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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: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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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  • 115
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  • 52
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 21
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Fabulous food, hilarious and fun owner with on awesome water view

Came here on the recommendation of our Road Scholar tour leader. Fabulous spot. Family run, great service, huge portions with terrific food, and a hilariously funny owner who plays Greek music as well. It's a gem of a spot! Oh, great water view.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
Wally W
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Portland, Oregon
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Portland, Oregon
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46 reviews 46 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Came here on the recommendation of our Road Scholar tour leader. Fabulous spot. Family run, great service, huge portions with terrific food, and a hilariously funny owner who plays Greek music as well. It's a gem of a spot! Oh, great water view.

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Groesbeek, The Netherlands
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23 reviews 23 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We had dinner in this restaurant in May 2015. There was little interest from the owners for the restaurant guests. The fresh Fish we ate as part of the menu was cooked too long. Disappointing. Restaurant doesn't accept creditcards.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

I stayed two nights in Rethymno and ate there both times as the first meal was such a great experience. It is a humble, family run restaurant, situated on the waterfront of the old harbour. The owners are very friendly and charming; don't be afraid to ask for suggestions on the menu, they will give you their best advice. (you... More 

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Basingstoke, United Kingdom
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46 reviews 46 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

We were on holiday at the ens of October 2014 and found this amazing restaurant to eat in. We went inside and received a warm welcome from a very funny and friendly man. It was raining at the time so we were not able to sit outside to watch the coming and goings of the small harbor. The setting is... More 

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Wallasey England
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

We were just walking around the old harbour after 10.00 pm, on our last night in Rethymno, after having already eaten, when Stavros thrust a glass of raki each into our hands and invited us to sit at a spare table. Never ones to refuse a free drink, we accepted his invitation and for the next 90 minutes or so... More 

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Maidenhead, England, United Kingdom
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24 reviews 24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

This is an incredible little place where they make you feal at home, have the family members cook for you, serve you, sing to you, play strings instruments for you, and charge you very little after they have treated you to freee fruit and raki at the end of every meal. The Cretan food is absolutely authentic (I have been... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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26 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

We were greeted warmly by the owner and were seated at a table right along the harbor. My husband and I ordered the grilled fish for 2 which included bread, knossos salad, grilled potatoes, fish (whole or fillet), and wine. Everything was fresh, delicious and super tasty! We even were entertained by the owners brother who sang for us and... More 

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Lugano, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

it seems you need to go to a Greek island - and not all of them! - to enjoy freshly fished seafood. What I mostly enjoyed were the mussels, cooked with a house recipe, but it was also nice to sit at a table so near the sea that you could see the fish swimming below. By the way, everything... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We have visited this taverna based on recommendations of several sources.unfortunately it was total disapointment.food is expensive and not worse money.fish was burned,they have forgot to bring salad which was on menu of 50eur!!! It seems they give preference to Greeks, which were served much faster... We also had problem with payment with credit card. Not worse visiting

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This is my 2nd time at the taverna of Maria and Stavros...the location is just magnificent, right at the old Venetian port, which gives a strong nostalgic feeling about times that will never come back...the tavern has an original, authentic decor comprising of wonderful colours and smells which they only appear in old-style retro advertising...only this is original and not... 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

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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