The Cretan diet is renowned worldwide and the Cretan cuisine as the most typical example of Mediterranean cuisine. Cretans, admittedly, have the highest longevity rate in the world and the lowest mortality rate from conditions such as cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Furthermore, Ierapetra and Greater Eastern Crete region is the Agricultural center of Crete and major supplier of fruits, vegetables and olive oil to Europe. So you can be assured that the food is of high quality, fresh and aplenty.
And with a culture so ancient and diverse and soil/earth/environment so bountiful and diverse, the dishes are unique and delicious
Local dishes include
dolmadakia ( rice stuffed grape leaves/ zucchini flowers) , cheese pies , rabbit stew, goat , and snails, octopus, kalamari, fresh fish catch of the day, rooster, Omaties ( Pork intestines stuffed with rice and liver) and dishes and salads that include locally grown vegetables like eggplant, tomatoes, cucumber, peppers, potatoes, and so many local cheeses , wild greens/weeds, and everything with the finest olive oil, local wild herbs (oregano, thyme , rosemary, caper etc), barley Rusks and aromatic lemons !
There are so many restaurants to mention, but below are a selection for your consideration
within 20 min WALKING distance.
Kouros family tavern, typical local cuisine and grill with spacious are and a small indoor kids area
Stand by pizza, a surprising delicious stone oven Pizza place.
within 15min Drive
Agios Ioanis , traditional café drive to a picturesque village overlooking the South Crete, inland village family restaurant home cooked meals and delicacies at a very reasonable price.
IERAPETRA, the town of Ierapetra boasts a boardwalk along the sea of 1.5km, with over 100 Restaurants and Cafes.