Restaurants

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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…
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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…
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Castelvecchio

Classy yet chilled, family-run Castelvecchio is perfect for date night – especially if your date is a plate of the smoked pork in wine or the boneless lamb in creamy tomato and feta sauce. Be sure to save room for h…
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Taverna Karavostasi

With vegies straight from their garden and local wine from the barrel, this taverna on pint-sized Karavostasi beach offers local dishes that are busting with flavour. The speciality is stuffed aubergines (eggplants)…
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Raki Baraki

Rustic, colourful and lively, this is a fantastic place to while away the evening over mezedhes like sardines stuffed with herbs, sausage with grilled vegetables, or mussels steamed with sage. The fried feta with ca…
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To Steki tou Sifaka

Also known as George & Georgia’s, this couple serve up satisfying homestyle Cretan food. Scrumptious oven-roasted dishes, including a great selection of vegie options, keep this cheerful little place hopping. Fi…
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Tasomanolis

Head to this friendly, nautical-themed taverna at the quiet end of town, for the local catch, hauled in by Manolis and cooked by his wife, Eleni. Park yourself on the colourful patio for seafood lasagna, anchovy bru…
Cretan in Rethymno

Veneto

In a 14th-century manor house that doubles as a boutique hotel, Veneto oozes historic charm from every nook and cranny. The kitchen adds a contemporary streak to traditional Cretan recipes, with results like fish wi…
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Taverna Knossos

Nestled next to the Venetian Harbour, Taverna Knossos stands out from its neighbours for superb food and swift, gracious service. It’s been run by the Stavroulaki family for half a century; pop your head in the kitc…
Cretan in Plakias

Taverna Iliomanolis

At the top of Kotsifou Gorge, the mountainside Taverna Iliomanolis makes the trip worth it in itself. The hearty homestyle Cretan food is superb and, while there’s no menu, you’ll be invited into the kitchen to peru…