+30 28140 41322 [email protected]


KopiasteKoh·pee·ah·ste – verb – Come to our table;  share our food;  we invite you to come and make yourselves at home.

We say “kopiaste” when we want to invite someone into our home to share a meal.

This is the Greek and Cypriot way of life!

Greek Meze

The Marilena speciality!  Feast on a selection of hot and cold traditional Mediterranean dishes.  Our Signature Greek Meze consists of over 20 sharing plates… worth taking your time over.

Fresh Seafood

Enjoy our locally and responsibly sourced catch of the day.  Fresh fish, lobster, octopus, calamari and cuttlefish all cooked to perfection.


Traditional Greek Dishes

Come and taste our traditional Greek dishes such as our mouth-watering Lamb Kleftiko, delicious Moussaka or tasty Yemista accompanied by a classic Greek salad. 

Fancy something sweet?

Traditional homemade desserts and more, from baklava and kateifi to cheesecake or minty chocolate gateau. Combined with fresh fruit and a raki, the perfect conclusion to your meal with us.

Welcome to the Marilena

Marilena Restaurant is a family-run traditional Greek/Cypriot restaurant, established in 1977, located in the picturesque fishing village and exclusive holiday resort of Elounda on the North East side of Crete.

Kopiaste! Come and join us for a leisurely lunch or an intimate dinner sitting on the front terrace or in our secluded garden under the grapevines.

  • Á la Carte Dining
  • Weddings & Baptisms
  • Parties & Special Events
  • Organised Excursion Groups

Á La Carte

Wedding layout

Weddings & Christenings

Greek BBQ, souvla

Parties & Special Events

Boat in front of Spinalonga

Organised Excursion Groups

You’ve chosen Crete for your destination wedding!

Now finding the ideal venue is the next challenge. Why not let us host your special day?

Reserve our exclusive garden for up to 70 guests. This private area is tailor made for parties and celebrations, apart from ample space we also have a raised stage for entertainment and dancing.

Our experienced and friendly team, all English speaking, will ensure that your special day is detailed, fabulous and forever memorable.

We can create custom menus and drinks packages for all tastes and budgets including children. A DJ or live music can be arranged upon request and a choice of table linen and chair covers is available.

Located centrally in Elounda, we are a short distance from the main pier where the boats to Spinalonga dock and are easily reached by coach. Clients can walk from the boat straight to our restaurant and then board their coaches after completing their meal.

Marilena Restaurant can accommodate groups up to 200 people and we offer custom made set menus. Our professional and experienced staff provide a speedy and efficient service, ideal for organised groups on a busy itinerary.

We are wheelchair and pushchair accessible with their relevant amenities.


Fabulous food and excellent service

Liz C.

Apr. 2020, via Facebook

We had a wonderful dinner with meze sharing platter to start followed by delicious fresh whole fish. This was our favourite restaurant when we first visited Elounda as a couple in 2005, could it be as good as we remembered? What a joy to return with our 5 year old daughter and find the Marilena every bit as good. Still owned by the same family who provide a wonderful warm welcome, great relaxed service and fantastic food.


Sep. 2019, via TripAdvisor

The food here is amazing….highly recommend the Meze….came back to Elounda twice and although there are no shortage of good places to eat, this is the best x

Sarah M.

Oct. 2019, via Facebook

Food 1st class, no complaints here.

Alan H.

Oct. 2019, via Facebook

Very friendly, food was delicious, lovely atmosphere. Would definitely recommend and will be back next time I visit 😊


Sep. 2019, via Tripadvisor

Amazing food amazing staff treated us so well. Such nice people, welcoming and friendly. Could not ask for better restaurant

Nathan E.

Jun. 2019, via Google

Contact Information



Marilena Restaurant

Marilena Restaurant

Akti Posidonos

Tel: +30 28410 41322
Email: [email protected]

Destination: Elounda

Located 8km North of Aghios Nikolaos in Mirabello Bay, on Crete’s North East coast, Elounda is known worldwide as a tourism resort of exceptional natural beauty.

Once a picturesque fishing village Elounda is now an ideal destination for people who want a summer holiday in a place which is neither too busy nor too isolated, with a breathtaking coastline, white sand beaches, crystal clear seas and plenty of archaeological sites to explore.

A world away from Crete’s bustling capital Heraklion, laid-back Elounda features fishing villages, uninhabited islands and tranquil bays. There’s plenty to explore in this sprawling town settlement— from luxury resorts and nature reserves to an ancient Venetian fortress and former leper colony, Spinalonga.