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Taverna Vatalos

Frangokastello, Sfakia, Crete, Greece
+30 2825092263
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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- Aug 10, 2014
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Basingstoke
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We have just spent two weeks in one of the three villas owned by the family which run this restaurant. The villas are a few minutes away and we must have eaten here ten times during our stay. The food is lovely with excellent variety, great service and good value. It is a lovely quiet spot even in peak season... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

As a cretan I have been to many restaurants in crete. Some good, some bad, some excellent. However in not a single one have I ever said that everything was perfect. Today was the only exception. Vatalos located at a really nice place by the beach with pleasant people, plenty of parking and all of that miscellaneous stuff that a... More

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Greece
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Very nice food,with view to the sea.great variety to choose from. Have stayed in the rooms right above the place in the past and again had excellent experience of the cooking

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Gloucestershire
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Frangokastello has a surprising number of tavernas tucked away in small coves, so no wonder that, even after 16 years, we'd never eaten at Vatalos. Expect a really friendly welcome and tasty food, with a good selection for vegetarians. When we asked the meaning of 'Vatalos', Spiros told us a tale which spoke volumes of Sfakia's past. So - visit... More

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Shaldon Devon England
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013

5 stars isn't enough. Spiros and Theo are very very kind and helpful (Spiros sorted our broken down hire car, coming back from the farm specially when they were trying to rip us right off). The food is wonderful. Shelley is a chef and has very high standards, all met. Huge choice for veggies, fish fantastic - the octopus is... More

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

We were seduced a couple of times by the beautiful hydrangeas and quaint decoration of some of the other tavernas in Frangokastello, but were lucky enough to be pointed towards the Vatalos Taverna, by a couple of people who live in the area. If you don't mind the rather plain appearance of the place, the food here surpassed anything else... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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46 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

A wide range of local dishes, including fresh fish and locally-reared lamb and pork. Helpings are generous and washed down with good local wine. We particularly liked the creamy cheese from the neighbouring village.all consumed looking out over the sea as the sun dips below the horizon.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013 via mobile

We had a lovely meal on this very busy taverna. The lamb chops were plentiful and delicious. A tasty, unrushed meal for two with wine for €30 - excellent value and kindly hosts.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013 via mobile

Great location , fair prices 10-12 € per person, excellent food (tsigariasto me mizithra!!!!!) excellent friendly owners .Someone should also book a peaceful seafront room in order to swim early in the morning to an almost private beach ( rocky at start sandy a few meters deeper) A great value for money choice!!

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Chania Town, Greece
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Large menu with many traditional dishes, modest prices, friendly service. A must if you are travelling in the south.

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