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“Traditional taverna”

Manolis Taverna Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 91 Restaurants in Agia Marina
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $28
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Greek, Grill
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Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Kids, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Restaurant-tavern with authentik- traditional Greek and Cretan tastes. Away from noise, in a traditional and natural environment for those who want to enjoy a relaxing dinner and taste authentic LOCAL products.Our thirty and our most experienced years, guarantee the result.
London, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Traditional taverna”
Reviewed September 19, 2013

Deservedly popular, we went to eat slightly early without a booking and were seated at once. The outside terrace was cool and pleasant. The renowned rabbit stew lived up to its reputation, although the lamb tsagarita was a little dry. Exceptional fried courgettes and we were delighted to find the Cretan scordalia on the menu, which is hardly ever seen elsewhere. Good value. Everyone seems to give you free cake and Raki after your meal this season. Worth making the walk up to the village from the main road, you can see this restaurant is good enough to keep open during the off season, catering to the locals.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank 7manatee
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Manchester, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A little taste of Crete”
Reviewed September 15, 2013

Manolis Restaurant is a wonderful place to eat nestled in the heart of the old village. We were recommended to go here by everybody and we were definitely not disappointed. What a quaint place it is with all the lovely plants and fruit trees growing above and around. The food was of exceptional quality and the service was fantastic. What a friendly place it is, we were always made to feel so welcome and once found we spent most evenings here relaxing. Yannis and his family are such lovely people and will always go the extra mile in any requests and make you feel so much at home. The Raki and the little desert treat at the end of each meal was always a nice surprise. Manolis is well worth a visit if you are in the Agia Marina area. Hopefully see you again next year Yannis and family, we have missed Crete and all the lovely people we met.
Ian & Esther xx

  • Visited June 2013
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2 Thank Esther M
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Kingscliff, Australia
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Disappointed”
Reviewed September 11, 2013

After reading the reviews of this restaurant on trip advisor we were very excited to give this restaurant a go. However the night we went they were busy and seemed stressed. The shared entree plate was very good and my friend said his swordfish souvlaki was excellent. The three lamb dishes we ordered sounded great, baked lamb and the Cretan lamb special but when they finally arrived with the side order of beans everything was cold. My Cretan lamb was basically a plate of bones, I have eaten Cretan lamb often and understand it served bone in but the was very little meat and what was there was tough. We didn't complain when it first arrived, however it was not easy to get the attention of the staff who walked past us often but would not make eye-contact. I must say the older gentleman was lovely and very apologetic but as for the other staff they didn't seem to care. The comment from the man who seemed to be in charge, was; why didn't you say something when your food first arrived and any way all Greek lamb dishes have bones.
After having experienced Cretan hospitality at a number of other restaurants over the week I was disappointed with this response.

  • Visited September 2013
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5 Thank Tony C
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ykmr, Υπεύθυνος Σχέσεων με Πελάτες at Manolis Taverna Restaurant, responded to this review, September 12, 2013
First of all i do not feel the need to apologise only answer. The lamp you ordered had a lot of bones because thats how we cook the special cretan lamp(tsigariasto) here ,the front part of the lamp, since you are a chef and before you write your negative reviews you should have done your homework about this certain plate. As for the fact that we were not looking at your eyes when we are very busy, as your daughter admited, we remember that you left the plates clean and you were eating using a nupkin on your neck and after that you complained you seemed to enjoy your meal . Because we understand human mistakes when we make one we fix it imedietly. thats the only reason for the answer we gave you and we believe you came with negative attitude to begin with.
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Helsinki, Finland
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Authentic, kind and fresh”
Reviewed September 7, 2013

We were lookimg for an authentic Greek place awy from the tourist fuss and boy oh boy what did we find. You MUST order the green beans in tomato sauce, the fresh beans,home grown tomatoes and onions from their backyard, pure heaven. Bread,lamb,veal..everything worth eating. At the same time a wonderful home cooked Greek meal and a restaurant experience. Go at least once, you'll go back.

  • Visited September 2013
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1 Thank Sortsi
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Congleton, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Best restaurant we visited”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

The daily specials were amazing, the wine was good and the family who own it friendly and welcoming. The terrace is very attractive, decorated with plants in pots. Will definitely return when we visit Agia Marina again.

Visited August 2013
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Thank PatMarsh
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