Eleni Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 7712 SE 13th Ave

    Portland, OR 97202

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  • 503-230-2165

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Dinner tonight...charged me $28 for "seafood paella" which was really a soup with rice and beans in a tasteless broth. There was one scallop, 2 shrimp and a handful of mussels and clam shells (no clams). Also, it was touted as having

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★★★★★

Dinner tonight...charged me $28 for "seafood paella" which was really a soup with rice and beans in a tasteless broth. There was one scallop, 2 shrimp and a handful of mussels and clam shells (no clams). Also, it was touted as having

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Enough said about the service side of this establishment.
Entree was served at the same time as a luke warm first course. The timing and temperature problems were especially unforntunate given that the food was actually very tasty. It

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★★★★★

Enough said about the service side of this establishment.
Entree was served at the same time as a luke warm first course. The timing and temperature problems were especially unforntunate given that the food was actually very tasty. It

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My husband and I went to Eleni's in Sellwood on Friday night at 7:50 p.m. We were promptly seated and there was no line. We ordered two appetizers - the grilled calamari and the saganaki, both appetizers which we've ordered many times

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★★★★★

My husband and I went to Eleni's in Sellwood on Friday night at 7:50 p.m. We were promptly seated and there was no line. We ordered two appetizers - the grilled calamari and the saganaki, both appetizers which we've ordered many times

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We went there with some friends and everything was fantastic! Great food, Great service and great wine selection!

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★★★★☆

We went there with some friends and everything was fantastic! Great food, Great service and great wine selection!

Pros: Great food

Cons: A little hard to talk, noisey when it's crowded

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This is a wonderful Greek place. It is tradition Greek cuisine but with out all the loud decoration and music you get in a lot of other Greek places. It is delicious as well. The service is wonderful and I highly recommend it.

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★★★★★

This is a wonderful Greek place. It is tradition Greek cuisine but with out all the loud decoration and music you get in a lot of other Greek places. It is delicious as well. The service is wonderful and I highly recommend it.

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First, the service was outstanding, they had answers to all our questions, explained what everything was etc.
Second, so many thing to choose from.
Third, the food was to die for! It just got better with every course, and we tried a total of 3 apps 3 main dishes and 2 desserts.

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★★★★★

First, the service was outstanding, they had answers to all our questions, explained what everything was etc.
Second, so many thing to choose from.
Third, the food was to die for! It just got better with every course, and we tried a total of 3 apps 3 main dishes and 2 desserts.

Pros: The food just got better the more we tried.

Cons: alittle dark in side

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This place has a cozy nice abience one of the best in Portland . But the loud crewed and I'd say mentaly unstable j owner screeming at her staff just ruins the whole Dinng experience The food comes out sloppy although the taste is OK I had a bowl of avgolemono soup that had so much lemon in it it puckerd my mouth definitely won't be going back the owner actually made nervous

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★☆☆☆☆

This place has a cozy nice abience one of the best in Portland . But the loud crewed and I'd say mentaly unstable j owner screeming at her staff just ruins the whole Dinng experience The food comes out sloppy although the taste is OK I had a bowl of avgolemono soup that had so much lemon in it it puckerd my mouth definitely won't be going back the owner actually made nervous

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Read the post on shameless restaurants dot com on eleni's where employees discuss some of the food recycling practices at this restaurant. Look in the portland section and read away.

Lots of info to digest before you dip into that tapenade! Sorry eleni.

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★☆☆☆☆

Read the post on shameless restaurants dot com on eleni's where employees discuss some of the food recycling practices at this restaurant. Look in the portland section and read away.

Lots of info to digest before you dip into that tapenade! Sorry eleni.

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We were thrilled and grateful to get into Eleni's without a reservation on a recent Saturday night. The food was truly wonderful - marvelous! However, we were disappointed by the curt and bristly waiter who informed us, with no apologies, that they there were several changes on the menu to note, given that the oven was not working on that particular evening. Oh yes, and they were out of bread as well - so the appetizer would have to be served on ...? He certainly had the "like it or not" attitude about most things, but in spite of him WE DID LIKE IT - very much.

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★★★★☆

We were thrilled and grateful to get into Eleni's without a reservation on a recent Saturday night. The food was truly wonderful - marvelous! However, we were disappointed by the curt and bristly waiter who informed us, with no apologies, that they there were several changes on the menu to note, given that the oven was not working on that particular evening. Oh yes, and they were out of bread as well - so the appetizer would have to be served on ...? He certainly had the "like it or not" attitude about most things, but in spite of him WE DID LIKE IT - very much.

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Being Greek and cooking Greek, my standards are high. Eleni's does the job and then some. You've got some fine traditional fare, like dolmathes and mousaka and spanakopita, but also some nifty Cretan dishes in tapas style. I loved the meatballs and the calamari (refreshingly broiled), and the tzatziki and skordalia were a delite. The Minoan salad is not to be missed, and I like it that they don't drown it in feta. The gigantes (beans) were great, and my companion was wowed by the rabbit. Service was friendly, prompt and unstuffy, and though I see some folks have said it's slow...well, good things do take time. Munch on the cabbage salad with almonds, roast paprika and a little lemon while you sip some Santorini wine and decide on what else to order. It's fine to eat slowly. Oh, and the sauce on the shrimp appetizer is scrumptuous and subtle.

I think what would make Eleni's offerings even better would be some specials where you could choose 3 or 4 items from specified groups of food and get a glass of wine or two for a set price. as at TABLA. Also, since we're talking Oregon, why not feature some locally grown lamb or veggies (the spanakorizo (spinach and rice) is mahvelous)? Deserts could offer more seasonal fruit as an alternative to baklava (a little dry, needs more marinating in honey). But this is a great place to share your eats and sample in an unrushed atmosphere

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★★★★★

Being Greek and cooking Greek, my standards are high. Eleni's does the job and then some. You've got some fine traditional fare, like dolmathes and mousaka and spanakopita, but also some nifty Cretan dishes in tapas style. I loved the meatballs and the calamari (refreshingly broiled), and the tzatziki and skordalia were a delite. The Minoan salad is not to be missed, and I like it that they don't drown it in feta. The gigantes (beans) were great, and my companion was wowed by the rabbit. Service was friendly, prompt and unstuffy, and though I see some folks have said it's slow...well, good things do take time. Munch on the cabbage salad with almonds, roast paprika and a little lemon while you sip some Santorini wine and decide on what else to order. It's fine to eat slowly. Oh, and the sauce on the shrimp appetizer is scrumptuous and subtle.

I think what would make Eleni's offerings even better would be some specials where you could choose 3 or 4 items from specified groups of food and get a glass of wine or two for a set price. as at TABLA. Also, since we're talking Oregon, why not feature some locally grown lamb or veggies (the spanakorizo (spinach and rice) is mahvelous)? Deserts could offer more seasonal fruit as an alternative to baklava (a little dry, needs more marinating in honey). But this is a great place to share your eats and sample in an unrushed atmosphere

Pros: tasty appetizers, calamari, lamb, veggies

Cons: deserts

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If you want some carefully prepared and wonderfully presented distinctive Greek food, you'll love this place. Eat as much or little as you wish in this tapas style establishment, with several fine entrees. The grilled calamari is fabulous as is the spanakorizo (spinach and rice); the Minoan salad is luscious and the tzatziki and skordalia nicely pungent and garlicky; try the Greek meatballs with a nice hint of mint to give them a distinctive flavor; the dolmas are served with tzatziki and are meatless but have a nicely understated sweetness with raisins etc. Those looking for junk food like Gyros should stay away, but if you want a new experience of Greek cuisine, get a party together and spend an evening eating slowly and happily at this relatively small European style restaurant (estiatorio) with some Greek music (on tape) not so loud so you can talk. I'd recommend the rabbit and the lamb wrapped in filo, or any specials that chefs conjure up. Again, I've sampled lots of Greek restaurants, both here in the US (especially in Chicago) and abroad (Greece and Crete) and this place is in my top five. Service is attentive, friendly, and unpretentious --- Kalee Orexee. Ya sas!

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★★★★★

If you want some carefully prepared and wonderfully presented distinctive Greek food, you'll love this place. Eat as much or little as you wish in this tapas style establishment, with several fine entrees. The grilled calamari is fabulous as is the spanakorizo (spinach and rice); the Minoan salad is luscious and the tzatziki and skordalia nicely pungent and garlicky; try the Greek meatballs with a nice hint of mint to give them a distinctive flavor; the dolmas are served with tzatziki and are meatless but have a nicely understated sweetness with raisins etc. Those looking for junk food like Gyros should stay away, but if you want a new experience of Greek cuisine, get a party together and spend an evening eating slowly and happily at this relatively small European style restaurant (estiatorio) with some Greek music (on tape) not so loud so you can talk. I'd recommend the rabbit and the lamb wrapped in filo, or any specials that chefs conjure up. Again, I've sampled lots of Greek restaurants, both here in the US (especially in Chicago) and abroad (Greece and Crete) and this place is in my top five. Service is attentive, friendly, and unpretentious --- Kalee Orexee. Ya sas!

Pros: Fine service, greast tapas choices, fabulous vegetarian options; great garlic sauces

Cons: sometimes the owner is a bit testy towards her help

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recently visited Portland and was looking for a nice restaurant where I could have a pleasant meal with some long time friends. I first entered and a nice girl showed us to a table. The, what I assumed owner, came chasing her down and in a very gruff tone motioned for her to place us at another table. Our friends had a young child with them who was rather fussy. The nice waitress brought us bread for her son to chew on while us adults talked. The owner proceeded to pull her off to the side and scold her for bringing us bread? Apparently we are not allowed to eat bread? Through out the meal the waitress so very pleasant she talked to the baby while we discussed what to eat she mentioned some great choices. The food was ok. A bit watery and pretty average. I enjoyed the flavors and spices but nothing fantastic. Throughout the meal we noticed the owner running around micromanaging the staff and barking at everyones moves. I felt so horrible for her staff it was as if they were all walking on eggshells. We asked the waitress for our check early so it would be taken care of when we were ready, keep in mind we had a child with us. She did as asked and the owner started yelling at her that if the food was on the table the check should not be. The girl tried explaining and she refused to listen. She told the waitress that if we ask say no and that "Eleni said so." Ironically the service was great but the owner was horrible and disrespectful. I felt so horrible for everyone working there. If im ever in portland again I would not go based on principle!

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★☆☆☆☆

recently visited Portland and was looking for a nice restaurant where I could have a pleasant meal with some long time friends. I first entered and a nice girl showed us to a table. The, what I assumed owner, came chasing her down and in a very gruff tone motioned for her to place us at another table. Our friends had a young child with them who was rather fussy. The nice waitress brought us bread for her son to chew on while us adults talked. The owner proceeded to pull her off to the side and scold her for bringing us bread? Apparently we are not allowed to eat bread? Through out the meal the waitress so very pleasant she talked to the baby while we discussed what to eat she mentioned some great choices. The food was ok. A bit watery and pretty average. I enjoyed the flavors and spices but nothing fantastic. Throughout the meal we noticed the owner running around micromanaging the staff and barking at everyones moves. I felt so horrible for her staff it was as if they were all walking on eggshells. We asked the waitress for our check early so it would be taken care of when we were ready, keep in mind we had a child with us. She did as asked and the owner started yelling at her that if the food was on the table the check should not be. The girl tried explaining and she refused to listen. She told the waitress that if we ask say no and that "Eleni said so." Ironically the service was great but the owner was horrible and disrespectful. I felt so horrible for everyone working there. If im ever in portland again I would not go based on principle!

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The worst dining experience of my life was Saturday April 5th in this restaurant. The first words out of the server's mouth were, "we have no soup today" and it went downhill from there. The were out of most of our first choices so we made other selections. When the server returned to tell me that my second choice had sold out during the visits to our table I sighed deeply and took the menu from him. This must have ticked him off because things went downhill from there. My third choice was mussels. They arrived somewhat after the other entrees. With mussels half the fun is soaking up the sauce with bread. One problem---the sauce tasted like water or rather was tasteless. Please understand this is not hyperbole---the broth was that bad! My companion prevailed on the server to taste it and off it went. Offered an opportunity to choose again I passed. The server apologized repeatedly, from the moment he notified us that the soup was unavailable. His "excuse" was that someone had changed the menu without informing the chef? A former restaurant owned among us was doubtful that this was the truth or at least the whole truth but he stuck to his story.

So, in the end, like all good servers and restaurants there was an attempt to rescue the evening. We were provided two desserts to split among the four of us. We didn't choose them, we weren't even asked what we would have liked, they just appeared. But I'm sure the reason for that was that the two were the only things available.

To sum it up...the service was disingenous at best and the food, what was available, was worse.

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★☆☆☆☆

The worst dining experience of my life was Saturday April 5th in this restaurant. The first words out of the server's mouth were, "we have no soup today" and it went downhill from there. The were out of most of our first choices so we made other selections. When the server returned to tell me that my second choice had sold out during the visits to our table I sighed deeply and took the menu from him. This must have ticked him off because things went downhill from there. My third choice was mussels. They arrived somewhat after the other entrees. With mussels half the fun is soaking up the sauce with bread. One problem---the sauce tasted like water or rather was tasteless. Please understand this is not hyperbole---the broth was that bad! My companion prevailed on the server to taste it and off it went. Offered an opportunity to choose again I passed. The server apologized repeatedly, from the moment he notified us that the soup was unavailable. His "excuse" was that someone had changed the menu without informing the chef? A former restaurant owned among us was doubtful that this was the truth or at least the whole truth but he stuck to his story.

So, in the end, like all good servers and restaurants there was an attempt to rescue the evening. We were provided two desserts to split among the four of us. We didn't choose them, we weren't even asked what we would have liked, they just appeared. But I'm sure the reason for that was that the two were the only things available.

To sum it up...the service was disingenous at best and the food, what was available, was worse.

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I love good food. I especially enjoy good food with a spiritual dining experience. Both are lacking here because there is a woman, Eleni, who yells at staff. She put me on edge the whole time I was at this restaurant. She treats her employees in a most disrespectful manner and that put a knot in my stomach. The waitress was beautiful, friendly and professional. When she went to get our food I could see Eleni yelling at her. She actually dragged the waitress to a table where someone was served a beer in the wrong glass (beer glasses were not available) and humiliated the waitress in front of the patrons. I could not believe how unkind that was. I would not eat at this restaurant if it was the last restaurant in Portland. The owner is rude and unprofessional.

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★☆☆☆☆

I love good food. I especially enjoy good food with a spiritual dining experience. Both are lacking here because there is a woman, Eleni, who yells at staff. She put me on edge the whole time I was at this restaurant. She treats her employees in a most disrespectful manner and that put a knot in my stomach. The waitress was beautiful, friendly and professional. When she went to get our food I could see Eleni yelling at her. She actually dragged the waitress to a table where someone was served a beer in the wrong glass (beer glasses were not available) and humiliated the waitress in front of the patrons. I could not believe how unkind that was. I would not eat at this restaurant if it was the last restaurant in Portland. The owner is rude and unprofessional.

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Eleni's really disappoints. Salad and Vegatables were good. Something they choose to call sirloin was a cheap piece of meat that they did not know how to cook. It was tough and stringy and I could not finish it. It was so bad I did not even bring it home for the dog.

The cook must be a fry cook, because he could not be a chef. He should be fired or they should relabel their sirloin meal as a piece of shredded shoe leather.

They have disappointed twice, so we will not go back for a third disappointment.

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★☆☆☆☆

Eleni's really disappoints. Salad and Vegatables were good. Something they choose to call sirloin was a cheap piece of meat that they did not know how to cook. It was tough and stringy and I could not finish it. It was so bad I did not even bring it home for the dog.

The cook must be a fry cook, because he could not be a chef. He should be fired or they should relabel their sirloin meal as a piece of shredded shoe leather.

They have disappointed twice, so we will not go back for a third disappointment.

Pros: Meat was poorly done and not edible

Cons: Meat was poorly done and not edible

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My family and I went here last Saturday night. We were the first diners of the evening. Our waiter told us the nightly specials of which he only had ONE halibut left! It was strange that they were already running out of the special. I ordered their version of dolmas and spanakopita and a field green salad with baked feta. My food was a bit bland and lacking in originality. My salad was mostly bitter greens which were hard to eat and the baked feta was in a rectangular slab on the side. The dressing had a little lemon in it which helped to overcome the blandness. There are not many vegetarian options for entrees unless you like pasta. The rest of my family had lamb, chicken and halibut. The food was fair, but a little lacking in presentation and full flavor.
After the appetizers, we ran out of water. We had chosen to only drink water for the evening. The waiter never once came by to check on us or give us any water. The waiter finally showed up after we ate our entrees to pick up the plates. I wanted my leftovers to-go. My plate was stacked on top of the used dinner plates in the waiter's arms. My dad and mom both told the waiter I did want mine to-go. When the waiter returned with the check, my to-go box wasn't with him. He quickly rushed off. We were tired of waiting so we got up, paid at the concierge and left. We are still waiting for our water.
The poor service is a big turn off and my family and I won't be return customers.

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★★☆☆☆

My family and I went here last Saturday night. We were the first diners of the evening. Our waiter told us the nightly specials of which he only had ONE halibut left! It was strange that they were already running out of the special. I ordered their version of dolmas and spanakopita and a field green salad with baked feta. My food was a bit bland and lacking in originality. My salad was mostly bitter greens which were hard to eat and the baked feta was in a rectangular slab on the side. The dressing had a little lemon in it which helped to overcome the blandness. There are not many vegetarian options for entrees unless you like pasta. The rest of my family had lamb, chicken and halibut. The food was fair, but a little lacking in presentation and full flavor.
After the appetizers, we ran out of water. We had chosen to only drink water for the evening. The waiter never once came by to check on us or give us any water. The waiter finally showed up after we ate our entrees to pick up the plates. I wanted my leftovers to-go. My plate was stacked on top of the used dinner plates in the waiter's arms. My dad and mom both told the waiter I did want mine to-go. When the waiter returned with the check, my to-go box wasn't with him. He quickly rushed off. We were tired of waiting so we got up, paid at the concierge and left. We are still waiting for our water.
The poor service is a big turn off and my family and I won't be return customers.

Pros: Ambience

Cons: Service

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My wife and I love Elani's! It is one of our favorite date night restaurants and we both consider it one of Portland's best. The food is always down to earth yet heavenly. We love their mixed platter appetizer and usually start off there. Then we move on to some of the main dishes and are always impressed with the simplicity yet the richness of the food (try the cognac salmon pasta). The Greek wines are usually good though my wife wasn't too impressed with the pine wine. The service has always been good and parking is always very easy. We have been many times and plan many more...

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★★★★★

My wife and I love Elani's! It is one of our favorite date night restaurants and we both consider it one of Portland's best. The food is always down to earth yet heavenly. We love their mixed platter appetizer and usually start off there. Then we move on to some of the main dishes and are always impressed with the simplicity yet the richness of the food (try the cognac salmon pasta). The Greek wines are usually good though my wife wasn't too impressed with the pine wine. The service has always been good and parking is always very easy. We have been many times and plan many more...

Pros: Food, Service, Parking

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We had reservations with another couple on a VERY busy Friday night and were instantly delighted when our server asked if she could hang our coats for us!! Before we knew it, another server was at our table (we later discovered that he is her brother) and offered us much needed cocktails after a long work week. He made the best Manhattans (with Frangelico in them) we've ever had. Our server, Erin (sp?) made recommendations about the food and wine; and we put all our trust in her. Needless to say, she was dead on! From the succulent grilled calamari to the Greek wines and the grilled lamb, fish, we felt like we had been transported to Crete. Erin recommended a dessert that Eleni prepares herself, the Baklava....so worth it! All in all, from the service to the food to the atmosphere it was excellent. The only question we had was why the owner didn't seem as happy and as proud of the food and service? Aside from the yelling, this was the best restaurant we've been to in Portland.

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★★★☆☆

We had reservations with another couple on a VERY busy Friday night and were instantly delighted when our server asked if she could hang our coats for us!! Before we knew it, another server was at our table (we later discovered that he is her brother) and offered us much needed cocktails after a long work week. He made the best Manhattans (with Frangelico in them) we've ever had. Our server, Erin (sp?) made recommendations about the food and wine; and we put all our trust in her. Needless to say, she was dead on! From the succulent grilled calamari to the Greek wines and the grilled lamb, fish, we felt like we had been transported to Crete. Erin recommended a dessert that Eleni prepares herself, the Baklava....so worth it! All in all, from the service to the food to the atmosphere it was excellent. The only question we had was why the owner didn't seem as happy and as proud of the food and service? Aside from the yelling, this was the best restaurant we've been to in Portland.

Pros: food, service, wine selection, lighting and FOOD

Cons: dry bread

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My husband and I went in on Saturday evening with out a reservation and was quoted about an hour wait. Sure enough the wait was 54 minutes. The food and service was well worth the wait. Our server was attentive, but not in your face. I noticed servers helping each other to make sure EVERYONE was well taken care of. One of the previous reviews complained about having to wait 25 minutes after being late for their reservation on a Friday night, I'd say try that anywhere else in town and wait an hour. I'd also like to point out there are other people in the place enjoying a meal and it's up to them as to when they stop eating, pay their check and leave the table to have it cleared for the next patron to be seated- the servers, hosts, managers, bussers, cooks have very little to do with wait times. If a table wants to sit around relaxing and enjoying converstation after dinner it would be considered rude to walk up to them and say, "You need to leave. A reservation just came in. Thanks for stopping, now get out so they can sit here."

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★★★★★

My husband and I went in on Saturday evening with out a reservation and was quoted about an hour wait. Sure enough the wait was 54 minutes. The food and service was well worth the wait. Our server was attentive, but not in your face. I noticed servers helping each other to make sure EVERYONE was well taken care of. One of the previous reviews complained about having to wait 25 minutes after being late for their reservation on a Friday night, I'd say try that anywhere else in town and wait an hour. I'd also like to point out there are other people in the place enjoying a meal and it's up to them as to when they stop eating, pay their check and leave the table to have it cleared for the next patron to be seated- the servers, hosts, managers, bussers, cooks have very little to do with wait times. If a table wants to sit around relaxing and enjoying converstation after dinner it would be considered rude to walk up to them and say, "You need to leave. A reservation just came in. Thanks for stopping, now get out so they can sit here."

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I went to eat at Eleni's last Wednesday and was fairly pleased untill a man that was identified as the owner arrived. It was only half past nine but Mr. European seemed to be irritated by our pressence. He glared at us as he sipped wine from a cup and made us very uncomfortable. We heard a dog howling in the back and our server told us it was his. Classy. Then he proceeded to argue loudly in Greek on the telephone while sitting at the bar. Maybe he should sit out back with his dog and eat out of a bowl on the ground next time. I doubt we will go back anytime soon.

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★★☆☆☆

I went to eat at Eleni's last Wednesday and was fairly pleased untill a man that was identified as the owner arrived. It was only half past nine but Mr. European seemed to be irritated by our pressence. He glared at us as he sipped wine from a cup and made us very uncomfortable. We heard a dog howling in the back and our server told us it was his. Classy. Then he proceeded to argue loudly in Greek on the telephone while sitting at the bar. Maybe he should sit out back with his dog and eat out of a bowl on the ground next time. I doubt we will go back anytime soon.

Pros: The roof provides shelter from the elements outside

Cons: The owner won't make you feel welcome

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Eleni's is a very romantic Greek hideaway for those who seek romance and a casual European dining experience.

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★★★★☆

Eleni's is a very romantic Greek hideaway for those who seek romance and a casual European dining experience.

Pros: relaxed

Cons: Location

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I have eaten Greek food all over Greece and it is quite often hit or miss. It is clear that Eleni's buys the best ingredients. I often read reviews on this website that read like a third grader wrote them so I want to avoid lavish comments. Great feta, fantastic rack of lamb and great Greek wine that matches the food (for those willing to try something other than a fruit juice from California.) I reccomend diners with experience try it out. The waiter we had was very cordial and funny and really knew his food and wine.

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★★★★★

I have eaten Greek food all over Greece and it is quite often hit or miss. It is clear that Eleni's buys the best ingredients. I often read reviews on this website that read like a third grader wrote them so I want to avoid lavish comments. Great feta, fantastic rack of lamb and great Greek wine that matches the food (for those willing to try something other than a fruit juice from California.) I reccomend diners with experience try it out. The waiter we had was very cordial and funny and really knew his food and wine.

Pros: food wine

Cons: early hours

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A group of 8 of my closest friends made a reservation for 6:30 on a Saturday night. I had looked at the menu beforehand, and was excited by the variety of choices. We arrived a few minutes after 6:30, and had to wait almost 25 minutes before we were seated. This would have been no problem, but that was the reason w had made the reservation!
After we were seated, the service was slow, but friendly. We ordered and waited for our food to arrive.
When it did, I can't say that I was impressed. Small portions and out of balance flavors. The one thing I would reccomend is the poached pares for dessert....very good.

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★★★☆☆

A group of 8 of my closest friends made a reservation for 6:30 on a Saturday night. I had looked at the menu beforehand, and was excited by the variety of choices. We arrived a few minutes after 6:30, and had to wait almost 25 minutes before we were seated. This would have been no problem, but that was the reason w had made the reservation!
After we were seated, the service was slow, but friendly. We ordered and waited for our food to arrive.
When it did, I can't say that I was impressed. Small portions and out of balance flavors. The one thing I would reccomend is the poached pares for dessert....very good.

Pros: good dessert

Cons: slow service

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We ate at Eleni's for the first time this past week. Fantastic!! Our waitress (Carissa?) was one of the best waitresses we've had in a very long time. Very helpful with the wine list and spot on with dish descriptions and recommendations. The calimari was perfect and my wife's rack of lamb was so un-lamby that even I liked it! We'll be back.

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★★★★★

We ate at Eleni's for the first time this past week. Fantastic!! Our waitress (Carissa?) was one of the best waitresses we've had in a very long time. Very helpful with the wine list and spot on with dish descriptions and recommendations. The calimari was perfect and my wife's rack of lamb was so un-lamby that even I liked it! We'll be back.

Pros: Food, Carissa

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Eleni's is one of my favorite restaurants in town. The amibience of the restaurant is fantastic. A gorgeous bar and many intimate tables scattered throughout the vibrant warm space. Oh, the food is outstanding. Eleni's serves traditional Greek cuisine without the loud plate smashing Greek atmosphere. We've tried so many dishes here, I can't even start to tell you which is my favorite. Pretty much anything off the menu is going to thrill your tastebuds. Eleni's desserts are also mouthwateringly delicious many made with phyllo dough and lots of chocolate. For a great Greek meal, stop in today.

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Eleni's is one of my favorite restaurants in town. The amibience of the restaurant is fantastic. A gorgeous bar and many intimate tables scattered throughout the vibrant warm space. Oh, the food is outstanding. Eleni's serves traditional Greek cuisine without the loud plate smashing Greek atmosphere. We've tried so many dishes here, I can't even start to tell you which is my favorite. Pretty much anything off the menu is going to thrill your tastebuds. Eleni's desserts are also mouthwateringly delicious many made with phyllo dough and lots of chocolate. For a great Greek meal, stop in today.

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Our waiter was the best we've had in a long time and the food was superb. I plan on becoming a regular. Great neighborhood place and real Greek food

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★★★★★

Our waiter was the best we've had in a long time and the food was superb. I plan on becoming a regular. Great neighborhood place and real Greek food

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Love it, even it is only 1/2 full on a Tuesday night it seems to be hopping.
Food is excellent, we love any shrimp dishes, although the tszaki (sp?) is awesome.
They offer a good wine by the glass selection, and are very helpful.
We go often and highly recommend it.

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★★★★★

Love it, even it is only 1/2 full on a Tuesday night it seems to be hopping.
Food is excellent, we love any shrimp dishes, although the tszaki (sp?) is awesome.
They offer a good wine by the glass selection, and are very helpful.
We go often and highly recommend it.

Pros: small plates, entrees

Cons: parking

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As soon as we arrived for News Years Dinner we were shoved into a corner and asked our drink choice.... We were brought our cocktail and bottle of wine at the same time. Evidently the salad wasn't prepared so we were asked to have our main course first and the salad last????? We walked away with a $200.00 dinner and were rushed through it... Food was ok at best. No we will not return.

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★★☆☆☆

As soon as we arrived for News Years Dinner we were shoved into a corner and asked our drink choice.... We were brought our cocktail and bottle of wine at the same time. Evidently the salad wasn't prepared so we were asked to have our main course first and the salad last????? We walked away with a $200.00 dinner and were rushed through it... Food was ok at best. No we will not return.

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I have been to Eleni's about a dozen times over several years. What's happening? This is the restaurant I was always proud to show off to out-of-town guests, especially those who knew what Greek food was supposed to taste like. Wow, were they impressed! But not anymore. It used to be that the grilled calamari was second to none. Now, it's just O.K. Dishes were lukewarm. The rack of lamb was still good, but the old reliable standby, a stuffed eggplant, was a shadow of its former self. It wasn't a stuffed eggplant anymore. They actually used a Japanese eggplant and just poured the stuff over it, because, let's be real, you can't stuff a Japanese eggplant. Sacrilege, anyway. Japanese eggplant. I dream of the perfect calamari I hope the old cook comes back. Nothing was made with the same care anymore. Even the bread tasted tough and stale. Sigh

1
★★★☆☆

I have been to Eleni's about a dozen times over several years. What's happening? This is the restaurant I was always proud to show off to out-of-town guests, especially those who knew what Greek food was supposed to taste like. Wow, were they impressed! But not anymore. It used to be that the grilled calamari was second to none. Now, it's just O.K. Dishes were lukewarm. The rack of lamb was still good, but the old reliable standby, a stuffed eggplant, was a shadow of its former self. It wasn't a stuffed eggplant anymore. They actually used a Japanese eggplant and just poured the stuff over it, because, let's be real, you can't stuff a Japanese eggplant. Sacrilege, anyway. Japanese eggplant. I dream of the perfect calamari I hope the old cook comes back. Nothing was made with the same care anymore. Even the bread tasted tough and stale. Sigh

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Kept waiting for quite a while.... Had to remind the waiter to bring us things we had ordered. The meat was very disappointing- and the tomato sauce sour.

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★☆☆☆☆

Kept waiting for quite a while.... Had to remind the waiter to bring us things we had ordered. The meat was very disappointing- and the tomato sauce sour.

Pros: short wait

Cons: service, food

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We've dined at Eleni's several times, but the last 3 visits were disappointing due in part by overcrowded dining areas and a backed up kitchen. On our last visit 10/14, we ordered coctails at the bar & were seated at our reserved time @ 8PM. Our waitress acknowleded our party of 4 & appetisers & wine were ordered & arrived within a reasonable amount of time. But, it was downhill from there. Waters & wine ran dry, service staff was not attentive, and our main courses didn't arrive until almost 10 PM. My rack of lamb was supurb, but some of the other dishes were marginal. The waitress had an attitude & implied that Eleni's wasn't a fast food restaurant and dishes were made by order. We were with good friends and enjoyed our time together, but it was an hour between courses which is unacceptable.

1
★★★☆☆

We've dined at Eleni's several times, but the last 3 visits were disappointing due in part by overcrowded dining areas and a backed up kitchen. On our last visit 10/14, we ordered coctails at the bar & were seated at our reserved time @ 8PM. Our waitress acknowleded our party of 4 & appetisers & wine were ordered & arrived within a reasonable amount of time. But, it was downhill from there. Waters & wine ran dry, service staff was not attentive, and our main courses didn't arrive until almost 10 PM. My rack of lamb was supurb, but some of the other dishes were marginal. The waitress had an attitude & implied that Eleni's wasn't a fast food restaurant and dishes were made by order. We were with good friends and enjoyed our time together, but it was an hour between courses which is unacceptable.

Pros: Authentic Greek fare, Interesting Menu

Cons: Kitchen is slow, Service Inconsistant

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my husband and I had our first dinner at Eleni's on Halloween. We were extremely impressed with the flavors and portions. We have spent a month in Greece and the flavors at Eleni's brought us back there. A great experience.

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★★★★★

my husband and I had our first dinner at Eleni's on Halloween. We were extremely impressed with the flavors and portions. We have spent a month in Greece and the flavors at Eleni's brought us back there. A great experience.

Pros: Inexpensive, Cordial Staff

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I got the lamb special, avoiding the main course, which always runs the risk of being dry if not done right. The special was in filo dough and supposed to fall of the bone. Not! It was dry and tough. Desert was also a major disappointment. The Baklavah was hard as a rock and also dry. I won't be back. The mousaka my wife got was also mediocre.

1
★★☆☆☆

I got the lamb special, avoiding the main course, which always runs the risk of being dry if not done right. The special was in filo dough and supposed to fall of the bone. Not! It was dry and tough. Desert was also a major disappointment. The Baklavah was hard as a rock and also dry. I won't be back. The mousaka my wife got was also mediocre.

Pros: friendly staff

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Elenis comes highly recommended not only for its excellent Greek food but also for setting a backdrop that is perfect for a nice evening out. Plan a night around going to this restaurant, tucked away in a quaint Sellwood neighborhood, and prepare for an evening full of great food and conversation. Because it has a full bar, start your experience off by ordering an aperitif followed by one of Elenis many tasty appetizers. Next, get ready to please your taste buds by indulging in an authentic Mediterranean entree enhanced by a glass of Greek wine. Conclude your night by ordering a cup of coffee and a light dessert. The food is wonderful, the people are friendly, and the ambience is perfect with its dim lights and quiet musica perfect setting for enjoying any type of company, especially if it is romantic in nature!

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★★★★★

Elenis comes highly recommended not only for its excellent Greek food but also for setting a backdrop that is perfect for a nice evening out. Plan a night around going to this restaurant, tucked away in a quaint Sellwood neighborhood, and prepare for an evening full of great food and conversation. Because it has a full bar, start your experience off by ordering an aperitif followed by one of Elenis many tasty appetizers. Next, get ready to please your taste buds by indulging in an authentic Mediterranean entree enhanced by a glass of Greek wine. Conclude your night by ordering a cup of coffee and a light dessert. The food is wonderful, the people are friendly, and the ambience is perfect with its dim lights and quiet musica perfect setting for enjoying any type of company, especially if it is romantic in nature!

Pros: Food, Ambience, Service

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Good food, good service. The best part is Turkish coffee prepared by the server with traditional method. The best I've ever had. I recommend this restaurant for local people as well as visitors.

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★★★★☆

Good food, good service. The best part is Turkish coffee prepared by the server with traditional method. The best I've ever had. I recommend this restaurant for local people as well as visitors.

Pros: Relaxed dinner, Friendly crew, Fair pricing

Cons: Wine selection

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We've been eating at Eleni's for only a few months now, but it's already one of our favorite restaurants! Their food is excellent and reasonably-priced, and the atmosphere is outstanding.
Try their lamb shank. It's fabulous--I've never tasted anything like it!

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★★★★★

We've been eating at Eleni's for only a few months now, but it's already one of our favorite restaurants! Their food is excellent and reasonably-priced, and the atmosphere is outstanding.
Try their lamb shank. It's fabulous--I've never tasted anything like it!

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This restaurant is so excellent! The food is yummy and reasonably priced. The wait staff is courteous and knowledgeable. It doesn't hurt to make a reservation on weekend nights.

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★★★★★

This restaurant is so excellent! The food is yummy and reasonably priced. The wait staff is courteous and knowledgeable. It doesn't hurt to make a reservation on weekend nights.

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My first trip to Eleni's was great! The atmosphere was warm and romantic and the food was great! The one downfall was that they ignored us for the first 20 minutes that we were there. Everyone around us, who came in AFTER us, had their drinks and bread (which was to die for!) before we were even acknowledged. I was angry and ready to leave but the server apologized. Some oversight on their part I guess. Am I ever glad I stayed! This is one of my favorites!

2
★★★★★

My first trip to Eleni's was great! The atmosphere was warm and romantic and the food was great! The one downfall was that they ignored us for the first 20 minutes that we were there. Everyone around us, who came in AFTER us, had their drinks and bread (which was to die for!) before we were even acknowledged. I was angry and ready to leave but the server apologized. Some oversight on their part I guess. Am I ever glad I stayed! This is one of my favorites!

Pros: Nice wine list, Lots of entrees

Cons: Poor parking

 

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