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In greece, it is customary to go to a mezedopolion & drink ouzo or wine & select a number of favorite small dishes. Ouzeri mezedes originated in antiquity & reveal the very social nature of modern greeks.
We at taverna cretekou encourage you to enjoy the greek lifestyle.
Taramosalata Traditional
A taverna cretekou specialty. Imported red caviar, olive oil & lemon whipped to a light mousse.
Melitzanosalata Smirni
A soft mousse of eggplant, fresh garlic, olive oil, lemon juice & herbs.
Tzatziki Crete
A‎ refreshing blend of homemade yogurt, cucumber & garlic.
Fava in Season
Fava beans mixed w/ olive oil & lemon. Served w/ onions.
Dolmadakia Smirni
Grape leaves filled w/ rice, scallions & dill. Marinated in olive oil
Imam Baildi Smirni
Baby eggplant stuffed w/ tomatoes & onions, pine nuts & raisins.
Kastoria Agria Manitaria
Wild mushrooms sautéed in garlic & parsley.
Manitaria Psyloriti Crete
A taverna cretekou specialty. Broiled mushroom stuffed w/ feta, spinach & herbs.
Traditional greek chicken soup w/ frothy egg & lemon.
Anamikti Salata
Mixed salad w/ country greens w/ feta & house dressing.
Elliniki Salata
Mixed‎ baby greens w/ greek olives, feta, tomatoes, cucumbers & anchovies. Dressed w/ olive oil, vinegar & herbs.
Patzari Salata
Beets, mixed greens, ftea, & walnuts in a balsanic vinarette dressing.
Kotopoulo Salata
Grilled chicken on a bed of organic country baby greens w/ beets.
Traditional greek country salad of tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, green peppers, capers, black olives & feta. Seasoned w/ olive oil & herbs.
Kalamari Salata
Squid served on mixed baby greens.
Grilled shrimp w/ mixed baby greens in a light lemon dressing.
Taverna Cretekou Special
A combination of traditional greek dishes including moussaka, pastitsio, dolmades, soudsoukakia & spanakopita
Smirni Soudsoukakia
Grounded‎ beef morsels in a Mediterranean sauce w/ cumin.
Pastitsio Traditional
Baked ground sirloin & ziti pasta. Topped w/ parmesan cheese & bechamel sauce.
Traditional Spanakotiropites
Filo filled w/ spinach & feta cheese & baked to a golden crust.
Tiropita Andros
Our chef's special recipe. Manouri, feta & kefalograviera cheese wrapped in puff pastry & filo.
Moussaka Crete
Layers‎ of ground sirloin, eggplant & zucchini. Topped w/ bechamel sauce.
Dolmades Avgolemono Traditional
Rolled grape leaves filled w/ ground sirloin, rice & mint. Finished in avgolemono sauce.
Souvlaki Kotopoulo
Pita stuffed w/ chunks of broiled chicken breast, tomatoes, onions, greens, tzatziki & herbs.
Kotopoulo Sandwich
Boiled chicken breast on pita. Served w/ salad.
Souvlaki Arni
Pita stuffed w/ chunks of lamb, tomatoes, onions, greens, tzatziki & herbs.
Arni Psito Sandwich
Roast leg of lamb thinly sliced over pita. Topped w/ lamb sauce. Served open face w/ white bean salad.
Pita w/ ground roasted lamb, beef, tomatoes, onions, greens, tzatziki & herbs.
Pita Pitsa
Baked pita topped w/ fresh tomato, feta, black olives & oregano.
Pita Me Lahanika
Grilled seasonal vegetables & feta cheese & black olive over pita.
Omeleta Tis Imeras
Chef's select omelette of the day.
Vegetables Tis Imeras
Ask you waiter for today’s selection.
Kotopoulo Me Damaskina Andros
Our chef's very special recipe. Chicken breast marinated in dry sherry, lemon juice & fresh spices. Layered w/ stuffing of finely chopped prunes, mango, papaya, thyme, nutmeg & peppercorns.
Kotopoulo Kebab Traditional
Breast‎ of chicken marinated & broiled on a skewer w/ vegetables.
Kotopoulo Lemonato Kos
Chicken slowly baked. Basted w/ olive oil, lemon juice & fine herbs.
Crete Exohikon
Specialty of taverna. Small morsels of lamb baked w/ three cheeses, artichoke, peas, carrots, onions & pine nuts. Wrapped in filo.
Arni Psito Traditional
Roasted leg of lamb seasoned w/ oregano & garlic.
Arni Shishkebab Traditional
Lamb marinated w/ lemon, olive oil, garlic & oregano. Broiled on a skewer w/ tomatoes, onions & peppers.
Arnaki Kikladitiko Cyclades
Specialty‎ of taverna. Braised lamb w/ black olives, red wine, fresh & sun-dried tomatoes.
Arni Youvetsi Traditional
Braised shank of lamb served greek style w/ orzo.
Arni Kapama Traditional
Braised shank of lamb w/ fresh string beans in a light tomatoes sauce.
Kalamarakia Tiganita Traditional
Tender squid gently fried. Served w/ wedge of lemon.
Glossa Aegeou Aegean
Flounder stuffed w/ spinach, feta & pine nuts. Served in light wine & lemon sauce.
Psari Skaras
Fresh fish of the day. Broiled & seasoned w/ olive oil, lemon & oregano.
Greek "apple fritters," filo pastry stuffed w/ apple slices. Served hot.
Freshly ground walnuts flavored w/ lemon essence & honey. Layered in filo pastry.
Crème Caramel
Homemade light custard.
A‎ light semolina custard pastry topped w/ filo
Our‎ special recipe of rice pudding.
Homemade Yogurt
Topped w/ honey & walnuts.
Verikoka Aphrodite
Aphrodite's apricots poached in a white wine & orange zest sauce w/ honey, walnuts, & yogurt.
Crema Lemoniou Me Stafili Glyko
Lemon cream flan topped w/ grape preserves
$8 - $35
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Mediterranean, Greek
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed February 28, 2020 via mobile

Delicious. The combination that included Mousaka, grape leaves, spinach pie and more was a perfect tasting of Greek classics.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 20, 2020

Who would have thought that on a cold winter day that the mousaka would be colder than the temperature outside. Ok that maybe bit of poetic licence nevertheless it was cold. The bechamel sauce was a solid gel like substance weighing down the single piece...More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed January 25, 2020

Had dinner here with a friend the other night (before seeing the show at Little Theatre). I'm not sure how long Taverna Cretekou has been here but we have been eating here since 1985. We were a bigger group at one time but some have...More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed January 6, 2020 via mobile

Great, authentic Greek food, upscale pricing. Have dined the before. Will return again when in the area.

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed January 1, 2020 via mobile

Love this place! We stumbled across this place about eight years ago and immediately fell in love with it! Every time we visit the area, no matter how far away we stay, we make it a point to eat here. The food is great, the...More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed December 29, 2019

We went for lunch, as a family, this time, having already been when we were last in the area last summer and we were not disappointed. Food and atmosphere are great as was the welcome we received on arrival. Great choice of menu.

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed December 29, 2019

We went for lunch and the choice of menu was great. As was the service, atmosphere and food. Would highly recommend this lovely restaurant.

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed December 28, 2019 via mobile

The atmosphere was fun and staff was great. I’ve been here once for lunch and once for dinner with the main difference being fairly substantial price points. For our recent dinner, we split the dips tray, one leg of lamb, and some house wine and...More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed December 13, 2019

We've been to this restaurant a couple of times and each time the food and service were outstanding. Our recent dinner started with the Calamari appetizer which was just OK as it was a bit chewy. But I then had the Taverna Cretekou Special which...More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed October 19, 2019

What a delightful little place. The weather was rainy so we sat inside and it was so picturesque and cozy. The food was amazing, the wine was smooth and the wait staff was pleasant. Wish I lived close by so I could visit more often.

Date of visit: October 2019
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They do, but it is a Greek place so lamb is the word. There are plenty of good steak places, this isn't one of them.
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Metered street parking with a 2-hour limit may be found, but we prefer to use the parking garage 3/4 block north on Alfred St. between King and Cameron. Less than a 2-minute walk from the restaurant. Enjoy! It's a... More
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