In mybook® Food Collection (edit)

Added to your food collection.
Removed from mybook!

We took this business out of your food collection.

Sponsored Links

Regular Hours

Payment method
discover, amex
Price Range
Center City, Washington Square West

Effie's Restaurant

Effies Restaurant

Mediterranean Restaurants, Greek Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants, Caterers, Seafood Restaurants, Restaurant Delivery Service, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: No

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Delivery, Mediterranean, Caterers, Greek, Take Out, European, Seafood, Continental

Alcohol: Yes, No

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average


No coupons available


Hi there!
Rate this business!
First-classBetter than mostAbout what I expectedNot the worst...Disappointing
Click to Rate
Share Review

Like this review? Share it on your social network to get the word out!



I love this place! Authentic g...

I love this place! Authentic greek food! BYOB! A total philly experiance, little cramped, but comfortable homey feeling...great for any occassions, a night with friends, a date, family visiting from out of town, really a place to go if you plan to spend some quality time! However plan to walk- parking is simply not good in that area! But worth the stroll!

p.s. They have a dish with bacon, pasta and spinach! oh my word! You will never be able to finish the dish, but you will certainly want to try! DELICIOUS!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Very Nice place! Great food!

They had great food at a reasonable price. The atmosphere was very inviting, warm, and made me feel at ease. The outside garden is very lovely, and is remarkable with the scenery. I sat in the garden watching the snow fall down and it just gave me a warm feeling inside. Not many places can do that!!! The waitresses are nice, and inviting. Not much to say on that. In the short, i shall be returning for more guests!It is worth a try for everyone!



Provided by Citysearch - 
decent food but ignored by waitress

the food is good, but not great.
the salad did serve 4, but it ought to for $16 - and there was very little dressing and flavor.
the feta was very tasty, and good olives.
our table was very cramped for 4 adults.
we ordered salad and another shared appetizer (not worth 18.50 - we each only got a small plate full) - when we were done with these plates she never came back to clear the table.
she just chatted away in the kitchen.
never came back to ask us how it was.
our dinners came - fish was ok, special eggplant was good, but it came on a bed of unseasoned white rice.
Still all of our finished plates remained on our table.
there was only 1 other group of 4 in the restaurant, so it wasnt as if she was too busy!
she was friendly, just inefficient.
this place is very small, and the decor is tacky like a bad hotel. there is even 1 whole wall that is just exposed sheet rock, half painted.
if they deliver - do that !!

Jan Keller


Provided by Citysearch - 
Best Greek Food

Effie and her team are always pleasant and welcome you as if you are family. We have dined often over the past few years and love the food.



Provided by Citysearch - 

I actually had a roach land on my head and another land on my arm. When we looked around, there were roaches all over the courtyard. One was crawling up a man's leg and many were crawling into the kitchen. it was grotesque!!!



Provided by Citysearch - 

My Sister-In-Law and I ate here on a Friday night and the food was delicious! I was visiting from Tennessee and we had such great service. Our Waiter, Andre was the best! We had an appetizer sampler, greek salad with gyro meat and a lamb sirloin steak with potatoes and fennel. YUM!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Just Lovely

Had a wonderful meal with my wife here recently. It was a Saturday night, somewhat late, but still very busy. We were seated inside which was hot and boring, but were shortly moved to an outside table. The food is very good, very straight greek. No flourishes but delicious, with substantial portions. The service, in opposition to some of the reviews here, was wonderful. Very friendly and casual- but attentive. We were never rushed- even when we were the last to leave. A great neighborhood place- I just wish it was in my neighborhood!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Decent food that's not worth the lousy service...

Effie's has charm, and the food can be good, but the service just never fails to disappoint. It can be slow, surly, uneven, and just plain wrong, even with just a few tables full. The restaurant also has a bad habit of booking a reservation then not honoring it, especially for the patio. Their favorite refrain (oh, we don't take reservations for the patio, when they had confirmed a patio table by phone just one hour earlier). Overall, there are much better options in Philly. Stay away from Effies until they realize that we're paying for an experience, and not just a dish of food...



Provided by Citysearch - 
Delicious food, slooow service

We should have listened to the previous poster! The host was great, waitstaff were nice, though not very attentive, but our dinner took an hour and a half to reach our table, with no acknowledgment of the long wait.
Evidently slow service is the rule, rather than the exception. I really did enjoy my meal, but knew better than to order dessert-that might have tacked on another large chunk of time.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great food, poor service

I love greek food, and am very impressed by effie's. However, I like good service to accompany a good meal - and while the waiters/waitresses are courteous, the service is slow and it's hard to get a waiter's attention. Also good to know: there's a seating area when you first walk in, and then there's one in a back room, disconnected from the restaurant-- I ate in the back room once this winter and it was an awful experience. The waitress had to keep opening double doors to the freezing cold outside to go back and forth into the kitchen to get our food/drinks, blasting in wind right into the tiny seating area. The front seating area on the other hand is much more pleasurable.
Summary: good food (especially the spanikopita), poor service....but the service doesn't keep me from coming back...



Provided by Citysearch - 
A Charming Mainstay

Effie's is a wonderful little place serving up home-cooked mediterranean-style food. I usually eat-out and everything is always great. The gyros are the best in the city (not greasy but filled with perfectly seasoned meat) and the lemon soup is probably the most comforting thing you could eat after a rough day - and, the baklava is to die for. If you eat-in, ask to sit in the back - it's more roomy and romantic. If you're just with friends then sit up front.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Cute and Delicious!

my boyfriend and i were just walking by and decided to stop in for dinner because we didnt feel like cooking. We couldnt have walked into a better place! We sat in the back room, which was adorable (exposed brick walls, chandelier, double doors leading out to the courtyard), the service was excellent and the food was great! The mussels were delicious (they are spicy) and i was able to take some of the mousaka home for lunch the next day. Dont forget the baklava for dessert!



Provided by Citysearch - 

First of all, to the previous user who said that you should'nt ""waste your time there"", they are entirely wrong! It is the best food I've ever eaten in my entire life. The servers are nice and welcoming! The food is always hot and toasty when I get it. The prices are reasonable, too! So no one should listen to the people before us, because they are so wrong! I give it 20000 stars!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great food, cozy place

We made reservations for 8 the day of. Great food, not the best service. Also, we were seated upstairs which isn't as nice as the back. Regardless, I would definitely go there again, and I highly recommend this place to anyone that likes casual, BYOBs, good food, and reseaonable prices.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Don't waste your time or money!

My husband and I went with another couple to Effie's on Saturday night. The service was poor, at best, and my husband and the wife of the other couple received their food at least 10 minutes before her husband and I received ours. Ours was even ""on special"", which you'd expect to be quickly available. My husband's food was cold when it arrived to the table, and our ""special"" was barely edible and not at all what we expected from the description. We left hungry and disappointed.



Provided by Citysearch - 

Well the previous person that posted was 100% correct. on the other hand the one before was a bit on the bad side. Well i am effies cousin. i've been there alot... since she is my cousin and i hate when people say bad things about her.
If anyone does not beleive me, feel free to call effie or my uncle at pine street pizza. its right accross the street from effie's.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Very tasty

There is no other place like Effie's in the city. It's small and intimate; the servers are actually Greek; the food is very good; the prices are right; and the recommendations of the house are always perfect. They accomodate to every patron. There is absolutely no attitude at this place. The best place to sit is in the courtyard, or beyond the courtyard in the old-fashioned dining area in the back. It's so charming....and of course, the food is amazing. They have great potatoes!



Provided by Citysearch - 

the food was just alright... but maybe i'm just not a big fan of greek food. the staff was really nice even though we got there a half hour late (party of 6). i love byob so that is a plus to me. i've had MUCH better baklava in greek owned delis and homemade stuff. but also, in its defense, it was really late and it may have been a bit old.



Provided by Citysearch - 
The place to go over and over and over again

i was envited to the opening day at effie's and i am a regular customer. its always better than the last time. i recommend effies to all of my friends. it might be small, but the food is so good that i do not mind the wait. i would like effie to continue with good luck.



Provided by Citysearch - 
High Hopes

A recent visit to this familiar and reliable restaurant was a disappointment. Though the ambiance and friendliness can't be beat (eating outside is great), the entree they said they were out of appeared at 2 other tables--the waitress apologized. The Greek food was bland and lacked in the freshness and presentation. My date had a great sense of humor--that and the wine we brought saved the evening.

Sponsored Links