return to.

P
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent Greek classic dishes. Pleasant atmosphere. Good choice for dinner in Manayunk.

s
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Wine selection very limited. Suggest bringing your own and paying corkage.

B
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This chef knows how to please one’s palate. I started off with the soup of the day, lamb, lentils and vegetables. Then moussaka with meat which was YUMMY followed by lamb with ozro. It was very filling. Definitely will go back to try more dishes. Con was the menu on open table is very outdated so a lot of the dishes I was hoping to eat where not available. I really hope the lamb soup becomes a regular option to order!

JF
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was delicious. Mussels and sauce were amazing and so were the crab cakes. Service was good. Chef came out and asked if everything was ok. That's a nice touch. Parking is a bit challenging. Other than that great experience.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic Greek food. Exquisite and elegant dining! Excellent services! Perfect enthronement! Everything is great about this place. So glad that this gem is here to stay with us. 🥰

LE
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great. Best salmon I've had in a long time!!

HG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Great food.

DS
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was our first experience at Zesty’s —New Years Eve. Outstanding! My spouse is Greek so he is very picky about Greek food, but all he did was rave! The whole fish Red Snapper for 2 was phenomenal! Our waitress chose my wine and it was perfect. Spouse had a cocktail (mule) that he loved and we finished the night with the flourless chocolate espresso cake—wow! Live music, fun fish tanks to look at, but the food is the experience. The owner came out a few times to check on everyone—what a hard working man!
We LOVED it and will be back!!

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Stopped in for quick meal - hummus- the hummus was very good - but was only served with pita - I vaguely remember it being served with veggies previously. Then we had the Greek salad - perfect mix of feta, olives, egg etc - very good. Our entree was the branzino - fish had a great flavor - just a little over done. For dessert we had the chocolate truffle- awesome.

EC
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My sister and our husbands went to celebrate our December Birthdays at Zesty's. My husband and I had been to Zesty's over the summer and had a delicious meal and loved the atmosphere. The live piano music was wonderful and added so much to the relaxed dining experience. Having Celiac, I needed a Gluten Free meal and the waiter and kitchen were very attentive to this important detail. I had a shrimp dish, my husband a veal dish and my sister a Moussaka dish. The wine was delicious, the plates were beautifully presented and the frozen Limocello dessert was awesome. I didn't really want to share it, but I did. The giant fish tanks and church pew seating add to the eclectic ambiance. We will certainly be back soon!!

OT
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Service was great, food was okay. We went on a Sunday night, and restaurant was empty. We sat next to window, and we were freezing! Probably would not go back

R
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food and attentive service. Will definitely keep going back for more.

d
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

There was a live band and belly dancer when we went which was super fun but also hard to hear my friends talking a bit. Food was decent. They ran out of the vegetarian moussaka that we really wanted to try but the spanakopita and hummus platter were really good!

JP
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can't think of any way in which the experience could have been better. The restaurant is spacious and the tables are separated well enough to ensure privacy, and it was quiet enough that we could speak in conversational tones, rather than having to shout above the din as at many other restaurants.

The decor is tasteful, warm and comfortable. It includes several large aquaria filled with a wide variety of interesting fish (for viewing, not eating). This is supplemented by a bed of ice near the door on which are displayed the day's fresh whole fish (for eating), which vary based on market availability.

The service was impeccable, and since our son has worked in the food industry as a waiter and bartender for almost 20 years we've been well schooled in what to look for in a good server. Our server, Angelika was courteous and efficient, but also warm and charming, chatting with us for a surprisingly long time.

The owner, Athanasios (Tom) Konidaris, also chatted with us at length on two separate visits to our table, and it's obvious from talking with him why the atmosphere at Zesty's is so warm and friendly. To us, meeting and chatting with the staff at a restaurant makes dining out more like dining at a friend's.

Last, but not least -- the food. We had mussels and spanakopita as starters, passing reluctantly on the several delightful-sounding soups in the interest of not overdoing it; both were excellent, the mussels so good that I sheepishly asked if we could take home the remaining sauce (we did).

I had the Chilean Sea Bass (farmed), and my wife the Branzino, one of the whole fresh fish of the day. I'm running out of space, so I'll just say that both were superb. For dessert we split a "Flute Limoncello," swirled gelato and limoncello syrup, and Baklava Cheesecake; again, both were superb, the cheesecake decadently so.

This was not my first visit to Zesty's; it was my wife's, and we're both looking forward with 'bated breath to our next.

γεια σου (Gia'sou)

S
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, ambiance was great. Had reservations, was seated right away. Our waiter was absolutely great! The food was to die for. Woud defiently recommend to my famiiy and friends.

OT
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Impeccable service start to finish. Excellent spinach phyllo. Filling enough for a meal with the egg soup. Greek musicians enhanced the ambiance. Wonderful night out.

N
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We hadn’t been to Zesty’s for a while. The meal was delicious and Tom the chef owner was as charming as ever.

LR
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most amazing restaurant, the food, the service and l live greek band!!!

RT
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Went directly to the chef for his suggestions for a meat eater like me. He said to get the strip steak, no question. He was right, it was delicious.
My 2 companions ate the Greek food and loved it.
Roula was a FANTASTIC server!!!!!!!!!

MH
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience2

I was disappointed with the selection of food, (not the same as it was online) also the wine list online was not the same one offered, as there were 20+ wines online and we were offered 3 different wines. The my chicken was dry, the food over all just wasn't that great. The Hummus however was amazing.

R
Philadelphia
43 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friday night is definitely the night to go. Live band and belly dancing makes the atmosphere, along with delectable Greek food and pleasant, attentive service. Everyone in our party enjoyed their meals and the entertainment. they have a wide variety of Greek and Italian dishes to choose from. I highly recommend the spanakopita and The baklava cheesecake. We will definitely be back.

BW
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been going to Zesty’s for 20 years and we’re never disappointed. Everything is very fresh. Lots of care and thought is put into the preparation of the meals.

MR
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Zesty's was a great place for our first date. The food was amazing and the staff was extremely helpful. I would highly recommend this place for a nice for a date night.

MG
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Greek/Italian Dining! Delicious food, including fresh fish; warm ambience with excellent service and usual a visit from the chef/owner to welcome you. Week nights are often quiet providing good opportunity for easy conversation.

RF
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time. The staff was friendly and the food was excellent. The band was a little noisy, but they only started playing after we were there for 2 hours, so it wasn't bad.

l
Philadelphia
359 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious dinner. We had salads, soup, shrimp, octopus and salmon. Everything was great!!!! I had forgotten had delicious our dinners were. We'll definitely be back.

MM
Philadelphia
123 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always amazing. Best Bronzino I’ve ever had! Lasagna excellent. Teramosalata excellent!

N
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall2food4service5ambience2

I have to say the best part was the service. Our server was fantastic, very attentive and was there when you needed her and not overbearing. The meal was decent, it wasn't anything I think I would go back for especially since the prices are much higher than I otherwise would have expected. I'm glad that I went to try out the place for the first time since living in area for ten years now, but I would not go back for dinner. One note I should mention is that their desserts were fantastic! Probably some of the best desserts on Main Street in Manayunk. We had pistachio gelato, Neapolitan ice cream, chocolate somethingness with mouse and chocolate three ways in a little cup. The espresso was good and we were happy the server was able to get it working as she did let us know sometimes it can be fickle. TLDR: Skip dinner here and just have espresso and dessert. :)

KM
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service and a wonderful visit from the owner and chef, made the day complete!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. 2nd time here and will be back.

DD
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Zesty’s is a nice combination of Greek and Italian. The bar is nicely stocked. We enjoyed the appetizer with various spreads served with pita bread. Entrees were very tasty as well. The place is nicely decorated with several large fish tanks. We will definitely return.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service were excellent! The ambiance is interesting. We will definitely return!

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Awesome! Just really good food!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

There was no host at the door so we waited about 10 minutes until someone sat us down . The food wasn’t good at all the steak taste burnt . The belly dancer and music was entertaining that was about it .

MS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! Best crab cakes ever. Vegetables cooked to perfection.

ME
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, from the apps to the lemonchello gelato! Looking forward to going back again