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$2 - $11
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Mediterranean, Greek, Healthy
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hands down the best place to eat in Crete. Marilena provides an incredible and personalized experience, sitting down with you and going over every aspect of the menu to explain the process behind each dish and making note of the ones you show interest in....She also does a phenomenal job in pairing wine and drinks to the dishes you've chosen. The food comes fast and fresh at a great price. Not an exaggeration to say I had the best mussels I've ever tasted. The meal was topped off and finished with complimentary raki, fresh fruit and sweets. We were only in Crete for 5 days but went there twice, and would have gone again if we were there longer.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The best restaurant in Heraklion! The staff is wonderful and the food is amazing! It was a great experience!

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing traditional food. Very nice family! I’d recommend to reserve a place because there aren’t much tables(around 10 a 15).

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great family run restaurant. Food is served in a nice courtyard and the staff are really friendly! There was no menu to look at, only when you sat down did the waitress sit along side you to explain everything she had and her recommendations. Definitely...felt like an authentic experience and if I were to come back to Heraklion I would come here again!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very nice food and service, the people are very kind and always smiling. I would totally recommend the place not only for food but also for just a drink, especially wine. Loved it and definitely will visit it a lot.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Too expensive, service was awful. When we checked in, the restaurant was full. We were asked to wait seated in a corner table. 40 minutes later we were still waiting without even a glass of water or at least some information as to what is...happening.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I highly recommend this place, you can see that the owners are passionate about food and the service towards the customers. Thank you!

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Well, I was hesitating to visit the place due to the location, but my expectations were not only met, but it was beyond and above! Being in the hospitality business, I need to confess, that I've stolen some brilliant ideas to apply in my place....Amazing dinner, amazing service, outstanding food, and very unique atmosphere. If you want to feel like a local for one night, you need to visit this place. Well done guys!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had the lamb liver, taramosalata, anchovies and the dolmades. It was amazing. Probably the best restaurant we've been to in Crete. The restaurant is run by a family, so the mom is the cook, the two children are the waitresses and the dad is...like the maestro that just walks around checking on the tables. Truly a wonderful place. Now, I would even give them 6 stars instead of 5, since while we were here, a couple of women on another table treated the staff very poorly and were complaining because of really stupid things, such as getting a tzatziki before getting their salad. Anyway, these two women said some xenophobic things against tourists and immigrants, so they were politely asked to leave and did not pay anything. In brief, an amazing place and if you see any 1 star, please know that it's probably from one of these women. Really abhorrent individuals.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I cannot give more stars than 5 but I would. This place is one of the best we went to in Crete, not just in Heraklion. It’s a family owned restaurant and they all are the most welcoming and friendly. Our waitress explained us the...whole menu with all details, she even pulled a chair next to us to help us decide and have the best experience with her personal recommendations of traditional food. We ordered the taramosalata, marinated anchovies, pork liver and the dolmades. All was exquisite and they make it on the spot (you can even see the open kitchen). At the end we had not just one but 4 different desserts on the house and not just 1 but 2 bottles of raki! We truly felt like home here. Towards the end of our meal, a couple of ladies started yelling in a table next to ours and we wondered what had happened. The stuff apologised to us for the situation as soon as they left. Apparently they complained and insulted the staff and left without paying, they even made some racists comment’s against tourists and the restaurant owners asked them to leave. We then understood that other restaurants come and give bad reviews so they get lowers ratings in Google maps and tripadvisor, and these 2 ladies seem they were from another competing restaurant.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We adore this place. It is just very cozy garden with super owners. They love what they do and thats why every our visit is like visiting good old friends who is keen on cooking :) if you are searching for something special this the...right place.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

What can I say! The best meal in Greece to date. Number 1! The food is stunning. Will definitely be returning. The hostess was fantastic and hospitable. I can't speak highly enough of this establishment. Until next time! :)

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 7 July 2022 via mobile

I honestly don’t get how this is not the first restaurant in Heraklion on TripAdvisor. We went there for our last night in Heraklion and we weren’t disappointed. The place is very traditional and warm, feels like home - staff is also extremely kind and...friendly. Marilena, the owner’s daughter, sat with us and explained the whole menu, made us laugh and suggested a beautiful Merlot as well to pair with our choices. Everything was incredible. The grilled cheese was phenomenal, the chicken juicy and the lamb was the best we’ve ever tasted (and we’re Italian so… trust us). Then the owner and his wife offered us Raki and an excellent variety of Cretan dishes. They also offered us a small size of Raki to bring with us on our way home! We left a piece of our heart there for sure. A big hug from Carlotta & Davide!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 7 July 2022 via mobile

It’s been over a week since we got back from Heraklion but we still remember how delicious the food was. I had mussels in an amazing spicy sauce served with grilled seasoned bread. If you like spicy food, just try it! The bread alone was...great. Soak it in the sauce and your taste buds will explode. I promise. My wife had grilled sea bream with baked potatoes and a salad. Perfectly prepared. She was talking about it all afternoon after we had left. Happy with full stomachs. PS. I saw a comment where some French guy wrote that the mussels were inedible- he should get his taste buds tested…More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 5 July 2022 via mobile

Best restaurant in whole Crete. Must visit if you are looking for authentic local food. Family-owned business. Mother cooks incredible food, we tried most of the menu. I can recommend filled mushrooms, lamb chops which are crispy from outside and tender inside, octopus and many...other. Freshly grilled bread with olive oil to acomppany appetizers is incredible. Experience is even more authentic, because menu is in greek only, but do not be alarmed, it is on purpose, the daughter will sit with you and explain you whole menu step-by-step. She will not only translate but, recommend and describe the taste and portions. Do not forget to order their family raki! Because of this restaurant we changed our plans and came back to Heraklion the next day again and will come back to Crete again, just to eat in Avli. It is the best.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Avli is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 5