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Thu, 2/21
8:00 PM

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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Vegetarian Soup of the Day
Ask your server for details
Each spread w/ pita is 6.00, or choose any three for 9.00
Yogurt cucumber
Feta w/ jalapeno
Aegean carp roe
Dahl lental puree
Domata Salata
Local tomatoes, red onion, cucumber, garlic, & dodoni feta cheese tossed w/ unfiltered extra-virgin olive oil, & greek white balsamic vinegar
Patzaria Psita Meh Skorthalia
Local organic roasted red & golden beets tossed w/ unfiltered extra-virgin olive oil & muscato vinegar, served w/ skorthalia, a potato & garlic puree
Sparaghia Meh Popia
Organic young asparagus, pan seared & chilled long island duck breast, toasted walnuts, & local aged chevre tossed w/ our mint-tarragon dressing
Chef Nikos Harlaftis House Burgers
Three grass fed, black angus, ground chuck burgers blended w/ greek herbs & spices, & topped w/ our house harlaftis wine-shallot butter & served on toasted bun
Gyros Traditional
Spit roasted ground lamb & beef wrapped in grilled pita w/ tomato, bermuda onion, & tzatziki sauce
Gyros Chicken
Grilled chicken breast wrapped in grilled pita w/ tomato, bermuda onion, & tzatziki sauce
Mediterranean Vegetarian Sandwich
Roasted sweet florina peppers, organic frisee, tomato, bermuda onion, cucumber, dahl lentil puree, & dodoni feta on multi-grain bread from standard baking co.
Souzoukakia Sandwich
And pork‏ hand-rolled meat sausages in a cinnamon-wine tomato sauce, served in a toasted French roll topped w/ caramelized sweet onion & melted Brie cheese
Organic eggplant oven roasted, layered, & baked w/ an aromatic ground beef mixture & topped w/ a greek yogurt béchamel sauce
Dolmathes Avgolemono
Grape leaves‏ stuffed w/ arborio rice, lamb, & beef served w/ traditional avgolemono, a greek egg-lemon sauce, & grilled pita bread
Kotopoulo Souvlaki
Free range breast of chicken marinated in lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil, greek oregano & garlic, skewered & grilled, w/ sweet peppers & red onion, served w/ spanakorizo & greek yogurt
Emilitsa is a Greek restaurant located in the arts district of Portland, Maine and boasts a contemporary and casual atmosphere. Emilitsa brings a wide array of Mezethes (small plates), Megala Piata (large plates), and pristinely fresh seafood to the seacoast area. We honor the breadth of traditional cuisine from all regions of Greece. We prepare our Greek dishes with as many local, fresh, organic and natural ingredients as are available to us. We also accommodate those with food allergies.
Special Diets
Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Late Night
Seafood, Mediterranean, Greek
Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We have dined here multiple times and it’s always fabulous! We drive up from Massachusetts and spend the night in Portland to have dinner here. Greek restaurants in Boston cannot even come close to Emilitsa’s. Our waitress was also bar tending last night and she...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank 765sherrip
Reviewed 1 week ago

Try the lamb . . . And the various appetizer spreads. I travelled 90 miles to get there and I’d do it again . . .

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank Moogiss
Reviewed January 4, 2019

When we arrived at Emilitsa, the owner greeted us and showed us to a quiet table. Our server, Harry, brought a delicious amuse-bouche and advised me on a Greek wine to complement my meal. That was the beginning of a terrific evening. We decided to...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank VTOceanLover
Reviewed December 27, 2018 via mobile

I waited until 5 days before the end of 2018 to have the best restaurant dining experience of the year. From the fried cheese (chewy, not gooey) with figs and flavored in cinnamon, to the perfect duck breast with butternut (again a whiff of cinnamon)...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank deweydecimaldog
Reviewed December 9, 2018

We had a wonderful dinner here - excellent food, service and atmosphere! We had all small plates and they were delicious, especially the saganaki (cheese) and lamb sliders. The space is simple but lovely. A nice oasis on Congress St. We'll be back to try...More

Date of visit: December 2018
1  Thank Resie82
Reviewed November 27, 2018

And by that title I mean the food , the real deal Greek, is simple in that you can savor each ingredient. Not pretentious. Just the best use of local sources as well as what is imported from Greece. We have been hearing about Emilitsa...More

Date of visit: November 2018
2  Thank Katherine p
Reviewed November 27, 2018

We enjoy Greek cuisine but have found it difficult to enjoy in New England - no longer. From typical tzatziki, moussaka, baclava and Greek wine to innovative beet salad and fish kabob, we loved every flavor and presentation. The staff were great, honor engaging and...More

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank DartSkiDoc
Reviewed November 6, 2018

We had an absolutely wonderful dinner here. Everything is scrumptious. The grilled octopus was to die for.

Date of visit: August 2018
1  Thank Roberta W
Reviewed November 4, 2018 via mobile

We picked this restaurant based on wonderful reviews. Every bit of praise was accurate. Excellent Greek food presented in a lovely, sophisticated fashion. The owner and wait staff were friendly and informative, providing great recommendations for food and wine. We will definitely be back!

Date of visit: November 2018
1  Thank nanwind
Reviewed November 3, 2018 via mobile

Seriously... if they say they can only seat you in the alley by the dumpster... take it! We Just got back from Greece and the food here was even better! Everything was amazing and the wait staff was delightful. I will happily return here many...More

Date of visit: November 2018
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June 18, 2018|
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Response from Martin O | Reviewed this property |
Likewise, we made our reservation within 24h of dining and were not asked for a credit card number and nothing was said of a no~show charge.
Mary S
March 13, 2017|
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Response from Zachary007 | Property representative |
We do, though you will have to ask your server for the flaming saganaki.
October 23, 2016|
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Response from GuyB233 | Reviewed this property |
My wife and I spent $136, including tip. Each of us had a glass of house wine. The meal was absolutely worth the experience. We're from the north central part of Massachusetts, so we don't get to Portland very often, but... More
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