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The Balcony

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19, Fountalidou St., Sitia, Crete 72300, Greece
+30 697 300 2281
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 122
    Excellent
  • 38
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
From the simple , to the intense. !!!

Hiding from the noisy waterfront crowd area , just 2 block away , in an quiet corner , you could be surprised finding Balcony's lovely entrance . Just by looking at it , you can sense the difference . Not the typical Cretan , tourist hunting , restaurant style . None one will try to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
YIANNI S
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Crete, Greece
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Crete, Greece
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hiding from the noisy waterfront crowd area , just 2 block away , in an quiet corner , you could be surprised finding Balcony's lovely entrance . Just by looking at it , you can sense the difference . Not the typical Cretan , tourist hunting , restaurant style . None one will try to ...''force'' you in . If... More 

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Thank YIANNI S
Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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329 reviews
185 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015 via mobile

This is creative food at its best. Sophisticated restaurant for Crete. Charming French owner. His Greek wife is the creative cook. Prices higher than normal but you get what you pay for. Excellent presentation. Owner must be lost in reverie because he didn't present my payment slip for a year when I ate there in October 2014! Mouthwatering menu. You... More 

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Thank Jilliana R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015 via mobile

Great people, even greater food ! Worth visiting! The balcony has a very nice atmosphere, creative cuisine with French and traditional flavours and excellent deserts !

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Thank ilias v
Kingston, Canada
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15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

This restaurant was recommended by a local couple who said it was the best in town. They were right! It surprised us that the menu was in French but evidently a lot of the tourists at this end of the island of Crete are from France or Italy. The chef prepares all the dishes each day from fresh local ingredients... More 

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Thank Valerie C
Motueka, New Zealand
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Very expensive but beautifully cooked and presented meals. Had three meals here. We had rabbit, veal and chicken dishes. All very tasty. House red was also good.

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Thank Hilary C
Holland
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25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

They have a wonderful menu. The food is realy good. Be aware that the portions are quite big. We would like to taste the desserts because they looked great but we couldn't handle another bite. I realy recommand the place. Only downside is that you sit inside. It was realy warm and with a baby not so practical.

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Thank RoseHolland
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

This restaurant is highly recommended and indeed the food is great. There are a lot of unusual dishes, but based on Cretan cuisine. However the service was incredibly slow, although the restaurant was not packed.

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Thank Avril T
kent
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

There has to be something special to lure diners away from the quayside into a town fringe upstairs dining room on a Monday night and The Balcony has it. Fortunately The Balcony have dropped the eastern fusion concept and they concentrate on Cretan food with French & Italian touches. We had medallions of pork with coconut flavoured rice, and pan... More 

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Thank mikefromchipstead
Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Lovely little place with a different atmosphere to your traditional tavernas. Home-cooked food nicely presented from Madam Tonya, Greek food with a slight twist. It was definitely a welcome change from the norm.

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Thank Alex Z
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015 via mobile

A nice change from the typical greek places with more original dishes, however trying too hard and failing at it. The place is quite nice and the service is very welcoming as always in Greece. The problem starts when you get to the food: way too many ingredients in one plate. Why do prawns need mushrooms, avocado, dill, seaweed and... More 

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Thank Tal N

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 19, Fountalidou St., Sitia, Crete 72300, Greece
  • Location: Europe  >  Greece  >  Crete  >  Lasithi Prefecture  >  Sitia
  • Phone Number: +30 697 300 2281

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Greek

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?