The Best Restaurants in Santorini, Greece

Discover this glorious restaurant serving wonderfully fresh Greek cuisine on the island of Santorini
Discover this glorious restaurant serving wonderfully fresh Greek cuisine on the island of Santorini | © Frank Fell / Alamy Stock Photo
Diana Condrea

Santorini is undeniably one of Greece’s most beautiful destinations. With traditional architecture perched on the towering cliffside overlooking the volcanic caldera, Santorini creates a truly unforgettable setting. From a classic taverna with sunset views to simple beach bars, enjoy our handpicked guide to the island’s top gastronomic hotspots.

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Argo, for rooftop vistas in Thera

With its large open-air terrace that offers panoramic views of the caldera, Argo is a perfect place to enjoy a memorable sunset meal. The menu includes a variation of Greek and international dishes, prepared with fresh local ingredients. Among the highlights is the delicious Santorini fava (yellow peas cooked with onions, garlic, and herbs).

Selene, for innovative Greek dishes in Fira

This restaurant is situated inside an old monastery. The traditional architecture is reflected in the creative Greek dishes, concocted by Michelin-star rated chef, Ettore Botrini. Try the delicious red mullet, drizzled with wild fennel pesto and pistachios. The wine list is also stand-out, featuring local bottles.

Aktaion, for a cosy family feel in Firostefani

Opened more than 90 years ago, Aktaion is a traditional Greek restaurant that has witnessed almost a century of change in Santorini. Now run by the third generation of its founding family, Aktaion is a reference point on the culinary scene of the island. This restaurant is also situated in one of the most beautiful villages near Santorini’s capital.

1800, for caldera views in Oia

Bag a table directly overlooking the caldera at this renowned restaurant in Oia. Expect to find couples gazing at each other over candlelight, as well as large family groups enjoying their dinner. Pair delicious food with an extensive wine list, along with first-class service, and it’s easy to see why this spot has won a number of awards.

Ginger Sushi Lounge, for top Japanese food in Firostefani

The first sushi lounge in Santorini, this restaurant is a must-try spot for those with an appetite for hamachi or hot sake. Ginger Sushi offers culinary creativity and fresh ingredients. Enjoy a delicious plate of salmon nigiri, crispy tempura, or snapper sashimi.

To discover more of what beautiful Santorini has to offer, check out our guide to the top things to see and do in Santorini, the best hiking trails in Santorini or the best places to watch the sunset in Santorini.

Rent a boat for the day with SamBoat to explore Santorini’s caldera, or venture further afield on a multi-day sailing trip with Dream Yacht Charter.

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