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“Superb dining”
Review of Swell Restaurant

Swell Restaurant
Ranked #7 of 19 Restaurants in Kokkini Hani
Price range: $29 - $130
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Swell Restaurant, the hotel's gastronomic jewel, guided by our young chef, whose inspired creations will give a true Cretan touch and will satisfy all the demanding pallets. You are more than welcome to join us! At Swell we wish to offer our personal interpretation of Cretan gourmet cuisine with an innovative gastronomic touch on traditional cooking methods using only the best products of Crete. We look around Crete to discover tastes and new inspirations to blend them to the menu. Herbs and spices are used in imaginative ways with surprisingly positive results in well-appointed dishes. Enjoy your swimming at the beach, ending your day with a mouthwatering dinner, or just relax at the comfortable couches with your cocktail marveling the deep blue of the Mediterranean sea.
London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
78 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Superb dining”
Reviewed July 3, 2013

Brilliant food, wonderful staff and a great dining experience overlooking beach and sea. Michelin starred food at reasonable prices

Visited June 2013
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Heraklion, Greece
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Seafood impeccable! Service perfect! Splendid atmosphere!”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

It's a modern restaurant by the beach with delicious food and first-rate service. The waiters are very courteous and discreet at the same time. The dishes are traditional with an innovative touch! There is more variety of seafood dishes than meat ones, however, both are excellent. We went with our three-year- old daughter who also enjoyed the place and the live music on a Saturday night.

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank PiMaria75
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SYdney
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Casual, Modern, unpretentious yet affordable fine dining.”
Reviewed June 17, 2013 via mobile

I love this restaurant 'swell'! The design and atmosphere is a cheerful, colourful mix of modern, quirky, upmarket and beachy, with amazing views of the beach. The food is equally amazing. Modern, and progressive with a nod to tradition. The almond coated fried cheese is to die for, as is the beef fillet and lamb. I was told the fish was great too. They also have a chocolate dessert which is amazing! The head chef Giannis Margaris was a finalist of masterchef Greece and a local celebrity, which shocked me, as he couldn't do more to please us. Very shy and humble but so passionate about food. The manager Paul is a pleasure. Nothing is too much for him, it's hard to catch him without a smile on his face. Best of all, hes sincere.
My brothers wedding reception was held here and I honestly don't think a better venue could've been chosen. Fine dining at a wedding? You bet. I overhead guests saying it was the best meal of their life!
I highly recommend this restaurant it's casual, upmarket, and unpretentious fine dining. The people are lovely and the food to die for. Not to mention the views! If only I lived close by!

  • Visited July 2012
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1 Thank sydneyalleycat
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Moscow, russia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“The cuisine”
Reviewed May 14, 2013

The main thing is the cuisine and the chef. The meat was splendid and all of other dishes for two girls and a young man too.

Visited May 2013
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1 Thank Sergei K
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Windsor, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
408 reviews
343 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
“Excellent seafood inspired dishes, great wine service, very romantic atmosphere!”
Reviewed May 10, 2013 via mobile

This is the bravest of all cretan restaurants, being the first (that I know of, to be precise) to promote a small but adequate selection of local quality wines flat priced at 15 euros! So, the customer can truly enjoy the high-standard food Giannis Margaris and his team is producing with a nice bottle of local wine without having to leave his golden tooth on the table when paying the bill. The setting is simply magic, the service absolutely professional. Food is mainly fish and seafood, but there are some interesting meat dishes too. The salads need some improvement both in concept and execution. Occasionally there are some very soft faults on the food. To me this is perfectly normal and since everything else is great, it will quickly help you to forget any minor glitches.

And it will not cost you a fortune. Expect to pay about 35-40 euros per person with a bottle of wine. Come here on a special occasion - it is not very difficult to invent one!

  • Visited May 2013
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1 Thank zuiveld
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