Taverna Spilios, in Falasarna (Crete)


Having dinner at Taverna Spilios is a one of a kind experience. The food is superb.

Try their grilled bread with olive oil, their moussaka (the best I’ve tasted, I swear!), the rabbit, the lamb… If you visit with kids, they will serve special dishes for them, keeping it low on spices and sizes. Everything is home-made, genuine and simple. As the owner happened to mention, some of the recipes were passed on by his own mother.

Prices are convenient and the place is stunning. Arrive at dusk to see the sunset over the sea and the whole Falasarna bay from above. Your will be short of words to describe such a beauty. I would adore to return, I would go back to Crete just to eat their moussaka.


Tavern Spilios: An authentic Cretan cuisine. (Moussaka)

Tavern Spilios: Authentic Cretan cuisine. In the picture, Moussaka.


And then, there’s Michalis. A gentleman that makes you feel at home treating you as a friend. When kids are on the table he will make sure they get the best service ever. Complimentary home-made dessert and raki at the end of the dinner are just perfect. Even children can make a toast with fake raki as well.
To the ancient Greeks, hospitality was a divine right. The host was expected to make sure the needs of his guests were seen to. The ancient Greek term Xenia (ξενία, guest-friendship) expressed this ritualized guest-friendship relation. This is the Law in Greece, this is the Law in Tavern Spilios.

They gave me a beautiful pottery souvenir to take home and cook my own moussaka (it will never be as good as theirs), I’ve made a few good friends in Crete. Michalis was one of them.


Dakos a traditional dish made with the Cretan bread

Dakos a traditional dish made with the Cretan bread Paximadia.



Location: Falasarna, Crete,  Greece +30 2822 041010

When: September 2014 Web: Tavern Spilios


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