Dining Out: Where We’re Eating: Dmitri’s

Dmitri’s third location — in NoLibs — is good for the neighborhood.

If there’s an Old Faithful of Philly dining, it’s Dmitri’s, whose original Queen Village storefront is still turning-and-burning tables after 20 years in business — as is its younger Fitler Square sibling. A third branch opened in NoLibs in March, serving the same Mediterranean-ish fare. It’s a good-enough BYOB if you’re within walking distance, but not necessarily worth a special trip. Grilled octopus is nicely charred, but chewy; the shrimp pil pil, though tasty, is missing heat. Despite being grilled, whole branzino doesn’t have much flame-kissed flavor, but the hummus with fresh-from-the-grill pita is still a winner, as is the rice pudding.

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  • Eli

    Having tried Dmitri’s Northern Liberties location twice (the second time to give the benefit of the doubt), I will never return. The service was so poor that it made the experience unbearable, each time taking longer than 90 minutes for the meal, once seated. waitresses delivered the wrong dishes more than once on each occasion, and took more than 20 minutes to take our order. Terrible restaurant