You love your Mama’s cooking don’t you? Just like at home, Mama will cook you great meals and not charge you a fortune to eat well. Open all day and until Midnight, Mama’s kitchen serves up great Greek dishes. This great restaurant even hosted a VT Euromeeting meal in 2007.
Sitting outside in a comfortable garden, it is located right in the heart of Fira town centre. Dishes vary between meat, seafood and vegetarian options. My party enjoyed every bite of their salads, main courses, drinks and a big hug from Mama (pictured).
Breakfast is more of an American/British fare with eggs, bacon, pancakes etc. Even steak. Lunch and dinner is more Mediterranean and downright Greek. Souvlaki, Moussaka and the traditional Baklava will leave your mouth saying ‘Ahhhhh’. I had a stuffed pork dish that tasted wonderful.
In terms of price, quality and friendliness you must put Mama’s House on your dinning itinerary while you are in Santorini. Mama runs the restaurant with her husband, brother Ionas, and her dog Jesse II (pictured). A definite family affair.
* Chicken Salad
* Stuffed Pork
* Red (house) wine
Nikolas Tavern is popular with tourists. It is located at Fira, opposite the taxi stand.
The small restaurant is called "Lucky Souvlaki" and it is known for its great gyros!
For tasty, good quality food try this restaurant.
Favorite Dish: Souvlaki - kebab and gyros.
This looked like an ideal spot for a late light lunch overlooking the caldera with its bow-tied waiter and upscale decor. So far as ambience, service and the view was concerned this is certainly a beautiful setting. Reading the menu however failed to excite and so I decided on that old Greek staple - the spinach pie. Unfortunately this turned out to be one of those horrible mass-produced things, all pastry and no filling, yuk! The service was reasonably good though and the bill not too extortionate.
Favorite Dish: The coffee was pretty good though and the view stunning!
We ate at Alexander's in Kamari (also very good ... try the Alexander's Chicken) and this was one of three restaurants one of his waitresses recommended we try in Fira. We knew we were in for something good when we asked for directions and the greek lady's eyes lit up and she said "ooh, very nice" It was easy to find, not far off of tourism central, but when we went it was completely overlooked by the crowds of the day.
My wife had a Greek salad, but I had the Moussaka. I had already had Moussaka twice already on our trip, but it was the special and I was not looking to spend a lot on lunch. This was positively the one and only OMG culinary experience during our week. We had lots of great food, but this was soo good I had to order a second order. Sweetly so, the staff was soo complimented by my request that I think my second plate was almost a double order.
Very Nice, clean bathrooms, good price, did not have to fight the crowds, and a easy to find location ... just ask for the post office !!!
Favorite Dish: Moussaka
This tavern we have found next to the Cathedral, when the kids bored the shopping very much and they wanted to fill their stomachs with some refreshment.
The name of Ouzeri was for me very impressive, because it means, the place where ouzo is served.
On the menu you can find first of all local specialities such as meatballs in ouzo sauce.
The prices are reasonably, only the fish dishes are high priced.
In the end we have tasted only the delicious "glyka tou koutaliou", a boiled fruit dessert and the vodka based lime sorbet.
The sunset in Santorini said to be quite picturesque, and so crowds gather at the numerous cafes and restaurants in the village to watch.
Palia Kameni bar has a very good location on the edge of the caldera and said to be as one of the best bars for catching the sunset. To get a place, arrive early!
You will, however pay for the view; most of the pseudo-rustic tavernas lining the caldera charge for the view rather than the meal, 5€ for a bottle of water, a small glas of juice 10€!!
The walkways also get crowded towards sunset.
One more thing has to be mentioned, the sea is usually covered with mist, so visibility is just a couple of kilometers and the famous sunsets are not that spectacular.
In search of breakfast I noticed the sign outside of this little terraced restaurant on the corner just before the square. Intrigued, I just had to peruse the menu proper.
This was a chill little place with its terrace overlooking one of the main streets with its comings and goings. Across the road an elderly woman was harangueing some builders working on the property next door, probably about the volume the guy supervising was screaming into his mobile phone rather than the noise created by the work being done!
Sitting on the terrace watching the world go by in the mid-morning sun this was an ideal little out of the way spot.
Favorite Dish: Tempted though I was by the "scrumbled eggs" I just had honeyed yoghurt, croissant and coffee for about 4.5 euros, just the job.
We walked past this cafe earlier in the day and admired the fabulous display of cakes on offer. Too early to stop for coffee we continued on sightseeing until we needed a 15 minute rest and it so happened we were only 100 metres from Zotos.
We picked the richest cakes on display and I must say they were delicious. The coffee was also very good.
The food is good but the view is outstanding. Located on the Fira cliff top overlooking the cable car and steps leading down to the "Old Port" of Fira you could sit here for hours, the view of the calder, cruise boats, donkeys climbing the steps etc etc. is just fantastic. If you get bored with this then you can try people watching in this very popular place.
We settled for sandwiches and coffeee for lunch, both very good, but our main course was the view.
It is so difficult to find in Santorini a "fair restaurant" with prices that suit your pocket and fill your stomach! Most of the Santorinian restaurants are either too expensive (the ones with view to the Caldeira) or too mediocre, offering "poor quality food" for expensive prices!
But, there is still hope for some "fair restaurants" and my proposal goes for the "Dionysos in Atlantis Restaurant", a very good selection for somebody who wants to try local, as well other specialities of Greek cuisine, at prices which are not excessive! Value for the food!
The Dionysos Restaurant is housed in a big courtyard, a few metres from the main steet of Fira and has no view to the Caldeira, thus less expensive.
Favorite Dish: Local dishes from Santorini, like: fava and domatokeftedes.
I ate the most amazing (and fattening) crepe of my life in Fira. Truly impressive and amazing. Near the bus station at one of the local diners order a banana and chocolate crepe. It is huge, probably should be eaten by two, and incredibly delicious. Wow. It was so big I believe that I ate only one other small meal that day. But enjoy those crepes on santorini
This was our favourite cafe for coffee and dessert. We came here several times. It is located on the caldera rim with perfect views of the volcano and sunset. There are three levels outside where you can sit and a small cafe for when it is windy or cold. They have a great choice of coffee specialties and cakes.
Prices are reasonable considering the location, and staff was very friendly.
We also discovered that there was free wireless internet available (from the neigbours).
Favorite Dish: Frape with icecream and waffles with banana and chocolate.
If you want to have dinner with a volcano and sunset view but without the expensive prices, Stani tavern is a good alternative. The tavern has a rooftop area with the necesary views (just don't mind the ugly roofs of the neighbours and the electricity wires blocking your perfect sunset view).
Service is (in my opinion too) quick, as it is a popular place (mentioned in Lonely Planet guide) and others are waiting for your table.
The food was okay, but we have eaten better mousaka and fava in other places.
This place is popular with tourists. You will probably have to wait in line before you get a table. It is one of the oldest restaurants in Fira. It is not very big and there is no outside place. The menu is only written in Greek on a blackboard.
The waiter will tell you (also in French if you prefer) what is on offer. Staff was very friendly and the food delicious for a good price. Unfortunately it was our last night in Fira, otherwise we would have been back.
Favorite Dish: Delious Greek salad as appetizer, fresh fish of the day and calamari
There are so many cafes and bars in Fira with wonderful views - can only comment on two that we tried in our short time in Fira. One was at the high point of Fira with 3 tiers of floors - I think it was called Kastro - great views on to the volcano and town of Fira - we chose a corner table so had best of both worlds and enjoyed cake and frappes here, just sitting drinking in the views too on a hot afternoon watching the donkeys come up and down the zig zag path to the port below.
Fairly expensive but hey what a view you get. Only downside was had to ask for toilets to be serviced before using - no paper.
The other cafe with a good views, especially for sunset was Cafe Classico in the centre of town - they did great banana and chocolate waffles (one was enough to for 2) and apple pie here too.
Favorite Dish: Cakes, waffles and frappes!