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“Fabulous, unpretentious Greek food”
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Dmitri's
Ranked #845 of 4,390 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Price range: $0 - $30
Neighborhood: Bella Vista / Queen Village
Restaurant details
Neighborhood: Bella Vista / Queen Village
El Cerrito, California
Level 6 Contributor
95 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Fabulous, unpretentious Greek food”
Reviewed May 8, 2012

I try to never miss this place when in Philadelphia. Plenty of delicious appetizers (Greek salad, feta and olives, beets, cucumber tzatziki, octopus) and main dishes (lamb, fried calamari, soft-shell crabs). A basic selection of wine including a Greek red and white and a retsina. Don't under any circumstances miss the chocolate pot de creme (listed on the menu as Chocolate Pot) which we put on reserve when we sit down because they sometimes run out of it). This place is casual and somewhat crowded but wonderful.

Visited May 2012
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  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Korean first
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English first
philadelphia
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Not as good as it used to be”
Reviewed April 2, 2012

The first half of Dmitri's life was as a neighborhood jewel serving fresh, tasty, simple Greek-style seafood in a small, lively corner location. Unfortunately, its luster has faded to that of a zircon in a cheap, nickel setting. The decor has not changed, which is to say that there is still no decor ( which you didn't notice previously because the food was so good) and equally unfortunate, the original Hmong chefs have gone. My shrimp pil-pil were dry, dry, dry. My partner had the chicken kebab 'special' which also consisted of chicken pieces that were dry, dry, dry. And since when is chicken breast on a kebab so "special"? Anybody can cook the life out of a chicken breast at home. The usual accompaniments of whitish rice and escarole were also a bore this time around. They used to be flavored and moist. Now it's like Uncle Ben's and school cafeteria, if you know what I mean. My partner's meal came out ten minutes after mine, to boot, and there were only three other tables seated. The only thing consistently good was the avocado citrus salad and warm, grilled pita. They need to restore some quality control if they are going to get any more of my business. And stop calling chicken kebab "special", cuz it ain't. This is supposed to be a seafood place, first and foremost. If there were a choice between poor and average, I would have chosen that as an overall rating.

  • Visited April 2012
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Plymouth Meeting, PA
Level 5 Contributor
58 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Great BYOB”
Reviewed January 31, 2012

The food has been consistent for as long as I can remember. We've been going here for 10+ years and all I can say is... Try it!

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Bordentown, New Jersey
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great Fresh Seafood BYOB location”
Reviewed January 15, 2012

We love the bluefish and panned fried flounder. Everything is freshly prepared and great.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Level 6 Contributor
109 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“My favorite quirky place to eat octopus.”
Reviewed January 3, 2012

It's in South Philly. There's no parking. They don't take reservations. You bump elbows with the people at the next table. You have to wait at the bar of a different restaurant for your table and then they come get you! It may be one of the most inconvenient restaurant business models I've ever seen, but I keep going back because it's just that good. And just that fun. You must get the smelts! Yes, I said smelts.

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