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Taverna Cretekou

818 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3017
+1 703-548-8688
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good28%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (23 reviews)
“lamb” (62 reviews)
“spanakopita” (21 reviews)
Open Now
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Hours
Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
818 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3017
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Reviewed December 15, 2015

It's really hard to find authentic Greek food, and this was a great finding. They even have the Matalamina (retsina) that is rear to get. The ambiance was great, and the service outstanding.

Thank LiPiMiami
Reviewed December 15, 2015

Chris provides a welcoming atmosphere and all the staff are extremely conscientous. Outside dining a romantic plus. The octopus is the best I have ever eaten and the Mousakka is heavenly. The Branzino is filleted at the table but don't let a waiter do it....More

Thank Robalo98
Reviewed December 10, 2015

Meet friends and had a great evening. Food and service merit a return visit at some point. Salads were fresh, large and sharable. Mains tasty and good sized. Deserts - not to sweet. All enjoyed and will return.

Thank B R
Reviewed November 22, 2015

We were here a couple years ago and then again just recently. The service is great, they welcome you and come and check on you to make sure you are happy with your food. The food is good, home style Greek food. It's reasonably priced....More

Thank onthego0119
Reviewed November 21, 2015 via mobile

I must tell you, this was pretty bad for a Saturday night. Asked for sishkaba plate with no rice, received a plate with rice. Asked for a new plate, waiter scraped the rice off and put veggies, still rice on the plate, thanks. Lamb was...More

1  Thank Charlie M
Reviewed November 18, 2015

When visiting our friends in Old Town, we ALWAYS stop at Taverna Cretekou - it never disappoints; great fish, great lamb.. fabulous desserts... friendly service!

Thank webtravelle08
Reviewed November 3, 2015

Felt vry welcome and at home when I was surprised for our 2nd Anni. out o the town dinner w my now fiancé. Good thing: Atmosphere: very homey and classic. Food: Full o Flavor and traditional. Staff and Chef were very insightful and was able...More

Thank Claudia Virgini... A
Reviewed November 1, 2015

We've lived in Old Town for years and denied ourselves the early opportunity yo dine at Taverna Cretekou. Looking for something different on a Saturday night, we visited and became enamoured. The restaurant itself is plainly decorated, awash in white paint and bright and open....More

Thank Wineaux FromAlexandria
Reviewed October 26, 2015

Let's start with the most important thing....the food. It is sublime! Try the octopus. Don't like octopus? Trust me; you'll like it and just about everything else on the menu, which is quite varied and sophisticated. The servers tend to skew a little old, but...More

1  Thank Van H
Reviewed October 26, 2015

I've been coming to Tavernas every couple of months for 16 years, and love it. Authentic Greek food in an atmosphere where they treat their guests like family- relax and enjoy drinks and fabulous food in a nice authentic space. Their specials are always very...More

1  Thank Bruce A
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Brenda B
September 27, 2017|
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Response from JBClark | Reviewed this property |
They do, but it is a Greek place so lamb is the word. There are plenty of good steak places, this isn't one of them.
Leslie M
May 7, 2017|
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Response from virginiarn2017 | Reviewed this property |
Metered street parking with a 2-hour limit may be found, but we prefer to use the parking garage 3/4 block north on Alfred St. between King and Cameron. Less than a 2-minute walk from the restaurant. Enjoy! It's a... More
February 24, 2017|
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Response from Joette A | Reviewed this property |
You should contact the owner; he is a very personable man who would be happy to answer your question..
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$35
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
12:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 818 King St, Alexandria, VA 22314-3017
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Alexandria>  > Old Town
  • Neighbourhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +1 703-548-8688
  • E-mail
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