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Salaminos 15, Rethymnon, Crete 74100, Greece
+30 694 837 4330
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12:00 pm - 1:00 am
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Alana Fresh food straight from the market. Specializing in grilled meat...
Alana Fresh food straight from the market. Specializing in grilled meat and Cretan cuisineThe restaurant's name derives from the old times. Alana was a place that kids of all the neighbourhood used to join together and play. It was first established in 1986 at the heart of the old town of Rethymno in Salaminos street , the central street under the castle of Fortezza and used to be one of the first tavernas in the area. With 200 seats it was the most crowdy place of the old town. In 2002 under new management, the place transformed to a more relaxing restaurant with 100 seats based on good quality products, attendive service and reasonable prices. Alana made a new beginning, changing totally the style of the restaurant, serving unique dishes of traditional fare in a relaxing setting full of flowers creating the perfect backdrop for a dining experience highlighted by inspired cuisine and impeccable service. The restaurant has attracted both tourists and local people drawn to the superb food, charm and hospitality of its owners.The restaurant serves healthy Greek and Mediterranean cuisine, using products sourced locally, cooked with care and it has been established as one of the best restaurants in town, based on the customers’ reviews. The extensive a la carte menu includes favourites like lamb with artichokes, Cretan smoked pork “apaki” and stuffed vine leaves, chargrilled steaks and beef burgers, grilled vegetables with feta cheese and oregano, wild greens with tomato, garlic and potatoes. Unique home made deserts are also offered.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Excellent food, lovely surroundings

Some restaurants you just want to take home with you. This is one such place. The food was good, the service friendly yet discreet and the surroundings low key but elegant. And, at the end of the night, a reasonable bill accompanied by a delicious dessert and an even more delicious dessert wine!

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
JandJAdelaide
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Adelaide
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Families with children
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Some restaurants you just want to take home with you. This is one such place. The food was good, the service friendly yet discreet and the surroundings low key but elegant. And, at the end of the night, a reasonable bill accompanied by a delicious dessert and an even more delicious dessert wine!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

We love Greeek food, and rarely do we have a meal that is other than fresh and tasty. After 10 days in Greece this time, we were ready for something other than the usual taverna food. Well, this is it. The meatiest, tastiest lamb chops with artichokes that melted. Perfect grilled octopus with favs and leeks. Fine wine. Yoghurt and... More 

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152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

We went here last year and was definitely worth a return visit. Coincidentally, it was the same waiter who remembered us before we spoke. Sorry I don't know his name but married to an English lady who works for Thomas cook. He is so professional and welcoming and we were so glad we got to meet him again. We had... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 via mobile

We were recommended this restaurant by our hotel after our disappointing meal at the lemon tree garden, we both ordered the Rib Eye Steak with pepper sauce, we did not have a starter and clearly that was the right decision as the steak was huge and cooked to perfection. the service was good and the waitors attentive the surroundings are... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This is our third trip to Rethymno, and our fourth to Alana. It is a lovely restaurant with delicious modern Greek food, and classy service. We notice many staff remain year on year, a testament to the quality of this establishment. We loved the veal liver, the lamb pastrami pies, lamb with artichokes, and delicious desserts. Our wine was also... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Great atmosphere, superb food albeit portions on the small side and brilliantly attentive staff, all combine to produce a sophisticated but relaxed dinner. Don't walk past this place otherwise you might regret it afterwards

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Alana was recommended to us by the owner of our pensione. The restaurant is just gorgeous set in a garden with a large awning covering many of the tables. There are lovely large trees shading the courtyard and the tables and chairs are white French Provincial. Large terracotta pots planted with shrubs and flowers add to the ambience and there... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Most amazing service, could have been in the best restaurant in Manhatton! The food was some of the most modern and eclectic I have seen in Greece. An absolute incredible way to take old favourites and make them taste and look completely different. Wonderful dining experience in Greece!!!!

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Reading, UK
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

We visited here twice during our stay in Rethymnon. Once for lunch and once for dinner. Great food, fresh and delicious. Lovely house wine and a great team. Highly tecommended.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

We went to this restaurant because we read good reviews about it here on internet. I found it very disturbing that ashtrays were changed 6-8 times during the stay. Also the starter plates were changed while we were still eating from them. Staff was running around like headless chickens without any real purpose and it made the atmosphere a bit... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Salaminos 15, Rethymnon, Crete 74100, Greece
  • Location: Europe  >  Greece  >  Crete  >  Rethymnon Prefecture  >  Rethymnon
  • Phone Number: +30 694 837 4330

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 14 - 33
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Greek

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children, Doing business, Entertaining clients, Romantic

Description

Alana Fresh food straight from the market. Specializing in grilled meat and Cretan cuisineThe restaurant's name derives from the old times. Alana was a place that kids of all the neighbourhood used to join together and play. It was first established in 1986 at the heart of the old town of Rethymno in Salaminos street , the central street under the castle of Fortezza and used to be one of the first tavernas in the area. With 200 seats it was the most crowdy place of the old town. In 2002 under new management, the place transformed to a more relaxing restaurant with 100 seats based on good quality products, attendive service and reasonable prices. Alana made a new beginning, changing totally the style of the restaurant, serving unique dishes of traditional fare in a relaxing setting full of flowers creating the perfect backdrop for a dining experience highlighted by inspired cuisine and impeccable service. The restaurant has attracted both tourists and local people drawn to the superb food, charm and hospitality of its owners.The restaurant serves healthy Greek and Mediterranean cuisine, using products sourced locally, cooked with care and it has been established as one of the best restaurants in town, based on the customers’ reviews. The extensive a la carte menu includes favourites like lamb with artichokes, Cretan smoked pork “apaki” and stuffed vine leaves, chargrilled steaks and beef burgers, grilled vegetables with feta cheese and oregano, wild greens with tomato, garlic and potatoes. Unique home made deserts are also offered.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Monday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Thursday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 1:00 am

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