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“lovely food, good service” 5 of 5 stars
Review of To Pigadi

To Pigadi
Xanthoudidou 31 | Old Town, Rethymnon, Crete 74100, Greece
+30 2831 027522
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Ranked #18 of 238 Restaurants in Rethymnon
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $11 - $33
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Greek
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Coffee & Tea, Dinner, Dessert, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff
Description: The restaurant is on the site where once stood a Venetian building which was linked to the residence on the south side through a doorway. It is believed that where the covered dining area stands was once a large storeroom and animal stable. The dining courtyard was indeed a courtyard and animal feeding area. In 2003 the chef and owner Harris Pavlakis decided to open the restaurant. The restaurant serves traditional local and greek dishes with local products and provides a friendly and romantic atmosphere. Our restaurant is certificated for Cretan Cuisine from The Greek Academy Of Taste and has won 2 gold medals one in the 9th contest of Cretan Traditional Cooking and the other in the 6th contest of Cretan Traditional Cooking.
Belfast, United Kingdom
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“lovely food, good service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Lovely setting, friendly staff, very efficient service....try any one of the excellent pasta dishes...would be very nice for a special occasion - best to book as fills up early. Highly recommended. (i do wish that a customer had not brutally kicked the small cat that was passing though however - animal cruelty is not attractive and the little animal was bothering no-one).

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Very good Cretan food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

We ate twice at To Pigadi, as it was conveniently near our hotel and our first meal made us want to further explore the varied menu. The service was very good the first night, and okay but not great the second time.

The courtyard setting is very attractive, similar to AVLI next door, and much quieter than some of the tourist restaurants found on many streets in the old town.

We enjoyed both nights the cretan wild green balls - bitter greens mixed w/ feta or goats cheese and fried. I cannot recommend these enough, as I would return only to have these again. The Pigadi sald was exceptional the first night - a perfect blend of sweet and savory. The second night, the dressing was off, and the salad not nearly as good.

My children enjoyed the lamb chops, and the grilled octopus was also very good. Overall, there were more "hits" than "misses," and we enjoyed both dinners very much. The staff are friendly and helpful.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Gorgeous Cretan food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013 via mobile

Stopped here as it is recommended in the rough guide and were not disappointed. The restaurant is just off the busier streets where restaurants need someone outside to drag you in. This restaurant does not have to rely on such pressure.

The menu is extensive and contains a variety of Cretan and non-Cretan food, all at reasonable prices. The grilled shrimps with almonds were full of flavour. The complementary almond cake finished the meal off a treat!

Definitely recommend this place.

Visited July 2013
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“amazing greek cuisine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013

One of the best experiences I've had in a restaurant. A traditional stone built restaurant in the heart of the Old City of Rethymnon. Amazing and friendly service. Reasonable prices suitable for both families and groups of friends. Last but certainly not least, the recipes are a perfect example of the traditional cretan cuisine. A memorable experience and certainly one of the ''musts'' of Crete!

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Poor service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013 via mobile

The food was average - not special at all and you can easily find better food at the same prices. Service was very poor. Although the atmosphere was cosy I will not go back.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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