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Taverna Knossos

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40 Nearchou | Old Harbor, Rethymnon, Crete, Greece
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

The food was great, the loaction spot on, the wine was lovely, which is lucky given the choice of White or Red and the people just make it. When you pop in at 12 and the 80yr old Mother is still there at 10pm to oversee the cooking you know it will be sound. Then there's the brother he is........ More 

Thank Steve M
Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Set in the lovely old harbour of Rethymnon the location of Taverna Knossos is great. However, the food didn't live up to expectation. The calamari was chewy which I wouldn't expect at a seaside restaurant in Greece. The Octopus was better but nothing amazing. I wouldn't go back.

Thank jammiedlee
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was very overpriced and poor quality food. Seafood spaghetti was dry and lacked flavour as did the sea bream. Cost 70 euros - the most expensive meal we have had in Rethymnon and not very good at all. Strange and quirky service but a good location on the harbour.

Thank Mill S
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great genuine food .... great service .... cucina di mamma ... well done Maria and Stavros .... in the old port of Rethymno ... Crete

Thank Yvonne A
Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium
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18 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Decided to have dinner in this tavern just because no one tried to "pull us inside". We were astonished by the authenticity of the place where we could see grandma Anna working in the kitchen for already 63 years (see picture). The products were fresh, dishes simple and atmosphere unforgettable. Will definitely return!

Thank Kirill S
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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86 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Situated in the old Venetian harbour, nestled between the other restaurants is this family run taverna. It is small and popular, mainly for the quirky service. The fish is fresh, though not outstanding. Worth a visit for the setting. Not expensive.

Thank nandgNL
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8 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We picked this restaurant because it looked very busy outside and they didn't appear to hassling people to go in. When we got there the lady asked if we would like to sit on the balcony so we said yes. We were asked to sit down and they brought us the menu and a drink of water. After 5-10 minutes... More 

Thank Garry W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We've stayed in Rethymnon several times now and every time we make sure we call in to this beautiful place for a meal. Unlike most of the other restaurants along the harbour, this is one of the very few that do not hassle you and 'tout for business' as you walk past. It's a family run place, the staff are... More 

Thank Simon T
New York City, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We tried this restaurant because our hotel recommended it and also the reviews were highly scored. We were disappointed as the service was bad , the food ordinary and prices were overpriced. The only high score they receive is for the atmosphere and eating next to the water on the dock.

Thank leneanne
Penarth, Wales, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2016

Ok - so there are some things about this restaurant that some people might think are downfalls'.... the menu is limited, there is very little space between the tables, it's squashed in between other larger tavernas.... but all of these things contribute to a really fun evening. This is a family owned and run restaurant, Grandma is in the kitchen,... More 

Thank Karen A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Seafood, Mediterranean, Greek
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Romantic, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 40 Nearchou | Old Harbor, Rethymnon, Crete, Greece
  • Location: Europe  >  Greece  >  Crete  >  Rethymnon Prefecture  >  Rethymnon
  • Phone Number: +30.2831025582
Knossos Tavern - 50 years family Cretan Tavern. The oldest in Rethimno's Old Harbor. Manager Maria Stavroulaki

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?