The 21 Best Restaurants on Santorini

Updated: October 16, 2016

Santorini Essentials

Metaxy Mas – Exo Gonia

This is the best restaurant on Santorini. If you ask at your hotel, “where do I have to eat?”, 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 Metaxy Mas and then a late-night movie at the outdoor cinema in Kamari (about a 5 minute drive away).
The best restaurant in Santorini is Metaxy Mas.

Naoussa – Fira

Wonderful (traditional) food and great views. Reservations recommended.
Best view restaurant in Santorini.

Argo – Fira

There are 2 restaurants directly across the path that have slightly better views but Argo has better food. Reservations recommended.
Best restaurants with a view in Fira.

Karma – Oia

Charming, friendly restaurant with some of the best dishes in Oia. Reservations recommended.
Best Restaurants in Oia.

Eleni’s Taverna – Fira

Hidden in plain sight on one of the busiest lanes in Fira, Eleni’s (formerly Nikolas) serves the best traditional food in Fira. Reservations usually not required.
The best traditional Greek food in Santorini.

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.
The best view restaurant in Firostefani.

Avocado – Imerovigli

Along with Mezzo, this is my favorite restaurant in Imerovigli, but no view. Reservations usually not required.
The best taverna in Imerovigli.

Mezzo – Imerovigli

If you’re looking for great food and great view then this is the best restaurant in Imerovigli. Reservations recommended.
The best wine bar restaurant with view in Imerovigli.

1800 – Oia

The most formal restaurant in Oia. Great food and a nice rooftop garden with views. Reservations recommended.
The best high end dining in Oia.

Ambrosia – Oia

The most romantic restaurant in Oia, and maybe all of Santorini. Make reservations far in advance.
The most romantic restaurant in Oia.

Roka – Oia

My favorite restaurant in Oia. As the owner said to me, “Lousy view, lousy service, incredible food.” Reservations recommended.
The best food in Oia.

Skala – Oia

Great views and some absolutely delicious dishes. Reservations usually not required.
The best view restaurant in Oia.

Da Vinci – Firostefani

The best Italian restaurant in Santorini. Views look east, not into the caldera. Reservations usually not required.
The best Italian restaurant in Santorini.

Anogi – Imerovigli

Reservations are needed here as it’s one of Imerovigli’s best restaurants. If you can’t get a table, Estia Taverna is steps away and almost as good.
The best restaurant in Imerovigli.

Cava Alta – Pygros

Wow, this place is great. Hidden in the lanes below the castle in Pyrgos this place has some of my favorite dishes in Santorini. Reservations usually not required because it’s a fairly new restaurant, though I suspect this change as word gets around.
The best restaurant in Pyrgos.

Katina Taverna – Amoudi Bay

All the restaurants in Amoudi (the port below Oia) are good but if you can only eat at one then make it Katina. Fresh seafood is obviously what it’s all about. If you want to eat at Katina then make a reservation but if you’re fine with eating at any of the tavernas then wander down around dinner time and take what’s available.
The best seafood restaurants in Santorini at Amoudi Bay below Oia.

1500 Wine Bar & Restaurant – Fira

If you need a quiet spot in Fira with great views then 1500 is it. Reservations usually not required.
The best Fira restaurants with a view.

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.
The best gyros in Santorini is at Lucky's Souvlaki.

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. Reservations recommended.
Best dinner view in Oia.

The Restaurant at Grace Hotel – Imerovigli

Grace isn’t just the best hotel on Santorini, it also has one of the best restaurants with views that look out (over the pool) at Skaros Rock. Reservations recommended.
The best hotel restaurant in Santorini is Grace.

Corner Crepes and Waffles – Fira

The best breakfast spot in Fira. Sweet and savory crepes are delicious. Good coffee too. No reservations.
The Best Breakfast in Santorini.

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56 Questions and Comments

  1. Restaurant with View between Firostefani and Fira

    Hi there. I like your site and you seem to know Santorini well! We have been there 4 times and love the place. Always stay in Firostefani. Next year in September spending 10 days at Dana Villas. It’s to celebrate my 60th and we may have about 20 of us there (or staying somewhere on the island) and I would like to have a cocktail party. I know there is a bar/restaurant on the caldera somewhere near the conference centre with great views. I thought I could organise a party there but can’t remember the name of it. It is on a corner along the walk from Fira to Firostefani. Or if you have other suggestions for a venue, I would love to hear them. I need a place with a view as some of my guests have not been there before. Thanks for you help. Ulla Hiltula

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      There are two restaurants/bars/cafes on that corner: Irini Cafe and Volkan on the Rocks. Volkan has the better (more complete) view but Irini gets the shade in the afternoon which is nice (Volkan can be really exposed and hot). Irini has more food choices.

  2. Restaurants Open in November

    Which restaurants (of your faves) will still be open on the weekend of November 24-27?
    Kay Jung

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Naoussa and Metaxy Mas will stil be open. (And you’ll still need dinner reservations for Metaxy Mas even though it’s off-season.)

  3. Restaurant for Santorini Wedding

    Hello!

    In the process of planning a wedding in Santorini for August of next year for my daughter. Looking for a great restaurant (not too pricey) that serves traditional food for a group of between 30 and 40. Views would be nice but not a necessity. The ceremony is being held at Dana Villas so in reasonable proximity to this would be handy. Thanks so much !
    Laurel

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Try Mama Thira Tavern in Firostefani. It’s a short walk from Dana Villas. Good food, reasonable prices (for Santorini), partial views, and plenty of room for 30 to 40.

  4. Is Roka Kid Friendly?

    Dave,
    Your blog is a great help planning for our upcoming trip to Santorini. We’re headed there just after the Athen’s marathon for a few days, staying in Oia. I saw your comment regarding Roka, and was wondering if it was OK for younger (pre-teen) kids. Any other suggestions for two nights? Thanks!
    Doug Carpenter

  5. Things to do in Kamari

    Dave, what an amazing blog!

    We’re staying in Kamari, toward the south for our honeymoon.

    I assume for the first special night we’ll want to try to get a table at Metaxy. Anything else you’d recommend for the first special night after Metaxy or other options in Kamari?

    Chris

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Go for drinks along the boardwalk in Kamari or see a movie at the outdoor cinema (also Kamari but out of town just a little – on the way to Metaxy Mas).

  6. Santorini Restaurants in November

    Hi Dave,

    As a rough percentage, how many of these restaurants would still be open in early November? We want to visit Santorini in either the first or the second week of November but at the same time don’t want to miss out on all the good spots for food and drinks

    Thanks for your help,
    Helen

  7. Walking from Fira to Imerovigli for Dinner

    Hi Dave

    We are staying In Fira at Aressana Suites Hotel this October and we have a few questions for you if that ok?

    Can we walk from Aressana Suites Hotel in Fira to Mezzo Restaurant In Imerovigli? If so how long and far is the walk and is it hilly? Are there busses to and from these paces along with taxis? Also roughly how much would a bus/taxi cost?

    We are a couple in mid 60’s and we are looking for suitable restaurant’s in Santorini that are reasonably priced and have great food, great reviews and views?

    Many thanks and regards

    John

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      From Aressana to Mezzo would be a good 20 minute walk (a lot of it is uphill) but certainly doable for anyone in decent shape. Bus would cost €1.60 and taxi less than €10. This would get you to the Imerovigli main park lot and from there Mezzo is a 5 minute walk. (It’s actually easier to find if you’re walking all the way from Fira, as you just stay on the footpath and you’ll eventually run into. When coming by bus/taxi you have to find the right path to take down the hill.) Walking back to Fira, obviously, is all downhill and much easier. Bus there, walk back, is a good compromise.

  8. Moderately-priced Restaurant in Fira with Great Views

    Hi Dave,

    Looking for somewhere to take my girlfriend for her 21st this weekend. Id really like somewhere with amazing caldera views preferably in Fira as we are staying there. Can you suggest somehwere and if possible one that will not cost hundreds!

    Many thanks

    Cian

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Naoussa has great views, good food, and isn’t too expensive. Argo feels a little fancier and food is even a little better but its view is a somewhat impeded by other buildings. If you make a reservation a few days in advance you can get a table with a pretty direct view out to the caldera.

  9. Restaurant with View and Easy Accessibility in Imerovigli

    Hi Dave, only just found your blog. It’s a bit short notice as we’re on the island now but do you know of a good eatery in imerovigli with a nice view which is fairly easy to walk to from a taxi. I have a wheelchair but can walk a little way on a good day – up to 100 metres or so. Be very grateful if you can help. Thanks, Annie

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      In the main, central part of Imerovigli, not really. There is Avocado which has great food and a taxi can pull right to its front door – but it’s across the street from the cliff. It sort-of looks out on the caldera but I wouldn’t call it a view (that said, you’re just 40 feet from great views). There are other options south of Imerovigli like La Maison and Skaros but while they have great views they’re not the typical Imerovigli view that looks north to Oia and the sunset (in fact the sunset is hidden from both La Maison and Skaros).

  10. Must Do Restaurants on Santorini

    Hi Dave – I just have to first say that your blogs on Santorini/Greece have been so helpful throughout my planning! My husband and I will be in Santorini on our honeymoon August 16-20th and will be staying in Oia (Kastro Oia Houses). We’ve made dinner reservations at Metaxy Mas, but would love to know what your other must try restaurant would be that we should reserve in advance. Food is a huge priority for us while traveling, so we really want to experience the best! A nice view/location would be great as well, but we’re flexible with that if the food is great. We wish we could try all of the places above, but we only have 4 nights!

    Thanks in advance.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      My short list would be Roka in Oia, Avocado in Imerovigli, Mezzo in Imerovigli (the best restaurant with a caldera view on Santorini), and Ouzeri in Fira (which has this odd diner-like sign that makes it look really touristy but the food is phenomenal).

  11. Best Restaurant for Sunset View in Oia

    Would like to know who you think is the best sunset view restaurant in September in Oia?

    Cindy

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Not many restaurants have sunset views in Oia (most look back into the caldera). Of the few that do Sunsets Cafe is probably the best. But for the best combination of great food and sunset views on the island then book a table at Mezzo in Imerovigli.

  12. Restaurant for Large Wedding Group

    Hi Dave,
    I will be travelling to Santorini next year with 50 – 60 wedding guests. We will be staying at the El Greco Hotel for 7 nights. Can you give us some tips for restaurants that will be able to accommodate us in such a large group. Maybe some places that have special offers and set menus?
    Also do you have a blog on nightlife in Santorini?
    Thanks in advance,
    Melissa

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      There are not many restaurants that are both good and can accommodate that large a group. One that can do both is Ouzeri in Fira. Wonderful food and a large patio. Obviously reserve something in advance but I think they should be able to squeeze you in.

  13. Good Vegetarian Restaurants on Santorini

    Dave, staying in Imerovigli(Sophia Suites) for 3 nights. Got any recommendations for restaurants that have great vegetarian(no meat, no fish) options? We do eat diary, and will also be venturing to Oia, and Fira as well, but Imerovigli will be our home base. Appreciate the insights!

    Ravish

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Most Greek restaurants will have good vegetarian options so I wouldn’t worry about finding something. In Imerovigli, Avocado is probably the best choice for vegetarian meals.

  14. Dress Code for Santorini Restaurants

    What’s the dress code for dining on the islands? What about shoes? Are flip flops or sandals fine?

    Steve jackovitz

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      I don’t know of any restaurant that has a dress code. There are a few (particularly in Oia) where you might feel slightly out of place in shorts and sandals – but not by much.

  15. Nikolas Taverna in Fira

    Hi Dave

    As an age 50+ solo traveller I have used your website for ideas on my trip to Santorini.
    Have just had a meal at Nikolas Taverna in Fira and had fantastic grilled octopus and chicken cooked in the oven with lemon and herbs. Would highly recommend.

    Teresa

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      This is great to hear. I’d heard Nikolas’ was under new ownership but hadn’t been in since the change. Thanks for the feedback.

  16. Restaurant Close to Bus Station in Fira

    Hi Dave,

    Sorry to bother you again but you are such a mine of invaluable information.

    Can you recommend a good restaurant close to the main bus station in Fira please? We are meeting friends for a birthday lunch. We will be coming in on the bus from Perissa and our friends will be coming in on the bus from Imerovigli – somewhere nice with good food but not too far from the bus station. We are first time visitors to Santorini arriving first week in June.

    Many thanks in advance Dave.

    Cheers,
    Ian Adams

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      The closest and easiest to find (good) restaurant to the bus station is Mama’s House. It’s about a 1 minute walk from the station. Walk through the taxi parking lot and you’ll see it on your right. Or ask anyone, and they’ll point you in the right direction. Just as good but not quite so easy to find is Ouzeri. It’s no more than a 3 minute walk from the bus station but a first timer will need to ask for directions. If you want a view of the caldera (and great food) then Naoussa is a 5 minute walk from the bus station.

      1. Ian Adams

        Thanks Dave. I know you’re very busy and I really appreciate your comprehensive reply.

        Thank you again.

  17. Reservations at Katina

    Hi Dave,

    Brilliant blog!

    We would like to make a booking at Katina on Ammoudi Beach. Do you have a number or email please?

    Cheers

    James Muecke

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      There number is +30 2286 071280. And just to be clear it’s not a beach – more of a port.

  18. Outdoor Cinema in Kamari

    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for your fantastic suggestions on the restaurants. I’ve read there’s an open air cinema at Kamari close to Metaxy Mas, yet I will be staying in Oia (Fanari Villas), will it be very difficult for us to go to the theatre from there? And is it easy for us to get a cab in both Oia & the theatre area? Roughly how much should we expected for one way?

    Thank you!

    Best,
    Alexa

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      The cinema is in Kamari about a 5 to 8 minute drive from Metaxy Mas (but not walking distance). A taxi from Oia would be 25 to 30 Euros. But getting a taxi on the way back would not be easy. I’d either pre-arrange something or take the bus (which passes directly by the theater) back to Fira, and then taxi or bus from there.

  19. Kamari Restaurant for Wedding Party

    Hi Dave,

    My partner and I are getting married in Santorini on August 31st. We would like to hold a pre-wedding dinner on August 30th for all of our guests, paid for by us.

    We are staying in Kamari and hoping to find a traditional Greek taverna where there may be some Greek Dancing etc. It would be good if it was a lively place with music as the evening goes on. There will be about 80 of us so it would be good to possibly fill an entire place? If not, have our own area.

    I’m hoping to talk to the owner (we go out on May 3rd for four nights so will sort then.) and negotiate some kind of set menu with some wine on the table so we can keep control of the cost!!!

    We don’t need the food to be amazing, it’s more about the atmosphere.

    If you have any advice on the perfect place for this sort of evening it would be very much appreciated!

    Thank you in advance.

    Kind regards,

    Charlotte Pryce

  20. Restaurant for Birthday

    Hi Dave,

    LOVE your blog! My boyfriend and I are travelling to Greece in August and will be in Santorini for his 30th. Could you please recommend a restaurant that we could celebrate his birthday? Something a little special! Could you also recommend a bar somewhere to party afterwards?

    Thank you
    Cara Lombardi 🙂

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      My top recommendation for a restaurant would be Metaxy Mas. But, it’s a 15 minute drive from Fira so might not work if you’re looking to combine it with drinking and going out. If you wanted to stay within walking distance of the clubs then reserve a table with a view (right along the patio edge) at Naoussa in Fira. For a club my favorites are Two Brothers and Tropical.

  21. Nikolas Taverna in Fira

    Hi Dave,

    I read on a trip advisor review (Oct 2015) that Nikolas Taverna in Fira has closed? Is this true? I was looking forward to going there after reading your recommendation.

    Thanks!
    Eugene

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      I have not heard this and hope it’s not true. Tripadvisor has reviews from November 2015 so not sure which one you read. Nikolas does sometimes close for the slower months so perhaps they confused that with going out of business.

  22. Restaurants Open in December on Santorini

    Hi Dave! Awesome site you have here! We are going to Santorini next week but am worried as it is winter and we know many places will be closed.

    What are some restaurants that you would recommend to us that’ll he open in December?
    Hana

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      I know Lucky’s is always open in December but as for sit-down restaurants it changes every year based on the whims and plans of the owners. You’ll just have to wander around and look. But certainly there will be some good places open.

  23. Steve

    I just wanted to thank you for the quality website you have. We visited Santorini for a week in early October (after spending a week in Mykonos) and found your information and advice to be right on target. We ate at many of your suggested restaurants (Karma, Da Vinci, Argo, Remvi, Lucky’s, Avocado) and they were all fantastic. The wineries, outdoor movie theatre in Kamari, and beaches were all fantastic. Your website was a very valuable resource. Thank you for your work!

  24. Restaurant with Most Romantic View on Santorini

    Hi Dave,

    I am trying to find a restaurant with the best view with romantic settings, which would you recommend? Btw, great site!

    Winnie

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      Ambrosia in Oia. Great view of the caldera (but no sunset view). Not many tables so book as early as practical.

  25. Best Restaurant in Kamari

    Dear Dave,
    Do you have some favorite restaurants in Kamari beach?
    Thank you
    Tina

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      My favorite restaurant near Kamari is Metaxy Mas – about an 8 minute drive from Kamari. In Kamari there are no standouts but in general you’ll get better food at the restaurants back from the beach and not along the beach strip.

  26. How Much to Budget for Meals on Santorini?

    Dave,
    We will be staying in Santorini for 7 nights during the last week of October. How much do you think we should plan on spending for food? The hotel we are staying at has breakfast included. We don’t really drink much. I was thinking 80 euros or so a day. Do you think that will be a fairly good estimate? Our plan is to try and eat at some of the more local places and then splurge for a few nicer dinnera. We are staying at Keti Hotel in Fira. Any suggestions?
    Love the site and all the awesome info you’ve compiled on it!
    Nate

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      80€ for lunch and dinner for two per day is doable. It might take a little restraint here and there but it’s a reasonable estimate.

  27. When To Make Restaurant Reservations in Santorini

    We have 5 days in Santorini and really want to eat at Metaxy Mas and Katina in Amoudi. But we don’t want to plan too much of our days there. Would we be OK making a reservation the day of dining if we phoned early in the morning. We’ll be there in early September. Thanks.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave

      It’s certainly possible to get reservations on the same day you call – but you probably will be restricted by time (an early or late table). If you called 1 to 2 days in advance then you’d probably get the time you wanted. No guaranteed though, the earlier you can do it the better.

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