795 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Bike Parking: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Greek, Family Style, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, European, Seafood, Continental, Bar & Grills
Alcohol: Yes, No
Takes Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: No
Price Range : Average
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07/05/2011Provided by Citysearch -
I was last at Dmitri's many years ago, maybe as many as ten years. It was fantastic. I was there recently, and I cannot believe how bad things have gotten, yet they were able to open another location. The octopus, their signature dish, lacked the robust flavor I remember, and it was dry--not the worst I'd ever had, but certainly on the far lower end. The service was pitiful. No, I don't care that the tables are close together, or that it's loud, or that the staff need to squeeze around to serve you; in fact, these things appeal to me because they make me feel like I'm not in America, and add to the experience. No matter what you eat there, Dmitri's is now an American restaurant: Portions are HUGE, and include bland sides that aren't worth the effort; they squeeze your entree onto your table before you're done your appetizer--two quintessentially American practices that ruin a meal. The amount of food I imagine they throw out each night must be abominable. Doggie bags should be unnecessary in a good restaurant, and you'll see many leaving Dmitri's, I believe out of a sense of duty by some customers. Larger portions with less flavor are usually a sign that a restaurant is going under. I wish Dmitri's would get back to its origins before it becomes completely American...that is, closed.
08/30/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I remember Dmitri's from the early days and it was very good. A recent visit revealed that it is less than a shadow of its former self. I can honestly say that of hundreds of meals eaten in dozen's of Philly restaurants, this just might have been the worst. I've never been served blander food -- nothing had any taste to it. The service was poor and the noise level is ridiculous, though frankly I could tolerate either of those if the food were decent. Definitely cross this one off your list -- it's a complete waste.
01/17/2010Provided by Citysearch -
We live in the neighborhood and usually love this restaurant. After our experience on Saturday night I would be embarrassed to recommend Dmitri's to anyone. The hostess was beyond rude from the moment we walked in. I understand it was a busy night but it is unacceptable to pass this on to paying customers. To top it off, both of the bathrooms were out of order! When we asked about the situation, we were told to go across the street to use the bar's restroom. I'm pretty sure a restaurant cannot be open without working bathrooms. Finally, after we were rushed through dinner we were told that we had to leave immediately upon finishing our last sips of wine. The food is not nearly good enough to be treated like this.
09/03/2009Provided by Citysearch -
My boyfriend lived in Philly years ago and used to love Dimitri's so after talking about going for so long we had a friend leaving town so we all went last night. The place had 3 tables in it that were full-all the rest wide open (it was 7:30). There were 3 of us and they put us at a 2 top with 3 chairs. We nicely asked if we could move and they said it was against their policy. SO the 3 of us who ordered 8 items off the menu sat with out knee's banging each other. The bread is served with oil-with barely any spices. I asked the server for butter. Oh no. They do not do that. I practically begged her. She acted like I asked her for her kidney. The food was average at best. You cannot even order app's and then order dinner a few min after ordering them. The order must be done at once. They are so mean and nasty. Why anyone would want to tip them is beyond my understanding. I will never go back.
06/14/2009Provided by Citysearch -
I had eaten before at this restaurant and had a memorable experience. But, when we went as a group of six, the staff made every effort to make us uncomfortable at a small table for 4 with no reasonable attempt to accommodate our request for more comfortable seating. So, we took our business elsewhere.
11/14/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Dmitri's was my all time favorite restaurant in Philadelphia. I've been dining there since the beginning (16 yrs?) when the waitresses knew your name and were known for their great style. On our last visit, we were sat next to another couple with, literally 1 inch between tables. there was no way that you could have a conversation without them knowing every detail. It was uncomfortable and we decided to move the table 2 inches away, I'm not exaggerating. We didn't think it would be a problem since there was about 6 ft of empty space to our right. Anyway, the waitress shoved the table back and scalded us saying ""you are not allowed to just move tables around""!. After all those years of great food, its sad to think they could treat customes like that. All I can say is ""goodbye Dmitri's"" there are a million great places in the city, we wont be going back!
08/04/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Saturday, July 19th. Two working stiffs from downtown out looking for a meal with value. Professional service with seamless teamwork. We did the requisite visit to the corner tavern across the street for a local beer and ap an the hostess came to our table there to announce we could join them for dinner. Once seated in tight quarters we enjoyed whole Striped Bass and Blue Fish the way they do it best - fresh, plain, and hot. This simple preparation only works with excellent quality seafood so it was a delight to see a kitchen team do it perfectly in the midst of the Saturday Night crush. And all created in a kitchen space that might be 20' x 6'.
Follow up service on every part of our meal was flawless.
07/12/2008Provided by Citysearch -
When we first moved to Philly Dmitri's got rave reviews from everyone we talked to so we tried it out for ourselves. We were thoroughly disappointed. I usually find BYOs charming even if the seating is a little tight. However, we felt like sardines at Dmitris. We were so close to the couple next to us that we might as well have merged our tables. It made an otherwise romantic restaurant feel awkward and uncomfortable. The service was average at best. Because of the way the tables were crammed in the waitress could barely get to us to serve our food and open our wine. It put both my husband and I in a bad enough mood that even the delicious food couldn't pull us out of it. So, yes, the food was great. But was it worth it? I've been to many better BYOs in Philly. I'd skip it.
05/11/2008Provided by Citysearch -
We have lived in the area for two years and without a doubt, this is our favorite place. Not expensive, not fancy but just great food in a very friendly atmosphere. Go during the week for an easier time in getting a table or be prepared to wait or sit at the counter.
The fish is fresh and well prepared and the vegetables are fantastic. Try the soft shells if available! You won;t be disappointed!
12/17/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I've been to the other Dimitris in Rittenhouse several times and have never been disappointed. Last night however, I was thoroughly unimpressed with the food.
We got the octopus appetizer, which was pretty good. Then our ""platters"" came. I had the lamb and my date had the scallops. While the meats were fairly tasty, each platter came with rice and greens. The rice was so disappointing, obviously an afterthought. It literally tasted like cafeteria rice. I'm not exaggerating when I say that any rice-in-a-box you can get at a supermarket would have been far better. And the greens were soggy and uninspired, just laying there. Not even sauteed in garlic or anything, it just seemed like they had been steamed and thrown on the plate.
I expect everything on my plate to be somewhat tasty, interesting, or inventive. What I got was completely run of the mill, uninspired and pedestrian. It seems as though the chefs at Dimitris have stopped trying, or stopped caring. I would never let sides like that leave my kitchen, and I'm not even a chef.
Service was good, and the atmosphere was nice.
10/26/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I have never been dissappointed with any of the meals I've had at Dmitri's. Sure, it's not fine dining, but it's a BYO and the food is reasonably priced and delicious! I always share the enormous order of grilled vegetables with the rest of our party. The scampi is excellent. The grilled pita is a nice touch that goes great with the baba ganoush. I wish, though, that they had more to offer in terms of specials. It always seems to be tilapia served in a white wine and lemon sauce. Summer time is my fave at Dmitri's when you can have their tomato and mozzerella salad. Desserts are ok- a little bit slapped together. But the female servers are always on top of things. They move quickly and get your food to you in a timely manner.
09/21/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I had been hearing rave reviews about Dmitris since I moved to Philadelphia, so I was a little nervious it wouldn't live up to the hype. Thankfully, it did! The group of 6 I was with didn't wait too long (weekends during the summer....gotta love how everyone is ""down the shore""). The food was delicious and so inexpensive. The service was extremely friendly and I can't wait to go back again.
09/06/2007Provided by Citysearch -
This review is in response to the review below (psychedelicious). Every restaurant has the misfortune of serving ignorant people such as yourselves. Dumb comment #1 : ""Chinese line cooks are right there at the door"" Wow, that's pretty pathetic considering that you can rate a restaurant fairly. The guys behind the line are Loatian, not Chinese you idiot. Go dine in any Michelin 3 or 4 star restaurant and you will find many different nationalities in the kitchen. I can't believe that I have to explain that to someone who ""rates restaurants"". The size of the restaurant is tiny, and the preparations are simple. Dmitri's has always had some of the freshest fish available. SIMPLE good seafood, not a lot of ingredients and intense preparations like a larger, heavier staffed restaurant that is more expensive. Dumb comment #2: ""Dmitri's serves squid and calls it octopus"" THEY SERVE BOTH ! The squid is grilled in larger pieces, and the octopus in smaller pieces. It doesn't take much to see and taste the difference, and I have never seen or heard that complaint before. On top of that you insult the server, the person that is serving you food and trying to make your dining experience as enjoyable as they can. How disrespectful you are ! I do not work for the restauraunt, but I have eaten there forever. I've known some of the servers for years. Unfortunately, I also had the misfortune of trying to enjoy my meal sitting across from you. They clean the tables properly, and get you fresh silverware. LIKE EVERY RESTAURANT SHOULD ! And you said so yourself that she told you to just ask for some fresh silverware. Don't just grab it from another table like an a$$. WHAT IS THERE TO COMPLAIN ABOUT !!?? She was offerieng help. It is loud there and super busy almost all the time unfortunately but that's how it always has been, but the food is good and fresh. I really hope that I don't see you disrespectful people there again.
08/26/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I hate to be so harsh, but Dmitri's just plain sucked. I can rate a restaurant fairly, based on it's merits, looking past bad service blah blah blah.
Dmitri's is a straight-up ripoff. Firtstly it is about as Greek as McDonalds is French (French Fries, y'know). Chinese line cooks are right there when you walk through the door because guess what? Dmitris is actually a cheap and nasty diner. The open kitchen isn't even a real kitchen... it's just a sandwich station with a tiny little grill, such as you'd find at a food court in a second-tier suburban mall. And the kitchen is loud, not a good thing is such a small restaurant with no decor, no music, nothing at all to create any ambiance whatsoever.
Still, this is Philly so sometimes one looks past all that if the food is good. It is not. Worse still, they actually lie to you. Dmitri's serves squid and calls it octopus. I've eaten so much squid and octopus in my life, nobody should ever try and pass squid off to me as being octopus. At Dmitri, our waitress ""swears to god that's octopus"" so I ask... why no tentacles, why no suction cups? She responds ""we remove the tentacles before cooking the octopus"". OK, you're fired! She?s probably never even seen octopus.
Besides that stupid argument, this is a restaurant where they really do grab you silverware? and place it right on the tabletop. No tablecloth, no paper... just the dirty rag they wiped with, and formica. Nasty. My wife grabbed some new silverware from a neighboring table? and guess what? Our waitress asks: I don't understand what the problem is. Just ask for fresh silverware.
That's when we left. Paid for the salad. never going back. Horrible.
08/21/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Here's the deal. Dmitri's is not Le Bec Fin or Suzanna Foo! It's a little local mom-and-pop restaurant. The close quarters and loud conversation is part of the experience. Instead of fighting it we usually say hi to our close dining neighbors and break the ice so there's no awkward moments. The food is simple and not over seasoned so that you can enjoy the flavor of the actual food. Some people aren't used to this since we live in the world of over seasoned microwave meals. The food is healthy and tasty. The prices are totally reasonable for city living. Personally I don't eat the pasta cause the fish, apps and salads are way better in my opinion. You can get pasta anywhere. The food is served family style, so order in courses if that's what you want. Remember that they get very busy, especially on the weekends, so you may feel rushed. If you are looking to dine for 3 hours you might want to go somewhere else on Saturday night. The most important thing when you go out is to know where you're going and what to expect and you won't be disappointed. Choose a restaurant according to what you want that night, don't try to change a restaurant. Just like in relationships you will only feel Jaded and Highly Disappointed in the end. With lower check amounts and no liquor on the bill waiters need to flip tables more throughout the night to make money, so be considerate and when you're done give the next customers (who are probably anxious to sit and eat) the table.
07/20/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Waited 20 minutes. Fine. Seated. Wine brought to table. The wait began. Reminded host we hadn't been waited on. 25 minutes lates the server arrived stating she hadn't seen us. Our table aligned with the bar area where she had clients seated. I saw her. We were out of her sight range being 10 feet away.
Food was average. Service was horrible. Menu hasn't changed in years.
Go to Effie's, Pine and Quince Streets
06/27/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I have eaten at Dmitris for a few years now and have never had a bad experience! I love everything Ive had there! The smelts and the hummus are amazing! Ive never heard a bad review until I looked on here.. I guess to those people who didnt enjoy it unique and cozy atmosphere..restaurants like sizzlers or wherever are where you should keep going. I have always had nice waitresses.. Sure its a small restaurant, but the food makes up for it! Bring a nice bottle of wine and sit at at the bar with friends and watch the chefs in action! Incredible!
06/08/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I read so many good reviews of this place that I decided to try it. I was totally disappointed. I got their special, a grilled whole red snapper, which was probably the BLANDEST fish I've ever had. It was served with bland kale (who serves kale of all veggies?) and cheap, flavorless rice. Our bill for 2 came to $60. A total rip off for what you get, plus you are literally sitting elbow to elbow with strangers. If you're looking for a good seafood byo, I'd suggest Little Fish instead.
05/08/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Wow, this place stunk! We went on a recommendation of a ?friend.? Apparently we forgot what HORRIBLE taste he has. We were seated right away which is great but were seated at a 4 top with two of the seats already taken by another couple. To be fair, it wasn't a true 4-top, there was about a quarter of an inch between the two tables. Guess it may have been more fun to sit next to people we actually knew though we don't plan to go back, we would never put our friends through such torture! Our waitress was quite a peach which was a plus. Instead of feigning interest in our happiness, our bratty brunette would slam food on the table and walk away, sometimes without a word. She couldn't possibly have to wonder why her tip was so small. It was just about as abysmal as her personality. A record low for me and it felt great. But who cares about that, right? After all, I go out to dinner for the food! So...the food? Wow, if bland was an art form this place would be the award winners. Everything I ate turned to blah. We began with the highly touted scampi which both looked and tasted as though it'd been made a day or two prior. Chew-chew-chewy. Just awful. I?ve had better seafood at Sizzler. The citrus salad was swimming in dressing, it was drenched and wasn't that good to begin with, unless you enjoy bitterness topped with canned fruit. The scallops were charred and thus tasted like cancer. No thanks. Oh wait, I get to have scallops served with Uncle Ben's rice and flat tasteless greens? Yum! How cheap can you be? A hot dog bun would?ve been a more exciting side. The grilled squid was equally unimpressive. Chewy and Charred is not my idea of a good meal. The absolute best part of our night was the wine we brought ourselves. Without the wine the night would have been a total loss. Skip it. You've been warned. Try Azure instead. The Seitan Tips are phenomenal.