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“Outstanding food & fantastic service, all at a reasonable price.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ariadni

Ariadni
Evropis 86, Koutouloufari, Hersonissos, Crete, Greece
00308212897024568
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Ranked #25 of 36 Restaurants in Koutouloufari
Cuisines: Pizza, Greek
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Halesowen, United Kingdom
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51 reviews 51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
“Outstanding food & fantastic service, all at a reasonable price.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

When visiting Koutouloufari, this is one taverna that is impossible to miss, just take a brief walk along the main street of an evening and you'll see the pizza chef spinning the dough on a terrace, right over the street! I've never seen him drop one yet, but watch out for flying pizzas, just in case!

The guys working there are very friendly and not in the slightest bit pushy as you walk past; just a friendly 'hello', an invitation to look at the menu, and a smile and wave if you decide not to go in. If you do decide to eat there, the seating is up a flight of stairs onto an open-air terrace, and makes an very pleasant setting for watching the world go by as you eat and drink.

The food itself is fantastic, they do a beef dish cooked and served in a mini crock pot which is out of this world! The meat melts in your mouth and is so full of flavour I can still imagine the taste of it now. The portions are a good size as well, big enough to fill you up nicely, but not that big that you end up waddling down the road later or leaving half of it because there's just too much.

Their pizzas are well worth a try as well, made fresh in front of you, none of this processed Dominos crap we get over here. The meat and veg they put on them is very generous, fresh, and just can't be beaten. In fact I'd quite like one right about now, but not sure they'd deliver to England!

As with many tavernas in the area, the wine is out of the barrel, and is extremely nice (if you like dry, full bodied red wine that is), and we got through a fair bit of it; a half litre caraffe cost around 4.50 EU, about the same price as a bottle of wine from Asda. Considering you can pay over £10 for a bottle of wine in the UK, I'd say that's reasonable value. There were also the complimentary post-meal Rakis to contend with as well, a very nice touch I feel, as you very rarely get anything complimentary in England. This seems to be a common theme in Koutouloufari, after a meal the taverna will give you a drink with the bill.

As mentioned before, the guys here are really friendly; the next night after eating here, we walked past and the guy on the front asked us how we enjoyed our meal the night before, and when we wnet in a few nights later, the waiter that served us even remembered what we'd eaten!

All in all, I can't recommend this place highly enough and can't wait to be back there.

  • 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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Bristol
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38 reviews 38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“4.5* nearly a 5* but wine seemed expensive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

A very friendly waiter pulled us in here after we were a little mesmerised by the pizza waiter flinging the dough about on the balcony as other reviewers have also commented!
Glad we ate here the pizzas were fantastic, beautifully cooked in the proper pizza oven it's a must try when you're here, the waiter even gave us a little chocolate cake at the end free as well, well worth a visit

Visited October 2012
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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Dinner and a show!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

The food is here is excellent, you'll see it straight away because of the pizza- twirling exhibitionist performing bread- based acrobatics over the side of the balcony. The pizzas are to die for (OK, not greek, but still amazing), there is a mixed Greek dinner which is also really good if you want to try a bit of everything and decide what you like.
Above all, the staff are friendly and happy to recommend dishes. My only criticism is that the house wine isn't very good, but just ask for the wine list.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Oxfordshire
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Calzone to die for!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Lovely restaurant, food excellent staff and chefs friendly, welcoming and attentive. Look out for low flying pizza dough being twirled by the chef! must try!

Visited September 2012
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Ireland
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34 reviews 34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Lovely Meal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

We had a fantastic meal in this restaurant, since it is recognised by the man throwing the pizza dough as you pass by, I decided to go with a pizza. It was really tasty, fresh & light. The staff were extremly friendly and helpful, the service in general was quick and efficient and the restaurant was obviously very popular as it was packed each night. The other dish we ordered was spaghetti bolognese and the portion was a great size. The bill was very reasonable too so would definitely recommend it.

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