Last night we joined friends for dinner at Estia, Philadelphia's Greek/Mediterranean restaurant across from the Academy of Music near 15th & Locust.
Estia restaurant specializes in whole grilled fish served by the pound from the Greek islands, Morocco, Tunisia and Portugal. Estia restaurant offers a first-rate wine list with more than 300 selections including wines from Greece, Europe, Israel and Lebanon.
There's something about a fish looking back at me as I prepare to eat it that made me pass on the whole fish idea. No, thanks. But our party did enjoy salmon, sea bass and halibut, among other dishes. Appetizers of zucchini and eggplant chips and calamari were quite tasty.
Service at Estia is very attentive and the atmosphere is rich and cozy with an ample wine list and a full bar. On a spring evening like last night the front of the restaurant opens to the street at you can enjoy the nearby comings and goings at the Grand Old Lady known as The Academy of Music.
Estia also offers a pre-theater menu featuring three course for $30 from 5 to 7 PM. That's a real bargain considering the entrees at Estia run from $20 to $36. A two-course lunch is also offered for $17.