Kanella: Greek Cypriot Kitchen

(Now Closed)
Greek Restaurant and Mediterranean Restaurant$$$$
Washington Square West, Philadelphia
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  • Josh D.
    Josh DubinNovember 2, 2013
    The Shakshouka - poached eggs and lamb sausage in a tomato and pepper stew with thick, toasty bread- is maybe the most underrated brunch option in Philly. No meal here is complete without Baklava.
  • Daphne P.
    Daphne PapapolyzouDecember 19, 2014
    Excellent greek food, very friendly the owner and chef. The portions of the appetizers are way too small for what you're paying, but every main course i tried was amazing. Try the octopus
  • Monisha T.
    Monisha TripathiApril 20, 2013
    Definitely get the pumpkin feta dip of they have it. And the tortellini is amazing but rich. If you like hot food ask for the homemade spicy sauce! Not off the charts hot but Delish
  • Travel + Leisure
    Travel + LeisureNovember 2, 2012
    Konstantinos Pitsillides’s straight-to-the-point cooking evokes the Cyprus of his childhood. Example: braised rabbit with basturma, Armenian dried beef cured with garlic, fenugreek, and red pepper.
  • Eater
    EaterApril 16, 2012
    Chef Pitsillides keeps beaks and feet on squab whether you like it or not. His flavors and presentation are bold, and his veggie cooking is just as good as the omnivore stuff. [Eater 38 Member]
  • Stephanie K.
    Stephanie KuoDecember 5, 2012
    Chef Konstantinos never fails to thrill or delight with authentic tastes of Cyprus. Whether quail or lamb fries, you will do well in heeding his recommendations; bold palates are rewarded here.
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 10, 2011
    Chef Pitsillides is a big personality and bigger talent behind the fire. His honest, no frills head-to-toe cooking is fad-free and delicious. Get the dips of the day, no matter what. Read more
  • Amanda S.
    Amanda ShulmanApril 28, 2013
    Dinner, Get: the greek salad, the halloumi cheese, the fish and the chicken. Brunch is better then dinner, the cyprus plate and shakshouka.
  • Cath D.
    Cath DAugust 24, 2014
    Authentic Greek food - try the lamb kofta with bulgar. Give the charred octopus a try - you won't be disappointed.
  • Raj S.
    Raj SarmaAugust 6, 2014
    The three dips appetiser is really good and I couldn't recommend it highly enough. My only sore point was that the seating outside is very uncomfortable.
  • Approach Guides
    Approach GuidesJune 6, 2010
    BYO wine to this delicious Greek (Cyprus) restaurant. We suggest a light & crisp white (like a verdejo from Spain) to go w/ the restaurant's authentic food. For more wine tips, visit AGWINE.COM
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineNovember 17, 2010
    Check this place out for brunch. The authentic Cypriot breakfast consists of two olive-oil-fried eggs, grilled haloumi cheese, lounza (Greek breakfast pork) and crusty bread. Read more
  • Brad G.
    Brad GrahamFebruary 27, 2014
    Chef Konstantinos Pitsillides brings authentic Cypriot-Greek flavors to this very popular BYOB restaurant.
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineSeptember 14, 2011
    Definitely don't even think about leaving without trying the katsaki. That comes with hearty mélange of braised goat, orzo, eggplant, yogurt and salty kefalotyri cheese. Read more
  • Club Monaco
    Club MonacoMay 22, 2011
    Not only is this the best Greek food in Philly, it's the best brunch too. We love the authentic Cyprus breakfast or the platter.
  • Martin B.
    Martin BrownMay 9, 2011
    Try the Cypress Breakfast - So good I could only photo the empty plate. Also had grilled portugese sardines. Amazing!
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineSeptember 15, 2010
    We’ve had the Cyprus breakfast, the roast lamb sandwich, and the rice pudding. We’ve had brunch at other places, too, but as far as this meal is concerned, Kanella, we only have eyes for you. Read more
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineJanuary 14, 2013
    About those dips … pray that the creamy, salty carp roe version is in the rotation on your visit.
  • Mark D.
    Mark DunawayApril 21, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Be adventurous...their specials are usually fantastic and at least one is bound to be unusual.
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineJanuary 3, 2011
    The katsaki alone is worth the trip, a hearty mélange of braised goat, orzo, eggplant, yogurt and salty kefalotyri cheese. Read more
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillyFebruary 28, 2012
    Order the crepes stuffed with manouri cheese, drizzled with carob syrup...You won't be disappointed.
  • Charles B.
    Charles BOctober 31, 2010
    Awesome BYO brunch spot. Stick with the Cyprus breakfast and you will be pleased. Get a side of falafel too.
  • Mark D.
    Mark DunawayApril 21, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The Cyprus Breakfast is the mainstay dish...always fantastic!
  • Nikita S.
    Nikita SourineSeptember 14, 2013
    Falafel is delicous, not fried, just perfect!
  • Prashant V.
    Prashant VarmaSeptember 8, 2013
    Go for the brunch. Just go for it!
  • Ikai L.
    Ikai LanMarch 30, 2012
    Flatbread tasting was okay, but there's an appetizer that has honey and other things that is AMAZING. Ravioli was only okay.
  • Phanessa
    PhanessaAugust 4, 2014
    Watermelon Feta Salad is everything you could want.
  • Raj M.
    Raj MehtaNovember 13, 2011
    Try their Tachinosalata Platter, one of their best Veggie dishes..
  • Betty L.
    Betty LiaoDecember 19, 2010
    perfect meal = bread & tahini + octopus + pork cheeks + chocolate sticky toffee pudding
  • Marsha L.
    Marsha LowOctober 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Dips of the day and goat stew. Can't go wrong.
  • Boris Z.
    Boris ZilbermanJanuary 20, 2013
    Pretty much phenomenal, you cant go wrong.
  • blake
    blakeMay 3, 2011
    the complimentary tahini (and bread) alone is worth the trip!
  • cyn k.
    cyn kDecember 30, 2012
    fantastic upscale greek place
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillyFebruary 23, 2012
    Take it from us and order the crepes stuffed with manouri cheese, drizzled with carob syrup.
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren SinnenbergAugust 5, 2014
    The whole fish is a must order!!!
  • Sakib D.
    Sakib DadiSeptember 20, 2014
    Service is incredible. And it's BYOB!
  • Miriam E.
    Miriam EdelsteinOctober 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    HALOUMI!!! so so good. And Greek coffee medium sweet. Keep em coming.
  • Raphael P.
    Raphael PoplockJune 27, 2011
    Amazing Greek Salad and Lamb appy ... fresh fish another great buy. Read more
  • Raj M.
    Raj MehtaNovember 13, 2011
    Try Tacinosalata Platter, awesome veggie dish...
  • Tyler B.
    Tyler BrockFebruary 9, 2015
    Dat breakfast. So good.
  • Charles B.
    Charles BAugust 10, 2011
    awesome mediterranean brunch place. BYO-Champagne.
  • Adeline A.
    Adeline A.January 10, 2013
    Try the Stewed Goat
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out Kanella as seen on Best Thing I Ever Ate Read more
  • Adeline A.
    Adeline A.January 10, 2013
    Try the Quail Special
  • Vivian H.
    Vivian HuangMay 25, 2015
    I thought I didn't like Greek food until I ate brunch here.
  • Adeline A.
    Adeline A.January 10, 2013
    Try the braised oxtail
  • David W.
    David WeinfeldApril 23, 2011
    The Cyprus breakfast is worth the trip!
  • Adeline A.
    Adeline A.January 10, 2013
    Try the Dips Of The Day
  • justin d.
    justin dulaJanuary 23, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Get reservations. They actually take and honor them.
  • Margie B.
    Margie BergerNovember 15, 2014
    I've heard all is good !
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