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“Very nice” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Parasies

Parasies
Sofokli Venizelou Street | Platia Istorikou Mouseio, Heraklion, Crete, Greece
+30 281 022 5009
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Ranked #60 of 220 Restaurants in Heraklion
Price range: $12 - $37
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: Parasties or parasies according to the Cretan dialect was for many years the traditional way of cooking in Crete. Made of two parallel rectangular stones between which they set on fire and put above the cooking pan. Thus was selected and the name of the restaurant, in which dominates as a trademark, the open kitchen.An atmospheric, cozy place in the square of the Historical Museum and of the most popular gourmet hangouts.Your hosts, the good food and the finest wine labels
Heraklion Crete
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109 reviews 109 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
“Very nice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Very nice food.
Well prepared.
Honest prices.
Very friendly staff, always willing to help and serve.....try the traditional omelet with potatoes.
Very clean restrooms. Worthy to enjoy a lunch after the museum visit just next to the plaza.....

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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Heraklion, Greece
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“A Really Good Restaurant and A Wonderful Atmosphere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Last time I visited "Parasties", that is situated at a very beautiful square next to the Historical Museum and very close to the Natural History Museum, I found a great variety of meats, pancetta, chicken, burgers, tenderloins and amazing sausage from Chania area! Everything was delicious and as I was told from Charis, the very friendly owner and always there is assist to anything you need, "Parasties" or "Parasies" has been the traditional way of cooking in Crete for many years. A fire set between two parallel rectangular stones and a cooking pan was put above. The open kitchen and the fact that I was able to see what is being cooked and how is definitely a Plus for this Restaurant. I am sure I will visit it again and again.

  • Visited June 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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London, United Kingdom
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79 reviews 79 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 51 cities Reviews in 51 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“Outdoor terrace”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Nice meal with a group, a lot of the dishes were shared among the table, for everyone to taste. Desserts were very good. Meal was good value for money. Nice setting on outdoor terrace, nice atmosphere and attentive staff.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Limassol, Cyprus
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Dinner in style!!!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

Stylish place with nice food.

Had a party there and everybody left satisfied. Salad / Fava / koxli were great...

Service was quite good!!

Visited April 2014
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Brussels, Belgium
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39 reviews 39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
“Nothing special”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Any average, unpretentious restaurant in Crete can offer what Parasies offers, yet better.

Food was OK but nothing special. Green salad was good, but why so much lettuce when Crete is full of wild herbs and wonderful vegetables? Grilled cheese and mushrooms were definitely good, but this is basic anyway. Burger was average, pork loin was dry and stiff. Smoked pork steaks were not steaks, just slices of overcooked, burnt meat. When the issue was pointed out to the waiter, he reacted in a polite yet ineffective manner. Serving the main meat course with a couple of tablespoons of precooked penne was unacceptable.

Bottom line: This is a superficial restaurant. The atmosphere is pleasant but the food is average and so is the service.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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