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Taverna Vatalos

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Frangokastello, Sfakia, Crete, Greece
+30 2825092263
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Berlin, Germany
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice service, great Greek food and big portions for good money. The view from the terrace on the sea is awesome

Thank thichap
Craftsbury, Vermont
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34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful location right on the beach. Perfect for lunch or dinner after you are done on the beach. Food was very good, good price, generous portions and helpful owner.

Thank VTTandem
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55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

This was one of our best meals. Authentic Crete cooking, friendly service and excellent value. From the fava bean dip with our bread to the zucchini fritters this was an excellent meal which I'd love to experience again.

1 Thank BitofaPrincess
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2016 via mobile

Second time in Crete, i wrote a bunch of 5 stars reviews but this is the best ever, not a single "good" dish, were all "extraordinarily good" full taste and ridicoulous prices, i felt i was frauding them.... 39€ in 3 people... And we were not able to stand up from the table due to the quantities.... Worth to do... More 

1 Thank Ettore V
Harare, Zimbabwe
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016 via mobile

We are so glad we discovered this amazing taverna, in walking distance from our villa. Amazing delicious local food. We ate here most evenings. There is something on the menu for everyone. A must visit for anyone visiting Frangokastello !

1 Thank rickinzim
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015

A big thank you to Spiros and his lovely wife for looking after us during our recent stay. We resided in his nearby villa and regularly visited his taverna. thoroughly looked after every time we visited. We recommend the Keftedes and apaki!

2 Thank beerdrinkerII
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015

We visited Vatalos Taverna twice because we enjoyed the first meal so much. The shrimps were beautifully cooked and the moussaka was very nice. Great service although we did laugh as everything we ordered seemed to get a surprised expression from the waiter!! I don't think we ordered anything out of the ordinary (i.e, olives and bread got the same... More 

1 Thank MadamMuck74
Manchester, United Kingdom
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81 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

We had lunch here after leaving Frangokastello on a tour round west.It felt more traditional than one we had visited in Frangokastello. I Had large helping of Mousaka, which I was pleased it wasn't served with chips like most places.There were only 2 other diners there at this particular time of day, but it was a lovely setting on the... More 

2 Thank seasider67
Torrevieja, Spain
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31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015 via mobile

Looked up the best places near me. Found this taverna. Food is excellent. Service superb. The ratings are correct, the people don't lie, eat here!

1 Thank TonyPepper81
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20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

On the way to frangokastello and before getting there we had a bath and lunch stop at Vatalos beach! The waters were magnificent and we had a frappe coffe and a beer under trees on this beach..!!., then we took our lunch at Vatalos tavern with local food and the special krikri goat plate! It was marvelous and we enjoyed... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Mediterranean, Greek
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Large groups, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Frangokastello, Sfakia, Crete, Greece
  • Location: Europe  >  Greece  >  Crete  >  Chania Prefecture  >  Sfakia  >  Frangokastello
  • Phone Number: +30 2825092263

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?