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Marinela John 1 | I Merineli, Heraklion, Crete 712 02, Greece
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+30 281 024 3243
8:00 am - 2:00 am
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 2:00 am
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Huntington, NY
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016

Lots of fish & shellfish choices; horiatiki salad was good, also variety of breads were good. Both mussels & sardines tasty. The customers' smoke was annoying, even in the semi-outdoor patio.

Thank AbbyHuntington_NY
Calgary, Canada
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192 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016 via mobile

This restaurant is beside a quiet traffic circle across from Iraklio's Venetian-era harbour. Nothing fancy but pleasant outdoor dining in the evening. We had a wonderful fresh Greek salad with tasty pork chops and moussaka. Our meal started with a selection of fresh bread and olives and was followed by ouzo and dessert offered gratis by the friendly wait staff.... More 

Thank foulaman
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51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016 via mobile

Limited menu. Bread accompaniment poor. Ordered pork souvlaki which was quite fatty. Staff reasonably attentive. Given one extra point for location which is in the heart of the old port

Thank Mark I
Tel Aviv, Israel
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile

The food was just excellent, fresh sardines, souflaki, salads, shrimps and the desert was really great. Above all was the service given especially by Valmir - Great guy!!!

Thank Moyse C
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2016 via mobile

Ordered calamari, octopus, fava and lamb chops. All food was totally rubbish, fava was ok. Peppers lid was not screwed on properly and fell into the plate. Waiter noticed but did not replace fava. Ruined it. Lamb chops had to be sent back as they were not cooked through. Did not even wait for them to return as it was... More 

1 Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2016 via mobile

Our experience with this restaurant was mediocre at best. We went there because the Lonely Planet book on Crete indicated it as a restaurant in the area and even mentioned that the grandfather of the owner founded it. Unfortunately, the owner was nowhere in sight. Our food was not particularly good and the restaurant was not cheap per se. We... More 

1 Thank IsaGold1
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2016

Tried to go there with my girlfriend. We're both vegetarian, and this place has very few veggie dishes, none of which we liked. In the end, we had to go elsewhere. The place looks nice in general, but if you don't like meat and seafood, it's probably not the best choice.

Thank Jakub K
Butterflystories, Υπεύθυνος Δημοσίων Σχέσεων at O Vrakas, responded to this review

Dear Jakub K, Thank you very much for your comments. We take them very seriously and always trying our best to provide upgraded services. Our new menu catalogue was especially design to include recipes from all over Greece and so we had some great dishes for vegetarians, in the starters selection and in the main dishes. For example some of... More 

Brighton, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2016

Lunch for 2 on a windy day in Heraklion at the port. A mixed fish platter was required and this restaurant did not disappoint. A huge platter of, calamares, anchovies, sardines, octopus, cuttle fish, cod, huge prawns etc. Served with fresh lemon, bread, dips and olive oil, plus a carafe of wine which my friend wangled free and a free... More 

Thank Lynne s
Butterflystories, Υπεύθυνος Δημοσίων Σχέσεων at O Vrakas, responded to this review

Dear Lynee s, Thank you for taking the time to write a review for our restaurant. The plattern with the seafood combination is truely one of the favorite plates our clients love the most! We are more than happy to know that you had great time here and we are looking forward seeing you again! Yours sincerely, The management team More 

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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2016

My friend wanted the urchin salad, it costed 9,5€, which I though was a theft, but anyway. When they brought it ςε could not eat it because of bad taste and a smell of ammonia. We called the waiter to take it back and mentioned the problem politely. He took it back, but in the end, he did charge us... More 

Thank Anastasia M
Butterflystories, Ιδιοκτήτης at O Vrakas, responded to this review

Dear Anastasia M, Thank you for taking the time to review our property. We are deeply sorry and at the same time surprised with the review because we remember you very well mentioning that everything was incredible. In more details you were sitting with your friend and you did mention the situation about the urchin salad and the waiter took... More 

Kucove, Albania
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2016 via mobile

I visited O Vrakas with my boyfriend.It was very nice.We tasted mix grill.It came with potatoes,pita and grilled vegetables.Perfect choice!! The staff was very friendly.We had really great time.

Thank valbrisku
Butterflystories, Public Relations Manager at O Vrakas, responded to this review

Dear Mr Valbrisku, Thank you very much for your comments and review for our restaurant Vrakas. its our pleasure to provide the best services accompanied with delicious Authentic Greek Cuisine! Hope to see you again. Yours Sincerely, The Management More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$11 - $16
Seafood, Mediterranean, Greek
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
8:00 am - 2:00 am
8:00 am - 2:00 am
8:00 am - 2:00 am
8:00 am - 2:00 am
8:00 am - 2:00 am
8:00 am - 2:00 am
8:00 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Marinela John 1 | I Merineli, Heraklion, Crete 712 02, Greece
  • Location: Europe  >  Greece  >  Crete  >  Heraklion Prefecture  >  Heraklion
  • Phone Number: +30 281 024 3243

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