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The Garden of Ali Vafi

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Tzane Mpouniali 65 | Petaladika, Rethymnon, Crete 74100, Greece
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+30 2831 023238
12:00 - 03:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 03:00
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Rethymnon, Greece
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Originally home to the Venetian Cavalry, then the Turkish merchant Ali Vafi , it is not surprising that there should remain an air of enchantment. In the evening entering through the archways you find yourself in a large courtyard containing and surrounded by trees. Small lanterns around the walls and lights in the trees add to the Fairytale setting. Tables... More 

Thank John H
Oslo, Norway
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Beautiful scenery is hidden behind an anonymous tunnel leading to the Ali Vafi resturant and bar. With Turkish lounge feel this venue is as perfect for daytime lounging as it is for a chilled out night on the town among the locals. Literally offering beds and divans to relax in, Tom and Jerry cartoons projected on the wall accompanied with... More 

Thank ThereseTheTraveller
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Well worth going to experience nice cocktails and a different atmosphere to many of the bars on the sea front. Tom adn Jerry cartoons on the wall were a plus.

Thank tooldtoorest
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

Spacious open backcourt garden full of lemon trees, cats, sofas, chairs, benches, tables... to while away the hours. Delicious local beers and drinks, shisha for those as want it, good mezzes... hmmmmmmmmmm. Would never want to leave.

Thank geokalck
Sheffield, England
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186 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Loved this fab restaurant / bar A total surprise once you come through the wierd entrance Amazing ambience Top class good and great service Beautiful Surroundings with lemon trees in this great space Drank beer and chilled Had some appetisers all were amazing - garlic bread was wow Chicken curry was so amazing Lovely beds to lounge on and Shisha... More 

Thank PMDBooth
Athens, Greece
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89 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

You can never guess what is hidden behind this ugly entrance. Its a quiet place, a beautiful backyard that offers refreshing drinks and sisha. I tried their homemade lemonade and it was better than Beyonce's... Imagine that!

Thank John K
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

A very nice place with great value for money. Mostly occupied by locals, so visit only if you can keep a secret :)

Thank Tax S
Tunbridge Wells, England, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

its a nice place to have an afternoon beer away from the sun, really peaceful and cool, good service. Returned in the evening for a meal, Food was good not outstanding and service not as good, but definitely worth a visit different from the usual tourist experience.

Thank Andy W
Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

My family and I found this restaurant totally by chance while walking in Rethymnon. What a nice surprise! It is quite hidden but it is well worth to be discovered. Very cozy atmosphere and excellent fresh food. The waiters are absolutely adorable (we would like to thank the gentleman who actually ran after us to bring us the sunglasses that... More 

Thank Barbara M
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

Taken here by a local, otherwise would never have found it esp as its hiding way down in the tripadvisor listings. Suffice to say we went back twice. Go late for atmosphere starts filling up around 10pm. Go for the food - amazing & so cheap; go for the cocktails; go to get away from the tourists; go for a... More 

Thank Desmond M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Mediterranean, Greek
Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 03:00
12:00 - 03:00
12:00 - 03:00
12:00 - 03:00
12:00 - 03:00
12:00 - 03:00
12:00 - 03:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Tzane Mpouniali 65 | Petaladika, Rethymnon, Crete 74100, Greece
  • Location: Europe  >  Greece  >  Crete  >  Rethymnon Prefecture  >  Rethymnon
  • Phone Number: +30 2831 023238

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?