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£6 - £11
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Mediterranean, Greek
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After arriving in Kalyves we went to the ruines of Ancient Aptera. After the visit we stopped at Taberna Aptera for lunch. We fell in love with the place. That evening we returned for a late diner. Elina, who served us and entertains the whole...place, made our holiday a heavenly experience. Authentic food and the family atmosphere made it complete. We returned every evening. Thanks at the whole family who runs the place. Marc, Jens 🥰🥰More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Fabulous food - the courgette patties are out of this world - a wonderful place to sit to watch the world go by and excellent, friendly service. Whether you are having a meal or just a drink you will be greeted with the same courteous...enthusiasm. Highly recommended!More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 16 October 2023 via mobile

The food, service and whole meal experience is so great that we ate here 5 times in 10 days! All the homemade dishes are delicious - a huge thank you to Elina, Christopher and George for making our visits (and holiday) so special. Well done...to the team in the kitchen for providing such amazing traditional food. Our very best wishes to you all From S,S,T,L,A & S 😊More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 11 October 2023

The taverna was fairly busy on a warm evening. Chose from the blackboard, there were so many yummy dishes to choose from. Ended up ordering too much but thoroughly enjoyed the stuffed courgette flowers, broad beans with fennel and a huge slab of the most...delicious moussaka. Excellent food and amusing, efficient service. Great spot for people watching, A lovely change from eating down at the beach or in Kalyves. Definitely worth the drive or taxi ride! Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 14 September 2023 via mobile

Lots of places have similar menus. But here the home cooking is real. Produce is local and it tastes it! Favourites ? Horta (mountain greens) from their own production in olive oil and lemon. Rabbit stewed with garlic and herbs. Fava bean pate with olive...oil. Slow cooked lamb with artichoke heart and lemon. All simply delicious. Local wine and raki good too. Great service.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 7 September 2023 via mobile

Friendly service, delicious fresh local food and reasonable prices. Pork chop and broad beans in fennel is a feast fit for a king. We have been regular visitors for several years

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 1 September 2023 via mobile

The welcoming and the food are really perfect We came during our trip nearly every day evening Helena had welcome us always with kindness and the food was good luaus perfect

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 14 August 2023 via mobile

Good local restaurant. Very generous portions of food and friendly, efficient staff. The complimentary lemon cake at the end was very good indeed!

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 13 August 2023

First of all, the restaurant is beautifully located, up in the hills and not far off a main highway. We were greeted by the very warm Eleni, who developed a rapport with one of our children. And we felt this was genuine. She was super...throughout. Of course the food has to match and we felt it did. Sumptuous. The dishes included fish barbecued and roast pork with garlic. Finishing off was an amazing lemon cake/pie. Wow! And like most of the establishments in Crete, it was on the house. Going back to the staff, the two other staff members we encountered were very polite, accommodating and warm, too. An excellent dining experience.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 30 July 2023 via mobile

Food was absolutely top quality and fairly priced too. Every staff member was kinder than the last one!! Definitely will be coming back!

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 18 July 2023 via mobile

This restaurant is a very traditional Greek style taverna in a small village. The food is traditional Greek and cooked to perfection. The menu has a great selection and the specials on the board change daily. Eleni does front of house and she is very...friendly and entertaining. We ate here four time over our holiday and loved it every time. The food is absolutely top quality and large portions. Even simple dishes like the lamb chops were the best we had anywhere. They had several special Greek meals which we had not seen anywhere else and they were superb. If you enjoy traditional Greek cuisine and want to try some different things go here, you won’t be disappointed.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 17 May 2023

We enjoyed a couple of evenings here during a wet week in crete. Good simple fare served with panache. Front of house lady does an amazing job.

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 9 April 2023 via mobile

Passed here the other day and thought must give it a go. Easter Sunday bookings only … hmm I’m thinking could be popular, Per the above very popular with the ex Brit community plus locals. Menu board choices taken plus broad beans. Wow delicious served...hot well presented. Judging by the others seated here more or less same reactions. Local Cretan run taverna all cooked in small kitchen. I would 1110% recommend it here. One amazing lady takes the orders for everyone who’s seated. Top !!More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 21 September 2022 via mobile

This is a traditional Greek taverna , in a very small village the setting is nice With a very traditional Greek menu wrote on a blackboard so is ever changing Do not expect fine dining but you will get good quality Greek food here The...lady who seems to do everything was very pleasant, and bought us a complimentary lemon cake at the endMore

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 11 September 2022 via mobile

Wonderful local food, friendly welcome, stop there and enjoy :) there was so much more I would have liked to taste, alas I was leaving the area

Date of visit: September 2022
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Aptera Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5