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The Alchemist

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12 Alexi minoti, Koutouloufari, Hersonissos, Crete 700 14, Greece
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+30 2897 024123
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 June 2016

We went here one evening while on holiday seeking some traditional Greek food in a quieter setting than the main port town of Hersonissos so went to the old town up the mountain. We were recommended The Alchemist. The food was excellent (we ordered sioufichta and moussaka). Setting is nice and they have a rooftop garden although we sat downstairs.... More 

Thank Adrian H
Woodbridge, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016

We recently visited this family run restaurant twice during our week long stay in Koutalifari. Both times we experienced amazing food and first class service. I would strongly recommend a visit. You may need to book as it is very popular but trust me it is worth it

Thank I8216MRstever
Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016

We arrive without a reservation and were escorted to the roof top terrace within minutes We decided to have Tappas night and were not disappointed. Thoroughly enjoyed the food, ambience and the reasonable bill something I didn't expect for the quality received.

Thank Tony B
Ipswich, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016

Had a lovely meal here and food was glorious. We had a fish meal and lamb. Word of advice don't order a big starter !!!

Thank Jill M
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016 via mobile

This is the 5th time I have eaten at the alchemist the 5th time was at there new premises its must bigger and I love it the staff are welcoming and the food is as great as ever 👍

Thank Marie C
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42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016 via mobile

Heard great things about this place and called in on the off chance. We hadnt booked but were offered a table next to the bar and disabled toilets! We took it and to be fair after having the stifado i would have happily sat 'in' the toilets to eat it! Beautiful, melt in the mouth, tender beef and sweet onions-... More 

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34 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016 via mobile

We've been here before but they've moved location and changed the menu so we were interested to see if It still performs. The menu seems a little more limited than last year for the tapas, but once again the food was incredible. I would highly recommend the King Prawns in garlic and chilli.

Thank Tonyquattro
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2016 via mobile

Popped in for dinner this evening to the alchemist in their new premises and it was amazing as usual the best restaurant in the village because of the staff not being to pushy and so welcoming food was amazing well worth the visit and the new place looks great

Thank Sarahjm1
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46 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2016 via mobile

Came here with my wife and baby girl, and my wife's parents. Area itself is charming, nice views, and pleasant atmosphere. Hospitality in the restaurant was immediately noticable,waiters were very nice, and food was excellent. I highly recommend the feta with honey in the first courses. For main, I had the spare ribs, which was a very big portion (3... More 

Thank Ran H
Kirkwall, Scotland, United Kingdom
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10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2016

Love this little Taverna for both the family friendliness and their wonderful food, it is always buzzing and you would be well advised to book if going for an evening meal. The family always go out of their way to mak you feel welcome and it has been my pleasure to review The Alchemist.

Thank Helen A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wine and Beer
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12 Alexi minoti, Koutouloufari, Hersonissos, Crete 700 14, Greece
  • Location: Europe  >  Greece  >  Crete  >  Heraklion Prefecture  >  Hersonissos  >  Koutouloufari
  • Phone Number: +30 2897 024123
At Koutouloufari in Hersonissos, in this beautiful traditional village, the Alchemist awaits you. Stone, wood, light, and a green scenery blend to form a casual decor. Enjoy selected dishes of the Cretan cuisine. Grilled meat, a wide variety of appetiziers, fresh seafood, and sophisticated cocktails. Taste the beef stew or the lamb. Complement your meal with cold beer or Cretan wine. Finally try a homemade dessert. Human smiles will fulfill the integrity of the site and the excellence of flavors.

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