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547 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3307
+1 207-221-0245
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  • Excellent83%
  • Very good12%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Seafood, Mediterranean, Greek, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
547 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3307
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Evidently I experienced the shadow side of Emilitsa as my experience was very different from these reviews. With great enthusiasm we reserved dinner here, many weeks ago, for our 48 hour whirlwind trip to visit Maine. Portland is my childhood hometown and I was coming...More

3  Thank goodfoodloverz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

great dining experience all around - perfect dishes, great service & ambiance - real authentic gourmet food , not to be missed

Thank ariebar
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Every time we visit Portland we try to get into Emilista to no avail until now and boy was it worth the wait! This small intimate restaurant has beautiful ambiance. The romantic lighting and bench seating with pillows was so comfortable. I needed some help...More

2  Thank NuclearMamma
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is our third time at Emilitsia and it only keeps getting better! The food is delicious, the service is solicitous without being annoying, the atmosphere low key but vibrant. The flavors of the Mediterranean shine through, starting with the complimentary appetizer (purée of yellow...More

Thank Monique L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We didn't eat here but just popped in for a drink. We were told we were welcome to sit at the bar. The waitress was knowledgeable about the wine list and gave us a great Macedonian red wine. We were also given a beautiful appetiser...More

Thank HarryX
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Love Greek food and they do it well. Seating is comfortable, wait staff pleasant and intelligent, great Greek salad and lamb chops to die for. I'll be interested to try a screwered dish next time. We made reservation to go back next week. Food, staff,...More

Thank pineapplehorse
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My wife and I visited Emilitsa after missing out on a couple of attempts. We had an early reservation since we had been in Portland for the day, and soon after we were seated others followed in. First, the service is wonderful. Informative and friendly...More

Thank guitarkis
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

...and it may be the best Greek food north of NYC. My wife and I got a last-minute table there. Omigoodness. Greek spread appetizer plate of taramosalata, tzatziki and smoky eggplant was to die for. This was on top of a great chef's taste of...More

Thank Kbelton1961
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I must ask, does the owner understand the concept of philoxenia (hospitality)? There is no question about the food and service -- it is excellent. However, when you arrive with friends for a lovely night out and spend approximately $400 or so for a meal,...More

4  Thank dmkal
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

Highly recommend- we had swordfish, chicken and a vegan dish and all were outstanding! Wonderful service and lovely staff. John, host owner told us all recipes are his moms, Emilitsa. Wonderful meal and looking forward to return.

Thank gloria f
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Mary S
14 March 2017|
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Response from Zachary007 | Property representative |
We do, though you will have to ask your server for the flaming saganaki.
23 October 2016|
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Response from Guy B | Reviewed this property |
My wife and I spent $136, including tip. Each of us had a glass of house wine. The meal was absolutely worth the experience. We're from the north central part of Massachusetts, so we don't get to Portland very often, but... More
10 August 2016|
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Response from Rose G | Reviewed this property |
Portland is a pretty casual city--nice jeans are ok but this is a nice restaurant so look nicer than not
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 33
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
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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
  • E-mail
Emilitsa is a Greek restaurant located in the arts district of Portland, Maine and boasts a contemporary and casual atmosphere.

Emilitsa brings a wide array of Mezethes (small plates), Megala Piata (large plates), and pristinely fresh seafood to the seacoast area. We honor the breadth of traditional cuisine from all regions of Greece.

We prepare our Greek dishes with as many local, fresh, organic and natural ingredients as are available to us. We also accommodate those with food allergies.
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