Top 10 restaurants in Chania Prefecture, Greece

July 23, 2017 Darwin Bolte

Discover the best restaurant in Chania Prefecture, Greece including Gialites Tavern, Dounias, Tis Litsas Ta Kamomata, Pelagias Yard, O Tzaneris & i Arhontissa, Georgias Traditional Taverna, Parasia Rakadiko, Maracaibo Restaurant, Serenissima Restaurant, Manto Breakfast Buffet Cafe
Things to do in Chania Prefecture

1. Gialites Tavern

Elafonisi, Livadia, Crete 730 12, Greece Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Seafood, Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Late Night, Lunch, Dinner +30 697 464 3885
Excellent
88%
Good
6%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 180 reviews

Gialites Tavern

Reviewed By MJW364 - Halifax, United Kingdom

This is effectively our local taverna during our stay at Keramoti Villas just up the road. We have visited twice so far and will go back again before the end of our holiday. On both occasions we have found exceptional cookery and beautiful ingredients. Other reviwers have given more detail than I will, all I will say is, if you like food, a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and authentic cookery you will love this place.

2. Dounias

Drakona, Crete 731 00, Greece Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer Mediterranean, Greek, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch HK$94 - HK$243 +30 2821 065083
Excellent
90%
Good
6%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 860 reviews

Dounias

Ntounias restaurant is a traditional Cretan restaurant with authentic tastes cooked in the wood oven, even the bread is hand made and cooked in the restaurant. Most ingredients are taken from the family farm and many are harvested from the neighboring area. Stelios is a unique person with love for life and cooking, and this spirit you can see, smell and taste in his food! When you visit Ntounias, take your time as we will produce to you to taste our plates, which are different every day. The restaurant is located at Drakona village, east of Therisso village at Keramia, Chania prefecture in west Crete.

Reviewed By billynibbles - West London

Decided to try Dounias after browsing restaurants in western Crete, that were accessible from where we were staying in Aptera. Got lost trying to find it but realised that one of the restaurant sign's arrows was faded and we had missed the turn.
On approaching the restaurant, the large wooden fires with stone and iron pots on them, can easily be seen bubbling and steaming away. We went inside the restaurant although there is an outside Seating area across from the main building.
There is no menu, just whatever is fresh that day and the chef has decided to cook. All meat, vegetables and bread is organic and local. The local wine is also made by the owner/chef and is also organic.He asked us if we ate meat, vegetables, were vegan etc and we replied that we'd eat anything & everything!
We drank the local wine and were given a lovely pottery jug of water too. The dishes began to arrive very quickly - wonderful homemade bread, made with 3 types of flour, a dish of stewed aubergines, a plate of rich meaty goat, another of pork and onions and a vegetable dish reminiscent of moussaka but made with layers of courgette and potato with a cheese topping. The food was all excellent, extremely flavoursome and worth the drive up into the hills. The chef asked us if we were still hungry, but we were replete. We could have had more food! He then brought us a dish of local grapes and sweet apples to finish the meal. The bill was ridiculously small for the quality of food that we'd consumed. We are going back to Crete next year and will definitely return to Dounias! I know it's a cliche but 'local gem' is the right term for this wonderful eatery.

3. Tis Litsas Ta Kamomata

Afrata | Kolimbari, Kolymbari, Platanias, Crete 730 06, Greece Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +30 697 622 8778
Excellent
77%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 410 reviews

Tis Litsas Ta Kamomata

Reviewed By StaffordshireTrebs - Staffordshire

We have reviewed Kali Kardia in Afrata, Tis Litsas Ta Kamomata is the other restaurant on the right!
Firstly they serve the local unpasteurised beer, if for no other reason drop in for that! The Taverna is family run and of the same high standard as Kali, you honestly can't divide either (apart from the beer).
Comedy moment? The lamb and goat from the grill is usually the same meat, although they may forget to remember what you ordered when serving;
Waiter 'Here is your Goat madam
Guest 'I ordered Lamb?
Waiter ' Yes Lamb!'
Guest 'This lamb is gorgeous!!'
Well worth a visit and they also sell local jewellery and honey

4. Pelagias Yard

From the national road 50m on the direction to Kournas lake, Kournas, Apokoronas, Crete 730 07, Greece Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Mediterranean, Greek, Grill, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner HK$55 - HK$86 +30 697 833 5306
Excellent
85%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 181 reviews

Pelagias Yard

Taverna Pelagias Yard is a family established place. Fresh raw materials come direct the papa's George farm. Cooked meals are always arted by mama's Pelagias long acknowlegment in local kitchen. Service observe high stadars due to the sun's Stelios care. Different kinds of local goat-sheep cheese. Local delicates as apaki and syglino. Vegeterian meal, salads dressed offcourse with plenty of olive oil. Fresh fish like Gavros specialities like octupus and squids. Couldn't be missed meat from lamb local and fresh spiced from Creta's nature, are some of the unique-specialities of the place. Local Roze Wine from the family's barrels accompanies meat meals. Other dry Cretan white wine like thrapsathiti, plito-dafni or medium sweet mosxofilereo. Kotsifali-Mandilari famous Creta's combination for red for more dedicate wine lovers.

Reviewed By zzzampano - Berlin, Germany

family owned restaurant with great and moderate priced food. almost all was organic, either produced on their local farm or bought in the area. we really love the grilled feta and their own wine (intense taste though). as a desert wo got something like a freshly made peta filled with Crete cheese and a honey toping - strange an the beginning but got better with every bite. overall really nice there.

5. O Tzaneris & i Arhontissa

Drakona Chanion | Keramia, Drakona, Crete 731 00, Greece Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Validated Parking, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +30 698 891 4114
Excellent
87%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 174 reviews

O Tzaneris & i Arhontissa

Reviewed By lcap988 - Athens, Greece

After a sporty morning, we got hungry and in the middle of a green area (mountains, Valleys, gorges, Canyons, forest, bushes), just 20-30 km south outside Chania, we suddenly reached the very small village of Drakona, where totally unexpectedly we discover this traditional tavern, which offers a beautiful view of the valley below, facing Chania far away. The Owners welcomed us in a very friendly way and helped us in selecting the food, which resulted very delicious and tasty. The bill came very honest.
Definitely, this traditional tavern deserves to be taken into account.

6. Georgias Traditional Taverna

Epar. Od. Georgioupolis-Kournas | Lake Kourna, Kournas, Apokoronas, Crete 730 07, Greece Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Validated Parking, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +30 2825 061671
Excellent
86%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 488 reviews

Georgias Traditional Taverna

Tipical Creta Kitchen with own made products from our garden, the mit too.

Reviewed By J W - London, United Kingdom

We had a wonderful late lunch here. The owner was extremely helpful and sat down at the table with us to help choose our food and recommended some excellent dishes. The homemade ratatouille (Greek style) was excellent as to were the aubergines and tziki. The greek salad was so tasteful and the feta really good. The stuffed courgette flowers were fantastic. We would certainly recommend this taverna. Best one we have tried so far.

7. Parasia Rakadiko

Tsikoliana | From Vamos to Kaina on your left., Vamos, Apokoronas, Crete 73008, Greece Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +30 2825 083246
Excellent
86%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 595 reviews

Parasia Rakadiko

In a stone building over 200years old, we are rejuvenating tradition with love and enthusiasm, by marrying yesterday with today, generously providing you the opportunity to taste traditional dishes. Parasia has an ideal, warm and welcoming environment to dress its flavors and aromas.Cretan raki , wine, music ,'mirrored lamb'-antikristo - cooked in the authentic parasia. Every Saturday night at 8'o'clock live rebetico and some English music.

Reviewed By Grays_GR - Chania Town, Greece

We have been to this restaurant before (always excellent food), but this was our first visit during the holiday season. They are open Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Eve...all with a special menu and live music. We went on the evening before New Years Eve to celebrate with just two of us. We ordered the Chicken with Brandy, Onions & Bacon;The Chicken Schnitzel Special with Cream, Mushroom & Bacon; Zucchini Balls, and the Cheese Dip. The Schnitzel was a HUGE portion and cooked perfectly. The Chicken with Brandy is a favorite of ours and we have ordered this many times, it never disappoints...so delicious! I was especially pleased with the festive atmosphere: the large fireplace with a crackling fire, surrounded by Christmas lights, candles burning on each table, holiday decor throughout, very cozy.... it was truly lovely!!! The owner came around to every table giving free wine to each party, we happened to be drinking soda...so he gave us 2 Cokes on the house :) And of course there is the complementary, unlimited homemade Raki (2 flavors on each table). When we finished we were presented with 3 desserts, the traditional Greek Christmas Cookies (Kourabiedes and Melomakarona) being one of them...this is my favorite and I was delighted! I am so happy we came to Parasia as part of our holiday celebration.

8. Maracaibo Restaurant

Palaia Ethniki Odos Chanion-Kissamou & Koleni | Koleni, Kissamos, Crete 73400, Greece Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Mediterranean, European, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$31 - HK$94 +30 698 565 5920
Excellent
78%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 524 reviews

Maracaibo Restaurant

Reviewed By Fred B - Montreal, Canada

A very fine Greek lunch after a 12 km walk in Deliana Gorge. All the specialties were super especially the rabbit and fries and the stir fried vegetables including eggplant. They also serve local craft beer Lyra. Great decor. Really neat and much appreciated by the clientele. Ps the name Maracaibo is because the founder was a sea captain and that port in Venezuela was a favourite!

9. Serenissima Restaurant

4 Skoufon | Chania, Chania Town, Crete 731 31, Greece Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, European, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner HK$196 - HK$581 +30 2821 086386
Excellent
88%
Good
9%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 147 reviews

Serenissima Restaurant

Discover a unique dining experience at Serenissima Restaurant. A creative Mediterranean cuisine where traditional flavors meet with modern cooking techniques, refined aesthetic, and fine dining. Chef Iosif Petroff leads our specialized team in the creation of three set menus centered on quality ingredients. Guests can choose between ‘Earth’, ‘Sea’ and ‘Vegan’ menus or have the option to dine à la carte. Through simplicity and attention to detail, we deliver an elegant, sophisticated and polished dining experience that will satiate and excite every palate. Choose from a selection of wines, local and international, that have been handpicked to best accompany the flavors of our dishes and heighten the meal, with options for every taste. The serene and luxurious setting make for an ideal atmosphere to accommodate guests looking for a romantic dinner, or those hosting a business dinner or event. Chose between a table in the small, picturesque alley in the old harbor where Serenissima Restaurant is located, in the hotel’s stone wall dining room with its comfy leather chairs or on the charming private veranda. It is our pleasure to cater guests’ private dinners, meetings, cocktail parties and special occasions always keeping our high quality standards in focus.

Reviewed By Henrik S

We celebrated my mother-in-law’s 50th birthday so naturally everything had to be perfect.
Everything, from the service, to the food and especially the wine selection was on point and way above what we had expected (even though we went in with very high expectations). We had some special requests regarding the wine and allergies - these were accommodated with a smile.
The only small stumble was that the cheese selection for dessert was not introduced but then all we had to do was ask, so this was a very minor thing.
We cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough. You won’t be disappointed!

10. Manto Breakfast Buffet Cafe

Paleochora, Palaiochora, Crete 73001, Greece Takeout, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Cafe, Mediterranean, Greek, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$78 +30 2823 041771
Excellent
87%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 206 reviews

Manto Breakfast Buffet Cafe

Breakfast & Brunch buffet in Paleochora?Yes! Why? Because on our holodays we don't want to wake up at an alarm clock for fear breakfast time might be over. We decided to offer our guests and visitors the luxury of Brunch(an abb for breakfast and lunch) Where will you find us? At Snack Bar Cafe of "Manto Studios" We are open every day(8:00-13:00 & from May 1st 2017(8:00-16:00)for anyone whising to taste our homade dishes. **We can fend for groups upon request beyond our daily opening hours. Our rich buffet includes sweet and savory specialities made of freshly chosen Cretan ingredients,only with 7,50 euros per person. For the rest of the day you can enjoy your coffee or your drink. Suggested:Salades with house wine or draft beer.

Reviewed By Golfcricketer - Marlborough, United Kingdom

And so glad I did.A completely different take on Cretan hospitality. And a great one too.
An absolute massive selection of breakfast to choose from - savoury, sweet, continental, fiery - it had everything.
The pictures simply don't do it justice, which is a shame, as the owner and all his staff worked really hard on serving everyone with other items (coffee etc) and also replenishing the buffet.
A great place to eat as much you like (if you can fit it all in) at just €7.50 each!
And a lovely cool place to people watch too.

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