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“Outstanding. Nothing but outstanding.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Taverna Cretekou

Taverna Cretekou
Ranked #12 of 748 Restaurants in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$8 - US$35
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Greek
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Neighbourhood: Old Town
Alexandria, VA (Wash, DC)
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Outstanding. Nothing but outstanding.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2013

Denise Papaloizou heralds this best restaurant. Her charm, her affability, her hospitality and style which brighten the very door she opens with her "welcome! welcome!" are only harbingers to the outrageously delicious food she sends from her kitchen: branzini, lamb, chicken, steaks! Her staff is over the top friendly and informative, and all are in awe of even working at this first class Greek Taverna worthy of being honored as one of the best Greek restaurants in America. The Thursday nights of dancing and plates smashing is a must. An all-Greek wine selection is superlative. Apps are a must. Saganaki? Yes, please! Desserts include a homemake yogurt with apricots poached in wine over yogurt. Heaven? Yes!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“Great value Sunday brunch”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2013 credit card Amex Cardmember Review

The hosts were very friendly on our arrival and pointed out that they had a brunch buffet available for about $18 pp. This included soup, salad, cheeses, bread, tzatziki, moussaka, lamb, and a variety of other greek dishes plus a dessert, which we thought was excellent value, and allowed you to taste a variety of dishes. The inside of the restaurant seemed cozy, but we sat outside in the beautiful garden area, and really felt as if we could have been in Greece with the nice ambiance and background music.

Visited October 2013
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Alexandria, Virginia, USA
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great Brunch”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2013 credit card Amex Cardmember Review

Great food to choose from on the brunch menu and if the weather is nice you must sit on the patio, the atmosphere is great!

Visited October 2013
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Thank Matt M
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sherwood park, Alberta
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292 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
“wonderful and authentic greek specialties”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2013

this place has a large outdoor patio to the back of the restaurant, where there seem to have more tables than inside. there is a wide variety of specialties (about 6 or 7 ways to have lamb, for example). my other half had the tasting platter, which presents a great way to try a number of different dishes at one time. you get a tremendous amount of good food for a reasonable price.

Visited October 2013
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Savannah, Georgia
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Good Food, Great Service, Grand Garden”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2013

What a lovely surprise, to happen on the sign outside that stated, "The Garden is Open." We had been looking to sit outside on the lovely fall evening, but every Irish pub only had tables for 4 (full) or 2 (many unfilled). We had a party of 3 and were told repeatedly it was against the law to pull up a chair. So we walked on, until we came upon the sign, The Garden is Open.

Though none of us was in the mood for greek food, we were in the mood for sitting outside, enjoying the weather, and eating and drinking something. We were not disappointed. The server was out of a greek play . . . cute, dark, handsome, charming, and very attentive to the 50 - 60 year old women he was serving. He didn't seem daunted in the least that we weren't looking for a full dinner, but something we could share and nosh, and enjoy. We had a couple of appetizers that were perfect, beer and wine, and the great garden atmosphere.

This couldn't have been better. I would absolutely return again. Great job.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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