Portland >Food & Dining > Elenis Philoxenia
112 NW Ninth Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9720945.524041 -122.679977
Neighborhoods: Pearl, Neighbors West - Northwest
Elenis Philoxenia has an unusually long menu for appetizers, including ktipiti (feta, olive oil, tomatoes, olives) and saganaki (flaming cheese doused with lemon juice) inviting guests to embrace eating like they did in the old country. Enjoy an extended evening of food, friends, culture and conversation, as they do on the island of Crete.
Sitting up at the bar was as if we were sitting across the table from the Greek Aunt of a friend. She gave us the low down on everything on the menu, including her favorites. She mixed up our cocktails then checked back in with us after we dug into our meals; and she was content with our beaming smiles when asked "If every thing tasted good."
We had a nice dinner last night but had a problem with the parking lot across the street. We were told parking was free because of Veteran's Day, but got a parking ticket anyway. The owner of Eleni's said she would pay it. I think that was absolutely stellar customer service and she is a classy lady to do this. I will make a point to go back to her restaurant. The ambiance, food and wine were all very good.
Tough Times – I love Elenis. The food is fresh and authentic. I am a loyal customer and found through my observation that due to these tough economic times that the restaurant seems to be possibly experiencing some difficulties in finding a loyal staff that wants more than these times can provide. I just know this place has soo much potential and a good intention. Their are so many good restaurants in Pdx and this is one of them but also alot of competition. Try it out with an open heart and you will not be dissapointed.
check the shameless restaurants site before you go – Read the post on shameless restaurants dot com on eleni's where employees discuss some of the food recycling practices at this restaurant. Look in the portland section and read away.
Lots of info to digest before you dip into that tapenade! Sorry eleni.
Appetizer Galore! Great place to bring a date, order a bottle of wine and share a couple light appetizers. – My fiance and I have been twice. Absolutely loved it both times. The first time I ordered a pork dish, which unfortunately, was over salted, BUT WAIT!! The "horrible" staff apologized and even gave us a complimentary mousse dessert and I did not get charged for one of the glasses of wine. I can't complain a bit. I think they have somewhere around 30 appetizers or so and I find it very fun to try different ones when we go. The last time we went I ordered the Saganaki appetizer (Kefalograviera cheese dredged in flour pan-fried in olive oil and served in flaming Cognac; extinguished with fresh lemon). That a was a fun dish. Any way. Great experience. very memorable and great low lit environment to bring a pretty girl on a date.
Best Dining Experience in Portland Yet – First off I must say I was very impressed with the customer service. I had a friend coming from out of town and needed a reservation fast. It was 5:30 on a Friday night and the hostess was able to squeeze us in for 7:30-so cool! We got there and made an entire meal out of 4 appetizers, a couple of cosmos and the dessert! All of it was wonderful, my personal favorite was the Feta Filo (Greek cheeses wrapped in filo dough, drizzled with honey). Also, the mousse is highly recommended. I'll definitley be back again.
Great wine, ambitious food – Played a gig here once. The staff were just like any Greek restaurant--sweet, confident, and warm. Gig was for a private event, so there were some "specialties". I'd just stick with the Greek food we all know and enjoy. Wouldn't go for the shrimp martinis or the quasi-escargot smothered kalamarakia. Not even sure if this stuff is on the menu, they might have just had it for the night. Anyway, editor's review is spot on about the wine. I tried about 5 or 6 different classic Greek wines, including retsina. Not sure which one they have there but it's the best one I've had in the US. I don't know how expensive this place is as everything was on the house for me, but I suspect I'd pay just about any reasonable dining price to hang here once every few months.
Nice friendly spot with great tasting food – My daughter chose this place for her birthday because she wanted Greek food and this got a nice write up in the paper. Overall it was a very pleasant experience. They have a wonderful menu with many options and they all have good descriptions of how they are prepared and the ingredients so you don't have to know all about the food to make a good choice. We had 5 appetizers, all with different flavors and they come with a never ending supply of bread of good texture and taste. Our water glasses never got below half full and the waitress was pleasant and attentive, she explained the evening specials enthusiastically and in a manner that sounded like she knew what she was describing and could recommend them. I had a Salmon dish from the main menu that was described as line caught and it was fresh and tasty and the pasta and sauce accompanying it were delicious and perfectly prepared. My wife and daughter in-law had a beef dish that they both enjoyed and my son really liked his chicken dish. Sorry I don?t remember the names of the dishes but we had many different things from the menu and they were all good so I am sure you would enjoy whatever you try. For the quality and quantity of food the prices were more than reasonable besides the appetizers we had 6 glasses of wine and 6 entrees and the bill was well under $200. The owner/chef was there and she came out to see how we were doing and thanked us for coming in which was a nice touch. Overall the place has a nice look and feel but I suppose if I had to register any complaint it would be that the chairs were hard and uncomfortable and the table was too small for the six of us and all of those big plates of food. We will definitely go back.
Good food, bad staff – I think the food is fantastic. I think the decor is fantastic. And I love the location. What I don't love is the service, which has often been borderline snotty or just plain slow, as so many other reviewers have stated. The bad service doesn't going to stop me from going--I REALLY love the food--but I sure wish Eleni's would get a better staff.
Clueless menu and chef – Okay, this is not Greece, at all. Is this chef delusional? The wines by the glass were lackluster, the appetizer of beets flavorless, the lamb dry and misrepresented (clueless?) and the kitchen noisy and rude. The past served with the entree is again, clueless, almost Italian, hu? No wonder the place was almost empty on a Thursday night.
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