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Taverna Eleni

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Matala Beach, Matala, Crete 712 01, Greece
+30 697 449 5458
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Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Great Taverna! We had mussels and grilled fish, it tasted very good. The service (I think the waitress was eleni herself) was very good. Go there for authentic cretan food at it's best for a reasonable price. The today's special menue was handwritten on sheet of paper, this reflects the spirit of this taverna: not shiny shiny but authentic and... More 

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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

But nothing special. OK food for OK price. I wanted to try less of a fancy place this time, but for just a few euros more a plate you can get top quality elsewhere.

Thank Tomek D
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

I was at Eleni's twice during my short stay in Matala, will warmly recommend this small perl. Home made food, very tasty. Nice people working there, felt very welcome.

Thank Marianne H
1 review
Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

My family and I have been coming back for over 30 years. We are always warmly welcomed by Eleni, Maria and family. They serve good, traditional locally grown food at very reasonable prices. A perfect spot for lunch, dinner and to watch the Sun rest over the sea.

Thank Clinton P
Wuppertal, Germany
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

A lovely tavern by the sea - amazing view by night. Really worth eating there - have a close look to the handwritten daily specials!

Thank Stephan I
1 review
Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

My family and I always ate at Eleni's taverna which is a lovely little peaceful taverna with homemade authentic food☺ our favourite meals were the mussels, dorade, spaghetti frutti di mare, and the sardines. great service with friendly staff and an amazing view. I would defiantly recommended Eleni's taverna to enjoy a great meal. We will definitely be back soon... More 

Thank Missfrances16
Mijas, Spain
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57 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2016

Absolutely not posh or pretentious, this a real Crete taverna right on the beach. Expect the day's specials on a hand written scrap of paper. Lovely friendly if a little haphazard service. The lady that seems to own the place is a minor celeb locally. One of the gift shops even sells post card pictures of her. The resident hippies... More 

Thank David H
1 review
Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

Nice place with amazing view by the sea!Fresh dorado,mussels and sardines, with friendly staff! It was so nice to have the choice of upstairs on the veranda where a nice breeze came through. I'll be back soon!

Thank Nickolas J
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

This was a great place to sit and enjoy a coffee or beer the owners are kind and the service was great. If your lucky some of the locals will ever there to give you advice about the sites and information only locals have. Very quaint and perfect for relaxing.

Thank Andrea F
Athens, Greece
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27 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2015

I eat at Eleni's restaurant everytime I visit Matala the last years. It's a nice place just in front of the beach with a perfect sunset view! This time we had our dog with us and they had no problem with this! It's a family buisness:the owner is serving the food, the niece is helping her, the mother is cooking.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mediterranean, Greek, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
View, Romantic, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?