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Elia Traditional Cretan Taverna

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Plakias Sellia, Sellia, Plakias, Crete 740 60, Greece
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+30 697 244 5583
11:30 am - 4:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 4:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It was not a difficult decision to return for Elia for a 2nd lunch after our first experience there. Located in the centre of Sellia, with a beautiful view on the Plakias bay and Myrthios, we enjoyed the fabulous cooking of Maria (?) and the very hospitable service of her husband. What a joy to be their guest and taste... More 

Thank D Z
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fab food, fab view and fab service..Very highly recommend...Definitely a must if you visit Sellia or Plakias..will definitely eat here again on our next visit..😊

Thank Maggie R
Livingston, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed October 28, 2016

Unfortunately was the last day of our holiday before we discovered Elia. The location is in the main square of Selia near Plakias, Crete. Elia is spotless, the food, cooked to ordet, is excellent, the best we had all holiday and the yogurt panacotta was stunning. The view from the restaurant is from about thousand feet up looking over Plakias... More 

Thank Bill S
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed October 26, 2016 via mobile

Nick and Nina are wonderful hosts in this my favourite restaurant on Crete. Visited in summer and again in autumn and the food and service is just as good as it was then. Must try: The marinated tuna salad, the advocado salad, the musaka (beste ever!), the humus with eel, the ice-cream and panacota! Ate there just about every day... More 

Thank Chris H
Livingston, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed October 26, 2016

Had lunch here on 24th Oct. Warm welcome, lovely clean restaurant, wonderful views. Food was really great, the yoghurt panacotta was fantastic. Well worth a visit or two or more.

Thank annecowe
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

We had a really execellent lunch of hummus followed by roast lamb at Elia. The daily menu board had a great selection of Cretan dishes, which made it hard to choose! It's a charming little place with simple, yet stylish decor, and equally charming owners. There is a fabulous view across the valley to Mirthios and over to Plakias bay.

Thank Sarah F
Athens, Greece
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed October 11, 2016

A gastro experience that we'll never forget. The food is poetry, the people are heart warming and the view is everything you want to stay imprinted in your mind from Crete. One experience here was enough to get all 5 of us addicted. We had to keep coming back for more every evening. The fresh tuna and cherry tomatoes tossed... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed October 11, 2016 via mobile

My partner and I visit every year the Plakias region and we eat most of the times to the best restaurant of the area, Elia. This year the food and the service was amazing as always, if not better! The lamb fricasse with wild greens (stamnagathi) is a must and the yoghurt pana cotta delicious.

Thank NejatAk
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1 review
Reviewed October 8, 2016 via mobile

Nikos's warm, alert but modest hosting is both welcoming and relaxing and blends perfectly with Nina's dishes that are both surprising as refined. The daily freshly prepared menu includes a wide choice of both traditional as original dishes. Enough choice for vegetareans as well. Portions are good and prices are fair and althought the house wine is good, I recommend... More 

Thank Erik K
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39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed October 6, 2016 via mobile

We didn't find this restaurant last year!!! So pleased to have been this year and we so enjoyed the menu! There were some traditional choices but also some unusual ones! Just a bit different. Lovely setting, good views very professional staff. I notice some comments about slow service, there are only a few staff but they are very attentive and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$6 - $13
Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
11:30 am - 4:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 4:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 4:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 4:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 4:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 4:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 4:00 pm
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Plakias Sellia, Sellia, Plakias, Crete 740 60, Greece
  • Location: Europe  >  Greece  >  Crete  >  Rethymnon Prefecture  >  Plakias  >  Sellia
  • Phone Number: +30 697 244 5583
Our restaurant is a small one in Sellia,with nice view from the terrace.Our cuisine is Cretan,Greek and meditteranean,and we cook only with olive oil and products from our region.

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