Where to Eat in Crete: Taverna Spilios, Falasarna

Having dinner at Taverna Spilios is one of a kind 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 Taverna Spilios.

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Spilios Taverna, a fantastic place to eat in Falassarna, Crete
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Taverna

The restaurant is located a few meters above the sea and offers awe-inspiring views of the beach. Being Falassarna the most privileged spot to witness the sunset on the island, booking a table for dinner guarantees the perfect romantic dinner.

When it comes to Taverna Spilios, their kitchen specializes in local dishes, made with fresh and seasonal ingredients from the island.

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

The best dishes to try are:

  • Homemade fava, capers, olives, and grilled bread with olive oil and fresh thyme.
  • Moussaka (the best moussaka I’ve ever tried on 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 and a garden for them to play, as well as a mysterious cave (spilio in Greek) for them to explore. Besides, Taverna Spilios serves special dishes for children, keeping them low on spices and size.

Everything is genuine and simple. And, as the owner happened to mention, some of the recipes were passed on by his own mother.

Arrive at dusk to admire whole Falassarna bay from above. You will be short of words to describe such beauty. I adore going back to Falassarna just to sit at one of their tables, enjoy the sunset, and indulge in their food.

Taverna Spilios 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 on the table he will make sure 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.

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

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

Taverna Spilios 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.

Coming to Crete any time soon? These fantastic resources will help you organize the trip!

Finally, make sure you’ve got everything you for a hassle-free trip!

  • I never move around the island with any of these… my Osprey backpack has been the most loyal travel partner over the last 5 years. It’s sturdy, light, roomy, and super comfortable! I just love it. To visit the old town, archaeological sites, and museums, this little crossbody bag is always around.
  • When driving around Crete, I always pack my Michelin map, clear, accurate, and easy to read and my Nikon D7200, I’m lost without any of them. In summer I also carry good sunscreen lotion, the sun on the island can be pretty aggressive.
  • Greece, and especially Crete, is a fairly safe destination, however, I’m sure you know that it’s always better to travel with an insurance policy for complete peace of mind. My favorite? World Nomads. Already left home? Buy your travel insurance online now!
  • Always bring with you a good travel guide to Crete! The best Crete Travel Guide I’ve found so far is the one published by Lonely Planet. It has all the information you need.
  • Airfares to Crete can vary immensely from one airline to the other, make sure you always compare ticket prices with a powerful search engine. Getting to Crete can be really comfortable with an airplane, but nothing beats the romantic experience of traveling by sea. I always choose Direct Ferries to visit other Greek islands or to travel directly to Crete from Athens. It has a powerful search engine to get the right ticket you need!
  • If I need to book accommodation in Crete or anywhere else, I personally use Booking.com. Their Genius Loyalty Programme allows me to find better fees. As they say, the more you stay with them, the more rewards you get.
  • Road trips in Crete are the most authentic way to explore the island. Find the cheapest rental car using a good car rental search engine. Discover Cars searches over 500 trusted rental companies for you to find the best deal. Compare prices for rental cars in Crete here.
  • Sometimes, the best way to get to know a place better and make the most of your time on Crete is to join an organized tour. GetYourGuide has a great selection of proposals that help you save time and money. From cooking lessons to archaeological site tours, skip-the-line attractions, and even airport transfer!

Do you have everything you need? Then you just have to get ready to discover Crete, Greece’s most beautiful island!

If you want to read further about Crete check these posts

If you would like to learn everything about the practical aspects of planning a trip to Crete, you should also check what to pack for a road trip around Crete and this crazy useful guide to renting a car and driving on the island. This 3-week-in-Crete itinerary is super flexible and can be adapted for less (or even more) time on the island. However, you might already know that the island is quite big, and it’s not always easy to decide which region to visit or where to stay. I’ve written a post about the best regions to stay in Crete according to your interests and travel style, and it’s a must-read before your trip.

Once on the island, make sure you check some of the best archaeological sites in Crete as well as the stunning Balos Beach, on the western coast. Make some time to discover Crete’s beautiful monasteries and to taste the most delicious street food in Chania while exploring the Turkish district in the old town!

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Gabi Ancarola | The Tiny Book

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Hola! I’m Gabi. Welcome to The Tiny Book – Crete Travel Blog! I moved to Crete to explore the island all year round. I love taking pictures and driving on the mountain roads of Crete. I’m a beach freak and on this island I’ve found heaven on earth!

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