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“"A little gem of a restaurant"”
Review of Kanella Grill

Kanella Grill
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Ranked #67 of 4,629 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Greek, Mediterranean
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Good for: Families with children, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: City Center East
Cross street: 10th Street
Description: Kanella is a Greek restaurant located in the Washington Square neighborhood of Philadelphia.
Reviewed October 15, 2011

If you are a little adventurous and enjoy Greek food, you will love this little spot at 10th & Spruce in Philadelphia. It'a a BYOB, so be prepared to wait to be seated; diners like to hang out a little more than necessary! The noise level is quite loud; the later you go, the better it will be. They do take reservations, but tend to be delayed in getting tables turned over.
The food is Greek Cypriot; a little different than the usual greek salad and pastitio you may be used to. Go with friends so you can share different appetizers and entrees. We ordered 5 appetizers and 5 entrees for 6 people and it was plenty of food. Ask to sit at Bobby's table; he is a terrific waiter and very knowledgeable about the food. His suggestions were the best, and we had to stop short from licking the plates before they were taken away. The saganaki (fried cheese) was delicious, as were the different dips that night (baba ganoush, anchovy, beet spread). Entrees had interesting sides on the plate; pomegranate seeds and a lentil salad on one, delicious marinated veg on another. The lamb kofti was superb, as was the fish of the night; a Hawaiian butter fish that melted in your mouth. Our friends from NY, who eat out alot, were bowled over by the food. They brought really nice wines to complement the meal (we had 4 bottles for 6 people). All in all, it was a wonderful dining experience. Can't wait to go back!

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Thank boncakes
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Reviewed October 12, 2011

food and service were both great. lots of locals. the vegetarian plate was so good.

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Thank Pam B
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Reviewed September 25, 2011

We ate here last night and it was very busy; I was glad we had booked a table. The server remembered a huge amount of information about the specials and was very helpful. I had the dips of the day and the lamb kofta while my partner had the borecki and the pork kebab. The pickles served with the kofta were a little harsh in flavour and, I felt, didn't add much to the dish. The meat itself with apricots and pistachios was delicious and the pomegranate and lentil salads were very good. The pork kebab was served with rice and salad and was on pitta bread - there was so much of it, my partner couldn't eat the pitta, which would normally be unheard of! It did get a little loud as the evening progressed, but all in all we had a great time.

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Thank Grecofan2
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Reviewed August 23, 2011

With Greek and Mediterranean food among my all time favorites, I was excited to find Kanela's close to work. Parking was a little tough, as it's in a busy section of Philadelphia, and all we could find was streetside about a block away.

From there, though, everything else was great. The service was attentive without being clingy, and he was able to answer question about the food with detail.. The menu is diverse, with a number of offerings for small, medium, or large appetites. The Cypriot offerings give some menu choices that a typical Greek restaurant does not normally have. The atmosphere has all of the expected Greek seaside pictures of any restaurant of this type, and of course, the colors were mainly blue and white. However, it is a clean, bright atmosphere that gives a more open feel to it, and there was a cluster of old men speaking Greek in the corner (I like to see that members of a culture actually eat at a restaurant of that culture).

Everything about Kanela was very good except for the parking, and there is just no way for the restaurant to improve that considering the tight quarters of downtown. However, this still gets a rare "excellent" from me for the success in all other aspects.

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2  Thank Kingsley911
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Reviewed August 19, 2011

Love this Greek byob! Great mix of classic and adventurous dishes. I was impressed!

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Thank hanmeatomato
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