What a fabulous place to indulge in slightly(??) fattening food and enjoy the company of family and friends. I am not really a fan of Greek food due to the amounts of yogurt and feta cheese they like to use in their cuisine, but this place made a convert out of me (at least, just for this place). Start with the look of the place - the interiors have a European old world and relaxing feel, inviting one to sit back and take their time savoring their meal. The tables are amply spaced apart giving diners privacy that is usually lacking in restaurants. And for private parties, it seems that they have a number of private rooms. I'm not sure how many rooms they have, but I saw two on the lower level.
Service was attentive. Our waiter was constantly asking (not annoyingly, though) if we were enjoying the food and was making sure we had everything we need.
Now we move on to the food. And as I said in the beginning, simply fabulous. I loved the Estia Chips. They're sliced very thinly so you can really taste the flavor of each individual chip. And they were artfully arranged and presented at the table (see photo above).
The Moussaka was a pleasant surprise as well. The flavorful beef blended with the potatoes for that perfect bite each time.
But the best part of the meal was the dessert. The Ekmek had the sweetness that was not overpowering - a perfect ending to a wonderful meal.
Review from @toniitonitone (01.27.13):
I'm always looking and keeping my eye out there for a great restaurant that will eventually turn into my "can't-live-without" restaurant. I love Greek food so when my cousin picked this restaurant, I was excited to try it. First off, the décor and ambiance of the restaurant was very welcoming. I love the tapestry in the ceilings, the rugged hard wood finish and the ice box display of all the fresh seafood they are serving. I ordered from the Restaurant Week menu which I was happy about because it was only $20.00 for a three-course meal. I also peeked in the regular menu and I liked the fact that their items are not your typical Greek restaurant menu.
I started with the calamari which was good but nothing to rave about – I did get jealous of my cousin's Estia chips (zucchini & eggplant chips with tzatziki dip) which was very addicting once you taste it. For my entrée, I ordered the catch of the day which is the sea bass with sautéed eggplant and zucchini in red sauce. The fish was savory and done right although I was not a fan of the vegetables – it was bland and the eggplant was a little mushy. The best part – dessert: I ordered the yiaourti me meli (Greek yogurt) and needless to say, it was so good I wanted more! I was afraid it was going to be tarty like the usual Greek yogurt but it had a delicate taste to it that went well with the waffle taco and wet almonds that came with it.
I can definitely say that I'll go back to Estia to try their regular menu and possibly host my birthday dinner there because of their amazing private lounge and bar downstairs. If you're looking for a great Greek restaurant in center city Philly, I highly recommend Estia.