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“Very good - but ... with a but!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Palio Arhontiko

Palio Arhontiko
P. Polihronidi, Kolymbari, Crete 73006, Greece
2824022124
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Ranked #1 of 22 restaurants in Kolymbari
Price range: $18 - $27
Cuisines: Greek, Seafood, Pizza & Pasta
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
London, United Kingdom
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6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Very good - but ... with a but!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

My wife and I went here as it rated highly on Trip Advisor - it's beautifully located at the harbour of Kolibari and we received a warm welcome. The food was definititely of at an 'above average' standard for a sea-shore restaurant and prices were reasonable. Fare is very standard - stifado, moussaka, souvlaki etc., etc. We started with Dakos and courgette balls - both good but slightly 'heavier' than we eat elsewhere. My Papoutsakia was very tasty (and huge!) my wife had a Veal Sifado which was also very good. Also (one of my fixations) they know how to cook chips properly - crispy and light and fluffy inside - unusual in Greece.

The 'but' is the total lack of concept of courses ... I know this is a cultural thing in Crete but our starters arrived less than a minute after bread and dips and our mains arrived when we were halfway through the starters. This is obviously a mainly 'tourist' establishment and you would have thought that they would have learnt that Brits in particular like to go one course at a time. We felt rushed - maybe they were trying to 'turn tables' but this rather detracted from what would otherwise have been a really excellent dining experience. Hence my 'poor' rating for service.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Fantastic Cretan Meal!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2012

Fantastic food, beautiful view, and great prices! Lovely cats all around. We recommend to everyone! This is the only taverna in Kolymbari we go to! Due to excellent service!!! We visit here once a year and love coming here! Cannot wait to return.

Visited September 2012
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gmrcardiff
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Best in the area”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012 via mobile

Dined here on 23rd Sept 2012.
Having dined at the nearby Gialos a few nights before and being severely disappointmented there we were hoping for better.
It was far far better. Better friendly service, better food, the mixed fish platter was far better than at Gialos up the road, had more variety and was half the price of the one at Gialos.
The owner was very friendly despite being rushed off his feet he still had time to talk and advise on the food.
Best if all the bill was half the price we paid at Gialos.
I'm not saying this is a michelin star experience nor that you can expect fine dining but for good food served well in a good atmosphere at a very reasonable price then its hard to beat in the area.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Berkshire
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Our favourite restaurant in Kolymbari”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

This restaurant combines the best of traditional Cretan village cuisine with a few extra refinements and it was our favourite of the several restaurants we tried this year in this town. I particularly enjoyed their meat balls in ouzo sauce and my wife enjoyed the pork schnitzel with mushroom sauce. Rather disapproved of by the owners of our apartment nearby, this restaurant serves the traditional complimentary chilled local raki at the beginning of the meal rather than at the end and we found a small taste was all we needed! The tableware, the service and the ambiance were all a cut above the competition, and to our surprise, our bills were no higher - excellent value for money.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Simply the best!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

Great food with plenty of choice, friendly owner, well trained staff and a stunning location overlooking the beach. What more can you ask? Very competitively priced? Yes, that too. We have eaten here on a number of occasions over the last five years and have never been disappointed. Hope to see you again next year, Vasillis!

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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