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547 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3307
+1 207-221-0245
17:00 - 21:00
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Tue - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Portland, Maine
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A 5 star experience. The quality of the food is superb and the service was top-notch. We came early, I had my 7 year old son with us to celebrate a very special birthday for his grandfather. While I would not recommend this restaurant as great for kids per se, the staff definitely was accommodating and kind (we came early... More 

1 Thank vivian p
Falmouth, Maine
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was my first visit and I was lucky enough to meet John, the owner. He was warm and welcoming and that in itself is reason to return. Very cozy and romantic and yummmmm food. Make sure you order the octopus and scallops as appetizers. The four of us split a bunch of things, including the duck. That was a... More 

1 Thank Mary B
Falmouth, Maine
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Simply stated Emilista is a magnificent restaurant - it's menu, staff, wine-list and ownership are special. It's a place to come and relax, enjoy superbly prepared food surrounded by capable, friendly staff. We make this place a habit, you should too.

Thank Joseph B
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235 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stayed one night in Portland en route to Bar Harbor and as we love Greek food we asked the hotel to book us a table here - lucky to get in apparently as very popular. Very small and friendly - our table was in the area near the door with lean on cushions for support on a back bench... More 

2 Thank NottinghamRed
Portland, Maine
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139 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

I have eaten at Emilitsa many times because the food is so good. So far it is the best Greek restaurant I have eaten at. The location is great but because it is not a huge restaurant and it is so popular, it is wise to make a reservation. I like the modern minimalist decor. The brothers "tandem" one in... More 

2 Thank 120CC
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

Coming from somebody who grew up around homemade Greek food for my entire childhood....this surpasses it. Bar none. This blows any Greek restaurant I've ever been to out of the water. I'm especially impressed with the tzatziki spread. The atmosphere is very pleasing as well. I highly recommend it ! Bravo !

2 Thank Leslie D
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017

Love their menu, enjoy the atmosphere and the service. Lamb loin was perfect -- the chef is superb! It's our "go-to" place for a special night out!

2 Thank Gregory K
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

The food was amazing! The waiter was somewhat helpful, seemed new to the job. I would not recommend if you are in any hurry. Well worth the wait though!

2 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Camden, Maine USA
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38 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

Better Greek food than in Greece! Gourmet Greek--didn't know it existed. This place will delight you. The food is fresh and fantastic--not everything has goat cheese! Go with friends and order a variety for all to try. It is an evening out. It was our big Holiday treat and such a pleasant surprise--we all loved it. Price was right. Reservations... More 

4 Thank to-live-in-Europe
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

My wife and I had dinner at Emilitsa's on Friday, January 27, 2017. From the moment John greeted us at the door until we had shared each other's deserts, it was just a perfect evening. The food can't be any better. I had the sliders as a main course (amazing); my wife had the lamb (never better!). Do not miss... More 

3 Thank dick s

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Mediterranean, Greek, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 547 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3307
  • Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  Portland
  • Phone Number: +1 207-221-0245

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?