Restaurants

Top Choice Seafood in Hania

Thalassino Ageri

This solitary fish taverna in a tiny port 2km east of the centre among the ruins of Hania’s old tanneries is one of Crete’s top eateries. Take in the sunset from the superb setting and peruse the changing menu, dict…
Top Choice Cretan in Zaros

Vegera

The vivacious Vivi has a knack for turning farm-fresh local produce into flavourful and creative dishes based on traditional recipes. Her philosophy is to ‘cook they way we cook in our house’. Indeed, with the flora…
Top Choice Mezedhes in Anydri

To Skolio

Whether gorge walker or hire-car driver, do not miss the chance to dine at wonderful To Skolio. ‘The School’ is in a converted schoolhouse, and cheerily painted tables fill a shady cliff-side courtyard with grand va…
Top Choice Cretan in Iraklio

Peskesi

One of Iraklio’s recent additions to the city’s upmarket dining scene, and housed in a smartly converted cottage, this lovely eatery comes with a large dollop of snob value. It’s best described as ‘post-modern ancie…
Top Choice Cretan in Myrtos

Katerina

Your taste buds will do somersaults at Katerina, where Yiannis is the kind of chef that puts a creative mark on even the most classic dishes. Don't overdose on the homemade bread that accompanies the free appetiser …
Top Choice Greek in Myrthios

Vrisi

Set below the main road, this stylish restaurant creates delicious Cretan cuisine with panache. Dishes like chicken with honey and mustard, fig and chicken salad, and smoked pork with bulgur lettuce are all served o…
Top Choice Greek in Kalamaki

Yiannis

A top choice for something with a genuine bygone local flair, head one block inland from the Kalamki beach to Yiannis, a bare-bones eatery that has been running for over 30 years. It enjoys cult status with locals a…
Top Choice Cretan in Hania

To Maridaki

This modern seafood mezedhopoleio (restaurant specialising in mezedhes) is not to be missed. In a cheerful, bright dining room, happy visitors and locals alike tuck into impeccable local seafood and Cretan specialit…
Cretan in Iraklio Wine Country

Elia & Diosmos

At this foodie playground on the edge of the Iraklio Wine Country, Argiro Barda turns market-fresh ingredients into progressive Cretan dishes that are a feast of flavours. The menu chases the seasons, but classic ch…
Top Choice Cretan in Rethymno

Avli

This Venetian garden villa has a well-deserved reputation for serving some of the city’s most creative Cretan food in a lovely patio setting. Farm-fresh fare has bold flavour pairings: kid goat meets honey and thyme…