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“Romantic restaurant”
Review of Alana restaurant

Alana restaurant
Ranked #22 of 365 Restaurants in Rethymnon
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $35
Cuisines: Greek, Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Alana Fresh food straight from the market. Specializing in grilled meat and Cretan cuisineThe restaurant's name derives from the old times. Alana was a place that kids of all the neighbourhood used to join together and play. It was first established in 1986 at the heart of the old town of Rethymno in Salaminos street , the central street under the castle of Fortezza and used to be one of the first tavernas in the area. With 200 seats it was the most crowdy place of the old town. In 2002 under new management, the place transformed to a more relaxing restaurant with 100 seats based on good quality products, attendive service and reasonable prices. Alana made a new beginning, changing totally the style of the restaurant, serving unique dishes of traditional fare in a relaxing setting full of flowers creating the perfect backdrop for a dining experience highlighted by inspired cuisine and impeccable service. The restaurant has attracted both tourists and local people drawn to the superb food, charm and hospitality of its owners.The restaurant serves healthy Greek and Mediterranean cuisine, using products sourced locally, cooked with care and it has been established as one of the best restaurants in town, based on the customers’ reviews. The extensive a la carte menu includes favourites like lamb with artichokes, Cretan smoked pork “apaki” and stuffed vine leaves, chargrilled steaks and beef burgers, grilled vegetables with feta cheese and oregano, wild greens with tomato, garlic and potatoes. Unique home made deserts are also offered.
Hokksund, Norway
Level 6 Contributor
177 reviews
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“Romantic restaurant”
Reviewed September 22, 2013

Alana is situated in the old city. You are seated inside a partly open garden. Very nice.

The menu is not big and it is a bit confusing that the dishes have strange names. I ordered a a beef from 'somewhere' dish and until the servant told me I did not know that it was Stifado. Why not call it Stifado in the menu?

However the dishes were all very tasty and we all enjoied it.

This is a romantic restaurant, so bringing your wife or fiancee here is definitely a high score.

  • Visited September 2013
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“We love you, Stelios!”
Reviewed September 21, 2013

This is the second year that we have been to this restaurant and yet again, it was fantastic. Great service, fab food and very handsome waiters! The prices are also very reasonable, so if you are in Rethymnon, you must try this one! Sitting amongst all the foliage (and trees) is just a unique experience. Try their shrimps or their chicken - or in fact anything, because it's all amazing!

  • Visited August 2013
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Shepperton, United Kingdom
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“Alana Restaurant”
Reviewed September 20, 2013

This was a restaurant very different from the usual tavernas on the island. The service was 1st class & the food excellent. It was more expensive than the tavernas but not hugely & so great value for money, I would definitely recommend to anyone who wants a different Cretan experience.

  • Visited August 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Romantic! Food just ok...”
Reviewed September 18, 2013

We loved our meal at Alana, but in large part because of the amazing scenery and decor. Definitely a place for couples. Our server was attentive but hands-off, and the meal was good. Appetizers were just ok (sausage in smoky sauce, which tasted like hot dogs, and the stuffed grape leaves were too lemony for my taste). Mains were interesting. I had octopus in a lemon oil sauce, which again, was too lemony and overpowered the octopus. The husband had a steak in this honey sauce. The steak looked boiled.

Perhaps we just ordered the wrong thing? Would have absolutely gone back to give it another go.

  • Visited September 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Go for the mixed grill”
Reviewed September 18, 2013

This was our first meal on our honeymoon and we were happily surprised by the amount of food they gave us. The mixed grill for 2 was reasonably priced and had a ton of deliciously spiced meat on it. We had a stuffed mushroom starter that was a bit overwhelming on the cheese part but still good. The restaurant is beautiful and the waiters friendly. Definitely give Alana a go.

  • Visited August 2013
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