On to a romantic getaway? Every couple deserves at least one special dining experience apart from basking in the pleasure of nature. Heraklion is home to some of the most romantic restaurants in the island and we have hand-picked the best ones for you. These places will surely tickle your taste buds while being in a pleasant atmosphere. It’s definitely an experience you don’t want to miss.
Agiou Georgiou, Hersonissos, Heraklion 70014, Greece
+30 289 702 5375
Located away from the hustle and bustle of the city, Sarandari is worth the drive for a delightful meal in front of the endless blue. This restaurant offers a delicious selection of fresh seafood. Their refined Mediterranean menu and upgraded wine cellar can turn your day or night into a memorable dining experience. The tranquility of the atmosphere makes this a romantic destination, and you will surely feel that holiday vibe as you immerse all your senses while dining here. Although, on the pricier side, portions are good for sharing and the location makes up for it. You should come just right before sunset to catch a scenic view.
2. The Walls – Exclusive Cuisine
Tennis Club, Doukos Mpofor 1, Heraklion 71202, Greece
+30 281 034 4348
A must for foodies or ones simply looking for quality execution of food. The Walls is a hidden gem that forms part of a tennis club, offering gourmet type dishes. There is a great selection of inventive Mediterranean food perfect for couples who prefer to eat a variety of smaller portions. The price is not the most affordable, but the superb ingredients and flavors makes it worth it. The setting is unusual since the restaurant overlooks the port wall surrounded by tennis and basketball courts, but gives the feeling of exclusivity. The ambience is laid back with simplistic décor and neutral palette to finish it off. We recommend not leaving this place without trying the desserts.
3. 5th Restaurant
GDM Megaron Hotel, D. Beaufort 9, Heraklion 71202 Greece
+30 281 030 5200
Located at the top floor of the GDM Megaron Hotel, 5th restaurant has one of the finest roof terraces in Crete with a 180 panoramic view of the Aegean Sea and the Venetian fortress. Contemporary Cretan cuisine with meticulous attention to details is what you can expect when you dine here. This is a true hidden gem as you won’t often bump into this place unless you’re staying at the establishment. The ambience is as romantic and intimate as it could get, so it is the best place to dine in or have drinks if you want to impress her or him.
4. Mourelo Cretan Food & Drink Philosophy
Ikaros Suites, Dios, Skafidaras 71414 Greece
+30 693 227 2841
Fancy a poolside date perhaps? This small yet charming modern restaurant situated at the poolside of Ikaros Suite is another ideal date destination. It has a good view of the pool completed with boho chic décor and relaxing music. If you come during the daytime, you can also catch a sight of the mountains. The dining experience feels calm and special since you’re away from the busy lanes of crowded tavernas. They serve Cretan food with a focus on using fresh locally-produced ingredients. There are also vegetarian options on the menu, plus on the house aperitif. We suggest trying one of their homemade wines to pair with your meal.
5. Ntoré Gastronomy
Plateia Eletherias 29 Megaron Ntore, 5th floor, Herakalion 71201, Greece
+30 281 600 7996
A common favorite of both locals and visitors, this is probably the restaurant with the best view of Heraklion town centre. A nice background for a romantic dinner is always a plus right? Ntoré serves a balanced mix of familiar Mediterranean and Cretan dishes that are nicely plated perfect for that Instagram story. The quality of food is commendable, and there are vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Although on the pricier end for Crete, portions are generous so you wouldn’t be leaving unsatisfied.