Each of the three major cities of Lassithi has its own culinary map. From the more cosmopolitan Agios Nikolaos, to the picturesque Siteia and the more “family-friendly” Ierapetra, choices range from the small tavernas where you can enjoy raki and local “meze” up to the modern, stylish restaurants with creative cuisine.
Moreover, in all three cities you can taste fresh fish and seafood, as in all the coastal areas of the Prefecture.
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"Mesostrati" is located in the village of Mochlos: it has a nice terrace overlooking the small harbor and the island opposite. It serves fresh fish, Cretan cuisine and local wine. All dishes are prepared with fresh ingredients cooked with olive oil exclusively.
Located on the first floor of a renovated neo-classical house in the center of Siteia, a short walk from the harbour. The menu is diverse and multicultural: from creative Greek cuisine to traditional Cretan dishes, alongside Mexican and Chinese specialties. All you can accompany with a variety of Greek and Cretan wines.
One of the oldest tavernas in the area of Mochlos, which was recently restored. The interior is adorned with traditional furniture, antique objects, photographs and a fireplace, while the comfortable patio is overlooking the sea and the Minoan settlement across on the island. The kitchen uses local ingredients and extra virgin olive oil to prepare traditional recipes with vegetables, legumes and meats.
In a stunningly renovated 19th century mansion, Portego is one of the best choices for a cocktail or dining in Ierapetra: here you will taste both cold dishes and creative cuisine.
Located in the heart of Agios Nikolaos and housed in a beautiful 19th century mansion. During the winter you will take your food next to the fireplace in a space decorated with beautiful antiques. During the summer you will dine in the courtyard: fresh fish and seafood, and grilled meat.
“Pelagos” is sited in one of the most beautiful mansions of the early 20th century of Agios Nikolaos and is one of the most elegant dining options in the city. In the beautiful green courtyard you will enjoy fresh fish and seafood and delicacies of the Cretan cuisine.
Though not situated on the beach of Ierapetra, it has a nice yard and a friendly atmosphere. Odeio is a "raki" place with youthful clientele and a large variety of appetizers.