What are the Best Restaurants in Santorini? Not only that but what is the not to miss Santorini Food? In this article, we’ve asked some of our favorite travel experts about their favorite restaurants in Santorini and the best Santorini food to order when you’re there. It’s hard to get a bad meal in Greece but with this article, you won’t need to take the risk – always get the very best meals with our Best Santorini Restaurants + Santorini Food Guide.
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Best Santorini Restaurants + Santorini Food
Saganaki at Mesa Pigadia Taverna
If you’re visiting Santorini, do yourself a favor and check out the black beach. Once there, find Mesa Pigadia Taverna. It’s located right where the access road meets the black beach. Not only is the taverna cute, authentic and built into the hill, but it has fantastic views of the beach and water. There are so many reasons to make this stop, but most of all is their delicious saganaki. Saganaki is a wonderful Greek appetizer that consists of cheese flash-fried in a copper pot. It sounds so simple, but its taste is complex, rich and delectable. I prefer it with a squeeze of lemon juice and a cold Mythos beer to wash it down. You can enjoy it however you like, but at Mesa Pigadia, you won’t be let down by the saganaki.
Derek Hartman – Robe Trotting
Gyro at Lucky’s Souvlakis
Whenever I start planning a trip, finding the best places to eat is always one of my priorities. When researching the best places in eat in Santorini, several people recommended Lucky’s Souvlaki as the best place for cheap eats, specifically gyros, in Santorini. Gyro’s are delicious pita wraps filled with chicken or pork meat, fries, tzatziki, tomato, onions and a bit of lettuce – to be healthy, of course. We tried Lucky’s Souvlakis on our first day in Santorini and then ate there every day (at least once) because the food was just that good!
I also tried the gyro at some other restaurants to compare, instantly regretted it because Lucky’s has the best gyro in Santorini!
You have to try it when you visit Santorini!
Naomi – Eat Love Explore
Greek Salad and Greek Meatballs at Penelope’s
If you want a picturesque dinner view without the crowds in Santorini, I recommend visiting Penelope’s in the small town of Pyrgos.
It’s a family-owned restaurant with the most adorable old couple cooking the food and running the restaurant. This is the place to get some real “grandma’s food in Santorini” and it’s a nice contrast to other restaurants on the island.
We tried various dishes at this place, but I can particularly recommend the Greek salad and their traditional meatballs in tomato sauce.
Penelope’s is open from lunchtime until evening, so you can come here almost any time of the day.
Alex Waltner – Swedish Nomad
Appetizer Platter For Two at Romantica
Romantica restaurant in Fira.
If there’s one thing we love about traveling, it’s eating all the local food. And Greece has pretty much one of our favorite cuisines. After a long travel day, my husband and I got to Santorini quite late on a September night and had to make our way from the airport to Fira. As soon as we dropped off our bags, we headed out to find a delicious meal. How lucky were we that Romantica restaurant was a stone’s throw away from our place.
We had a friendly waiter greet us and set us up on their terrasse where we can see the nightlife in Fira unfold in front of us. Before we even ordered, the waiter brought us a little carafe of ouzo, the perfect start to the evening. We ordered the appetizer platter for two, and it was the best choice we made that day! A delicious sampling of all the Greek food goodness you can possibly think of – stuffed vine leaves, mashed fava beans, grilled vegetables, saganaki, spanakopita, olives, and tzatziki. What more could you ask for? The portion was quite large, and everything we had was simply amazing!
Carine & Derek – wediditourway.com
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Shrimp Saganaki at Heliotopos Restaurant – The Wine Bar
The Wine Bar, also known as the restaurant of the Heliotopos Hotel in Imerovigli. It’s a wonderful open-air restaurant on the rooftop with a view over the caldera. Not only is the food delicious and reasonably priced, but the portions are also neatly sized.
They got a good selection of famous red wines from Santorini and visitors can choose between appetizers, main courses or just to go here for a drink/glass of wine to watch the sunset.
The Wine Bar is very romantic and offers a calm and relaxed vibe compared to the otherwise crowded Oia where most tourists go to see the sunset. This is a hidden gem that I can warmly recommend you to go for great food and wonderful views.
Also, the staff is very friendly and if you don’t know what to choose, they will be more than happy to recommend something for you.
Christine Wedberg – Christine Abroad
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Briám at Taverna Vrahaki
Briám is a classic Greek dish that is popular with locals but is not so well known among foreign visitors. Somewhat similar to ratatouille in southern France, this oven-baked dish can be made with a variety of different vegetables, depending on what’s in season. It almost always includes zucchini and potatoes, and eggplant and tomatoes are also popular additions.
If you take a boat trip around Santorini’s caldera and the neighboring islands, a good place to try briám is at Taverna Vrahaki, a small eatery on the nearby island of Thirassia. Or, if you prefer to stay on Santorini itself, Pelekanos in Oia is another great restaurant that serves this dish.
As one of the nistisimo (fasting) dishes that are eaten on the many fasting days in the Greek Orthodox calendar, briám is a completely plant-based Greek dish and is thus suitable for vegans, vegetarians and people allergic to dairy or other animal products.
Wendy Werneth – The Nomadic Vegan
The Octopus Seafood Plate at Good Heart
Good Heart is a family run traditional taverna offering some of the best traditional food in Santorini. Located in Akrotiri away from the busy towns of Fira and Oia, it is the definition of Greek hospitality. I opted for the Octopus seafood plate which went down well alongside some amazing views of the surrounding landscape. What I like is that the ingredients for this dish are freshly caught and grown in the owner’s garden resulting in fresh, tasty food. What makes this restaurant stand out is that, apart from good food, it feels like you’re eating with family.
Rai – A Rai of Light
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