The Restaurant

At Pasiphae restaurant you’ll find a combination of Cretan and authentic Minoan cuisine!

Be the King Minos for a meal...

Pasiphae restaurant offers greek cuisine right next to the archaeological area of Knossos in Heraklion of Crete. Pasiphae restaurant is surrounded by nature while respecting tradition, local cuisine and the rich cretan nature. The menu includes homemade recipes of greek gastronomy and especially of the Minoan period made with the finest ingredients of Cretan land. At Pasiphae restaurant you can taste exquisite grilled meats such as juicy chicken souvlaki skewers and special culinary suggestions with traditional gruel, fine beef, greek sun-dried fruits and nuts found only here. If you want a unique culinary journey through cretan tradition and highly nutritious food, visit Pasiphae restaurant in Knossos.


Homemade recipes of greek gastronomy and especially of the Minoan period


Incredible surroundings with a view to the Knossos palace


Bring the kids along and let them have fun in the playground!


Car parking is completely free of charge throughout the day

Minoan Dishes

Have you tried Minoan cuisine yet? We’ll introduce you to exciting flavours you have never experienced before!

( One day notice before arrival is required for the preparation of our Minoan Dishes )

  • Minoan Salad

    This salad is a mix of wild Cretan greens and herbs combined with dry fruits. Just as today, a wide variety of herbs were grown and cooked in Crete, during the Minoan era and of course the huge variety of vegetables still known as horta, or wild vegetables.

    In various pictorial representations of Knossos we can see the magnificent world of Cretan plants and herbs

  • Minoan Souvlaki

    The recipe is described in the Odyssey and the Iliad.

    The methods of preparation and cooking of meat on spits and clay barbecue grills (krateftes) that have been found in Crete and Santorini show us how they made “SOUVLAKI” during the Minoan period.

    In Linear A syllabar

  • Minoan Fish (Cyceon with fish)

    Cyceon was a sacred drink. Archeological evidence reveals that Minoans ate a wide variety of foods from the sea.

    During both the Minoan era, and in modern Crete, people consume food from the sea. The island's coastline provided an abundance of fresh fish. This bounty from the sea was the primary food of the island's inhabitants. Fish is mixed with a variety of legumes and cretan herbs.

    In Linear A syllabar

  • Minoan Pork (Cyceon with meat)

    The ancient Minoans enjoyed goat, mutton and pork raised domestically as well as many varieties of wild game. Minoan farmers raised domesticated sheep and goats on farms outside the towns, just like Cretans do today. These animals provided milk, cheese and meat for the dinner table. Meat is mixed with a variety of legumes and cretan herbs. On the basis of archaeological findings, it seems that ancient Cretans, the Minoans, consumed pretty much the same products that are being consumed by modern Cretans today.

    In Linear A syllabar

  • Extras

    The owner of PASIPHAE during the last two years has been studying the tablets that referred to Minoans nutrition and tries to reproduce minoan meals.

    The Minoan nutrition refferences on the tablets of Knossos and Pylos show the products that Minoans used to offer during their meals : lathyrus, wheat, cyperus and figs combined with meat or fish . Herbs, olive oil an d wine are also appeared on the tablets of Minoan civilization. The preparation of foods preserved in these tablets was usually given at initiation celebrations.

Minoan civilisation

You can learn about Minoan period and trying Minoan dishes! Wonderful experience!!

Minoan civilisation

The Minoan civilization was an Aegean Bronze Age civilization that arose on the island of Crete and flourished from approximately 2000 to 1450 BC.


In Greek mythology, Pasiphae (Greek: Πασιφάη, "wide-shining") was the daughter of Helios, the Sun, by the eldest of the Oceanids, Perse. She was given in marriage to King Minos of Crete!

Linear A

The language of the ancient Minoan civilisation of Crete was written in Cretan hieroglyphs and later in the Linear A syllabar. If you wish to learn this historical syllabar, you are welcome to join our restaurant.

Knossos Palace

Knosos, the centre of Minoan civilisation flourished for approximately two thousand years. It had large palace buildings, extensive workshop installations and luxurious rock-cut cave!

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Contact Us

We are just 5 min walking from King Minos’s palace. Join us for lunch, breakfast or weekend brunch!

323 Knosou Avenue, Knosos, Heraklion - Crete
2810 323165, 6942 981184

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