Best restaurants in Hania Province

  • Restaurants in Innahorion Villages

    Milia

    The restaurant at Milia ecotourism retreat is well worth the detour for its frequently changing seasonal menu incorporating organic produce cultivated on the farm, including its own oil, wine, milk, cheese and free-range chickens, goats and sheep. Try the homemade kalitsounia (filled pastries), the smoked-pork plate with tabbouleh and pita, or orzo pasta with chestnut mushrooms, porcini powder and lemon.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Hania

    Thalassino Ageri

    This solitary fish taverna among the vestiges of Hania’s old tanneries in Halepa, 2km east of the centre, is one of Crete’s top restaurants. Take in the sunset from the superb waterside setting and peruse the changing menu, dictated by the day’s catch, which is cooked over charcoal. The fried calamari melts in your mouth.

  • Restaurants in Paleohora

    Third Eye

    A local institution and community gathering spot since 1990, the Third Eye knew what to do with beetroot, quinoa and hummus long before meatless fare went mainstream. The globally inspired menu features delicious salads, rotating mains, and snacks such as a juicy portobello burger and caramelised-onion fava dip with bread. Sit on the street-side patio or in the tranquil garden.

  • Restaurants in Hania

    Bougatsa Iordanis

    Locals start salivating at the mention of this bakery dedicated since 1924 to making the finest bougatsa. The flaky treat, filled with sweet or savoury cheese, is cooked fresh in enormous slabs, carved into bite-sized pieces and served on simple aluminium trays. Pair it with a double Greek coffee and you’re set for the morning. There’s nothing else on the menu!

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Hania

    Kouzina EPE

    This cheery lunch spot gets contemporary designer flair from the cement floor and hip lighting. It wins the area's 'local favourite' hands down, by serving a mix of modern à la carte options and great-value, delicious blackboard-listed mayirefta (ready-cooked meals); you can inspect what you're about to eat in the open kitchen. Good veg options, too.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Gramvousa Peninsula

    Gramboussa

    In Kalyviani village, about 6km west of central Kissamos, Gramboussa serves fine traditional Cretan cuisine in an elegantly rustic stone building set in a superb garden. It’s a cut above other restaurants and offers the chance to sample the freshest regional cuisine Crete has to offer, as well as wood-oven specials like suckling pig or lamb with honey.

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    To Maridaki

    This modern seafood mezedhopoleio (restaurant specialising in mezedhes) is often packed to the gills with chatty locals and tourists. Dishes straddle the line between tradition and innovation with to-die-for mussels saganaki, charcoal-grilled fresh fish, and delicious house white wine. The complimentary panna cotta is a worthy finish.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Paleohora

    To Skolio

    Whether gorge walker or hire-car driver, do not miss the chance to dine at wonderful To Skolio, about 5km east of Paleohora. The converted red-and-white schoolhouse has cheerily painted tables on a tree-shaded cliff-side terrace with views out to sea. The daily-changing chalkboard menu of mezedhes (small dishes) incorporates the best local produce.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Georgioupoli

    Kali Kardia Taverna

    You can get a delicious meal at this taverna on the main street in Kournas village. Owner Andreas is known for his incredible sausages, excellent apaki (smoked pork) and meats cooked on the grill outside. If you're lucky you might get to try his delicious galaktoboureko (custard pastry) while it's still warm.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Hania Province

    Leventis

    This award-winning taverna about 10km west of Hania attracts locals and visitors for its authentic and refined Cretan cuisine. Tables fill an elegant stone-and-wood-beam dining room and a terrace and have views of the lush hills all around. It’s a super place to get the best sampling of Crete’s top cuisine.

  • Restaurants in Paleohora

    Alpha Restaurant

    Breakfast, sandwiches and Cretan pies are served at Alpha, the community-run cafe and tourist-info office in Azogires village. It's usually staffed, but the door is always unlocked and the cafe operates on an honour system if no one's around.

  • Restaurants in Hora Sfakion

    Platanos

    On the main roundabout in Anopoli, Platanos serves hearty lunches, and is known for its roast lamb (available most weekends in summer) and other homemade local delicacies, such as a tasty boureki (Turkish-influenced filo pie) and rabbit stifadho (stew). The friendly English-speaking owner, Eva Kopasis, can advise about hikes to Loutro and local beaches, and has rooms (doubles €33).

  • Restaurants in Hania

    Well of the Turk

    In an age-old stone building that used to house a hammam, and flanking a quiet square, this romantic taverna serves richly textured dishes with a strong French and Moroccan identity, prepared with the finest Cretan ingredients. Specialities include the shish kebab, and slow-cooked lamb with preserved lemons and couscous. The cheesecake with orange blossom is an imaginative culinary coda.

  • Restaurants in Hora Sfakion

    Three Brothers

    The extensive menu here features all the staples, but it’s the location and the sensational views overlooking Vrissi Beach with a backdrop of cliffs that set this taverna apart from those in the harbour; it's particularly great at sunset. Things get especially crowded when Giannis fires up the barbecue. There are rooms for rent, too (doubles from €39).

  • Restaurants in Paleohora

    Taverna Methexis

    It’s well worth the short saunter to the peninsula’s southeastern tip to sample the authentic comfort food and warm hospitality at this taverna, popular with locals and tourists, across from a small beach. All the classics are accounted for, along with such tasty surprises as salt cod with garlic sauce and delicious pies filled with fennel or local myzithra (sheep’s-milk cheese).

  • Restaurants in Gramvousa Peninsula

    Mama's Dinner

    Dine on modern creative Cretan cuisine at this summer-only terrace restaurant at the Kaliviani guesthouse. Dishes are well presented and might feature delights such as grilled squid on tabbouleh, fried Gruyère cheese with mint pesto and bitter-orange jam, and lamb on mashed artichoke with honey-glazed onions. There's a great all-Greek wine list, too.

  • Restaurants in Frangokastello

    Oasis Taverna

    Part of an excellent family-run studio and apartment complex at the western end of the beach, about 1km from the fortress, this is the best place to eat not only for the well-executed Cretan home-cooked meals but also for the sea view from the flower-festooned stone-floor terrace.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Vamos

    I Sterna tou Bloumosifi

    The old stone taverna I Sterna tou Bloumosifi has a welcoming tree-shaded courtyard garden and is known far and wide for its excellent Cretan cuisine. For starters try the gavros (anchovy) wrapped in vine leaves or the cheese-and-herb mushrooms, and then move on to the hilopites (fettucine-style pasta) with rooster. It has Cretan craft beer and a kids' menu, too.

  • Restaurants in Hania

    Mesogiako

    Opposite the minaret in the Splantzia quarter, this cosy restaurant with modern country-style furniture and an appealing flower-strewn terrace sits among a group of similarly popular spots. The menu is most creative when it comes to the mezedhes – salmon croquettes, mushrooms with balsamic vinegar, and zucchini balls with manouri and feta cheese are all winners.

  • Restaurants in Sougia

    Polyfimos

    Hidden in a pretty grapevine-shrouded courtyard off the Hania road, this charismatic restaurant specialises in traditional charcoal-grilled local meats, fresh fish of the day, hearty stews such as rabbit stifadho (cooked with onions in a tomato puree) and lamb tsigariasto. It's run by ex-hippie Yiannis, who also makes his own oil, wine and raki.