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“Bit of a mixed bag”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Michael's Tavern

Michael's Tavern
Ranked #38 of 542 Restaurants in Paphos
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Kids, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: A family owned restaurant serving Greek and Cypriot dishes. Telephone +357 26964236
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Bit of a mixed bag”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2012

Our family of four ate at Michael's Tavern during our recent stay in Paphos and our experience was very mixed. We received a very warm welcome and the initial service was prompt but we found the menu options to be quite limited. The complimentary pitta with garlic butter was very nice and the starters were fine but required little culinary skill to prepare. The main courses were variable with the traditional local dishes faring better than the steaks in sauces which were both over cooked to how we ordered them. The service then seemed to evaporate as the evening wound down and the staff began to converse with various guests whilst being oblivious to the needs of others. We found it necessary to go over to a member of staff who was chatting and ask for a dessert menu and the creme brulee which we ordered was much more akin to creme caramel when it arrived.
Perhaps a "poor" rating is a little harsh but we failed to see how this restaurant can be ranked so highly. We ate here early in our stay so that we could probably return for my wife's birthday. We didn't.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank Robert B
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Rugby
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Delicious traditional food in a relaxed atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

We ate at Michael's Tavern four times over our ten day holiday. There were no disappointments - the traditional Cyprus cuisine was home cooked and consistently delicious and the laid back atmosphere and the level of service were the best we experienced throughout our holiday.

  • Visited October 2012
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Lincoln, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Kept going back!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2012

After seeing Michael's on Trip Advisor we went for a meal after trying a couple of other places. This was by far the best. The quiet side street location, relaxed atmosphere and totally excellent, friendly and efficient staff made Michael's really special for us. We could have exactly what we wanted and nothing was too much trouble. The House Red wine was perfect with every tasty course and we felt like honoured guests on each and every visit. We noticed that children of all ages were made most welcome and we would recommend this tavern to anyone. We will return there when we visit Paphos again for sure.

  • Visited October 2012
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2 Thank John B
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St Andrews
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71 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“My Favourite”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2012

The word has got out about this family run place as we had to book in advance to get a table. The garlic pitta is delicious and keeps coming, but needed to remind myself to leave room for Grandma's chicken which I absolutely love. Great food, great service, no hesitation in continuing to recommend.

Visited September 2012
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2 Thank RosieFifeGirl
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london
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52 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Ok”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2012

This tavern is right opposite Za-Za. The problem with Greek/Greek cypriot cuisine is that it is so limited. Let's face it a national cuisine famous for moussaka, dolmades and stifado is never going to attract very high marks. Although I have given this resto only 3 stars, there is nothing wrong with it. It's fine. You just need to get into perspective all the 5 stars that reviewers tend to hand out. It can't be for the food (two exceptions: see my reviews of Metaxas and Seven St Georges), it must for the welcome. The Greek Cypriots are world champion hosts (and this place lived up to that).

  • Visited October 2012
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