Northern Virginia Restaurants

Taverna Cretekou

  • 818 King St. Map It
  • Alexandria
  • Greek

Published 05/21/2015

Fodor's Review

Whitewashed stucco walls and colorful macramé tapestries bring a bit of the Mediterranean to the center of Old Town. On the menu are exohikon (lamb baked in a pastry shell) and fish sauteed with artichokes, and the extensive wine list includes only Greek choices, such as the special Taverna Cretekou made near Kalamata. In warm weather you can dine in the canopied garden. Thursday evenings bring live music, and if you are so moved, plates for breaking are free for the asking—opa! A buffet brunch is served on Sunday.

Restaurant Information

Address:

818 King St., Alexandria, Virginia, 22314, United States

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Phone:

703-548–8688

Restaurant Details:

  • Closed Mon.

Published 05/21/2015

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Jul 15, 2015

Lovely Outdoor Patio

My spouse and I dined at Taverna Cretekou for brunch on a Sunday afternoon in late May 2015. Taverna Cretekou is located on King Street in Old Town Alexandria. The restaurant is closed on Mondays, but offers lunch Tuesday through Saturday, Sunday brunch, and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. The restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating. The huge rear patio is the most desirable place to sit in the warm weather, with some tables on a slightly

raised wooden platform and covered by a pergola-type roof, and other tables protected from the sun by umbrellas. Lots of colorful flowers and foliage surrounds the patio. Restrooms are located on the second floor up a somewhat steep set of stairs (and are in desperate need of renovation/updating!). On the Sunday that we dined, Taverna Cretekou offered both a buffet brunch and their regular menu. We ordered from the regular menu, and enjoyed dolmades as our appetizer (grape leaves filled with rice, scallions, and dill, then marinated in olive oil), followed by lamb gyros and Arni ptsio (lamb with pita). For dessert, we ordered the baklava (ground walnuts layered with honey and filo dough). Service was very good, performed by older men who clearly view waitering as their profession (as opposed to young kids doing a summer job). A great meal!

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