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“An amazing experience”
Review of Taverna Kostas

Taverna Kostas
Ranked #42 of 464 Restaurants in Rhodes Town
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Greek
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed November 14, 2012

We arrived in Rhodes late at night in November when the island is basically deserted. We headed to Taverna Kostas because of the ratings on TA, stopping first in a store we passed. We were chatting with the owner of the store and mentioned we were heading to Taverna Kostas. He knew the owner, Elias, and offered to call him to make sure he was open - it turned out the restaurant was closed for the winter. Elias told him emphatically that we were welcome anyway, and that he was already cooking dinner for his friends that evening. We felt like we were imposing, but Elias welcomed us like family (no joke, he was SO HAPPY we were there). No menu, since he wasn't actually open, so we just ate what he cooked us (and himself). It was amazing. The food was delicious. He made us stuffed peppers, stuffed tomatoes, stuffed cabbage, salad and bread. He served us what tasted like a really good mead and shots of ouzo. We stayed for hours, talking with Elias and his friends and we had a blast. We were so happy that we wandered in there and were so touched by how lovable Elias was. By the end of the night he called us his son and daughter! I highly recommend giving this place a shot.

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Reviewed October 15, 2012

After a few nights of getting fed up with the hotel buffet and not wishing to try the hundred tourist restaurants where the pictures of a steak and chips (thanks) and an annoying waiter trying to tempt you in we thought we would try Kostas Taverna in Rhodes town.
It took a while to locate even though only a few minutes from the fountain in the old town. However it was well worth it and we returned for a second night.

The restaurant has no glitzy signs outside and in fact is easy to walk by as the entrance is very discreet and appears to be someones front door. Once inside we were greeted by Kostas and amazingly he undertook all the waiting, cooking and cleaning up himself. The food was amazing and unlike many restaurants in Rhodes was hot and well worth the money. I believe the restaurant has been run by the same family since the 1970's and Kostas obviously takes real pride in both his food and the relaxed atmosphere.
I would highly recommend this restaurant and in fact would be one of the few reasons to return to Rhodes.
Address is 62 PYTHAGORA STR, OLD TOWN, RHODES.

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1  Thank Keates
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

Our hosts at thehotel, Mara and Francesco recommended this restaurant. It is off the beaten tourist path just a bit on a back street in Old Town. The owner is the nicest man you you have ever met. Always smileing. His sons wait on the customers. They are really friendly also. The food is spectacular. You must try the grilled octopus! What a surpise.
The place is quiet, away from the noise in the square. We ate there 2 times and could have gone back for more if we had the time.

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Reviewed October 7, 2012 via mobile

Why say more - I really recommend this place for its atmosphere and the best local food I've ever eaten. A place worth the trip to Rhodos.

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Thank Nielsmj
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Reviewed October 4, 2012

A lovely place in the old town with a fairly spacious inner hall, having a lovely view on a deserted garden. Cats add a nice rural touch to it - they are not annoying but would be very helpful if you share some food with them. But the most important part of the show is the owner, who cooks, serves the food and talk to the visitors, doing all of these jobs very efficiently - he's quite a personality this man.
At the first glance, the menu is no different from the touristy places, BUT - unlike in most other places you will find the home-made food cooked to perfection here. One of the very few places in Rhodes where the octopus is not chewy, but soft and tender, and so are calamari stuffed with cheese and tomatoes. Also please do try the yoghurt - either on the side, or with honey and nuts. It is simply amazing. We returned here evening after evening... and i do sincerely recommend it.

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1  Thank Maxim_sleepy
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