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Mediterranean, Greek
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Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Buffet, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Dog Friendly, Family style
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We stopped for a late lunch, and were greeted on arrival, and made to feel welcome. The food is the best I have tasted here in Crete, you can feel the love, passion and time that goes into creating these dishes. We chatted to Stella,...after, who explained, ingredients are freshly sourced, and many take three hours to cook, and wow, the food was awesome. I’d love to see Stella write a cookbook, which I’d proudly add to my collection. We will definitely be eating here again, before our holiday is over.More

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great homemade food and big portions served up by Stella ! Friendly as you can get and then some. A must to visit when you come here!

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Proper traditional family food at very decent prices. This is the type of food you won’t typically have in a restaurant but you would if you were to stay with a local for some time. Using traditional recipes and filling a mixed plate up to...the brim you will leave very satisfied.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed May 8, 2024 via mobile

Everything was wonderful for lunch, a Greek salad and rabbit with rice for me and Stella’s meatballs, ocra, beans and spinach with rice for her. Stella took the time to come and chat with us for a few minutes. All round a very pleasant lunch...in Rethymno!More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed March 25, 2024 via mobile

When we went they let us know that they were getting ready to close and that they could serve us fish soup and whatever mains they had left. We got to try some Crete dishes I don't think we would try otherwise. The fish soup...was very nice and a good start to the meal. They served us a combination of mains including glazed chicken, a beef/lamb patty and pork souvlaki. All the mains came with generous portions and sides including these large beans, okra, orzo, mashed potatoes and a mish mash of whatever they had left. We got to meet Stella and she shared with us that her ingredients are local and it sounds like the meat came from her family farm including a rabbit leg that was pretty good. There weren't many options open when we visited in March but we thought the town was worth a quick stop during our road trip on the island. What took away from the dinner was the smoking outside easily came into the restaurant and made one of our group members nauseous. A nice touch was that they provided us with riki and oranges for dessert but the oranges seemed to be out of season. We were told that if we visited around the lunch hour there would be lots of fresh options and we could make a choice for a main. We did have high hopes for this place considering the Google reviews and it is quite charming and cozy but we felt we didn't get Stella's Kitchen at their best. It is very fairly priced so if you're looking to experience a home cooked style Greek meal this might be a good option.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 15, 2024

As this is a restaurant highly recommended on trip advisor, we decided to check it out. It wasn't the best experience. The restaurant itself is tiny, on a crowded narrow street. Maybe it has its own atmosphere, but it looks more like a dining room...with a kitchen. The food itself may be authentic, but it doesn't blow your mind. A so-so snack, not very fresh bread and mediocre olive oil. The way the food is served is quite cafeteria-like, you have to go up and choose something from the counter. They add some strange fees to the bill, a few euros per table, supposedly for availability. I haven't seen anything like this and I consider it a scam.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed February 20, 2024 via mobile

This is a great place to eat. Stella and her staff are very warm and welcoming. The delicious, healthy, home-style food is lovingly prepared by Stella. There are printed menus at the tables but you go over to the counter of the kitchen to see...what's actually being offered that day and to order. Both meat eaters and vegetarians can eat very well here. Stella put together great vegetarian combination plates for us that had some of all of the tasty vegetable dishes. On Mondays she makes a hearty delicious fish soup that is chock full of fish and vegetables. Her lentil soup is also good- we had that on a Tuesday but I don't know if she makes it every Tuesday. Good red and white house wine is available - €5 for a half liter or €2 a glass. There is also beer and ouzo of course. They give you complementary tangerines and raki which make for a nice finish to the meal. One of the two days we ate there they also offered coffee and cake on the house. You pay at the counter. They accept both cash or credit cards. They open early for breakfast but at least this time of the year close at 18:00.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed October 21, 2023

Stella's Kitchen is homemade delicious food of the day made by Stella in the kitchen in front of your eyes, served fresh and delicious, in a small but cosy and nice place. This place, unnoticeable as surrounded by fancy tourist places, is a gem, not...to be missed for real, juicy, quality, local, tasty Greek and Cretan food. About 150m from the Niaradze Mosque, this is a typical family place (mom in the kitchen and her son helping and serving the tables). Here you go straight to the kitchen to see the dishes of the day, directly in their pot, and decide if you want a mixed plate with several of them (9 euro) or just one specific dish. I had a mixed plate with cooked green leaves (korta: spinach like but a bit bitter and softer), briam (stewed mixed veggies with potatoes, zucchini, carrots, etc), rice with green & lemon, orange honey sesami chicken (amazing!). My partner also had a mixed plate: yiouvetsi (little pasta cooked with sauce and beef) and broccoli. We also got wise advise on the best food combination (taste and health) by Stella's son, Stavros. Everything was delicious and plenty. At the end, they kindly offered us some free very sweet grapes. The kindness of our hosts, pride of their food and culture made the experience even tastier. Everything included, all food, bread, drinks (one Mithos beer and a soft drink) = 23 euro. I would come here to eat every day, if I could.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed October 20, 2023 via mobile

Friendly welcome and tasty home cooked traditional Greek food. Plenty of vegetarian & vegan options too. Would recommend.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed October 5, 2023 via mobile

Incredible Greek home kitchen. Stela with her son Stavros, in a Tiny little restaurant in the heart of the old city of Rethimno . Very friendly and home atmosphere. Each plate was better than the other. It is a real Pearl.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed October 2, 2023 via mobile

Stella's was amazing! Our favourite meal whilst we were in rethmyno! It was so authentic and lovely. We really enjoyed going up to the counter hearing about all the food and then getting to try so many things! A must if in rethymno! Just make...sure you aren't a fussy eater if you go as you may struggle!More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed September 29, 2023 via mobile

I can't understand how this restaurant has such good reviews. No service at all and all food very oily. The salad alone was worth it. We didn't even eat half of the main courses. Too bad the money I paid. Although the prices are very...good More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed September 29, 2023 via mobile

My husband and I found this place by luck today. It’s right in the old town, along all the shops, but it’s not your touristy type place. It’s like walking into you Yiayia‘s or, in my case, mom’s kitchen. Stella’s menu varies from day to...day and is full of the truly traditional dishes that every Greek person grows up on. You’ve got to get there before 4pm, in order to get the best choices. Don’t miss out on this hidden gem, during your visit in the old town of Rethymno! We will definitely go back before we end our awesome trip to Crete.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed September 20, 2023

What a gem! Inamongst the more touristy shops is this lovely traditional cafe serving fresh, wholesome food at a reasonable price. We loved it. You can see the dishes she has prepared at the back of this little cafe and choose a plateful of your...favourites for 9 euros. We had green beans and gigantes - both were the best we had all holiday.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed September 19, 2023 via mobile

We fell on this restaurant by chance and we are very grateful we did. The food was amazing and the customer service matched. Traditional and wholesome. Absolute must visit if you are in the area!

Date of visit: September 2023
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Stella's Kitchen is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5