Kanella: Greek Cypriot Kitchen

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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]
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Catherine D.
    Catherine DAugust 24, 2014
    Authentic Greek food - try the lamb kofta with bulgar. Give the charred octopus a try - you won't be disappointed.
  • 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 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
  • 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.
  • Brad G.
    Brad GrahamFebruary 27, 2014
    Chef Konstantinos Pitsillides brings authentic Cypriot-Greek flavors to this very popular BYOB restaurant.
  • 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
    Be adventurous...their specials are usually fantastic and at least one is bound to be unusual.
  • Philadelphia Magazine
    Philadelphia MagazineJanuary 14, 2013
    About those dips … pray that the creamy, salty carp roe version is in the rotation on your visit.
  • Betty L.
    Betty LiaoDecember 19, 2010
    perfect meal = bread & tahini + octopus + pork cheeks + chocolate sticky toffee pudding
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillyFebruary 28, 2012
    Order the crepes stuffed with manouri cheese, drizzled with carob syrup...You won't be disappointed.
  • blake
    blakeMay 3, 2011
    the complimentary tahini (and bread) alone is worth the trip!
  • Mark D.
    Mark DunawayApril 21, 2012
    The Cyprus Breakfast is the mainstay dish...always fantastic!
  • Raj M.
    Raj MehtaNovember 13, 2011
    Try their Tachinosalata Platter, one of their best Veggie dishes..
  • Prashant V.
    Prashant VarmaSeptember 8, 2013
    Go for the brunch. Just go for it!
  • Visit Philly
    Visit PhillyFebruary 23, 2012
    Take it from us and order the crepes stuffed with manouri cheese, drizzled with carob syrup.
  • Boris Z.
    Boris ZilbermanJanuary 20, 2013
    Pretty much phenomenal, you cant go wrong.
  • Nikita S.
    Nikita SourineSeptember 14, 2013
    Falafel is delicous, not fried, just perfect!
  • Miriam E.
    Miriam EdelsteinOctober 30, 2011
    HALOUMI!!! so so good. And Greek coffee medium sweet. Keep em coming.
  • Phanessa
    PhanessaAugust 4, 2014
    Watermelon Feta Salad is everything you could want.
  • Marsha L.
    Marsha LowOctober 26, 2012
    Dips of the day and goat stew. Can't go wrong.
  • justin d.
    justin dulaJanuary 23, 2011
    Get reservations. They actually take and honor them.
  • Raj M.
    Raj MehtaNovember 13, 2011
    Try Tacinosalata Platter, awesome veggie dish...
  • Raphael P.
    Raphael PoplockJune 27, 2011
    Amazing Greek Salad and Lamb appy ... fresh fish another great buy. Read more
  • Charles B.
    Charles BAugust 10, 2011
    awesome mediterranean brunch place. BYO-Champagne.
  • Vivian H.
    Vivian HuangMay 25, 2015
    I thought I didn't like Greek food until I ate brunch here.
  • cyn k.
    cyn kDecember 30, 2012
    fantastic upscale greek place
  • 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!
  • David W.
    David WeinfeldApril 23, 2011
    The Cyprus breakfast is worth the trip!
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out Kanella as seen on Best Thing I Ever Ate Read more
  • Brennan K.
    Brennan KnottsJuly 20, 2010
    Featured on the food network's "Best Thing I Ever Ate"
  • Kimberly C.
    Kimberly ColemanMarch 12, 2011
    Easily hands up the best brunch in Philly.
  • Adeline A.
    Adeline A.January 10, 2013
    Try the Stewed Goat
  • Adeline A.
    Adeline A.January 10, 2013
    Try the Quail Special
  • Adeline A.
    Adeline A.January 10, 2013
    Try the braised oxtail
  • Adeline A.
    Adeline A.January 10, 2013
    Try the Ice Cream Trio
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