Effie's Restaurant

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566 reviews
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$30 and under
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Greek

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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.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food5service1ambience5

Service was very slow and waitress never refilled water after asking twice, food took almost 1.5 hours to come out. Also stated that their credit card machine was broken after we had already finished eating. my friend walked to three atms to get cash. Due to recent protests, no atms were available. Finally asked if we could venmo them as no cash was available, they finally admitted their credit card machine was working again. Scam. Food was pretty good though.

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Diner120
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Their outdoor seating is very cute. Loved everything we got (fried calamari, octopus salad, lamb souvlaki plate, and armonia).

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place and service

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JackelynH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite BYOB in the city. I brought my boyfriend here and he’s now a bigger Effie’s fan than I am.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was so good that I can’t wait to go back. Simple and delish. Best BYOB in my neighborhood!

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KateC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt like I was in a little Greek taverna! The food was delicious, and the service was just what I look for: attentive but not hovering.

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KellyP
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing as always!

MB
vipMBE1
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on 22 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good service by waitstaff. Casual, authentic atmosphere.

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JohnS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Been here few times over the past couple years. Maybe they had an off night. From when we arrived and the "kid" at the door couldn't find our reservations to our waitresses clearly letting our food sit somplace as others were seved who came in after (she was nowhere to be found) to the now higher prices and not great food. We won't be going back any time soon.

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MarcG
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great authentic food! Best greek restaurant in Philly.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Very delicious food in a no frills environment. Service was a little iffy, but we enjoyed our meal.

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KerryM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ridiculously charming, delectable morsels, reasonably priced BYO, highly recommend

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KateN
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Ok, so- the food 10/10. The staff was great. My qualm is definitely the ambiance. It’s tiny and the tables felt crammed together. For it being an intimate setting, I was able to learn that the couple two tables away had double jointed hidden talents... the couple next to us were dating and he was a gyno and has recently changed his perspective on Valentine’s Day. So, there’s that. It also randomly got filled with smoke from the kitchen and it made my eyes burn... they opened the door but then it would get cold. The food and staff were wonderful.

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AbigailE
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We went for Valentine’s Day. I thought the prices were expensive for the food actually served. Who knew that peas cost so much?

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vipStevenW
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The food was good but the waiter started rushing us to leave. He took our water glasses away before we were done and when we asked for another glass he told us there was another party waiting for the table. We had to ask if there was any dessert, too. Other than that it was an enjoyable meal.

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vipMBE1
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Quality of food & waitstaff service is consistently very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fantastic!

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vipBabs
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience3

The pita bread came to the table with one side completely burnt and we had to send it back.
then the lamb souvlaki also was completely burnt - looked like charcoal and was inedible. At least the waiter took $10 off the bill but this food never should have been served to us in the first place.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very good food and selection!

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vipJeff
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Table of four dined here before a show at the Kimmel. Great food, priced reasonably, all the expected Greek food with very nice specials. I had the whole grilled branzino which was wonderful. The venue is a short 15 min walk and there is inexpensive parking south of pine and broad. It’s a BYO, and they are very accommodating. If you don’t mind “close knit tables “ then you should definitely try this gem in the city. There is a lovely space in the summer months.

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StephanieM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food snd service were good and I would recommend it to someone wanting Greek food. I would suggest, however, the restaurant improve it's take-out containers to be more environmentally sensitive.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and wonderful timely and effective service. Great dinner with friends!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, highly recommend !

MB
vipMBE1
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Being a regular diner at the restaurant, I can say the food perhaps because my guest & I were seated near the entrance.

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vipBob06
Philadelphia
63 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Solid choice for a meal. Menu has a wide selection of Greek and Mediterranean related dishes. Hummus starter with pita was particularly flavorful and highly recommended. We had three different dinner selections and all were solid, if unspectacular, choices. Be aware that the sauces tend to be a bit dominant over the other ingredients.

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vipAliM
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome and friendly. Great food. The Lamb gyro is amazingly amazing.

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vipReneeN
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The appetizers were good but the chicken souvlaki was dry and without taste.

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vipWonderfulExperience
Philadelphia
206 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

We had a good meal at Effie's. Luckily we were seated in the garden house annex which is charming and very pleasant. It was not too cold that evening so we were comfortable. The hummus sampler and pita were fantastic. Greek salad was good, although it could have used a tad more dressing for my taste. The lamb chops were good. Cooked close to what I requested. Tazicki and spinach were also great. The beef special was also tasty. It is priced well except lamb chops are high given that they are essentially lollipop size.

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vipAlexQ
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Love the food here and the ambiance. It's byob which can't be beat. It is very tight in there so a little annoying to have to keep moving to let people walk by but otherwise a great restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were seated in the front where it was very cold. We were also close proximity of the door which brought in a cold draft and was held open for extended periods of time. The water glasses we received were dirty, had to ask for new ones. Our food came out not very hot. They changed the menu and was not impressed. I have been there before and this was a very different experience.

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vipEricG
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lots of fun. Best Spanikopita ever!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Front room was seriously smoky. Waitress was also smoking cigarettes in the closed patio area. Back room was chilly.

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vipcg16
Philadelphia
35 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

The food is always delicious at Effie's, but sometimes the service is lacking. Still always a very good experience.

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vipMBE1
Philadelphia
34 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is a favorite. Been there this year about 5-6 times. Service is always first rate. Complementary pastry dessert is always appreciated. Only one complaint on last visit (11/2/19): Ordered the fish special (Bronzini) it was not fully filleted, although I did not bring it to the attention of the server.

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Suzanne
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We hadn't been to Effie's for over a year and we're disappointed to find that the food wasn't as good as we remembered. The rice served with my main course tasted like Uncle Ben's. My husband's moussaka was only so-so. Perhaps they were just having a bad day but with so many other choices it will be a long time before we return.

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vipjanc
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food Great service!

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vipDesignGuy
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food! Like being invited to a family dinner.

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ZakG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Took 3 hours for food to arrive... very disappointed

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Food wasn't good. The service was slow. The kitchen messed up the same order three times without getting it right once for one of the meals (gyro). The waitress never checked back after the food was dropped off the first time so our friend had to walk his food plate back to the kitchen each time and it was still wrong after three attempts. Rain water fell on us like a waterfall through the outdoor top. No apologies for the water drenching us or the repeatedly wrong food order. One server was serving the whole restaurant by herself on a Sunday evening. Unacceptable. We had to move ourselves to a nearby table to avoid being further drenched. The portions were small and underwhelming and reminded me of a middle school cafeteria meal in terms of taste (Effie's Chicken) We asked for the check so many times that about 25 minutes later, we all walked up to the front and gave them no choice but to ring us up on the spot. While waiting for the check to be brought to us, the staff clearing tables took a glass of liquid and threw it on the nearby plants. Who does that?! So unprofessional. None of us will be back. Such a shame and shock that this place is still in business.

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SalP
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Effie's is a small restaurant that you must make time to get to. The food is very good. They have a very nice menu that will please all taste buds. It is a place to go if you are on a date or to celebrate with a group. If you can and the weather is good sit in the courtyard. A place you need to try. Everybody is very friendly and helpful with your questions. It is a BYOB.

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Effie's Restaurant is rated 4.5 stars by 566 OpenTable diners.

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