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Maria's Old Tavern

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$$ - $$$
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Main Road, Plaka, Elounda, Crete 720 53, Greece
+30 2841 042115
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

Stopped here waiting for ferry to Spinalonga. Good food and friendly service. Great for shade but also fairly open.

Thank MrandMrsMc
Conwy, Wales
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

There is a big choice of restaurants in Plaka - mostly busy, chic or commercial on the seafront. We wanted something more traditional and found it at Maria's - delicious traditional food with very friendly service. Would definitely recommend.

Thank yerominas
Derby, United Kingdom
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156 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Ate here on our first night in Plaka; busy little taverna with an obvious charm. We were shown to a table for 4 (the last table free); a bit later on a young German couple arrived and we were happy to share our table with them. A bit quirky but no problem for us. The food was delicious, rustic and... More 

Thank Pinklady9
Georgetown, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Come with an empty belly! Delicious, fresh, authentic food with portions that are served family style. Mousaka to die for and Rabbit and Lamb slow roasted to perfection. The salads and grilled vegetables were delicious. Nothing was a disappointment. The house wine by the jug was excellent, the service was friendly and warm. We were there for hours in this... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed excellent garlic potatoes and home made meatballs. Stuffed aubergine good too. Meze a bit disappointing compared to those offered by neighbouring restaurants

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

Had a lovely friendly welcome and ordered a lovely Greek salad and calamari for lunch which was delicious! The lady that served us was extremely friendly, I would highly recommend this little gem of place in Plaka. Good for couples, families or group of friends, would definitely eat here again.

Thank LeanoraTruce
Bridport, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

Went here after reading the reviews, have to say on the quality of the food, service, wine, I wouldn't eat anywhere else now in plaka. We had wonderfully fresh calamari and grilled shrimps to start our meal, large portions and washed down well with a really good house wine. Main dishes were the stuffed egg plants and the slow roasted... More 

Thank winters1
Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

After a few days of eating at Ostria on the waterfront, we tried Maria's and found the food fabulous, the portions huge and the bill very reasonable. Our waitress, Thalia, was lovely and made us feel very welcome. Even the chef came out to bid us farewell! Don't even think of going elsewhere, you'll miss a treat.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Great food, friendly service. We enjoyed our meal so much, we went back a 2nd time. Not to be missed are the stuffed vine leaves, peppers and tomatoes, lamb, rabbit and beef. The food is so homey, it feels like you are in your grandmothers kitchen. If you have room, order the pistachio ice cream - best we have ever... More 

Thank Danica P
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

Idyllic setting - a traditional taverna with superb food great quality at very reasonable prices. Better food than in Eluanda a must to visit. Highly recommended. I had lamb wood cooked in the lamb shank was another main both surpassed expectations.

Thank bash5061

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 22
Mediterranean, Greek
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Romantic, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Main Road, Plaka, Elounda, Crete 720 53, Greece
  • Location: Europe  >  Greece  >  Crete  >  Lasithi Prefecture  >  Elounda  >  Plaka
  • Phone Number: +30 2841 042115

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