Effie's Restaurant

4.5
606 reviews
$30 and under
Greek
Effie's Restaurant, a little townhouse located on Antique Row in Center City, is reminiscent of a Greek taverna. Specialties include grilled whole fish, octopus salad, famous lamb dishes, moussaka, and the best Greek salad in town! Join us for dinner to try our new menu items. We feature outdoor seating in our lovely garden area.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 606 People Are Saying
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vipDebbc
New York Area
359 reviews
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love it here
It’s cozy
Food excellent
And COVID-19 conscious
There are plenty of choices

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GenS
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food, & ambience for outdoor dining.

MR
MRosZonas
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 5 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is doing an AMAZING job keeping things clean and safe during a pandemic. Their food is, as always, absolutely outstanding and the staff are friendly, gracious, and thorough. My partner and I had an delectable dinner out for my birthday -- the best Moussaka ever -- and a fantastic dish of lamb. Every meal we've ever had there is stellar. Please do whatever you can to support them -- whether take out or in-person outdoor dining. They are an absolute gem.

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vipDebbc
New York Area
360 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has become a new favorite restaurant for us
We sit in an outside heated garden area
The food and service seems so homey
We feel very comfortable
We’ve already planned our next visit

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vipRoisinF
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere, and it’s a byob!

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vipDebbc
New York Area
360 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had been here in several years
I cannot say enough how attentive the staff was to our needs
The menu had several items I had never had
We were not disappointed
We will definitely be back

MB
MichaB
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Waited over an hour before we had to find our server and ask to order our entree. We were seated outside next to a storm drain which smelled of sewage for the entire meal. The table was so dark we couldnt read the menu without using our phone lights. The server came to our table a grand total of 3 times. And two of those times was only after we went to the front desk to ask to order and to ask for our check

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Ktrot
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 23 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Food was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 9 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Effie’s was great! The little courtyard patio in the back was small but cozy, and the food was phenomenal! Hostess and waiter were so friendly and helpful. Highly recommend!

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StuartF
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Eating in the garden at Effie's was a delightful experience that was complimented by the superb meal.

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vipmmmmmmmmm
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Quiet, homey, and amazing good! One of my favorite spots.

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vipDanny
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always delicious!

RJ
RJHAWK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Been to Greece and loved the food. Can’t say the same for the food I had this evening.

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JoeL
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Round table outside was great for 6 talking. Food was excellent, especially the zucchini chips. Nice evening with a nice waiter.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was really good and the outdoor space was great for social distancing!

JC
JessicaC
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Majestic little patio, delicious food, and it’s BYOB. Something to note , there is no alcohol at all to buy so if you plan on drinking your just bring your own.

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PhillyKayT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I worked in Mykonos Greece for 17 years- this is authentic, large portion , Wonderful Greek food! Everything we tried was fresh, and delicious. Only complaint, was the baklava was ice cold- good, but cold! I’ve celebrated many a Birthday there- SO glad they made it thru the shutdown! Love this BYOB~
PS: They have a lovely Garden area, as well as side street seating!

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Arya
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was incredibly authentic. The service was great. Very warm and friendly staff and host.

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vipfoodie1
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great to get out, sit in the courtyard and enjoy some wonderful Greek food! They do an amazing job with the whole fish!

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BillontheHill
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. I've probably been there 3 or 4 times and my wife 5-10 times. It's small, but not too small; fresh and healthy (or not as healthy, depending on your mood/selection); and each plate looks and tastes like it was individually prepared with care. The service is good and the staff is friendly/flexible. We just celebrated our anniversary there last weekend and had another great meal. If we lived in the city or didn't have kids we'd eat there two or three times as often!

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Lologrits
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was delicious, the service was excellent, and the outdoor seating is perfect for a night out during COVID.
Give this neighborhood gem a try!

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RossW
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just went to Greece last year and this place was great. Quiet but authentic Greek.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting and amazing food at a fair price. My wife and I enjoyed enjoyed our time eating the garden without feeling rushed. Everything was great.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the best Greek food I’ve ever had!

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vipabigailk
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Effie's has a great outdoor setup in their alley. Make sure to get the spanakopita and dolmades. Their fresh pita is delicious and we loved the mussels with lemon feta broth!

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RoraG
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My sister and I went here for a fun little night out. I've been wanting to try Effies since I moved to Philly, and it's outdoor setting looked safe and cute. Although there was only one server for all the tables, we had amazing service. She was quick, kind and the perfect amount of attentive. We loved our food and enjoyed eating in the cute little back patio.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Effie’s so much, great ambiance, delicious dinner and safe experience all around

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vipEricS
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. It was a beautiful Friday evening to dine outdoors at Effies and the food was fresh and delicious. We’ll definitely be back.

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GaryW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and staff!! The little court yard is so cute.

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vipPhillyPhilip
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Over priced, quality and quantify of the food was lacking, food seem rushed. The location and environment is nice; at times it seems overwhelming for one person to run the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Honestly, I hoped it would be so much more than what it was. The outdoor seating area is adorable, tucked away down a quiet ally, away from the busy streets.

The service left a lot more to be desired - not very friendly, took a very long time to place our initial order.

The food:

Appetizer - fried calamari - when hot, tasted ok but once it started to cool the calamari was quite chewy.

Olives - soggy, old and just no.


I ordered the shrimp entree - it only had 4 small shrimp. Tasted fine but not worth the money.

My boyfriend ordered fried flounder - his plate was sad with flavorless flounder, steamed asparagus and WHITE plain rice?

We won’t be back unless something really changes.

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vipJenlfried
Phoenix
18 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience even in a pandemic. Food was wonderful and service was great!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I’ve been to Effie’s so many times and this time I was disappointed in my meal and that never happens there. I’m going to chalk it up to getting back into the swing of things. They also took my favorite dish off the menu. But our server Ellie was great as always.

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vipKC23
2 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic greek cuisine, with a nice assortment of flavors. The baklava was incredible.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great

MS
MarinaS
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant with beautiful patio and great food

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fgp2020
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience4

Overall, we were not very happy with our experience. The service was not very friendly and the food was average for the price. We loved the ambiance and the fact that the outdoor seating arrangement was nicely spaced out so we felt comfortable. The restaurant has potential to be a lot better and servers can be a lot friendlier!

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vipAlexQ
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and the back courtyard is perfect for date night!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!! Such a fun and cute spot. Service and food is always superb.

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Lauren
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Went to Philadelphia to visit. My family and I felt like the food was rushed and the ambience was tense for us. Utensils looked like they had dust and service was okay.

FAQs

Effie's Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar, Postmates and Uber Eats. Effie's Restaurant also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (215) 592-8333.

Effie's Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 606 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.