Santorini is one of the most stunning and picturesque islands of Greece. The white and blue architecture of the city is a staple of the world-famous destination, and so is the renowned Mediterranean cuisine in the area.
Tourists from all over the world visit the city in search of culture, relaxing beaches, and authentic Greek cuisine. While there are many phenomenal restaurants in the city, here are the top restaurants in Santorini that offer the most delicious food, exceptional service, and scenic locations to add to your list for your next visit:
1. La Maison
La Maison is located on the caldera in the stunning village of Imerovigli, offering sweeping views of nearby islands, the sea, and a volcano.
The restaurant uses all local ingredients for its dishes, specializing in both simple Mediterranean classics and out of the box molecular gastronomic masterpieces.
The staff is welcoming and knowledgeable making this one of the best restaurants for a fine dining experience.
Melitini is an amazing rooftop restaurant with jaw-dropping views of the world-famous Oia sunset.
The restaurant uses many ingredients from local merchants to prepare family recipes that have been passed down through generations.
The menu is made up of authentic Greek dishes full of flavor and true to origin. This is an excellent restaurant to sample classic dishes while taking in the beauty of Santorini.
3. Metaxy Mas Tavern
Metaxy Mas Tavern is a rustic restaurant in Exo Gonia, with natural stone walls and captivating views of the city.
The restaurant is warm and inviting, and the Greek dishes come in large portions, allowing visitors to fill up on Cretan and Santorinian cuisine to their heart’s content.
The restaurant also offers local raki, olives, and warm bread at no charge to get your evening started. Come to Metaxy Mas Tavern on an empty stomach!
4. To Pinakio
To Pinakio is a quaint little restaurant that can be found in Kamari Square just a five-minute walk from the beach.
This restaurant has received rave reviews from visitors for the fantastic quality of food and the exceptional service.
Customers are given complimentary raki to start the meal and a complimentary dessert and red wine for a nice finish. Some signature dishes include the prawn risotto, calamari, meatballs, and moussaka. To Pinakio offers a wide array of Greek cuisine, meaning there is something for everyone!
5. To Psaraki
The menu at To Psaraki is based on the owners’ idea of creating “simple and honest” food. The restaurant is located in the Vlychada Marina, giving visitors views of the sea full of sailboats.
Many sailors visit the restaurant after a lovely day of sailing across the Mediterranean sea. The food here is based on what is in season in Santorini, but the menu always has an extensive selection of dishes to choose from.
To Psaraki is especially known for its seafood dishes, with visitors raving about the freshness and flavors of the fish dishes. With such an unparalleled ambiance, this is a great place to relax after a long day at sea.
6. Salt & Pepper
Salt & Pepper is a renowned restaurant in Fira that is run by a local couple who make visitors feel liked welcomed guests.
The menu consists of classic Greek cuisine providing that home cooked meal feeling. The ingredients are fresh and delicious leaving customers full and satisfied.
Make sure to pair your meal with some of the decadent wine options and always opt for dessert. People continue to flock to this restaurant for the personal touch the owners provide and the sumptuous dishes.
7. Almira Restaurant
Almira Restaurant is located in Kamari right on the black sand beaches. The famous restaurant has such a lovely location that it is also often used as a wedding venue.
Almira is a traditional Greek restaurant offering dishes like bifteki with feta, country sausages and galaktoboureko and pork gyros.
The seafood is outstanding and the a la carte menu gives visitors the option to pick and choose from a variety of flavorful plates. This is an excellent restaurant to visit after a day of touring Kamari and lounging on the lush beaches.
8. Argo Restaurant
Argo Restaurant can be found in Fira, the heart of Santorini. The elegant restaurant has impeccable views of the sea and city, making it a fabulous wedding venue as well.
Argo describes it’s cuisine as new age, taking traditional Greek influences and infusing it with new flavors and techniques.
A great example of this is the chili feta dish that visitors love to order. Customers come here for a different take on the classics and to sip on spirits overlooking the sea.
9. Lucky’s Souvlakis
Lucky’s Souvlakis is a low key restaurant also located in Fira. Unlike the other restaurants on this list, this place is an awesome spot for a quick meal or for something on the go.
The number one thing to order is the Souvlaki, which is considered one of the best on the island. With a choice of chicken, pork or lamb, and fresh french fries, you can’t go wrong.
Tourists and locals alike visit Lucky’s for an inexpensive, flavor-packed, gyro in between exploring the city. It’s a must visit food stop when in Fira.
Roka is essentially a hidden gem located on the picturesque streets of Oia that is well worth seeking out.
The restaurant is more intimate than those found on the main strip which makes it a cozy date spot. All of the famous Greek dishes can be found here made to perfection.
The specialties include meze, fried cheeses, risotto, and mussels, but you can’t go wrong with the many other options. Take a walk off the beaten path and avoid the crowds by making a visit to Roka.
These ten restaurants provide the best dining experiences Santorini has to offer. From luxurious fine dining to quaint family run restaurants, to quick food on the go, Santorini has world-class food for everyone. If you’re a tourist planning your next visit or a local looking to branch out of your usual spots, these restaurants will not disappoint so go have fun!
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Daniella has been passionate about travel, the sea, and nature for many years. As a child, she frequently traveled throughout the Mediterranean and continued with her journeys throughout her adult life.
Her experiences have created the desire within her to share her love for traveling with other passionate and adventurers who want to discover beautiful horizons and new cultures.
4 thoughts on “Top Restaurants in Santorini – The 10 Finest Eateries”
Those are stunningly amazing photos of the dishes at those restaraunts in that country. As a quality post, may I offer one suggestion here: Make the number 10 restaurant first in order and the number 1 restaraunt last, so its more like a countdown. People love rankings, and finishing off with the best for memory purposes. A world traveler there will really find this useful info.
Thanks for your suggestion, great idea:) But all of them are top notch restaurants. So there is no need to list them in order. You can pick one of them and have a delicious meal:)
Thank you for the comment and wish you a great day!
Lucky’s Souvlakis sounds like my kinda place to stop by! I’ve only had an authentic gyro once in my life and have been dying to try one again ever since. That was the first and only time I’ve ever had lamb meat. It was amazing! Trying one made fresh on location in Greece, would surpass the first experience by leaps-and-bounds, I think.
You’ve listed many of the top tourist eating spots here, but are any of these places frequently visited by locals as well? Or are there any favorite spots in Santorini in general that local folks would highly recommend for anybody walking the town; out and about?
I’m always fascinated by habits of local culture and the interests of average folk. (^^)
Thank you for the comment, I really appreciate!
To answer your question, most of the incomes in Greece comes from tourism. So yes, almost all restaurants in Greece are mainly frequented by visitors. This wonderful country has attracted 28 millions of visitors just in 2016 which is not a bad result! But it doesn’t surprise me as it is such beautiful country!
I hope this helped and if you need more info, please don’t hesitate to drop me a message and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible!
Have a fantastic day!