The Cave of Nikolas Restaurant in Akrotiri, Santorini

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Updated: October 12, 2021
By Santorini Dave

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The Cave of Nikolas in Akrotiri, Santorini

The Cave of Nikolas is a charming family-run taverna on Akrotiri beach and just a few minutes from Red beach.

The Cave of Nikolas is built in a hand-carved cave by Uncle Nikolas, and has been in his family for 3 generations. This charming taverna is at the western end of Akrotiri beach and is renowned for its traditional, homemade Greek dishes using vegetables, cheese, and animals from their own farm, and fresh seafood caught that day. The food is delicious and cheap, and there are some vegetarian options as well.

The Cave of Nikolas Hours and Information

  • Season: Late March to October-end.
  • Hours: 1 pm-11 pm through the week.
  • Website:
  • Location: Akrotiri beach, 500m east of Red beach.
  • Telephone: +30-228-608-2303
  • View: Beautiful ocean and sunset views as well as of Vlychada. Around 8 pm, just before sunset, several catamarans can be seen sailing into the Vlychada marina.
  • Parking: Plenty of free parking on the roads around the restaurant.
  • Bus: 100m east at the end of the road. The ferry taxi that stops at Black (Perissa and Perivolos), Red, and White beaches also stops at Akrotiri beach steps from the restaurant.

The Cave of Nikolas

The Cave of Nikolas seating

Most of the tables are outdoor facing the water.

The Cave of Nikolas seating

Fresh seafood is caught daily.

The Cave of Nikolas seating

The decor is simple and rustic.

The Cave of Nikolas interior

Inside the original cave are a few tables and the kitchen.

The Cave of Nikolas vegetables and wine

Fresh vegetables from the family’s own farm as well as bottles of wine are stored in the cool cave.

The Cave of Nikolas Fava dish

The traditional fava dish seasoned with tomatoes, onions, and capers, all from the family’s own farm, is delicious.

The Cave of Nikolas

The grilled white Santorini eggplant with garlic, olive oil, and parsley is a must-try.

The Cave of Nikolas zucchini flowers

Fried zucchini flowers stuffed with rice and herbs.

The Cave of Nikolas salad

Colorful mixed green salad with Santorini tomatoes.

The Cave of Nikolas grilled calamari

The grilled calamari is their specialty.

The Cave of Nikolas ferry taxi

The ferry taxi between Red, Black, White, and Akrotiri beaches stops right in front of the taverna.

The Cave of Nikolas bus stop

The bus stop is about 100m east of the taverna. There’s plenty of free parking on the same road.

The Cave of Nikolas parking

Cars can also be parked on the road north of the restaurant, as well as the free parking lot for Red beach about 10 minutes away.

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