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The Lions Cafe Restaurant

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Matala, Crete 702 00, Greece
+30 2892 045759
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Folkestone, United Kingdom
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281 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

My husband, daughter and I had a lunch at the Lions Cafe while visiting Matala in August. The service was friendly without being intrusive. Great food. Free wifi. Clean washrooms. The views looking out to the beach were lovely. We would return.

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Thank wherelolawent
Manchester
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

After 2 hours drive we got to matala beach where we had a great day out. Fantastic place for swimming. The main thing was that we had absolutely great lunch after in this lovely place called Lion Caffè. Stunning view from the 1st floor balcony was good addition to the meal. My wife had a great salad and my lamb... More 

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Vilnius, Lithuania
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7 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Food was very delicious and fresh, waitress recommended us and it has proved 100%. Avocado was unique!

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Thank justinaiii9
London
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

My mum and dad have been coming to matala for 11 years and the lions restaurant is there favourite place. The staff are super friendly and so attentive (my dad's beer is always on the table before he makes it up from the beach). The food is fresh and so tasty and a visit to the kitchen to see the... More 

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Pontypridd
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

When we arrived in Matàla our first priority was to find somewhere to watch England v Wales in the Euros. We were welcomed in and although we didn't eat on this occasion we enjoyed a couple of drinks ( but not the result) in friendly surroundings. Given this positive first impression we decided to take our evening meal at the... More 

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Vienna, Austria
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2016 via mobile

We were served a grilled octopus which was obviously too old and hard, uneatable. The waiter did not bother but instead simply disappeared. There is no reason why I would recommend this place give the high number of other tavernas at the beach.

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Thank Shop_wien
Poznan, Poland
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2016

We had nice 2h by sitting there, food was really good and so was the service. We're surprised to eat that much for this price.

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Thank Ania_z_Poznania
Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016 via mobile

Just tried this place as looking for a lunch place after driving into Malaya. They have a specials menu on the black board and I ordered grilled whole red a snapper. Not cheap at €19 ,but the fish was delicious. Served with sliced potatoes(baked) most ok but a few dried out, side salad but did not look appetizing so I... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2015 via mobile

We have been disappointed by this place. Food quality is pretty poor, for prices that are far from being the cheapest around. There are others places along Matala beach... I cannot advise another one, but I would give a chance to the others.

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Thank Serniclay A
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2015 via mobile

Food wasn't really good nor bad. The view is exciting but I guess all restaurants have the same as long as they are next to the beach . The service was friendly . Food was quickly served. The baked potatoes were cold but the shrimps were hot . My daughter has had fried chicken and thought the skin is like... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Greek
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Matala, Crete 702 00, Greece
  • Location: Europe  >  Greece  >  Crete  >  Heraklion Prefecture  >  Matala
  • Phone Number: +30 2892 045759

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?