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“Crowded but pleasant.”
Review of Taverna Byzantio

Taverna Byzantio
Ranked #25 of 156 Restaurants in Nafplio
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Greek
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Brisbane, Australia
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201 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 669 helpful votes
“Crowded but pleasant.”
Reviewed August 8, 2012

This restaurant is located in one of the little alleyways off the waterfront in the old part of Nafplio, very close to Syntagma Square. It's owned by a smart young Serbian who tries very hard to please, and works very hard to promote his tavern. The end result is that he draws the crowds to his rather small ground-floor eatery, and it often fills up and overflows onto tables placed in the alley outside its bougainvillea-covered front door.

We four tourists arrived early, because we'd heard that it fills up quickly. We hadn't booked, but had no problem getting a corner table inside. We were soon pinned there, as (first) a large group of touring school kids and their teachers arrived, and (second) a crowd turned up from one of those vast Cruise ships that had just docked in Nafplio that day. So, while the owner started by chatting to us about his food and his life ... he and his staff ended up being too busy to scratch themselves!

All the same, they did not miss a beat with their food and their service. We had ordered a selection of 'home-cooked' Greek dishes, just as the crowds began to enter. Yet our food arrived on time and well-cooked. The waiters kept our water topped up, and took our drinks orders without delay. We did feel just a little crowded in our corner that night, but not crushed. The noise volume in the room was high, but not overwhelming (a mob of schoolkids is always going to be noisy, and anyway they're not always going to be there). A Greek bouzouki duo arrived soon after the kids, and gave a good performance (the tavern has live Greek music every Friday and Saturday night.) The bill was presented when we asked for it, and it was not expensive. All in all, we agreed that the Taverna Byzantio delivered good food and was a worthwhile place to dine. Maybe not the quietist place in Nafplio, but that's what you expect when the owner knows how to promote his tavern.
You can check out the taverna's website here:
http://www.taverna-byzantio.gr/frontpage_en.html

  • Visited May 2012
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“Great food under a canopy of bougainvillea”
Reviewed June 9, 2012

Whether grilled or baked, their greek dishes are delicious. The staff is friendly and helpful. The setting is glorious, the cats are fun to watch, and the prices are good. My favorite restaurant in atown with many good options.

  • Visited May 2012
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london uk
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“Beautiful location,freshly cooked Greek food”
Reviewed June 7, 2012

Four of us have just eaten at Byzantio. We had excellent friendly service and they offered to cook vegetarian dishes especially for me.We all had delicious meals, 2 of us having vegetarian and 2 meat, all good value and a lovely setting on a backstreet in the old town between the square and the port, with amazing bourgainvillea in blossom.
This is a lovely place on a beautiiful closed off street serving traditional Greek food.

  • Visited June 2012
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1 Thank wonders7
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Lake Los Angeles, California
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“Best Restaurant in Nafplio!”
Reviewed May 9, 2012

My vacation in Greece was absolutely amazing! While taking a walk in Nafplio, there was a restaurant that really caught my eye, so I decided to go in. The service was absolutely amazing! The waitors are so kind, the proportions are big, and the prices are the best part! The food was absolutely amazing! Of all of the restaurants I went to in Nafplio, Buzantio was deffinitely the best, I recommend it for anyone visiting Nafplio!

  • Visited April 2012
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1 Thank Angelina J
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Martinsville, Indiana
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“Delicious Grilled Dishes at Taverna Byzantio”
Reviewed June 12, 2011

We found the tables of this taverna on either side of Vasileos Alexandrou Street as we were walking along in the old town - potted plants at your elbow and blooming bougainvillea overhead. We were going to order "Home Grilled Chicken" and were told that it was a bad translation - it was homemade grilled sausages. Even better!
Grilled Chicken was on the menu, though, and soon we were happy with both dishes and a lovely salad.
A good value too.

  • Visited May 2011
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