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.
Safora is a taverna/restaurant set on a major corner on the caldera path through Fira. As such it has great views and sitting on its terrace lets you see above the heads of the crowds of tourists who always stop at this corner to take in the views. It has seating "out front", inside and upstairs, so you should find somewhere that suits you. The best views would probably be had upstairs but we always (we were there 3 times in total) plumped for "out front", by the busy crowd of human traffic.
Service was friendly and efficient and food was delivered very promptly. If you want to have a clear distinction between starters and main courses, point it out. All of our food came at once, which was OK as it was basically mezze-like.
Favorite Dish: We had full meals here twice. On the first occasion (first picture) we had Spiced Baked Feta, which was delicious and had quite a kick; Fava, served warm and still with some texture, and again totally delicious. These were our intended starters. For "mains" we had Santorini Green Salad, which had rocket, walnuts, blue cheese and avocado in it, wrapped in a lovely vinigrette, and Briam, a dish of chunky vegetables slow cooked in oil and herbs. As you can see, all the food came at once, but that was OK.
On our second visit (second picture) we had Fava and the salad again, this time with Saganaki cheese and "giant beans", two of our favourite mezze standards.
The food was wonderful, the views were lovely and the prices were decent. I'd highly recommend this place.
The fist time we tried to get into NIKOLAS restaurant, it just wasn't going to happen. With a group of 7 and a queue at the door already, we realised we'd have to hold off to try the delights another day. Attempt number 2 was more successful. We crammed ourselves in and settled down for a gastronomic treat, this restaurant is recommended by numerous travel guides. It is tiny and inconspicuous, but the hum of people inside and the likely group of expectant diners waiting for a table outside gives it away. Note, you will have to line up.
Favorite Dish: The food was fabulous, the waiter explains it all to you as there is no written menu, which is fun experience in itself! A favourite with our group was the amazing mousakka. The prawns were also great, but basically anything you order will be delicious. The service was very friendly and efficient and it had a real local feel to it. The house wine was good and prices were really cheap - expect to pay just 6 euros for a main meal.
This was the restaurant where we had most of our meals. The food here is delicious and the service very good and friendly.
It is located in Fira, when you go down to the "donkeys station" and the cable car. It has two floors with great views of the sea and the caldera.
The Argo has local traditional food and we were there at least 4 times, having tried almost every typical dish: the fried tomato cakes, Greek salad, fried cheese, the several lamb dishes, different salads, the stuffed filled tomatoes and green pepers and the traditional dessert "baklava".
Everything was very fresh and the ambiance was very welcoming. Highly recommended!
Favorite Dish: The "mezes" and the different lamb dishes.
This place is great for either the quick lunch takeaway or a romantic dinner. Great food, huge and varied menu, friendly and quick staff and a great setting. This restaurant does not have Caldera views to drive up the prices. It is just slightly down the hill from the main square in Fira. For lunch they do a full range of Gyros: pork, lamb and chicken! For dinner they will grill any seafood or meat you want. They also make a good Stamna and Mousaka. Just go to the large glass case and pick your choice. You can then watch the fantastic chefs cook your dinner to perfection right in front of you.
They also do traditional Greek dishes like Mousaka and have vegetarian options as well.
I had the mixed grill (pictured) with house wine. Fantastic for meat lovers! They also do some fantastic seafood (also pictured). Enjoy!
We decided to stop at Dionysis restaurant because it had a lovely big garden area to eat in, not because of any recommendation, but it was a good choice. The restaurant is split into 2 areas, outside and inside. The inside is invariably empty, as people choose to sit out in the sun and breeze to eat. Service was fast and friendly, and we even saw a wedding recption there, so they cater for large groups if need be.
Favorite Dish: All tables are offered bread and olive dip to munch as soon as they sit down, which is good, and both the starters and mains were enjoyable. I can recommend the cheese saganaki and the giant beans. Both had lots of flavour. For mains, the seafood risotto is a huge portion and a struggle to finish if you have eaten too much bread and dip! Grandma's meatballs were ok, but other things on the menu were better. The Greek staple, Mousakka, was of a good standard, and the house wine was cheap and nice. Beware the pine flavoured digestive drink they bring round afterwards for free, it's pretty ferocious!
We needed a restaurant for our wedding reception in Santorini and everything that had a website appeared to be outrageously expensive. The big restaurants with a view of the Caldera charge incredible prices for their meals and drinks, and we knew that we couldn't stretch to that when paying for 18 people to eat... So we decided not to prebook anything and try a few places ourselves when we arrived. I'm so glad that we did, because we ended up finding Ampelos, and it was just great.
The location is just like the flash restaurants, it is in Fira over looking the caldera, so amazing for sunsets and views of the bay, however it is just one street back and located upstairs and this seems to make all the difference to the prices. Look out for the sign, or the very steep staircase, as you walk along the path overlooking the caldera - it is facing the bay and quite easy to miss if you don't concentrate! The interior is simple and understated, yet still smart. It can get rather chilly after the sun goes down though, so take something warm to put on.
Favorite Dish: The food is greek and delicious, we throroughly recommend the cheese saganaki and the shrimp saganaki to start - both are delicious! The service was friendly and prompt, however the owner can be a bit surly, even when he is being helpful. They provided a selection of starters for our group, then a greek salad and a green salad as a second course, then we all chose our own main meal off the menu. I can recommend the roast lamb, my sister said the mousakka was amazing, but others said the swordfish was a little dry. The desserts are big and very, very rich, so you may just opt for a coffee instead. We drank bottled local wine, but have been told that the best wine in Santorini is often the house wine! A meal for 18 people came to 760 euros all up, which was half the cost proposed by the other restaurants for their set menus!
Stani restaurant was recommended in a travel guide, so we decided to give it a go. The menu is outside at street level, but the restaurant is upstairs on a rooftop setting. When we arrived there was no room for our large group, but the staff were very friendly and told us they would fit us in soon. They stuck to their word and had us seated in about 10 minutes in a space by the wall where we could safely leave our sleeping baby. The restaurant has a bit of a touristy feel, and I can't say I would immediately choose it from first impressions.
Favorite Dish: We ordered starters and mains here. The starters were delicious, dishes such as cheese and spinach pie, cheese saganaki and calamari were all great and very tasty. However the restaurant let itself down on the main meals. One meal from our group was completely forgotten, while others were bland, overcooked or dry.
I would recommend heading here and ordering a table full of starters to share as a group, and opting out of mains altogether. The starters are so good and with enough you can have a lovely range of tastes and ingredients, and not have to worry about the questionable main meals at all. Prices were cheap and the house wine was fine.
The restaurant Selene is located in Fira, so its easy to start your night off here and move to one of the nearby bars or clubs. The offer a wide-ranging menu, so it sure to be able to please everyone. They definitely host weddings, as I found out, but they also offer Greek cooking lessons, whihc I did not find out about.
They are open daily from the beginning of April until the middle of November.
Favorite Dish: Apparently, you HAVE to try the Brodedo; a rich stew made of fish.
Unless you are a single traveller like myself, you should definitely try an reserve a table as soon as you know when you are going (in the high season).
There's always a place to find fast food and Fira's NR. ONE was our favourite. They had different combination plates ranging from 4 to 7 euros. Hot dogs were the cheapest and you got a hot dog, french fries and a bottle of soda for 4 Euros. They also had hamburgs and sausages.
The real fun part was eating on their terrace and watching all the action on the busy street. Usually we saw a VT'er or two having a bite to eat or just walking around.
VT fellows elucas & alucas reccomeded this place, and I’ve to say they have a good taste!!
We were a group of 6 (alusru, elucas & alucas, cnango and her husband Jeff). While waiting, we were served fresh bread and Greek tapenade. I ordered “pseudokeftaes” (sp?), a local delicacy made with tomato as starter, and a seafood risotto as main dish. Both were excellent, and huge portions, as you can see in the pictures. The seafood risotto was the most similar thing to a “paella” I’ve ever eat out of Spain. Well, no wonder, both are Mediterranean food. The bill was of 147 euros for 6 people, including two bottles of wine at 20 euros each, so about 25 euros each person. More than reasonable.
There is a large terrace outdoors, and some good tables inside. We sat inside as the night was quite chilly.
The Poseidon was chosen to celebrate the big VT meting dinner on Sunday evening meal. I’ve to say it was an excellent choice, taking into account we were a very large and noisy group! Thanks again Galatea and Janet!!
It's a busy street, but the outdoor section is at a lower level than the traffic, behind walls. So, it is not as noisy at it may look, in fact it's quite peaceful there (or it was before we all arived ;o))
Favorite Dish: I can't really advice about this restaurant food, as we had a set menu. But it was good, given the constraints of such type of celebrations, so I guess it would be even better for regular customers. According their menu outside, it looks cheaper than average in Fira. We had assorted starters (nice, varied and abundant). In fact so abundant I could not finish my main course ( a HUGE fillet of swordfish) and I could just taste a bit of the dessert cake.
Looking for a quiet romantic meal at reasonable prices, great service and out of the wind? This is the place! They offer a full menu, seating outside in a tree covered garden and will happily throw some more tables together for larger groups. Food and drink prices are much cheaper than ones with Caldera views. It also sits below the road so you do not get swept away by the wind or need a jacket. Its is also a great place just to meet for dinks. The staff are fantastic and they have the best waiter in Greece – it’s official.
UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2010:
Sadly this great restaurant has now closed.
If you're staying in Fira and you're eating out then you'll have to make the all-important decision:
Do you want to sit on the outdoor terrace of an expensive restaurant, enjoying your (overpriced?) food with stunning views over the blue sea below?
Or are you happy to forego the views while you eat and save a small fortune by eating in one of the low key cafes and tavernas on the high street?
I opted for the latter. Santorini has a reputation for being an expensive island (relative to other Greek islands at least), but by avoiding the high-priced, cliffside establishments you don't particularly notice this. Dozens of small cafes and tavernas serve cheap (and very tasty!) gyros, souvlaki and pizzas. A couple of gyros pittas (generously filled with pork, french fries, tzatziki and salad) and an ice cold beer would generally come to about 5 or 6 Euros (September 2005 prices). You may even want to push the boat out and have an ice ceam or a piece of baklava for dessert!
Alternatively, (and if you're not travelling on a tight budget, go for it!!), you could enjoy fresh seafood (prawns, lobster, all imaginable types of fish) and wine in a romantic setting overlooking the clear blue sea below. You'll pay for the view and, in my opinion, this means that the food will be overpriced - but that's not to say that it's not good quality, as I'm sure it is!
The choice is yours!
I didn't realise till after but this restaurant is in the Lonely Planets guide. Good selection on menu and roof top area has view of volcano and sunset - the best we had during our stay on Fira. It was also the night we met up with VT'er Helga67 and her husband so was a very pleasant evening.
Service was good, food more aimed at tourist market rather than home Greek cooking I think but still very tasty.
Favorite Dish: We shared Greek starters, my main was a mixed fish plate which included a glass of wine(12 euros), Dave had stuffed lamb, both served with rice and veg - cost for 2 under 30 euros.