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“The best in the bay! An excellent all round dining experience.”
Review of Nostos

Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Greek
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed July 20, 2013

This is the second year I have visited NOSTOS and it was like 'returning home' due to the warmth of the welcome and hospitality offered by the whole Nostos team. The Spetsotakis family who own the restaurant originally started producing home cooked cretan food in this location to feed the archeologists who arrived at the nearby ancient Minoan site in the 1970s. The more recent renovation of NOSTOS in 2011 has provided a restaurant of a high standard, but still maintaining the very reasonable Cretan prices.
The home cooked food is of an excellent quality and very good value - less or equally priced to the neighbouring Tavernas. Good quality tableware, beautifully decorated tables and little touches such as dips with bread on arrival make this a good dining experience. There is a good wine list, including a local Cretan 'NOSTOS' wine which is very acceptable to the descerning palate.
Some free sunbeds and umbrellas on the beach are provided for those who wish to chill out and have a swim.
Free parking is available.
NOSTOS has a very extensive menu - both the regular menu and ' special dishes of the day'. If you cannot see what you want, ask - if they can, they will try to prepare it for you. Also ask about the childrens' menu. NOSTOS is available throughout the day - for breakfast to dinner, with small plates and larger main meals, cakes and fruits. .
The wood burning grill provides excellent souvlaki and a wide variety of fresh grilled fish. The shrimp spaghetti is the best I have ever tasted and the fish or chicken soup are out of this world. Some special dishes are zucchini balls, lamb in the oven (so tender it falls off the bone), Bekri Meze........and so we go on. Just go along and try!
The service this year was even better than last, with professional and very friendly staff. They are attentive but not imposing.
This restaurant is a fabulous place to rest after completing the E4 trail, a hike through Zakros Gorge of the Dead or looking around the famous Minoan Palace archaelogical site.
I have no hesitation recommending this restaurant to anyone visiting Kato Zakros .

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Reviewed July 5, 2013

We stayed in Kato Zakros for 11 nights and this was our favourite! For the excellent food, value for money and especially for the genuine warmth and friendliness of everyone working there.
The food is the best we had in Crete - and there is a lot of good competition. Try the Boureki, the lamb - cooked in the wood oven, cooked in lemon sauce, always wonderful. Delicious complimentary dips to start, fresh fruit or home-made cakes for afters, excellent house wine - 5 star from start to finish.
The food is excellent but what makes Nostos really special is the people there - Christos, his family and staff create a warm and relaxed atmosphere where everyone feels a friend more than a customer.
The setting is beautiful, the decor is lovely but go for the food and the welcome!

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Reviewed June 4, 2013

It is a bit difficult to write about a place, you don't really want to share, as it is real special.
What a view over the sea into the bay, sitting in a modern greek surrounding under the tamarisks in a hidden
valley! What a great hospitality and a warm welcome! What a good choice of daily fresh prepared dishes based on the vegetables and meats of the garden and region! What a good taste of lemon, herbs, and spices!
We enjoyed every second!

1  Thank NOMI55
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Reviewed May 24, 2013

Just the spot for a quiet drink and the menu was good too. Decent prices and very helpful staff. They are doing a good job.

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Reviewed May 8, 2013

Last time in 2011 this was our preferred place. This time in 2013 we did not see the added value for the slightly igher prices

1  Thank Winfried2
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