Where to Eat in Rethymnon: The Best Restaurants and Bars

December 21, 2017 Enriqueta Cusson

Rethymnon is one of the most well-preserved Venetian old towns on the island of Crete. Its 16th-century buildings are stunning examples of ancient architecture, and the monolithic Fortezza reflects both European and Moorish influences. Explore the magical waterfalls, rock formations, and ‘"cave church" of Saint Anthony Gorge before taking a pleasant evening stroll along the colorful Venetian Harbor. Relax in a taverna over a plate of Cretan meze, like fresh feta drizzled with local olive oil.
Things to do in Rethymnon

1. Prima Plora

4 Akrotiriou, Rethymnon, Crete 741 00, Greece Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Validated Parking, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, Greek, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +30 2831 056990
Excellent
72%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Prima Plora

We strive for what we love in a world that has forgotten the value of food in our lives. A plate of food, eaten in a restaurant or at home, the taste and the quality depends on the raw materials we use. With this as our principle and also that are forthright in any form of mass production of the raw materials, we have come and we have partnerships only with small local producers, who have the same philosophy as us. Our cuisine consists of raw materials without pesticides and fertilizers and from animals grown and fed in nature, as normally required in warehouses and not eating GM foods.

Reviewed By Anna M - Athens, Greece

Amazing seafood, make sure you don't miss this restaurant. Set by the seaside with a beautiful view of La Fortezza. The location, the atmosphere and the food, a Triple Ace deal. Excellent prawns, best risotto, healthy organic quality food, beautifully styled dishes. Our Italian friends loved it too !!!

2. Nyn & Aei

38 Tzane Bouniali, Rethymnon, Crete 74131, Greece Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +30 697 853 3252
Excellent
77%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 502 reviews

Nyn & Aei

Reviewed By Anne470 - Ipswich, United Kingdom

This was the most authentic Greek food we ate all of our 10 day holiday.
It was very good and very good value for money.
The friendly owner was very helpful and spoke excellent English.
It was difficult to find in the streets of the old town but google maps got us there!!
The only shame was that it rained and we had to sit inside not outside.

3. To Pigadi

31 Xanthoudidou | Old Town, Rethymnon, Crete 741 00, Greece Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Full Bar, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, Brunch HK$94 - HK$290 +30 2831 027522
Excellent
66%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

To Pigadi

The restaurant is on the site where once stood a Venetian building which was linked to the residence on the south side through a doorway. It is believed that where the covered dining area stands was once a large storeroom and animal stable. The dining courtyard was indeed a courtyard and animal feeding area. In 2003 the chef and owner Harris Pavlakis decided to open the restaurant. The restaurant serves traditional local and greek dishes with local products and provides a friendly and romantic atmosphere. Our restaurant is certificated for Cretan Cuisine from The Greek Academy Of Taste and has participated in three contests of Traditional Cretan Cuisine in the last three years and has won twice the golden and once the silver medal.

Reviewed By Freeman1948 - Henley on Thames

I very seldom give anything 5 stars on TA but this place deserves it. We found it after a week of dismal meals in restaurants which other reviewers had raved about and we had begun to lose faith in TA reviews generally. This restaurant shone out of the gastronomic gloom! We went for an evening meal and it was delicious. The Cretan salad was outstanding as was the rabbit stifado. The staff were delightful as was the ambiance. The house wine was delicious. We enjoyed ourselves so much we went back for lunch the following day rather than risk another disappointment, and again had a fabulous meal. It was all in the taste, as it should be. The food was properly cooked and seasoned and generous use was made of local herbs. It sounds obvious but such tasty food seems to be a rarity there days. Whoever is in the kitchen can really cook. It's not easy to find, but seek it out!

4. Goules

Goulediana | Goulediana, Rethymnon, Crete 74100, Greece Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +30 2831 041001
Excellent
91%
Good
6%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 252 reviews

Goules

Reviewed By Russell B - Chelmsford, United Kingdom

Travelled inland from the coastal resorts to this village Taverna following up on a family recommendation. If you want something different from the typical restaurant menu you must try this, superb friendly hospitality, varied Cretan menu of superb dishes. We had an idea of what we wanted to try but upon waiter recommendation went with a variety of different dishes to share. Food quality was exceptional, the salad served in a pastry bowl, all of which could be eaten from its presentation plate - very tasty, the beef dish was just so tender, the local twisted pasta covered in cheese delightful. I could go on. This place is a hidden gem, well worth the picturesque drive to get there. Friendly staff in great surroundings which is not to be missed!

5. Piazza di Porto

Sikelianou | Venizelou 52A, Rethymnon, Crete 741 00, Greece Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner, Lunch, Brunch +30 2831 050432
Excellent
91%
Good
5%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 93 reviews

Piazza di Porto

Gourmet creations from the Cretan & Mediterranean cuisine, hot and cold dishes, pastries and cakes. For culinary enthusiasts who seek to explore innovative gourmet local and Mediterranean healthy dishes in a stylish and relaxing ambience,“Piazza Di Porto”offers a culinary scene of upscale cuisine complemented by a superb sea view ambience from the restaurant’s veranda. SPECIAL NOTE: Gentlemen are kindly requested to wear long trousers in all restaurants in the evening.

Reviewed By Mumbum52

Whilst staying at the Aquila Porto we visited this restaurant twice as it is the a la carte restaurant for the hotel. Wow! One of the best restaurants we have ever been too. The staff are so helpful and funny especially Vasil/Basil the manager. Could not fault anything, just perfect and staying at the hotel meant a discount on the bill. What's not to like.

6. Corina Restaurant

13 Salaminos, Rethymnon, Crete 741 00, Greece Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks HK$31 - HK$243 +30 2831 021205
Excellent
75%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 386 reviews

Corina Restaurant

In the Old Town of Rethymno, just a few meters from the harbor, waiting to charm you, is “Corina” restaurant, providing a beautiful dining space and a friendly atmoshere. Offering fine cuisine made with the freshest ingredients, including Cretan herbs and extra virgin olive oil, brought together with love and affection. Fresh fish, seafood and fine wine make your meal unique.

Reviewed By ellonway - UK

Had a truly enjoyable dining experience at Corina. The restaurant is situated in a quiet street in the Old Town. The decor is tasteful, the staff welcoming and the service friendly and efficient. The menu offers a selection of traditional Greek and Cretan dishes. The food arrived well presented and was perfectly cooked. The portions are truly generous. The Greek plate offers the opportunity to try a variety of traditional Greek foods.
Fine dining with generosity, friendly service and reasonable prices.
Recommended!

7. Zefyros Family Fish Taverna

Nearchou 41 | 74100, Rethymnon, Crete 74100, Greece Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +30 2831 028206
Excellent
78%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Zefyros Family Fish Taverna

Reviewed By AnnM06022011 - Waterford, Ireland

The location is fantastic down in the old port. Great varied menu. Staff are very helpful. The food is so fresh and served with pride. This is a fish restaurant. Salad was crispy fresh and the prawns were so lovely. Big portions too. Greek yoghurt on the house as so good as was the Raki.
Lovely memories of Rethymon.

8. Giannikos Taverna

Palaia Ethniki Odos Rethynnou-Chanion, Prines, Rethymnon, Crete 741 00, Greece (Formerly To Steki tou Giannikou) Delivery, Takeout, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Television, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover Mediterranean, Greek, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner HK$31 - HK$110 +30 693 707 3998
Excellent
86%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 397 reviews

Giannikos Taverna

Giannikos Taverna is a traditional Cretan restaurant, a heritage from father to son throughout 3 generations, since 1880. The tradition that is bonded with the restaurant is well maintained until today. Enjoy a delicious meal, taste our local delicacies, enjoy your coffee or a refreshing drink under the shade of the trees of Prines square! All our dishes are homemade with virgin olive oil, fresh meat and vegetables from our farm. Just taste it!

Reviewed By paulsterland - London, United Kingdom

Super friendly service and great atmosphere on the outdoor Terrace in the centre of Prines village. The host goes out of his way to help and all the food we tried was fantastic. Well worth a trip for reasonably priced classic Greek dishes.

9. Thavma Coffee Drinks & Cretan food

Near Maroulas village., Rethymnon, Crete 74100, Greece Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +30 697 766 0743
Excellent
85%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 764 reviews

Thavma Coffee Drinks & Cretan food

WE ARE CLOSED FOR THE WINTER. WE WILL REOPEN IN SPRING 2018. STAY INFORMED WITH THE LATEST NEWS AND EVENT ALERTS, ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE! Welcome ! Choosing THAVMA for a short getaway, or for your holiday, you will discover a fantastic destination of stunning natural beauty that combines all the elements that will fulfill your dreams. Maroulas, is one of the finest historical villages in the majestic prefecture of Rethymnon , where our place is located. Thavma, is characterized by its stunning views, offering visitors the unique opportunity to escape from their daily routine and experience happy moments with their family and their friends. Enjoy your food and drink and "feel" the relaxing peace that surrounds our place. Our place THAVMA is only 15 minutes away from Rethymnon on the way to Maroulas from the western side. You are more than welcome ! Maria Bounialetou.

Reviewed By TufaP - Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Only stopped for drinks coffee and beer well worth the effort of the steep road stunning views well cared for outside Terrace lovely friendly greeting.Others on the Terrace were eating the food all looked good and well presented.Hello! Thank you so much for taking the time to write this lovely review! We are so glad for your kind words! Hope to see you soon again, to taste also our delicious dishes :))) Take care...

10. Pagona's Place

2 Nikeas, Platanias, Rethymnon, Crete 741 00, Greece Takeout, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, Greek, Grill, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$55 - HK$133 +30 698 603 2480
Excellent
84%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 684 reviews

Pagona's Place

Our small traditional taverna, will offer you something a little bit different.. You will be able to samble some of our traditional cousine cooked fresly from me Pagona and my mother ''Vaso''.. These small dishes we offer are called ''meze'' dishes and you can try as many as you want!! In Crete we order many dishes witch goes in the middle of the table and you can pick and try.. This is a very enjoyable way of eating and try our food!! Offcourse , we recommend a few shots of our Raki and our House wine to wash it all down with!!! We hope to see you soon and we hope you will like it!!

Reviewed By mandycullen - London, United Kingdom

We were recommended to this place by my parents and weren't diappointed. Food was so fresh and tasty and Pagona couldn't have been lovelier. Can't wait for a return visit.

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