8 Best Must-Try Greek Restaurants in Philadelphia

8 Best Must-Try Greek Restaurants in Philadelphia

8 Best Must-Try Greek Restaurants in Philadelphia

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Greek Fare in PhiladelphiaPhiladelphia, PA - Philadelphia has an enduring Greek connection. Not only can locals enjoy Philadelphia's many Greek restaurants, but Philadelphia is home to an iconic temple as well as being the birthplace of American Philhellenism - an initiative dedicated to helping Greece in their fight for independence from Ottoman rule that has since spread throughout America. But, did you know Philadelphia is home to some of the best Greek restaurants on the East Coast.

1. Zorba's Tavern

This Greek tavern offers traditional food in a cozy space decorated with old country paintings. The restaurant offers a casual, relaxed atmosphere and various Greek dishes. It is located near Philly's Logan Square and serves outstanding Greek food at an affordable price. Start your night with a few of their delicious appetizers like Hummus or Calamari for a fantastic start to your meal. 2230 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia, PA

2. Estia Restaurant

The stylish multi-room Greek restaurant specializes in whole fish flown directly from the Mediterranean fare. It is considered a hidden treasure in Philadelphia's culinary scene. Enjoy your culinary delights in a warm, rustic atmosphere, dimmed lighting, and the alluring décor. The menu includes authentic Greek dishes such as lamb shank or Octopodi and grilled meats and seafood. 1405 Locust St., Philadelphia, PA

3. Kanella Grill

This Easygoing Greek BYO specializes in kebabs and can be eaten in or taken out. Weekends are usually busy, but the wait is worth it. The kebabs are served in a fresh pita, and the halloumi is a tangy grilled cheese. It's done in a pita. Bring your own wine or beer to this BYOB. 1001 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

4. Effie's Restaurant

A casual, old-world restaurant serving Greek classics in a relaxed atmosphere with a patio. Effie's Restaurant in Philadelphia is worth a trip. The friendly staff will welcome you from the minute you enter the door. The intimate atmosphere is ideal for a night out with friends and family or a romantic dinner or lunch date. The restaurant is located at 1127 Pine St in Philadelphia.

5. South Street Souvlaki

For more than 40 years, South Street's blue-and-white iconic building with takeout windows on the street is still going strong. Tom Vasiliades, the owner of this restaurant on Philly's most iconic street, serves Greek and Mediterranean food to hungry customers. Takeout customers can order a gyro or souvlaki sandwich with lettuce, tomato, and onion on a pita. Start your meal with the impressive saganaki, a Greek cheese soaked in brandy, then set on fire. 509 South St., Philadelphia, PA 19447

6. Zesty's

The restaurant offers a variety of Greek and Italian dishes, as well as wine, in an informal setting. There is also a patio and a bar. The Greek Restaurant in Manayunk, Philadelphia, offers a wide variety of delicious dishes and live music at times. 4382 Main St., Philadelphia, PA

7. Moustaki Authentic Gyros

What's not to love about a restaurant with a logo and name based on a mustache? Pop in this popular Logan Square spot for some overstuffed gyros at a reasonable price. Menu featuring a variety of pitas and small plates in a cozy, blue-themed setting. 161 N 21st St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

8. Olympia Gyro

A simple Greek counter-service outlet that serves gyros, souvlakia, and homemade baklava. Olympia Gyro is one of many vendors at Reading Terminal Market that still serves up the best food for takeout in the city. Try their edamame gyro for vegetarians. It's savory, crunchy, and addicting. 51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

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