Vatania Taverna Meze Bar

Vatania Taverna Meze Bar

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5.0
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Travellers' Choice 2023

RATINGS
Food
4.9 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.9 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.8 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.8 of 5 bubbles
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PRICE RANGE
£2.00 – £42.00
CUISINES
Seafood, Greek
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
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Traditional cuisine, local, MEZE, the best spare ribs BBQ, fresh fish, pizza in wood oven, pasta risotto, by the sea with sunbeds,.you are welcome.
PRICE RANGE
£2.00 – £42.00
CUISINES
Seafood, Greek
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
FEATURES
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront, Beach
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5.0
5.0 of 5 bubbles661 reviews
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Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

Dazza_ed
Melton2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 family
We came as a group and we loved it. Delicious, well sized food, especially the pizza and Mexican chicken, atmosphere was homely and traditional, and the hosts were INCREDIBLE, always giving us a great service and putting a smile on our faces that ceased to go until we feel asleep. Although we're gone, we will always have the cheeky selfies!
Written 15 September 2021
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Samantha H
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 couples
We stayed at the pearl beach hotel which is a stones throw away from the sea front with its own section of beach and sun loungers, however the loungers were only free for all inclusive customers! We were half board and they wanted €6 a day!!! Considering we’d spent over £1000 each for the package holiday we thought this was incredibly stingy!! So we went elsewhere and I’m VERY glad we did. We were pleasantly greeted by a man called Mike ‘the beach boy’ and he took great care of us and all of his customers at the beach! At the Vitania you only pay for your drinks and food with no charge for sun loungers! The restaurant staff were all so happy, welcoming and friendly! The food was delicious and reasonably priced. We came back here many times during our week holiday and will definitely return if we come to this area for a holiday again 10/10 for the Vitania Taverna.
Written 4 June 2022
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James V
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 couples
When we were moving from California to Rethymno Crete in 2019 and waiting for our new home to close we stayed at a beachfront hotel for one month and discovered the most wonderful restaurant! This was a daily stop for us. The owners and their staff were so warm and friendly. Excellent English. They never let us leave without a shot of Raki and something sweet. The food and the service are great and we ended up making lifelong friends. Sun beds are free with drinks or food- prices are reasonable and a large varied menu. Just visited again today and was great to see everyone! A must visit when you visit Rethymno- you will never be disappointed!
Written 6 August 2022
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mrmojorisin
27 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 family
We got recommended this place and went there for dinner one night and it excelled our expectations, lovely food, super friendly staff, cozy atmosphere. We were so pleased with our visit we decided to go back two days after, and it was a totally different restaurant, (we were ignored by the staff, same ones who treated us like royals two days prior) we had to wait forever to order and then get our food, (the food didn't even taste as good) and when we wanted the check they told us to "relax" and went back to focus on two blonde Russian guests who got their full attention. We had to ask for the check again. They didn't even say goodbye to us. We stayed in the arena for over three weeks and met large groups of people who accompanied us to dinners but we never returned to this place again, and we never will.
Written 13 January 2022
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Inna B
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 couples
We ordered seafood for 2, all was refrigerated, the shrimps were so small had no meat in them. 33 euro for the dish but we left hungry. Very disappointed. The desert was good, the panacota. And they serve really nice raki. The staff and the owner was nice though
Written 26 May 2021
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Vakis K
Dear Inna. I'm also disappointed that you have not good time here and sorry for that. It's first time I read something bad for this plate. We have sale a lot. About food. Yes. They are frozen. We wrote that at the menu. Shrimp, kalamari, mussels is frozen. Not the fish. The most of place is like that. Also is nice to say it directly if something is rong, becouse here we would like to make people happy.... Sorry again and I hope you gonna have nice vacation in Crete with no more bad experience...
Written 27 May 2021
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Gaius Julius C
Crete28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 solo
First day in Rethymnon I went here and its was very very good (eventhoughI was really late, 0045, they server me with a great smile). I did go to some other restaurants dringend my stay, but in the end I can only say my first choice was the best. Excellent food and fantastic service. If you go to Rethymnon you must wat at Vatania... (pic is a free dessert which is often given to customer as an appreciation)
Written 31 July 2021
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Alexandra Vlad
26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 family
If only more than 5 stars existed! The food is excellent, there was nothing left in our plates by the end of our night. We have a very picky eater in the family, yet when we ordered dessert, our picky eater shocked us and the waitress asking for a second helping of their chicken soup. I highly recommend the BBQ ribs, they are very famous here because they are cooked to absolute perfection... I never had to pick up my knife, the meat just smoothly comes off the bone and literally melts in your mouth. Likewise, the lamb is scrumptious, no knife required. You will look left and right to make sure no one is looking when you lick the plate clean at the end. We also had fresh caught sea bass you get to select before it is cooked. The waiter, Vakis, himself in front of us removed the bones with the utmost skill when we asked for help. The calamari is fresh and crispy and the baked feta is unlike any we have had (get the pita bread for this). As for dessert we had ice cream of our choice and were treated to Raki, a feisty Greek shot with flamed rizogalo (a rice pudding of sorts). Also get the orange juice, so amazingly fresh, it puts all other orange juices in the US to shame. Help yourself! A few notes: The restaurant's ceiling is like a convertible car top, very neat! The lights are always perfectly set as the night progresses. The 3 people who waited on us (two men and a woman with her adorable young daughter) timed our courses with the utmost attention and dedication. Special shout-out again to Vakis for doting on us, he made us feel like family, it was wonderful, an absolute pleasure. We will be back again. Yamas!
Written 27 October 2022
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Off their P
Manchester3993 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 none
There are numerous restaurants along the road and all seem to be much like one another. That is certainly not the case at this particular place and we had a wonderful evening there. The owner is funny, entertaining but very professional and cares deeply about his customers having a great time. The food is great as well! The moussaka was the best we had on the island and the kleftiko just about the same. The depth of flavour and the quality of ingredients with top-class as was the service. The house wine is very good, the setting lovely and the owner even made my wife a complimentary special drink for her bad throat. He said he would have a singing in the morning! Definitely worth seeking out.
Written 7 October 2020
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WandaJ
Farnham4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 couples
Vatania's sun lounger beach, which is handy for our hotel, has a sper friendly guy on the beach to look after you. Beach snacks include their excellent pizzas cooked in a wood oven. So good that we came back at night to enjoy other wood oven specialities such as their excellent spare ribs. The meze selection is also very good with a mix of traditional and world cuisine and all delicious. It's also a great place to relax with a cocktail in the early evening. Sun beds are free with drinks at this time of year and the wonderful Mike on the beach gives you a discount card for food and drink at the restaurant too. Can thoroughly recommend everything at Vatania.
Written 17 October 2023
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Jim
Milton Keynes8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 family
Spent nearly every day of our holiday visiting this superb taverna where we were treated and greeted like long lost friends from times of old. Fresh food. Great tastes and plentiful no matter what we ordered. Gluten free pizza was available (best to pre order) Great thanks to the main man (wife too) Both are very knowledgeable friendly and treated us like family and the young girls whose cocktails were best on the night (Zoe maria & Sisi). Best Long Island ice tea I’ve had in rethymno maria. Definitely a place to re-visit when we return.
Written 22 April 2022
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peter hatch
36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 none
What can you say about the premier meze/tavernsa on the seafront. Great atmosphere backed up by superb cooking from Vangelis in the kitchen. No wonder customers come from far and wide. Best advice is to arrive early for the beautiful sunset and leave late after great food and super cocktails
Written 9 August 2020
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VakisK
Petro efharisto poli. You are the couple know a lot of my kitchen, so your opinion is really important for us. I hope see you soon. If is to soon I can let you singing for an hour. Thanks a lot my friend. WELCOME HOME
Written 9 August 2020
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Alexandra I
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 couples
I was so pleased to find this restaurant in Rethymno which was so close to our accomodation and set on the seafront. Besides the large diversity of mojitos they have,you should not miss a chance to try their good-tasting dishes (mouthwatering seafood variety, zucchini balls - one of my favourite appetizers, actually BEST EVER). Moreover, the host and staff were very wellcoming and friendly people. Cheers, Vakis!
Written 23 August 2020
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275AndyBradley275
Kingston-upon-Hull123 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 family
Given its rating, I had high expectations. Fair to say that others in our party had a chicken pasta and stifado which they both said were very tasty, but the calamari I had for starters were very chewy and the self billed "best ribs in town", I thought would fall off the bone, and they really didn't. The total cost was the same as we paid at a lovely place round the corner where the quality and quantity were much better.
Written 4 October 2021
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Wim2208
Malia27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 couples
After staying in Rethymno in 2019 we went back this holiday while staying in Malia. After a one and a half hour drive we arrived and visited the old town and made dinner reservation at the Vatania, being our favorite restaurant in Rethimno. At arrival we received a very warm welcome and were pampered by the owner and staff just as we remember it from our prevous visits. We ordered our 2019 favorites and added a very nice fresh sallad and again were surprised by the exelent flavours. The Chef still has this magic touch which he surprised us before and our dinner was great again. All in all we had a great evening again and we are going to miss this the remaining days of our holidays. If ever returning to Crete in the future, a visit to the Vatania will be at the top of our bucketlist again.
Written 28 June 2022
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Ekaterina Iitaga
Luxembourg City8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 couples
It is a very cozy restaurant, has great atmosphere, really friendly owners and the food is really delicious. We visited several times during our stay and were always satisfied. I fell in love with pork ribs, slow-cooked in a wood oven - I am not a huge fun of pork but I finished everything, it was amazing! Highly recommend - it’s authentic place with a very nice atmosphere. Thank you Vakis! :)
Written 24 June 2021
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