Where to Eat in Gerani: The Best Restaurants and Bars

July 26, 2017 Tambra Mccollister

Discover the best restaurant in Gerani, Greece including Restaurant Zafferano, Bossa Nova Restaurant and Beer Bar, Symposium, Cosmos, Nostos Restaurant, Kyano Beach Restaurant, Restaurant Drosia, Black Lantern, Agioklima Restaurant, Ariadne Beach Restaurant
Things to do in Gerani

1. Restaurant Zafferano

Platanias, Platanias, Crete 73014, Greece Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards Steakhouse, Seafood, Italian, Sushi Dinner HK$133 - HK$487 +30 2821 038180
Excellent
65%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 339 reviews

Restaurant Zafferano

Restaurant Zafferano is the second Italian restaurant opened by the owners of the well-established Restaurant Kariatis in Chania. Beautiful, contemporary design offering both style and comfort, Zafferano opened in 2004 with a refreshingly different menu comprised of premier ingredients from both Crete and Italy. Every dish at Zafferano is prepared and cooked completely fresh to order, serving up a delicious selection of fresh pasta, risotto, fresh filleted fish and seafood specialities, vegetarian dishes and succulent fresh fillet steaks. Also for the fourth summer we continue to seduce sushi lovers with our sensational sushi bar. All this, together with the added indulgence of our delicate, gourmet desserts and a wine list featuring both excellent award-winning Greek wines and an extensive choice of great International wines from around the world - we invite you to fine dine in Zafferano for what promises to be, an evening of delicious indulgence!

Reviewed By Ted Walter H

Visited somewhat early in the evening and were initially the only customers there.
Nice and relaxed pace. Elegant but still personal.
Food was somewhat blend and unindpired but tasted normally good. It was what one could call a "deasant" meal but without the WOW factor. Children's menu were totally absent. Staff suggested we could share our portions with the child. This is actually a positive thought as it is obvious they are not chasing profit at any cost.
We enjoyed the stay but will probably not be back.

2. Bossa Nova Restaurant and Beer Bar

Gerani | One road down from Gerani center, closer to seaside, Gerani, Crete 730 14, Greece Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Bar, International, Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$78 - HK$212 +30 2821 061798
Excellent
61%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 374 reviews

Bossa Nova Restaurant and Beer Bar

Reviewed By Mari S

During our holiday we went here for breakfast and dinner (twice). The menu has several dishes from several cultures, also includes a few local ones. Recommend to try the pizzas and breakfast. If you are into beer, this place has a wide selection. The restaurant has a good taste in music. Not your average hits-from-the-80s.

3. Symposium

Main Street Platanias, Platanias, Crete 730 14, Greece Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, 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 Lunch, Dinner HK$94 - HK$290 +30 2821 060545
Excellent
73%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Symposium

Symposium Restaurant Symposium is the trademark of elegance and class in Platanias. Acclaimed in its collection of Greek and International dishes based on organic and free range and a best quality products for those who care about what they eat. Indoor and outdoor options Dinner A selection of Greek and International wines, spirits & cocktails Bookings essential Bookings essential

Reviewed By Nidgehammer - Stevenage, United Kingdom

We’d left coming here until we wanted something a little different, the majority of the restaurants on the strip In Platanias seem to offer standard Greek fare and nothing wrong with that but we wanted a change.
We were greeted at the entrance by a pleasant young lady who sat us downstairs but undercover in this large and handsomely designed restaurant. There are candles on the tables and they clearly make an effort here with their friendly and efficient service.
Unfortunately the food didn’t quite live up to the surroundings for us, my linguine arrabiata starter was actually spaghetti and was overly pungent. Arrabiata should have decent flavour but I think there was an overuse of sun-dried tomatoes which rendered it slightly overpowering and a little bitter. My wife’s grilled halloumi was decent but she was disappointed that it was coated and the black currant dip lacked depth.
We both selected beef stifado for main, I know I said we wanted something different but we love stifado and expected this place to deliver. Again it didn’t meet expectations, the flavour was somewhat lacking although there was a very generous portion of beef and shallots. I do wish the higher end restaurants would concentrate more on taste and less on portion size although I understand that there’s a consumer driven demand for larger portions these days. The carrots were essentially uncooked and the random addition of a stick of cinnamon in each dish doesn’t cut it for me. I make my own stifado at home and although not Greek, mine wins hands down and that can’t be right.
The people here are warm and ultra friendly so I feel a little guilty awarding only three stars but it’s mostly about the food for me - sorry..

4. Cosmos

Upper Platanias, Platanias, Crete 731 00, Greece Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, Grill, Diner, Gluten Free Options Dinner HK$290 - HK$432 +30 698 084 2741
Excellent
75%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Cosmos

Cosmos is a must destination in Platanias as it is well known for the breathtaking location as for the dinning experiences that the foodies are fun of. Juicy steaks, fresh fishes,must desserts and world class cava surrounded by chill and lounge music are the hi heats that for sure will built a saga visit to find greatness within.Cosmos is the abselut dinning resto and deserves one visit if you are close by. Restaurant policy: Babies , young children , baby wagons-trolleys-baskets are NOT allowed in the restaurant and restaurant sadly does not support baby chairs and children’s menus. Restaurant does not serves snacks and cocktails and dishes for vegans & vegetarians , We do not have strong dress code but we recommend smart casual. No sport / running shorts or beach clothes if possible.

Reviewed By kobi54 - UK

Cosmos was highly recommended to us and we visited as a group of 10 mature adults. .
Pros: Location is superb and views make it worth the visit
Food - when we finally got it - was excellent.
Cons: Service was almost bizarre. Waiters looked extremely professional but we
weren't sure all of them were doing much. We arrived at 7pm and it was 8.15 before we were asked if we'd like to see a menu. We asked 3 times for wine but none came until we asked again which was quite annoying. Once those 3 bottles were empty, glasses were immediately cleared away, whether anyone would have liked another drink or not, which was really surprising.
I can see no point in writing more - either good or not so good - because, looking at other reviews, it seems the Manager isn't particularly interested and sadly his comments are often quite sarcastic, which is very unfortunate.
Fantastic for couples who seemed to get very good, personal service. Sadly we didn't.

5. Nostos Restaurant

Agia Marina, Agia Marina, Crete 730 14, Greece Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Television, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, European, Greek, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$78 - HK$196 +30 694 635 4068
Excellent
75%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 574 reviews

Nostos Restaurant

Greek modern cuisine, local ingredients, meat-bbq point

Reviewed By Niyosan S

A waiter will invite you inside this full restaurant, but don't get cheeted anyway.
What I am trying to say is, that the waiter praised the grillplatè to the skies, and said that the "grillmaster" had 20 years of experience in cooking fresh meat on the grill. Me and my friend were very disappointed. Maybe some of their other dishes may be good (that's why the restaurant was full), but the grillplatè was a disaster. Only the souvflaki was thender and there greek meat ball the rest (chicken and lamb was so dry that you hardly could swallow the food after after chewing it very well. So be aware. This is just a one time experience. Do not listen to the waiter, when the grillplatè is excellent. I can cook that meat better. His lame explanation to why the chicken breast was too dry was, that fresh meat is "harder" and needs longer time on the grill and sould be cooked, so it's not raw. I agree that it should not be raw, but a grillmaster with 20 years of experience should still cook it tender and juicy.
Well maybe me and my friend just had a bad one time experience.

6. Kyano Beach Restaurant

Kosti Palama, Platanias, Crete 731 00, Greece Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Greek, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks HK$126 - HK$267 +30 2821 060057
Excellent
62%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 745 reviews

Kyano Beach Restaurant

Situated at Platanias Beach, with a 15year history, serving pure Cretan and Mediterranean cuisine.The restaurant is seasonal, opening from the beginning of May till the end of season.

Reviewed By Tommi K

Good service with a nice view to the ocean from most of the tables outside. The food was good, we had salad and moussaka.

7. Restaurant Drosia

Platanias Chania Crete, Platanias, Crete 730 14, Greece Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Mediterranean, Greek, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +30 2821 060092
Excellent
53%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 440 reviews

Restaurant Drosia

Reviewed By Pasi M

We went to this place as recommended by Minoa Palace Guest Relation and must say it was an excellent recommendation.
Greek salad as starter was very good. Lamb chops for both were absolutely fantastic! Lamb was hot as it shoul be and grilled to perfection. Potato and rice with lemon was excellent.
Local red wine bottle did fit with lamb very well.
As desert apple pie and almond cake both with ice cream. Both were lovely, all corners of the plates were carefully spooned.
As complimentary watermelon, grapes and raki were appreciated.
We arrived the restaurant for early dinner and felt happy for doing so as while sipping the raki we noticed the place got packed.
Service was quick, considerate and done in excellent English.
Will definately come here again if ever happen to visit Platanias area again

8. Black Lantern

Maleme, Crete 73014, Greece Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Parking Available Bar, Mediterranean, European, British, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +30 697 572 8345
Excellent
70%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 292 reviews

Black Lantern

Reviewed By Debbie_Jan - Eastleigh, England, United Kingdom

Lovely friendly restaurant serving a wide variety of Cretan and English dishes at reasonable prices. Although Graham, the owner was not cooking himself the evening we visited, he still insisted on inspecting each dish before it was served. We both had the traditional Cretan lamb dish, Tsigariasta, which was delicious. We visited on the last night of our 2 week all- inclusive holiday, had we gone earlier I know we would have gone back again! Graham, a Londoner from Shepherd's Bush is the perfect host and his restaurant is spotless. Despite not being on the seafront, the restaurant is high up on the main road and has a lovely view from the back Terrace over fields and out to the sea.

9. Agioklima Restaurant

Upper Platanias, Platanias, Crete 73014, Greece Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards International, Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Lunch HK$141 - HK$243 +30 2821 068337
Excellent
73%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 304 reviews

Agioklima Restaurant

Reviewed By Malin W

Super nice restaurant with amazing view & super good service.
It's a bit to walk from the main street but it's definitely worth it.
A must is to test their Kleftiko which tastes absolutely amazing :)
It's also great just to take a glass of whine and look at the beautiful sunset.

10. Ariadne Beach Restaurant

Coast Road | Ariadne Beach Hotel, Platanias Beach, Platanias, Crete 343 00, Greece Takeout, Private Dining, Television, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Greek, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks HK$39 - HK$275 +30 2821 068863
Excellent
74%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 579 reviews

Ariadne Beach Restaurant

The restaurant has been established since 1989 under the direction of Manoli and Anastasia Ladaki. It is a family business in which we take great care to make your experiences unforgettable. The family is complimented by our invaluable team in all posts, who have for many years given their best to provide outstanding service. Our whole team thanks you for the many years of support.

Reviewed By Paige M

Me and my boyfriend visited tonight for a lovely evening meal, from the minute we walked in the staff were very welcoming and friendly, and then our waited came over.. he had to be the most genuine, loveliest guy (we didn't catch his name) but he looked after us all night ! The food was very tasty and reasonably. Overall had a wonderful time and hope to visit again in the future.

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