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Taverna Knossos

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40 Nearchou | Old Harbor, Rethymnon, Crete, Greece
+30.2831025582
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12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children
Description: Knossos Tavern - 50 years family Cretan Tavern. The oldest in Rethimno's...
Knossos Tavern - 50 years family Cretan Tavern. The oldest in Rethimno's Old Harbor. Manager Maria Stavroulaki
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  • 193
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    Very good
  • 36
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  • 22
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  • 29
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Enjoyable and relaxing lunch

As others have mentioned the owners are real characters. Food and house wine was very good, setting by the port is spectacular, house wine was good, what more is needed. Would definitely go back.

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 11, 2015
dt95
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Austin, Texas
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Ludlow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

A small family run, typically Greek taverna in the Venetian Port. We stumbled across this little gem and when we saw the food on the tables, decided it was worth a try, we were not disappointed. Food was fantastic, service was great fun with an impromptu musical interlude. Without doubt, we'll go back.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015 via mobile

Not much positive to say really, it was strange from start to finish, our waitress was deaf, ok no problem with that she tried hard but obviously had real trouble answering our queries on the menu. Anyway as predicted only one main came up, this was bought up by the owners daughter who explained the waitress was dead and there... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Selecting a place to eat overlooking the old Venetian port in Rethymnon involves running the gauntlet of pushy restaurant owners but stay calm and head for the intimate Knossos Taverna where no one trawls for business because they do not need to. This family run restaurant & home (where the 80 year old mother was born & lives) was the... More 

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Grenoble, France
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Several relatives went there for dinner and the receipt given was just half the amount paid. In such cases the quality of the food and the service is not worthwhile mentioning... Pay attention to the receipt provided. You are not obliged to pay a penny more than the amount on the receipt.

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Thank Paul M
Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015 via mobile

As others have mentioned the owners are real characters. Food and house wine was very good, setting by the port is spectacular, house wine was good, what more is needed. Would definitely go back.

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Thank dt95
Arlington, VA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

That is what the owner says. He is quite a character. The taverna has a nice atmosphere but the food is so-so, at least what we chose. The grape leaves were not great, my sea bream overcooked. My husband enjoyed his seafood pasta.

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Thank Sukibot
Fremont, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015 via mobile

Our children selected this site for our departing lunch in Rethymnon. It was a bit of a trek but when we were seated their selection made complete sense. We were seated overlooking the Venetian Harbor with the sun perfectly lighting our view. The restaurant was small. We had been unable to visit the archeological sites at Knossos so they thought... More 

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Thank JosephatFremont
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

Maris and Stavros offer very good food in a small nice tavern in the old Venetian Harbor. The first courses are mainly from the Cretan cuisine and the seafood is fresh and tasty

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Sofia, Bulgaria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

They are very friendly and funny especially Stravos! The food is very very good & typical and I recommend you try all the starters, exquisite!! and average price

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015 via mobile

Situated in the Venetian harbour, Knossos is a beautiful little taverna, ran by the lovely hostess Maria. Make your excuses as you bypass the other restaurants' pushy waiters and you'll be rewarded with the most hospitable place on the dock! Food is fresh and delicious, portion sizes are generous and Maria is delightfully friendly. Not to be missed if you... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 40 Nearchou | Old Harbor, Rethymnon, Crete, Greece
  • Location: Europe  >  Greece  >  Crete  >  Rethymnon Prefecture  >  Rethymnon
  • Phone Number: +30.2831025582

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Greek

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

Description

Knossos Tavern - 50 years family Cretan Tavern. The oldest in Rethimno's Old Harbor. Manager Maria Stavroulaki
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Monday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 12:00 am

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