Where to Eat in Kalyves: The Best Restaurants and Bars

December 9, 2017 Jacquiline Darosa

Kalyves (Greek: Καλύβες) is a large village in Crete, Greece, the main village in the municipal unit of Armenoi. It is now a popular tourist resort that has maintained its Cretan character.
Things to do in Kalyves

1. Taverna O Gyalos

Kalives, Apokoronas, Crete, Greece Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available Mediterranean, Greek Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night
Excellent
45%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
7%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 105 reviews

Taverna O Gyalos

Reviewed By TonyChesire - Cheshire

We have been regular lunch time visitors to this taverna for many years but service has become very poor. Frank the owner is very friendly, the food is good but like the drinks considerably overpriced compared with all other Kalyves tavernas.
However the waiters are dreadful, they put the menu's down without any form of welcome, the same when they deliver your drinks and food. They need to visit their competitors to see how it should be done. On one occasion we visited at 11-15am for drinks but after waiting 12 minutes for someone to take our order we left to go to Il Forno for a proper Greek welcome and a saving of 1 euro 30 on our drinks bill.
Needless to say we never returned to Gyalos

2. Koumos

Apokoronas, Crete 730 03, Greece Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +30 2825 032257
Excellent
62%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 162 reviews

Koumos

An original museum from stone that started being built in 1990 using bulk stones from th Lefka Ori. A harmonius union of nature and traditions of Crete,of yesterday and today. Share important moments of your life(Weddings,Christenings,Engagements,Birthdays) with your friends and loved ones and only tradiotional and contemporary dishes.

Reviewed By ncaz - Middlesbrough, United Kingdom

Love this place and have visited it several times during the day over the past few years and always enjoyed looking at what can only be described as the art of the place. Eaten there numerous times and always had excellent authentic Greek food. This time we visited on an evening and it did not fail. As always, excellent food and the atmosphere there on a night is marvellous

3. Mylos

The Square, Apokoronas, Crete 730 03, Greece Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol Mediterranean, Greek Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night HK$55 - HK$157 +30 2825 300697
Excellent
57%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 95 reviews

Mylos

Zorbas restaurant, at the main square of Kalives Chania Crete , next to Agia Paraskeyi church and an old Venician myle.

Reviewed By David K

This is a great taverna situated in the town square where you can sit and mix with the locals, ex pats and tourists alike. A popular gathering place of an afternoon.

4. The Cretan Corner

Megala Horafia | Aptera, Crete 73003, Greece Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast HK$141 +30 2825 032241
Excellent
76%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 193 reviews

The Cretan Corner

Reviewed By Dave M

Whilst in Crete I visited The Cretan Corner. The first thing to notice is the fantastic view of the Mountains in the distance, the second thing is the warm welcome from the lovely staff! Finally the food,,,,,,,,,, oh the food! Wow! I'll try to do my visit justice , but forgive me if I go on a little !!! Right,,, here goes, our group of 4 were seated outside at a perfect table overlooking the Mountains, the waiter (Freddy) brought us complimentary bottled water, some fresh bread and some local olive oil, oh and of course some menus. After a while we chose our food from the menu which was in both Greek and perfect English for us lesser travelled few! :-)
I chose the chicken Souvlaki with aromatic rice, an Alfa Beer too. Do you know I can't remember what everyone had because ,,,, OMG!!!! It was absolutely delicious! Succulent chicken, light fragrant rice washed down with a cold beer. Life just doesn't get better than this! Great food, great scenery, great ambience and great company.
Upon finishing my meal and Freddy kindly cleared the table he then brought out a small bottle and 4 shot glasses, RAKI !!! Local brew, and by crikey it's got a kick! Really nice to finish off your meal.
Do you know another thing that I find great is that you never feel rushed, you can relax , have a chat, admire the surroundings and not feel at rushed.
I would highly recommend The Cretan Corner to anyone who is lucky enough to visit Crete, thank you for making my stay that little bit nicer!

5. Psaros

Almyrida Beach | Vamos, Almyrida, Crete 73008, Greece Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Seafood, Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +30 2825 032430
Excellent
51%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
8%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 247 reviews

Psaros

Reviewed By lgd23 - cheshire

Called in late afternoon when it was very quiet but most of the seaside tables were booked for later arrivals.
Service was very good. We shared the cod in tempura batter,sardines and a half Greek salad. Absolutely delicious. Finished with a complimentary melon and grapes.
Very enjoyable late afternoon by the sea.

6. Drosostalia Tavern

Armeni, Armeni, Crete 730 03, Greece Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +30 2825 041451
Excellent
65%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 223 reviews

Drosostalia Tavern

Reviewed By Sophia C

A place someone should visit when in Chania, with excellent taste of food, great portions, very good prices, friendly environment, quick service, surrounded by big old trees which create enormous shade.
The owner, Giannis, is an awesome guy who makes you feel like home.
If you are in Chania, don't miss it!

7. Lagos Taverna

Almyrida Beach, Almyrida, Crete 73008, Greece Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +30 2825 031654
Excellent
66%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 318 reviews

Lagos Taverna

Reviewed By snellbydate - Essex

You will need to book on a Saturday or Sunday.The food is all made by the owner's mother and is really delicious.Try the cheese pies or stuffed pepper.The beef stifado and rabbit stifado are fantastic.Free raki and dessert and all at a very reasonable price.You will sit under the shady vines and flowers for the setting.

8. Gavalianos Kafenes

Gavalochori Square, Gavalochori, Apokoronas, Crete 73008, Greece Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night +30 697 416 2507
Excellent
77%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 189 reviews

Gavalianos Kafenes

Reviewed By B M - Nottingham, United Kingdom

This taverna, just behind the war memorial, seems to be the centre of the community in the village of Gavalochori, a village of about 600 permanent residents, just 3km inland from the coastal resort of Almyrida.
Varied menu, good food, good house wine, good service and a very pleasant outdoor garden dining area with plenty of shade. Recommended! (& a much better standard than what's on offer in many restaurants in the coastal resorts!).

9. Mythos Taverna

Main Road, Apokoronas, Crete 730 03, Greece Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +30 2825 031964
Excellent
61%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 232 reviews

Mythos Taverna

Reviewed By PuddyCat99 - Holmfirth

We were looking forward to eating here, as the restaurant was highly rated on trip advisor. What a disappointment. The courgette fritters to start were fine. The beef stifado was poor; served on a pile of under-cooked chips ( I would have preferred Greek oven roasted potatoes but wasn't given a choice), the sauce, which should have been rich and tomato flavoured was thin , watery and lacked in flavour. Overall , a very unappetising plate of food. Not sure how it earned its high rating.

10. Icarus

Kalyves Beach, Apokoronas, Crete, Greece Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Full Bar Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +30 2825 031619
Excellent
73%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 157 reviews

Icarus

Reviewed By wpdesousa-mauk - Cape Cod, MA

We stayed in Gavalochori, just up the hill from Almyrida, a popular beach town. The main street is backed by many tavernas and restaurants. We were fortunate that someone told us about Icarus. It certainly exceeded his recommendation!
Godan was the primary person working tables and front of house. He was friendly and helpful in recommending food to us (and we ate there quite a few times). Great ice cold beer, tables directly on a deck on the beach and amazing food! Everything we ate there was fantastic — Greek salad, youvetsi, meatballs, lamb sealed in parchment, bean purée, house platter, loukaniko, all amazing and delicious.
Prices were quite reasonable for such terrific food and the beer was delicious and always ICE cold! Also, lounges on the beach for dining patrons was a nice perk!
I am happy to wholeheartedly recommend Icarus Taverna as likely being one of — if not THE — top taverna in Almyrida!

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