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Taverna Cretekou

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818 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3017
+1 703-548-8688
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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United States
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18 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

After a two year absence, we returned to Taverna Cretekou for dinner. Our host greeted us and showed us to our table by the faux fireplace. We ordered Agria Manitaria, Arni Shishkebab, Garides Cretekou, and Verikoka Aphrodite. Both the kebabs and the shrimp dish were tasty and large enough for us to share, Our host, who was also our waiter,... More 

Thank Allan W
sarasota florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Fine Greek food in a good atmosphere. Great service. Cold weather caused the garden to be closed, but indoors is cozy and attractive. Not inexpensive, but the value is there. We always visit when in Alexandria.

Thank tappyt
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3 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There was nothing memorable about this meal. The food was below average and it tasted like they just threw ingredients together in a hurry without giving any thought as to whether or not they would work together. I have had Greek food before and this was not a good Greek food. After finishing our dinner we were wishing that we... More 

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North Potomac, Maryland
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36 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I just returned from a fabulous Greek buffet in Alexandria. Great appetizers, lemon rice soup, spanakopita, hummus,, dolmades, walnut and red beet salad, tzatziki and salad greens and feta. Carved lamb, chicken skewers, moussaka, pastitsio, chicken kalamata, and a Greek custard for dessert. The service was excellent and the owners came over a few times to check... More 

Thank janlkf
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32 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While visiting the kids we decided on Greek. Got there early. Good table for a Wednesday night. We ordered the special from the menus. Holy cow! The food was amazing, plentiful, and served well. Coffee was fresh. The desserts were delightful. Our waiters were attentive, but not bothersome.

Thank Gjm1949
Springfield, Missouri
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As part of a party of around twenty we surely presented challenges, but the service and food were outstanding. Staff could not have been more pleasant or efficient. As the restaurant filled it it became quite loud, and the music was a bit too loud for easy conversation. Outstanding otherwise.

Thank lindasmyers
Alexandria, Virginia
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73 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I really wanted to like this place more than I did as the staff was very welcoming and the inside is attractive and spacious. I ordered the sautéed mushrooms as my appetizer and it was on the mushy and over oily side. My dining partner's spanakopita was both chilly and mushy. My lamb kabob was clearly made with a lesser... More 

Thank Sile365
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2017

My husband and I haven't been back here for 20 years, although I've been yearning to return ever since. Finally, today was the day, and we're so, so happy we went. The food was even better than we remembered (and we're getting pickier these days). I had the lunch buffet, which for $12.95 is a great deal comprised of a... More 

Thank Joette A
Washington Dc
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2017 via mobile

Wonderfully Greek looking restaurant with good food and service. Split the lightly fried calamari which they serve with only lemon juice and a wonderful small scoop of Greek rice. This is the perfect dish to split while having drinks. For main courses we had the lamb shishkebab and the mixed dishes special which let you tast 5 different dishes served... More 

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Hinckley, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 21, 2017 via mobile

Great food,great service. The food was very good. Lamb shank is outstanding with traditional red sauce. They also offer lamb shank with a lemon sauce. The chicken with the kalamata red sauce was very tasty. The Greek house red wine was surprisingly good. A very traditional Greek restaurant. Anyone who is Greek will totally understand. A couple Greek musicians started... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$8 - $35
Mediterranean, Greek, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Business meetings, Special occasions, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 818 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3017
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Alexandria>  > Old Town
  • Neighborhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +1 703-548-8688

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?