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fission1 Jul 19, 2007 09:31 AM

Has anyone been to Estia? The only coments I have heard have been simple Greek style fish resaurant that is very expensive.

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  1. FrancisdeR RE: fission1 Jul 19, 2007 09:55 AM

    Agree with that comment. Very simple, but very high quality (ie freshness) fish. Very expensive, but consider the location.


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      bluehensfan RE: FrancisdeR Jul 19, 2007 11:08 AM

      Great fish (like the best by far in the area) but very pricey. Excellent grilled octopus, and decent Estia chips. You may want to wait and try it during restaurant week, as they give you the same amount of food as during the rest of the year at much lower prices. Or you could stop by at lunch, but then again, the fish served then seems to be not as fresh (perhaps leftovers?)

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      sylviag RE: fission1 Jul 19, 2007 11:39 AM

      They always have a three-course prix-fixe dinner for $35.00. It has (or did, when we were there) three choices for the appetizer and entree courses. They are good choices - not all fish - and everything is delicious.

      Also, you don't have to get a whole fish when buying by the pound. You can share, or ask for a certain weight. My friend and I shared a lovely fish that was 1 and 1/2 lbs.
      (When it's not the prix-fixe, they charge for the fish by the pound.)

      One warning: drinks, even wine by the glass, were very expensive.

      It is a beautiful place, and worth a visit.

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        elayne5 RE: sylviag Jul 21, 2007 09:40 AM

        We've eaten at Estia several times. It is beautiful and the food is really good. I've ordered the pre-theatre meal @$30 as well and it is a great deal. I never order the per-pound priced fish, but they have many other greek choices and all are excellent. Appetizers are huge, I think. Split the pan fried calamari-it's fabulous. I've seen the "too expensive" posts as well, and never really understood it. I really don't think it's any worse than other similar restaurants in the area.

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        Bride of the Juggler RE: fission1 Jul 19, 2007 12:25 PM

        We went in April for lunch and really enjoyed an array of non-fish dishes, including a great eggplant spread, homemade slightly sweet dolmades, spanakopita, and the best pasticcio my father-in-law every had anywhere including in Greece. Highly recommended for the variety on the menu, good service, and a nice upscale ambiance. Thank you.

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          idia RE: Bride of the Juggler Jul 19, 2007 02:21 PM

          In order to watch your pocketbook, you need to know how to dine there.
          Pick your fish choice when they take you up to the table to look.
          THEN be very careful what you decide to order to go with it when they come to your table and "suggest" that "you MUST try our such-and-such!!"
          That's where the bucks add up. They try to pad your meal.
          But Estia is a dining experience.

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            caminowalker RE: idia Nov 26, 2007 04:41 PM

            I was just browsing on restaurants near the Academy and came upon this thread -- it prompted me to make reservations at estia's - thanks, Chowhounds!!

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          beccaboo RE: fission1 Jul 19, 2007 02:25 PM

          So where in PA is this place...you all make no mention of location. Might be nice to make a note to try it when we are in the area.

          Thanks you.

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            FrancisdeR RE: beccaboo Jul 20, 2007 05:38 AM

            Beccaboo, what's relevant about location is that it is right beside the Kimmel, the Academy of Music, the Merriam Theatre, the Wilma theatre, soon the Phila Theatre Co., etc. That's why you can expect to pay more.

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            fission1 RE: fission1 Jul 19, 2007 03:11 PM

            Thanks for the information. In responce to beccaboo, Estia is in Philly at Broad and Locust.

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              bluehensfan RE: fission1 Jul 19, 2007 04:16 PM

              Here'e the website http://www.estiarestaurant.com

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                beccaboo RE: fission1 Jul 20, 2007 07:40 AM

                Thank you, fission1. I really wasn't inquiring as to its "relevance". I truly wanted to know where in PA it is, since my husband and I and all of our sons travel frequently and ejnoy keeping one another apprised of new (to us) places to dine.

                Thank you for being kind.

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                lawgirl3278 RE: fission1 Nov 27, 2007 07:41 AM

                Beautiful restaurant, very good food. Their grilled octopus is great and their baklava is divine.

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