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Cretans, Denver, CO

Cretans

4.4
4.4
92 Reviews
$30 and under
Mediterranean
A Mediterranean cocktail bar from the hit team at Quality Italian. At Cretans, we have a mix of reservation and walk in only seating. Feel free to drop by or give us a ring to inquire about current availability!

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2 people

19:00


Booked 7 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mediterranean, Wine Bar, Greek
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Sat 16:00–22:00
  • Phone number
    (303) 532-8980
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Area
    Cherry Creek
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 92 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Denver / Colorado

    Lively

  • Denver / Colorado

    Mediterranean

  • Denver

    Hot spot

  • Denver

    Romantic

  • Denver

    Lively

92 Reviews
  1. HannahB

    Denver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I’ve been to Cretans several times in the past and loved it. This time, I was informed that their famous pour over martinis were no longer available, which is what I came for originally. The place is very noisy and a little crowded.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had cocktails while here. Overall it was a good experience and a very cute bar.
    CretansResponded 7 days ago
    Hello, Thank you so much for sharing this with us. We are thrilled to hear that you had a good experience and we thank you for the compliment on our bar. We look forward to welcoming you back soon!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was super slow given there were only 3 of us at the bar having dinner and there were two bartenders. We waited 15-20 mins before anyone asked us if we wanted a drink.
    CretansResponded 7 days ago
    Hello, Thank you so much for providing us with this feedback. We do not take it lightly and will be sharing these notes with our service team. We are happy to know that you enjoyed our food and we apologize for falling short with our service. I would love the opportunity to learn more, so if you are able to, please email me at ajudson@qualitybranded.

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  4. Midwestern

    Indiana

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a very cute cocktail bar. Their food menu is very small & also very small portions. Definitely not a spot you can fill up for dinner, we got the fried chicken with hot honey & the meatballs. Both delicious! And then we had to grab dinner somewhere else after.
    CretansResponded on 22 January 2024
    Hello Midwestern, Thank you for leaving us a review! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with us! We look forward to hosting you again soon!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    So hot in there. Cheap plastic floral arrangements. Ok service
    CretansResponded on 22 January 2024
    Hello, Thank you so much for leaving us a review. We are always looking to learn and grow, so we appreciate this feedback as it helps us. I'd love the opportunity to speak with you personally and learn more about your experience. If you are able to, please reach me at my personal email ajudson@qualitybranded.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The only bummer was that they no longer do the viral pour over martinis featured on their Instagram, which made me sad, becuase come on that looked cool af, and unique but you know what, I get it, probably not practical for them to constantly wash all that glassware. Just want to warn the people. Also they ran out of oysters by 7:30pm. Bad luck for me. Otherwise very good drinks and atmosphere.

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  7. CodyR

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 7 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Super cool spot, had to make a reservation. With making a reservation for a cocktail bar, I have higher expectations. They have 7 cocktails to pick from. We ordered one and were told they didn’t have it. This should’ve been told to us when greeted by the bartender. Seems like a big miss to only have 7 cocktails and not be able to actually make them all. Ordered a spicy pepperochini martini and received a salted lemon martini. We got it swapped out when we mentioned we got the wrong one. The martini was kind of flat, no real pepperochini flavoring. Our only interaction with the bartender was a “hi, do you want anything else? And have a good night.” Zero interactions and no check ins to make anything personable.
    CretansResponded on 18 January 2024
    Hello Cody, Thank you so much for taking the time to provide us with this feedback. We are always wanting to learn and grow and you are helping us do so. Your experience was not up to our standards of service and we will be relaying your feedback to our service team. I would love the opportunity to connect with you. If you are able to, please reach out to me personally at ajudson@qualitybranded. Thank you and I look forward to connecting with you!

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  8. JuanFer

    Denver

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 28 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first visit and we really enjoyed the laid back and friendly atmosphere. Great drinks and service. Highly recommended.
    CretansResponded on 10 January 2024
    Hello Juan, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your dining experience with us. We can't wait to host you again!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cretans is always a favorite.  Last night, was probably the highest level of service I’ve gotten, since I’ve been there, though, extremely attentive waiters, considering the fact that we only ordered two drinks, very excellent service.
    CretansResponded on 4 December 2023
    Thank you so much for leaving us a review! We are happy to hear that our service stood out for you and we will definitely be letting the Cretans serving team know your kind words.

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  10. Alex

    Denver

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 19 November 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Drinks were good. Food was very overpriced. Service left a lot to be desired.
    CretansResponded on 25 November 2023
    Hi Alex, Thank you for leaving us this feedback. We are always wanting to learn and grow. If you are open to it, I would love the opportunity to learn more about your experience with us. Please reach out to me personally at, ajudson@qualitybranded.

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  11. SarahZ

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Tasty selection of small plates. The dip tower was awesome and great start to the meal! We ordered 5-6 small plates for 5 people and it was perfect amount of food. Feels like a great place to have a few drinks before going out.
    CretansResponded on 29 October 2023
    Hi Sarah, Thank you for leaving us a review. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed spending time with us! We can't wait to host you again!

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  12. TannerF

    New Mexico

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 28 September 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    A great place for a drink, but not for a meal. Bar food only.

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  13. Paul

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My fianceé and I had a wonderful time at Cretans, we celebrated our anniversary and they surprised us with some champagne, such a gracious gesture and special touch!
    CretansResponded on 4 October 2023
    Hello Paul, Thank you so much for leaving this review. We are so happy we were able to make your experience with us special. We look forward to seeing you next time!

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  14. JamieS

    Denver

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 23 September 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Ambiance is great, drinks are solid, food menu is tiny and basic
    CretansResponded on 4 October 2023
    Hi Jamie, Thank you so much for leaving us a review. I would love the opportunity to learn more about your experience with us. If you are open to it, please reach out to me personally at ajudson@qualitybranded.

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  15. COfoodie

    Denver

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 16 September 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Brie and meatballs are amazing. Tuna tartar is just ok. The seating is not very comfortable. Tables are way too low for the chairs and benches which leads to not wanting to stay very long.

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  16. VinceT

    Vancouver

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 10 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    First time visitor and was very pleased with the quality and food portion size. Would recommend trying this restaurant.
    CretansResponded on 25 November 2023
    Hi Vince, Thank you so much for the review and recommendation. We can't wait to host you again!

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  17. SaraZ

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 September 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    I was very excited to eat at this restaurant but was quickly disappointed. I made a reservation to sit outside and was seated at a tiny table below my knees. It was very uncomfortable to eat at and it was a busy night. Unfortunately we weren’t able to be reseated unless we waited 40 minutes for a new table. Frankly, the table height ruined our dinner experience and made it unenjoyable. Food was great and the staff was super nice but seating sucked.

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  18. TheFitFoodie

    Phoenix

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 9 September 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    Worst experience in Denver in 6 years. They called day of to move our 9pm reservation to 930. Once we are seated they tell us the kitchen closed and we have to order from the neighbor restaurant (which I saw on Yelp and didn’t want). Food was terrible and about triple the price. There is a nightclub next-door and the music was so loud that we couldn’t even have a conversation. Never again!!
    CretansResponded on 16 September 2023
    Hello The Fit Foodie, Thank you so much for leaving us a review and providing us with this feedback. If you are able to, please reach out to me personally at ajudson@qualitybranded. I would love to learn more and discuss your experience with us further.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 1 September 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really enjoyed the menu. We ordered several appetizers and all were delicious. The cocktails were fantastic. Our server was attentive and friendly. The ambience was art deco with tube lighting on the walls. The four of us could talk to the person next to us but not to the person across the table. Maybe turn down the music just a tad? Overall a eclectic venue.
    CretansResponded on 3 September 2023
    Thank you so much for leaving us a review and providing us with this feedback. We are happy to see that you enjoyed your experience with us and we can't wait to host you again soon!

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  20. Christine1

    Denver

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 26 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great time at cretans for the first time last night. So cute, well decorated, and the evening lighting is just spectacular for a very speakeasy/supper club-type feel. Vibrant and retro. Totally up my alley! Good food, and reasonably priced for good portions. I did feel a little crowded at my seat, which was at the bar. We reserved a high top upon booking, so I assumed I would have my own table. But it ended up working out relatively well all in all. Will visit again!
    CretansResponded on 27 August 2023
    Hi Christine! Thank you so much for leaving us such a warm review! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your visit with us and we can't wait to see you again!

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  21. melissad

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service we exceptional! We love the infused cocktails and small bites!
    CretansResponded on 3 September 2023
    Hi Melissa, Thank you so much! We will be communicating your kind words to our service team and we can't wait to see you next time.

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  22. Mach

    New Mexico

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 August 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This is primarily a wine bar that serves some small plates. We got the baked Brie and lemon cottage fries. The Brie doesn’t come with anything to put it on (crackers, crutons, toast, bread), so we had to order a side of pita bread for an additional charge. The Brie was also not heated all the way through. The fries were fine, I just expected more for how much they were charging for them.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Very unfortunate to have such horrible service. Ruined what otherwise would have been a go9d experience
    CretansResponded on 27 August 2023
    Thank you for leaving this feedback for us. We are always wanting to learn and grow. If you are able to, please reach out to me personally at ajudson@qualitybranded. I'd love to learn more about your experience.

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  24. SamanthaH

    Denver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 August 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved the experience and the vibe of the lounge. Highly recommend the whipped goat cheese, baked bri and ribs/meatballs.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 August 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    It was too loud for our liking - we had to shout at each other to have a conversation. Food was fine but they brought it all out at once instead of pacing. Will not likely return.

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  26. AshC

    Atlantic City

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 August 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fantastic food (loved the dip tray!) and really lovely wines. Service was also great. A bit noisy but otherwise great atmosphere.
    CretansResponded on 12 August 2023
    Hello Ash, Thank you for leaving us a review. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with us and we can't wait to see you again soon!

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  27. LillianH

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Wine selection was great! Staff seemed overwhelmed and frequently forgot aspects of the order for our table & the people around us. Food, while delicious, had very small portions and wasn’t worth the price. Ambiance was nice while the restaurant wasn’t full, but as it got later the noise got overwhelming.

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  28. ElizabethS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    They were great with food allergies. Food was ok to good. Noise level was very loud. We made a reservation for my birthday for 3 and the host tried seating us at a two top table. The only other “table” available was a tiny two top sized coffee table that had enough room for more than two chairs. We sat at the coffee table. Ordering food for three people was tough as we couldn’t fit drinks, plates, and food on the table. We weren’t given napkins or plates and had to ask for them after our appetizers had been consumed awkwardly on a too small table. Service was very slow. I would not go back or recommend this place to others.

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  29. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 28 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great wine bar-style restaurant that is light on cocktails. We loved the Dip Tower and Citrus Spritz. Great tapas options and wines. Beautiful space, dim lighting make it great for a date.
    CretansResponded on 28 July 2023
    Thank you so much for the kind words. We can't wait to see you back!

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  30. MariaA

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and drinks Always a pleasure coming there

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  31. Jankoss

    Denver

    311 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    311 reviews

    Dined on 22 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sat out side with a friend All was good. Food and wine. Nice menu. Will return

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  32. PrettyLame

    Denver

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 22 July 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    They seem to still be working out kinks. Tables are tiny. Pour over cocktails are not brought to you (not part of an experience).

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  33. DaveH

    Denver

    46 reviews

    4.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on 16 July 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    DRINKS: Much more a wine bar than a cocktail bar. FOOD: Small bites, some of them excellent. AMBIANCE: Inside is dark and chic. Outside is standing bar and covered seats. SERVICE: Overall good and attentive despite the business. But having food arrive before drinks was a bit odd, and having both food and drinks come out as they are ready, rather than together, was also a bit quirky. NET-NET: Probably not quite our cuppa, but they did a decent job in a very crowded area.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 13 July 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The lobster roll was great, but other entrees like the scallops were disappointing and overpriced. Other entrees were much spicier than as described on the menu, so much so that it made it difficult to enjoy them. The big shocker and disappointment were the extra fees and taxes added to the bill that added an additional 25+% to the total before any tip. These should be disclosed on the website and on the menu instead of surprising guests with them at the end of the meal.
    CretansResponded on 28 July 2023
    Hello, We do not have lobster rolls or scallops on our menu, we also do not charge extra fees and taxes. This review might be for a different restaurant.

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  35. DorothyH

    Denver

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 9 July 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was good. Wine prices very high compared to other Tapa type restaurants.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great girls night atmosphere! We loved the drinks and the small plates
    CretansResponded on 15 July 2023
    Thank you so much! We can't wait to host you again!

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  37. Wolfy

    Denver

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 7 July 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, friendly and efficient staff, cool atmosphere.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 1 July 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I like this spot—great cherry creek crowd just the waitstaff seemed overwhelmed and inexperienced. Food is good, some dishes are great and some so-so but will be back. Good energy.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 28 June 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Been twice (can’t even say why I went back a second time) and service was horrible both times. Servers were neglectful and forgetful. Awful and we won’t be going back. And it was also as if the kitchen staff didn’t even know how to prepare the food. For example, no herbs, condiments or seasoning on anything even when it was listed on the menu description. Complete disaster.

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  40. KelseyJ

    Denver

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 24 June 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a fun spot to check out. There were some hits and there were some misses so overall it was an average experience. I would go back and get some of the favorite items: Halloumi fries (pretty much elevated mozz sticks), caesar salad, and the pepperoncini martini - my favorite thing. Misses were the dip tower (way overpriced for what it was) and the shrimp. I also had a weird interaction with the host but it was very busy so will chalk it up to that. Decor was awesome - should be since it's a new place.

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Cretans is rated 4.4 stars by 92 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 7 times today
Google Map for Cretans

231 Clayton St, Denver, CO 80206-4803

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area
    Cherry Creek
  • Hours of Operation
    Tue–Sat 16:00–22:00
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mediterranean, Wine Bar, Greek
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Business Casual
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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