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“Well worth a visit” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Despina Taverna

Despina Taverna
Mavrikiano | Akti Poseidonos, Elounda, Crete 72053, Greece
+30 2841 041350
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Ranked #12 of 91 Restaurants in Elounda
4.5 of 5 stars 153 Reviews
Price range: $9 - $30
Cuisines: Barbecue, Greek, Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: On road to plaka, 100metres from main beach
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We weeed staying domeny distance from Despina and went on a recommendation.

The food was food and the Staff really friendly. It for really budy ad about 21.00 but the Staff Friedrich to accommodate everyone.

It may be worth booking if you are considering Young latem on.

  • Visited August 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Italian first
  • Russian first
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English first
Cardiff, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Fantastic view of Elounda”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We went to Despina on the first night of our holiday after being recommended by my parents. It was a great experience and the standard for other restaurants was set high. The service was a little slow but the views are stunning which distracted from the wait. The food was well worth waiting for and the staff were lovely. The meal was very reasonable. Highly recommend this place!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Lutterworth
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Great food, stunning views”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We have been to this Taverna several times and it is always a memorable experience. You receive a warm greeting, tasty meze with your drink and the views of the sea and Elounda are stunning.

The food is a mixture of traditional meze and main courses to suit a wide range of tastes. Their spicy cheese dip is delicious and the stifado and moussaka are always wonderful. The house wine is very drinkable and the service friendly and efficient.

The fact that it always has plenty of locals there, says how good this Taverna is.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Truro, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Meal with a view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We have visited this taverna several times now,each time with a separate group of friends,and each time we have been delighted. Situated on the road out of Elounda on the way to Plaka,it's a little climb up the steps to the taverna,worth the effort because the view as you eat is beautiful.
The welcome is truly Greek and the food is devine,the wine is excellent and very more'ish.
The service is always good,and when the bill arrives it is accompanied by complimentary fresh fruit and the local brew Raki.
The cost? We have not paid more than 15 euros per head and we eat well.
I would thoroughly recommend this taverna .

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Goes, The Netherlands
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Great restaurant with lovely service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Within our week in Elounda, we went twice to this restaurant. We asked a local to reccommend us a restaurant, and she adviced us to go to Despina, as the locals go eat there too. Well, she was right. What a lovely atmosphere. We had a lot of fun with the waiter, who was very kind and had a great sense of humour. The food was really delicous. Twice we finished all our plates completely, and if there would have been room for more, we would have tried another dish. Very good quality of food. Very good taste.
Even though the restaurant was full both evenings, we were served in time, they were "in control" and the food was made with care. You never got the feeling there was a hurry.
The prices of the dishes are very reasonable. We ate in other restaurants in Elounda and had to pay more, so even if you don't want to spend your last money, you can have a lovely dinner.You sit outside, under a roof and have a stunning view over the water during your dinner. What a highlight. I'm sure if I ever go back to Elounda, I only want to eat in this restaurant.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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