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“Perfect” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Symposium

Symposium
Ranked #4 of 127 Restaurants in Platanias
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $11 - $32
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Romantic, Business meetings, Kids, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Symposium Restaurant Symposium is the trademark of elegance and class in Platanias. Acclaimed in its collection of Greek and International dishes based on organic and free range and a best quality products for those who care about what they eat. Indoor and outdoor options Dinner A selection of Greek and International wines, spirits & cocktails Bookings essential Bookings essential
Lillehammer, Norway
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Perfect”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2013

This restaurant is an experience. You will struggle to find more friendly and serviceminded staff.
They are really there for YOU. Perhaps not the cheapest but the best. Try the chataubriand ! It's a reason for having a que at the front door at 20.00 in the evening = be there early.

  • Visited September 2013
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Edinburgh, UK
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192 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 660 helpful votes
“Enjoyable Experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2013

The restaurant is on the main street of Platanias and perhaps for this reason very busy. It is well decorated with tables in the courtyard and upstairs. I am under the impression that some of the latter may have a sea view but our was in the former. The restaurant is tastefully decorated in modern lines and this creates a very good atmosphere.
The service is exceptional but it seems that Platanias restaurant are really taking customer care very seriously indeed. One of our party had some unusual drinking requests and the waiter bent over backwards to ensure that this was met!
The food is comprehensive and includes some classic Greek dishes like shrimps saganaki, stifado and moussaka. The selection however is very wide with both meat, fish and vegetable dishes. The price is slightly on the high side but very comparable to places like Cosmos. My stifado (beef bourginion) was good but was surprisingly serves with green beans I tomato sauce - this seemed to clash with the main dish. The menu of the day was a very good value for only 15 euros and included bruschetta (with a wonderful tomato toping), chicken goujons ,which were OK and a generous glass of wine.
The wine list is a bit limited and this is surprising given the extensive cocktail list and the excellent Greek wines one can have in Crete. The clientele seem to be mostly Scandinavian.
I would highly recommend this restaurant for a civilised night out in Platanias. Excellent service, comprehensive menu and very convenient location.

  • Visited September 2013
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Oslo, Norway
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Always great food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2013

My wife and I went several times to eat at Symposium during our August stay in Platanias.

We were never disappointed. Great food, either it is Mediterranean/European or meals from the traditional Greek/Cretan cuisine.

The staff is freindly and helpfully guiding you through the menu.

The prices are a bit over average for the area, but the quality is high up there.

It’s easy to locate, on the seaside of the main street, close to the Platanias Square.

As this is a very nice and popular place with a great reputation, it’s recommended to make a table reservation, at least if you want to eat after 19.00.

When you’ve been there once, my guess is that you want to go back. We did.

  • Visited August 2013
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Odense, Denmark
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68 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Best moussaka in Platanias!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2013

This restaurant is amazing. Been here a couple of times and never have I had a better moussaka! They have a lot of other cuisines as well ;-) - and they are also really good by the way.

The service is also good and polite, and very professionel.

I have nothing more to say - don't miss out on the moussaka :-D !

  • Visited August 2013
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St Austell, United Kingdom
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126 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2013

Came here based on previous reviews and was not disappointed. Really nice traditional Cretan food. My partner had Mousaka and I had Lamb shank and both were amazing. Service was good and the cost was standard.

  • Visited September 2013
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