Dimitri's. Best in town, one of my favorites. I have been going to Dimitri's for over 10 years, I can go over a month not going, however every time I return, it never changes or disappoints me. If you don't mind the wait it is worth it.
Resting on their laurels.
I've been to the other Dimitris in Rittenhouse several times and have never been disappointed. Last night however, I was thoroughly unimpressed with the food.
We got the octopus appetizer, which was pretty good. Then our "platters" came. I had the lamb and my date had the scallops. While the meats were fairly tasty, each platter came with rice and greens. The rice was so disappointing, obviously an afterthought. It literally tasted like cafeteria rice. I'm not exaggerating when I say that any rice-in-a-box you can get at a supermarket would have been far better. And the greens were soggy and uninspired, just laying there. Not even sauteed in garlic or anything, it just seemed like they had been steamed and thrown on the plate.
I expect everything on my plate to be somewhat tasty, interesting, or inventive. What I got was completely run of the mill, uninspired and pedestrian. It seems as though the chefs at Dimitris have stopped trying, or stopped caring. I would never let sides like that leave my kitchen, and I'm not even a chef.
Service was good, and the atmosphere was nice.
Charming with Great Food. I have never been dissappointed with any of the meals I've had at Dmitri's. Sure, it's not fine dining, but it's a BYO and the food is reasonably priced and delicious! I always share the enormous order of grilled vegetables with the rest of our party. The scampi is excellent. The grilled pita is a nice touch that goes great with the baba ganoush. I wish, though, that they had more to offer in terms of specials. It always seems to be tilapia served in a white wine and lemon sauce. Summer time is my fave at Dmitri's when you can have their tomato and mozzerella salad. Desserts are ok- a little bit slapped together. But the female servers are always on top of things. They move quickly and get your food to you in a timely manner.
Worth the wait. I had been hearing rave reviews about Dmitris since I moved to Philadelphia, so I was a little nervious it wouldn't live up to the hype. Thankfully, it did! The group of 6 I was with didn't wait too long (weekends during the summer....gotta love how everyone is "down the shore"). The food was delicious and so inexpensive. The service was extremely friendly and I can't wait to go back again.
Simple, fresh, consistently good. Not understood by some people.. This review is in response to the review below (psychedelicious). Every restaurant has the misfortune of serving ignorant people such as yourselves. Dumb comment #1 : "Chinese line cooks are right there at the door" Wow, that's pretty pathetic considering that you can rate a restaurant fairly. The guys behind the line are Loatian, not Chinese you idiot. Go dine in any Michelin 3 or 4 star restaurant and you will find many different nationalities in the kitchen. I can't believe that I have to explain that to someone who "rates restaurants". The size of the restaurant is tiny, and the preparations are simple. Dmitri's has always had some of the freshest fish available. SIMPLE good seafood, not a lot of ingredients and intense preparations like a larger, heavier staffed restaurant that is more expensive. Dumb comment #2: "Dmitri's serves squid and calls it octopus" THEY SERVE BOTH ! The squid is grilled in larger pieces, and the octopus in smaller pieces. It doesn't take much to see and taste the difference, and I have never seen or heard that complaint before. On top of that you insult the server, the person that is serving you food and trying to make your dining experience as enjoyable as they can. How disrespectful you are ! I do not work for the restauraunt, but I have eaten there forever. I've known some of the servers for years. Unfortunately, I also had the misfortune of trying to enjoy my meal sitting across from you. They clean the tables properly, and get you fresh silverware. LIKE EVERY RESTAURANT SHOULD ! And you said so yourself that she told you to just ask for some fresh silverware. Don't just grab it from another table like an a$$. WHAT IS THERE TO COMPLAIN ABOUT !!?? She was offerieng help. It is loud there and super busy almost all the time unfortunately but that's how it always has been, but the food is good and fresh. I really hope that I don't see you disrespectful people there again.
Effing horrible, avoid at all costs.
I hate to be so harsh, but Dmitri's just plain sucked. I can rate a restaurant fairly, based on it's merits, looking past bad service blah blah blah.
Dmitri's is a straight-up ripoff. Firtstly it is about as Greek as McDonalds is French (French Fries, y'know). Chinese line cooks are right there when you walk through the door because guess what? Dmitris is actually a cheap and nasty diner. The open kitchen isn't even a real kitchen... it's just a sandwich station with a tiny little grill, such as you'd find at a food court in a second-tier suburban mall. And the kitchen is loud, not a good thing is such a small restaurant with no decor, no music, nothing at all to create any ambiance whatsoever.
Still, this is Philly so sometimes one looks past all that if the food is good. It is not. Worse still, they actually lie to you. Dmitri's serves squid and calls it octopus. I've eaten so much squid and octopus in my life, nobody should ever try and pass squid off to me as being octopus. At Dmitri, our waitress "swears to god that's octopus" so I ask... why no tentacles, why no suction cups? She responds "we remove the tentacles before cooking the octopus". OK, you're fired! She?s probably never even seen octopus.
Besides that stupid argument, this is a restaurant where they really do grab you silverware? and place it right on the tabletop. No tablecloth, no paper... just the dirty rag they wiped with, and formica. Nasty. My wife grabbed some new silverware from a neighboring table? and guess what? Our waitress asks: I don't understand what the problem is. Just ask for fresh silverware.
That's when we left. Paid for the salad. never going back. Horrible.
You gotta know where you're going and what you're getting yourself into. Here's the deal. Dmitri's is not Le Bec Fin or Suzanna Foo! It's a little local mom-and-pop restaurant. The close quarters and loud conversation is part of the experience. Instead of fighting it we usually say hi to our close dining neighbors and break the ice so there's no awkward moments. The food is simple and not over seasoned so that you can enjoy the flavor of the actual food. Some people aren't used to this since we live in the world of over seasoned microwave meals. The food is healthy and tasty. The prices are totally reasonable for city living. Personally I don't eat the pasta cause the fish, apps and salads are way better in my opinion. You can get pasta anywhere. The food is served family style, so order in courses if that's what you want. Remember that they get very busy, especially on the weekends, so you may feel rushed. If you are looking to dine for 3 hours you might want to go somewhere else on Saturday night. The most important thing when you go out is to know where you're going and what to expect and you won't be disappointed. Choose a restaurant according to what you want that night, don't try to change a restaurant. Just like in relationships you will only feel Jaded and Highly Disappointed in the end. With lower check amounts and no liquor on the bill waiters need to flip tables more throughout the night to make money, so be considerate and when you're done give the next customers (who are probably anxious to sit and eat) the table.
Horrible service, average food.
Waited 20 minutes. Fine. Seated. Wine brought to table. The wait began. Reminded host we hadn't been waited on. 25 minutes lates the server arrived stating she hadn't seen us. Our table aligned with the bar area where she had clients seated. I saw her. We were out of her sight range being 10 feet away.
Food was average. Service was horrible. Menu hasn't changed in years.
Go to Effie's, Pine and Quince Streets
LoVe iT!!!. I have eaten at Dmitris for a few years now and have never had a bad experience! I love everything Ive had there! The smelts and the hummus are amazing! Ive never heard a bad review until I looked on here.. I guess to those people who didnt enjoy it unique and cozy atmosphere..restaurants like sizzlers or wherever are where you should keep going. I have always had nice waitresses.. Sure its a small restaurant, but the food makes up for it! Bring a nice bottle of wine and sit at at the bar with friends and watch the chefs in action! Incredible!
so disappointed. I read so many good reviews of this place that I decided to try it. I was totally disappointed. I got their special, a grilled whole red snapper, which was probably the BLANDEST fish I've ever had. It was served with bland kale (who serves kale of all veggies?) and cheap, flavorless rice. Our bill for 2 came to $60. A total rip off for what you get, plus you are literally sitting elbow to elbow with strangers. If you're looking for a good seafood byo, I'd suggest Little Fish instead.
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