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“Authentic Cretan food with some hits and misses”
Review of taverna maria's

taverna maria's
Ranked #3 of 21 Restaurants in Plaka
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $23
Cuisines: Greek
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We noticed this typical Cretan taverna on our return from Spinalonga. It smelled really delicious or maybe we were really hungry but we decided to eat lunch here. The owner was very welcoming and we were seated in a very charming room overlooking the road which had some sea views.
We ordered a bunch of Cretan appetizers because we wanted a light lunch. We ate meze style and really enjoyed everything.
The zucchini flowers filled with rice were bland for us and we have eaten them before in Crete so that was a miss. The Greek salad was not very fresh tasting -- perhaps, a day old ingredients. Again, minor miss. The stuffed mushrooms and tzaziki were absolutely fantastic. The Greek meatballs were all right. The glass of white wine was perfectly chilled and really good. The complimentary chocolate cake was devoured by our children so it must have been good. The iced coffee was one of the best I have had. Overall, I would go there again to try some different dishes.
We really enjoyed our meal there and will have fond memories of that place. Everything was served on time and with a smile.

Date of visit: June 2019
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Thank muchado18
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stay in Koutouloufari and drive two times to this taverna!
Nice owner and great staff. Food is very fresh and the taste is excellent.
Be here!!!!

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank NicoleB3779
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Reviewed May 29, 2019

It's not on the waterfront, but you don't go here for the view, you go for the food. If you like excellent Cretan cuisine, expect it here, I had some slow cooked lamb which was some of the best I've ever had. The service was polite, friendly and efficient. They had a good wine list of local wines. I would definitely go back.

Date of visit: May 2019
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Thank Chris S
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Reviewed May 17, 2019 via mobile

We came here after a trip to Spinalonga. Everything was poor from start to finish. We ordered our food, and waited ages. They served meatballs without the ordered chips as they told us they had burnt them.
The main dishes came with no vegetables despite being told they would serve us vegetables.
They then added €10.50 for bread that we did not order. I realise that there is usually a small surcharge for bread but this seemed high.
Overall a very disappointing experience.

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank Dianne1505
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Reviewed May 14, 2019

We were tempted into this taverna/restaurant by the friendly guy outside. He pointed us to a super table where we could people watch and play with the cat at the same time. The food was superb, and when we couldn't finish our bottle of wine he gave us the cork for us to take home. We will return.

Date of visit: June 2018
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Thank simplysixties
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