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Taverna Cretekou

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818 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3017
703-548-8688
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Today
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 30
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  • 14
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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
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We went to the Taverna Cretekou with another couple. We were able to eat outside on the back patio. We had a great time. The waiter was helpful with suggestions and the food was well prepared. I would recommend it if you have a hankering for Greek food.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
Richard M
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Denver, Colorado
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015 NEW

We enjoy Greek food & this is one our our favorite Greek restaurants. The atmosphere is warm & inviting, the service friendly & attentive, and the food authentic & delicious. We have never been disappointed.

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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Stopped by the Taverna Cretekou to enjoy a glass of wine and some light fare in the late afternoon. The patio is absolutely lovely. The service was attentive and welcoming. The food, even for light fare was dissappointing. We ordered the octopus and looked forward to a fresh grilled greek octopus. What arrived was mealy and unappetizing. Not sure we... More 

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Long Island NY
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37 reviews 37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

from the olive oil they bring to your table ( just like my papou brought back from Greece), to the music and the service, everything about this restaurant is very real and genuine. The tarama and hummus were excellent, the soup and entrees equally wonderful.maybe because their style relates to where my ancestors were from, I felt very at home... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Taverna is one of our favorite Old Town Alexandria dinner locations. Dinning room and back garden/patio areas are available to accommodate parties of any size. The staff is friendly and attentive to every patron, regardless of age. We have enjoyed holiday meals on Easter, Father's Day and special dates throughout the year. Whether its just the two of us or... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

We went to the Taverna Cretekou with another couple. We were able to eat outside on the back patio. We had a great time. The waiter was helpful with suggestions and the food was well prepared. I would recommend it if you have a hankering for Greek food.

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Louisa, Virginia
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Super Greek food, nice atmosphere and a very large restaurant. Sometimes, it takes awhile for your plates to be served, but it's well worth it on King St. An alternative is Vaso's Kitchen on Powhatan (I've eaten there and it's absolutely wonderful), or Vaso's Mediterranean on King St. (haven't tried it yet).

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Had a nice and relax evening here with my better half. Overall service was great and our waitress was very attentive. Food was not as fancy as expected-yet their perfect imperfection impressed me. I felt "home" at this place and certainly will revisit in the future :)

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Southern Shores, North Carolina
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78 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We had a great dinner there; the atmosphere, service and food were outstanding. It is decidedly Greek, as they spoke basically Greek to each other. We started off with the grilled octopus, drizzled in lemon and olive oil and the stuffed filo (spinach and cheeses), then the Lamb Kabobs and Lamb shank. Excellent; I wish I lived here, as I... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Christina an her husbnd are alway on the job. The garden is lovely and the Sunday buffet is a great value. Their daily specals are always worth trying.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

An excellent Greek restaurant, sit out in the courtyard if the weather is nice, enjoy your lamb ( What? Of course you're having lamb) dolmades, baba ganoush and hummus. Then drink some ouzo and listen to the Greek band doing some Old Country favorites that even if you're not Greek will still be oddly familiar. Oopa!,

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 818 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3017
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Alexandria>  > Old Town
  • Neighborhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: 703-548-8688

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 24 - 24
  • Cuisine: Greek
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?