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Sofokli Venizelou Street | Platia Istorikou Mouseio, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
+30 281 022 5009
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Ranked #59 of 221 Restaurants in Heraklion
4.0 of 5 stars 74 Reviews
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $12 - $37
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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
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 via mobile

Very bad service, table not clean and there is not value for money. The bulk wine was very very bad. Never again there!!!!!!!!! NEVER!!!!!!!!!! I believe that the waiter have to change job as soon as possible!!!!!!!!!! It will be the best for the restaurant!!!!! He didn't explain to us nothing about the menu and when we looking for him... More 

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37 reviews 37 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

The fish was fresh, and they work with firewood grill - it makes a food delicious. Their white wine (house wine) was really good for its price. We enjoyed both the food and the service.

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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

We looked forward to eating here after reading good reviews.However what a disappointment. We were presented with a copy of the previous diners choices detailed on a tick list sheet (similar to being in hospital) on which we had to add our own choice of food. We duly ordered our starters and main courses, the starters did not arrive together... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

This is a restaurant that's make real Greek food.there is one in heraklion and the other one in Stalis. It's the same owner and he makes all the food himself.I was there in September and they are really friendly and nothing expensive. I've enjoyed the music and the coming home feeling. If you in the naberhood go check this out,... More 

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Heraklion Crete
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109 reviews 109 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 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
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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79 reviews 79 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
23 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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105 reviews 105 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 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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Address: Sofokli Venizelou Street | Platia Istorikou Mouseio, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Phone Number: +30 281 022 5009
Location: Europe  >  Greece  >  Crete  >  Heraklion Prefecture  >  Heraklion
Average Prices: USD 12 - 37
Cuisine: Greek, Mediterranean, Seafood, Vegetarian

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