Restaurants around Plakias and Mariou

We are locals and love food as much you do. Here is a selection of our favourite restaurants – Each unique in its own way. From traditional and local taverns to modern and contemporary restaurants, crete has a restaurant for every taste and occasion.


This fairly new restaurant is already on the way to the top. A contemporary greek restaurant that always tries to reinvent traditional greek cuisin. But also meat lovers will be pleased by the variety of dry aged steaks they serve. The staff is highly trained and gives great suggestions on local whine pairings for every dish.

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Taverna Merasti

Located high above Plakias overlooking the whole bay. This small family-run tavern serves the best of cretan dishes with the best view in the area. (Tip: try the Nissos beer. Villa Nissos got its name from this beer while eating in this tavern.)

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Kri Kri

If you want to try the best lamb from the oven. Great meat dishes in general. They also serve a very good lager from Chania called "Harma". Recently they added a stone pizza oven and changed the interior to a very cosy design. 

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Taverna Mariou

Amazing Taverna, that serves great Cretan dishes. Has a stunning view as their huge outdoor terrace overlooks the whole area. They only use local and high quality products and have a great selection of local beers and whines.

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GIOMA Taverna

Located at the west end of Plakias right on the water. Beautiful seafood with a stunning view and athmospere. This is a traditional greek tavern in every way. Can get very busy, so a reservation is recommended. 

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