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“Good Start to Our Holiday” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Alana restaurant

Alana restaurant
Salaminos 15, Rethymnon, Crete 74100, Greece
6948374330
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Ranked #21 of 238 Restaurants in Rethymnon
Price range: $17 - $37
Cuisines: Greek, Mediterranean
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Alana Fresh food straight from the market. Specializing in grilled meat and Cretan cuisineThe restaurant's name derives from the old times. Alana was a place that kids of all the neighbourhood used to join together and play. It was first established in 1986 at the heart of the old town of Rethymno in Salaminos street , the central street under the castle of Fortezza and used to be one of the first tavernas in the area. With 200 seats it was the most crowdy place of the old town. In 2002 under new management, the place transformed to a more relaxing restaurant with 100 seats based on good quality products, attendive service and reasonable prices. Alana made a new beginning, changing totally the style of the restaurant, serving unique dishes of traditional fare in a relaxing setting full of flowers creating the perfect backdrop for a dining experience highlighted by inspired cuisine and impeccable service. The restaurant has attracted both tourists and local people drawn to the superb food, charm and hospitality of its owners.The restaurant serves healthy Greek and Mediterranean cuisine, using products sourced locally, cooked with care and it has been established as one of the best restaurants in town, based on the customers’ reviews. The extensive a la carte menu includes favourites like lamb with artichokes, Cretan smoked pork “apaki” and stuffed vine leaves, chargrilled steaks and beef burgers, grilled vegetables with feta cheese and oregano, wild greens with tomato, garlic and potatoes. Unique home made deserts are also offered.
Paphos
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“Good Start to Our Holiday”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

Very good choice for our first night in Rethymnon. Very nice setting & attentive staff. I had the octopus to start with which was excellent. My wife had fetta cheese & tomato on a crisp bread, which should only be tried if you have a good set of teeth. The jumbo prawns in ouzo with wild rice was very good but my wife was a little bit disappointed with the lamb & artichokes, as the lamb was a bit of a let down. A good selection of reasonably priced wines. Overall though, a very nice restaurant & we would go back if we were staying for longer than 1 week, as for this period of time there are so many restaurants to choose from.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Istanbul
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“"If you have one night in Rethymnon" as said to us by the hotel staff.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

Beautiful atmosphere. Very good food, original greek and mediterranean fusion, Even better prices. Good service.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Jerusalem, Israel
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Nice setting. Good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

Very nice restaurant with relaxing atmosphere and good food. Very conveniently located if you are visiting Rethymnon old city.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Wales
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“Good food, good service and good wine and all in the same restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2012

On our fifth night in rethymnon we visited Alana - thank goodness, having been significantly underwhelmed on the previous four nights, both from above and below on the list, and we were beginning to think we would return home from our week without a single decent culinary experience. I have always wondered what makes people eat in the same restaurant night after night when on holiday but for once I am tempted to revisit for our final two evenings rather than be disappointed again. The menu is interesting, good twists on local fare, a proper wine list and all served professionally and efficiently in nice surroundings. My husband unfortunately knocked his red wine over breaking the glass and it could not have been handled better anywhere. Also the WC's were clean and modern, a big plus for me as I cannot understand why so many establishments do not invest in their facilities. Thank you for a lovely evening, you should at least be number two on TA from our experience, cannot say number one as in fairness have only tried two others of the three above you.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Fantastic Night Out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

This was one of our favourite nights out in Rethymno. The food, service and atmosphere were all delightful. We would definitely return again on another visit. Thank you for such a lovely evening.

Another two places we'd also go back to in this town are Prima Plora and To Pigadi.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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