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“Lovely food & setting, exceptionally rushed experience. Disappointing.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Iokasti Caffe

Iokasti Caffe
Villa Iokasti | Varnali 10, Koutouloufari, Hersonissos, Crete 70014, Greece
+302897022607
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Mediterranean
Dining options: Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
London, England, United Kingdom
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“Lovely food & setting, exceptionally rushed experience. Disappointing.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

Tried to visit first eve of stay but told full even though I would say less than 50% of space in use. Had been on a previous visit so thought try again but perhaps best to book. Asked for a table at 9pm but told 'bit too late'. Arrived 8.30pm instead. Again, restaurant empty. Puzzling. Also, guests continued to arrive well past 9pm. Odd. The whole experience from start to finish lasted about 50 mins - we ordered wine (local recommendation, average), starters (cannot fault), mains (again, lovely). No time between courses, food was very hot too - good thing but even more time needed to take time & enjoy. We're on holiday!! Cannot understand as now into late September?! The food & settings as I said above were lovely. Service from the waiter (sorry not sure of name) was warm & inviting. The (apparent) owner or manager drifts around kissing those who she recognises from previous years & is, in my opinion, largely unwelcoming to those she does not. Not a genuine Greek welcome. Based on this experience I would not return. To contrast, we enjoyed a relaxed 2 hour plus experience in Esperos last night which restores my faith that hopefully this was an unfortunate one-off or the restaurant has just had enough after a a long season.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Great Pasta”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013 via mobile

We visited this restaurant only once during our visit and weren't disappointed. I had a lovely pasta dish and when we go back to Koutoulafari we will def visit again.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Worth seeking out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

The klefitiko amazing as was the chicken salad at lunch. Staff welcoming and friendly. Evening meals finished with complimentary fruit and Raki. Good views of the sea.

  • Visited September 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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manchester
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“mediocre”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

The restaurant has lovely staff, a nice location and ambience and good reviews. We were undecided on what to eat so thought we would try it. My partner had the mousaka from the specials which was tasty but could have done with a side salad.bbc I had the tagleatelli it was average, to be fair It tasted like something I could make at home but was unnecessarily smothered in olive oil. Maybe we made the wrong food choice unfortunately it is our least favourite meal in koutouloufari.

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“Wow!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

Had a fantastic meal! Been to Koutouloufari before and can't believe I didn't eat here before. Had a fantastic Stifado and the Avacado and Tuna Salad was superb! Definitely recommended.

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