Elenis Philoxenia

★★★★☆
  • 112 NW Ninth Ave

    Portland, OR 97209

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  • 503-227-2158

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Tue-Sun: 5pm-10pm
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We had a nice dinner last night but had a problem with the parking lot across the street. We were told parking was free because of Veteran's Day, but got a parking ticket anyway. The owner of Eleni's said she would pay it. I think that was

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★★★★★

We had a nice dinner last night but had a problem with the parking lot across the street. We were told parking was free because of Veteran's Day, but got a parking ticket anyway. The owner of Eleni's said she would pay it. I think that was

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Good Food

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★☆☆☆☆

Good Food

Pros: Good Food

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I love Elenis. The food is fresh and authentic. I am a loyal customer and found through my observation that due to these tough economic times that the restaurant seems to be possibly experiencing some difficulties in finding a loyal staff that wants more than these times can provide. I just know this place has soo much potential and a good intention. Their are so many good restaurants in Pdx and this is one of them but also alot of competition. Try it out with an open heart and you will not be dissapointed.

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★★★★★

I love Elenis. The food is fresh and authentic. I am a loyal customer and found through my observation that due to these tough economic times that the restaurant seems to be possibly experiencing some difficulties in finding a loyal staff that wants more than these times can provide. I just know this place has soo much potential and a good intention. Their are so many good restaurants in Pdx and this is one of them but also alot of competition. Try it out with an open heart and you will not be dissapointed.

Pros: Great food and intention

Cons: Tough times

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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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My fiance and I have been twice. Absolutely loved it both times. The first time I ordered a pork dish, which unfortunately, was over salted, BUT WAIT!! The "horrible" staff apologized and even gave us a complimentary mousse dessert and I did not get charged for one of the glasses of wine. I can't complain a bit. I think they have somewhere around 30 appetizers or so and I find it very fun to try different ones when we go. The last time we went I ordered the Saganaki appetizer (Kefalograviera cheese dredged in flour pan-fried in olive oil and served in flaming Cognac; extinguished with fresh lemon). That a was a fun dish. Any way. Great experience. very memorable and great low lit environment to bring a pretty girl on a date.

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★★★★★

My fiance and I have been twice. Absolutely loved it both times. The first time I ordered a pork dish, which unfortunately, was over salted, BUT WAIT!! The "horrible" staff apologized and even gave us a complimentary mousse dessert and I did not get charged for one of the glasses of wine. I can't complain a bit. I think they have somewhere around 30 appetizers or so and I find it very fun to try different ones when we go. The last time we went I ordered the Saganaki appetizer (Kefalograviera cheese dredged in flour pan-fried in olive oil and served in flaming Cognac; extinguished with fresh lemon). That a was a fun dish. Any way. Great experience. very memorable and great low lit environment to bring a pretty girl on a date.

Pros: Food, wine, atmosphere, staff, appetizers, lamb and veggie pasta

Cons: hard chairs

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First off I must say I was very impressed with the customer service. I had a friend coming from out of town and needed a reservation fast. It was 5:30 on a Friday night and the hostess was able to squeeze us in for 7:30-so cool! We got there and made an entire meal out of 4 appetizers, a couple of cosmos and the dessert! All of it was wonderful, my personal favorite was the Feta Filo (Greek cheeses wrapped in filo dough, drizzled with honey). Also, the mousse is highly recommended. I'll definitley be back again.

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★★★★★

First off I must say I was very impressed with the customer service. I had a friend coming from out of town and needed a reservation fast. It was 5:30 on a Friday night and the hostess was able to squeeze us in for 7:30-so cool! We got there and made an entire meal out of 4 appetizers, a couple of cosmos and the dessert! All of it was wonderful, my personal favorite was the Feta Filo (Greek cheeses wrapped in filo dough, drizzled with honey). Also, the mousse is highly recommended. I'll definitley be back again.

Pros: Food, service, decor

Cons: pricey, but worth it!

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Played a gig here once. The staff were just like any Greek restaurant--sweet, confident, and warm. Gig was for a private event, so there were some "specialties". I'd just stick with the Greek food we all know and enjoy. Wouldn't go for the shrimp martinis or the quasi-escargot smothered kalamarakia. Not even sure if this stuff is on the menu, they might have just had it for the night. Anyway, editor's review is spot on about the wine. I tried about 5 or 6 different classic Greek wines, including retsina. Not sure which one they have there but it's the best one I've had in the US. I don't know how expensive this place is as everything was on the house for me, but I suspect I'd pay just about any reasonable dining price to hang here once every few months.

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★★★★★

Played a gig here once. The staff were just like any Greek restaurant--sweet, confident, and warm. Gig was for a private event, so there were some "specialties". I'd just stick with the Greek food we all know and enjoy. Wouldn't go for the shrimp martinis or the quasi-escargot smothered kalamarakia. Not even sure if this stuff is on the menu, they might have just had it for the night. Anyway, editor's review is spot on about the wine. I tried about 5 or 6 different classic Greek wines, including retsina. Not sure which one they have there but it's the best one I've had in the US. I don't know how expensive this place is as everything was on the house for me, but I suspect I'd pay just about any reasonable dining price to hang here once every few months.

Pros: Really great alcohol

Cons: Only French are supposed to have gourmet. Stick with the Greek food that has soul

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My daughter chose this place for her birthday because she wanted Greek food and this got a nice write up in the paper. Overall it was a very pleasant experience. They have a wonderful menu with many options and they all have good descriptions of how they are prepared and the ingredients so you don't have to know all about the food to make a good choice. We had 5 appetizers, all with different flavors and they come with a never ending supply of bread of good texture and taste. Our water glasses never got below half full and the waitress was pleasant and attentive, she explained the evening specials enthusiastically and in a manner that sounded like she knew what she was describing and could recommend them. I had a Salmon dish from the main menu that was described as line caught and it was fresh and tasty and the pasta and sauce accompanying it were delicious and perfectly prepared. My wife and daughter in-law had a beef dish that they both enjoyed and my son really liked his chicken dish. Sorry I don?t remember the names of the dishes but we had many different things from the menu and they were all good so I am sure you would enjoy whatever you try. For the quality and quantity of food the prices were more than reasonable besides the appetizers we had 6 glasses of wine and 6 entrees and the bill was well under $200. The owner/chef was there and she came out to see how we were doing and thanked us for coming in which was a nice touch. Overall the place has a nice look and feel but I suppose if I had to register any complaint it would be that the chairs were hard and uncomfortable and the table was too small for the six of us and all of those big plates of food. We will definitely go back.

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★★★★☆

My daughter chose this place for her birthday because she wanted Greek food and this got a nice write up in the paper. Overall it was a very pleasant experience. They have a wonderful menu with many options and they all have good descriptions of how they are prepared and the ingredients so you don't have to know all about the food to make a good choice. We had 5 appetizers, all with different flavors and they come with a never ending supply of bread of good texture and taste. Our water glasses never got below half full and the waitress was pleasant and attentive, she explained the evening specials enthusiastically and in a manner that sounded like she knew what she was describing and could recommend them. I had a Salmon dish from the main menu that was described as line caught and it was fresh and tasty and the pasta and sauce accompanying it were delicious and perfectly prepared. My wife and daughter in-law had a beef dish that they both enjoyed and my son really liked his chicken dish. Sorry I don?t remember the names of the dishes but we had many different things from the menu and they were all good so I am sure you would enjoy whatever you try. For the quality and quantity of food the prices were more than reasonable besides the appetizers we had 6 glasses of wine and 6 entrees and the bill was well under $200. The owner/chef was there and she came out to see how we were doing and thanked us for coming in which was a nice touch. Overall the place has a nice look and feel but I suppose if I had to register any complaint it would be that the chairs were hard and uncomfortable and the table was too small for the six of us and all of those big plates of food. We will definitely go back.

Pros: Big menu with lots of tasty options, you could make a meal of the appetizers but don't

Cons: Hard chairs, parking

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I think the food is fantastic. I think the decor is fantastic. And I love the location. What I don't love is the service, which has often been borderline snotty or just plain slow, as so many other reviewers have stated. The bad service doesn't going to stop me from going--I REALLY love the food--but I sure wish Eleni's would get a better staff.

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★★★★☆

I think the food is fantastic. I think the decor is fantastic. And I love the location. What I don't love is the service, which has often been borderline snotty or just plain slow, as so many other reviewers have stated. The bad service doesn't going to stop me from going--I REALLY love the food--but I sure wish Eleni's would get a better staff.

Pros: great ambiance, interesting flavors

Cons: bad staff

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Okay, this is not Greece, at all. Is this chef delusional? The wines by the glass were lackluster, the appetizer of beets flavorless, the lamb dry and misrepresented (clueless?) and the kitchen noisy and rude. The past served with the entree is again, clueless, almost Italian, hu? No wonder the place was almost empty on a Thursday night.

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★★☆☆☆

Okay, this is not Greece, at all. Is this chef delusional? The wines by the glass were lackluster, the appetizer of beets flavorless, the lamb dry and misrepresented (clueless?) and the kitchen noisy and rude. The past served with the entree is again, clueless, almost Italian, hu? No wonder the place was almost empty on a Thursday night.

Pros: Great Location

Cons: Clueless menu and chef

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My girlfriend and I went to Eleni's last week. They were not open yet for dinner, so we visited the boutique next door. The gal who owned the store said nothing but great things about the restaurant. Well, she was right! From the moment we sat down, we had great service. The food was some of the best in Portland, and we dine out alot. I know good food when I taste it. This was of the best quality and freshest produce. The grilled fish was excellent, the lima bean dish very unusual in a good way. We could'nt have been happier. Five plates and sparkling water for under $50.00, what a bargain. So I don't know what people are talking about when they say the service is bad, we were very pleased. Can't wait to go back. P.S. The boutique next door is wonderful and the owner is very personable.

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★★★★★

My girlfriend and I went to Eleni's last week. They were not open yet for dinner, so we visited the boutique next door. The gal who owned the store said nothing but great things about the restaurant. Well, she was right! From the moment we sat down, we had great service. The food was some of the best in Portland, and we dine out alot. I know good food when I taste it. This was of the best quality and freshest produce. The grilled fish was excellent, the lima bean dish very unusual in a good way. We could'nt have been happier. Five plates and sparkling water for under $50.00, what a bargain. So I don't know what people are talking about when they say the service is bad, we were very pleased. Can't wait to go back. P.S. The boutique next door is wonderful and the owner is very personable.

Pros: everything

Cons: we live in the burbs

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My husband and I took 7 members of our family to dinner to celebrate a birthday. Half of the dinners we ordered were salads and appetizers as entrees. Everyone was in such a good mood that no one noticed that 1/2 an hour went by and most of us had run out of water long before that. We had also run out of the small basket of bread and olive paste (the paste was delicious, but the bread was plain). After having to ASK the waitress to bring us water we noticed the bread and had to ask for more as well. 45 minutes later the waitress came and told us that the food would soon be "plated" and we were surprised since there were perhaps 2 or threee tables that were occupied with small groups in the whole place (which is small since it was empty~but could be too small if it were full). After AN HOUR one of the party members had to GO ASK the waitress, which was no where to be seen for the most part, still we were running out of water and bread. The waitress started showing our family member the order, no apologies, and said that the appetizers usually take longer to make..UM...really?!?! The APPETIZERS take LONGER to make?!?! We were likewise puzzled. Another waitress, or manager, came over to tell us that she didn't know WE WERE IN A RUSH~ at the end, after seeing she messed up in saying that, she apologized for the wait, but not without adding the whole "appetizers take longer" routine. So we waited a few more minutes, at this time everyone was irritated...and finally randomly our plates came out. In the next 5 minutes everyone had their entree, EXCEPT the birthday girl. Which should've been a consideration, since we told them it was her birthday at the beginning! The food was well done and the flavors were savory. I didn't think the food was worth all the irritation and WASTE OF TIME. Dining is about an experience to us, and although I enjoyed my choices, they are easily found in other Greek Restaurants. It was definitely not worth the $33 gratuity that was added.

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★☆☆☆☆

My husband and I took 7 members of our family to dinner to celebrate a birthday. Half of the dinners we ordered were salads and appetizers as entrees. Everyone was in such a good mood that no one noticed that 1/2 an hour went by and most of us had run out of water long before that. We had also run out of the small basket of bread and olive paste (the paste was delicious, but the bread was plain). After having to ASK the waitress to bring us water we noticed the bread and had to ask for more as well. 45 minutes later the waitress came and told us that the food would soon be "plated" and we were surprised since there were perhaps 2 or threee tables that were occupied with small groups in the whole place (which is small since it was empty~but could be too small if it were full). After AN HOUR one of the party members had to GO ASK the waitress, which was no where to be seen for the most part, still we were running out of water and bread. The waitress started showing our family member the order, no apologies, and said that the appetizers usually take longer to make..UM...really?!?! The APPETIZERS take LONGER to make?!?! We were likewise puzzled. Another waitress, or manager, came over to tell us that she didn't know WE WERE IN A RUSH~ at the end, after seeing she messed up in saying that, she apologized for the wait, but not without adding the whole "appetizers take longer" routine. So we waited a few more minutes, at this time everyone was irritated...and finally randomly our plates came out. In the next 5 minutes everyone had their entree, EXCEPT the birthday girl. Which should've been a consideration, since we told them it was her birthday at the beginning! The food was well done and the flavors were savory. I didn't think the food was worth all the irritation and WASTE OF TIME. Dining is about an experience to us, and although I enjoyed my choices, they are easily found in other Greek Restaurants. It was definitely not worth the $33 gratuity that was added.

Pros: Beautiful place~High Ceilings, Romantic lighting

Cons: Terrible unattentive waitresses, tiny place, hard chairs

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Although the food was good (we ordered a bunch of appetizers & shared with the table), the service was terrible. We sat for more than 10 minutes while waitstaff walked by & looked at us, but no one stopped to get our order. The service thereafter continued to be poor, in addition to a general atmosphere of unfriendliness by the staff. In addiiton, it was too loud to carry a conversation with our group (only 4 people) and the tables are jam-packed - people had trouble getting by our table & the one packed next to us - we were continually interrupted by passer-bys. Disappointing - will not go again.

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★★☆☆☆

Although the food was good (we ordered a bunch of appetizers & shared with the table), the service was terrible. We sat for more than 10 minutes while waitstaff walked by & looked at us, but no one stopped to get our order. The service thereafter continued to be poor, in addition to a general atmosphere of unfriendliness by the staff. In addiiton, it was too loud to carry a conversation with our group (only 4 people) and the tables are jam-packed - people had trouble getting by our table & the one packed next to us - we were continually interrupted by passer-bys. Disappointing - will not go again.

Pros: good food

Cons: poor service; loud - difficult to have a conversation with only 4 people at table; crowded

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Before I went to Eleni's, I read every single review on the restaurant, noting the positives and negatives. I went here on Valentine's Day, February, 2007. And I can honestly say there was nothing bad to say about the place.

I arrived expecting a packed place, slow service, a long waiting list, and a long waiting time for dinner. I got my reservations for a specific time (6:30-8:00); the end time was new to me. Expecting a long wait for dinner, I also expected not getting my full dinner. No such thing happened.

First off, the ambiance is incredible. Dual side mirrors give the impression of a giant restaurant, though the tunnel-car look reflects reality. The candles on the table coupled with the light from the back kitchen complemented the beautiful, but subtle, central chandelier. Expensive wines await drinking at your leisure at each and every table. The menus are arts, authentic, cardboard faux-stone tablet: very artsy.

The service was prompt, friendly, and incredibly responsive. As soon as I found myself running out of water or beverage, the server was immediately there to refill. When I needed a few more minutes to order, they literally came back in a few minutes. We had the hummus type appetizer as well as the honey drizzled mozzarella cheese roll ups. They were both incredible.

Main dishes: my risotto with chicken was perfect as was my date's main dish (whose name escapes me now).

Weird point: all the servers dressed very well and matched, though the hostess looked like a fashion victim fresh out of the Red Light. Poor form.

Otherwise, this place is immaculate.

Oh! Prices! The meals are in the 12-22 range. The food, ambiance, wait-staff all belong at a place with 2 or 3 times that price. This place is a true gem. Don't miss it before the prices go up!

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★★★★★

Before I went to Eleni's, I read every single review on the restaurant, noting the positives and negatives. I went here on Valentine's Day, February, 2007. And I can honestly say there was nothing bad to say about the place.

I arrived expecting a packed place, slow service, a long waiting list, and a long waiting time for dinner. I got my reservations for a specific time (6:30-8:00); the end time was new to me. Expecting a long wait for dinner, I also expected not getting my full dinner. No such thing happened.

First off, the ambiance is incredible. Dual side mirrors give the impression of a giant restaurant, though the tunnel-car look reflects reality. The candles on the table coupled with the light from the back kitchen complemented the beautiful, but subtle, central chandelier. Expensive wines await drinking at your leisure at each and every table. The menus are arts, authentic, cardboard faux-stone tablet: very artsy.

The service was prompt, friendly, and incredibly responsive. As soon as I found myself running out of water or beverage, the server was immediately there to refill. When I needed a few more minutes to order, they literally came back in a few minutes. We had the hummus type appetizer as well as the honey drizzled mozzarella cheese roll ups. They were both incredible.

Main dishes: my risotto with chicken was perfect as was my date's main dish (whose name escapes me now).

Weird point: all the servers dressed very well and matched, though the hostess looked like a fashion victim fresh out of the Red Light. Poor form.

Otherwise, this place is immaculate.

Oh! Prices! The meals are in the 12-22 range. The food, ambiance, wait-staff all belong at a place with 2 or 3 times that price. This place is a true gem. Don't miss it before the prices go up!

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We made a reservation for 6:30 on a Thursday evening for 3. When we arrived
we were the third table of people. When we left there were only four tables of
customers. Nonetheless, it took over 20 minutes for our 3 drinks to arrive-and
then with a lemon rather than the lime requested. My vodka martini was watery.
We had ordered the appetizer plate which arrived way before our drinks. We
had asked for the meatballs to be replaced with a vegetarian choice.
It arrived with the meatballs. The rest of the meal was uneventful. The food
was good, not great. We will not return.

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★★☆☆☆

We made a reservation for 6:30 on a Thursday evening for 3. When we arrived
we were the third table of people. When we left there were only four tables of
customers. Nonetheless, it took over 20 minutes for our 3 drinks to arrive-and
then with a lemon rather than the lime requested. My vodka martini was watery.
We had ordered the appetizer plate which arrived way before our drinks. We
had asked for the meatballs to be replaced with a vegetarian choice.
It arrived with the meatballs. The rest of the meal was uneventful. The food
was good, not great. We will not return.

Cons: slow cannot, get orders right

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I was w/ a group of 4, we called and made reservations the day before for 7:00. We arrived at 6:50 on Sat night left at 10:30. Not because we were having a great time enjoying food and wine, but because it took until 9:45 to get bowls of pasta to us. We ordered 2 bottles of wine, and appetizers...waited, and waited. No one came to check on us, and after 2 hours, the waiter brought us a small bowl of olives, free, for waiting so long...geez thanks, it's the cheapest thing on the menu. Our pasta came at all different times over the course of 15 minutes, and it was cold. Then as we were leaving, we saw our waiter outside the door smoking. Maybe that is why it took so long for the food to arrive. (Not to mention, gross! he could atleast have hid behind the building)

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★☆☆☆☆

I was w/ a group of 4, we called and made reservations the day before for 7:00. We arrived at 6:50 on Sat night left at 10:30. Not because we were having a great time enjoying food and wine, but because it took until 9:45 to get bowls of pasta to us. We ordered 2 bottles of wine, and appetizers...waited, and waited. No one came to check on us, and after 2 hours, the waiter brought us a small bowl of olives, free, for waiting so long...geez thanks, it's the cheapest thing on the menu. Our pasta came at all different times over the course of 15 minutes, and it was cold. Then as we were leaving, we saw our waiter outside the door smoking. Maybe that is why it took so long for the food to arrive. (Not to mention, gross! he could atleast have hid behind the building)

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In brief, I felt that Eleni's was overpriced. The fish in the evening's special was dry, and the phyllo-wrapped cheese was good but at $9 for a small plate seemed spendy. We had wines by the glass and relied on the advice of the bar server -- his description of the wines was pretty far off once we tasted them. Also we were given a wine list that was out of date. Our waitress was pleasant, enthusiastic and accommodating which added to the experience. With a dinner, 3 small plates and 3 glasses of wine, we emerged with a tab of $74 plus tip -- for that money I simply expected more.

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★★★☆☆

In brief, I felt that Eleni's was overpriced. The fish in the evening's special was dry, and the phyllo-wrapped cheese was good but at $9 for a small plate seemed spendy. We had wines by the glass and relied on the advice of the bar server -- his description of the wines was pretty far off once we tasted them. Also we were given a wine list that was out of date. Our waitress was pleasant, enthusiastic and accommodating which added to the experience. With a dinner, 3 small plates and 3 glasses of wine, we emerged with a tab of $74 plus tip -- for that money I simply expected more.

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I and a close friend have combed the west coast for great Greek restaurants, including multiple visits to both Kokkari (San Francisco) and Evvia (Palo Alto). NOTHING compares to the amazing Crete food of Eleni's Philoxenia and its companion spot, Eleni's Estiatorio. This chic, high-style restaurant with reasonable prices redefines many basic dishes, starting with their to-die-for tzadziki. Start with the appetizer sampler (amazing variety & amount for the price) and then add other appetizers or entrees to your liking. For the best dining experience, make reservations, bring fabulous friends, order a couple of bottles of Megas Oenos and a ton of appetizers for sharing, and enjoy!

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★★★★★

I and a close friend have combed the west coast for great Greek restaurants, including multiple visits to both Kokkari (San Francisco) and Evvia (Palo Alto). NOTHING compares to the amazing Crete food of Eleni's Philoxenia and its companion spot, Eleni's Estiatorio. This chic, high-style restaurant with reasonable prices redefines many basic dishes, starting with their to-die-for tzadziki. Start with the appetizer sampler (amazing variety & amount for the price) and then add other appetizers or entrees to your liking. For the best dining experience, make reservations, bring fabulous friends, order a couple of bottles of Megas Oenos and a ton of appetizers for sharing, and enjoy!

Pros: Oh, the food..., Wine selection, Great atmosphere

Cons: Airfare to Portland

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Just like it's sister restaurant in Sellwood, Philoxenia offers great wine and food. We love this spot as well and like the little bar they have set up. I also send all my single buddies here as they do have their fair share of good looking ladies working there.
I'm a big fan of ordering a couple appetizers and a main meal rather than the tapas route. I find the meatballs and the shrimp are always a wize choice and always enjoy talking to the staff about what wines to pair with the food. One of the few places in town I feel they are good at pairing rather than pushing something they have too much stock on.
Great date spot.

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★★★★★

Just like it's sister restaurant in Sellwood, Philoxenia offers great wine and food. We love this spot as well and like the little bar they have set up. I also send all my single buddies here as they do have their fair share of good looking ladies working there.
I'm a big fan of ordering a couple appetizers and a main meal rather than the tapas route. I find the meatballs and the shrimp are always a wize choice and always enjoy talking to the staff about what wines to pair with the food. One of the few places in town I feel they are good at pairing rather than pushing something they have too much stock on.
Great date spot.

Pros: food, wine

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This was a great find hidden a couple blocks away from the bustle of the Pearl. We made a great meal of 5 wonderful appetizers, which was a great suggestion; thanks citysearch. We went on a Wednesday evening and there was no wait. It was a quiet, relaxed atmosphere and our server was very knowlegable about all of the menu selections and specials. The house red wine is great too! :-)

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★★★★★

This was a great find hidden a couple blocks away from the bustle of the Pearl. We made a great meal of 5 wonderful appetizers, which was a great suggestion; thanks citysearch. We went on a Wednesday evening and there was no wait. It was a quiet, relaxed atmosphere and our server was very knowlegable about all of the menu selections and specials. The house red wine is great too! :-)

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Portland can finally lay claim to a few decent restaurants, and I strongly recommend Eleni's in the Pearl! A world away from the typical Portland experience with dramatic interior, effervescent wait staff and absolutely marvelous food! The atmosphere is more typical of romantic, upscale European establishments - not noisy greek tavernas. From the haunting and wonderful perfume of our exotic waitress to the stage-like setting of the chefs preparing your meal - everything is enchanting. The same two fabulous chefs always prepare your meal, so you can depend on a consistantly wonderful culinary experience. Don't skip the salads, appetizers or the wine - all are as excellent as the entree. I love this place!

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★★★★★

Portland can finally lay claim to a few decent restaurants, and I strongly recommend Eleni's in the Pearl! A world away from the typical Portland experience with dramatic interior, effervescent wait staff and absolutely marvelous food! The atmosphere is more typical of romantic, upscale European establishments - not noisy greek tavernas. From the haunting and wonderful perfume of our exotic waitress to the stage-like setting of the chefs preparing your meal - everything is enchanting. The same two fabulous chefs always prepare your meal, so you can depend on a consistantly wonderful culinary experience. Don't skip the salads, appetizers or the wine - all are as excellent as the entree. I love this place!

Pros: atmosphere, affordable wine, the Chefs!

Cons: not open for lunch

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First off you are in the Pearl and you're going to pay corkage. Second the food is not from Greece it is from the island of Crete. it is similar to Greek food, but it is not the same. The food is most defiantly not heated in the microwave. Ya I work there so i may be a bit bias, but our cooks are very good cooks. It can get loud and that's when we know people are enjoying themselves. In Crete friends get together share four or five appetizers, drink wine, and stay there for a few hours. Try some conversation while you wait for your food!

Eleni's is an inexpensive restaurant in the pearl.

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★★★★☆

First off you are in the Pearl and you're going to pay corkage. Second the food is not from Greece it is from the island of Crete. it is similar to Greek food, but it is not the same. The food is most defiantly not heated in the microwave. Ya I work there so i may be a bit bias, but our cooks are very good cooks. It can get loud and that's when we know people are enjoying themselves. In Crete friends get together share four or five appetizers, drink wine, and stay there for a few hours. Try some conversation while you wait for your food!

Eleni's is an inexpensive restaurant in the pearl.

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I read all the good reviews this place had and I thought it was going to be good... but no. Service was not good, the place is very loud, the food was salty, it is not real greek food, the food was heated in an microwave, they had in the menu things that they do not cook. What we ate we could have found it elsewhere. This poor food is to expensive.

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★☆☆☆☆

I read all the good reviews this place had and I thought it was going to be good... but no. Service was not good, the place is very loud, the food was salty, it is not real greek food, the food was heated in an microwave, they had in the menu things that they do not cook. What we ate we could have found it elsewhere. This poor food is to expensive.

Pros: no

Cons: noisy, not good food, service

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Who goes into a restaurant in the Pearl with a bottle of wine and expects not to pay corkage! Moreover, anyone who has worked in the restaurant business knows that the owners are not taxing tips for any reason... much less b/c some unsavvy patrons got confused.

Let's not take our eye off the ball here... this is a nice place, with reasonable prices (for the Pearl) good food that adds a little flare to the Pearl districts standard Italian or 'Trendy American' dinner options.

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★★★★☆

Who goes into a restaurant in the Pearl with a bottle of wine and expects not to pay corkage! Moreover, anyone who has worked in the restaurant business knows that the owners are not taxing tips for any reason... much less b/c some unsavvy patrons got confused.

Let's not take our eye off the ball here... this is a nice place, with reasonable prices (for the Pearl) good food that adds a little flare to the Pearl districts standard Italian or 'Trendy American' dinner options.

Pros: food, originality

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Granted we didn't have reservations on a Friday night, we were fine being seated at the bar. Despite the rich and flavorful food we were sadly disappointed with the service when our bartender/server said we had been charged a $15 "corkage fee" for a bottle of wine we bought in their restaurant! There was no mention of this on the wine menu or upon ordering. After our confusion and her confusion (she didn't understand why this applied either?!) they decided to remove it. Sadly, our generous tip was likely taken away from her by the management who I have a feeling insisted that this fee be paid. We will probably not go there again.

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★☆☆☆☆

Granted we didn't have reservations on a Friday night, we were fine being seated at the bar. Despite the rich and flavorful food we were sadly disappointed with the service when our bartender/server said we had been charged a $15 "corkage fee" for a bottle of wine we bought in their restaurant! There was no mention of this on the wine menu or upon ordering. After our confusion and her confusion (she didn't understand why this applied either?!) they decided to remove it. Sadly, our generous tip was likely taken away from her by the management who I have a feeling insisted that this fee be paid. We will probably not go there again.

Pros: Great food

Cons: corkage fee??

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I didn't know much about Crete food before I came, didn't really know what to expect. But man, it was soooo good. The shrimp appetizer , the lamb, the beet salad... Very nice presentation, casual atmosphere, knowledgable servers.
Best way to do it is to only order appetizers, that way you can taste a bunch of things at once.
Enjoy!

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★★★★★

I didn't know much about Crete food before I came, didn't really know what to expect. But man, it was soooo good. The shrimp appetizer , the lamb, the beet salad... Very nice presentation, casual atmosphere, knowledgable servers.
Best way to do it is to only order appetizers, that way you can taste a bunch of things at once.
Enjoy!

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It was a First Thursday in the Pearl District and a couple gals started getting hungry without any reservations. What a pleasant surprise to find a sidewalk cafe table available at this Isle of Crete. After starting with a perfect martini, we turned ourselves over to the server and said "we don't want any two things alike and we want whatever you suggest". (My personal favorite way to dine.) A pleasant treat without any disappointments. Service was knowledgable, capable and willing to lead us through a wonderful dinner. As a side kudos, it is always a pleasure to see the owner working the floor of her own restaurant, as deemed necessary.

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★★★★☆

It was a First Thursday in the Pearl District and a couple gals started getting hungry without any reservations. What a pleasant surprise to find a sidewalk cafe table available at this Isle of Crete. After starting with a perfect martini, we turned ourselves over to the server and said "we don't want any two things alike and we want whatever you suggest". (My personal favorite way to dine.) A pleasant treat without any disappointments. Service was knowledgable, capable and willing to lead us through a wonderful dinner. As a side kudos, it is always a pleasure to see the owner working the floor of her own restaurant, as deemed necessary.

Pros: service, food, ambiance

Cons: parking

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We tried Eleni's on 01/28/05 and I can't recommend more highly. Although my wife is not a fan of greek food (she thought), she has now reconsidered her opinion. The decor is excellent, the noise level just about right (I could hear my wife easily, but not the nearby tables), the waiter was helpful and friendly and the food excellent. The "typical" Greek fare (Gyro's) was thankfully missing, but in it's place was super fresh, unusually flavored dishes. My favorite was the cabbage salad, (similar to a fresh spicy coleslaw with pine nuts, but much better) and the prawn appetizer while my wife best loved the cucumber and tomato salad and roasted eggplant appetizer. We will be back.

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★★★★★

We tried Eleni's on 01/28/05 and I can't recommend more highly. Although my wife is not a fan of greek food (she thought), she has now reconsidered her opinion. The decor is excellent, the noise level just about right (I could hear my wife easily, but not the nearby tables), the waiter was helpful and friendly and the food excellent. The "typical" Greek fare (Gyro's) was thankfully missing, but in it's place was super fresh, unusually flavored dishes. My favorite was the cabbage salad, (similar to a fresh spicy coleslaw with pine nuts, but much better) and the prawn appetizer while my wife best loved the cucumber and tomato salad and roasted eggplant appetizer. We will be back.

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We decided to try Eleni's because we just love greek food and it looked cool and interesting. We were so pleasantly surprised. The food was amazing and the wine was great. Everyone served us with a smile and with great recommendations. The only complaint I have is to eliminate the table just to the right of the front door and make room for more people to stand. I had to wait for a few minutes, even though I had a reservation, but they made it up to me with a free bottle of wine. A most excellent night on the town!

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★★★★★

We decided to try Eleni's because we just love greek food and it looked cool and interesting. We were so pleasantly surprised. The food was amazing and the wine was great. Everyone served us with a smile and with great recommendations. The only complaint I have is to eliminate the table just to the right of the front door and make room for more people to stand. I had to wait for a few minutes, even though I had a reservation, but they made it up to me with a free bottle of wine. A most excellent night on the town!

Pros: Great Value, Excellent Food, Fabulous Service

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I made a reservation a week in advance and our table still was not ready when we arrived. The service was insanley slow. I was served my disgusting and too oily appetizer AFTER my meal was over which took 45 minutes for our meal to arrive. They brought out bread at least 30 minutes after we ordered. Our 15.00 a plate meal consisted only of 1 piece of meat with 2 tablespoons of tomatoe sauce and 1 asparagus spear. It was a portion size for a 5 year old child! The waitress was rude and unattentive. We left and went to dinner at a diner and had a much better meal for a third of the price. I was incredibly dissappointed and will NEVER eat there again! The food did not taste one bit greek and my boyfriend is from Greece. One of the worst/overrated restaurant in Portland!

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★☆☆☆☆

I made a reservation a week in advance and our table still was not ready when we arrived. The service was insanley slow. I was served my disgusting and too oily appetizer AFTER my meal was over which took 45 minutes for our meal to arrive. They brought out bread at least 30 minutes after we ordered. Our 15.00 a plate meal consisted only of 1 piece of meat with 2 tablespoons of tomatoe sauce and 1 asparagus spear. It was a portion size for a 5 year old child! The waitress was rude and unattentive. We left and went to dinner at a diner and had a much better meal for a third of the price. I was incredibly dissappointed and will NEVER eat there again! The food did not taste one bit greek and my boyfriend is from Greece. One of the worst/overrated restaurant in Portland!

Pros: Nice Music, Good looking waiters

Cons: , Too Dark, Bad Service

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What else can I say except Eleni's will transport you back to the Mediterranean and all the wonderful flavors and exotic spices of the region. I especially love their stuffed eggplant dish -- a meal in itself made with Painted Hills Natural Beef, but you can't resist the varied mezes and salads. I've yet to have room for dessert. That's my next goal!

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★★★★★

What else can I say except Eleni's will transport you back to the Mediterranean and all the wonderful flavors and exotic spices of the region. I especially love their stuffed eggplant dish -- a meal in itself made with Painted Hills Natural Beef, but you can't resist the varied mezes and salads. I've yet to have room for dessert. That's my next goal!

Pros: lots of food options, incredible flavors, wine selection

Cons: , inconsistent cocktail

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Possibly the best Greek meal I've ever had. Original, home made & delicious - not your typical greasy spanakopita & heavy moussaka. We'll definitely be back.

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★★★★★

Possibly the best Greek meal I've ever had. Original, home made & delicious - not your typical greasy spanakopita & heavy moussaka. We'll definitely be back.

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Sleek and theatrical, neighborhood locals sit amid dim, dramatic lights against dark wood high-backed booths or belly up to the bar. The appetizer menu features a filo dough pillow filled with feta cheese and drizzled…

 

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