Symposium Restaurant
Eros for good Food & wine

Our modern day SYMPOSIUM is situated in Platanias, a highly touristy area, minutes away from the main city of Hania. Platanias, becomes the home for European visitors for the best part of the summer. Symposium opened its doors in 1998, aiming and succeeding in providing an exclusive cuisine, the best service and a most relaxing atmosphere for our clientele. Our customers are referred to us by word of mouth, which has proven to be the best form of advertisement for us.
What do we offer?
Initially, it is our friendly and warm atmosphere that strikes our customers. Symposium offers both an interior and an al fresco area where you can feel the, where you can feel the breeze of the beautiful Greek summer nights, while enjoying your dinner with the service of our friendly, bilingual staff. The best we have to offer though, is our cuisine. You can enjoy Mediterranean and European meals, alongside our traditional Cretan cuisine.
A Taste of Excellence - Symposium Restaurant

A Taste of Excellence

Today that people are aware of what a healthy diet really means, our visitors enjoy pure products such as extra virgin olive oil, pure Greek feta and fresh free range meats... We offer exactly what we enjoy having on a daily basis… Just think of the reports on Cretan diet and the statistics on our health!

Everything is freshly made and we cater for vegetarians, meat and fish lovers, customers with gluten intolerance and customers who…. dare to try anything new and traditional. Symposium is one of the highest profile restaurants in Platanias and the whole of the island of Crete where, rest assured, if you visit it once we guarantee you will come back again!
Have a Taste of Our Menu

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The Ancient Symposium - Symposium Restaurant
Our name is based on the idea of the Ancient Greek SYMPOSIUM. The ideal SYMPOSIUM in Ancient Greece was almost like a ritual. Its aim was to savor the aesthetic pleasure of the wine, to be intoxicated just enough to relax and release the mind from inhibition, and to stimulate conversation. It was a social institution where great philosophers and great thinkers were having deep and meaningful conversations stimulating the mind.
Amazing food and staff. Would higly recommend this place. Good service and perfect location in the heart of Platanias. Beautiful restaurant. We’ll be back!
We had an apperticer, dinner and a dessert. Apperticer was bruscetta and shrimps, a good warmup for a perfect night. The dinner was amazing. We had beef (white and black and red whine) and lamb shank. It was the best dinner experience here in Crete so far, and for dessert we had ice cream and coffeé with a really good atmosfare and a nice talk.Our waiter (Andreas) was really professionall, humble and nice to talk with.We had a 10/10 dinner here. Thank you!
Food first class. Staff professional and attentive. Try the fig starter (I know it’s not my go to either) exceptional. We will go back before the holiday is over.
Have been here three or four times, now in June at the latest. The place is easily accessible and has an exquisite and varied menu. Fast and friendly service. The cuisine is at an international level, and the wine knowledge and selection is really good.
Nice and stylish.It is Amazing that Platanias has so many restaurants that offer so much service and great food.Symposiom is one step above!The experience they gave was just perfect.Even though they were busy, they were all smiles and fun.Thank you!!
We ended up eating here twice during the week we stayed in Plantanias because the food was so good. If you have room for an appetizer they have the best garlic bread I ever tried.
Very good food and service! Spare ribs were the best ribs i have ever eaten and my boyfriend liked very much shrimp pasta and said it was the best restaurant dish ever!
Being new to Platanias we did not know where a good place to eat was. We asked the bar tender at the hotel where most of us were staying for a recommendation. Without hesitation he said Symposium. We did not have a reservation and when we arrived they could not accomodate a group of 6. My brother in law did not take no for an answer and pursuaded the hostess , Sandra, to seat us. She did get out of her way to accomodate us, which was great.The food that we ordered was excellent, the service very attentive and overall a great experience.
What a great visit! Lovely staff, the food was delicious, cozy atmosphere! Flowers and headlamps
Went with whole family one night and were so impressed we went back the next night as a couple.Every aspect was superb, food, wine and especially service. The lady Maitre d front of house was welcoming and oversaw her staff with total professionalism, getting stuck in herself when (rarely)needed. From helping choose the wine to advice how our chosen steaks should be cooked based on the cuts, the service was impeccable.The food was excellent - the figs in prosciutto with feta sauce were ridiculously good..Almost feel bad about not visiting other restaurants but why would you when it’s this good.