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Katechaki 12 | Old Harbor, Chania Town, Crete 73133, Greece
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Ranked #15 of 285 restaurants in Chania Town
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean, Seafood, Steakhouse, Vegetarian
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Description: Beautiful, stylish restaurant built on the old Kastelli wall in the wonderful, picturesque Venetian harbour of Chania. Established in 1993, Kariatis enjoys an excellent reputation for top quality food and service with an impressive menu created and served with proficiency and flair. Imaginative and refreshingly different dishes inspired by flavoursome, colourful, aromatic ingredients from both Crete and Italy offering an appetizing assortment of Italian and Mediterranean dishes and delicious gourmet desserts. Kariatis also offers an extensive selection of award-winning Greek and International wines from around the world many of which are available by the glass.
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91% Recommend
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Kristiansand, Vest-Agder, Norway
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Once again we visited Chania for 2 weeks and Kariatis was visited 6 or 7 times during our stay. And once again it was most satisfactory. Delicious food, good wine, coffee and refreshments together with the surroundings and the pleasant staff, the visits were made cozy, romantic and well worth the money! We will be back many times when we... More

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Bolton , England
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107 reviews 107 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We chose Kariatis from the reviews I had read before we left. Having eaten in 14 different restaurants during our recent stay this was by far the best meal we had and wasn’t the most expensive. It’s very classy from the outside and the service is polished, professional and friendly. It would not be out of place in any major... More

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Blackburn, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This has to be one of the best restaurants in Chania. A quiet location just set back from the marina, this was a great find and we've been going back there for 10 years. The food is delicious. I just love the background music, it's perfect for the setting. And a lovely sweet wine with chocolates for dessert, makes a... More

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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Just average food.Slightly pretentious.Not good value.The service was if they were doing you a favour.

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Carmel24, Owner at Kariatis, responded to this review

This review was submitted the same day as one other review which (coincidentally) was also for another Italian restaurant in Chania town which has a much less favourable reputation. Both these recent reviews have been written SIX years after only one other previous review ever submitted by this particular reviewer, all this in itself appears rather suspicious. Their review is... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

All in all, this was a very nice experience. Tucked away a bit from the tourists in a calm area, with some of the best food on Crete, polite waiters and a romantic mediterranean atmosphere, this is probably one of the better restaurants of Crete, especially if you want italian or continental food for a change. Everything from appetizers to... More

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Reading, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We were recommended this Restaurant by the Barman of our hotel. He said it was really good. He was not lying. just off the harbour in a quiet location. We were celebrating our 21st wedding anniversary, I must admit I can not think of anywhere else to celebrate the next other than at kariatis. The food and wine were amazing,... More

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Ebeltoft, Denmark
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Well - maybe its a bit awkward to go to an italian restaurant when your visiting Crete, but this one is absolutely a must-go. Located at the harbour - but a little away from all the touristtraps. Nice sourroundings and very good italian food - dont miss out on the pasta with seafood! If your into a little lighter food,... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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73 reviews 73 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Just beyond the mosque in Chania, a few steps away from the port, but still with views of the port and lighthouse. Excellent Italian food including pizza and pasta but with a good range of well cooked main courses especially lovely beef fillet - unusual for Greece and Crete. Excellent wine choice and knowledgeable waiters to help with selection. great... More

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35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Food, wine and staff are all excellent and really worth travelling from Norway to experience. Already looking forward to go back.

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York, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014 via mobile

We found this very late into our holiday a few years ago - basically it's the reason we keep going back to Chania!! When you're bored of Sovlaki and goats cheese salad (which you do) this is a god send. This is the only fine dining we have ever found in Chania or even Crete. Well worth a visit. Seafood... More

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