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“Very disappointing!”
Review of Nikos Fish Taverna

Nikos Fish Taverna
Ranked #223 of 453 Restaurants in Rhodes Town
Price range: $18 - $55
Cuisines: Seafood
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: The Fish Tavern Nikos is famed as one of the best restaurants - fish taverns in Rhodes. In it's cosy marine-inspired premises, you can enjoy exclusively home-made food, made with fresh local ingredients using traditional recipes. Fresh fish, a great variety of tasty fish nibbles, juicy meats, salads and a wide variety of appetizers are made for you every day. Here, you will taste palate-pleasing flavours and creative proposals, garnished with love for our art. Come for the best combination of quality with quantity. Try our unique, succulent recipes, such as spaghetti with cuttlefish, special marinated salmon, steamed mussels Marinier, lamb fricassee with lemon and egg sauce, and much more!
Reviewed October 14, 2013

I am not a fussy person and I have never written a negative review before- I can usually find some redeeming characteristic in just about any situation. I guess we happened upon Nikos on an "off" night since it was highly recommended by our B&B host.
It is a nice, pleasant, covered, outdoor tavern with quaint tables. The fast talking "manager" approached our table and invited us to view the fresh fish in the display case and was initially amusing. He was very animated, speaking loudly, "You want the best fish, 80-100 Euro a Kg., or I have the other fish, I can make anything you want?" This immediately intimidated us and so we politely listened and smiled, feeling like we were being hustled---I was hesitant to chose anything since there was no real price mentioned about a portion of the "good" fish, and why would I want the "other" fish? We escaped back to our table to peruse the menu. I decided to be safe and ordered the grilled sword fish and a salad which had a price listed. My husband ordered a shrimp dish with feta cheese. Our friend was obviously displeased and much more subdued as he took our order, especially when we declined the garlic bread. I also want to add that we
no longer received any further "attention", the service was minimal after we ordered off the menu and no one apparently noticed that we didn't eat most of the food.
The salad was HUGE and looked promising as it contained many veggies, small olives and chunks of bread, but it proved to be limp and very lack luster with little taste, no crunch to the veggies as though it had been prepared hours before...even the vinegar lacked flavor. We left it virtually untouched so we were really anticipating our fresh entrees. My husband enjoyed his shrimp, but was surprised that the feta cheese was part of a heavy sauce....tasty but not the light dish he expected. My swordfish was shockingly tough and chewy with a BITTER flavor--I left it after several bites- my husband agreed it was not edible. The roasted potatoes were gummy as though they were leftover, and the rice was tasteless and looked like a packaged "Rice-A-Roni" dish. I have to say it was the worst meal I have ever been served and it was the first time in my life that I left so much food on my plate.
So our experience was not very enjoyable from the start of the fast talker to the disappointing food. I would like to add that we were in Greece for 3 weeks and absolutely savored every other meal- breakfast, lunch and dinner were always above our expectation in every other café, taverna as well as with the street food vendors.

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3  Thank LUchicago
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Reviewed September 12, 2013

Horrible food and service. Worst Restaurant experience ever. In greek salad was more rucola than greek salad...moussaka had been in owen too far...lot of too far, it was burned and dry...somewhere else I have eated moussaka, it has been soft and juicy, not this. We will travel to Rodos many times( I hope) but neverever we will eat at Nikos restaurant!!!

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3  Thank Leo R
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Fresh seafood, but waiter was not in a good mood and owners kids was too noisy at lunch time. The prices are not cheap.

Thank Irinaogogo
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

We were on holiday in August with my husband on Rhodes, and decided to eat fish at Nikos.Unfortunately,we made a very wrong decision.
After looking at their menu (which is written only in Greek language) quite a while, I asked an English menu from the waiter politely to find out what we are going to eat and I was told that salad was salad, what could I ask about salad, just tomatoes,cucumbers,peppers.
I was totaly shocked by the waiter's attitude to us,he was so rude and ignorant that we decided to leave there.
When we were going back to our hotel later,we wanted to go and complain about his behaviour to their manager,another guy came with the other waiter and told us we have no right to complain because we left,they both were very arrogant,they said they're the managers and they kick us out the restaurant.
If we were insisted on,the issue was going to be bigger and it was unworthy for such a terrible place.
The worst stuff I've ever met in Greece.

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Thank wonderlandTurkey
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nikos616, Διευθυντής at Nikos Fish Taverna, responded to this reviewResponded May 22, 2016
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ολα αυτα που αναφερατε για εμας δεν ειναι σωστα εισαστε πολη υπερβολικος !!!

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Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is a «short» list of what we experienced, in random order.

- Forgot one of our groups order. Was served about 20 minutes after the rest of us

- Did not remove the plates from the appetizer

- Appetizers served ten minutes apart and the bread was bone dry.

- The waiter poured soup on one of the guests

- Moved chairs and tables over our table while eating

- Lost cutlery and other stuff on the floor

- Only half of the scallops had opened, waiter tried to pry the rest open with a knife

- The french-fries were raw on the inside

- Several people only got the main course and no side dish

- The waiter suddenly poured some sort of sauce on our food during the meal. He popped out from the kitchen, walked over to our table and started to pour. Didn't say anything or explained what he was doing.

- Sand / gravel in the pasta menu. I could literally hear a crunching sound when chewing

- Several pieces of rotten seafood in the pasta dish

- Our waiter did not speak English and did not know his own menu

- They actually used a hair dryer to keep the meat hot in the kitchen

- The 22 Euro beef was like a shoe sole.

- Took about one hour to get the food after the appetizer and just like the appetizer served at least ten minutes apart.

- The waiter refused to acknowledge that anything was wrong and said quote: “Sorry this is not a French gourmet restaurant”

- They gave us no discount and called us rude for complaining

- Canned mushrooms, waiter promised fresh.

- The “hand-made fresh” french-fries was frozen.

Out of nine people in our group, not one finished the meal. We had to eat somewhere ells that evening.

To their defense, the fish was expertly cooked and the beer was cold.

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3  Thank HermanGB
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