Santorini Restaurants – Where To Eat

Updated: October 20, 2017

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The 23 Best Restaurants in Santorini

  • Santorini Wine Tour (Half-day) – 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 begins at two different times – choose the later start to get great sunset views.)
  • My very favorite restaurants on Santorini: Metaxy Mas, The Good Heart, Cava Alta, Ouzeri, Mezzo, Avocado, and Roka.
  • Best restaurants in Oia: Roka • Karma • Candouni • Ammoudi Fish Tavern
  • Best restaurants in Fira: Ouzeri • Argo • Naoussa
  • Best restaurants in Imerovigli: Mezzo • Avocado • Athenian House • Anogi
  • Best restaurants with caldera view: Mezzo, Athenian House, Argo, Naoussa, La Maison, and Ambrosia. (In general the best restaurants don’t have caldera views but there are exceptions.)
  • The best coffee in Santorini is at Passaggio (Oia) and Pure (Fira).
  • If you visit any of these restaurants please mention that you heard about them from Santorini Dave. Thanks!

Metaxy Mas – Exo Gonia

The best restaurant in Santorini is Metaxy Mas.
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 Metaxy Mas and then a late-night movie at the outdoor cinema in Kamari (about a 5 minute drive away).

The Good Heart – near Akrotiri

The best restaurants near Akrotiri with traditional greek food.
Oh my God! This place is so good. Local food and traditional dishes – much of it from their nearby farm. Relaxed and family-friendly but so enchanting it could double as a romantic rustic outing. Super friendly owners. Reservations usually not required. It’s a 15 minute drive from Fira but worth the effort.

Yalos Gastronomy by the Sea – Exo Gialos Beach

The best restaurants on the beach.
Fresh seafood and Santorini flavors at an idyllic beach location about a 10 minute drive directly east of Fira.

Cava Alta – Pygros

The best restaurant in Pyrgos.
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.

Lucky’s Souvlaki – Fira

The best gyro souvlaki in Santorini is at Lucky's in 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.) Pito Gyros is the also good and the best gyro place in Oia.

Ouzeri – Fira

The best restaurants in Fira with great food.
The best restaurant in Fira. The big bright sign makes it look very touristy (almost questionable) but the food is fucking awesome. Reservations recommended for dinner but not usually necessary for lunch.

Naoussa – Fira

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

Argo – Fira

Best restaurants with a view 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.

Nikolas Taverna – Fira

The best restaurants in Fira.
Hidden in plain sight on one of the busiest lanes in Fira, Nikolas serves inexpensive traditional food. Reservations usually not required.

Remvi – Firostefani

The best view restaurant in 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.

Da Vinci – Firostefani

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

La Maison – Imerovigli

The best restaurants in Imeroviglii with caldera view.
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.

Mezzo – Imerovigli

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

Avocado – Imerovigli

The best restaurants in Santorini for lunch.
Along with Mezzo, this is my favorite restaurant in Imerovigli, but no view. Reservations usually not required for lunch but a good idea for dinner.

Anogi – Imerovigli

The best restaurants in Imerovigli with traditional Mediterranean food.
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.

Athenian House – Imerovigli

The best restaurants in Santorini with good caldera view.
The best caldera and sunset view of any restaurant in Santorini. Amazing food too.

Roka – Oia

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

Candouni – Oia

The best restaurants in Oia with traditional greek food.
Warm and friendly vibe with traditional greek food. Reservations recommended.

Karma – Oia

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

Ambrosia – Oia

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

Panorama Balcony – Oia

Romantic restaurant for honeymoon in Santorini.
OK, maybe this place is more romantic, but there’s only one table and one seating per night (8 to 11pm). Reserve at least 17 years in advance at [email protected].

Lotza – Oia

Best dinner view in 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 a sit down restaurant). Reservations usually not required.

Ammoudi Fish Taverna – Ammoudi Bay

The best restaurants with seafood on water.
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 sunset views. Reservations aren’t needed for lunch but a good idea for dinner.

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114 Questions and Comments

  1. Santorini Restaurants Open at Christmas

    We are going to be visiting the week of Christmas. Do you know if restaurants are open on Christmas day and the week of Christmas? And would we have to make dinner reservations during Christmas week? I’m not sure how busy the holidays get.
    Stephanie

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      There will be a few restaurants open in Fira and Oia, for sure. But which ones change every year so I’ve given up trying to predict. Yes, I would make a reservation once you find one open. Probably unnecessary but with only a handful of places open the most popular could fill up.

  2. Santorini in April

    Hi Dave

    Great website! Thanks for taking time out to answer.

    I’m looking to book a hotel in Santorini for next April (2018) with my girlfriend to propose to her. Are there any hotels in Oia you would recommend that aren’t ludicrously expensive? Also what is the weather like end of April?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Onar Villas are very nice and have reasonable rates. Not all rooms/suites are right on the caldera.

  3. Ouzeri Restaurant in Santorini

    Thank you!! You’re spot on when it comes to Ouzeri. Wonderful spot!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Yes, my favorite restaurant in Fira.

  4. Good Restaurant Near Santo Winery

    Hey Santorini Dave! Hope you are well. Any recommendations for a restaurant for dinner near Santo Winery please? Much appreciated, Caroline

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Cava Alta is the best restaurant nearby. In Pyrgos, about a mile away, though a tricky walk since there aren’t sidewalks for much of the route.

  5. Santorini Airport to Akrotiri

    Hi Dave, myself and my partner are arriving in Santorini on 1st October and staying at the Fishermans House in Akrotiri. Could you give us some advice about transfers from the airport please? Is it best to prebook or should we just grab a taxi when we arrive? Great website, by the way!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      As long as you’re arriving before 10pm you should be fine walking out the door and getting a taxi (though a queue can develop especially if you’re not the first ones to grab your bags and get out the door). The taxi queue is right out the door from arrivals – you can’t miss it. If you’re going to rent a car you can pick up at the airport and get that out of the way. But I wouldn’t do this if you’re not arriving in daylight as Akrotiri (and hotels) can be hard to find in the dark.

  6. Getting To Metaxy Mas by Bus

    Hi Dave,

    I’m celebrating my 40th in Santorini, staying in Oia. However would love to travel out for the day and eat at Metaxy Mas. Have had a look online but still can’t figure it out how to get there except from a taxi?? How easy is it to get to from Oia? Is the taxi a reasonable price or is public transport an easy enough option?

    L 🙂

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      By bus it’s tricky but doable. Take a bus from Fira and get off in Pyrgos. Then it’s a 1km walk (you’ll need to map it). On the way back it’s easier to walk down to the Fira-Kamari road (which is busy with no sidewalk, I wouldn’t do it myself, but it is possible). Then you have to worry about not missing the last bus back to Fira (and then Oia) depending on what time finish dinner. You could bus to Fira and then taxi as a compromise but if you’re getting in a taxi you might as well go all the way. You can get Metaxy to order you a taxi for the trip back but do expect a bit of a wait. You could go for lunch instead of dinner and that makes catching the bus much easier.

  7. Santorini Market for Fruits, Vegetable, Meat

    Hi Dave,

    May I know if there’s a fresh market for fruits, vegetables and meat in Santorini? I reckon that I have to be there early as well?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      There is a very small street market (usually fish and a few fruits and vegetables) opposite McDonald’s in Fira. There are also a few people selling fruit along the caldera path – often in Firostefani and Oia.

  8. Xenones Filotera Hotel

    Staying at the Xenones Filotera in Imerovigli for 3 nights mid October. Wonder if car rental is essential; plan on some walking but at 74 not super energetic. Any island transport? Will we be able to see sunset caldera views without taxi hire; or if needed how expensive?
    Thanks
    Gale Hamilton

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Xenones Filotera is located in a quiet stretch of caldera north of Imerovigli. Great caldera and sunset views from the hotel without going anywhere. There’s a bus stop a short walk from the hotel with buses to Oia and Fira. Buses run about every half-hour (in October).

  9. Ambrosia in Oia

    Hi Dave, been reading a lot of the post on your blog in planning a trip later this month and must say I am really impressed by your efforts in providing incredibly useful information. I have after two attempts booked a table for two at Ambrosia however I have only just now read through reviews on tripadvisor and am a bit concerned about how many bad reviews they have received, mostly on service but also on the food. Was wondering if you were caught up on this and know anything either by own experience or from others about how likely it is that we would have the same struggle as many guests have claimed to have?
    Sissel Melberg

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Ambrosia has good food and incredible views. It’s not one of my very very favorites but it’s good, for sure. Yeah, service is not top notch but it’s Greece – relax, enjoy the view, take things at Greek speed.

  10. Metaxy Mas

    Than you Dave for recommending Metaxy Mas. It is an ideal location to stop off between the airport and the port.
    The food was superb and the location stunning. It was so good that we visited the restaurant on our return journey between the port and the airport.
    Thank you once again.
    Stewart Finkle

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Yes, great place isn’t it.

  11. Restaurants for Solo Travelers

    Hi Dave

    I wanted to know of any good restaurants in Oia that are good for solo travellers?
    Hema

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      The cheaper the place the more single-traveler friendly they feel. Both the gyro places in Oia feel comfortable for solo travelers: Pito Gyros and Nikos Place. Lotza would be good (for caldera views). And Sunsets Cafe (for sunset views).

  12. Do Santorini Restaurants Take Credit Cards?

    Hi Dave! Thank you so much for all the helpful information. We’re taking your advice on a number of restaurants. Was wondering if you knew if all of the nice places (or even not as nice) accept credit cards and which ones.
    Mark Schindele

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Most Santorini restaurants will take credit cards. Just the inexpensive ones don’t.

  13. Best Wineries near Oia

    Hi Dave,

    What are some of the best wineries to visit? We are staying in Oia and we will have a car.

    Thank you!!
    Michelle Kohls

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Sigalas is one of my favorite wineries and a 5 minute drive from Oia. More of my favorites here: Santorini Wineries.

  14. Romantic Restaurant in Oia

    Hey Dave!
    Thanks for all your tips! We’re a month out from our honeymoon trip and finalizing some reservation details.
    We’ll be staying in Oia and looking to have one ‘nicer’ local dinner that overlooks the Caldera. Something that feels romantic, but not overly stuffy or a tourist trap (and not over the top expensive). We’re leaning toward Ambrosia, but curious of any other recos? If Ambrosia, which seating time would you recommend? (FIRST SEATING at 19:00 ~ SECOND SEATING at 21:30 – 21:45).
    Lauren

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Yes, go with Ambrosia. Very nice, intimate, wonderful views. I’d take the first seating as you’ll still be able to see the caldera – though the second seating will probably feel a little more romantic. Take a light sweater. It can get chilly along the caldera at night regardless of how warm it was through the day.

  15. Reservations for Lotza in Oia

    Hello Dave,

    I would love to dine at Lotza, but I can’t seem to find a website to make a reservation.
    Do you have any idea how I can contact them through e-mail or reservation tool?

    Kind regards,
    Steffi

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Their phone number is +30 2286 071357. They also have a Facebook page – you could message them through that, but not sure how likely a reply is.

  16. Family Restaurant for Relaxed Wedding Dinner

    Hi Dave, I’m getting married in Santorini at the Gem in two weeks. 1/6/17.
    We are looking for a nice family Restaurant that do local food in Fira? Be about 20 of us + 10 kids.
    Any ideas?
    Reece Ling

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Ouzeri has great food and is large enough to easily accommodate a group of 30.

  17. Good View for Sunset

    Hi Dave, We are a group of 10 girls coming to Santorini for one day on the 13th June. We have from 1pm-10pm on the island.

    Happy to wander around all day but want to make sure we get a good seating for Sunset, without hundreds of people blocking the view. Where is the best place with a sunset view that can accomodate 10 girls? We are looking to book somewhere now. Also what time would you suggest booking?

    We are coming on a cruise, so no idea how close things are to the port etc?

    Any help appreciated 🙂 thanks!
    Victoria

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Naoussa is a good restaurant with great sunset views. Franco is a bar with good sunset views and you wouldn’t need to worry about reservations (just show up early). Both are in Fira. You won’t have time to make it from Oia back to Fira in time to get back to your ship, so you’ll need to watch from Fira. Sunset is at 8:37pm on June 13th. It’s possible you won’t even have time for sunset in Fira. If the ship is departing at 10pm you might need to be back there by 9:30, which means you’ll need to be down in the Fira port at 9pm, so line-up for cable car by 8pm. If you wanted to buy yourself some extra time then walk down to Fira port instead of lining up for the cable car.

  18. Santorini Restaurant Reservations

    I’m travelling alone in greece and greek islands. Do I need to make a reservation if i want to go to restaurants like Selene or Argo?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      It depends when (reservations for the sunset would be mandatory pretty much anywhere) but in general, Selene, yes; Argo, no.

  19. Very Best Restaurants on Santorini

    Hi Dave,
    The wife and I are going to Santorini in a few days for our honeymoon and I’ve read almost everything you’ve written about the island. I truly appreciate the time you put into all this. We will only be in Santorini for 4 Days, which allows us about 8 restaurants. Which restaurants would you say we can’t or shouldn’t miss out on?
    Erick Tallant

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      If I could only pick 8 restaurants (not in order):
      -Metaxy Mas (Exo Gonia)
      -Good Heart (Akrotiri)
      -Cava Alta (Pyrgos)
      -Ouzeri (Fira)
      -Mezzo or Athenian House (Imerovigli – dinner only)
      -Roka (Oia – dinner only)
      -Karma (Oia – dinner only)
      -Ammoudi Fish Taverna (Ammoudi)

      It’s not one of “the best restaurants” but you should try to get a gyro from Lucky’s in Fira. Good for lunch or an afternoon/late-night snack.

  20. Restaurants Near Athermi Suites

    Hi Dave

    Your site is fantastic

    My partner and I will be staying at the Athermi Suites in Megalochori in a couple weeks time.

    What is the area like, is it easy to get about and are there enough nice restaurants?

    Regards

    Andy

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      There are a handful of good restaurants in the village of Megalochori – about a 10 minute walk from Athermi Suites. You do have to cross a busy road and there’s a stretch with no sidewalks but once you’re in the town it’s charming and idyllic. Be sure to visit Gavalas Winery. All that said, renting a car is best when staying at Athermi.

  21. Santorini Restaurant for Special Dinner

    Hi Dave, I want to surprise my parents with a special dinner for just the two of them during our upcoming family trip to Santorini as they are graciously taking the whole family on vacation to celebrate their upcoming retirement…what restaurant would you recommend for something special, great views, and that maybe caters to a private dining experience or more exclusive dining? We’ll be staying in Imerovigli, and I already booked dinner reservations for our other nights for the whole group at Argo, Mezzo, and Metaxy Mas. Thank you in advance for any suggestions! Leah

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Try Lauda or Ambrosia in Oia. If you wanted something in Imerovigli then do Athenian House.

  22. Best Bar for Meeting People in Santorini

    Hi Dave! I’m traveling to santorini for 2 nights solo. I am a female in her early 30s from Los Angeles. What are some of the best restaurants and/or bars to meet likeminded people? 30s/40s crowd, locals or visiting.

    Thank you! Your blog has been so helpful 🙏🏽

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Tropical Bar (in Fira with great views) is probably the best place to meet other solo travelers. Workers are friendly too. Mary Kay’s in Oia is similar (but no views). Not really any restaurants that lend themselves to meeting people.

  23. Best Fira Bar Restaurant with Caldera View

    Hi Dave,

    Brilliant Blog.. Lot of information. We are staying in Fira. Just wanted to know which restaurant has best caldera view and bar for drinks? I have read a lot of Argo.
    Thanks,
    Munish

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Argo has great food but not a clear view of the caldera. Idol is good for drinks and food and has great caldera views.

  24. Good Restaurant for Large Group

    Hi Dave

    Thank you for the amazing website. We are getting married at Dana Villas in September this year and we are looking for a restaurant to have dinner the night before the wedding. There will be 27 of us and we would be interested in fun and lively restaurant, without a caldera view. Happy to venture out of Fira . I would be very grateful if you could suggest a few restaurants that may be suitable.

    Many thanks

    Sophie Neal

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Metaxy Mas is the best restaurant in Santorini and if you book far enough in advance they should be able to take 27. In Fira, Ouzeri would be great. In Firostefani, Da Vinci is good and could accommodate your group.

  25. Fira Restaurant with Best Sunset Views

    Hi Dave, great site.

    Taking my partner to Santorini in October and staying in Fira

    Looking for a restaraunt with the best views of the sunset, within walking distance of Fira. Where would you recommend?

    Thanks,
    Dave

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Naoussa.

  26. When Is Dinnertime on Santorini

    Hi Dave –
    Thanks so much for your amazingly helpful info! This has been a goldmine in our planning.
    My husband and I are headed to Santorini mid-June 2017. Looking into making some dinner resos at the places you’ve recommended – what time is the typical dinner hour? E.g. at Ambrosia they have two seatings, one at 7 and another at 9:30.
    As context – we’re in our early 30’s, live in NYC and open to a range of eating times. Apologies if you’ve advised this already somewhere on the blog.

    Thanks so much!

    Lauren

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      I usually eat at 8pm which is a little early by Greek standards but since there are many tourists on Santorini works fine. Anytime between 6:30 and 11pm you’ll find restaurants busy with diners.

  27. Restaurant with Great View with Young Kids

    Hi Dave

    Which of the restaurants listed or not listed would have the best sunset view and food, keeping in mind we have an
    8 year old and 4 year old.

    Great Blog! most informative information around, thanks!!

    Luciana Niforas

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Naoussa in Fira has wonderful sunset/caldera views and is very kid/family friendly. Good food, good prices. But do make reservations a few days in advance for the best tables.

  28. Dinner for Romantic Night

    Hi Dave,
    I have been following your posts for about six months now, as my fiancé and I are eloping in Santorini next June. We are staying at the Astra Suites and George is taking care of most everything for us. Since it will be just the two of us, we are wondering what to do following the ceremony and were thinking with the sun already having set, a nice dinner out is really our only option. Do you have any recommendations where we could go immediately following our wedding ceremony? It will be our first time visiting Santorini, so if there are any other “must do’s” please do tell me!
    Happy Holidays,
    Melissa

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Since you’re staying at Astra I would dine at Mezzo – just a few minutes up the path. Fantastic food and some tables have great views (make a reservation for a view table).

  29. Santorini Wedding Info

    Hey Dave,
    Super well put together site… I wish other destinations did something similar.

    Were looking to come there in May-June 2017.

    By any chance do you know of any wedding planners or sites in the Greek islands?

    We would like to reach out to speak/meet some people and get some ideas of costs etc.

    Thanks
    Roberto

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      I have this page on Santorini Weddings. Hope it helps.

  30. 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 Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

  31. 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 Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

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

  32. 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 Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

  33. 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

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Yes, Roka is definitely kid-friendly. Few restaurants on Santorini are not.

  34. 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 Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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).

  35. 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

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Most of them (let’s say 80%) should still be open in early November.

  36. 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 Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

  37. 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 Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

  38. 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 Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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).

  39. 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 Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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).

  40. 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 Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

  41. 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 Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

  42. 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 Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

  43. 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 Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

  44. 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 Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

  45. 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 Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

  46. 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 Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

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

  47. 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 Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

  48. 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

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Try Captain’s Corner. Good food (less touristy than most restaurants in Kamari) and they have a outdoor seating area that might work.

    2. Paul

      Also Alexanders.

  49. 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 Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

  50. 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 Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

  51. 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 Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

  52. 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!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Thanks. Glad it was so helpful.

  53. 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 Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

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

  54. Best Restaurant in Kamari

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

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

  55. 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 Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

  56. 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 Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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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