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Taverna Eleni

Matala Beach, Matala, Crete 712 01, Greece
+30 697 449 5458
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good24%
  • Average12%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible1%
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“mussels” (5 reviews)
“hand written” (5 reviews)
“home made” (3 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Seafood, Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly
Matala Beach, Matala, Crete 712 01, Greece
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Reviewed 12 December 2017

Been on 1-day trip to Matala, and found the daily offer of Eleni the most interesting. Fortunately, as everything we ate there was just delicious. I just wish we could stay longer in Matala... but we'll come back again for sure (and, definitely eat at...More

Thank Marko L
Reviewed 15 November 2017 via mobile

It’s very quiet here in mid-November and not everything on the menu is available (zucchini blossoms are long gone and this year’s lambs have aged into mutton-on-the-hoof, but Eleni’s is open while many the stores, shops and eateries were closed for the season. We were...More

Thank drew_barbara
Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

Matala bay,south Crete family traditional Greek taverna Excellent food cooked by owner himself Grandma takes care everything is ok They have their own cattle grow vegetables So authentic and natural A beautiful wiev to old Caves where antient Romans used it for cemetery. And vine...More

Thank Milica B
Reviewed 18 September 2017

It is a common secret that in places full of turists the food is normaly bad. But this was very bad, even for the lowest expecatations. The only positive thing was the veranda with a nice view to the local landscape and the friendly service,...More

Thank dib502
Reviewed 18 September 2017

We loved this place! Faultless food, classic taverna, very fresh, homemade brilliant meatballs, outstanding anchovies (this is truly what fresh tastes like!), lovely bread and Greek salad, good local wine, and just a fab location. Friendly service and outstanding views. There's a downstairs (you're almost...More

Thank VirginiaGuildford
Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

Food was very salty, red wine was close to rose taste and colour wise, service just okay. Sunset was stunning but that has nothing to do with taverna itself. Will not be back :(

Thank Fandorin_S
Reviewed 22 July 2017 via mobile

They are really 2.5 out of 5. Very average food and "not quite there" service. Our experience there didn't make us want to come back.

Thank Amrina I
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Reviewed 6 July 2017 via mobile

The food were really good in my stay! I visited it several times! The calamari, octopus stifado and the spaghetti marinara were very good and very very tasty! My friend also tried the goat stifado,it was excellent as well!! The stuff are nice and friendly...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 26 June 2017 via mobile

We discovered this little taverna while exploring the area on the far side of the beach. The restaurant has lovely staff that are always smiling, very welcoming and love sharing stories with their customers. We learned a bit about the history of the restaurant and...More

Thank 27evangeliaf
Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

They're definitely over using garlic in almost all their dishes. The gyros aren't fresh at all and more fat than actual meat. The waiter also doesn't speak English.

Thank Karen V
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Romantic, View, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Matala Beach, Matala, Crete 712 01, Greece
  • Location: Europe  >  Greece  >  Crete  >  Heraklion Prefecture  >  Matala
  • Phone Number: +30 697 449 5458
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