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Taverna Cretekou

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818 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3017
703-548-8688
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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: Brunch, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 202
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  • 108
    Very good
  • 35
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  • 18
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  • 15
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Delightful Dinning

Meet friends and had a great evening. Food and service merit a return visit at some point. Salads were fresh, large and sharable. Mains tasty and good sized. Deserts - not to sweet. All enjoyed and will return.

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 10, 2015
B R
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Naples, Florida
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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783 reviews
276 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 683 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

For years, this restaurant was at or near the top of our list for Old Town restaurants. It was always bustling, with lines out the door. I honestly don't consider it's decline in popularity a reflection of the restaurant going downhill. Rather, it's that there are so many new choices of outstanding restaurants in Old Town that many locals have... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Food was fine but lacking much flavor. Beet salad was beets from a can. Service was very good. Would not go back with so many options on King st.

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Thank wildbio1
Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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385 reviews
205 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 234 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015 via mobile

Owned by Greeks with Greek senior waiters - this place is authentic!! The food was exceptionally good and exceeded my expectations - it really did remind me of Greek tavernas in Chania and Loutro on Crete (except for the lack of a seaside nearby). I had a lovely taramosalata followed by perfectly grilled lamb cutlets. My wife had a stuffed... More 

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Thank Mutiny
Alexandria, Virginia
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

Have been here multiple times and am never let down! Have been here with large groups for the Sunday buffet and have frequented this place by myself! I love bringing a good book, sitting in the outside area with a good glass of wine!

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Thank kacey1313
NY
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

What a wonderful dinner we here! I highly recommend the Spanakopita as an appetizer. I was the best I've ever had. There were four of us at dinner and we all had something different. We were all very pleased with our food. Service was exceptional. Prices were relatively reasonable. Overall it was an exceptional dining experience.

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Thank NySummersun
Miami
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106 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

It's really hard to find authentic Greek food, and this was a great finding. They even have the Matalamina (retsina) that is rear to get. The ambiance was great, and the service outstanding.

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Thank LiPiMiami
Alexandria, Virginia
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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Chris provides a welcoming atmosphere and all the staff are extremely conscientous. Outside dining a romantic plus. The octopus is the best I have ever eaten and the Mousakka is heavenly. The Branzino is filleted at the table but don't let a waiter do it. We had one waiter render it bonefully when Denise and. Chris were on vacation last... More 

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Thank Robalo98
Naples, Florida
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

Meet friends and had a great evening. Food and service merit a return visit at some point. Salads were fresh, large and sharable. Mains tasty and good sized. Deserts - not to sweet. All enjoyed and will return.

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Thank B R
Raleigh, North Carolina
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30 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

We were here a couple years ago and then again just recently. The service is great, they welcome you and come and check on you to make sure you are happy with your food. The food is good, home style Greek food. It's reasonably priced. They have outdoor seating which is nice. You can go as a couple or bring... More 

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Thank onthego0119
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015 via mobile

I must tell you, this was pretty bad for a Saturday night. Asked for sishkaba plate with no rice, received a plate with rice. Asked for a new plate, waiter scraped the rice off and put veggies, still rice on the plate, thanks. Lamb was tough and not fresh. Bad experience. This is what happens when past success is taken... More 

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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: Mediterranean, Greek

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups
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?