The best restaurants in Crete -the most delicious guide!
Famous all around the world for its gastronomy and the Cretan diet -the reason behind the islanders’ longevity- Crete is full of excellent restaurants for every taste! From cute seaside taverns to gourmet restaurants and everything in between, this island offers an abundance of dining options.
Keep reading to discover the best restaurants in Crete!
Serenissima restaurant is a great choice for couples, wine lovers, and chic foodies.
Serenissima has an extensive wine list that includes a variety of local and international labels cherry-picked by a certified sommelier. The restaurant’s sommelier is always at your disposal to help you pick the perfect food-wine pairing!
Sophisticated foodies, chic couples, and fine dining lovers.
Do you want to bring a taste of Crete back home? MonEs restaurant produces its own extra virgin olive oil and delicious jams, which are available for purchase. Don’t miss them!
Foodies, seafood lovers, couples, and customers of Corinna Mare Hotel.
If you go to Corinna Star Restaurant for a romantic dinner, opt for one of the poolside tables. The magical setting at sunset and the beautiful sea view create the perfect scenery for a romantic dinner under the stars!
Foodies, couples, Cretan cuisine lovers, and families.
The location of Lithos restaurant is unbeatable! Strategically located on the Old Harbor of Chania, it boasts breathtaking views of the sunset, the sea, and the Venetian Lighthouse, which is the town’s trademark. Our top tip -be there in time for sunset and start your night with a cocktail savoring the majestic view!
Couples and families who want to enjoy a hearty meal by the sea.
The Five Restaurant offers plenty of delicious vegan and vegetarian options. If you follow a plant-based diet, don’t miss the fava, the summer salad, the beetroot falafel, and the vegetable carpaccio!
Seafood lovers, couples, and travelers who are in search of an excellent dining spot close to the airport.
7 Thalasses Restaurant isn’t only known for its excellent seafood but also its super-tasty sushi! Don’t miss house specialties like the black Angus rib eye roll, the rainbow uramaki, and the 7 seas roll.
Sophisticated vacationers, retro aesthetic lovers, and chic couples.
Ntore currently has a fascinating thematic list of signature cocktails inspired by the masterpieces of Impressionist artists like Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, and Pierre Auguste Renoir. Pick your favorite one and let it transport you to another era!
Eco-gastronomy lovers, families (there’s a kids menu), vegans, and vegetarians.
If you want to bring some of the finest Cretan products back home with you, visit Thigaterra’s in-house grocery store! Here you’ll find a wide selection of traditional products, from extra virgin olive oil and honey to homemade pasta and legumes.
Groups of friends, families, and travelers who want to taste the authentic Cretan cuisine.
Do you want to dive deeper into the local agriculture culture? Then book a tour to Peskesi’s biodynamic and sustainable farm! Here you’ll get to discover over 120 fruit and vegetable varieties, centuries-old olive trees, beehives, and more. You can also take private cooking lessons, learn the ins and outs of the world-renowned Cretan diet, and be introduced to traditional cooking techniques by local housewives!
Bar hoppers, foodies, couples, and cocktail lovers.
It doesn’t come as a surprise that the drinks at Xalavro are as good as the food! Their colorful cocktail menu includes house specials, like the Xalavro rum barrel, the Buenos Dias, and the Cool Off, which go particularly well with food. Cheers!
Prima Plora is a go-to for couples and honeymooners!
If you are a sushi lover, don’t miss Prima Plora’s sushi menu! Using carefully sourced ingredients, like mayonnaise from organic eggs, organic Scottish salmon, and organic vegetables, the chef creates a delicious choice of sushi dishes. The Tekka maki, the Oishi roll, and the Haiko roll are must-tries!
Foodies, families, and groups of friends.
Kapilio has a carefully curated wine list that includes a variety of Cretan wines, from fruity whites to spicy reds. Feel free to ask the attentive staff for recommendations!
Families, groups of friends, and couples who want to savor an authentic Cretan meal in Rethymno city center.
The delicious dishes of Corina can be paired with an excellent wine list that comprises a variety of Greek and international wines for every taste. Their house wine is also a must-order!
Couples, honeymooners, and travelers who want to regain strength after sightseeing in Rethymno town.
Don’t miss Castelo’s extensive wine list! There are plenty of options, but we highly recommend you opt for a Cretan wine or their house wine. If you are clueless about wine-food pairings, the restaurant’s experienced staff will help you pick the perfect wine.
Couples and honeymooners looking for the perfect spot in Rethymno for a romantic sunset date!
If you want to enjoy dinner with a breathtaking view, book a table on the restaurant’s 3rd-floor terrace! Here, you’ll savor all-encompassing views of the beach, the Venetian lighthouse, the harbor, and the city while you enjoy your meal or sip on fancy cocktails. What’s not to like?