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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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12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Tasty cuisine, subtle and creative, using local organic products, entirely...
Tasty cuisine, subtle and creative, using local organic products, entirely conceived by the Chef TONYA KARANDINOU
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  • 105
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 10
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  • 7
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  • 3
    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
The veal! And sweet Tada...

We feasted on a delicious dish of veal here on our honeymoon. We loved how the restaurant is off the promenade and offers an almost eclectic vibe. The evening was very peaceful and romantic, and the staff was very on point. My husband also met Tada, the Chef's dog, to which he fell in love over... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
  • Special occasions
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Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We feasted on a delicious dish of veal here on our honeymoon. We loved how the restaurant is off the promenade and offers an almost eclectic vibe. The evening was very peaceful and romantic, and the staff was very on point. My husband also met Tada, the Chef's dog, to which he fell in love over dinner :) Overall, we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Never thought I would find such a nice little restaurant in a small town. The whole place, including the surroundings,stuff, dishes and owner, is delightfully colorful. The exquisite service is solely rivaled by the dishes themselves, a union of local ingredients and French technique. If ever in Sitia be prepared for an unforgettable dining experience which is not to be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

The Balcony is one of the best restaurants I have been to. Tonja, the owner and cook, whips up the most amazing and creative meals and everything is delicious and beautifully served. The atmosphere is also lovely - a very unusual restaurant which we alway make sure we visit when in Eastern Crete.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 via mobile

The food is wonderfully presented and is a French take on Cretan cuisine. The fava in particular was excellent as a starter. Set menu good value. Service includes appetisers and a fruit plate.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

If you are in Sitia be sure to eat here. Not onlys is the food excellent and tasty but the service is heartwarming too. Do not miss it!!! Try the rabbit or the lamb and drink the great local wines. Bon appetit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

We stumbled over this quirky little restaurant a road or two back from the waterfront. We had the Special for 2 people: hor'dervs, fava (amazing taste), greens on rusk (very tasty), Chicken (gorgeous), dessert - a creamy concoction - lovely, coffee (cafetiere each). The owner and chef came out personally to check we liked it. Not the usual 'is everything... More 

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Preston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

We only stayed in Sitia for four days but we had to return to this restaurant. The building is gorgeous and has a great ambiance. The food was lovely food and excellent value for money. The owner is a great character and chats to all her diners.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

A change from the usual Greek Taverna we decide to try this charming upstairs restaurant run by an eccentric French lady . The little dishes of homemade appetiser dips were delicious especially the hummus as was the soft cheese and the hot spinach puff pastry tarty we shared as a starter . To be honest the main courses were a... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 via mobile

Can you get any worse? I think not! The food was mediocre at best...all hype and no taste! Just like the owner! There are no pictures because there was nothing worth photographing...unless the dog shaking it's fur in the kitchen interests you. I suggest you don't waste your time or money at The Balcony!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Excellent food, outstanding the pastry with herbs, spinach and cheese. I never in my life had such a good Baklava. Everything is fresh made. Tonya, the owner and the cook, is an artist. Well, it's expensive, compared to the other Restaurants in Crete. But it is a great experience. We loved it.

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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, Doing business, Families with children, Special occasions

Description

Tasty cuisine, subtle and creative, using local organic products, entirely conceived by the Chef TONYA KARANDINOU
Open Hours
Monday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?