To Stachi - Wheat

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5 Defkalionos St, Chania, Crete, Greece

Seasonal opening - closed in Winter. Quaint side street with park and water view. Offers local traditional vegetarian cuisine like Boureki or stuffed zucchini flowers with rice and aromatic herbs. Daily vegan options such as Moussaka (with soy mince meat and bechamel with soy milk). Salads and side dishes prepared to order. House-baked bread. Child-friendly. Has Wi-Fi, small bookstore, outdoor tables and high chairs. Wheelchair access. Open Mon-Sun 12:30pm-9:30pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Pizza, Organic, Mediterranean, Take-out, Greek

56 Reviews

First Review by bryancanary

Fantastic - Edit

Almost every option on the menu is possible to make vegan! And there are lots to choose from. Different desserts included every day. Also seems to be the workplace of the sweetest and most passionate chef. Indoor and outdoor seating.

Pros: Helpfull staff, Lots of vegan options, Affordable

Cons: Busy road outside

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Lovely traditional Greek food - Edit

We met a lovely waitress who was also vegan and had been for 2 years. This is a family run business. We had the moussaka, spinach pie and fava. All great tasting and wonderful local dishes. This was finished off with a vegan Galaktoboureko made with almond milk. All the food was delicious, it's in a nice quiet location just outside the harbour definitely worth a visit to experience some vegan local cuisine. We will definitely go again on our next trip to the island.

Pros: Many vegan options, Vegan staff member, Traditional local dishes

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A taste of Cretan summer - Edit

I went here with people I love.
We ordered a variety of beatiful, rustic, ORGANIC Cretan dishes from the well-assorted menu, and were excited to watch as the wonderful staff filled the table with wonderful vegan delights. One dish in particular was so exquisite that I still talk about it - the stuffed zucchini flowers (anthoi) and vine leaves (dolmades).
To Stachi instantly become one of my favourite vegan spots in the world! I will come back again (and again) ready to get another taste of this magnificent island's incredible food! In my opinion this is the place to experience the taste of Crete! Thank you.

Updated from previous review on 2018-02-17

Pros: Organic, Taste of Crete, Wonderful and passionate staff

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lovely! - Edit

Lots of vegan options!! 👍👍

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If Odysseus had been vegan.... - Edit

I visited "To Stachi" this summer with my friend (vegan) and his grandparents (not vegan at all), and we all LOVED it! I spoke with the owner's daughter, who waiters there, and her mother. Both beautiful people, welcoming and open - just like the taverna.
The food there is classic greek, just better. We ordered a bunch of different items on the menu (and mixed it up a bit - which was totally fine with the staff and kitchen). When you go there, order the Dolmades and Anthoi. You will be happy!
Crete Island is amazing, and this place just adds to the magic. We left happy, and I am excited to go back!

Pros: Organic produce , Whole foods , Staff, vibe and feeling of the place

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Fantastic - Edit

What a great find. The owner and staff are lovely. Food is all freshly prepared and really good. Not expensive. You won't leave feeling hungry!

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Wonderful! - Edit

Just an update(prior review left below), as it was three years ago that we went. This time we went on a family trip to Crete with my husband's family, and I have been vegan for 1.5yrs now(was vegetarian for 20+yrs), so it was interesting to see Crete again with vegan eyes. Most of the items on the menu are still vegan, and tasted just as wonderful as how I remembered them. This time I had the moussaka, and the eggplants as a starter. In Crete, it is typical to always get served a free small dessert, so here it was nice that the dessert was a vegan cake. The other's had the stifado with chestnuts and dark gigantes...I stole a bite from my husband and it was just as delicious as before.
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Once again, Happy Cow leads us to a gem. Cretan food is already very wonderful and full of local flavours, but it's so nice to have a place like this that is all vegetarian and very vegan friendly. I had the pumpkin starter and the moussaka. Both were great. My husband had the Spanokopita and the Bouraki. The Bouraki was really wonderful...it had pumpkin, goat cheese, and potato, with a pastry crust. We're driving to the east tomorrow, so we plan to stop along the way for another meal. They were our of the eggplant and raisins, so if that's available, I plan to try that along with a main, and my husband wants to try the chestnuts. You'll be full with a starter and a main dish. The young woman serving us was also very friendly...reading other reviews it sounds like she is the owner's daughter.

*Update: We ended up going again and it was equally as delicious. The eggplant starter...wow. perfectly cooked eggplants topped with raisins, pomegranate seeds, pine nuts, and wonderful herbs. I had the stuffed zucchini flowers, with the option of a stuffed tomato...really, really so good. My husband had the chestnuts with onions in a wine sauce...unbelievable! We also got to meet Stalios this time. Such a kind and compassionate man. You can really tell he puts so much care and sincerity into everything. I've eaten at a lot of vegetarian places on my travels, and this has to be one of my favourites so far.
Updated from previous review on Tuesday October 14, 2014

Updated from previous review on 2014-10-16

Pros: Good service, Delicious!

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Vegan Pioneer restaurant - Edit

This place is very cozy and the family is very nice!
The food is amazing and we were soooo happy to find a vegetarian and vegan restaurant in Crete :)
A must try! Especially the Moussaka :D

Pros: vegan and vegetarian choices

Cons: don't know now

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Fantastic food and great service. - Edit

After a few days in Crete and having limited choices of things to eat as a vegan it was a pleasure to have the opportunity to visit this restaurant.
Amazing food and great friendly service.

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only vegetarian place in Chania and verry good. - Edit

Prima restaurant, laagdrempelig en ook voor een niet vegetariër heerlijk gegeten. Bediening is erg behulpzaam met uitleg over de gerechten.

Pros: goede service, lekker eten.

Cons: geen

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Excellent organic vegetarian restaurant near the harbor - Edit

Lovely green view with a peek of the Chania harbor. Friendly and attentive service. Extensive menu, most of which can be made vegan. We started with a falafel appetizer. The falafel was most and tasty, and the greens and tomatoes from the restaurant's farm were very flavorful. My omnivore friend had the boureki (layered potato, feta, zucchini, carrot, and onion pie with a flaky crust topped with sesame seeds) and I had the vegan moussaka. Both were generous portions and very flavorful. We liked this restaurant so much that we were going to return the next day, but alas, it was Sunday and To Stachi was closed.

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Delicious and SOOO many extras! - Edit

Most of the dishes are actually vegan, so choosing was not easy. We went for the Moussakka and Pastitsio. As a starter the waiter recommended the grilled eggplant with pomegranate and raisins, which really was the best of the three dishes! But just because it really was outstanding, the rest was very good too.
In addition to that we got a small mixed platter with big beans, spinach and cauliflower as an extra starter (maybe because the eggplant took a bit longer, but they had said that right after we had ordered it) and some honey melon with some sort of semolina cake (I don't really know what it's called, but it was delicious) on the house!
Oh, and the wine was also good 😊
Loving it!

Pros: Most dishes are vegan. Good wifi

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nice vegan lunch - Edit

My family loved this restaurant.
Our vegan son was happy with the moussaka that he ordered. The restaurant was small but wery cute and in a quiet part of the town, which was nice.

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good vegetarian food - Edit

We had a nice dinner here. Everything tasted good. Recommended.

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Amazing!! - Edit

What an awesome spot. We saw this place on Happy Cow and knew we had to try it and we were not disappointed! The service was incredible in this family run restaurant. But even better than that was the food. We are vegan and almost everything could be made vegan (or already is) and oh so delicious. This is a must try place!!!!!

Pros: lots of vegan, friendliest staff ever, amazing foo

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Veganes Bio Restaurant - Edit

Wir kamen gestern gezielt hierher und fĂŒhlten uns sofort herzlich willkommen. Die Speisekarte enthĂ€lt vegane und vegetarische Gerichte. Wir hatten Fried Potatoes, Greek Salad, Boureki, Moussaka, Gemista und zu trinken Local Mountain Tea und Dark Bio beer. Das Boureki war eine Art dĂŒnne BlĂ€tterteigtasche gefĂŒllt mit Zucchini, Auberginen, Kartoffeln und lokalem BergkĂ€se (sehr lecker!). Das Moussaka ist vegan und extrem gut. Endlich ein Moussaka, dass auch ich essen kann!😋 Die Gemista ist eine gemischte Platte mit Reis gefĂŒllten ZucchiniblĂŒten, gefĂŒllten WeinblĂ€ttern und einer gefĂŒllten Tomate. Alles war total lecker und gesund, der Wirt ist ein herzensguter Mann, der auch etwas deutsch spricht. Wir kommen bei unserem nĂ€chsten Besuch wieder! Efcharisto!!

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best vegan food in Greece - Edit

If you are in Crete go to this restaurant! Most the food is vegan. The staff are lovely, they continually plied us with extra food to taste. Traditional food made vegan, such as moussaka. We are most our meals there!

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the best place to eat healthy and vegetarian in Chania - Edit

Every time I visit Chania I eat at Stachi and only there! All the dishes I have tried are delicious and the quality of the ingredients is always sky high!!
Definitely recommend it to everyone, vegans, vegetarians, non-vegetarians, everyone has to try it at least once!!

Pros: great flavors, great quality , reasonable prices

Cons: no cons , no cons , no cons

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Great vegan food - Edit

Great vegan options, attentive service and a lovely place in general. Highly recommended

Pros: lots of vegan options

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Delicious food, friendly service - Edit

Lots of vegan and gluten free options. The owners and staff are helpful, knowledgeable, and super friendly. Highly recommend the zucchini flowers, potatoes, and spinach pie. Stuffed tomato was also delicious. Easy to get to from old town and there is parking not too far.

Pros: great food, great service

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service attentionné et plats savoureux - Edit

Un petit restons en retrait de la circulation avec un chef qui prend le temps d'expliquer la composition des plats.

Super endroit Ă  l'Ă©cart du port.

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Some of the tastiest I've ever had - Edit

This is some of the tastiest food I've ever had anywhere on this planet :) The owners are super friendly and cook everything with love, with carefully selected ingredients, 100% local. They speak english, and it's very vegan friendly. Very nice atmosphere too, highly recommended :)

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The best restaurant in Crete! - Edit

An amazing experience of flavors, and no less amazing experience of the service provided by the talented chef, Stalios.
His love for cooking is evident in every bite, a delightful experience and certainly the most delicious place in Crete.
You can really feel the love for cooking and people in his food.

Pros: Fantastic food, Staff and especially Stalios, Atmosphere

Cons: none!

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Divine Cretan Vegan Food - Edit

Lovely place and really friendly English speaking staff (family run) who are so knowledgeable about all their dishes and the ingredients. A lot of choice and most of the menu was vegan or vegan adaptable. Food was simply the best meal I had over there, cooked to perfection, spoilt for choice and really good value for money. Will definitely be going there next time!

Pros: knowledgeable friendly staff

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Affordable delicious dinner - Edit

We ended up ordering a bunch of starters and half a bottle of wine and after that we were full. The food was delicious and they had plenty of things to choose from. My favorite was grilled aubergine with raisins, pine seeds and garlic. All dishes had a lot of oil on it, but you could always just ask them to go easy on the oil if you're on a low-fat diet. The dinner for two, including wine, cost just 30 euros. Very good food and drinks for the money!

Pros: Delicious food, Friendly staff, Calm atmosphere

Cons: A lot of oil on the food

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Excellent vegetarian restaurant - Edit

Have eaten lunch at this place in September 2016. The waiter was speaking English and let us choose a table to seat at. Then the chef approached us and described the ingredients in various dishes and made some suggestions on what things we could try.

The food was prepared a couple of hours earlier so we got the food in a matter of 10 minutes or so. All food was tasty and fresh. We also got some tiny pieces of other dishes we haven't ordered to give it a try for free.

The staff was friendly, the facilities are clean and tidy. We were satisfied and hope to go back at some point.

Pros: Fair prices, Excellent view over the sea, Variety of food choices

Cons: Have to check with chef if a dish is vegan or not

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Tasty Veggie and Vegan food, friendly welcome - Edit

Really worth seeking out, friendly welcome and great range of Veggie and Vegan food. Main menu supplemented by delicious specials. I had a warm Hummus and raisin starter ( it's quite hard to find Hummus in the resort shops in Crete) and a main of artichokes, peas and potatoes, which was all fresh and tasty. My wife had mixed stuffed vegetables, all very flavoursome. They also offer Vegan beers and winds, I enjoyed a dark beer from Rethimno. I'd really recommend the people and food.

Pros: Speciality Veggie and Vegan food, Really friendly, personal Bon Appetite from the ch, Fresh and delicious food

Cons: None really

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