The Third Eye

Overall rating: 4.5 stars 6 Reviews
Vegetarian restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Price: Moderate more-less
Lacto, Greek, International
Crete, Greece
00302823041234, 00302823042223


First Review by daf187


  • vegan

Casual place with some unusual items

3 Posted on 06 / 27 / 2012

Extensive menu features some unusual items, such as a fennel salad with orange and a number of Asian-inspired dishes (which we didn't try). Plenty for vegans. Relaxed, grown-up hippy vibes. Best place for herbivores to eat when in the area.

Pros: Diverse menu


  • mostly-vegetarian

Excellent vegetarian restaurant in beach village

5 Posted on 08 / 21 / 2011

We can't say enough about the Third Eye and Paleochora. You come to a beautiful village, full of mainly Greek tourists, and right off the beach is a beautiful gem of a restaurant, which is mainly vegan.

We had dinner here twice. The menu changes daily, all the dishes were about 7 Euro. The first day we got a curry and an Indonesian dish with peanut sauce. The second day we order Somasos with chutney and salad, and another curry.
They also served us great bread and garlic bread, and at the end of the meal, when we couldn't eat any more, a plate of watermelon.
The workers are all from one big family. All the vegan dishes were clearly marked.

My wife also went for breakfast (while I was hiking the Samara Gorge nearby). She particularly like the nice atmosphere.

My only suggestion (enhancement) is that they try to provide vegetarian cheese. The owner told us that this father makes the feta himself, but he wasn't sure about the enzymes. If they could have assured us the enzymes were not animal-based we would have eaten the feta as well (after a week in Crete, we really wanted to try the feta).

We recommend both the restuarant and the town, I would plan my trip around going to the Third Eye!

Pros: excellent food, great value, large portions
kathleen harber
kathleen harber


  • non-vegetarian

hidden gem!

5 Posted on 09 / 03 / 2009

the 3rd eye restaurant in paleorchora is by far the best place to eat! i'm not vegetarian and found the menu absolutely delicious! sooo many choices it would take me a few weeks to get thru it all. the location is great, the locals are great (enzo) & carline/eftiki are so friendly they make life long friends from seasonal customers. one complaint i have is that they don't charge enough for the huge portions they serve and in this day & age (c/c) it would be a shame to see the 3rd eye wink out of existance! so tip large people and enjoy the show!

Pros: friendly, excellent food, wide selection of food


  • vegan

Not really sure it was worth the drive.

3 Posted on 12 / 16 / 2008

I'm not really sure this was worth the drive from Chania, but the drive was fun! The food was great, but not as vegan-friendly as it could have easily been. The location is nice - only a short walk from the beach. The atmosphere is good, the staff were decent for being in Greece.

Pros: good food
Cons: not very vegan friendly

Third Eye

5 Posted on 08 / 12 / 2007

If your going to Paleochora and like vegetarian food then you must try the Third Eye. Over 10 yeras ago we did the same and started off as customers and now have become good friends with Carline and Eftiki owners of the Third Eye. A great selection of food and the menu changes every day, give it a try you will not be disappointed.

Pros: Great Food, Great Staff, Great value
Cons: none


  • vegan

great place, but shut in the winter.

5 Posted on 03 / 20 / 2006

it's run by an ex-army tank driver turned buddhist(ish), a lovely geezer called eftiki. all vege, lots of vegan, local wine served and always busy during the summer season. it's shut most of the winter, mind, so sunny eats only. great range of food and lovely atmosphere.

Pros: cheap, good vegan range, great local wine
Cons: often very busy!


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