Where to Eat in Souda: The Best Restaurants and Bars

March 19, 2018 Florencio Paulino

Souda (Greek: Σούδα) is a town and former municipality in the Chania regional unit, Crete, Greece. Since the 2011 local government reform it is part of the municipality Chania, of which it is a municipal unit. The municipal unit has an area of 22.007 km (8.497 sq mi). It is an important ferry and naval port at the head of Souda Bay.
Things to do in Souda

1. Kariatis

12 Katechaki | Old Harbour, Chania Town, Crete 731 33, Greece Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards Steakhouse, Pizza, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks HK$173 - HK$534 +30 2821 055600
Excellent
69%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 899 reviews

Kariatis

Beautiful, stylish restaurant built on the old Kastelli wall in the wonderful, picturesque Venetian harbour of Chania. Established in 1993, Kariatis enjoys an excellent reputation for top quality food and service with an impressive menu created and served with proficiency and flair. Imaginative and refreshingly different dishes inspired by flavoursome, colourful, aromatic ingredients from both Crete and Italy offering an appetizing assortment of Italian and Mediterranean dishes and delicious gourmet desserts. Also serves fresh filleted fish dishes including sea bass, salmon and tuna and lots of luscious seafood pasta and risotto dishes. During the winter months we will be seducing sushi lovers with our sensational sushi. Kariatis also offers an extensive selection of award-winning Greek and International wines from around the world.

Reviewed By john r - London, United Kingdom

Food quality not good, some things not available, toilets were disgusting and it took over 45mins to get the food. We say other people at our hotel that we have seen before and they warned us it had gone down. We decided to make our own mind up, should't have bothered. Wont be going back unless we hear from a reliable source that things have got better.

2. Thalassino Ageri

ViVilaki 35 | Tabakaria, Chania Town, Crete 731 33, Greece Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol Seafood, Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night +30 2821 051136
Excellent
62%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 624 reviews

Thalassino Ageri

Reviewed By TOB_HH - Hamburg

This place is based on a simple formula: fresh fish simply cooked in a wonderful location next to the sea.
All the fresh fish is cooked in the same way: grilled, filleted and served with roast peppers and tomatoes, all beautifully fresh. Fish types are sorted into first, second and third class according to price. Ask to see the fish before choosing; they are stored in boxes of ice.
There are also some small dishes: our prawns with tomato and feta sauce were very tasty - however there were only two big prawns on top and lots of small ones underneath. All the fish and shellfish type are marked as being fresh or frozen.
As others have said, it's a wonderful experience to sit right next to the water looking out to the city lights reflected in the water and the sunset.
The restaurant opens at 7 pm. Prices are moderate for the quality offered. Dinner for two with two starters and a shared fish with a bottle of mid-priced Boutari wine was 62 Euro.
Service is efficient and helpful, without a particularly personal touch.

3. Tavern Strata

54 Portou | Old Venetian Harbor, Chania Town, Crete 731 31, Greece Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +30 2821 093830
Excellent
68%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Tavern Strata

Wellcome to Strata Restaurant - Tavern At a small picturesque and verdurous alley, located in the Old city of Chania, you will find the Tavern Strata. It is a family tavern with Greek and Cretan specialities which are made by local, pure-fresh products. All of our dishes are prepared for our friends and costumers with longing and caring, based on the grandmas' recipies. Stuffed Vine Leaves, lamb Kleftiko and our special Beef with goat cheese. You can also find within our menu a variety of Cretan meze like kalitsounia, staka, snails, boureki and many others. A visit to our place and we assure you that you will become frequenters.

Reviewed By KLBTraveller - Durban, South Africa

Had lunch and dinner here on two separate days. The salads here are humungous and could feed an army so check before you order other courses. Had the typical Greek salad and Aubergine salad for lunch.
The Lamb Kleftiko, though small compared to other restaurants was delicious. The bread was fresh and a complimentary desert and Raki was served. Service also efficient and very helpful and friendly.

4. Chrisostomos

Defkalionos | Ikarou, Chania Town, Crete 731 32, Greece Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$94 - HK$141 +30 2821 057035
Excellent
64%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Chrisostomos

Reviewed By Michael A

This place has very good Cretan food. The lamb smothered in staka is rich and delicious. Decent house wine. Good salads. The place was very bustling so we expected to get rushed through our meal but this was not the case. We were allowed to take our time and enjoy our meal. Service was attentive despite how busy it was and there was always a server ready to fulfill any request. I think the only reason I didnt give five stars is the fact that it was so busy at the time we visited, which affects the overall ambience but again, great food and good service.

5. Kouzina e.p.e.

Daskalogianni 25, Chania Town, Crete 731 00, Greece Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch HK$78 - HK$118 +30 2821 042391
Excellent
70%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 806 reviews

Kouzina e.p.e.

Reviewed By hcohn31 - Chattanooga, Tennessee

Great food...sat on patio...select dishes in pots at counter...add some additional menu choices...generous portions...local stop here...a gem of a find when visiting Chania.

6. To Stachi

Defkalionos 5, Chania Town, Crete 73134, Greece Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$55 - HK$126 +30 2821 042589
Excellent
77%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

To Stachi

Reviewed By Emma K - Ireland

Being vegetarian and coeliac definitely presents it's challenges when travelling. We thought To Stachi would be a great find.We found the restaurant through tripadvisor and was looking forward to it ALL day!! However, I actually think this was the WORST restaurant I have ever been to... The food was just terrible. My partner was offered bread and got a basket of bread (extra charge on bill) which was rock hard/stale.. unedible. He decided to get the "special" of the day.. it was a plate of microwaved to within an inch of its life slop. Like literally the vegetables were slop.(Like seriously.....?! This is supposed to be a vegetarian restaurant?!?!?!?!) I ordered a chickpea soup....... and I received a bowl of water with salt in it and some chickpeas floating around... Just pure despicable food. I would NOT recommend this place at all. We literally pushed the food around the plate, paid and left to go eat in another restaurant straight after as we were starving (and now grumpy..!)

7. Don Rosario

Platani, Souda, Crete 73200, Greece Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Reservations, Highchairs Available Italian, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner HK$165 - HK$235 +30 2821 023663
Excellent
65%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 163 reviews

Don Rosario

Reviewed By Ann Carina R - Kalyves, Greece

Love this authentic Italian restaurant located next to the highway close to Souda, hidden behind trees and nature, Don Rosario is a delightful surprise.
All pasta are home made, and the taste is leaving no doubt that this was prepared by a true Italian chef.
Also recommnedable is their wines, which at an affordable rate, is very high quality.
Worth a visti!

8. Oinopoieio

46 Hatzimihali Daliani, Chania Town, Crete 731 00, Greece Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +30 2821 059204
Excellent
67%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 302 reviews

Oinopoieio

Reviewed By janelitamirta - Gilbert, Arizona

Excellent service, starting with the bread plus tomato puree and cheese they bring you with the menu. Ice cold water. No charge, no surprises.
I had a Greek salad and chestnut stew. Perfect. With my bill I received a small plate with a dessert (looked like yogurt) and ouzo. Delicious and, again, no charge.
Lovely place, very near the Minaret and the old market of Chania.

9. Glossitses

4 Akti Enosseos, Chania Town, Crete 731 32, Greece Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi Seafood, Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +30 2821 059074
Excellent
66%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Glossitses

Reviewed By Lefkoseikos - Plaka, Greece

This is an excellent restaurant with an emphasis on fish. Have eaten there numerous times and never been disappointed, also have always received very good service. The fresh Calamari both Fried and Grilled has always been extremely good. It is a quirky harbourside restaurant frequented by mainly Greeks and is invariably very busy

10. To Koutourouki

Parodos Potie 8, Chania Town, Crete 731 32, Greece Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Drinks, Late Night HK$71 - HK$141 +30 2821 501990
Excellent
65%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 461 reviews

To Koutourouki

Located on potie"s stone paved small alley,a hidden oasis in the heart of Chania"s old town!Full of colors, lush of plantation,original artistic creations made of wood, soil and clay. Our dishes are inspired from the old Cretan cuisine , but with a small twist, just to be more fresh and full of original flavors ..Open from morning hours with all sorts of coffees, juices, special tea and herbs, home-made pies, a lot of vegetarian dishes, local fresh meat and vegetables in different recipes every day!!!!Open until late hours with nice music, fine Raki , Oyzo, wine and local cocktails!!! wellcome to join us!!!

Reviewed By BarbaraMaryW - lymm

We found this fantastic place by accident. We were turned off by the number of tavernas where the menus had photographs of the food !!! We liked the look of this place but it seemed full, we walked around a bit more, and came back. They got us a table from out the back and set it up for us. We ordered two small dishes, to see how we got on, but there was plenty and cooked beautifully. Two guitarists appeared and we were treated to live music which was a bonus, so we ordered another jug of wine and enjoyed the atmosphere immensely. Many thanks for a wonderful evening in Chania.

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