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The Lions Cafe Restaurant

) #16 of 33 Restaurants in Matala €€ - €€€ Greek
Matala, Crete 702 00, Greece
+30 2892 045759
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  • Excellent29%
  • Very good38%
  • Average13%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible10%
Travellers talk about
“potatoes” (2 reviews)
“great food” (5 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
€€ - €€€
Matala, Crete 702 00, Greece
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1 - 10 of 37 reviews

Reviewed 29 May 2017 via mobile

Great location for a beach snack and drink with chairs almost on the beach. Coffee very average but great fried potatoes!

Thank Travel_miner
Reviewed 31 October 2016

My husband, daughter and I had a lunch at the Lions Cafe while visiting Matala in August. The service was friendly without being intrusive. Great food. Free wifi. Clean washrooms. The views looking out to the beach were lovely. We would return.

Thank wherelolawent
Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

After 2 hours drive we got to matala beach where we had a great day out. Fantastic place for swimming. The main thing was that we had absolutely great lunch after in this lovely place called Lion Caffè. Stunning view from the 1st floor balcony...More

Thank JamesHuntee
Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Food was very delicious and fresh, waitress recommended us and it has proved 100%. Avocado was unique!

Thank justinaiii9
Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

My mum and dad have been coming to matala for 11 years and the lions restaurant is there favourite place. The staff are super friendly and so attentive (my dad's beer is always on the table before he makes it up from the beach). The...More

Thank pepce21
Reviewed 21 June 2016

When we arrived in Matàla our first priority was to find somewhere to watch England v Wales in the Euros. We were welcomed in and although we didn't eat on this occasion we enjoyed a couple of drinks ( but not the result) in friendly...More

Thank SonnyPontypridd
Reviewed 3 June 2016 via mobile

We were served a grilled octopus which was obviously too old and hard, uneatable. The waiter did not bother but instead simply disappeared. There is no reason why I would recommend this place give the high number of other tavernas at the beach.

Thank Shop_wien
Reviewed 9 May 2016

We had nice 2h by sitting there, food was really good and so was the service. We're surprised to eat that much for this price.

Thank Ania_z_Poznania
Reviewed 2 May 2016 via mobile

Just tried this place as looking for a lunch place after driving into Malaya. They have a specials menu on the black board and I ordered grilled whole red a snapper. Not cheap at €19 ,but the fish was delicious. Served with sliced potatoes(baked) most...More

Thank lady5000
Reviewed 11 August 2015 via mobile

We have been disappointed by this place. Food quality is pretty poor, for prices that are far from being the cheapest around. There are others places along Matala beach... I cannot advise another one, but I would give a chance to the others.

Thank Serniclay A
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Matala, Crete 702 00, Greece
  • Location: Europe  >  Greece  >  Crete  >  Heraklion Prefecture  >  Matala
  • Phone Number: +30 2892 045759
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