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“Has become an industry”

Kounelas Fish Tavern
Ranked #17 of 215 Restaurants in Mykonos Town
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $32 - $40
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Good for: Families with children, Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Brussels, Belgium
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103 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Has become an industry”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2012

In the olden days you spoke to the fabulous Irini for the reservations and didn't have to give your name - as she'd remember your face! 5if you go try and get a seat in the little courtyard garden.)

Now with the growth of the enterprise names are needed and everything else is just too frantic and rushed.

The food is simple but tasty and the fresh fish still great value for money.

  • Visited June 2012
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Thank zinneke_gas
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Washington, DC
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103 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Good but not great”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2012

Too busy for the reputation. Food is good but high volume of customers slows service. Better value than some fish places.

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank Brookner1
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Mission Viejo, California
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Overhyped...average flavor, not a good value.”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2012

This place is often recommended by locals in the tourist business, but we didn't have a great experience...and it was overpriced and not worth the money.

It seems shady the way they have you order apps/starters, then walk you to the holding drawers to tell/show you the fish species available that day, then they give you a price based on the specie/fish you choose. Each fish of the same species doesn't weigh that differently from each other so why not just post the price on a daily board. Seems shady because once you sit and order apps, you feel committed to the restaurant.

The flavor of the fish was bland. It didn't taste like they seasoned whatsoever (not even salt) and the grill/smoke flavor was average (I've done better in my backyard).

Also, my fish had quite a few scales left on it making for a very disturbing dining experience. When I mentioned this to my waiter, he just shrugged and mumbled something about maybe the cleaner didn't go a good job in the morning (you think?).

By the way, the fish we chose were the restaurant's recommendations, so can't blame us for choosing the wrong fish.

Wasted a dinner here and spent too much money. Won't be going back...

Visited June 2012
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Suwanee, Georgia
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“You HAVE to eat here!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2012

Seriously fresh fish - you go down, they show you what they have, you pick yours out, and they grill it and serve it whole. Delicious! We ate there 2 of the 3 nights we were in Mykonos bc it was SO good. Rocket salad was fantastic. Service is wonderful as well - we loved our waiter (wish I could remember his name)! Go there. :)

Visited June 2012
Thank georgiaheather
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London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Victim of their own success?”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2012

Have always tried to visit Kounelas on every visit to the island as I have always enjoyed the experience. However my recent visit can only be described as dissappointing. This June when many of the other places in town were quiet, Kounelas was busy. However they seem to be trying to push tables into every possible inch of space. After first declining one of the tables now crammed into the narrow alley leading into the place, (where everyone waiting to be seated stands) I ended up in the unlovely space between this alleyway and the garden, facing what looked a bit like an old garage door brightened up with a Karolina painting, balancing my chair on the very uneven floor. Whilst this sardine-packed kind of seating arrangement has a rustic charm in the garden area of the tavern - it most certainly does not in the antechamber to it. Starters were good but my when partner went off to the kitchen to choose the main courses (steak and calamari) he was not shown the meat and asked to choose (a former feature of the place) and these took almost 30 minutes to arrive - his steak not great, my calamari cut into strips? and not tasting of all 'of the grill' - having said that, the price was reasonable and the house rose fine.. .......Will now think twice about going back until I hear they have reduced the number of tables downstairs and attempted to recreate some of the former ambience of the place.

  • Visited June 2012
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Thank HammyG56
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