I admit it, we love to eat and what better place to eat than Santorini. We have been to Santorini four times, 2018, 2019, 2021, and 2022. We have dined in a lot of places here. Every place we ate in Santorini was good, but the following are our top nine favorite restaurants, so far! In this revision, I included a couple of new places we found and also added to our tried and true! Unfortunately, in 2022 we found one of our favorites to no longer be in business but we found more places to eat! In addition, I added links to each restaurant when available. Last but not least, I added a map at the bottom of the page for locating these places.
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Five Senses Restaurant at Astra Suites Hotel, Imerovigli
We have eaten here four times now, 2018, 2019, 2021, and 2022 each time it was phenomenal. In addition, we ordered room service one evening in 2021 which we were very happy with. All of our servers have been amazing, attentive and informative. In 2022 we had the privilege of meeting the chef and enjoyed his cuisine very much. The ambiance here is beyond beautiful. The restaurant overlooks the caldera and The Rock of Skaros, which in my opinion, provides the best sunset on the island. The menu has a great variety and the food is terrific. The below photos are selections from each time we ate here. Astra Suites Restaurant is top choice on my favorite Santorini restaurants list as everything was perfect. I would recommend reservations. Also note that you no longer have to be staying at the hotel to enjoy eating at this top class restaurant!
Meze Meze, Finikia
In 2021 we again rented a dune buggy and asked at our hotel where a good place to eat would be. We were told that the small village of Finikia has some great places. (Finikia is close to Oia). After a day of exploring we were ready to eat. We parked outside the village, wandered around, and ended up right in front of the Meze Meze sign, so we decided this was the place to eat. It was perfect! Since it was mid afternoon we ordered some snacks and my mouth is still watering over how good everything tasted!
Aktaion was recommend to me by my friend Constantine who knows Santorini well. Located in Firostefani, we have passed it many times while walking from Imerovigli to Fira. Aktaion has been serving delicious traditional Greek food since 1922! 100 years of great food and hospitality. We did not have reservations but a table was made up for us across from the restaurant along the caldera. Service was fantastic and so was the food. We were more tired than hungry so mostly snacked but will return here again.
Fish Tavern, Ammoudi Bay
Also in 2021, we once again walked down the 200 steps from Oia to Ammoudi Bay. We stopped to eat before trudging back up all of those steps. We have eaten at Ammoudi Bay before, in our opinion, Ammoudi Bay Fish Tavern is the most delicious place to eat along the bay. Once you reach the bottom of the steps you can find this restaurant by turning to the right and walking to the last restaurant along the bay.
Anogi Restaurant, Imerovigli
Another restaurant we ate at in 2018 and 2019 is Anogi. Anogi is close to Astra Suites so this worked well for us. This restaurant has a wide variety of Greek dishes to choose from. With generous helpings and great service it is easy to see why this place is so busy. There are both indoor and outdoor seating in a cheery atmosphere. The chicken souvlaki was very tender and tasty. I would recommend reservations if you plan to eat dinner here.
Let’s Eat is a small gyro shop. Although it is in a small space, it is big on taste. Just a short walk from our hotel we discovered this spot in 2022 while wandering around just after arriving. A must try if you love gyros.
Amalthia Restaurant, Kamari
We kind of stumbled upon Amalthea Restaurant while driving to the Black Beach in 2019. Actually, there are a lot of restaurants in this area and this one caught our eye. The menu was written on black boards as we drove by and we saw they had a gyros plate special and that was exactly what we were hungry for. This place did not disappoint. We also ordered bread and Fava. The Fava was especially delicious. We enjoyed chatting with our waiter who gave us good information on the area. We were very happy to find this place, might have to locate it again in 2022!
Venetsanos Winery, Megolochori
We visited Venetsanos Winery on a fabulous Blue Shades of Greece Tour in 2018. We enjoyed a wine tasting with amazing small tasting plates as well. I included this as a great place to eat because the foods paired with the wine were not only delicious but authentic Santorini. We had cheeses, tomato fritters, fava, breads, and many other Santorini favorites. The view was beautiful. The wines were very good. As a matter of fact, I ordered several bottles when we returned home!
Mama Lena in Imerovigli
We found this gem in Imerovigli next to Anogi and just a couple of minutes walk from our hotel. We had wonderful service here and the traditional Greek food was very delicious. Mama Lena will be on our return list in 2023.
As you can see by our nine favorite Santorini restaurants, we enjoy eating! Can’t wait until September 2023 to try more great places to add to this list and return to some of our favorites!
Below is the location of each of our nine favorite restaurants in Santorini.