Tholos Restaurant in the Old Town is quite a charming fixture in Chania’s culinary scene. The building housing the eatery is on a narrow street behind the Presentation of the Virgin Mary Holy Metropolitan Church. You’ll recognize it quickly, as the restaurant didn’t renovate it entirely, allowing part of the ruins to create an unusual décor. The restaurant has a capacity of about 150 diners; you can usually walk in without a reservation.
Tholos is known for its friendly staff, rustic-romantic atmosphere, fresh food cooked traditionally, and reasonable prices. They serve fish but try their grilled meats rather than seafood, which you can enjoy better in a port taverna watching the sea. Some must-try dishes at Tholos include goat with wild greens, pilafi, and rabbit in wine sauce.
A good selection of wines completes the experience.