We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Emilitsa

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
547 Congress St, Portland, ME 04101-3307
+1 207-221-0245
Website
Today
17:00 - 22:00
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Tue - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50

624 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
Showing 622: English reviews
Portland, Maine
Level Contributor
54 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

As a Greek I know good Greek food, and this place has it, at least as well as American food supply can deliver. But the prices are rather high, and it is easy to run up a big bill here.

Helpful?
1 Thank Andrew D
Maine
Level Contributor
66 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

There are a few restaurants that are always excellent. Even after many years Emilitsa's still remains in top form. No matter how they prepare fish it is always full of original flavors. Their Moussaka is extraordinary. The desserts are always excellent.

Helpful?
Thank nmfMaine
1 review
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

By far the BEST Greek meal we have ever had! From grilled to perfection lamb chops to the chef inspired pork special the family recipes continued to delight.Greek chocolate transformed into luscious cheesecake topped our meal. Congratulations to chef Niko and all of their excellent staff in making us feel like family!

Helpful?
Thank Bellemum207
Portland, Maine
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place was exceptional in every way. Fabulous food and flavors and great service. Authentic and memorable. John really knows how to make a customer feel welcome. We shared a great conversation. Kendra helped me navigate the menu and made great suggestions.

Helpful?
Thank Foggmatthew
Portland, Maine
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Portland has many great restaurants, but Emilitsa is THE BEST !! Every aspect of the experience makes all the senses hum. The only thing better would be if we were in Naoussa, my favorite place in the Greek Isles. The welcoming owner John makes you feel like family, his brother is a master chef, it's a warm and relaxing atmosphere,... More 

Helpful?
Thank omearajr
Management response:

Thank you for the kind words. One correction however, my brother the Master Chef has turned over the reigns in the kitchen to his son Master Chef Niko, and he is doing a great job of carrying on the tradition. JR More 

Boston, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
33 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fantastic foodie Greek in Portland Maine. Not your grandfathers Greek and one of the best Greek restaurants in the Americas. A modernized stepped up version of traditional Greek dishes. The scallop appetizer in an ouzo cream feta sauce was excellent as was the locanico (Greek sausage) over toast. A blackberry martini was refreshing. Greek wine surprisingly good. The moussaka was... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Tom K
Management response:

Thank you. JR More 

1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The experience started when the owner John called to confirm our reservation. When my wife and I showed up we were greeted by John and given great seats that overlooked the whole restaurant. From there the waiters we had were very helpful and informative and you could tell they really liked working there. The food was amazing and the lamb... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank Michael K
Portland, Maine
Level Contributor
93 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We tried Emilitsa for the first time last weekend, and will definitely be back. The meal began with a complimentary dipping spread, and was followed by the delicious scallop appetizer. The grilled swordfish was skewered with sweet pepper and onions, and served over a bed of rice and sauteed spinich. My husband had the grilled pork - which was prepared... More 

Helpful?
Thank LuckyLobsters
Duxbury, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
94 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017

I frequent Greek restaurants as often as I can. That said, Emilitsa is not your typical Greek food restaurant. Cozy is an understatement. Literally walking in you are transported right to the old country. A snowstorm outside, we laughed when we received a disapproving look when we asked to sit in a booth rather than in the window, after all... More 

Helpful?
Thank Standish14
Carmel Valley, California
Level Contributor
1 review
Reviewed 16 April 2017

Authentic Greek food, terrific wine selections, and a welcoming atmosphere. I sampled a variety of appetizers - octopus, rabbit, and braised ribs - and was delighted with each bite! Carly, our waitress, enthusiastic, attentive, and especially patient with me as I unsure of the wine list - all Greek wines - and all new to me. She picked out 2... More 

Helpful?
Thank californiacowgirl

Travellers who viewed Emilitsa also viewed

 

Been to Emilitsa? Share your experiences!

Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$ 33
Cuisine
Mediterranean, Greek, Gluten Free Options
Meals
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
Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
Tuesday
17:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 21:00
Thursday
17:00 - 21:00
Friday
17:00 - 22:00
Saturday
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

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Emilitsa and other visitors
7 questions
Ask a question
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada
2 months ago
Washington DC, District of Columbia
9 months ago

See all questions (7)

Questions? Get answers from Emilitsa staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?