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Pizza, Greek, Mediterranean, European
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited Platanias in 2019 and enjoyed a couple of meals at Vanilia. We visited Platanias again in June 2022 staying at Minoa Palace. Vanilia is just to the right of the front of the hotel, on the main road. We were greeted in the...same friendly manner as previous. We ordered Greek salad and Mamma's beef - which is slow cooked beef served with spaghetti. Delicious. We visited later in the week when we enjoyed another Greek salad plus freshly cooked pizza. Another fantastic meal. We were given courtesy melon and raki. The food, service, environment and friendliness of staff are highly recommended. The "owner" recognised us from 2019 - he is friendly, chatty. Great location, great prices, clean.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 23 October 2021 via mobile

There really is not that much to say on the place. Food was average, service was average, and the atmosphere was average. No real options for vegetarians in the menu.

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 18 August 2021 via mobile

A great restaurant where I had one of the nicest steaks ever. The owner is a very friendly, polite and funny man and he welcomes every one into the restaurant. All the food looked fantastic and the house white wine was exceptional.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed 30 September 2019

Vanilia is becoming one of our regular stops every year because the staff are great and so is the food. You will soon become a firm friend of these wonderful Cretan people and you will absolutely adore the food. The special is always very special.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed 25 September 2019 via mobile

This is the chance to experience a traditional Greek welcome! The owner is proud of his roots and happy to share his knowledge and experiences with you. Food is good with traditional Greek food and other options too. The Moussaka was the best had for...a long time!! Nice pleasant Restaurant even though right by the road. Staff very friendly. Raki is very strong!! We will return if in Platanias again!More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed 23 September 2019

Food was good and the staff professional and friendly. We can recommend this place for lunch or dinner. If we go back to Crete we would come back here for lunch or dinner.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed 20 September 2019

Stayed at the Minoa Palace hotel so this restaurant was right on our doorstep. Visited twice during our weeks stay (10th - 17th Sept) as the food and atmosphere were great. George and his team are so friendly and attentive but not overpowering. Good home...cooked food. Will be back to see you all next year.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed 12 July 2019

We visited on our first night as it was close to our hotel (Minoa Palace) and what a great choice as we ended up going 4 times during our stay. The Pizza’s are without doubt the best we have ever tasted. Every time we went...we had excellent food and service and all so very cheap. The house wine was excellent and better than the bottles and very reasonably priced. Even when I was out jogging or walking the staff always had time to chat and exchange funny stories. They are a credit to the owner. Fresh water melon provided as a complimentary dessert and a small bottle of Raki to round off the evening went down a treat. A must visit restaurant for not only food but a great atmosphere. Thank you to everyoneMore

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed 8 July 2019

We were staying in Minoa Place 14 to 21 June 2019. We visited Vanila twice for lunch. The first time we kebab and chicken/mushrooms. The second time we shared a Greek salad and pizza (half Hawaii and half spicy. The food was fresh, was presented...and served in good time. The staff were friendly. The prices were good. We recommend.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed 24 June 2019

An extremely good restaurant with incredibly good staff who are eager to please. The food is excellent and very reasonably priced.

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed 16 June 2019 via mobile

We were looking for a location where we could celebrate the diamant wedding anniversary of my parents. this location were opposite of their hotel and they had lunch there the day before and that was good. So we asked for a table for 18 persons...and asked for menu recommendation and we chose to do it the Greek way and share a variety of food. They even organized champagne for us on short notice. When we arrived the next day they decorated a nice table and the food and service was simply perfect, tasty food and very good service and quite some Raki at the end 😉👍. Ask for recommendations and today’s special and you will not be disappointed.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed 20 May 2019

After just arriving in Platanias, we found this beautiful restaurant along the road. It is a very accessible and convenient area to eat. The food was phenomenal and the service was great. It is not a Plaka environment with tourist everywhere. The owner George came...to sit with us and explain everything about the Cretan way of life.. highly recommend.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed 15 May 2019 via mobile

Very warm and welcoming service! Food was good and especially banana split as a dessert was delicious. Typical Greek restaurant.

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed 12 May 2019

Good food, very friendly service, great atmosphere. A lot of returning guests (which cannot be bad). Raki offered after every meal.

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed 15 October 2018

A no-frills tourist restaurant along the main strip if Platanias. The menu is much the same as in the other restaurants along this road. The same Greek dishes + steaks, pizzas and some other dishes. The pizza is from a wood fired oved help to...provide a decent pizza and a fantastic garlic bread. I had garlic bread and tomato soup for lunch the last time we went there and both were of great quality. Everything we tried here was of good quality and in large portions. If anything the Raki drinking when you pay your bill is a bit annoying. It really taste of jet fuel.More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Vanilia is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5