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Kanella South

Mediterranean Restaurant

$$$$
brunch • rabbit • octopus • giant beans

757 South Front Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147, US
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  • Photo of Hubbito
    4 months ago
    Really great food with a range of options. Veg Moussaka really top notch and the daily dips a great way to start the meal. Warm, inviting space that has a cool vibe, but welcoming enough to easily accommodate families, groups and couples all at once. Restaurant was great about finding a spot we could park our stroller even on a Fri night. Cool bar scene and outdoor seating of weather cooperates although 95 passing underneath kills a bit of the charm of outside seating. Strong recommend if visiting Philly and should be a regular in your rotation if you live in S Hill or Q Vil.
  • Photo of Archer S
    5 months ago
    Solicitous service and great food--my first taste of Cypriot food was divine--a variety of textures and tastes all beautifully presented and explained. This is Mediterranean food--elaborately spiced mixtures of pasta, pastry, savoury (sustainable, grass-fed!) meats, and vegetables both fresh and cooked. Lots of olive oil and lemon, tahini, and yogurt. The desserts were especially a revelation--the Cypriot version of fried dough--Loukades--was light, sweet and delightful. Watch out for the Greek coffee--thick, bitter and powerful, but a perfect complement to dessert.
  • Photo of Dawn M
    5 months ago
    I am visiting from Colorado and we were looking for a place to eat in Philly. I didn't know what kind of food Kanella Grill had, but could tell as soon as we walked through the door. The place smelled so yummy! We were having a late lunch (1:30 on a Friday afternoon) so the place was empty. We were quickly seated and drink orders placed. Unfortunately, all four of us were VERY cold the entire time we were in the restaurant. I guess the a/c has to work overtime with the outside door constantly being opened, or maybe they keep it cold for the chef? Anyway... Four of ordered: 3 chicken kebabs, a shark fish platter, and a cyprus potato salad. The total bill was $55.08. The person who had the potato salad said it was the best she'd ever eaten. The grilled chicken kebabs were delicious - cooked to perfection, but a bit sloppy as a sandwich so two of us ate the contents of the sandwich with a fork. The cucumber dipping sauce was flavorful. I didn't care for the salad (cold cauliflower and carrots) but overall, I was happy with my meal.
  • Photo of Heidi D
    5 months ago
    We dined at Kanella South yesterday evening and really enjoyed the experience. The food was Cypriot, a cross between Greek and Middle Eastern, and these deliciously flavors were very much in evidence. The menu had just changed, and featured very fresh ingredients. Our server Brett was excellent, and had trained in the kitchen, so he was a wealth of knowledge on the ingredients and was very attentive as well. We opted to dine tapas-style, ordering a number of appetizers and some mains we shared, mainly focusing on vegetarian options but remaining flexible in a few case to include some lamb. While I can't profess to recall the names of the dishes, some of the standout appetizers were the stuffed bread with kale and cheese (similar to the boureka), the lamb flatbread (with beets and pomegranates it was a wonderful mix of flavors) and the monte (stuffed dumplings filled lamb and with a chili sauce). The mains we ordered were the vegetarian moussaka, different than what I would have expected due to the addition of fava beans. The benchamel was very light, and the eggplant perfectly done. The lamb kebobs were a hit with the carnivores (accompanied by some awsome okra). The desserts, especially the Greek donuts and lemon mousse were also standouts). There is a decent selection of wines, some very unusual, to accompany the dishes. The restaurant is one our dining companion has visited many times, and we will also return. Tip: drive around a bit for onstreet parking rather than paying for the overpriced garages. The closest garage is at 2nd and Lombard.
  • Photo of BigJimAtlanta_GA
    5 months ago
    Four of us had a very enjoyable dinner. The wine list had a nice selection of Greek and Mediterranean wines. Don't skip the dips appetizer with grilled pita. I had the lamb chops and they were delicious. The keftedes, the skirt steak and rotisserie lamb were all good
  • Photo of richardbernstein1
    5 months ago
    We had sort of a family reunion. My niece's husband is Greek and they had introduced us to Kanella at its orginal. The food at the new location is just as good as we remembered.
  • Photo of David H
    5 months ago
    A large group of us had an excellent meal at this restaurant near the river front recently. We shared a large number of appetizers, which were creative and delicious. We also had a few entrees that we shared including a delicious rabbit stew and mushroom dish. The flavors were robust and unique--sort of a cross between Greek, Lebanese, and Turkish cuisine. The wine list is relatively limited but unusual in that it contains many Greek, Cypriot, and Lebanese wines. The service was excellent although we were surprised to learn, when we received the bill, that 20% tip had been automatically added to the bill.
  • Photo of GreekScubaGirl
    5 months ago
    This place was really good. I think our server may have been a bit overwhelmed BUT they have food runners so it wasn't a big deal!!!! I would go back.
  • Photo of rimavh
    6 months ago
    This may be the BEST restaurant I've been to in the last year -- and I am fortunate enough to eat out a lot (ehmmm, hello hips!). If you like to eat the rainbow and savor flavors, go no further. 7 of us were in heaven. Not a bad meal amongst us. The food is amazing - simple, fresh, flavored just perfectly. The service was very attentive -- adorable, friendly Justin Bieber meets John Maher lookalike waiter and the oh my so handsome owner who stopped by to say hello. I know I am gushing and if you know me, enough said because you know it doesn't happen often. Try the dips of the day and the tabboleh, all the salads, all of it, just one of everything - this food is worth the calories! Light, fresh, yummy perfection with a solid wine list in a great atmosphere.
  • Photo of 216LNS
    6 months ago
    We enjoyed our evening here mostly because the food was really delicious and the restaurant is attractive. But the service was surprisingly poor and the prices were on the high side for what is offered (and we thought it was tacky to charge an additional $2 for a couple more pieces of pita so we could finish our hummous).
  • Photo of judy U
    8 months ago
    I had not been to Kanella since they moved to Front Street until this past week. Shame on me. Food was exceptional as before and I do like the ambiance a lot. Service was very good too. We shared all our food. For appetizer we had the octopus and another dish that was on a flat bread and with ground lamb (I think) and beets. Both were great. We had the special chicken dish and the pork Osso bucco. Again very delicious. And the dessert, the galatopoureko, was Devine! Great Greek food served here for sure.
  • Photo of judy92015
    8 months ago
    I am still dreaming about the delicious dinner we had here last weekend. We shared a number of appetizers and salads and had a fish entree dish that was stunning to look at and even more yummy to eat. Everything was impeccably prepared, we enjoyed learning g about Cyprian wines, talking with the owner and watching the chefs work their magic with the wood fired oven. Great night out!
  • Photo of lfiebert
    8 months ago
    Two couples celebrating the birthday of one of us. The size and ambience of Kanella is amazing which is large, airy, open and filled with Greek and Cypriot music. Wait staff extremely friendly, not pushy at all, but ready to help and answer any and all questions. A nice wine menu with several Greek and Cypriot wines. Everyone in our party had a different wine- one sparking, one rose and two different white wines- Everyone was pleased with their selection. Similarly, we each had a different appetizer and shared them with each other. Two people in our party had the Spanakopita, one of us had the meat balls and one had the mushroom ravioli. Everyone was so pleased with their entrees and we even tried three desserts-- They were amazing!! Everyone was a winner! Kanella was a wonderful choice for our party! We'll be back! I heartily recommend Kanella to anyone looking for an excellent Greek/Cypriot meal served by happy staff who are proud of their restaurant.
  • Photo of William B
    8 months ago
    We had an early dinner with a baby, his parents and me, the grandpa. The food and service was excellent. I had the lamb chops which were delicious (they were out of goat chops). Saganaki cheese and and the house humus was shared by all but the baby. Dessert was to go and also awesome. Will be back again next trip to Philly.
  • Photo of pschoenbach
    8 months ago
    For my birthday we decided to try the new (1 and 1/2 year) iteration of Kanela in their new location near Head house Square. In a spacious space with several areas for dining inside and out as well as an attractive bar, Kanela South as it is now called, is a great improvement physically. The food was a little unusual. After a grilled sardine appetizer, my wife and I had a Pork Osso Buco and a Lamb neck. The pork was in a delicious lemon sauce and vegetables including rocket while the generous lamb serving enjoyed a scumptious eggplant bed with nice accompaniments. The service was pleasant, and while noisy, we were able to converse even on a Saturday evening.
  • Photo of Matthias M
    8 months ago
    This place is right off I-95, so whether you're staying in Philly or just passing through, it's worth a stop, especially if you like Greek or Mediterranean food. Friends brought us here for a Sunday Brunch. We were especially impressed with Kanella's homemade dips and pâtés. They were intricately flavored, spicy, yet not overpowering. You will not be disappointed by anything you order here!
  • Photo of Richard D
    9 months ago
    We love Mediterranean food, especially Greek and Turkish, and Kanella South offered some great variations on that cuisine with its focus on Cypriot foods. The haloumi cheese is a must, as is the grilled pheasant (or was it squab).
  • Photo of FellowTaveler2
    10 months ago
    This is a hopping place, great atmosphere, attentive waitstaff and excellent creative food. A great place to go with friends.
  • Photo of bosch1500
    10 months ago
    The food is fabulous BUT the stars of the show are the pressed coffee and the galaktoboureko! Don't know what that is?? RUN to Kanella and find out!
  • Photo of pookala
    10 months ago
    Had a lovely dinner in Kanella's open kitchen dining room with friends last night & truly enjoyed the experience. Really a 4 1/2 star experience. Started with some excellent cocktails, with our absolute hands down favorite being the retsina and tsiporo (white brandy) concoction. I'm sorry I can't remember the name but it's listed on their menu as an award winner so you can't miss it. Began our meal by sharing four appetizers: a comforting and flavorful trio of dips with pita, a vibrant rusk salad, lamb dumplings and kale and cheese filled pastries. Our least favorite were the lamb dumplings, more of a textural issue than one of flavor. For entrees, the star of the evening was the grilled whole branzino (don't fret, wait staff will filet it for you) with the shredded lamb special coming in a close second. The nice part about the menu was that there were many options that looked appealing so there's a lot of incentive to make a return visit. Favorite dessert for me was the warm chocolate date cake served with vanilla ice cream, my companions also loved their pistachio creme brulee. Staff was kind, chatty and sometimes a bit scattered but perfect for this kind of neighborhood experience. We can't wait to return. Figure about $70-80 per person with alcohol, tax and tip

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