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Taverna Eleni

Matala Beach, Matala, Crete 712 01, Greece
+30 697 449 5458
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good24%
  • Average11%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“dorade” (2 reviews)
“bread” (2 reviews)
“salad” (2 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Seafood, Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Matala Beach, Matala, Crete 712 01, Greece
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1 - 10 of 56 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Out of a choice of several beach restaurants for some reason this one took our fancy and what a find! Fresh octopus, garlic drowned tatziki chips and beer. All consumed to a beautiful sunset.

Thank thefooddood
Reviewed 6 May 2018 via mobile

Lovely traditional Taverna, great times fantastic food!! a place where all the locals go, Eleni’s is one of the original Matala Tavernas, highly recommend!!

Thank qtdgomc
Reviewed 20 February 2018

we visit matala end of November very surprised eleni was open my family and me we had nice experience there.fresh dorade crispy sardins and nice greek salad .eleni was very kind .one kindness of the old Cretan people .we come back again in august.

Thank georgios c
Reviewed 11 December 2017

Been on 1-day trip to Matala, and found the daily offer of Eleni the most interesting. Fortunately, as everything we ate there was just delicious. I just wish we could stay longer in Matala... but we'll come back again for sure (and, definitely eat at...More

Thank Marko L
Reviewed 15 November 2017 via mobile

It’s very quiet here in mid-November and not everything on the menu is available (zucchini blossoms are long gone and this year’s lambs have aged into mutton-on-the-hoof, but Eleni’s is open while many the stores, shops and eateries were closed for the season. We were...More

Thank drew_barbara
Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

Matala bay,south Crete family traditional Greek taverna Excellent food cooked by owner himself Grandma takes care everything is ok They have their own cattle grow vegetables So authentic and natural A beautiful wiev to old Caves where antient Romans used it for cemetery. And vine...More

Thank Milica B
Reviewed 18 September 2017

It is a common secret that in places full of turists the food is normaly bad. But this was very bad, even for the lowest expecatations. The only positive thing was the veranda with a nice view to the local landscape and the friendly service,...More

Thank dib502
Reviewed 18 September 2017

We loved this place! Faultless food, classic taverna, very fresh, homemade brilliant meatballs, outstanding anchovies (this is truly what fresh tastes like!), lovely bread and Greek salad, good local wine, and just a fab location. Friendly service and outstanding views. There's a downstairs (you're almost...More

Thank VirginiaGuildford
Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

Food was very salty, red wine was close to rose taste and colour wise, service just okay. Sunset was stunning but that has nothing to do with taverna itself. Will not be back :(

Thank Fandorin_S
Reviewed 21 July 2017 via mobile

They are really 2.5 out of 5. Very average food and "not quite there" service. Our experience there didn't make us want to come back.

Thank Amrina I
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, View, Child-friendly, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Matala Beach, Matala, Crete 712 01, Greece
  • Location: Europe  >  Greece  >  Crete  >  Heraklion Prefecture  >  Matala
  • Phone Number: +30 697 449 5458
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