What is really amazing is that almost every tourist falls in love with the Greek Cuisine and more specifically with the unique traditional agricultural products of Santorini.
Noone car really resist to a Greek salad made in the greek traditional way, tomatoes, sliced cucumber, green peppers, a bit of red onion, oregano, olives, feta cheese and dressed with a good portion of extra virgin olive oil. But Santorini is also renowned for a few agricultural products such as its petite waterless tomato, the glorious fava, the weird but sweet white aubergines and a great selection of local cheeses.
There are a few restaurants in Santorini that have succeeded in combining the local traditional cuisine with unique views to the sunset.
As George Bernard Shaw has quoted "There is no love sincerer than the love of food". Just fasten your seat-belts and get ready to enjoy the food and the beauties of Santorini.
1. 1800 Restaurant
The 1800 restaurant in Oia, Santorini, is a must destination for those who love good food & spectacular views. We should mention that 1800 has been honored with the Greek Golden Chef's Hat Award in 2005 and 2007, as well as the Gourmet Magazine Award in 2007 and 2008.
Greek dishes are blended with Mediterranean cuisine in a unique way.
The wine cellar has a great selection of wines and it has won the 1st prize by a few wine journals such as "Ampelotopi".
As for the service, the “1800” Restaurant takes pride in its swift, friendly staff always eager to do only the best for their guests and in combination with our chef’s great gastronomic suggestions, it is no wonder why “1800” Restaurant in Oia is ranked among the most outstanding Santorini restaurants.
Keep in mind though that it is highly recommened to make your reservation a few days in advance. Price range per person is at $35-$100. If you are looking for the best, you can look no further than the restaurant 1800.
Telephone number: (+30) 22860 71485
Since 2010 "Selene" restaurant has moved location from Fira to Pyrgos. Pyrgos is one of the most beautiful and well-preserved villages of Santorini built around a medieval castle located in one of the highest points of the island offering magnificent views. What is mostly important for us however is that Pyrgos village, and the restaurant's location especially, lies next to the famous vineyards and the valuable farmland of Santorini.
A sleek villa-like building strides a countryside location at the heart of the island's most fertile agricultural and wine-growing region. Thoroughly removed from all that's sometimes touristy about Santorini, a serene interior space of plaster arched ceiling and crisp white tables surround a main room eatery with outdoor terrace privy to elegant summertime dinners and unique, endless views of Santorini.
Perhaps the best meal you will ever have on Santorini. Just to mention a few of the dishes that you definitely have to taste before leaving Santorini: appetizers of beet salad with yogurt ice cream, cold tomato soup and the classic Greek tomato salads, smoked quail with egg and lamb risotto, crayfish with orzo, Aegean cod with smoked eggplant, pork with orange confi and beef cheeks with buttered pasta.
Reservations are strongly recommended especially during the high season.
The chef Nikos Pouliasis, owner of the restaurant, is proud to be the owner of the "creative restaurant". The combination of good food and excellent service honoured with a "Golden bonnet" (an award for the best restaurants by one of the biggest dining and entertainment guides of Greece) in 2003.
Its name conjures images of salivating Greek foodies and Euro-signs in the eyes of locals that know it as the island’s best and most expensive destination eatery.
The ever-posh Koukoumavlos offers a glamorous Fira dining room and terrace with spectacular views of the cobalt blue Caldera.
The decor is fancy with dated patina of Venetian plaster walls and conservative antique décor makes it apparent that here the food rules.
Be sure to ask for daily specials that include summer’s legendary lobster and monkfish terrine.
The chef recommends you to taste some of his favorite creations:
- Santorinian fava with smoked trout, salmon tartar in mandarin sauce and roasted almonds.
- Risotto with okra, veal fillet carpaccio, Santorinian cherry tomatoes, fennel, aromatic olive oil and smoked feta cheese mousse.
- Tiramisu with smoked eggplant mousse on a base of almonds in green bitter orange sauce.
- Kataifi fine Greek white cheese wrapped in hair angel pasta flavoured with rose petals in watermelon sauce with mint and cucumber jelly.
Koukoumavlos is located in Fira, the main town of Santorini island.
4. La Maltese Restaurant
A unique place, the restaurant La Maltese is situated on the highest point of the Caldera in Imerovigli, Santorini.
The restaurant's large verandas offer amazing views of Santorini, the volcano, Thirasia and the enchanting sunsets that will captivate everyone.
The large interior reception area of La Maltese, furnished with fine antiques and leather armchairs can accommodate up to 100 persons and the outside balconies up to 200 persons.
Concentrating on a pan-Mediterranean cuisine, accompanied by an exceptional list of mostly Greek wines, La Maltese is not open everyday and it open exclusive to accommodate full service wedding group receptions, conferences and buffets.
5. Saltsa Restaurant
With the belief that Santorini is a gourmet destination and after spending many years in the kitchens of the best restaurants in Athens (Varoulko, Aristera-Deksia) and the largest hotels in Santorini (Katoikies, Tsitouras Collection), Dimitris Lazarou created for the first time on the island and specifically at Fira, his own gastronomic suggestion.
Fresh ingredients of the Santorinian land and sea inspirationally brought together for your appetizing travels. The often alterations of the menu, the daily dishes and the prices will turn you into a frequent visitor.
Even the space of the restaurant itself is a pleasant surprise for the island. It was taken care of by Daphne Kalogianni whose knowledge and experience transformed a simple veranda into a place of relaxation. This atmosphere of ease combined with the pleasure of taste, will make you forget that you are there just for dinner.
A veranda with view, paved with old tiles, decorated with beautiful, carefully selected, furniture and a garden with olive trees and aromatic plants, await to treat you to simple Greek dishes with an opinion.
The menu offers a huge selection of dishes such as:
- Spaghetti with sea food
- Tagliatelle with cherry tomatoes, garlic, basil and yellow cheese flakes from Ios
- Pappardelle with rooster cooked in wine & tomato sauce with cheese flakes
- Fresh cod fish in corn flour crust with caramelized beetroots and garlic fava
- Green salad with grapes, goat cheese & honey vinaigrette
- Santorinian white eggplant in a sesame and spices crust
- Stuffed onions with veal minced meat, pine nut and raisin
- Grilled village sausage (veal) with spicy cabbage, onion, carrot & poached egg
- Squid tempura with sweet paprika and puree of white fish roe
- Baked salmon fillet served with pear and sweet wine sauce
- Grilled loin (pork) with mushroom sauce and sun dried tomato pesto
- Veal shank in white "stifado" (small onion sauce) & french fries
- Souvlaki with lamb meat marinated in yogurt with wheat salad
On your next trip to magical Santorini, make a gift to your spoiled flavor buds and honor them with the most delicious "Saltsa" (Sauce) you have ever tasted.
6. Ambrosia Restaurant
Ambrosia is located on the Oia's sunset path on the Caldera.
Nectar & Ambrosia is just steps away from the tip of the island and the Castle ruins.
The Kastro is a 1 minute walk from us and is considered the best viewpoint to watch the setting of the sun into the sea.
Guests enjoy dinner with us prior to or after the Oia sunset. The view from our Terrace to the volcano, sea and rest of the island will dazzle and charm.
Lunch is enjoyed watching a sailboat drifting below the village.
Nectar & Ambrosia, the Drink and Food of the Gods, features a Greek Mediterranean menu with a Healthy Attitude.
In the menu, you'll find the Santorini specialities such as Fava, Tomatoes, Wild Capers and Caper Leaves, White Eggplant, sweet Vinsanto and of course the famous white wines of the island.
Chef Dida adds her own touch to each dish without changing the basic Greek character.
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