THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN SANTORINI
Tourism is the primary industry in Santorini. This picture-perfect island in the Aegean Sea receives an estimated two million visitors annually. With so many tourists enjoying its caldera views year after year, hundreds of restaurants have sprung up across the island offering a wide variety of fare from seafood to Greek to Asian and Italian.
The sheer volume of choices can be daunting – especially in a destination as touristy and pricey as the Greek islands – so I’ve put together this list of nine great Santorini restaurants to check out on your next trip. It covers a good range of spots from inexpensive gyro shops to pricier seafood restaurants.
If you’re familiar with our food guides, then you’ll know that we focus mainly on restaurants offering the best examples of local food. Outside of two highly-regarded gelato bars, this Santorini food guide follows the same basic formula.
FOOD IN SANTORINI QUICK LINKS
Eating at local restaurants is great, but so is going on a food tour. It’s a great way to learn about the local cuisine. Check out some of the most popular food-related tours and activities in Santorini.
SANTORINI TRAVEL GUIDE
If you’re planning a trip to Santorini, then be sure to check out our detailed Santorini travel guide. It’ll have all the information you need – like where to stay, when to go, how to get around, etc. – to help you plan your trip.
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Unless you rent a car, then the majority of tourists will probably spend much of their time in the popular towns of Fira and Oia. We stayed in Megalochori, a smaller village in the southwestern part of the island. We rented a car for the duration of our stay so it was easier for us to explore restaurants in different towns across the island.
Every place on this list is a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence awardee with a near-perfect 4.5 star rating. For me, it’s much more important to see how locals feel about a restaurant so I always filter reviews by language. If the reviews are still excellent, then I add it to our itinerary.
Exo Gonia is a small village in south central Santorini.
1. Metaxi Mas
This was easily my favorite Santorini restaurant. According to reviews and blog posts, it’s a favorite for many locals as well. In fact, when I asked our hotel’s concierge for help in making reservations, she said “oh, what a great choice!”
Metaxi Mas is a Cretan restaurant hailed by many as the best restaurant in Santorini. We would agree. This oven-baked asparagus (EUR 9.50) with graviera cheese and tarragon was phenomenal and one of the single best things I ate in Santorini.
Greeks love octopus. It figures prominently in their cuisine so you may find a few specimens drying on lines throughout the island. The most common preparation is grilled octopus tentacle with herbs, olive oil, and fava which is a quintessential Santorinian dish of yellow split pea purée.
We had grilled octopus several times in Santorini and Metaxi Mas’ version (EUR 14.50) was the best.
Far removed from the beautiful but touristy towns of Fira and Oia, Exo Gonia gives you a more intimate look at life in Santorini. Check out our post on Metaxi Mas for more pictures and information.
Address: Exo Gonia, Έξω Γωνία, Santorini 847 00, Greece
Operating Hours: 2PM-12MN, daily
Expect to Pay: EUR 12-15 per entree
Megalochori is a charming village in the southwestern region of the island. I didn’t know this until we arrived, but Santorini is an important winemaking region known for its heritage Assyrtiko grape. Megalochori sits at the heart of the island’s wine making industry so you’ll find plenty of vineyards and a few wineries in and around the village.
2. Tavern Tzanakis
This is about as un-touristy and local as it gets. Open for 26 years and counting, Tzanakis is a family-run Santorini restaurant serving classic island staples like fava, ntomatokeftedes (cherry tomato fritters), and grilled white eggplant.
Pictured below is a juicy platter of the aforementioned ntomatokeftedes (EUR 6). Ntomatokeftedes are fritters made from Santorini’s famed cherry tomatoes. Like fava, it’s a quintessential Santorinian dish.
Another dish you’ll find in many Greek restaurants is saganaki (EUR 5.50). It’s a delicious starter of fried cheese made in a small frying pan.
Tzanakis offers simple but delicious home-cooked Greek food. When you’re here, it feels like you’re sitting down with family. Check out our post on Tavern Tzanakis for more pictures and information.
Address: Megalochori, Thira 847 00, Greece
Operating Hours: 12NN-12MN, daily
Expect to Pay: About EUR 8-10 per entree
Geromanolis is another traditional Santorini restaurant serving simple but delicious Greek food. Popular with locals, it’s tucked away deep inside Megalochori and offers an extensive menu of seafood dishes like this beautiful platter of grilled sardines (EUR 8).
As described, grilled octopus (EUR 10) is one of the most popular seafood dishes on the island. Don’t be surprised if you wind up ordering it at every meal.
The grilled cuttlefish (EUR 8) was just as good. As you can probably tell from these pictures, many of their dishes are prepared in the same way – just grilled and drizzled with herbs and olive oil. When the seafood is this fresh, that’s pretty much all you need.
Geromanolis is harder to find so it’s best visited if you have a car. We stayed in Megalochori and it was a little tough to get to, even for us. But if you want fresh seafood that isn’t overpriced, then it’s definitely worth it. Seafood can be expensive in Santorini, especially in the most touristy towns of Fira and Oia.
Address: Epar.Od. Firon-Ormou Perissis, Megalochori 847 00, Greece
Operating Hours: 12NN-12MN, daily
Expect to Pay: About EUR 12-15 per person
4. The Family Bakery
I loved this family-run bakery. It’s located on the corner of the main road and the smaller street leading into Megalochori. I would stop by this place every morning to get a pastry and coffee. Open 24 hours daily, they serve an extensive array of pastries, breads, cakes, and savory dishes. They even have gelato.
I’d sit outside every morning and watch locals park their cars in front and quickly run inside to grab coffee and some pastries. Many wouldn’t even bother shutting off their engines. A lot of trucks would swing by with men wearing paint-stained overalls or jeans. I guess workers would stop at The Family Bakery to pick up breakfast on the way to work. It seems to be an institution in these parts.
The sheer volume and variety of pastries here is overwhelming. They have a commercial espresso machine and chillers offering juices, yogurt, and other prepackaged food items. They run a wedding cake business as well.
A vitrine of cream-filled goodies
I don’t know how good it is but they even have gelato. I’m not sure if they make the gelato themselves but I wouldn’t be surprised if they do. I asked at what time they start making their breads and pastries and they said every morning at 2:30AM.
Pistachio baklava to start my day in Santorini. To be honest, I’ve had better pastries elsewhere but I enjoyed this place for the comfort and convenience. It’s a lovely local bakery run by a hard-working family.
It’s funny, they reminded me of the family in My Big Fat Greek Wedding. When I was asking one of the daughters for recommendations on what to get, I could see her father giving me dagger looks from the corner of my eye.
The Family Bakery
Address: Επαρχ. Οδ. Φηρων – Ορμου Περισσης, Μεγαλοχωρι, Σαντορινη 847 00, Greece
Operating Hours: Open 24 hours
Expect to Pay: About EUR 4 for coffee and a pastry
Fira (or Thira) is the capital of Santorini and its busiest town. Here you’ll probably find the most restaurants anywhere on the island. As beautiful as Fira is, I found it to be a bit too overcrowded and touristy so I didn’t spend as much time here.
5. Lucky’s Souvlakis
No self-respecting Santorini food guide can ever be complete without a mention of souvlaki. I Googled “best souvlaki fira” and Lucky’s Souvlakis would often come up.
I needed fuel for the 10 km hike from Fira to Oia so I loaded up with this beautiful souvlaki pita wrap (EUR 2.30). Souvlaki is a popular Greek fast food made with small pieces of skewered grilled meat served with tomato, onion, fried potato, tzatziki (yogurt sauce), and pita bread.
Everything I read on the internet was true. This place makes some pretty awesome souvlakis. I found the warm pita to be especially delicious – pillowy soft and thick like a duvet. This is probably one of the best cheap meals you can have in Santorini.
When doing food research for this trip, I was confused by souvlakis and gyros. I thought a gyro was just a souvlaki wrapped in pita, like what we had here, but it isn’t. So what’s the difference?
Based on what I’ve read, the difference is in how the meat is prepared. A souvlaki refers to small cubic pieces of skewered meat, while a gyro consists of meat thinly sliced from a vertical rotisserie. Both can come in sandwich form or with all the ingredients served separately on a plate.
Lucky’s makes the best tzatzki (EUR 3) I’ve ever tasted. It’s thick and gooey, almost like peanut butter. It was so good with their pita.
Located just off the main road in Fira, Lucky’s Souvlakis is a popular place so be prepared to stand while eating. It isn’t very big either, consisting of a bar and just a couple of tables. If you want a proper souvlaki or gyro, then you need to go to a place like this and not some sit-down restaurant.
Address: Dekigala, Thira 847 00, Greece
Operating Hours: 11:30AM-11PM, daily
Expect to Pay: EUR 2.30 per souvlaki pita wrap
6. Solo Gelato
Solo Gelato is one of the two gelato shops I mentioned at the top of this post. We try to focus on local restaurants when we travel but this place received such high praise from Italian reviewers on TripAdvisor that we had to include it. Plus, a sunny island destination like Santorini seemed a perfect fit for a gelato shop.
Solo Gelato is located just a short walk from Lucky’s so you can stop here for a few scoops after wolfing down that delicious souvlaki.
Address: Fira Square, Thira 847 00, Greece
Operating Hours: 8AM-2AM, Tue-Thurs / 8AM-12MN, Fri-Mon
Expect to Pay: About EUR 4 per cup
Like Fira, Oia is one of the most popular towns in Santorini. Located at the northwestern tip of the island, it offers even more spectacular views than Fira. This is the most coveted area in Santorini with the most expensive hotels not just in Santorini, but in all of Greece.
7. pitoGyros Traditional Grill House
I fueled up with a souvlaki pita from Lucky’s before my 10 km Fira-Oia trek. When I finished, can you guess what I refueled with? A gyro pita wrap (EUR 4) from pitoGyros, one of the best gyro places in Oia. My life came full circle that day.
As described, a souvlaki refers to small cubes of skewered meat while a gyro is made with meat sliced from a rotisserie. In this gyro wrap, you can clearly see that it’s made with shaved pieces of chicken meat. Like the souvlaki at Lucky’s, this gyro was outstanding.
Santorini is known for its wineries but it has its own brewery as well – the Santorini Brewing Company. They’re best known for their yellow and red lager ales. You can visit their brewery in Mesa Gonia.
pitoGyros is popular and located in an area with much foot traffic in Oia. Expect a wait when you eat there at peak times.
Address: Oia 847 02, Greece
Operating Hours: 11AM-11PM, daily
Expect to Pay: EUR 4 per gyro
8. Lolita’s Gelato
Just like the gelato I had at Solo Gelato after my souvlaki in Fira, I again had gelato after my gyro in Oia. I’m so predictable.
My Google search for the best gelato in Oia led me to Lolita’s Gelato, which like Solo Gelato receives high praise from Italian reviewers. One reviewer went so far as to say: “We didn’t think we would find a good ice cream in the fake Santorini. Instead from Lolita we have tried various tastes, all really very good.” (translated by Google)
As much as people praise the gelato at Lolita’s, they also comment about how expensive it is, about EUR 4 per cup. It’s the same price at Solo Gelato. Santorini definitely isn’t cheap.
Address: Oia 847 02, Greece
Operating Hours: 10:30AM-10:30PM, Mon-Sat (closed Sun)
Expect to Pay: About EUR 4 per cup
AMOUDI BAY (OIA)
Amoudi Bay is a small port located about 300 steps below Oia. A Greek luxury travel blogger recommended we have dinner here to enjoy the sunset and some of the best seafood in Santorini, so we did. It was incredible.
9. Ammoudi Fish Tavern
There are few waterfront restaurants in Amoudi Bay. All have terrific reviews but we chose Ammoudi Fish Tavern because they seemed to edge everyone else by a slight margin.
This plate of sun-dried octopus (EUR 17.80) was just one of many delicious seafood dishes we had here. You can check out our post on Ammoudi Fish Tavern for more pictures and information.
Their specialty is grilled whole fish. We had the red mullet (EUR 58 per kilo) served with potatoes and vegetables.
How spectacular is this view? It’s a long way down to Amoudi Bay from Oia (and a long way up), but it’s worth it. The sunsets truly are something else in Santorini.
Ammoudi Fish Tavern
Address: Ammoudi Bay, Santorini, Oia, Ammoudi 847 02, Greece
Operating Hours: 10AM-12MN, daily
Expect to Pay: About EUR 40-50 per person
Many streets on the island don’t have names so I created this map to help you find all the Santorini restaurants recommended in this guide. It includes a few others that we wanted to check out but just couldn’t find the time for. Click on the link to view an interactive version of the map.
Santorini is one of the most beautiful places we’ve been to but unfortunately, it’s also one of the most touristy. At times, it seriously felt like there were more tourists than locals! The entire island feels like it’s driven by tourism these days.
Touristy areas equate to lots of tourist traps, but it’s nice to see that there are still plenty of traditional Santorini restaurants serving great traditional Greek food. You just have to stray a little farther away from the busiest towns to find them.
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Fira Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Fira
February 4, 2018Moriah Teneyck
The Greek island of Santorini is a blissful spot for a getaway, and its capital, Fira, is a vision of dramatic cliffs and pristine whitewashed buildings. The Archaeological Museum contains Minoan artifacts from Fira’s ancient foundations, while several churches and monasteries offer a glimpse into the historical and contemporary religious make up of this beautiful village. Exploring the shops and cafes along Fira’s narrow footpaths is a leisurely way to spend an afternoon.
Things to do in Fira
1. Argo Restaurant
On the steps to the old port, Fira 847 00, GreeceOutdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit CardsMediterranean, Seafood, Greek, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free OptionsLunch, Dinner, BrunchHK$196 - HK$581+30 2286 022594
4.5 based on 3 reviews
Argo restaurant in not only creative food... Modern Ambiance, unique music collections, excellent sunset view and the best possible service is what we work really hard to give to our Guests...<br><br><br>It is the Journey that counts, the destination thought is the Experience....
Reviewed By MrMarkieSparkie
wedding after party... status, food, drink, crack agus an coil.. heading to the place where we first meet back many years. Constantino is the main dude. this is a highlight of Santorini a must stop and fill ur belly with the finest quality food fit for a king. The happy chappies and fine madames will take good care in the most pleasant and professional manner whilst servicing your every needs at your beck and call. we plan to travel back to Argo once again but demand we have to have again a fantastic dinner but this time we want to share the experience with our friends so we are bringing 20. watch this space ppl Argo is and should be on the top ten places to visit in Santorini. see you in May 16 Argo. Marko & Franziska x
2. Lucky's Souvlakis
4.5 based on 1 reviews
Reviewed By tonybaseballyankees - Chicopee, Massachusetts
The title says it all! Great small place to have for lunch or a small dinner (unless you order multiple :). Also is right in the center of Fira so a very easy area to reach.
3. Parea Tavern
Fira, Fira 847 00, GreeceReservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free WifiMediterranean, Greek, Grill, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free OptionsLunch, Dinner+30 2286 025444
4.5 based on 944 reviews
Reviewed By Ben T
We randomly chanced upon Parea Tavern and was blown away. The staffs were really friendly. We had spaghetti with shrimps, tomato balls, cheese croquette and calamari. Easily the best restaurants in the whole of Santorini. Will definitely be back.
4. Pelican Kipos
Danezi, Fira 847 00, GreeceReservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free WifiMediterranean, Greek, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free OptionsBreakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late NightHK$141+30 2286 023433
4.5 based on 1 reviews
Our restaurant is a nice option for those who are looking to enjoy a coffee,a drink or their food in a peaceful environment right in the center of Fira town. At a beautiful garden with palm trees, under the cool shade of a pergola you may taste delicious mediterranean flavors, accompanied with the wine of your choice, from our rich collection. 480 different selected labels from Santorini, Greece and around the world are carefully preserved in a 400 years old vaulted cave located 10 meters under the garden. For those who are interested in, wine tasting under the guidance of the qualified stuff is provided.
Reviewed By panama40ca - N. Ontario
This restaurant came highly rated to us. We ate dinner here and while the food combinations sounded unique, everything we ordered was very benign - nothing special and the flavours just seemed very muted and almost tasteless. Very over-priced for uninspired food. The decor and setting of this restaurant is beautiful, but the food is not worth the price.
5. Our Corner
Fira 847 00, GreeceTakeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Free WifiCafe, GreekBreakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Late NightHK$39 - HK$63+30 2286 025512
4.5 based on 573 reviews
Crepes are a specialty in countries all over the world.The basic ingredients are flour, milk & eggs.French people have a huge variety of recipes & ways of making crepes.In Greece there is a belief that the crepes came from "Pontos" & the name for the crepe is "Lalages".For centuries the people from Pontos have made Lalages on a round iron with mud & ash below (to prevent sticking),the name is "sats". A fire is lit beneath "sats" & when it is warm the mixture is placed at various points to make Lalages.We hope that you will enjoy them!
Reviewed By vib1288 - London, United Kingdom
After getting a shock to our wallets at the price of Eating out in Santorini we hunted for a budget friendly place to eat.
Highly rated on Tripadvisor so we took the plunge.
We went a couple of times for brunch and had salads, waffles and crepes.
Big portions well cooked.
This is not fine dining, nor Greek food. But it's yummy, well cooked and well priced.
A choice for a break from Greek food.
6. La Maison
Imerovigli 84700, GreeceReservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts DiscoverMediterranean, European, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free OptionsLunch, Dinner+30 2286 025649
4.5 based on 1 reviews
Reviewed By Dolores2107 - Split, Croatia
We booked a dinner here hoping for a romantic dinner but we were very much dissapointed with the food quality and small portions. It was obvious that this place runs only on the view - as the food was mediocre, the "fusion" combinations were just weird and the portions were tiny, at the very least. For the price we were paying, we at least wanted to get full or enjoy a superior quality meal but got neither
7. Salt & Pepper
Main Road : From Fira to Firostefani, Fira 847 00, GreeceReservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Free WifiSeafood, Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free OptionsLunch, Dinner, Late NightHK$110 - HK$181+30 2286 022747
4.5 based on 1 reviews
Lunch 13:30-15:30 (kitchen is closing at 15:30 ) Dinner 19:00-23:00 (kitchen is closing at 22:30 )
Reviewed By wolfverine - Singapore, Singapore
The grilled tomato balls are worth a try - think it is chopped up tomatoes with batter. The grilled squid is nicely done. The lady owner was a wonderful host and this is the first time someone bothered to go through the bill with me item by item - very helpful esp when it is in Greek!
8. Character Italian Restaurant & Lounge Bar
Ipapantis, Fira 847 00, GreeceReservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free WifiItalian, Seafood, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free OptionsLunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks+30 2286 021816
4.5 based on 678 reviews
Perched above Santorini’s famous Caldera, offering a breathtaking view of its surroundings and the world famous sunset, Character invites you to take a magical journey in authentic, pure Italian cuisine. Chef Branislav Mladenovic prepares for you some of the finest fresh pasta, pizza and Italian dishes on Santorini.Reserve your perfect table and immerse yourself into a culinary journey of rich, original Italian flavors from Tuscany, Bari and San Remo, served in the most idyllic environment in the world. Fresh fish and our exceptional selection of award-winning wines and signature cocktails come to complement this magical experience.
Reviewed By UkCags - UK
It maybe the end of season but when you pay 80€ for a salad, pizza and Risotto and 2 drinks and for it to be tasteless is too much. None of the homemade tomato base they advertise on the pizza but a whole ton of cheese! Lovely setting, the restaurant looks great but food poor.
9. V Lounge Cafe & Cocktail Bar
Ipapantis Walkway | Panorama Boutique Hotel, Fira 847 00, GreeceReservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free WifiBar, Cafe, Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian FriendlyBreakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks+30 2286 021760
4.5 based on 814 reviews
V Lounge Cafe & Cocktail Bar is located on the rooftop of the Panorama Boutique Hotel. This privileged location offers our guests unobstructed views to the Aegean Sea, Caldera, Volcano and the magnificent Santorini Sunset. V Lounge Cafe & Cocktail Bar is located on the rooftop of the Panorama Boutique Hotel. This privileged location offers our guests unobstructed views to the Aegean Sea, Caldera, Volcano and the magnificent Santorini Sunset. Our aim is to provide impeccable and friendly service accompanied by carefully chosen chilled music in a modern, relaxing and romantic setting. The decor has been chosen in harmony with the beauty of Santorini creating the ideal atmosphere for socializing or enjoying a romantic drink, whilst taking in some of the best views in Santorini - if not the world. Our philosophy is to use only the freshest and highest quality products available in the preparation of all the items on our menu.
Reviewed By Staidthere - Jakarta, Indonesia
We had breakfast every morning at V Lounge because we were staying at Panorama Boutique Hotel. The view is extraordinary and the edge of the lounge that is near the Caldera views is well arranged with semi private Seating areas with protective glass. In March, despite the wind, some diners chose to have breakfast outside, but we sat inside. It is a special feeling to be on top of the deck at any hour of the day with a 300 degree view. Most people like to go at sunset, but we felt the atmosphere was quite special in the morning when the rays of the sun first light up Fira's settlements. The staff are very friendly and helpful at V Lounge, making it a pleasure to visit.
Fira 84700, GreeceTakeout, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Street Parking, Accepts Credit CardsSeafood, Italian, Pizza, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free OptionsLunch, Dinner, BrunchHK$118 - HK$337+30 2286 028111
4.5 based on 933 reviews
The new and elegant Italian Restaurant-Pizzeria CONVIVIUM, located in Fira between the Central Square and the Caldera, assures and offers to the guests the highest quality and typical Italian and Mediterranean flavours. We will accommodate our special guests on the relaxed and comfortable Terrace or in the "Foyer" at ground floor, where they can taste the dishes that our chefs and his staff will personally care for. Our menus (that include a large selection of homemade pasta, fish, meats and dessert) are reputed to be arising out from a combination of flavour and seasonal local products. Good wine list. Facilities: Wi-Fi, vegetarian & gluten-free dishes. Available for weddings or business dinners.
Reviewed By Manuela L - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
Convivium, a charming italian restaurant, special good music in great atmosphere, a large choice of menus, excellent pizzas, good wine and desserts, authentic italian taste proposition for quality; to recommend.
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Eating well and cheaply in Santorini
Let's be clear about eating in Santorini. Chances are you will be eating tourist food. Santorini is a tourist island and the restaurants have one purpose and that is to sell food to tourists. Yes there are restaurants that locals eat at but it is unlikely that you will stumble upon them on your own by walking the streets of Oia and Fira. This does not mean that the food is bad because it is made for tourists. On the contrary. Some of the tourist restaurants make very good food and are proud of it and while some may see their restaurants as feeding troughs with cash registers, and tourists as cattle that can be satisfied with mousaka and pastitsio, others see tourists as guests and go out of their way to find the best ingredients to introduce them to the unique cuisine of the island. Santorini is an odd island and its food is a combination of climatic factors and the tastes of those who have occupied and lived here. In Fira and Oia you can find whatever you want and at whatever price you can afford or not afford. For good food at reasonable prices a car is useful. As a rule we try to stay away from places that are overtly commercial and go to the family run fish taverns located near the smaller beaches and communities. There are plenty of places to eat in Fira and Oia but we did not try them, mainly because our visits to the two towns were more like photo-sessions mixed with shopping for the girls.
When you are in Santorini there are several things you have to eat because most likely you won't find them anywhere else. Number One are the tomato-keftedes which are deep-fried patties of Santorini tomatoes, onions, flour and whatever ingredient each restaurant puts in that makes their's special. Probably there will be someone in your entourage who will eat these every meal. Also unique to Santorini is their fava which are yellow split-peas, similar to the familiar green split-pea soup but served with onions and olive oil and eaten with bread. The white eggplants are also unique to the island, though of course now you can find them all over the world. There is something called a katsouni which is like a cucumber but has a dryer texture and a different taste. Capers are also grown here as are a round zucchini squash and a small watermelon. But the most important food on the island is the Santorini cherry tomato which because it rains so little (like not at all in the summer) will probably be the most intensely delicious tomato you have ever eaten. When you go to a restaurant insist on Santorini tomatoes. You can recognize them because they are small and ridged. Everything else is pretty much the same as you will find on other islands in the Cyclades and in Athens though some restaurants have a few things they specialize in and it does not hurt to ask your waiter what that is. The best food product in Santorini is the wine and there is no reason to drink anything but Santorini wine unless you are drinking Santorini tsipuro or you don't drink.
Matt's Favorite Santorini Restaurants
Metaxi Mas had been recommended by just about everyone we came into contact with in our travels around the island. We had called the night before to make a reservation but they were full which is why we ended up at Kyria Niki's. The next night my friends Dimitri and Patricia from Ocean Wave Tours had invited us to dinner and said they had made reservations at Metaxi Mas and then later that day when we went to visit Antonis at Artspace winery he told us he was going there as well. Antonis had discovered on Facebook that I was in Santorini and through clever detective work had tracked us down at the Volcano View Villas and sent us ten bottles of wine from his winery in thanks for the review I had written ten years ago which was a wonderful and generous gift except that we had come to Santorini carrying nothing but a small backpack which meant that we had to either drink all the wine before we left, or try to find a hard suitcase to transport it back to Athens. After hours of searching we managed to find a bright red suitcase which would fit most of the wine. We figured we could sit on our terrace at the hotel and drink at least one bottle before dinner which we did. So when Dimitris and Patricia showed up at the hotel in their Puegeot convertible we were ready to party.
We arrived at Metaxi Mas, which you get to by walking through the yards of a big church, to find Antonis waiting for us at a big table where we were joined by several friends, a bottle of tsipuro and many bottles of Artspace wine. Andrea barely made it through the appetisers which included pan fried crusted feta cheese with honey, saligaria (Cretan style snails), Santorini fava, a pomegranate salad with fresh spinach and lettuce, walnuts, dill, parmesan and who knows what else. By the time the main courses came Andrea was nodding out and Patricia took her home. Her place was taken by the village priest and we continued to eat and drink through the night. I believe I had Beef Filet with Vinsanto Wine and Mushroom Sauce. I can't remember exactly. I just remember that it was extraordinarily delicious as was everything that my friends were putting in front of me to eat. Patricia came back in time for desert and to drive us home. They had an early morning tour and I had a flight to Athens and then a 12 hour ferry trip to Lesvos. But through the haze of my memories of that night I can tell you that Metaxi Mas is one restaurant that you should go to. You will need a reservation which you can do by phone(22860 31323) or e-mail. By the way it is not a strictly Santorini restaurant. It is a Santorini-Cretan restaurant with a bit of Italian thrown in. Most likely this will be the best meal of the trip so maybe go here first so you have time to go again. Metaxi Mas is in the village of Exo Gonia between Pyrgos, Kamari and Fira. If you don't have a car take a taxi. The restaurant can call one for you when it is time to go home. I really had to search to find a photo for this restaurant. I must have taken fifty that night and every one was out of focus for some reason. This is the best one and it is of Antonis Argiros of Artspace Winery.
Kyria Niki's is a traditional psistaria (grill house) taverna in an un-romantic setting, not overlooking the volcano, or on a beautiful beach, but on the main road from Fira to the airport among bakeries, shops, light industry and whizzing cars. We drove here at night and were ready to veto the place because of its location but once we went inside we were pleasantly surprised and actually ended up feeling right at home in this environment which was like being in the outskirts of Athens or maybe Lavrion or Keratea. Kyria Niki, the owner chef, has put together a large menu of Santorini specialties for reasonable prices and most of the people here were Greek. In fact I got the feeling that the only tourists here just wandered in because they were lost and hungry and just happened to luck out.
The best thing we had was the grilled eggplant which they treat with great fanfare the way a Greek taverna in the USA would serve a flaming saganaki, or a Mexican restaurant would serve carne asada on a sizzling hot plate. The eggplant arrives at the table and then is cut up into bite-sized portions by the waiter. We ordered another one after the first and we might have ordered a third if there were not so many other good things on the menu. The island fava (yellow split-peas) were delicious as were the sun-dried tomatoes, the local hard cheese, excellent tomato keftedes, and a cheese-filled pita. For main course I had the lamb kleftiko which is lamb and potatoes cooked in wax paper, very tender and delicious. Not something that I would normally order, but also not something I see on menus very often. My daughter had grilled liver. Don't ask me why. She was not happy with it but that had more to do with her than the liver which tasted, well, like grilled liver always tastes when that mood comes over you to order it and then you wonder why you would travel all the way to Santorini to eat liver. Anyway we were so filled up on appetisers that it hardly mattered. Her boyfriend ordered mousaka but he had just arrived from the USA. They also serve their own bottled wine which I liked a lot. I don't think I had a bad glass of wine my whole time in Santorini. It was a Wednesday night so not much was happening besides the Spain-Portugal Euro12 football semifinal. But on weekends Niki's son plays live Greek music so if you want to come reservations are advisable (22860 25146). All in all if you want to taste Santorini food the way it should taste this is a good place to eat, despite the setting. You can walk here from Fira in ten minutes but you take your life in your hands. And if you want something grilled order the paidaikia (lamb-chops) or the brizoles (steaks) or anything but liver unless you feel you have a vitamin B deficiency. Liver is not food. It is medicine. Unless you happen to love liver of course. (Please don't e-mail me about liver)
To this point we had eaten plenty of good food but had not yet found the restaurant that knocked us out, the small un-touristy place that would earn me praise from travelers who would not have discovered it otherwise. Until we went to Pirgos, an inland village with a small square and a labyrinth of houses topped by a kastro. Most people opt for the taverna or the ouzeri in the square but we were intrigued by the sign that said To Penelope's. We found Penelope in a small hole-in-the-wall restaurant next to a church and realized that this has to be what we were looking for. Penelope is not from Santorini. She is from Arta, a town on the mainland but moved here with her husband who is from the village. We were the only customers so we had her full attention and she made us the best tomato keftdes in the world. Yes. IN THE WORLD. Also a beautiful Greek salad with Santorini tomatoes, feta and caper leaves, and delicious home-made dolmades (stuffed grape leaves), all served with bread from the local bakery that was made with wheat and corn flower. My only regret was that we did not sample more of her dishes because that night we were planning to go to Metaxi Mas which was rumoured to be the greatest restaurant in the history of Santorini, and we did not want to arrive there well fed. Anyway I am sure to get flak from some of the x-pat locals for letting the cat out of the bag but if you want a simple, delicious, meal of Santorini specialties in a quiet setting go to Pirgos and wander the back streets until you stumble upon Penelope's. While you are there go to the traditional food shop in the square and check it out. He has a great selection of Santorini wines, ouzo, tsipuro, canned fruits, and even seeds for the tomatoes, fava and squash.
To Psaraki Psarotaverna (Fish Taverna)
To Psaraki, in the village of Vlichada, owned by chefs Chefs Thanasis Sfougaris and Angeliki Synetou, who have put together a menu of fresh fish and creative appetisers and is visited by many of the more cosmopolitan locals as well as anyone who loves good food that is not overpriced. It was so good we ate here twice last trip and might have eaten here every night except we found other restaurants we liked as well.(more on that later). Order their white taramasalata which Thanasis spent 2 years perfecting the recipe and it is probably the best you will ever taste. His secret ingredient? I can't tell you but if you ask the waiter he may. I also recommend their tuna carpacio, cerviche, grilled sardines pandremenos, sashimi fresher than you have ever had, gavros marinatos, and any of the fresh fish they offer, grilled or fried which you can see in the kitchen and choose for yourself. If you have never chosen a fish look for clear eyes. Prices on fish vary. Some you order by the plate but the ones you get by the kilo are between 35 and 65 euros. The barbounia are usually at the high end but half a kilo is enough for 2 or 3 people. Angeliki speaks English and can help you choose. They have a great wine list and even their table wine which they sell by the carafe is better than most bottled wines you have probably had from anywhere other than Santorini. They also have a nice selection of ouzo and raki and if you behave yourself you may be rewarded with a glass of high octane raki at the end of the evening. Follow the signs for Vlichada and it is on the road above the marina. They are open for lunch and dinner. You should probably make reservations for dinner, especially if you want a view of the sea. E-mail or call +30 22860 82783
When our friend Antonis from Art Space Winery said to meet us at Afro for dinner we were worried. We wanted to eat at the best traditional and simple restaurants we could find on this, the most touristy island, and the name Afro sounded like it was going to serve soul food or Greek food with a modern touch served with a background of soul, rap or reggae music. What we found was the most authentic, simple, traditional restaurant like something you would find in Lesvos. Not surprising since the owner, Christos is from the village of Montemados in Lesvos. We spent 2 nights here drinking Artspace wine and eating the best seafood of the summer including fresh sea urchins, lakerda Lesvos style, grilled skaros (one of my favorite fish and not very common), sun-dried and grilled skoumbri (mackerel), cuttle-fish and giant squid grilled, and the best tomato-keftedes of the trip. Christos plays old rembetika and laika music, and even carries the local Donkey Beer. I also highly recommend their grilled local white eggplant, taramasalata, regasalata (like tarama but made with smoked herring, and their orzo with lobster sauce, which we didn't order but he gave us a taste of. If you are tired of fancy, expensive restaurants and want to eat somewhere that is like eating at the best place on a lesser known island then I highly recommend Afro. It is in Perivolos in the opposite direction of Perissa, towards the end of the road, close to the old Tomato factory that is now the 41 club. They are open for lunch and dinner. They are one of the few restaurants that serves Artspace wine. You won't need a reservation. This place is undiscovered.
Below the ancient city, on the beach at Akrotiri is a nice fish taverna called Delfinia where you can sit right on the sea and eat fresh fish. It is reasonably priced and even the locals eat here. Kostas and Fanis, are two brothers who serve the food and also catch the fish which is cooked by their mother Evangelia.
From Santorini Food Critic Amarandi Barrett
Taverna Geromanolis was the first restaurant I saw in Santorini that looked like something you’d find in Kea or some small mountainous village with no tourists. I was thrilled. I came to Santorini to work for the summer season (season seems like the wrong word- it’s living in Santorini for seven months followed by a 5 month long winter vacation back in Athens). Santorini is one of the most expensive islands in Greece and I figured I would be living off of spanakopita and Oreos until November, so when I saw the normal Greek taverna prices on the Geromanolis menu I was relieved. The tavern is in Megalochori, a small town about 5 kilometers south of Fira. I have yet to explore the village but it is about a three minute drive from my house so I should be able to make it over there for a quick look around in the next half year or so. Or not, knowing me. Anyways. The place is obviously family run- I didn’t ask but everyone was calling each other mother and father so I assume that’s what that meant. It was early in the season so the menu was limited to appetizers, salads and tis oras (that’s meat on the grill). The woman working told me they had paidakia (lamb chops) and my mouth watered but I was getting food to go and only an animal would order lamb chops to sit at home and eat alone so I opted for tzatziki, a horiatiki salata and some tomatokeftedes (those are fried tomato balls- a specialty on the island). Everything was great. The tzatziki was good (okay that’s easy, if your tzatziki is not good there is a serious problem somewhere in the kitchen), the horiatiki was nice with good tomatoes and not those weird pulpy pink disaster spheres you sometimes find in the early spring and winter. Also it had these giant green funny shaped olives that were fun. Olives are always fun though, aren’t they? The tomatokeftedes were great, definitely made to order and nice and chunky with onions, tomatoes, etc. I will definitely be going back, probably 5 times a week for the next 7 months.
Restaurant Favorites of my Santorini Friends
"When we go out we usually like to go out for dinner. Fish is my favorite as well as Dina's and the place where we like to have it is in Ammoudi. Every visitor that we meet really enjoys the place because it is an exceptional place to dine regardless of the fact that it has become a popular site. Another very good restaurant that we like is Ambrosia Nector in Oia. The owner is Tony Mosiman an excellent host and a great guy. He serves a Greek Infused menu that has unique flavors. Also Anogi, in Imerovigli is great. It is next to the basketball courts. The food variety on the island is getting so much better than 15 years ago, it makes living here a lot more satisfying."-Ted
These are from Dimitris from Ocean Wave Tours
“Skaramagas” Traditional Family Tavern, fresh fish, fava, and the best tomato-fritters on the island, Monolithos opposite the Airport right next to the old tomato factory, nice sandy beach and shallow water with umbrellas and cabins to get changed.
“Dolphins” Captain Giorgos the father, his sons Kostas and Fanis supply their Tavern daily with fresh fish, Akrotiri a few meters before the parking for the Red Beach.
“Mamas” The best breakfast on the island, omelets with spinach and feta cheese!!! In Fira, right next to the Taxi Station on the main road.
“Kyra Niki’s” Local specialties lamb and pork on charcoal various salads with Santorini products, Karterados, 10 min walk from Fira on the main road to the Airport.
“Almyra” Large menue for all the tastes and reasonable prices, on the promenade of Kamari.
“Ouzeri” Greek Kitchen, Mezedes (Greek word for starters) and dishes from all over the country, Fira Shopping center Fabrika.
“Metaxi Mas” Mezedes for Ouzo, Raki from Crete, and Wine, Exo Gonia, opposite the large Byzantine church with the clay tiles roof.
“Marmita” Greek kitchen, nouvelle cuisine, Chrisanthos, chef and owner he is not just cooking he is creating!! In the village center of Megalochori, highly recommended.
“Nychteri” Gourmet dishes and more, Kamari on the promenade close to the parking place.
“Ochre” The best sunset view with hundreds wines from all over the world, Oia at the very end of the island.
Restaurants at the Beaches
Monolithos near the Airport. It is small bay shallow water, fine sand some trees you can lie under there are also umbrellas and benches to hire and a small shop to get cold drinks and ice cream or a snack.
Perivolos is the famous Black Sandy Beach and it ends down South in Perrisa the second biggest resort after Kamari.Here are hundreds of Cafes, Restaurants, mini markets, and a few Beach Bars where through the day are full with youngsters drinking shots, (sfinakia) dancing, sunbathing, playing Beach Volley, swimming, or do water sports like Jet ski Parachuting, Water ski, and maybe Wind Surfing (what I do but not in the summer!!)
Captain Dimitris . It is on the road to the light house before the Village of Akrotiri turn right3 Km. I start going to this place this winter it is like Skaramagas the family runs the place fresh fish,varius mezedes (starters) and home made wine rose or white that you can drink a barrel!!
Hi Matt. Hope your readers enjoy these places. Remember to tell them that if they need someone to show them around the island to visit my website
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by Santorini Dave • Updated: October 12, 2021
Santorini Food & Wine
- 4-Hour Walking Food Tour
– Excellent tour with tastings (much of it along the caldera) from Firostefani to Fira. Highly Recommended!
- Santorini Sunset Wine Tour
– Highly recommended! Santorini wines are wonderful and this gives a good overview of 3 of the best wineries on the island. Hotel pickup and drop off makes it easy. (The tour ends at the Venetsanos Winery which has incredible caldera and sunset views.)
- Santorini Cooking Course
– A super fun introduction to Greek food. Lots of hands-on cooking. Great for groups, couples, or singles.
- Reservations are required at most of the restaurants listed below. Reserving 3 to 5 days in advance will be fine most of the time – but if it’s a really special occasion then book a table weeks (maybe even months) in advance just to be sure.
- Tipping in Santorini: Tipping is customary in Greece, but it is not percentage-based as it is in the U.S. It is customary to tip about €2 to €5 for a meal, maybe more in an expensive restaurant.
- My very favorite restaurants on Santorini: Metaxi Mas • Cava Alta • Argo • Ouzeri • Athenian House • Avocado • Candouni • Roka
- Best Oia Restaurants: Roka • Karma • Candouni • Elinikon • Ammoudi Fish Tavern
- Best Fira Restaurants: Argo • Ouzeri • Naoussa • Cacio E Pepe • Selene
- Best Imerovigli Restaurants: Athenian House • Avocado • Anogi
- Best Santorini Restaurants with Caldera View: Athenian House • Argo • Naoussa • La Maison • Ambrosia. (In general the best restaurants don’t have caldera views but there are exceptions.)
- Best Restaurants with Sunset View: Athenian House • Naoussa • Elinikon.
- The best coffee in Santorini is at Passaggio (Oia) and The Pure (Fira).
- If you visit any of these restaurants please mention that you heard about them from Santorini Dave. Thanks!
Hotel Restaurants with Great Food & Views
More hotel restaurants with fantastic views:
• Grace in Imerovigli (Santoro)
• Andronis Luxury Suites in Oia (Lycabettus)
• Katikies in Oia (Mikrasia)
• Cavo Tagoo near Imerovigli (Vezené)
• Charisma in Imerovigli (sunset champagne event at the bar)
• Andronis Arcadia in Oia (Opson, sunset views but not caldera)
• Andronis Boutique Hotel in Oia (Lauda)
• Astra Suites in Imerovigli (Five Senses)
• Carpe Diem in Pyrgos (Exaltis, wonderful panoramic view)
• Athina Luxury Suites in Fira (Esperisma, stunning sunset and volcano views)
The 26 Best Restaurants in Santorini
Metaxi Mas – Exo Gonia
This is the best restaurant on Santorini. If you ask at your hotel, “where is the best place to eat in Santorini?”, they’ll probably send you here. Reservations recommended. The views are of Kamari beach and the airport. A perfect evening (away from the caldera) would include a meal at Metaxi Mas and then a late-night movie at the outdoor cinema in Kamari (about a 5 minute drive away). • Map
Cava Alta – Pygros
Wow, this place is great. Hidden in the lanes below the castle in Pyrgos this super-friendly restaurant has some of my favorite dishes in Santorini. Reservations usually not required for lunch but best to reserve for dinner. • Map
Argo – Fira
The best restaurant in Fira. There are 2 restaurants directly across the path that have better caldera views but Argo has better food – modern Greek with a trendy vibe. Reservations recommended. • Map
Ouzeri – Fira
Good food in a relaxed setting. The big bright sign makes it look very touristy (almost questionable) but the food is great and moderately priced. Reservations recommended for dinner but not usually necessary for lunch. • Map
Selene – Fira
Fine dining located inside of a converted monastery within Fira’s only 5 star hotel, Katikies Garden. In its 35th year in operation, now newly led by the Michelin starred chef Ettore Botrini. • Map
Athenian House – Imerovigli
The best caldera and sunset views of any restaurant in Santorini. Amazing food too. Book months in advance. • Map
Avocado – Imerovigli
Along with the Athenian House, this is my favorite restaurant in Imerovigli. Great food and people, but no view. Reservations usually not required for lunch but a good idea for dinner. • Map
Candouni – Oia
Warm, friendly, and romantic vibe with traditional Greek food and live music most nights. Reservations recommended. • Map
Roka – Oia
My favorite restaurant in Oia. Charming, quiet location. Wonderful food. No caldera view. Reservations recommended. • Map
Lucky’s Souvlaki – Fira
- One of my favorite things to eat on Santorini is a gyro from Lucky’s. Cheap and delicious. No reservations. You order at the cash register then place your receipt on the bar near the cook. Don’t miss this! (Perfect for lunch.) Pitogyros is also good and the best gyro place in Oia. • Lucky’s Map, Pitogyros Map
Yalos – Exo Gialos Beach
Fresh seafood and Santorinian flavors at an idyllic beach location about a 10 minute drive directly east of Fira. Trendy but friendly. • Map
Cacio e Pepe – Fira
The best Italian restaurant in Santorini. Good Italian wines. Fun and friendly. • Map
Naoussa – Fira
Wonderful traditional food and great views at the north end of pedestrian Fira. Reservations recommended. • Map
Anogi – Imerovigli
Wonderful modern Greek food with a trendy vibe. If you can’t get a table, Posidonia Taverna is steps away – not as fancy but almost as good. • Map
La Maison – Imerovigli
The best restaurant in this area of southern Imerovigli (not that central Imerovigli is very far away). Modern Greek with a French flare. Desserts are amazing too. • Map
Elinikon – Oia
The best restaurant in Oia that has sunset views. Delicious food. Specializes in meze, small dishes ideal for sharing. Reservations recommended. • Map
Karma – Oia
Charming, friendly restaurant with some of the best dishes in Oia. Reservations recommended. • Map
Ambrosia – Oia
The most romantic restaurant in Oia, and maybe all of Santorini. Make reservations far in advance. • Map
Panorama Balcony – Oia
OK, maybe this place is more romantic, but there’s only one table and one seating per night (8 to 11pm). Reserve at least 27 years in advance at [email protected]. • Map
Lotza – Oia
A small cafe with good food (the Oia Spaghetti is delicious) and a patio with great views. The baklava and ice cream is the best on Santorini. Most of the Oia restaurants I mention here are only open for dinner making Lotza a good option for lunch. But don’t order the souvlaki (always get souvlaki or gyro from a small gyro/souvlaki shop, never at a sit down restaurant). Reservations usually not required. • Map
Ammoudi Fish Restaurant – Ammoudi Bay
Ammoudi is the port below Oia and there are 4 restaurants here all with great fresh seafood. The Ammoudi Fish Tavern is the best of them but they’re all good choices with wonderful seafront views. Walk down to the waterfront, and have the restaurant call you a taxi to avoid the climb back up. Reservations aren’t needed for lunch but a good idea for dinner. • Map
Aktaion – Firostefani
The best restaurant in Firostefani. Charming atmosphere with tables spilling out onto the sidewalk when it gets busy. Reservations recommended. • Map
Remvi – Firostefani
There are several restaurants with great views in Firostefani. Remvi has the tastiest food. Reservations recommended if you want a table along the edge. • Map
Da Vinci – Firostefani
Very good Italian food. Views look east, not into the caldera. Reservations usually not required. • Map
Taverna Geromanolis – Megalochori
Wonderful traditional food in the charming village of Megalochori. Popular with locals. Open lunch and dinner. Reservations usually not required. • Map
Kambia – Akrotiri
- Small, family-run restaurant on Kambia beach in Akrotiri serving delicious traditional homestyle dishes. Open late morning to early evening. Closed on Mondays. • Map
Savvas Popeye – Agios Georgios
- Savvas Popeye features a casual atmosphere, great traditional food, water views, and a very friendly staff. Open for lunch and dinner through the week. • Map
Kantouni – Pyrgos
- Kantouni is arguably the best traditional restaurant on the main square in Pyrgos. Its open air seating, convenient location next to the bus stop, and excellent food make it very popular. • Map
Misteli – Akrotiri
- This boho-chic family-run restaurant serves delicious yet inexpensive food using ingredients grown in their own garden and restaurant. The decor, open layout, convenient location, and super-friendly staff make this a great place to wine and dine. • Map
The Cave of Nikolas – Akrotiri
- Fantastic family-run taverna serving homestyle Greek food on Akrotiri beach, and just minutes from Red beach. The restaurant uses fresh vegetables, dairy, and meat from its own farm and only fresh seafood caught in the morning in its delicious dishes. The affordable rates, large portions, open layout, and beautiful views of the water and sunset make this a great stop for lunch or dinner. • Map
Roza’s – Vourvoulos
- The family-run Roza’s in Vourvoulos features a traditional Greek menu with homestyle cooking. Options range from meat, seafood, and vegetarian dishes, with a great selection of wine. The restaurant is located a couple of minutes from the bus stop on the main square. The food is delicious and the hosts are extremely friendly and hospitable.
Kiria Roula’s – Vlychada
- This is the best seafood restaurant in Santorini – but I don’t want it to be ruined by masses of tourists so I put it at the end. It goes by a few different names: Greeks drop the “a” and just say Kira Roula’s. The sign says To Steki Tou Psara (Fisherman’s House). It’s right at the Vlychada port and you can often see the fish being unloaded from the fishing boats. This is an old school Greek taverna. Expect slow friendly service. Cash only. • Map
Pictures of Santorini Restaurants
My photos of all the top restaurants in Santorini from the Santorini Dave Instagram account.
Anogi in Imerovigli
Avocado in Imerovigli
La Maison in Imerovigli
Yalos in Exo Gialos
Taverna Geromanolis in Megalochori
Ammoudi Fish Tavern in Ammoudi Bay
The Cave of Nikolas in Akrotiri
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BEST RESTAURANTS IN SANTORINI – The Cave of Nikolas Taverna in Akrotiri – A charming Taverna on the beach in Akrotiri. Turn left on the street just before the square (Centre) of Akrotiri. – Beside Red Beach. – Very casual, laid back atmosphere. – Traditional, homemade Greek dishes available like fava, grilled white eggplant salad/dip and Kolokithokorifes (stuffed zucchini buds). The white eggplant is only grown in Santorini. – Most of the menu mostly consists of traditional Greek food, seafood and fresh fish but some meat and vegetarian options available. – Affordable prices. – Beautiful ocean and sunset views. Around 8pm, just before sunset, you can see a stream of catamarans sailing into the marina in Vlychada, which is visible in the distance. – There’s a bus stop at the end of the road, right beside the Taverna. – Ferry taxi also an option to get here. The ferry taxi starts at black beach (Perissa and Perivolos) and goes to red, white and akrotiri beach. – Parking available. #sdsantorini
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Remvi in Firostefani
Da Vinci’s in Firostefani
Aktaion in Firostefani
Cacio e Pepe in Fira
Naoussa in Fira
Ouzeri in Fira
Argo in Fira
Misteli in Akrotiri
Best Restaurants in Fira, Santorini
Kapari Restaurant is located on the main road of Fira, on the road leading to Firostefani. Owned by Dora and Costas, a husband-wife team, Kapari's foremost theme has been careful attention to detail, and the owners have successfully created a fine ambiance inside.
The Selene restaurant was established in Santorini in 1986. The restaurant operates on a daily basis from the beginning of April until the end of October. Counted among the top restaurants in Santorini, the Selene offers menus with a variety of plates.
Located next to the main church of Fira with a magnificent view of the caldera, Restaurant Ampelos has a closed dining hall as well as an open terrace surrounded by a profusion of bougainvillea, geraniums and hibiscus.
Agro in Fira is located close to the donkeys' station and the cable car. The restaurant is a nice two-storied building and affords spectacular views of the caldera, the sea and the sunset.
Classico Cafe-Restaurant is located in the heart of Fira on the edge of the caldera and enjoys breathtaking views of the boundless blue of the Aegean and the caldera.
Ellis Restaurant is located in Fira and has two dining areas on two levels. The dining area on the terrace overhangs the caldera and offers a fabulous dining experience. The extensive menu is centered on traditional Greek and Mediterranean cuisine.
Fanari Restaurant, located on a cliff side overlooking the sea boasts some splendid views of Santorini caldera and the sunset. The menu includes original Greek specialties prepared from locally available ingredients.
In one of the most beautiful places in the world, with a great view of the famous Caldera, is placed Idol Restaurant Bar. It features an extensive menu based on Greek specialties with a gourmet flair and Mediterranean recipes.
Mama's House is located next to the bus station in Fira, and like the name suggests, it is a casual informal joint that dishes out wholesome food for travelers, both, the leisurely ones, as well as those who are in a bit of a rush.
Located near the shopping center of Lagoudera Fira near the cable car station, Naoussa Restaurant is a family-style restaurant run by brothers Kostas and Kyriakos Tselios, who have been preserving the traditions of Greek cuisine from the early 90s.
Right at the center of Fira town, in an old garden full of palm trees, pergolas and flowers, is placed Pelican Kipos - a place to relax and enjoy your coffee, drink or food. It is recommended for either lunch or dinner, a glass of wine or a cup of coffee.
The Sphinx is an upscale restaurant located in the center of Fira. Opened in 1991 at a magnificent spot, the restaurant is a restored mansion with a spacious terrace that offers spectacular panoramas of the caldera and the port of Fira.
An important attraction of Santorini is the kitchen. In Fira, there are many tavernas and ouzo bars that serve delicious local dishes like fresh seafood, beans, tomato and fried white eggplant, accompanied by the famous wine of Santorini.
Yummy greek food, inspiring chefs, unique surroundings, dinners under the stars…Here are the Best Restaurants in Santorini !
(spoiler alert: they are all 1000s better in reality than any pictures you’ve seen…)
You have probably heard all the good things about greek food. It’s time to taste the real thing this year and Santorini is probably the best place to have a truly unique greek food experience! It’s by far one of the best things to do in Santorini.
If you are in love with greek food and you are interested in learning more, you can always take this amazing Santorini Cookery Class and Wine Tasting Tour .
So….what are the restaurants that stand out from the crowd because of their food or location?
Yes, Santorini can be a tourist trap sometimes (especially in July, August and September but my list of restaurants here makes no compromises and every restaurant on the list will give you an unforgettable experience. I have personally been to almost all of them and in many cases I even know the owners and the stuff.
This list includes everything: street food, fine dining, greasy bbq places and amazing seafood tavernas.
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So…without further ado, these are the Best Restaurants in Santorini (in random order):
1. Selini Restaurant (Pyrgos)
An absolutely unique greek fine dining experience under the stars from a restaurant with more than 30 years in Santorini. Selini’s lovely terrace, along with the marvellous food creations will possibly the highlight of your trip.
Reserve your table here
2. AKTAION (Firostefani)
This the real greek deal. Typical traditional taverna with 90 years of history at Firostefani! That’s the real greek food!
Reserve your table here
3. Metaxy Mas (Pyrgos)
Metaxi mas is an real gem for those who seek really authentic greek cuisine. Nothing fancy about it except from… amazing food, great location and awesome atmosphere. One of the best restaurants in Santorini. Hands down! The views you here are of the Kamari Beach and the Airport area. Make sure you reserve your table as it is a very popular option.
Reserve your table here
4. Naoussa Restaurant (Fira)
Authentic greek cuisine with lots of fish and meat. The view rocks, too!
Contact them here
5. Nikolas Taverna (Fira)
This is one of my personal favourites. Nothing fancy about it. One of the oldest tavernas on the island. Truly yummy greek authentic food and very easy to find it in Fira. Just ask any local and they will direct you. Chances are that you will find it by yourself while wandering in the small streets of Fira. Yummy traditional greek food! It can get very crowded though.
Reserve your table in this number: +30-22860-24550 (yes…Nikolas has no website. Nikolas needs no internet. Nikolas is the real thing!)
or visit their Facebook page for more info (you will be very lucky if anyone ever responds though…)
6. Argo Restaurant (Fira)
Awesome greek food with incredible views! There are some other restaurants at Fira with even better views but this one has one of the best food in our opinion. What else do you need?
Reserve your table here
7. Katina’s Taverna (Ammoudi)
Best sea food and fish onthe island, hands down! Greeks favourite taverna for seafood in Santorini too! And that says a lot! Unfortunately no reservations can be made… (but to be fair you only need them in August probably)
This is their Facebook Page
8. Remvi Restaurant (Firostefani)
Some of the best views at Firostefani and a very romantic atmosphere.
Reserve your Table here
9. Anemoloos Restaurant (Exo Gonia)
Anemoloos is the essence of greek food: simplicity, generosity and heavenly made plates! People often say this is the best restaurant of the island and the food totally justifies it. The food at Anemoloos is simple and rustic but out of this world…
Contact them here
10. The Athenian House (Imerovigli)
Unreal views, top chefs, amazing service and waiters and one of the best ambiances of the island. You can’t go wrong with The Athenian House at Imerovigli. The view from The Athenian House is not the only amazing thing about it…
Reserve Your Table Here
11. Aroma Avlis Restaurant (Exo Gonia)
Aroma Avlis is a relatively very new addition to the restaurants map of Santorini and it is basically the restaurant of one of the Best Wineries of Santorini : “Artemis Karamolegos Winery” . It offers a lovely terrace with views to the vineyards of the winery. The food is really good in this one and it balances very well between greek traditional cuisine and modern fusion tastes. Plus…you will be tasting the great wines of the Karamolegos Winery!
Reserve your Table Here
12. Feggera Restaurant (Megalochori)
Feggera Restaurant is one of a kind. It’s a great team of young and enthusiastic people at a lovely terrace in Megalochori. The great thing about them is that they also offer some amazing greek cooking classes which are really fun! But the food and the ambiance is also very cosy. Feggera Restaurant has an amazing ambiance and the greek cooking classes at are real fun !
Contact them here.
13. To Pinakio Restaurant (Kamari)
“To Pinakio” is not just a restaurant. The big difference is basically that you will also listen to amazing live greek music! It’s also not uncommon that musicians sit on the same tables with the people who eat and all sing greek songs and have fun in such an unpretentious, cosy and relaxed environment. It’s not a coincidence that you will see mainly Greeks and locals hanging out at Pinakio… 🙂 Such a cosy place…with greek live music!
Contact them here
14. To Psaraki (Vlychada)
“To Psaraki” (in greek = the little fishy fish!) was created by very 2 passionate people in Vlychada with the main purpose to offer simple, authentic greek seafood and fish. This is possibly some of the best seafood and fresh fish you can find in Santorini. Also, the unique views to the lovely Vlychada port are really cute. You may want to visit this place more than once…trust us…
Contact them here.
15. Lauda Restaurant at Andronis Boutique Hotel (Oia)
An amazing swimming pool, international and greek chefs, lounge live music and amazing caldera views. “Lauda Restarunat” at Andronis Boutique Hotel is greek fine dining at its best. Undoubtedly one of the best, finest and most impressive restaurants not only in Santorini and Greece but all over the world. An experience you don’t get to have very often…
Contact them here.
16. Kapari Wine Restaurant (Imerovigli)
Kapari WIne Resrtaurant is part of the Kapari Natural Resort at Imerovigli and it is in a very cosy and romantic setup with a very cure little balcony overlooking the cladera and the volcano. The food is really nice and the service is also really friendly. Definitely an unforgettable and very romantic experience.
Contact them here.
17. Melitini (Imerovigli)
Melitini is a relatively new restaurant/cafe in Santorini and it’s basically a “child” of the greek financial crisis (!). Possibly some of the best greek meze and tapas in a very greek-ish decorated environment with super friendly and smiley stuff. We have been hundreds of times at Melitini (just for coffee, lunch or dinner) and every time feels different and better than the last time…
Contact them here.
18. Pitogyros (Oia)
Ok..this is not technically a restaurant with all the whistles, candles and views…BUT what’s wrong with traditional greek street food by the possibly the best souvlaki place in Santorini? “Pitogyros” has only a few stands for you to enjoy the heavens of your souvlaki but you can always take your souvlaki, your Donkey beer and go to any roof terrace to enjoy them in Oia! Seriously, this is what greeks do all the time!!
You don’t need to contact or reserve anything at Pitogyros. Just show up there hungry. That’ll do! But in case you want to find them here is their website.
19. Katharos Lounge (Katharos)
This is a place that seems like it’s been out of “Mamma Mia” musical…! Hands down, this is one of the most secret and amazing spots of Santorini. Forget the touristy restaurants and cafe’s. This is the ultimate relaxing place on the island, though not technically a restaurant, it offers a wide selection of greek mezze and nibbles as every greek cafe that respects itself! Do yourself a favour and visit Katharos Lounge…
20. Onar Restaurant (at Imerovigli)
The amazing views of Onar is not the only thing that will surprise you because you’ll be amazed of how good the food actually is.
Onar is at a marvellous location (not really a fact for Santorini restaurants, right?:) but it’s been one of the best restaurants in Imerovigli for many years so it really deserves to be here. The food here is really creative and it will definitely surprise you! And seriously…look at these views…!
Contact them here.
21. Tranquillo Bar Restaurant (in Perissa)
Tranquillo is a whole category by itself. It’s probably the most colourful place you’ve ever seen and it’s literally the epitome of beach healthy food! Large selectios of cocktails, salads and fruit creations on the beach of Perissa. If you spend your day in Perissa, then Tranquillo is the obvious option for your lunch, coffee or snack.
22. Ladokolla (at Fira)
Ladokolla offers a great selection of greek BBQ plates
Ladokolla is not a fancy place. It has no views and no charm at all. BUT…it’s one of the places that you want to visit if you are starving. We hope you know what we mean…. It’s an amazing traditional BBQ place (with even some fish or seafood options but seafood is never in our mind when we are thinking of Ladokolla to be honest…).
23. Avocado Restaurant (at Imerovigli)
Avocado is another cutie pie 🙂 No views again here but lovely staff and great food that makes a dinner there very special. Seriously, the food at Avocado Restaurant is possibly the best value for money food you will ever have in Santorini. It’s seriously amazing for what you pay!
So…there you have them!
These are my top suggestions of the Best Restaurants in Santorini!
You won’t be disappointed at any of these but this doesn’t mean you won’t find other restaurants all over the island that cannot serve you equally great food with equally good views or surroundings. Greek food is amazing and it will be one of the things that you will enjoy the most at your trip to Greece or the greek islands. There is no doubt about it.
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