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“Delicious food, attentive service”

Amalthea Restaurant
Ranked #15 of 136 Restaurants in Agios Nikolaos
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Groups, Romantic, Cheap Eats, View, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
farmington Hills MI
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199 reviews
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“Delicious food, attentive service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2014

We ate here for dinner two of three three nights while in the area.
We ordered three vegetarian starters and they were delicious. The sea bream I ordered was very fresh. They have a good variety of choices on their menu-something for everyone. We also enjoyed was the attentive service, resulting in our returning on our last night and welcomed again by the owner, and the same server. The atmosphere was lovely, overlooking the water and just a couple minutes from our hotel.

  • Visited June 2014
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“Restaurant Amalthea: probably the best place to enjoy a memorable culinary experience!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2014

Last Sunday we managed to have a short one-day break away from work and daily worries to Agios Nikolaos.
It goes without saying that an ideal one-day escape to Agios Nikolaos would include a comfortable and safe car-ride, an extraordinary lunch, a refreshing and digestive afternoon coffee siesta and, finally, a good swim (to burn some of the calories off) at Istron Bay (a.k.a. Voulisma).
This time we opted to have lunch at Amalthea Restaurant since we had very fond memories from our prior (winter) visit there and I have to admit straight away that the summer menu of the restaurant managed to exceed our excellent winter experience.
Yes, this restaurant has two distinct season-based menus: the winter one focuses more on traditional Cretan recipes whereas the summer menu focuses more on fish and seafood. In both cases the use of high quality, mostly local, ingredients and produce is plainly evident (olive oil, vegetables, fish etc.).
The restaurant itself is well located on a peripheral road and is overseeing a small bay. The view and general atmosphere is quite nice. If I had to pick just a few words to describe the restaurant space these would be: cozy, inviting, well laid out, tidy, extremely clean – especially the kitchen area which is open-view.
The owner and staff are very attentive, polite, fast and efficient. They are more than willing to go the extra-mile to please a customer. I feel very confident in asking for their opinion on food selection knowing that I will get an honest response. Having had a brief conversation with the owner I was glad to discover that he does have the right mentality with regard to the character and the functioning of his restaurant. This is evident in many small and large signs of a quality establishment.
I purposefully avoid mentioning or recommending a particular dish since, as the Romans used to say, de gustibus et coloribus non est disputandum. This time, however, I feel obliged to mention the fresh fried small sea bream that I had for main course since the chef did achieve the perfect frying and with each bite I could feel the essence of the sea itself – something extremely rare these days.
The prices are, even by crisis-ridden Greek standards, affordable and fair. There is always a generous complimentary offering of sweets, fruit, raki etc. (hint: please stay far away from any Cretan restaurant that does not offer such complimentary offerings – this tradition should not fade away!).
Agios Nikolaos and the surrounding area is a very pretty part of Crete.
Restaurant Amalthea is probably the best place to enjoy a memorable culinary experience!

  • Visited July 2014
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Nicosia, Cyprus
2 reviews
“Excellent service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2014

The service was excellent, always asking if there is anything we need, the dinner was excellent and delicious food.

  • Visited July 2014
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Ierapetra, Greece
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7 reviews
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“delicious lunch!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2014

We went yesterday to have lunch at Amalthea with our association "Crete For Life" and it was a great experience. We just turned up, all 25 of us (children and adults), without a booking but we enjoyed great food and perfect service. the location is excellent and we are certainly coming back!

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank OliandToni
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Brussels, Belgium
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“Excellent food for very reasonable prices!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2014

We spent 10 days in Agios Nikolaos and dined 7 times at this amazing restaurant.
The food is so good and fresh, the owner buys his ingredients him self at the local market, the location is just perfect at the boulevard, overlooking the sea. And last but certainly not least: the friendly waiters, who make you feel so welcome, are the cherry on the already so delicious cake!
I strongly recommend this lovely restaurant!!

Visited July 2014
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1 Thank MichelleRaa
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