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“Lovely setting, but service was poor”

The Fish House Taverna
Ranked #67 of 218 Restaurants in Kos Town
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: The Fish House Taverna is probably one of the most photographed restaurants on the island of Kos! Literally steps away from the main Harbour. Sit and enjoy the views and watch the hustle and bustle or relax in the quieter garden area at the back (which can be a real sun trap on a windy day).Fresh fish and Seafood is of course on the menu, but so much more as well. A large selection of traditional Greek dishes, (lamb kleftiko, moussaka, mixed souvlaki), dips, salads, succulent steaks, pizza and ... AND! .... (children portions also available).A traditional Greek Taverna with excellent service and a great Greek atmosphere!
Guildford, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Lovely setting, but service was poor”
Reviewed September 23, 2013

I visited here after spotting it whilst walking through Kos town. It definitely draws your eye on to the traditional Greek steps. After being seated at a table where both myself and my boyfriend could see the harbour we were given the menu. it seemed that every step of the meal from there on was an effort. The service was extremely slow (30 minutes between starter and main) and in the position we were in it was difficult to get any waiters attention.

The food was fairly average. Would recommend it purely if you wanted a slow laid back meal with a great view.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Sian M
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TSakellari, Public Relations Manager at The Fish House Taverna, responded to this review, May 9, 2014
We are delighted that you enjoyed the fabulous view of the harbour from our restaurant which is very popular. It is certainly one of the few places on the harbour where you can see the view but relax in a laid back traditionally Greek style taverna. Your comments have been taken into consideration.
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billericay
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218 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“good but over rated”
Reviewed September 19, 2013

we visited the fish house on recommendation - it has a good location , the staff were helpful and attentive the starter was disappointing we have never had to struggle with so much crab shell to get so little meat out of it.
the sole was cooked well , but nothing special to want to go back again.
even the display cabinet showing off the fish was not very inspiring , because most of the fish looked as though they were too small to make a good meal.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank berniejBillericay
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TSakellari, Public Relations Manager at The Fish House Taverna, responded to this review, May 9, 2014
Kind regards of behalf of the staff in The Fish House and we thank you for your review and will take your comments into consideration.
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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63 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Traditional Greek Food”
Reviewed September 14, 2013

Lovely location overlooking the harbour
Not good if physically disabled
Traditional Greek food cooked well
Good staff

Visited September 2013
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Thank Paul R
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TSakellari, Public Relations Manager at The Fish House Taverna, responded to this review, May 9, 2014
We thank you for your review of The Fish House and we are delighted that you enjoyed the beautiful view of the harbour as well as the cuisine. We hope you will be visiting Kos again and we will look forward to your next visit. There is also an entrance at the back of the restaurant, very easy access for wheelchairs, prams and high heeled shoes! You will need to go up the hill take the first left and left again at The Guerilla Republic Shop and the Park on the corner...and we are just down there, it's a totally flat wide road. Kind regards from all the staff at The Fish House in Kos.
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Marlow, United Kingdom
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“Returned after 10 years !”
Reviewed September 12, 2013

Back in Kos (on route to Leros) and decided to try our old favourite. Good as ever ! Lovely setting and excellent service with a very comprehensive menu. So after 12 days around the islands we were back on Kos and yes our evening meal was once again in the Fish House. Only problem could be the steps, certainly coming down if you've over indulged in the good value house wines. Very pleasant lady (short black spikey hair) at front of house. Good all round, thanks.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank rdv
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TSakellari, Public Relations Manager at The Fish House Taverna, responded to this review, May 9, 2014
Thank you for your review of The Fish House we are very glad that you returned to Kos after so many years and enjoyed it. As for the steps, imagine working up and down on them with trays! Many of our customers have found it easier to use the back entrance of our restaurant which you will find up the hill to the left and next to Guerilla Republic Shop. It is flat and easy access for wheelchairs, prams and high heels! We look forward to seeing you again. Kind regards of behalf of all the staff at The Fish House, Kos.
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Ankara
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“Poor quality and a terrible service”
Reviewed September 11, 2013

We went to this restaurant accidentally and left the place fully unsatisfied by all means. We had a very average meal, after reminding the servants nearly every single plate we've ordered. There are much better options for a good dinner in Kos; try them.

  • Visited August 2013
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TSakellari, Public Relations Manager at The Fish House Taverna, responded to this review, January 11, 2016
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We have taken your comments into consideration and are saddened by your experience. We are generally a very busy and popular restaurant, with great service and a lot of staff.

Happy new year.

Kind regards, from all at The Fish House, Kos.
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