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Alana restaurant

Salaminos 15, Rethymnon, Crete 74100, Greece
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Ranked #20 of 238 Restaurants in Rethymnon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $17 - $37
Cuisines: Greek, Mediterranean
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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.
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Tampa, Florida
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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Incredible courtyard setting alone justifies dinner trip. Food was pretty good but had better during my time in the city.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

We went here twice during our recent holiday and found the food and ambience great on both occasions. We had a selection of meat and fish dishes across our visits and they were well cooked on both occasions.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Went to this restaurant after reading rave reviews on trip Advisor and although the setting is beautiful I was disappointed with the food. I ordered chicken with fries and although the chicken was very succulent the so-called fries were cold. They were not French fries but fried potatoes sliced so thin they were more like crisps. Shame - I felt... More

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Our experience here very good. Quick service, polite staff and very clean facilities. We had house wine 10euros which was very good (white and red), food excellent, we had hidden chicken and pork which were well cooked, as well as vine leaves with mince and asparagus. It looks lovely from outside and thought inside just as good. Try to get... More

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London, United Kingdom
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93 reviews 93 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 via mobile

Ordered Greek mezze and a Greek salad as a late light lunch. Mezze plate arrived dirty, almost looked as if of had just been used by someone else and topped up (hope it wasn't!) Could see waiter cut the bread with his dirty hands (had just been doing/undoing umbrellas). Wind glasses were dirty and there was a spider in my... More

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Marlborough, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

Great side-road setting, helpful and attentive staff (advising us we'd ordered too much volume for our mezze). Quick service. But most of all, simple cooking, letting the very fresh ingredients speak for themselves. Really very delicious lunch. Their strawberry salad, with balsamic dressing and toasted nuts was a stunner!

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Nottingham, UK
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64 reviews 64 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Had dinner here - varied menu to suit all tastes. Service was good but not hurried and the staff were very friendly. Food was well cooked and delicious. A nice touch is the complementary small desert and sweet wine brought with the bill. Highly recommend you give this place a try as prices are reasonable and the setting is delightful.

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We visited Alana on Monday evening, 25th August, and wanted a special dining experience as it was our very first trip to Rethymnon, and Alana was very highly recommended by our hotel owners who dine there regularly and of course by many Tripadvisor reviewers. The pros ... Lovely venue in old town Rethymnon, beautiful al fresco garden feel, romantic setting,... More

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Sligo, Ireland
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014 via mobile

Just eaten here and all I can say that it was fabulous. We stumbled upon it by accident. It's ambience just drew us in. The menu was varied and the prices were excellent. The food was to die for. Best restaurant so far!

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Alta, Finnmark, Norway
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We went to this place two times for dinner, and we were just as satisfied both times. The food is good and the staff is friendly. Easily the best place we had dinner at in Rethymnon.

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