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The stunning coastline of the Mediterranean is what lures visitors, but the simple, super flavorful dishes of the region are what win them over. Tender fish dishes, colorful produce and some of the best olives on Earth create rustic yet refined meals that fit any outing. For an authentic taste, visit one of these top Philadelphia restaurants.

1 Estia

Estia's space is at once grand and welcoming, with rustic woods and stunning barrel-vaulted ceilings lined with tumbled stone. Pick your fish fresh from the display by the kitchen for a classic grilled delight, or go with the ultra-tender lamb, marinated for three days in olive oil and herbs. End your meal with the rich Greek coffee, prepared the traditional way in a beautiful copper still.

1405-1407 Locust St.

Philadelphia, PA 19102



2 Kanella

It may be in Center City Philadelphia, but dining at Konstantinos Pitsillides Cyprus-inspired spot is like sliding into a time-worn table overlooking the beach. Perfectly grilled octopus with an acidic caper dressing, smokey cumin meatballs and a braised goat that has got everyone talking prove that simple can be superb.

1001 Spruce St.

Philadelphia, PA 19107



3 Effie's Greek Restaurant

Effie's is the spot that put authentic Greek food on the culinary map in Philadelphia, and its still one of the best places to go for a cozy, casual meal. The shrimp Santorini always pleases -- perfectly cooked shrimp, feta and tomatoes over rice -- as do the rich desserts like traditional baklava. Come by in the warmer months and enjoy the brick alley patio.

1127 Pine St.

Philadelphia, PA 19107



4 Barbuzzo

While many Mediterranean restaurants rely on time-honored recipes to bring in the crowds, Barbuzzo is not afraid to update and, in turn, amaze. Reaching across the regions there's amazing Northern Italian pizzas, perfeclty grilled fish served with Sicilian fregola and a signature take of Spanish fideua.

110 South 13th St.

Philadelphia, PA 19107



5 Divan Turkish Kitchen & Bar

Many of Philadelphia's Mediterranean spots channel Greece, but Divan's owners hail from just north in Turkey, providing a lesser known but equally delicious take on the region's specialties. Meze platters include dips from eggplant, peppers, spinach or artichokes, and the wide variety of kebabs provide a spicy kick we love.

918 South 22nd St.

Philadelphia, PA 19146



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