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547 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3307
+1 207-221-0245
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  • Excellent83%
  • Very good12%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“moussaka” (97 reviews)
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“rice pudding” (26 reviews)
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Seafood, Mediterranean, Greek, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
547 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3307
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Reviewed 2 days ago

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
Thank Resie82
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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

Date of visit: August 2018
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
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
Thank David O
Reviewed November 2, 2018 via mobile

As my wife and I walked along Congress Street, we opened the front door to this restaurant by chance to check out the interior. The kitchen aroma bowled us over and we glanced at each other — we have to eat here. Great food; friendly,...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Stew328
Reviewed October 18, 2018 via mobile

Best ethnic restaurant in Portland- best Greek dining since yaya cooked for us !!! Service professional, graceful and kind. Everything we had was delicious and elegantly presented - great ambience in the room as well. Good location and easy parking options nearby.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Candace S
Reviewed October 15, 2018

I found Eilista to be our best meal in Portland. Unique and everything was perfectly done and presented. Staff were very attentive and the place was comfortable. Highly recommended. For those walking there we passed by a few times until we realized that "E" was...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank smf44
Reviewed September 29, 2018

We shared a scallop starter in order to do justice to the main course. The swordfish and lamb mains were both excellent . Rice pudding and chocolate cheesecake were very rich and tasty. Service was spot on.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank jamesmb155
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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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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
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Average prices
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 547 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3307
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 207-221-0245
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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.
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