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“No blah blah! Just good food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Taverna Knossos

Taverna Knossos
Ranked #35 of 339 Restaurants in Rethymnon
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, Dining on a budget, Romantic, Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Knossos Tavern - 50 years family Cretan Tavern. The oldest in Rethimno's Old Harbor. Manager Maria Stavroulaki
Avignon, France
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37 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“No blah blah! Just good food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2013

We were passing through Rethymnon and decided to stay the night....It turned out to be a good decision as we had a really great time at the Taverna Knossos hosted superbly by Maria and her family. We had already run the gauntlet of the restaurant "touts" around the harbor and came upon Marias place simply by chance;
Greeted by a generous serving of "vitamins"...Raki for the uninitiated we asked simply to be fed a typical cretan meal. GOOD move! The meal was superb, fresh salad, stuffed vine leaves, grilled fish, prawns, potatoes, spinach, rice...all washed down with a seemingly endless carafe of red wine.
The entertainment was non stop...mostly due to Maria's brothers enthusiasm encouraged, I'm sure, by his love of life and Raki...there was even a couple demonstrating greek traditional dance.
The setting by the old harbor is idyllic and the Taverna and it's owners totally charming. Oh..I forgot to say...All that for 26 euros for 2 people! Eat there...you won't regret it.

  • Visited October 2013
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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
“Go for the entertainment value rather than quality of food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2013

We ate here as our favourite restaurant by the old harbour had closed for the public holiday. Welcomed by the charming owner (Maria), who has no hesitation in selling her establishment as being filled with the love and food quality of her mother!

Well this is an experience. Maria's brother is the gopher, and he is clearly as mad as a box of frogs. Bringing bread and copious quantities of raki, which he refers to as Alka Seltzer, he tells all diners constantly that his sister Maria is the 'blah, blah, blah' - in other words she speaks English and doesn't trust him to take an order. Maria eventually took our order and repeated that it was all made freshly with love by her mother! The brother continues his comedy act throughout the meal!

The food, from a varied menu, is slightly more expensive than most restaurants in the area, and frankly does not meet the standards of other restaurants we tried in the two weeks we were on this lovely island. But the surroundings are lovely, and the entertainment value brilliant.

Said brother panics if you leave without being thanked by Maria! She rushes out, thanks you profusely on behalf of her and her mother. Nice time, but we prefer Zepheros next door.

  • Visited October 2013
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1 Thank PaulausTirol
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Waterford, Ireland
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238 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
“Eat here!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2013

This restaurant is in the VERY touristy Venetian Harbour where it is worth eating at least once. Unlike the surrounding establishments the food here is authentic and delicious, but is a bit overpriced in comparison to other locations. In saying that they gave us huge portions of really delicious food (my swordfish was particularly good) and were very warm and welcoming.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank declanjhayes
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montreal
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“A true dissapointment”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2013

For The main course we ordered grilled fish...we were served fish overcooked in oven...like mashed potatoes....Salad and apetizer were good at least...Bad service...Server was drunk..The young lady...owner is stricly a charmer.Over priced for quality . very dissapointed

  • Visited October 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Wonderful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2013

Had a lovely relaxed lunch in a beautiful location, the food was delicious Maria was very attentive and we will certainly come back again on our next visit to Crete.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Sara57C
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