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The Balcony

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$$ - $$$
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19 Fountalidou St., Sitia, Crete 723 00, Greece
+30 697 300 2281
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Geneva, Switzerland
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157 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016

2,50 euro cover charge per person plus the food is more expensive then elsewhere. OK its not your average run of the mill taverna but I wasn't over impressed by what I had (shimps with mushrooms) rather tastless, the wine was 6 euros half a litre where its normally around 4 to 4,50.

Thank rosy002
Zollikofen, Switzerland
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2016 via mobile

Unexpected gourmet food, very charming owners and the best tuna fish I ever tried! Worths every cent! Looking forward to go back!

Thank danielgreiner
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

Having eaten our fair share of Cretan food it was great to find this little gem of a place that offered a great variety of Greek/Mediterranean influenced cuisine. The staff were welcoming, creating a great relaxed atmosphere which leant itself to having a very leisurely lunch followed by a fantastic light baclava and a complementary plate of fresh fruit A... More 

Thank Tazcat74
New York City, New York
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38 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2016 via mobile

What a meal! The chef/owner Tonya asked me what I was in the mood for and I said, "Your choice. I want authentic Crete." She delivered. She made me sardines with oregano, Cretan greens and a lemon vinaigrette: incredible. And then I ordered her baklava: I cried a little as I ate this ambrosia. It's a deconstructed baklava and it... More 

1 Thank izzymadsternyc
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2016

Creative, delicious menu. All dishes made with fresh, local produce. Not the typical (boring) Greek food. This restaurant has it! The chef has a wonderful personality and is really passionate about her cooking. Everything we ordered was wonderful and very unique. We were totally stuffed when it came time for dessert but Tonnya (the chef) would not take no for... More 

1 Thank Sharrie S
Crete, Greece
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34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 29, 2016

Hiding from the noisy waterfront crowd area , just 2 block away , in an quiet corner , you could be surprised finding Balcony's lovely entrance . Just by looking at it , you can sense the difference . Not the typical Cretan , tourist hunting , restaurant style . None one will try to ...''force'' you in . If... More 

1 Thank YIANNI S
Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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511 reviews
289 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 11, 2015 via mobile

This is creative food at its best. Sophisticated restaurant for Crete. Charming French owner. His Greek wife is the creative cook. Prices higher than normal but you get what you pay for. Excellent presentation. Owner must be lost in reverie because he didn't present my payment slip for a year when I ate there in October 2014! Mouthwatering menu. You... More 

Thank Jilliana R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2015 via mobile

Great people, even greater food ! Worth visiting! The balcony has a very nice atmosphere, creative cuisine with French and traditional flavours and excellent deserts !

Thank ilias v
Kingston, Canada
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16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2015

This restaurant was recommended by a local couple who said it was the best in town. They were right! It surprised us that the menu was in French but evidently a lot of the tourists at this end of the island of Crete are from France or Italy. The chef prepares all the dishes each day from fresh local ingredients... More 

Thank Valerie C
Motueka, New Zealand
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2015

Very expensive but beautifully cooked and presented meals. Had three meals here. We had rabbit, veal and chicken dishes. All very tasty. House red was also good.

Thank Hilary C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mediterranean, Greek
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 19 Fountalidou St., Sitia, Crete 723 00, Greece
  • Location: Europe  >  Greece  >  Crete  >  Lasithi Prefecture  >  Sitia
  • Phone Number: +30 697 300 2281

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?