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“Yet again Portes shows why it's the best eatery in Chania”
Review of Portes

Ranked #16 of 424 Restaurants in Chania Town
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $17
Cuisines: Greek, Mediterranean
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: This is a small family owned restaurant which has operated in the Old Harbour of Hania since 2004.We have recently moved to our new premises on the water front on Nea Hora Beach with ample seating along the beautiful harbour there.As you approach the restaurant you can't help but notice our charming decor featuring old doors as the name "PORTES" means doors.The Irish owner/chef offers her customers a blend of trend and tradition with her unique recipes catering for all tastes including local,greek,mediterranean,seafood,vegetarian and vegan options.All ingredients are fresh,seasonal,local and bought daily.Recipes are designed depending on the season and availability therefore be sure to checkout the blackboard displaying new dishes and daily specials.Here at"Portes" we open our doors each day to welcome our customers.
Chania Town, Greece
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51 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
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“Yet again Portes shows why it's the best eatery in Chania”
Reviewed September 10, 2013

A balmy Sunday night in early September and we asked our house guests where they would like to eat. They come to Crete every year and a Portes meal is always top of their must do list. With local friends wishing to join in we booked an outside table for ten - definitely phone and book during the summer months if you don't want to wait for a table - and turned up at 9.30.

The Portes Red and White House wine is good (regular visitors to Crete will know most local restaurants serve a resinated 'village wine' which is hit and mainly miss) and we ordered a couple of litre carafes whilst reading the menu. With a table for ten it's best to do the Greek thing and order a meze so everyone gets a taste of all the dishes. We normally order an array of freshly prepared starters and then top up with a few main course selections off the chalk board.

Suffice to say the food, as ever, was excellent as was the smiling and very personal service. I should say here that I'm probably biased because having tried other Chania restaurants I still think Portes is head and shoulders above the rest. We live here year round and probably eat at Portes every six weeks or so and therefore know which are the top dishes. I'd also suggest asking Suzanne to recommend her dishes of the day because she even manages to surprise her regulars with new creations. Try the her roasted vegetable salad, the mixed vegetable fritters, the three types of meatballs, the Fava and caramelised onions, the spicy chicken livers and the Portes Pie. Also, and if its on, the oven cooked pork shank is a must have main course.

Lamb here on Crete tends to be a little fatty and is butchered differently than the UK so unless you like Cretan lamb it might not be what you hope for. However the pork and chicken dishes here are fantastic and definitely worth trying.

There is no better place in Chania, and that's after after seven years of living here, to relax, laugh, eat and drink and if you love your food, good company and family service this is a must visit restaurant.

  • Visited September 2013
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Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain
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“BEST FISH IN CHANIA, maybe in Crete!”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

Lovely street, service and Sussana is fantastic!
will have to come back to try the mussels, oven cooked fish (ine of the best ever) and all the other dishes because everything was fantastic! Only the dessert was not as good as everything else...but it is really worth it to have dinner there!!!

  • Visited August 2013
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Mooresville, North Carolina
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9 reviews
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“Good Cretan Cuisine”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

The food is great here. Definitely try the zucchini flowers - they were the best we had. The outdoor seating is nice and since it's not on a main road, you can enjoy your dinner without having people constantly walking past your table. Seemed like a very local place - not touristy.

Visited August 2013
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Croton on Hudson, New York
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“Wonderful location, Great Food, So good we ate here twice!”
Reviewed September 1, 2013

When you finally find Portes, in a back alley in the Old Town, you know right away you are in the right place because everything starts to buzz. The restaurant is a buzz with happy guests truly enjoying their dinners. Although there was a wait when we arrived the woman who runs the restaurant knew the kids were starving and got us seated as quickly as possible. The bartender could tell the kids were exhausted and quickly provided drinks without us even asking. The menu is a great combination of interesting dishes for the adults and great standby favorites, Souvlaki, for the kids. The old doors hanging everywhere are charming. We felt like we were at our neighborhood restaurant, so much so that we returned for a second dinner during our five night stay in Chania.

Visited August 2013
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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“Great little place!”
Reviewed August 31, 2013

We were recommended this place by our hotel. Food was great. Service good and lovely location on a little side street. We planned to return to try some of the specials but never got the chance so will definitely pop back if we are in chania again!

Visited August 2013
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