A dinner taken in the narrow streets of the Renaissance Old Town of Rethymno gets even more idyllic if it includes dishes of the famous Cretan cuisine, made from local products.
Outside town, in the highlands of the Rethymno Prefecture you will taste some of the famous Cretan dishes like “ofto” (lamb slowly roasted on skewers across the fire), lamb “tsigariasto” (sautéd or fried lamb), pasta cooked in lamb broth served with “anthotyro” (local salty hard cheese), while down on the coast you will find fresh fish and seafood dishes.
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It’s worth making a small detour to find Goulediana village and taste the dishes of the "Goules" taverna. Traditional dishes such as pilafi and pasta “syzouma” (cooked in lamb broth), rooster with red sauce, nice salads, and creative touches. All cooked with olive oil as well as made from fresh local ingredients and raw materials.
Situated just 2 km from the center of Rethymno and almost next to the city's university, in Galos village. Here you’ll find a family environment, tasty appetizers, grilled meat, food cooked in the wood-oven, homemade wine and raki.
“Ousies” lies in the center of the Old Town of Rethymno next to the folklore museum and two steps from the Odeon (minaret). A tavern with Greek flavors and old recipes, in one of the most crowded alleys, bustling all year long.
Housed in a 400-hundred year-old Venetian mansion with a garden and a romantic courtyard, Avli serves local dishes and delicacies from Crete and the Mediterranean area, for food-connoisseurs. The decor is eclectic. The wine cellar is huge, including more than 460 different labels from Cretan and Greek vineyards.
Maistros offers magnificent views of the sea and the Fortezza at Rethymno. Fresh seafood and traditional Cretan cuisine will impress you, combined with a wine from the carefully selected wine list featuring mainly Greek products.
The “Othonas” taverna was established in 1987 in the heart of the Old Town of Rethymno and remains to today one of the timeless dining options in the city. Here you will find authentic Cretan cuisine, prepared according to traditional recipes, with Cretan olive oil and fresh ingredients. The wines are Cretan and Greek: the prices affordable.
In a privileged location, opposite the Fortezza and just next to the sea, the Prima Plora restaurant serves creative Greek cuisine. The tables are set by the sea, and the dishes are cooked with olive oil using exclusively goods from small, local producers. Seafood and meat dishes, pasta, risottos and casseroles recipes to suit all tastes.
Zissis’ tavern is a classic haunt for the locals. The tavern serves Cretan and Greek cuisine, a variety of casseroles that you choose yourself from the showcase, grilled meats. Family atmosphere.
Set just outside the city of Rethymno, this family-run restaurant offers classic traditional Cretan dishes. The warmth of the “family environment” is highlighted by a large open fireplace.
Lemonokipos is situated near the center of the medieval town of Rethymno, in the courtyard of an old Venetian mansion. The restaurant has a history of over a century, since the owner's grandfather opened the first tavern in 1910.
The Veneto restaurant operates on the ground floor of a hotel in the center of the Old Town of Rethymno, in an old Venetian 14th-century manorial house. It is beautiful and atmospheric and features a stone cellar with carefully selected wines from the Cretan, Greek and international vineyards.
Overlooking the old Venetian harbor and the historic lighthouse of Rethymno, Cavo d'Oro restaurant serves international cuisine, Mediterranean dishes, fish and seafood.
The ideal “meating” place. Alana is located at the heart of the old town, in a beautiful garden site where local residents and foreign guests harmoniously coexist. Enjoy the local quality fresh, grilled or cooked meat, delicious dishes from the Cretan cuisine and friendly service. Affiliate your dinner with a unique homemade dessert.
In Stavros’ taverna you will try Greek dishes including lamb cooked with honey, and fresh fish. Pick one of the tables on the walkway or at the roof garden and listen to live folk music.
“To Pigadi” is located in the center of the Old Town of Rethymno. The restaurant is located in a yard of a large Venetian building of the 16th century that was used for watering and keeping horses.