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“The cuisine” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Swell Restaurant

Swell Restaurant
Heraklion | Crete, Kokkini Hani, Crete 71500, Greece
+302810763083
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Ranked #1 of 13 restaurants in Kokkini Hani
Price range: $29 - $130
Cuisines: Greek, Mediterranean, Seafood, Vegetarian
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Swell restaurant is blissfully located on the water front. In collaboration with the renowned chef Leuteris Lazarou (one Michelin Star) we offer a personal interpretation of Greek cuisine with an innovative gastronomic touch Mastered by his side chefs Michalis Kalavrinos and Yiannis Margaris prepare the delightful recipes. Enjoy swimming at the beach, ending your day with a mouthwatering dinner, or just relax at the comfortable couches with your cocktail marveling the blue of the Mediterranean.
Moscow, russia
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“The cuisine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

The main thing is the cuisine and the chef. The meat was splendid and all of other dishes for two girls and a young man too.

Visited May 2013
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Windsor, United Kingdom
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226 reviews 226 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
130 helpful votes 130 helpful votes
“Excellent seafood inspired dishes, great wine service, very romantic atmosphere!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2013 via mobile

This is the bravest of all cretan restaurants, being the first (that I know of, to be precise) to promote a small but adequate selection of local quality wines flat priced at 15 euros! So, the customer can truly enjoy the high-standard food Giannis Margaris and his team is producing with a nice bottle of local wine without having to leave his golden tooth on the table when paying the bill. The setting is simply magic, the service absolutely professional. Food is mainly fish and seafood, but there are some interesting meat dishes too. The salads need some improvement both in concept and execution. Occasionally there are some very soft faults on the food. To me this is perfectly normal and since everything else is great, it will quickly help you to forget any minor glitches.

And it will not cost you a fortune. Expect to pay about 35-40 euros per person with a bottle of wine. Come here on a special occasion - it is not very difficult to invent one!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Athens, Greece
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“The art of fish-eating”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

Swell is a restaurant located a bit away from the city of Heraklion at Kokkini Hani inside the Knosos hotel. It is supervised by the famous Greek (michelin star awarded) chef Lefteris Lazarou. The decoration of the space is very pleasant and discreet with marvelous sea view combined by a menu card wisely designed with fantastic dishes most of them based on always fresh fish products. The service is high level and always helpful - the wine list is supported by local well selected wines .

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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israel
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“seven reasons why one should come here to celebrate:food, service, setting, atmosphere, view , attentive staff, wine”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

We just came back from Crete, where we have spent a lovely vacation with a group of 15 people.The reason of this visit was to celebrate the 60th birthday of one of us. Before our arrival we coordinated with the hotel manager the reservation of an elegant meal at the Swell Restaurant.
One can put himself totally in the helpful hands of the hotel manager and its staff.The evening was handelled in a most professional way.The tabe was set beautifully, we got the Chambre Separe' so we had our privacy.Sitting on the balcony we could see the magnificent hotel beach, right below.
The food was delicate and sophisticated , yet definitely Greek.
I would recommend highly both for pleasure and bisiness.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London
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76 reviews 76 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“Best place to eat in the area by far”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

Stayed at the all inclusive Arina Sands next door where food was not up to standard. The chef also has a 1 star Michelin restaurant in Athens.

The venue is delightful, the service excellent and the food just what you might expect from such an accomplished chef. We visited 3 times during our stay.

It is not cheap but worth ever cent.

  • 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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