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Taverna Cretekou

Certificate of Excellence
Old Town
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818 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3017
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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, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
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  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
good time served here

When visiting our friends in Old Town, we ALWAYS stop at Taverna Cretekou - it never disappoints; great fish, great lamb.. fabulous desserts... friendly service!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Thank onthego0119
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

1 Thank Charlie M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

When visiting our friends in Old Town, we ALWAYS stop at Taverna Cretekou - it never disappoints; great fish, great lamb.. fabulous desserts... friendly service!

Thank webtravelle08
Alexandria, Virginia
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29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Felt vry welcome and at home when I was surprised for our 2nd Anni. out o the town dinner w my now fiancé. Good thing: Atmosphere: very homey and classic. Food: Full o Flavor and traditional. Staff and Chef were very insightful and was able to adjust the menu due to my ALLERGIES. Great place for 1st dates, Anni, o... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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270 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We've lived in Old Town for years and denied ourselves the early opportunity yo dine at Taverna Cretekou. Looking for something different on a Saturday night, we visited and became enamoured. The restaurant itself is plainly decorated, awash in white paint and bright and open. (When the weather is warmer, they have a courtyard for outdoor dining.) The menu is... More 

Thank Wineaux FromAlexandria
Bridgewater, Virginia
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Let's start with the most important thing....the food. It is sublime! Try the octopus. Don't like octopus? Trust me; you'll like it and just about everything else on the menu, which is quite varied and sophisticated. The servers tend to skew a little old, but don't take that to mean they are over the hill. Service is excellent. These guys... More 

1 Thank Van H
Alexandria, Virginia, United States
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I've been coming to Tavernas every couple of months for 16 years, and love it. Authentic Greek food in an atmosphere where they treat their guests like family- relax and enjoy drinks and fabulous food in a nice authentic space. Their specials are always very good, and the service is knowledgable and very friendly. It's an old school place, some... More 

1 Thank Bruce A
Alexandria, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Located away from the hustle and bustle of Old Town, yet close enough to enjoy this historic section of Old Town, Alex., this restaurant has been around for a long time.I have enjoyed this restaurant on many occasions. When one steps in the door the atmosphere of Greece is all around. There is also a charming outside dining area which... More 

Thank Frannie H
Alexandria, Virginia
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

Can't say enough good things about this place. I have been dining at Taverna Cretekou for 15 years. It is the restaurant where my family celebrates special occasions and where we bring out of town guests for a dinner (or lunch) out. I would say that we eat there about once every 7 weeks. The olive oil they prepare is... More 

1 Thank Nancy V
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Was our first time eating Greek food. Arrived at 9pm,was seated and we were rushed to ordered. Was not informed at the time of order that the kitchen would be closing in 15 mins. To our surprise, the appetizer and main meal were served to us at the same time by a very rude and rushed hostess who wouldn't even... 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: Greek

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children


Open Hours
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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