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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: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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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Visitor rating
  • 75
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 1
    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
Most recent review
Waw

We were there one year ago. September 2013.We have 2 little children and we don't get 2 go out often so when we do, it has to be worth it. Well it was!!! I am so glad we did research on tripadvisor because it deserves to be at nr 1. I find the level high, gastronomic and it is not... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 27, 2014
Lynntass
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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105 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

We were there one year ago. September 2013.We have 2 little children and we don't get 2 go out often so when we do, it has to be worth it. Well it was!!! I am so glad we did research on tripadvisor because it deserves to be at nr 1. I find the level high, gastronomic and it is not... More 

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Finland
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69 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

The kitchen is a bit of fusion between Crete and Continental. The palce is slightly more up-scale with white towels, etc. The prices were high (mains 15-20 EUR) compared to tens of places we have visited in Crete. However, the food is very tasty - fish properly prepared (even simple stuff like sardidines), meat soft with tasty sauce, and past... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

We had an excellent evening:-) Tasty cuisine, with local organic products, by the Chef Tonya. Value for money. Do not miss.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We were thrilled to be able to experience dining at "The Balcony " in July 2014.. Certainly one of the top highlights of our 3 weeks in eastern Crete. This was a "Pinch Yourself " occasion, with the wonderful atmosphere, the ambience, the decor, and above all the outstanding and tasty Cretan dishes. Tonya is an amazing chef, the food... More 

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Warsaw, Poland
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We've been on our way to Vai beach and somehow natural it was to stop in Sitia. Checking guide quickly we found recommendation of this little bit hidden place. Extreme sunshine pushed us towards taverns at the port but we forced ourselves to look deeper in the streets. And there it was - The Balcony above our heads. Relieving chill... More 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Excellent restaurant, unlike any other in Sitia and far eastern Crete in general. Great atmosphere, great food, fantastic hosts. Highly recommended if you find yourself around Sitia area. We savoured everything we ordered, especially saganaki and ntakos from the appetisers and the tenderloin pork with yogurt, coq au vin and the rabbit from the main dishes. The desserts were absolutely... More 

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Athens
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

A very good restaurant offering something different than the usual touristic tavernas in Sitia. The menu choices are not vast but we found many dishes that whet our appetite. The food was of high quality and the flavours were combined in an unique way. We left satiated and although the prices were above the usual, it was worth it.

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Barcelona
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

After looked in Kos, Patmos, Symi and Rhodes we finally found this little gem in Sitia, small restaurant with very tasty dishes, the desert was fabulous, very ok prices, we will be back for sure, a relief as we thought we wouldn't find a treasure like this one

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Paris, France
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We toured Crete in June . We have been under the charm of this beautiful island . West and East are 2 worlds apart but both are extremely attractive . Of course we have tasted the now world renowned Cretan food looking for THE recipe which will allow us to reach the age of 100 physically and mentally totally fit... More 

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8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

We were a group of five friends who left Agios Nikolaos to visit Balcony as some friends suggested us to go. We had the two salads the colourful which had all types of vegetables raw courgette (fantastic) and mushrooms, and the greek one which surprisingly had the tomatoes peeled off not to disturb digestion (fantastic!)!!! I had pasta with shrimps... More 

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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: Greek, Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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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