I truly believe the Greek cuisine is one of the best, especially for me, a cheese lover! The food in Greece was definitely one of the things I was most excited about. I didn’t do any research about restaurants prior to leaving as everyone has different tastes and opinions. But I wasn’t disappointed, that’s for sure. Fresh vegetables, amazing seasoning on well cooked meat and sea food made for a great combination everywhere we went to. The one thing you should remember is to always make a reservation before you go; it can be very hard to get a table – was the case for us, even though we were there outside of the high season! Here are 10 restaurants I tried during my week in Santorini. I separated the list below by towns to make it easier for you to plan your culinary experience in Greece.
This is a small restaurant right across the street from the 270 Oias View hotel. It was the first place we tried upon arriving, and although it was good, I wouldn’t put it on the top of my list. I ordered a Greek salad which was delicious. The tomatoes and cucumbers in Greece are so much better than those we get in the UK. For our mains we had chicken breast with French fries which was very nicely seasoned, and a salmon with salad. We were also served fresh bread with olive oil before the food arrived.
This is a restaurant with an amazing view of Oia. Here, we were introduced to some great Santorini wines by ways of a small tasting, and were offered fried calamari, the special of the day. For dinner we opted for a delightful Santorini salad, salmon with small potatoes and red snapper fish caught locally near the volcano. For dessert we ordered crème Brule which was served on fire.
Another place with a stunning panoramic view. It was a little bit overpriced but as is true for most places in Oia, you are also paying for the view. We ordered mussels, chicken risotto and chicken breast served with potatoes. It was very good but I am not sure if it was worth the money.
4. Sunset Ammoudi Taverna
The Ammoudi Taverna is a nice sunset restaurant situated in Ammoudi Bay. To get there, you either need to take a taxi or walk down quite a lot of stairs. We went there for the Easter celebration so it weren’t just served great food, but an overall amazing atmosphere with a lot of live music and people dancing in the middle of the restaurant. It was very busy but the staff did a fantastic job catering to all the tables. And any time they were even remotely late with bringing something to the table, they offered a few drinks and dessert on the house. As an appetizer we got saganaki, a fried cheese. (I have to say, it was the best I had on the entire trip) mussels and eggplant stuffed with feta cheese. As for dinner, we decided to share king crab legs and lobster pasta. The king crab was very good but unfortunately the lobster was a little bit dry and tasteless. It’s not cheap but definitely worth checking out (just don’t order the lobster 🙂 ).
Coffee bar serving great coffee. Make sure you try a frappe which is Greek coffee served with ice cream or milk over ice. We decided to try some food there as well. Naturally I immediately ordered tzatziki with pita bread and grilled halloumi which I saw it as an option on the menu and have to say it was very good. We also got mussels again but this time the mussels were giant almost bigger than clams and not very tasty.
I guess you can say Fanari was our favorite restaurant, as we came here twice. You will find it on your way down the stairs to the old port of Fira. It’s spread out over three levels with romantic view of the town and the volcano. The food didn’t disappoint either – we ordered saganaki (cheese), potato saganaki (potatoes with melted cheese), mussels (the best on the trip), zucchini balls served with tzatziki, dakos (something similar to bruschetta served with goat cheese) and salmon, all of which went down a treat!
7. Franco’s Café
While there is not a lot of advertising around Santorini, Franco’s café was advertised near the castle so we decided to give it a try. It has a lovely roof terrace, perfect for relaxing with a glass of wine and a view of the village. They don’t serve full menus but you can order small appetisers. We got a plate of meatballs and a Greek plate (served with olives, tomatoes, cucumber and cheese). Everything was very appetising so definitely check it out.
8. Pyrgos Tavern
Located 5 min away from the city center, this is a huge restaurant with great views and even better food. We ordered hellenic salad (Greek salad), monuri grilled Greek cheese with cherry tomatoes jam and bacon (super delicious), chicken filets with sweet and sour sauce, sea bass and port medallions with vinsanto sauce
This restaurant is located right next to the beach. It was a cold day so it was empty but I bet it gets very busy during the summer. There are a few other places around but I chose this one as it has good music, which, to me, immediately equates good vibes! The food was great too. We ordered cheese savanaki (I told you I’m a cheese fan! ), grilled halloumi, cheese souvlaki (apparently souvlaki means square, so if you order it you will get your veggies, chicken etc. in squares) and salmon spaghetti.
I spotted this restaurant driving back from the Donkey Brewery. It’s located between Pyros and Fira, on a turn up the hill, so it’s quite easy to miss. It’s last on my list here but it was definitely my favourite on the whole trip. Isn’t it funny how you always find the best places on your last day of any holiday? It’s a meze place from what I understood, similar to Spanish tapas. First of all they had cheap wine – always a plus! You could get 0.5l for only 5euros – everywhere else you pay at least 20 euros per bottle. For starters we got hot bread served with mustard and butter, saganaki, stuffed potatoes and Portobello mushrooms with feta cheese – amazing! For mains we got chicken cubes with vegetables and chicken breast wrapped with prosciutto. In the end we also got free dessert: heavenly pancetta. I couldn’t recommend this place more, make sure you visit it!
I have to say dining in Santorini is expensive. Especially if you like to try new things and order a lot, like me. There are alternatives, like small gyro spots serving gyro (chicken or lamp packed into a pita bread with tzatziki and French fries), and other food for no more than 5 euros. You can also go to the grocery store and cook at home if you have a kitchen at your disposal. Small shops are spread out around the island, we found the best and the biggest one in Kamari…on our last day of course!
What to eat in Santorini :
- Saganaki – fried cheese
- Greek salad – tomatoes, cucumber, olives, feta cheese and peppers
- Santorini salad – each place have different option but they always with tomatos, cucumbers and cheese
- Kofta – balls of minced balls, similar to meatballs made of pork, beef or lamp
- Moussaka – eggplant or potato based dish with beef or lamb ( similar to sheperds pie)
- Souvlaki – squere pieces of meat or vegetables
- Gyros – meat wrapped in flatbread with tomato, onion, tzaztiki and fries
- Spanikopita – spinach pie
- Tzatziki – yougurt and cucumber dip
- Fava – mashed fava beans
- Tomatokeftedes – tomato frittes
Haven’t been to Santorinin yet but it is high on my European bucket list, but loving the looks of this food and can’t wait to try this out when I get over there.
Yum! These all look gorgeous!
I am dreaming of Santorini now!!
I miss Greek frappes so much. Halloumi has also infiltrated my life ever since. 🙂
You have some great places listed there and I love to try one next time I’m there or two, actually at least three 🙂 those dishes look so tasty, wish this was my tonights dinner.
Your article makes me want to visit Santorini! Love how the food looks <3
I’m more of a street food kinda gal, but these places have my mouth watering! I’ll have to keep this in mind next time I visit Greece
Thanks for the tips and the enticing pics. I’ll be in Greece come June! Is there a place you would consider most traditional?
I love Greek food! And I am also a cheese lover, so this cuisine ticks ALL my boxes.. I learned recently that the Greek islands are also famous for Seafood, which I guess would make sense. I think Fanari might have been my favourite too with the salmon, muscles, and zucchini balls. Mouth watering read.
We just had dinner but looking at those food photos is making our mouths water! Some of them look similar to several Filipino dishes, especially those mussels in Fanari. “Greek coffee served with ice cream or milk over ice” in Classico—that sound super yummy and very interesting!
Mouth watering food choices. Santorini is in my bucket list after reading your blog.
As a fellow cheese-lover, I LOVE this post! Although, I’m not a huge olive fan. There’s a new restaurant where I live that serves Mediterranean food and helps for those days when I’m dreaming of Greece!
I am glad I ate before reading this. Saganaki sounds very good.I feel like I can taste the dakos. The way the plates are decorated make it seem even more appetizing. Maybe it is something with the green, whites, and reds.
You’ve just listed one of my favorite menus! Love Greek food!
Looks like you found a lot of different food to eat. I’ve heard that greece has some great food. They even have some vegan stuff if you eat the Greek orthodox fasting food.
I’ve always loved Greek salads and Gyros, but these are the real deal here. Santorini certainly seems like a food lovers paradise, one that won’t add inches to your waist line for sure. Thanks for sharing.
A lot of nice choices to eat at in Santorini. The presentation on a lot of the dishes is very colorful. I’m sure my wife would enjoy Fanari with those mussels on the menu. I will try a good Gyro and see how it stacks up against Athens/Mykonos.
I have seen many beautiful images of Santorini which have inspired me to visit this year. I had no idea of the fresh and delicious food you can enjoy once there. As a cheese lover as well, I know I will love the food. You photographed all the food very well and the first restaurant I’ll visit is your favourite, Fanari.
mmm it all looks delicious. I love Gyros and Moussaka. I am thinking maybe its time to book another trip to Santorini now after seeing all these lovely images.
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Love greek food and this post is making wish I was over there right now. I found that this style of food is perfect for our family olive oil, lemon, tomatoes oh so good.