Santorini restaurants

Santorini restaurants: 6 absolute gastronomic destinations

Dinner options in Santorini are countless and mind confusing! Below you can find the best restaurants in Santorini where a memorable meal is guaranteed, marrying amazing vistas with delectable food and excellent service.

1800 Restaurant

Get yourselves ready to be amazed from the very first moment of your summer dining here.
The awarded “1800” Restaurant is housed in one of the most spectacular old mansions  in Oia, a typical Santorinian captain’s house artistically restored, reflecting the glory of a long gone era, through the original colors and the unique furnishing, which have been preserved giving out a sense of warmth. The menu focuses on creative traditional Greek dishes with Mediterranean inflections, making even the most demanding palate yield to the temptation of the chef’s distinctive creations full of color, brilliance and imagination. The restaurant masters in providing contemporary comforts, both indoors and outdoors on the roof garden, featuring majestic views of the deep blue sea surrounding the volcanic island spreading before you.
As for the service, the “1800” Restaurant takes pride in its swift, friendly staff always eager to do only the best for their guests. This, in combination with the chef’s great gastronomic suggestions, it is no wonder why “1800” Restaurant in Oia is ranked among the most outstanding Santorini restaurants.

Ambrosia Restaurant

Ambrosia Restaurant in Oia, competes amazing food with breathtaking view.
Offering  dreamy terrace views over the Santorini volcanic sea caldera, along with the fine Mediterranean and Modern Greek Cuisine, here you will find a bliss for your eyes and taste. The menu is carefully balanced with seafood, Mediterranean meat dishes, traditional vegetarian specialties, pastas and salads – plus Ambrosia desserts. The intimate setting on the two small terraces or in the traditional, vaulted ceiling rooms filled with art and antiques is a truly special Santorini experience. Dine with candlelight at your table and only the stars above you, as you watch a sail boat slowly crossing the sea below.

Conde Nast Traveler wrote: “One of the Twelve World’s Most Romantic Restaurants -“If Apollo and Daphne were still around today, we’d find them at Ambrosia Restaurant“.

SPHINX Restaurant

A delight for your eyes and taste buds.
Sphinx restaurant is housed in a restored mansion in Fira since 1991. Its unique view over the Caldera of Santorini becomes more breathtaking during the exquisite sunsets. Chef and owner George Psychas, creates Mediterranean cuisine which showcase the best of Santorini’s products and the freshest of the Aegean’s Sea fish. Sophisticated service welcomes you in the restaurant’s relaxing environment and an extensive selection of exceptional wines accompanies your dinner. Original artwork of the Santorinian artist Christopher Asimis, surround the two dining rooms which are built in the traditional way while the three verandas overlook the Caldera and the Volcano. The restaurant offers a private veranda and reception hall. The culinary adventure builds from cold to hot appetizers, light to hearty entrees, fish to meat., while the cuisine is based on extra virgin Cretan olive oil.

The restaurant is a 2013 Winner of Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence

Selene Restaurant

A multi-awarded restaurant in Fira brings the absolute taste of tradition.
Take a seat on the panoramic balcony surrounding the restaurant with a spectacular view of two of the island’s villages, Akrotiri and Megalochori and enjoy creative and innovative local cuisine. Selene offers menus with a variety of plates, as the owner George Haziyannakis says, to highlight the “creative nature of Greek cuisine.” From appetizers like sea urchins, salad, or fava balls in caper sauce, to entrees like brodero, or veggie treats made from products grown in the unique volcanic ecosystem, the menu of Selene is an innovative form of the traditional Greek cuisine. The restaurant used to be located in Fira from 1986,  and has recently relocated in the quiet village of Pyrgos.

For those who want to learn the art of cooking, Selene Restaurant  offers cooking courses to the public.  For 2013, which is “Year of Gastronomy” in Santorini,  Selene also organizes various events, such as presentation/tastings of Santorini wines and products, along with the cooking courses.

Kokkino Podilato (Red Bicycle)

Will definitely charm you.
A stylish café-restaurant in Oia,  with a great view of the caldera. Housed in an old, renovated mansion, along with the chic interior design, creates a homey, yet elegant atmosphere. The terrace is tastefully decorated with art work of contemporary Greek artists and offers some of the best views in Oia.
Kokkino Podilato serves cold beverages, tasty pastries, finger food and traditional Greek dishes inspired from local products.  Sitting at one of the tables sipping coffee or cocktail and watching the sun disappear in a cloud of purple hue is an enchanting moment every traveler must cherish in Santorini.

Valuable tip: Visit Santo Wines

Before you start your journey in gastronomic paradises, we recommend  to visit  Santo wines, the Union of Santorini wine cooperatives and have a taste of the finest wines, in order to be aware of the best choices to accompany your food trips.  The famous wines are created in the most modern winery facilities, sited on the edge of Caldera, in the middle of Santorini vineyard. SantoWines, being environmentally conscious, has built the winery in 5 different levels so that the building is in harmony with the surrounding environment and the vineyards that spread out in different ground levels, form the traditional “pezoules”, a technique that protects and promotes the quality of the wines.

At the store, one can explore an assortment of wines, wine accessories as well as other santorini traditional food products.