Santorini is not just made up of beaches and sea but it has a not indifferent culinary history. Trust me you’ll eat very well there. The Greek cuisine, based on the Mediterranean diet, is certainly closer to the Italian one (with some differences). Even in Greece we find dishes with olive oil and the use of spices like mint, rosemary, oregano and thyme, that season vegetables and fish of all kind. It’s a centuries-old kitchen and excels with its 25 centuries in the traditions and quality. The Greek Souvlaki is certainly the most famous food, eaten as “pita” together with the various sauces is so delicious. Its also so good the “gyros pita”, pork meat accompanied optionally with tomatoes, fried potatoes, onions, tzatziki (is a cucumber sauce with garlic and yogurt) and flatbread called “pita”. Between the many Greek dishes which is worth to taste I mention: moussaka, pastiso, souvlaki (skewers of meat or fish), kokoretsi, ghiouvetsi, keftedes, dolmades (rolls in vine leaves), kalamarakia, octopus and shrimps, swordfish, etc. Among the famous Greek sauces we have: tzatziki, skordalia, taramosalata, melitzanosalata, etc. In this regard I recommend to taste them as an appetizer served with black olives, pickles, anchovies, salami, rice rolls or ground meat entrees, the famous “mezedes”.
The Greek cheeses also offer the following varieties: Feta, Kasseri, Manouri, Ladotiri, Chloro, Metsovone, Yaourti (better know as the Greek Yogurt).
The opportunity to eat well in Santorini is not uncommon. Equally to spend little remaining satisfied with the environment and the food. Of course, being Santorini an island, the fish is in abundance on all restaurant menus and it’s therefore possible to eat excellent, grilled or fried fresh fish and pasta dishes.
At that point the answer is: where to eat in Santorini?
The island is full of restaurants of all categories, with a view of the sea, the caldera or neighboring villages. Let me just suggest you some of them:
– Dimitris’ Tavern
In a quiet corner of the Island south of Santorini, perched above the harbor at Vlychada, you’ll find this restaurant. A traditional Greek tavern with a great view of the Aegean Sea. The kitchen offers only top quality fresh products from the family farm such as: white eggplants, cucumbers, zucchini, peppers, onions, tomatoes and other vegetables and fruits. The variety of fresh fish just caught the complete restaurant menu, where the prices are very reasonable. Every Friday at 19:00 there is a live traditional Greek music and you’ll all be invited to dance!
– “O Perivolos” Tavern
I think that this restaurant is the best traditional fresh fish tavern on the beach of Perivolos. Beautiful place and fantastic food from about 30 years!
– Tabasco Restaurant & Pizzeria
The Tabasco Restaurant & Pizzeria is present on the island from about 12 years with two restaurants, one in the center of Fira, in the main square, and one just outside the village of Karterados on the main mall area along the road that leads to Fira. The kitchen offers for both restaurants good quality at the right price, specialities include: appetizers, sous, risottos, pastas, crepes, salads, grilled fish and meat, and also a very good pizza! Makes also home delivery.
– Kapari’s Tavern
This restaurant is located about 250m from the main square of Fira, in the direction of Firostefani, and it well worth trying! Do not eat at this inn during your vacation in Santorini for sure would be a shame and you would lose a great experience.
– Captain Loizos
Captain Loizos is a traditional fish tavern run by a family of fishermen of Santorini and is located 5 meters from the beach of Monolithos, organized with umbrellas, sun beds and children lay area. Ideal for lunch and dinner, Captain Loizos always guarantee a good quality cuisine with fresh seafood at the right price.
This restaurant is located in the traditional village of Karterados at 1km from Fira and you’ll find one of the island’s best seafood taverns. Managed by a fishermen who always offer you the catch of the day. The service is impeccable. The seats are arranged partly inside and partly outside under a pergola. It’s possible to choose one of the set menus at a very attractive price. Excellent value for money.
– Honeymoon Beach Tavern
Tavern of the homonymous hotel, located near the beach of Perivolos, in a peaceful area away from the hustle of downtown, offers traditional Greek dishes such as pastitsio, moussaka, souvlaki meat and fish and salads. Open daily from lunch to the dinner until 23:00 pm will offer a good value for money in an original setting with tables watching an heart-shaped pool and the nearby sea.
– Simos Tavern
This tavern has existed since 1989 and serves Greek dishes like meat and fish also grilled, accompanied by excellent white and red wine, also barrique. Pergola and fireplace create a familiar and cozy environment. Hospitality and cordiality are other distinguishing features. The restaurant is located in the village of Firostefani enjoys an ideal location and can be reached on foot or easily by car or scooter without problems with the parking. The average price is 25EUR for person. Highly recommended.
This is a restaurant serving traditional Cypriot cuisine, fusion between the Greek and Middle Eastern cuisine. Located in a peaceful area of Oia, you can spend a delicious and romantic dinner by candlelight on the 80m2 terrace of the restaurant, while admiring the magnificent sunset over the archipelago of the Cyclades. It offers freshly prepared meals using organic ingredients. The fish is very fresh and only brought the catch of the day, accompanied by local wine by the carafe. The average price is affordable for all budgets.
Enjoy traditional Greek cuisine, with no regrets.