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Alana restaurant

Salaminos 15, Rethymnon, Crete 74100, Greece
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Ranked #15 of 230 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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Helsinki, Finland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Alana is a restaurant in the Old Town - not a taverna, and hence a bit more expensive than tavernas. The garden-like setting is charming, big trees stretching their leaves over you. On a Saturday evening it was full - a reservation on weekends could be useful, just in case. We arrived rather early, around 8 pm, and got a... More

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33 reviews 33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Visit this very nice restaurant one time and it was very nice and the food was very good. The staff was very herlpfull and tried to serve you as good as possible. I can recomend a visit to the restaurant :-)

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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This restaurant is really well presented as is the food. I was slightly disappointed with my meal, it was cooked well, but I think I made a bad choice (Hidden Chicken) it was hard going with no sauce and wasn't as flavoursome as it sounded. Everyone else enjoyed there meals though. We really like the fact that smaller portions of... More

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39 reviews 39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We had the tzatziki, mushroom starter, strawberry salad and beef cheeks here. The strawberry salad had maybe 2 strawberries in it and was so rich we couldn't finish it even sharing the meal. The bread was a tiny amount, not enough to accompany the tzatziki. The mushrooms and beef cheeks were good though. If I could of give 3.5 stars... More

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Wirral, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

The restaurant is set in the backstreets of the old town. It is attractive and comfortable. The food was high quality but not over expensive. The staff were quietly attentive.

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London, United Kingdom
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7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

My girlfriend and I stayed in Rethymon for a week in early July and ate out every night in or around the old town. This, in my opinion, was the best restaurant we went to. Firstly, the setting was beautiful with trees all around and candles on the table made for a very romantic atmosphere. The food was lovely and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We had dinner there, a family of 7, and we all had different dishes, 3 courses. We all loved all of them! Especially the steaks and the desserts. We also had some excellent Cretan red wine, recommend you try it. The service was very good, kids friendly and the menu also kids friendly . Highly recommend this restaurants that is... More

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York, United Kingdom
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4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We just happened upon alana close to our hotel beautiful surroundings excellent service amazing food I had rib eye steak Cooked perfectly my husband had chicken in pistachio sauce said it was best chicken he had eaten we were so Impressed we have booked a table next week for our anniversary very reasonable prices too defiantly a must if in... More

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6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Visited one evening in July after reading recommendations and we're not disappointed.nicely tucked away up a side street away from the pestering at the harbour. We all opted for the Cretan specialities starting with mixed mezes including snails. The complimentary dessert was a nice addition. The house white and red wines were delicious and very reasonable. The staff were very... More

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Jönköping, Jönköpings Län, Sweden
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4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Visited in August 2013. Very cozy atmosphere and surroundings. The food was amazing, take the starter with feta cheeze and sausages (not for me though) and dakos, but split it with someone. Perfect start on a perfect dinner. The restaurant was fresh, the food as well, and important after a couple glasses of wine, a fresh toilet. However, great place... More

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