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Elia Traditional Cretan Taverna

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$$ - $$$
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Plakias Sellia, Sellia, Plakias, Crete 740 60, Greece
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+30 697 244 5583
11:30 - 16:00
18:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 16:00
18:00 - 22:00
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Livingston, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2016

Unfortunately was the last day of our holiday before we discovered Elia. The location is in the main square of Selia near Plakias, Crete. Elia is spotless, the food, cooked to ordet, is excellent, the best we had all holiday and the yogurt panacotta was stunning. The view from the restaurant is from about thousand feet up looking over Plakias... More 

Thank Bill S
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Nick and Nina are wonderful hosts in this my favourite restaurant on Crete. Visited in summer and again in autumn and the food and service is just as good as it was then. Must try: The marinated tuna salad, the advocado salad, the musaka (beste ever!), the humus with eel, the ice-cream and panacota! Ate there just about every day... More 

Thank Chris H
Livingston, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2016

Had lunch here on 24th Oct. Warm welcome, lovely clean restaurant, wonderful views. Food was really great, the yoghurt panacotta was fantastic. Well worth a visit or two or more.

Thank annecowe
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

We had a really execellent lunch of hummus followed by roast lamb at Elia. The daily menu board had a great selection of Cretan dishes, which made it hard to choose! It's a charming little place with simple, yet stylish decor, and equally charming owners. There is a fabulous view across the valley to Mirthios and over to Plakias bay.

Thank Sarah F
Athens, Greece
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 October 2016

A gastro experience that we'll never forget. The food is poetry, the people are heart warming and the view is everything you want to stay imprinted in your mind from Crete. One experience here was enough to get all 5 of us addicted. We had to keep coming back for more every evening. The fresh tuna and cherry tomatoes tossed... More 

1 Thank babsnuz
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

My partner and I visit every year the Plakias region and we eat most of the times to the best restaurant of the area, Elia. This year the food and the service was amazing as always, if not better! The lamb fricasse with wild greens (stamnagathi) is a must and the yoghurt pana cotta delicious.

Thank NejatAk
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
1 review
Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Nikos's warm, alert but modest hosting is both welcoming and relaxing and blends perfectly with Nina's dishes that are both surprising as refined. The daily freshly prepared menu includes a wide choice of both traditional as original dishes. Enough choice for vegetareans as well. Portions are good and prices are fair and althought the house wine is good, I recommend... More 

Thank Erik K
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37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

We didn't find this restaurant last year!!! So pleased to have been this year and we so enjoyed the menu! There were some traditional choices but also some unusual ones! Just a bit different. Lovely setting, good views very professional staff. I notice some comments about slow service, there are only a few staff but they are very attentive and... More 

1 Thank Jayne G
2 reviews
Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

I've been too Elia atleast 3 times every year(the past four years) and they have never dissapointed me! Menus change sightly over the years and they serve the best humus I have ever had. The food is amazing every single time and the owners are wonderfull people. The view is fantastic if you arrive on time.. But it is best... More 

Thank SabrinaWinkel13
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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67 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

A huge menu with at least 10 specials on it. Was packed when we were there and only 2 staff service, but you would never know. Fast friendly service, great food and great view

Thank Chuckles884

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$13
Mediterranean, Greek
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Cheap Eats, Romantic, View
Open Hours
11:30 - 16:00
18:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 16:00
18:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 16:00
18:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 16:00
18:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 16:00
18:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 16:00
18:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 16:00
18:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Plakias Sellia, Sellia, Plakias, Crete 740 60, Greece
  • Location: Europe  >  Greece  >  Crete  >  Rethymnon Prefecture  >  Plakias  >  Sellia
  • Phone Number: +30 697 244 5583
Our restaurant is a small one in Sellia,with nice view from the terrace.Our cuisine is Cretan,Greek and meditteranean,and we cook only with olive oil and products from our region.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?