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Sofokli Venizelou Street | Platia Istorikou Mouseio, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
+30 281 022 5009
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Ranked #48 of 207 Restaurants in Heraklion
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $13 - $39
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: Parasties or parasies according to the Cretan dialect was for many years the traditional way of cooking in Crete. Made of two parallel rectangular stones between which they set on fire and put above the cooking pan. Thus was selected and the name of the restaurant, in which dominates as a trademark, the open kitchen.An atmospheric, cozy place in the square of the Historical Museum and of the most popular gourmet hangouts.Your hosts, the good food and the finest wine labels
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English first
Heraklion Crete
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Very nice food. Well prepared. Honest prices. Very friendly staff, always willing to help and serve.....try the traditional omelet with potatoes. Very clean restrooms. Worthy to enjoy a lunch after the museum visit just next to the plaza.....

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Heraklion, Greece
18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Last time I visited "Parasties", that is situated at a very beautiful square next to the Historical Museum and very close to the Natural History Museum, I found a great variety of meats, pancetta, chicken, burgers, tenderloins and amazing sausage from Chania area! Everything was delicious and as I was told from Charis, the very friendly owner and always there... More

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London, United Kingdom
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72 reviews 72 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Nice meal with a group, a lot of the dishes were shared among the table, for everyone to taste. Desserts were very good. Meal was good value for money. Nice setting on outdoor terrace, nice atmosphere and attentive staff.

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Limassol, Cyprus
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22 reviews 22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Stylish place with nice food. Had a party there and everybody left satisfied. Salad / Fava / koxli were great... Service was quite good!!

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Brussels, Belgium
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37 reviews 37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Any average, unpretentious restaurant in Crete can offer what Parasies offers, yet better. Food was OK but nothing special. Green salad was good, but why so much lettuce when Crete is full of wild herbs and wonderful vegetables? Grilled cheese and mushrooms were definitely good, but this is basic anyway. Burger was average, pork loin was dry and stiff. Smoked... More

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Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Weeks ago I went there with friends. It was Friday night and the restaurant was full. We were 8 persons and we ordered. They brought the starters and salads fast. When the main course came, the pork meat was very fat, the good was that we had other things to eat at the table. But the main course was bad.... More

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Hereford, England, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

One of the great places to go and eat in Heraklion City. Carefully chosen dishes with ingredients that it would be hard for you to find in one place. The feta that they get straight from the guy who makes it and to my humble opinion is the best i have ever tasted. The service is always very warm and... More

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Athens, Greece
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

Definitely a good restaurant with fair prices, good quality of food and a fair wine list. Went there on a Sunday and the service was a bit slow and clumsy. Will go back if in Heraklion again but with reservation and not in rush hour. Try the sfougato omelet and the wild boar stake.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013 via mobile

We initially came here for convenience as we were staying at the Atrion Hotel just around the corner. As we walked past at lunch time on our way to the Historical Museum, we looked through the window and noticed people eating the most inviting looking salads and decided to try Parasies out that evening. We enjoyed our meal and excellent... More

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

We have been visiting this restaurant for the last five years and we always enjoy well-cooked and of excellent quality dishes. Salads, starters, meat and also fish everything is great and of course home-made. We absolutely recommend it.

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