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“Lovely athmosphere”
Review of Alana restaurant

Alana restaurant
Ranked #18 of 357 Restaurants in Rethymnon
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $35
Cuisines: Greek, Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, 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.
Helsinki, Finland
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Lovely athmosphere”
Reviewed July 30, 2014

Alana is a restaurant in the Old Town - not a taverna, and hence a bit more expensive than tavernas.

The garden-like setting is charming, big trees stretching their leaves over you. On a Saturday evening it was full - a reservation on weekends could be useful, just in case. We arrived rather early, around 8 pm, and got a table for two. Bigger groups would have been a problem, if you's wanted to be seated in the garden. We actually arrived through the kitchen, as our hotel Barbara Studios was across the alley, in the back!

We had a mixed meze plate to start with - it was enough for the two of us. Very good it was, as the rest of the meal. I'd recommend the restaurant especially for a romantic candle-light dinner or other celebration.

Visited July 2014
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English first
Level 6 Contributor
86 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Nice and good”
Reviewed July 28, 2014

Visit this very nice restaurant one time and it was very nice and the food was very good. The staff was very herlpfull and tried to serve you as good as possible. I can recomend a visit to the restaurant :-)

Visited July 2014
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Selby, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
117 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Beautiful Restaurant. ”
Reviewed July 26, 2014 via mobile

This restaurant is really well presented as is the food.
I was slightly disappointed with my meal, it was cooked well, but I think I made a bad choice (Hidden Chicken) it was hard going with no sauce and wasn't as flavoursome as it sounded. Everyone else enjoyed there meals though.
We really like the fact that smaller portions of some adult meals are on offer for small children.
The chairs, like others have said are uncomfortable and need a pad on them.
This restaurant had a very strange system with waiters. We we're served by about 6 different ones which seem to make it a little disjointed.
I hope you take this as constructive criticism and would recommend you give it a go.

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Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Ok is all”
Reviewed July 25, 2014 via mobile

We had the tzatziki, mushroom starter, strawberry salad and beef cheeks here. The strawberry salad had maybe 2 strawberries in it and was so rich we couldn't finish it even sharing the meal. The bread was a tiny amount, not enough to accompany the tzatziki. The mushrooms and beef cheeks were good though. If I could of give 3.5 stars I would as these two things made the meal.

Prices are not abnormally high or low for Rethymnon - but there is better value to be had.

  • Visited July 2014
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Wirral, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Stylish restaurant. Good food”
Reviewed July 24, 2014

The restaurant is set in the backstreets of the old town. It is attractive and comfortable. The food was high quality but not over expensive. The staff were quietly attentive.

Visited July 2014
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