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“DEFINATELY NOT THE BEST IN PALEO”
Review of Maria's Restaurant

Maria's Restaurant
Ranked #20 of 65 Restaurants in Paleochora
Cuisines: Greek
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed October 21, 2012

Contrary to other reviews and opinions we did not think that this restaurant was as good as other speciality establishments in the town and although we made the effort to try to enjoy the experience we were disappointed . we couldn't put our finger on any one reason but ........ There was just something missing or at least something behind the scenes not quite right - Sorry

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Reviewed October 7, 2012

This was our favourite place to eat in Paleochora. Maria is very welcoming and friendly and helpful in explaining the more obscure items on her traditional menu. We ate here twice and loved every dish we chose. Service is friendly and prompt, at least until you have got your main course after which they tend to leave you to look after yourself and you have to work quite hard to order a dessert or pay the bill! Maria's also benefits from a fantastic position on the water's edge. Very highly recommended.

Thank phil_oldham
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Reviewed October 1, 2012

Excellent Greek/Cretan style food. Maria is very attentive and deserves the positive reviews.
Would add this to our list of regular eating venvues when we return to Paleochora.

Thank Chris57Pat
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Reviewed September 14, 2012

Having read all the reviews for Maria's restaurant, I am dumbfounded by the fact that after many consistent high scores over a long period of time, there have recently been a number of negative reviews giving low scores, some of which use similar phrases and make references to " plastic" and "touristic" food.
The reality is that nothing could be further from the truth. Maria, Manolis and in earlier years her mother-in-law have been cooking and serving freshly cooked traditional Cretan dishes for over 40 years; she still uses the exact same recipes as those used by her mother and mother-in-law before her. Her standards never change and the quality of her dishes is as good today as it was 20 years ago.

This restaurant is very popular with both local Cretans/Greeks as well as many visitors to Paleochora with a love of and a palate for genuine traditional Cretan food. She doesn't put a twist on traditional recipes and certainly doesn't pretend to be a fish restaurant or an Italian restaurant and to judge it in such terms is unfair in my view.

Maria's is an extremely friendly family-run taverna where Maria, Manolis and their 2 teenage daughters, who are waitresses during their school holidays, have a full appreciation of the need to look after customers. They are always very happy for any of their customers to go into the kitchen to see the freshly cooked dishes of the day.

I'm currently staying in Paleochora and have eaten there 10 times so far. Every night her tables are full of very happy diners enjoying and complimenting her on her food. She arrives at 7 am every morning to cook the day's dishes, apart from the days she arrives at 4 -5 am when she has to cook extra food for large groups who regularly dine there. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who appreciates good Cretan cuisine. If you haven't yet eaten at Maria's I would strongly urge you not to be put off by recent negative reviews; just try it and make up your own mind!

Thank Marcus S
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

I have stayed in Greece / Crete many times from childhood to now. After a hectic and intense work year I knew exactly what I was looking for in a holiday and food. Maria's delivered on all accounts. Non-touristy and excellent family run restaurant/ rooms. The atmosphere was always warm, attentive and relaxed. It is rare as an adult to really, really not want to leave and face the world again. Can't thank Maria's enough for the perfect get away location. Great beaches, atmosphere, scenery, views !! These guys work sooo hard to make sure it is a trip you won't forget. They cooked from 7:00 in the morning to deliver a massive range of superb cretian food.
I will be back next year !!! :-)

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