Spilios Taverna Falasarna: Where to Eat in West Crete

Falassarna beach, Crete

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Having dinner at Spilios Taverna Falasarna is an incredible experience. The food is superb. If you’re in Crete and spending a few days in the stunning bay of Falassarna, or you’re on your way to Elafonisi or Balos Beach, there’s a place in the village where you should stop for a taste of Crete. That’s Spilios Taverna… or Taverna Spilios, as you wish!

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Spilios Taverna, Falasarna

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Spilios Taverna: Top Restaurant in Falasarna

Taverna entrance, Crete

Spilios Taverna’s kitchen specializes in local dishes made with fresh and seasonal Cretan ingredients.

The restaurant is located a few meters above the sea and offers awe-inspiring beach views.

Being Falasarna the most privileged spot to witness the sunset on the island, booking a table for dinner guarantees the perfect romantic dinner.

What Dishes You Should Try at Spilios Taverna Falasarna

  • Homemade fava, capers, olives, and grilled bread with olive oil and fresh thyme.
  • Moussaka (the best moussaka I’ve ever tried in Greece is theirs!).
  • Stewed rabbit.
  • Grilled lamb with wild greens, lemon, and olive oil.
  • Artemis salad (with figs, nuts, and local graviera cheese).

For those visiting with kids, the restaurant offers an open terrace, a garden for them to play, and a mysterious cave (spilia in Greek) to explore.

Besides, Spilios Taverna serves unique dishes for children, keeping them low on spices and size.

Everything is genuine and straightforward. And, as the owner mentioned, some of the recipes were passed on by his mother.

Arrive at dusk to admire the whole Falasarna Bay from above. You will be short of words to describe such beauty. 

I adore returning to Falasarna to sit at one of their tables, enjoy the sunset, and indulge in their food.

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Cheese and herbs

Spilios Taverna is run by Michalis and his wife Elena. He is a gentleman that makes you feel at home treating you as a friend.

When kids are at the table, he will ensure they get the best service ever. 

Complimentary homemade dessert and raki at the end of the dinner are always perfect. Even children can make a toast with fake raki as well.

greek fava, olives, capers, onions and olive oil from Taverna Spilios, Crete.

To the ancient Greeks, hospitality was a divine right. The host was expected to make sure the needs of his guests were met too.

The ancient Greek term Xenia (ξενία, guest-friendship) expressed this ritualized guest-friendship relation. This is the Law in Greece; this is the Law in Tavern Spilios.

They gave me a beautiful pottery souvenir to take home and cook my own moussaka (it will never be as good as theirs).

Moussaka dish
Moussaka from Spilios Taverna Falasarna
Dakos dish from Crete with cheese and tomatoes
Cretan Dakos from Spilios Taverna.

Spilios Taverna is located on the road to the beach, Falassarna, Crete, Greece 
You can book a table at this number: +30 2822 041010 or check their online menu here.

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Gabi Ancarola

I moved to Crete in 2016. During these years, I learned much about the island.
In Crete, I juggle being a solo mom, hosting culinary tours, and writing for several travel media.
I’ve written for Greek Reporter, published travel guides about Greece, co-authored DK Eyewitness Top 10 Crete, and had more glasses of frappe than any regular person could ever handle.

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